Pokemon Go Mega Evolution: Everything You Need to Know

Thursday, August 27th, 2020 12:00 pm

Make certain Pokemon stronger for a limited time.

After being teased on social media, the Mega Evolution feature has officially gone live in Pokemon Go, giving you the ability to temporarily make certain Pokemon stronger by Mega Evolving them.

At launch, only four Pokemon are capable of Mega Evolution: Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, and Beedrill (you can keep track of the Pokemon that are capable of Mega Evolving in a new Mega Pokedex).

Before you can Mega Evolve one of these Pokemon, you’ll need to collect a new resource called Mega Energy. Similar to Pokemon Candy, Mega Energy is specific to each Pokemon species.

You can collect Mega Energy by completing Mega Raids. As you might have guessed, Mega Raids are Raids against Mega-Evolved Pokemon. The faster you defeat one of these Pokemon in a Raid, the more Mega Energy you’ll receive for that Pokemon species.

Once you have enough Mega Energy for a Pokemon, you can Mega Evolve it. A Pokemon will only remain Mega Evolved for four hours. During that time, you can use the Mega-Evolved Pokemon to complete Raids, battle against Team Go Rocket, battle in Gyms, and compete against your friends in Trainer battles.

When a Mega-Evolved Pokemon participates in a Raid, an attack boost will be given to every other Pokemon in the Raid. Plus, in a news post, Niantic, the game’s developer, said, “Pokémon whose attack types are the same type as any of the Mega-Evolved Pokémon’s types will receive an additional attack boost for those attacks.”

In addition to battling with a Mega-Evolved Pokemon, you can also make one of these Pokemon your buddy to see it appear on the in-game map. And just like any other buddy Pokemon, you can play with, feed, and take pictures of a Mega-Evolved Pokemon using the game’s Snapshot feature.

There are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to Mega Evolution:

  • Shadow and Clone Pokemon can’t be Mega Evolved.
  • You can only have a single Mega-Evolved Pokemon at once. If you have a Mega-Evolved Pokemon and then cause another to Mega Evolve, the first will return to its normal form.
  • Once you Mega Evolve a specific Pokemon, the Mega Energy required to Mega Evolve it again in the future will decrease.
  • Mega-Evolved Pokemon can’t be left in a Gym to defend it.
  • At launch, Mega-Evolved Pokemon can’t participate in the Go Battle League.

With the launch of this feature, new Mega Bracelet avatar items have been released in the in-game store. While wearing one of these Mega Bracelets isn’t required to Mega Evolve Pokemon, these bracelets are a nod to the Mega Bracelets seen in the Pokemon video games.

Plus, a Mega Evolution event will take place in September. This event will be split into three weekly parts. Niantic offered a preview of the three events:

  • “From Tuesday, September 1, 2020, to Monday, September 7, 2020, your goal will be to complete as many Mega Raids as you can! Gather Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your Pokémon and feel like a hero in your Raid Battles!
  • From Friday, September 11, 2020, to Thursday, September 17, 2020, hone your battle skills with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon. Take part in Gym battles, Team GO Rocket battles, and Trainer Battles (excluding GO Battle League battles).
  • From Tuesday, September 22, 2020, to Monday, September 28, 2020, become buddies with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon and spend time with it! Be sure to take snapshots and share them with us on social media using #GOsnapshot.”

We’ll make sure to bring you more details about these events as they’re revealed.

Finally, a new Special Research storyline related to Mega Evolution is now available. The storyline is called “A Mega Discovery,” and it contains four different sets of tasks to complete. Check out our guide to learn more about these tasks, and the rewards you’ll receive for completing them.

Are you excited about the addition of Mega Evolution to Pokemon Go? Let us know on Twitter at @superparenthq.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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