How Mega Charizard X and Y Will Work in 'Pokémon Go'

When Mega Evolutions were introduced to the Pokémon franchise in 2013 Charizard was one of two special Pokémon who received two different Mega Evolutions, Mewtwo being the other.

Now that Mega Evolutions are making their way to Pokémon Go, Charizard fans will have the option of which of its two forms, Mega Charizard X or Mega Charizard Y, to Mega-Evolve into.

To Mega-Evolve your Pokémon trainers will have to battle Mega Evolved Pokémon in Mega Raids to earn enough Mega Energy to perform the transformation. For example, battling Mega Blastoise will earn Mega Blastoise Energy. However, it'll be a little simpler for Charizard.

"With Charizard there will be only one Mega Energy and then trainers will be able to choose if they want to apply it to X or Y," Laura Warner, Senior Game Designer for Pokémon Go, told Newsweek.

So whether trainers battle a Mega Charizard X or Mega Charizard Y in Mega Raids, they'll be earning energy to Mega-Evolve their Charizard to whichever form they choose.

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Both Mega Charizard X and Y will be in 'Pokemon Go' The Pokemon Company/NewsGeek

Warner explained to Newsweek that trainers will have to perform the Mega Evolution outside of battle, so that's when trainers will choose between the two Charizards. With Mega Evolution being a temporary form change, trainers will be able to battle with both Mega Charizards.

Each Mega Charizard has its own strengths and weaknesses that will help trainers in battle. Mega Charizard Y retains the Fire and Flying typing, which will allow it to take advantage of same type attack bonus (STAB) moves like Air Slash.

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Mega Charizard X performing Overheat in 'Pokemon Go' Niantic

Mega Charizard X goes through a more drastic change. This Charizard transforms into a Fire and Dragon-type Pokémon--Newsweek did get confirmation that type changes from the main series games will carry over into Pokémon Go--allowing it to take advantage of moves like Dragon Claw and the upcoming Community Day exclusive attack, Dragon Breath.

Community Day events have been used by the Pokémon Go team to make certain Pokémon powerful in PVP and Raid Battles. The Weedle Community Day in June gave Beedrill Drill Run to make it more viable in PVP and now its Mega Evolution will be one of the few added to the game initially.

The upcoming Charmander Community Day event in October, as voted on by players, will receive Dragon Breath, which Mega Charizard X will be able to take full advantage of in Raid battles.

It should be noted that Mega Evolutions won't be able to participate in the Go Battle League, but trainers can use them against Team Go Rocket.

When Newsweek brought up how Community Day exclusive moves will be determined moving forward they confirmed that they are keeping Mega Evolutions in mind, but Warner pointed out that since Mega Evolution is temporary that exclusive moves are designed to be useful even when a Pokémon isn't Mega Evolved.

Are you excited to see both Mega Charizards in Pokémon Go? Which of the two is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.