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Mega Evolution is an additional, temporary evolution form of specific Pokémon that reached their final evolution stage. They have greatly increased Combat Power, but their HP remains the same. Certain Pokémon may also change their types after being Mega Evolved.

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, powered up nor used in GO Battle League matches 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 and enter rest period. While Pokémon can be Mega Evolved in a raid lobby, this cannot be done if another Pokémon is Mega Evolved.

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 or Shadow Pokémon cannot be Mega Evolved. Purified or costumed (Blastoise, Gengar) Pokémon can be Mega Evolved, but they do not have their white aura or costume 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. Completing a Mega Raid in a shorter time would award more Mega Energy, which is given upon completion of the raid and does not require a catch.

Buddy Pokémon can earn corresponding 5 Mega Energy per km via walking (along with the usual Candy) 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 high amount of Mega Energy. Mega Evolving that single Pokémon subsequent times do not require Mega Energy again, if its rest period is over. Mega Energy can be used to skip the rest period. 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.

Mega Level and bonuses

Mega Evolving a Pokémon progresses that specific Pokémon's Mega Level and unlock increasing bonuses.

Mega Pokémon boost the attack power of all other Pokémon when battling in Raid Battles by 10%. Attacks that share their type with the Mega Pokémon's type(s) receive a 30% boost. However, these bonuses do not stack if there are multiple Mega-Evolved Pokémon battling simultaneously, only the higher will be applied.

Level Total times Mega-Evolved Rest period (day) Bonuses
Level 0 0 14 1 bonus catch Candy
Base Level 1 7 1 bonus catch Candy
High Level 7 5 1 bonus catch Candy
10% increased Candy XL chance
50 bonus XP
Max Level 30 3 2 bonus catch Candies
25% increased Candy XL chance
100 bonus XP

While a Pokémon Mega Evolved, the Trainer gain bonus Candy for catching Pokémon that share a type with the Mega Evolved Pokémon, or for any raid boss caught. These do not stack with each other.

If a Pokémon that has previously been Mega Evolved is traded, their Mega Level is reset, and that Pokémon is considered to have never Mega Evolved at all.

List of Mega-Evolved Pokémon

Mega Pokémon

There are currently 21 Mega-Evolved forms released

743 21 121 734 550
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SHINY 3 STARS 550 See List of Shiny Pokémon and List by release date
3 STARS 743 See Pokémon Appraisal
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PURIFIED 231 See List of Shadow Pokémon and List by release date


Mega-Evolved Pokémon
Pidgeot
#018
Normal   Flying
Slowbro
#080
Water   Psychic
Gengar
#094
Ghost   Poison
Steelix
#208
Steel   Ground
Altaria
#334
Dragon   Fairy
Latias
#380
Dragon   Psychic
Latios
#381
Dragon   Psychic
Lopunny
#428
Normal   Fighting
Pokémon with unreleased Mega Evolution

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

Pinsir
#127
Bug   Flying
Sableye
#302
Dark   Ghost
Mawile
#303
Steel   Fairy

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

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
Glalie
#362
Ice
Salamence
#373
Dragon   Flying
Metagross
#376
Steel   Psychic
Garchomp
#445
Dragon   Ground
Lucario
#448
Fighting   Steel
Gallade
#475
Psychic   Fighting
Audino
#531
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Mega-Evolved Pokémon
Venusaur
Beedrill
Pidgeot
#018
Normal   Flying
Slowbro
#080
Water   Psychic
Gengar
#094
Ghost   Poison
Gyarados
Ampharos
Steelix
#208
Steel   Ground
Houndoom
Altaria
#334
Dragon   Fairy
Latias
#380
Dragon   Psychic
Latios
#381
Dragon   Psychic
Lopunny
#428
Normal   Fighting
Abomasnow
Pokémon with unreleased Mega Evolution

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

Pinsir
#127
Bug   Flying
Mewtwo
Sableye
#302
Dark   Ghost
Mawile
#303
Steel   Fairy
Sharpedo

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

Scizor
#212
Bug   Steel
Heracross
#214
Bug   Fighting
Tyranitar
#248
Rock   Dark
Sceptile
Blaziken
#257
Fire   Fighting
Swampert
#260
Water   Ground
Gardevoir
#282
Psychic   Fairy
Aggron
#306
Steel   Rock
Medicham
#308
Fighting   Psychic
Camerupt
#323
Fire   Ground
Glalie
#362
Ice
Salamence
#373
Dragon   Flying
Metagross
#376
Steel   Psychic
Garchomp
#445
Dragon   Ground
Lucario
#448
Fighting   Steel
Gallade
#475
Psychic   Fighting
Audino
#531
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Regular and Mega-Evolved Pokémon comparison

Pokémon Stats Mega
Energy
Max Evolution cost Mega Evolution Stats
0 Base High Max
2,720 CP
Attack: 198
Defense: 189
Stamina: 190
Venusaur mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,698 CP
Attack: 241
Defense: 246
Stamina: 190
2,889 CP
Attack: 223
Defense: 173
Stamina: 186
Charizard mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,850 CP
Attack: 273
Defense: 213
Stamina: 186
2,889 CP
Attack: 223
Defense: 173
Stamina: 186
Charizard mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 4,455 CP
Attack: 319
Defense: 212
Stamina: 186
2,466 CP
Attack: 171
Defense: 207
Stamina: 188
Blastoise mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,941 CP
Attack: 264
Defense: 237
Stamina: 188
1,846 CP
Attack: 169
Defense: 130
Stamina: 163
Beedrill mega energy.png 100 21 11 6 3,383 CP
Attack: 303
Defense: 148
Stamina: 163
Pidgeot
Normal   Flying
2,129 CP
Attack: 166
Defense: 154
Stamina: 195
Pidgeot mega energy.png 100 21 11 6 3,680 CP
Attack: 280
Defense: 175
Stamina: 195
Slowbro
Water   Psychic
2,545 CP
Attack: 177
Defense: 180
Stamina: 216
Slowbro mega energy.png 100 21 11 6 3,755 CP
Attack: 224
Defense: 259
Stamina: 216
Gengar
Ghost   Poison
2,878 CP
Attack: 261
Defense: 149
Stamina: 155
Gengar mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 4,336 CP
Attack: 349
Defense: 199
Stamina: 155
3,391 CP
Attack: 237
Defense: 186
Stamina: 216
Gyarados mega energy.png 300 61 31 16 4,717 CP
Attack: 292
Defense: 247
Stamina: 216
2,586 CP
Attack: 181
Defense: 165
Stamina: 233
File:Kangaskhan mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,850 CP
Attack: 246
Defense: 210
Stamina: 233
2,783 CP
Attack: 221
Defense: 159
Stamina: 190
Aerodactyl mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 4,118 CP
Attack: 292
Defense: 210
Stamina: 190
2,852 CP
Attack: 211
Defense: 169
Stamina: 207
Ampharos mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 4,245 CP
Attack: 294
Defense: 203
Stamina: 207
Steelix
Steel   Ground
2,414 CP
Attack: 148
Defense: 272
Stamina: 181
Steelix mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,655 CP
Attack: 212
Defense: 388
Stamina: 150
2,635 CP
Attack: 224
Defense: 144
Stamina: 181
Houndoom mega energy.png 100 21 11 6 3,842 CP
Attack: 289
Defense: 194
Stamina: 181
2,340 CP
Attack: 215
Defense: 127
Stamina: 172
Manectric mega energy.png 100 21 11 6 3,580 CP
Attack: 286
Defense: 179
Stamina: 172
Altaria
Dragon   Flying
2,004 CP
Attack: 141
Defense: 201
Stamina: 181
Altaria mega energy.png 300 61 31 16 3,163 CP
Attack: 222
Defense: 218
Stamina: 181
2,526 CP
Attack: 246
Defense: 120
Stamina: 163
Absol mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,301 CP
Attack: 314
Defense: 130
Stamina: 163
Latias
Dragon   Psychic
3,510 CP
Attack: 228
Defense: 246
Stamina: 190
File:Latias mega energy.png 300 61 31 16 4,801 CP
Attack: 289
Defense: 297
Stamina: 190
Latios
Dragon   Psychic
3,705 CP
Attack: 260
Defense: 212
Stamina: 190
File:Latios mega energy.png 300 61 31 16 5,007 CP
Attack: 335
Defense: 241
Stamina: 190
2,059 CP
Attack: 156
Defense: 194
Stamina: 163
Lopunny mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,745 CP
Attack: 282
Defense: 214
Stamina: 163
2,362 CP
Attack: 178
Defense: 158
Stamina: 207
Abomasnow mega energy.png 200 41 21 11 3,405 CP
Attack: 240
Defense: 191
Stamina: 207

The required amount of Mega Energy varies according to the Rest period in hours

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.

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 from 25% of the original cost to only 20%. 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.

On April 29th, 2022, along with A Mega Moment, a multitude of changes for Mega Evolution were implemented.[4][5]

  • Mega Raids are easier.
  • Pokémon can be Mega Evolved from raid and battle-prep screens.
  • Pokémon that has been Mega Evolved before now have an additional visual effect added to their information page.
  • Mega Levels, rest period and bonuses of XP and Candy XL are introduced.

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.[6]
    • It was officially released on August 27th, 2020.[7]
    • Similarly, to Team GO Rocket features, Mega Evolution was introduced with a Special ResearchA 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 the original game series, all Mega-Evolved Pokémon share the same stamina stat as normal form. This is also true in Pokémon GO, with Mega Steelix being the only exception.
  • 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.
  • Mega Evolution does not count as evolution for the purpose of Research tasks.
  • Previously, trading a Pokémon that has been Mega Evolved before would retain the Mega Energy discount when Mega Evolving it again. This is no longer the case since the update from A Mega Moment.
  • Mega Evolving a Pokémon revives and fully heals it.

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