'Pokémon Go' Makes More Changes to Mega Evolution Including Increasing Duration

Mega Evolution in Pokémon Go has been a feature that has left the community wanting improvements, and Niantic updated trainers on how it plans to make the new mechanic better.

In a short blog post, the Pokémon Go team confirmed that it is implementing two new changes to Mega Evolution.

The first is increasing the amount of time Mega Evolution lasts in-game. Originally, Mega-Evolved Pokémon only lasted four hours, but this new change will double the time to eight hours.

This gives Pokémon Go trainers more time to take on Team Go Rocket and others in non-ranked PVP. It also gives more incentive for players to actually Mega-Evolve their Pokémon as the process will now take up a good portion of a single day.

Secondly, the amount of Mega Energy held by a trainer is now increased. Originally, trainers could only hold 999 Mega Energy, but that has been increased to 2000. Niantic also makes a note that the 2000 cap applies to each individual Mega Energy. Simply, trainers can hold up to 2000 Mega Beedrill Energy, 2000 Mega Charizard Energy etc.

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These changes come just in time for October's Community Day event featuring Charmander. The Fire-type Starter Pokémon's final evolution, Charizard, has two different Mega Evolutions for trainers to use.

The upcoming event will give trainers more chances to catch Charmander--and its Shiny form--in the overworld and there may be ways to earn Mega Charizard Energy during the event.

When Mega Evolution was first released in late August, Pokémon Go trainers were disappointed with the duration Mega Evolution lasts, how much Mega Energy is needed to perform the process, and how scarce it was to earn this currency.

Mega Energy can only be earned by defeating Mega Pokémon in the new Mega Raids. And even then, the amount of Mega Energy earned didn't meet the requirement to actually perform Mega Evolution.

Nianti was quick to start making changes, with the first being implemented in early September. The changes made to Mega Evolution then were:

  • The Mega Energy requirement to Mega Evolve a Pokémon that has already Mega Evolved before has decreased.
  • The amount of Mega Energy that Trainers receive from winning Mega Raids has increased.

Here are a few adjustments that we're working on implementing.

  • Walking with your buddy to earn Mega Energy
  • More ways to earn Mega Energy through research tasks and other gameplay
  • Earning bonus Candy when catching Pokémon that share a type with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon

Since then, Niantic has held events where certain field tasks rewarded Mega Energy to players, but hopefully there will be more ways to earn it in the future.

What do you think of the latest changes to Mega Evolution in Pokémon Go? Who is your favorite Mega Pokémon? Let us know in the comments section.

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