Pokémon Go's Mega Evolutions allow you to power-up existing creatures into a much more powerful form.
First introduced in the mainline games with Pokémon X and Y, Mega Evolutions took place by using specific stones in battle.
In Pokémon Go, Mega Evolutions remain a temporary transformation, and requiring the use of a new item type - Mega Energy.
This page explains how to Mega Evolve a Pokémon in Pokémon Go, how to get a Mega Energy and where you can use Mega Evolved Pokémon.
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Which Mega Evolutions are currently available in Pokémon Go?
While a number of Mega Evolutions have released in Pokémon Go, they are not all available at the same time. This means that, if you wish to complete your Mega Pokédex, you need to keep a close eye on exactly which Mega Pokémon are currently appearing in Mega Raids. If not, you risk having to wait for their reappearance.
Throughout the Season of Heritage, there will only be one Mega Evolution available in Mega Raids at one specific time. This makes it the perfect opportunity to focus on gathering candy for that evolution and adding new entries to your Mega Pokédex.
Currently, the Mega Evolution available in Mega Raids in Mega Aerodactyl.
How Mega Evolutions work in Pokémon Go
Mega Evolutions are an additional, more powerful evolution that certain Pokémon - such as the original Kanto starters - can undertake.
To Mega Evolve a Pokémon in Pokémon Go, you need a resource named Mega Energy. Once a Pokémon has been Mega Evolved, it will stay in that form for a limited amount of time (which was increased to eight hours in October 2020) and can be used in a variety of battles.
You will be able to see how much time your Mega Evolution has remaining on its CP screen.
Once it has returned to its normal form, the Mega Energy you need to Mega Evolve it again later will be decreased.
This amount was further decreased on Thursday, 3rd September as Niantic performed a number of adjustments to the Mega Evolution system.
Other things you should know about Mega Evolutions:
- You can only Mega Evolve one Pokémon at a time. If you Mega Evolve a second Pokémon, the other one will return back to normal.
- Shadow Pokémon cannot undergo a Mega Evolution.
- Clone Pokémon cannot undergo a Mega Evolution.
- Mega Evolutions will be listed in your Pokédex under the 'Mega Pokédex'. So that's another thing to collect!
- There will be two new Medals added to the game - one for collecting Unique Mega Evolutions, the other for total Mega Evolutions. (Thanks to martycochrane on reddit for revealing this.)
How to get Mega Energy in Pokémon Go
Mega Energy is specific to each individual Pokémon - similar to how Candy works in the game. So if you want to Mega Evolve a Bulbasaur into Mega Bulbasaur, you need Bulbasaur Mega Energy.
Mega Energy is primarily found from completing Mega Raids, a type of Raid encounter featuring Mega Pokémon. The faster you win a Mega Raid, the more Mega Energy you receive and this amount was then increased in September 2020 thanks to feedback from players.
It's also been confirmed as a reward in certain Special Research rewards; you can receive Mega Energy for Beedrill, for example, by completing 'A Mega Discovery'. Since Mega Energy is specific to each type of Pokémon, we suspect there will be more ways to get Mega Energy over time as they rotate in and out of Raids - though that is speculation on our part.
On Thursday, 3rd September 2020, Niantic announced that it was working on a number of adjustments to improve how Mega Energy is earned in Pokémon Go. These new Mega Energy earning methods include:
- Additional ways to earn Mega Energy from research tasks
- Walking with your buddy
Niantic also announced that it was working on an adjustment that would allow you to earn bonus Candy when you caught a Pokémon that shared the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
Where can you use Mega Evolutions in Pokémon Go?
While a Pokémon is in its temporary Mega Evolved form, you can use it in the following areas of the game:
- Battling in Raids
- All other Pokémon in the Raid will receive an attack boost. A further boost is added that Pokémon shares the same type of attack. (These boosts don't stack, so you can only benefit from one Mega Evolution at a time.)
Meanwhile, Mega Evolutions cannot be used to:
- Defend Gyms
- In the Go Battle League (though Niantic has teased this might change in future, perhaps for specific Leagues or Cups)
The Season of Heritage continues in 2022, along with the XP Challenge and a refreshed Go Battle League. Ongoing are Arlo, Cliff, Sierra counters and Giovanni counters. The major updates in the previous year include a level cap increase, the introduction of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.
Mega Evolutions list: Which Mega Evolutions are available in Pokémon Go?
As with regular Pokémon, you can track how many Mega Evolutions you've encountered in your Mega Pokédex.
Though the main games span 48 Mega Evolutions (including the two Charizard and Mewtwo each have access to each) on the feature's debut in Pokémon Go, there are only four Mega Evolutions available.
Pokémon Go Mega Evolution list
|Mega Venusaur||Mega Raids|
|Mega Charizard X||Mega Raids|
|Mega Charizard Y||Mega Raids|
|Mega Blastoise||Mega Raids|
|Mega Pidgeot||Mega Raids
Unlocked September 2020 following a community event
|Mega Beedrill||Field Research and Special Research
Unlocked September 2020 following A Mega Discovery Special Research
|Mega Houndoom||Mega Raids
Unlocked September 2020 following the Mega Event
|Mega Gengar||Mega Raids
Unlocked in October 2020 as part of the Halloween event
|Mega Abomasnow||Mega Raids
Unlocked in December 2020
|Mega Ampharos||Mega Raids
Unlocked in January 2021 as part of the Hoenn Celebration event
|Mega Gyarados||Mega Raids
Unlocked in February 2021 as part of the Lunar New Year event
|Mega Manectric||Mega Raids
Unlocked in March 2021 as part of the Charge Up! event event
|Mega Lopunny||Mega Raids
Unlocked in April 2021 as part of the Spring event
|Mega Altaria||Mega Raids
Unlocked in May 2021 as part of the Swablu Community Day
|Mega Slowbro||Mega Raids
Unlocked in June 2021 as part of the A Very Slow Discovery
|Mega Absol||Mega Raids
Unlocked in October 2021 as part of the Halloween event
|Mega Steelix||Mega Raids
Unlocked on Wednesday, 1st December 2021
|Mega Aerodactyl||Mega Raids
Unlocked on Friday, 7th January 2022 as part of the Mountains of Power event
All Mega Evolution in Pokémon explained
Meanwhile, here are all the Mega Pokémon ever released in the mainline games in a single image, courtesy of a tier list (thanks to gerbetta33 on reddit for this).
To clarify - these are not currently in Pokémon Go, and there's no guarantee they will appear in the game.
However, this list might be useful to learn what could be coming to the game one day:
Good luck on your hunt for Mega Evolutions!