Mega Evolutions Have Arrived To Pokémon GO

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Pokémon Go has announced that Mega Evolutions have arrived to the game. This is a feature where Pokémon can get to an additional Evolutionary stage and get an incredible amount of power for a limited time in battle. Today we look a little closer on how Mega Evolutions work in the game.

So how does it work? It’s important to keep in mind that not all Pokémon can Mega Evolve. If they do have the ability to do it, they’re going to need a new resource known as Mega Energy. This mysterious substance can be collected by completing Mega Raids. These are Raid Battles that feature Mega-Evolved Pokémon. The trick is that the faster a Raid Boss is defeated, the more Mega Energy is received.

Trainers can Mega Evolve any of their Beedrill, Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur once they get enough Mega Energy. Some of these Pokémon are also set to appear in Mega Raids. Once a Pokémon is Mega Evolved, the Mega Energy needed to Mega Evolve that specific Pokémon decreases from then onward. By the way, it won’t be possible to Mega Evolve Clone and Shadow Pokémon.

Trainers are only allowed to Mega Evolve one Pokémon at time. Should a Trainer decide to Mega Evolve another Pokémon, the first Pokémon that was Mega Evolved turns back into its original form. Not to worry though, as there is a new Mega Pokédex that can help Trainers keep track of Pokémon that have been Mega-Evolved.

While a Mega-Evolved Pokémon can help in battles, they can only stay in that form for a limited time outside of battle. That means Trainers should do these after Mega-Evolving a Pokémon:

  • Battle in raids.
    • All other Pokémon in the raid get an attack boost.
    • Pokémon having the same attack type as any of the Mega-Evolved Pokémon’s type get an additional attack boost for those attacks.
  • Battle in Gyms.
    • Mega-Evolved Pokémon can’t defend Gyms.
  • Battle Team Go Rocket
  • Battle your friends.
    • While Mega-Evolved Pokémon are indeed strong, they cannot battle in the Go Battle League.
  • Make it your buddy and see it on the map.
  • Take a snapshot.

So what else can Trainers expect? There is also going to be new Mega Evolution-themed Special Research dubbed as A Mega Discovery. Take the time to learn with Professor Willow about Mega Evolution. Completing the Special Research rewards Beedrill Mega Energy.

There’s also a Mega September event for everyone. There are going to be three weeks of Mega Evolution-themed challenges, which are:

  • Date: September 1 to September 7
    • Complete as many Mega Raids as you can and gather Mega Energy in order to Mega Evolve Pokémon.
  • Date: September 11 to September 17
    • Perfect those battle skills with Mega-Evolved Pokémon by taking part in Gym battles, Team Go battles, and Trainer Battles.
  • Date: September 22 to September 28
    • Become buddies with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon and spend time with it. Take snapshots and share them with social media with #GOsnapshot.

So what do you think? Is this a good addition to the game? Let us know in the comments section below.

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