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Mega Evolution is an additional, temporary evolution form of specific Pokémon that reached their final evolution stage.

Mega Pokémon are more powerful forms of Pokémon with their attacks boosted as well as their Combat Power. HP of Mega Evolved Pokémon is the same as its standard form. Certain Pokémon may also change their types after being Mega Evolved.

Moreover, Mega Pokémon will boost the attack power of all other Pokémon when battling in Raid Battles. Pokémon with the same type as the Mega Evolved Pokémon will receive an even greater attack boost. However, these bonuses do not stack if there are multiple Mega-Evolved Pokémon battling simultaneously, and the highest possible attack boost will be applied.

Similarly to the main series games, Mega Evolution is temporary, however in Pokémon GO it is a temporal change of form that occurs in Trainer's Pokémon collection instead of a single battle.

Mega Evolved Pokémon can be assigned as a Buddy Pokémon and used to battle in raids and Gyms or against another Trainers and Team GO Rocket members. However, they cannot be deployed to defend Gyms, traded nor used in GO Battle League matches. Pokémon cannot be Powered Up while Mega Evolved.

Mega Evolving a Pokémon

Mega Evolving Charizard

In order to Mega Evolve a Pokémon, Trainer needs Mega Energy of specific Pokémon.

Pokémon will remain in their Mega form for 8 hours. Only one of Trainer's Pokémon can be Mega Evolved at any particular time. If another Pokémon is Mega Evolved, the previous Mega Evolved Pokémon will revert to standard form.

Mega Evolved form selection screen

If Pokémon such as Charizard has different Mega Evolution forms, Trainer can choose into which one they want to Mega Evolve such Pokémon.

Each Mega-Evolved Pokémon for first time is registered to the Mega Pokédex.

Clone and Shadow Pokémon cannot be Mega Evolved. Purified Pokémon can be Mega Evolved, but they do not have their white aura while Mega Evolved.

Mega Energy

Mega Energy is a consumable resource that is similar to Pokémon Candy, as each Pokémon species has specific Mega Energy. While a Pokémon is Mega Evolved, its Mega Energy will deplete over time. Unlike Candy, each individual type of Mega Energy has a limit of 2000 in Trainer collection.

Mega Energy for a particular species can be received by battling that specific Pokémon in Mega Raids – a special Tier of Raid Battles or completing Research tasks.

Buddy Pokémon can earn corresponding Mega Energy if it is part of previously a Mega-Evolved Pokémon's Evolutionary line. For example, if a Trainer had registered Mega Venusaur in their Pokédex, any Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur can earn Mega Energy when assigned as Buddy Pokémon.

Mega Evolving a Pokémon for the first time costs a significant amount of Mega Energy, Mega Evolving that single Pokémon subsequent times will cost less energy. Mega Evolving other Pokémon of the same species still requires full cost. Pokémon like Charizard have two Mega forms, both of them require to be unlocked at full cost first.

If a Pokémon that has previously been Mega Evolved is traded, they retain this discount. However, it does not unlock walking them for Mega Energy (although it would be easier to unlock due to the discount).

List of Mega-Evolved Pokémon

There are currently 16 Mega-Evolved forms released

695 16 105 687 507
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SHINY 3 STARS 507 See List of Shiny Pokémon and List by release date
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Mega Pokémon
Mega-Evolved Pokémon
Pokémon Types Stats Evolution cost Mega Evolution Types Stats
Venusaur
Venusaur
Grass
Poison
2,720 CP
Attack: 198
Defense: 189
Stamina: 190
200
40
Venusaur
Mega Venusaur
Grass
Poison
3,698 CP
Attack: 241
Defense: 246
Stamina: 190
Charizard
Charizard
Fire
Flying
2,889 CP
Attack: 223
Defense: 173
Stamina: 186
200
40
Charizard
Mega Charizard X
Fire
Dragon
3,850 CP
Attack: 273
Defense: 213
Stamina: 186
Charizard
Charizard
Fire
Flying
2,889 CP
Attack: 223
Defense: 173
Stamina: 186
200
40
Charizard
Mega Charizard Y
Fire
Flying
4,455 CP
Attack: 319
Defense: 212
Stamina: 186
Blastoise
Blastoise
Water
2,466 CP
Attack: 171
Defense: 207
Stamina: 188
200
40
Blastoise
Mega Blastoise
Water
3,941 CP
Attack: 264
Defense: 237
Stamina: 188
Beedrill
Beedrill
Bug
Poison
1,846 CP
Attack: 169
Defense: 130
Stamina: 163
100
20
Beedrill
Mega Beedrill
Bug
Poison
3,383 CP
Attack: 303
Defense: 148
Stamina: 163
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Normal
Flying
2,129 CP
Attack: 166
Defense: 154
Stamina: 195
100
20
Pidgeot
Mega Pidgeot
Normal
Flying
3,680 CP
Attack: 280
Defense: 175
Stamina: 195
Slowbro
Slowbro
Water
Psychic
2,545 CP
Attack: 177
Defense: 180
Stamina: 216
200
40
Slowbro
Mega Slowbro
Water
Psychic
3,755 CP
Attack: 224
Defense: 259
Stamina: 216
Gengar
Gengar
Ghost
Poison
2,878 CP
Attack: 261
Defense: 149
Stamina: 155
200
40
Gengar
Mega Gengar
Ghost
Poison
4,336 CP
Attack: 349
Defense: 199
Stamina: 155
Gyarados
Gyarados
Water
Flying
3,391 CP
Attack: 237
Defense: 186
Stamina: 216
200
40
Gyarados
Mega Gyarados
Water
Dark
4,717 CP
Attack: 292
Defense: 247
Stamina: 216
Ampharos
Ampharos
Electric
2,852 CP
Attack: 211
Defense: 169
Stamina: 207
200
40
Ampharos
Mega Ampharos
Electric
Dragon
4,245 CP
Attack: 294
Defense: 203
Stamina: 207
Houndoom
Houndoom
Dark
Fire
2,635 CP
Attack: 224
Defense: 144
Stamina: 181
200
40
Houndoom
Mega Houndoom
Dark
Fire
3,842 CP
Attack: 289
Defense: 194
Stamina: 181
Manectric
Manectric
Electric
2,340 CP
Attack: 215
Defense: 127
Stamina: 172
200
40
Manectric
Mega Manectric
Electric
3,580 CP
Attack: 286
Defense: 179
Stamina: 172
Altaria
Altaria
Dragon
Flying
2,004 CP
Attack: 141
Defense: 201
Stamina: 181
200
40
Altaria
Mega Altaria
Dragon
Fairy
3,163 CP
Attack: 222
Defense: 218
Stamina: 181
Lopunny
Lopunny
Normal
2,059 CP
Attack: 156
Defense: 194
Stamina: 163
200
40
Lopunny
Mega Lopunny
Normal
Fighting
3,745 CP
Attack: 282
Defense: 214
Stamina: 163
Abomasnow
Abomasnow
Grass
Ice
2,362 CP
Attack: 178
Defense: 158
Stamina: 207
200
40
Abomasnow
Mega Abomasnow
Grass
Ice
3,405 CP
Attack: 240
Defense: 191
Stamina: 207
Pokémon with unreleased Mega Evolution

The following Mega Pokémon have not been released in Pokémon GO.

Pinsir
#127
Bug   Flying
Mewtwo
#150
Psychic   Fighting
Sableye
#302
Dark   Ghost
Mawile
#303
Steel   Fairy

The following Pokémon are capable of Mega Evolve in the main game series, but their Mega Evolution has not been released in Pokémon GO.

Steelix
#208
Steel   Ground
Scizor
#212
Bug   Steel
Heracross
#214
Bug   Fighting
Tyranitar
#248
Rock   Dark
Blaziken
#257
Fire   Fighting
Swampert
#260
Water   Ground
Gardevoir
#282
Psychic   Fairy
Aggron
#306
Steel   Rock
Medicham
#308
Fighting   Psychic
Camerupt
#323
Fire   Ground
Absol
#359
Dark
Glalie
#362
Ice
Salamence
#373
Dragon   Flying
Metagross
#376
Steel   Psychic
Latias
#380
Dragon   Psychic
Latios
#381
Dragon   Psychic
Garchomp
#445
Dragon   Ground
Lucario
#448
Fighting   Steel
Gallade
#475
Psychic   Fighting
Audino
#531
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Reception and adjustments

Despite being highly-anticipated by the community, Mega Evolution caused a public backlash regarding its implementation. A Reddit post criticizing Mega Evolution received over 8000 upvotes and 100 rewards within the launch day. Many have pointed out the duration of Mega Evolution is not worth the Raid Passes spent on collecting Mega Energy. The difficulty of Mega Evolving one's desired species is also in concern due to specific Mega Energy and the rarity of Mega Raid Battles.

Since there is specific Mega Raid Bosses pool, there would be no way to Mega Evolve any Pokémon that has its Mega Evolved form released but is no longer available in Mega Raids. Initially, once all Beedrill Mega Energy from A Mega Discovery was used, there was no possibility to continue on Mega Evolving Beedrill for a longer time period.

Competitive players have expressed their worries of Mega Evolution greatly enlarging the gap between free players and "whales". Mega Evolving Pokémon daily takes 1 to 2 Raid Passes to gather Mega Energy, which is impossible to catch up for free players.

Outside of Mega Evolution, replacing team contribution with speed bonus does harm to Premier Balls in Tier 5 Raid Bosses. It is impossible to defeat certain Legendary Pokémon in a short time, even for large group, while having more Trainers mean lowering the damage bonus.

Regarding to this, Niantic has made a statement "We are actively listening to your feedback and look forward to sharing more about how this feature will grow in the future." in the Pokémon GO official Twitter page.

On September 3rd, 2020, several updates were made after listening to feedback. The Mega Evolution cost of subsequent Mega Evolution was reduced. Amount of Mega Energy given from Mega Raids was increased.[1] Niantic also announced that they are working on implementing features which would allow Trainers to obtain Mega Energy in more ways.

On October 15th, 2020, the duration of Mega-Evolved form has doubled from four hours to eight hours. The cap of each individual type of Mega Energy has increased from 999 to 2000.[2]

Since November 12th, 2020, more updates were added, including:[3]

  • Earning corresponding Mega Energy from Buddy Pokémon if it is part of previously Mega-Evolved Pokémon's Evolutionary line. Detail is described above.
  • Earning additional Candies when Trainers catch a Pokémon that shares a type with the active Mega-Evolved Pokémon. Additional Candies are given from catching Raid Bosses regardless of their types.

Gallery

Promotional images

Promotional video

Trivia

Trainer in Raid Lobby with active Mega-Evolved Pokémon

  • In original game series, Mega Evolution was an additional evolution that allowed Pokémon to transform into stronger form of their final evolution stage during battle.
  • Mega Evolution was first mentioned in the Pokémon Presents on June 17th, 2020. It would be released in Fall 2020.[4]
    • It was officially released on August 27th, 2020.[5]
    • Similarly, to Team GO Rocket features, Mega Evolution was introduced with a Special Research &ndash A Mega Discovery.
    • 5 days after release, with the beginning of September 2020, three-week long Mega September event series started and it revolved around Mega Evolution.
  • In a Raid Lobby, Trainers with an active Mega-Evolved Pokémon have a respective icon next to their avatar and an aura surrounding them.
  • Mega Lucario and Mega Mewtwo Y along with balloon of Mega Charizard X were featured in the key artwork for 4th Anniversary.

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