Everything We Learned About Mega Evolution in 'Pokémon Go'

Pokémon Go is getting a massive update this week, with the implementation of Mega Evolutions.

Mega Evolutions were introduced in Gen 6 (Pokémon X and Y) and allowed for certain Pokémon to achieve a new temporary level of evolution in battle. These evolutions altered Pokémon's typings, power and much more.

Revealed back in June, Mega Evolution will now change the way Pokémon Go players battle in Raids and experience the popular mobile game.

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'Pokemon Go' will add Mega Evolution soon. Niantic


When the new update is released, trainers will see that a new type of Pokémon Go Raid will appear in the overworld. These "Mega Raids" will house Mega-Evolved Pokémon for trainers to battle.

Unlike normal Raids, Mega Raids are not so trainers can catch Pokémon—they're to gain Mega Energy. Gathering specific Mega Energy will be the key to unlocking Mega Evolution for your Pokémon.

"If you win a Mega Raid, you'll receive an amount of Mega Energy for the Pokémon that you battle," Laura Warner, Senior Game Designer for Pokémon Go, recently told Newsweek. "So if you battled Mega Blastoise, you'll get Mega Blastoise Mega Energy. When you've collected enough of that Mega Energy, you'll then be able to unlock the Mega Form on a Blastoise."

There will be an initial cost of energy to Mega Evolving each specific Pokémon, but once you do it the first time—and once it's registered in the new Mega PokeDex—there will be a lower cost to Mega Evolving moving forward.

Warner clarifies that this is a one-time cost reduction, so the second (lower) number of Mega Energy needed to Mega Evolve one specific Pokémon will stay the same.

Like the main series games, Mega Evolution is only temporary in Pokémon Go. However, instead of the Pokémon reverting back to its normal form after a battle, trainers will have a set amount of time to battle, walk and take photos with their Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

When asked how long this duration will be, Warner couldn't provide a specific timeline, but said, "We're looking to make sure that it's a good chunk of the day so that trainers can get to spend some time with the Mega Pokémon without thinking about numbers too much."

Newsweek got clarification that the amount of time a Pokémon stays a Mega will stay the same, no matter what you do with the Mega Pokémon in-game.

It should also be noted that Shadow and Clone Pokémon won't be able to Mega Evolve, but Purified Pokémon can.

Newsweek also received confirmation from the Pokémon Go team that type changes via Mega Evolution will be "canonical" from the main series games. So Mega Charizard X will indeed transform into a Fire and Dragon-type Pokémon.


Niantic confirmed that there will be five Mega Pokémon introduced with the new feature. Both Mega Charizard X and Y, Mega Blastoise and Mega Venusaur will appear in Mega Raids.

Mega Beedrill will also be added to Pokémon Go through a Special Research. Warner told Newsweek that "for now" Mega Beedrill will be relegated to the Special Research, but completing the tasks will give trainers enough Mega Energy to Mega Evolve their Beedrill several times, to help you along your journey.


Trainers can only activate a Mega Evolution before they enter a battle, so be sure to do so before entering your next Raid.

Players will also only be able to have one Mega-Evolved Pokémon at any given time. If you Mega Evolve a Charizard when you already have a Mega Beedrill roaming around, Beedrill will revert back to its normal form.

Any Pokémon brought out alongside your Mega Pokémon by other trainers will get an attack boost during a Raid. Also, an added attack boost will be given based on the type of Pokémon your Mega is and the types of attacks used. For example, if you bring a Mega that's a Dragon-type, any Dragon-type attack used will get that attack boost.

Also, in a Raid Battle, Pokémon can benefit from attack boosts from only one Mega-Evolved Pokémon at a time. So it's not beneficial to have everyone who joins you in a Raid use a Mega Pokémon at the same time.


While talking with the Pokémon Go team, we learned that Mega Evolution won't be allowed in PVP battles for the time being. Mega Pokémon can only be used in Raids and in Team Go Rocket battles.

The Combat Power (CP) of a Pokémon will increase upon Mega Evolving. And Mega Pokémon can't occupy Gyms.

Are you excited for Mega Evolutions to arrive in Pokémon Go? Let us know in the comments section.