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Mega Evolution

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Mega redirects here. For Crystal's Meganium in Pokémon Adventures, which is known as Mega in Chuang Yi translations, see Megaree.

Blaziken Mega Evolving into Mega Blaziken

Mega Evolution (Japanese: メガシンカ Mega Evolution) is a new transformation affecting Pokémon, found only in the Kalos region. Mega Evolutions are identified by having "Mega" in front of their name.

Korrina, the Gym Leader of Shalour City, is said to know secrets about Mega Evolution. The Tower of Mastery is also related to Mega Evolution. According to a legend, the first Pokémon to have been Mega Evolved was a Lucario.

Mega Evolving

The Mega Evolution sigil, as seen in Pokémon Tretta

In order to Mega Evolve, the Pokémon must be holding the appropriate Mega Stone and its Trainer must have a Key Stone. Professor Sycamore theorizes that even with the Mega Stone and the respective item to resonate with the stone, Mega Evolution cannot be achieved if there is not a strong bond between Trainer and Pokémon.

Once per battle, only a single Pokémon for each Trainer may Mega Evolve. Switching the Mega Evolved Pokémon out will not dissolve a Mega Evolution. A Mega Evolved Pokémon can only revert back to its original state upon fainting or the conclusion of the battle. If a Mega Evolved Pokémon faints, but is later revived, that Pokémon cannot obtain a Mega Evolved state again for the remaining duration of the battle.

Mega Stones cannot be taken via Thief or Covet. Abilities such as Magician and Pickpocket will fail to snatch the Mega Stone from its holder. If used by the holder, moves such as Bestow, Fling, Trick and Switcheroo will always fail. Embargo and Magic Room also have no effect, and will not prevent a Pokémon from using its Mega Stone to Mega Evolve.

A Pokémon cannot Mega Evolve while shifting position in a Triple Battle, or during the airborne phase of Sky Drop. Status conditions such as paralysis and sleep have no effect over a Pokémon's ability to Mega Evolve.

Effects

A Mega-Evolved Pokémon has different base stats, with the exception of HP, and can have a different Ability and type from its non-Mega-Evolved form. Every Mega-Evolved Pokémon except for Mega Alakazam has a base stat total 100 points higher than that of its base form. Mega Alakazam only has a base stat total 90 points higher than its total as Alakazam*.

Since movement order is determined before any moves are used (except changes due to Quash and After You), the Pokémon's new Speed or Ability will not affect movement order on the turn during which it Mega Evolves.

Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution

Pokémon Before Mega Evolution After Mega Evolution Mega Stone
Image Type Image Type Ability
Venusaur 003Venusaur.png  Grass  Poison  003Venusaur-Mega.png  Grass  Poison  Thick Fat Dream Venusaurite Sprite.png
Venusaurite
Charizard 006Charizard.png  Fire  Flying  006Charizard-Mega X.png  Fire  Dragon  Tough Claws Dream Charizardite X Sprite.png
Charizardite X
006Charizard-Mega Y.png  Fire  Flying  Drought Dream Charizardite Y Sprite.png
Charizardite Y
Blastoise 009Blastoise.png  Water  009Blastoise-Mega.png  Water  Mega Launcher Dream Blastoisinite Sprite.png
Blastoisinite
Alakazam 065Alakazam.png  Psychic  065Alakazam-Mega.png  Psychic  Trace Dream Alakazite Sprite.png
Alakazite
Gengar 094Gengar.png  Ghost  Poison  094Gengar-Mega.png  Ghost  Poison  Shadow Tag Dream Gengarite Sprite.png
Gengarite
Kangaskhan 115Kangaskhan.png  Normal  115Kangaskhan-Mega.png  Normal  Parental Bond Dream Kangaskhanite Sprite.png
Kangaskhanite
Pinsir 127Pinsir.png  Bug  127Pinsir-Mega.png  Bug  Flying  Aerilate Dream Pinsirite Sprite.png
Pinsirite
Gyarados 130Gyarados.png  Water  Flying  130Gyarados-Mega.png  Water  Dark  Mold Breaker Dream Gyaradosite Sprite.png
Gyaradosite
Aerodactyl 142Aerodactyl.png  Rock  Flying  142Aerodactyl-Mega.png  Rock  Flying  Tough Claws Dream Aerodactylite Sprite.png
Aerodactylite
Mewtwo 150Mewtwo.png  Psychic  150Mewtwo-Mega X.png  Psychic  Fighting  Steadfast Dream Mewtwonite X Sprite.png
Mewtwonite X
150Mewtwo-Mega Y.png  Psychic  Insomnia Dream Mewtwonite Y Sprite.png
Mewtwonite Y
Ampharos 181Ampharos.png  Electric  181Ampharos-Mega.png  Electric  Dragon  Mold Breaker Dream Ampharosite Sprite.png
Ampharosite
Scizor 212Scizor.png  Bug  Steel  212Scizor-Mega.png  Bug  Steel  Technician Dream Scizorite Sprite.png
Scizorite
Heracross 214Heracross.png  Bug  Fighting  214Heracross-Mega.png  Bug  Fighting  Skill Link Dream Heracronite Sprite.png
Heracronite
Houndoom 229Houndoom.png  Dark  Fire  229Houndoom-Mega.png  Dark  Fire  Solar Power Dream Houndoominite Sprite.png
Houndoominite
Tyranitar 248Tyranitar.png  Rock  Dark  248Tyranitar-Mega.png  Rock  Dark  Sand Stream Dream Tyranitarite Sprite.png
Tyranitarite
Blaziken 257Blaziken.png  Fire  Fighting  257Blaziken-Mega.png  Fire  Fighting  Speed Boost Dream Blazikenite Sprite.png
Blazikenite
Gardevoir 282Gardevoir.png  Psychic  Fairy  282Gardevoir-Mega.png  Psychic  Fairy  Pixilate Dream Gardevoirite Sprite.png
Gardevoirite
Mawile 303Mawile.png  Steel  Fairy  303Mawile-Mega.png  Steel  Fairy  Huge Power Dream Mawilite Sprite.png
Mawilite
Aggron 306Aggron.png  Steel  Rock  306Aggron-Mega.png  Steel  Filter Dream Aggronite Sprite.png
Aggronite
Medicham 308Medicham.png  Fighting  Psychic  308Medicham-Mega.png  Fighting  Psychic  Pure Power Dream Medichamite Sprite.png
Medichamite
Manectric 310Manectric.png  Electric  310Manectric-Mega.png  Electric  Intimidate Dream Manectite Sprite.png
Manectite
Banette 354Banette.png  Ghost  354Banette-Mega.png  Ghost  Prankster Dream Banettite Sprite.png
Banettite
Absol 359Absol.png  Dark  359Absol-Mega.png  Dark  Magic Bounce Dream Absolite Sprite.png
Absolite
Garchomp 445Garchomp.png  Dragon  Ground  445Garchomp-Mega.png  Dragon  Ground  Sand Force Dream Garchompite Sprite.png
Garchompite
Lucario 448Lucario.png  Fighting  Steel  448Lucario-Mega.png  Fighting  Steel  Adaptability Dream Lucarionite Sprite.png
Lucarionite
Abomasnow 460Abomasnow.png  Grass  Ice  460Abomasnow-Mega.png  Grass  Ice  Snow Warning Dream Abomasite Sprite.png
Abomasite

Unreleased

Pokémon Before Mega Evolution After Mega Evolution Mega Stone
Image Type Image Type Ability
Slowbro 080Slowbro.png  Water  Psychic  080Slowbro-Mega.png  Water  Psychic  Shell Armor None.png
Unknown
Sceptile 254Sceptile.png  Grass  254Sceptile-Mega.png  Grass  Dragon  Lightning Rod None.png
Unknown
Swampert 260Swampert.png  Water  Ground  260Swampert-Mega.png  Water  Ground  Swift Swim None.png
Unknown
Sableye 302Sableye.png  Dark  Ghost  302Sableye-Mega.png  Dark  Ghost  Magic Bounce None.png
Unknown
Altaria 334Altaria.png  Dragon  Flying  334Altaria-Mega.png  Dragon  Fairy  Pixilate None.png
Unknown
Salamence 373Salamence.png  Dragon  Flying  373Salamence-Mega.png  Dragon  Flying  Aerilate None.png
Unknown
Metagross 376Metagross.png  Steel  Psychic  376Metagross-Mega.png  Steel  Psychic  Tough Claws None.png
Metagrossite
Latias 380Latias.png  Dragon  Psychic  None.png  Dragon  Psychic  Levitate None.png
Latiasite
Latios 381Latios.png  Dragon  Psychic  None.png  Dragon  Psychic  Levitate None.png
Latiosite
Lopunny 428Lopunny.png  Normal  428Lopunny-Mega.png  Normal  Fighting  Scrappy None.png
Unknown
Audino 531Audino.png  Normal  531Audino-Mega.png  Normal  Fairy  Healer None.png
Unknown
Diancie 719Diancie.png  Rock  Fairy  719Diancie-Mega.png  Rock  Fairy  Magic Bounce None.png
Unknown

In other games

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Charizard and Lucario are confirmed to Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X and Mega Lucario, respectively. So far, Charizard's Mega Evolution is confirmed to be its Final Smash.

In the anime

Mega Blaziken in the anime

In the main series

Several Mega Evolutions have been featured in the anime.

The first Mega Evolution in the anime was featured in Mewtwo — Prologue to Awakening, where Mewtwo was shown being capable of changing between its regular form and Mega Mewtwo Y form, in which its speed was dramatically boosted, being capable of moving faster than the blink of an eye. The same Mewtwo also played a major role in Genesect and the Legend Awakened, once again demonstrating its Mega Evolution capabilities. Unlike in the games, this Mewtwo seemed to be capable of Mega Evolving without the use of a Mega Stone.

Another Mega Evolution was featured in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, where Ash saw a Mega Blaziken. In the next episode, it was revealed to belong to a masked hero called the Blaziken Mask, saving Ash from a free fall from the Prism Tower. The Mega Blaziken and its Trainer appeared again in Mega-Mega Meowth Madness!, helping Ash and his friends to destroy one of Team Rocket's mechas.

A couple of Mega Evolutions, including a Mega Ampharos, appeared as silhouettes in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! while Professor Sycamore told Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie about the concept of Mega Evolution.

In Mega Evolution I, a protagonist named Alain was featured traveling across the Kalos region with his Mega Charizard X, challenging other Mega Evolution Trainers. During the episode, Alain battled Astrid's Mega Absol and Remo's Mega Garchomp, and was victorious in both battles. Later in the special, he even faced the Elite Four member Siebold and his Mega Blastoise, but the powerful Water-type Pokémon proved to be too much for Charizard, causing Alain to lose the battle.

All known Mega Evolutions released at the time were also featured during the intro of the aforementioned special episode.

Diantha's Mega Gardevoir appeared in The Bonds of Evolution!. Korrina has a Lucario that can Mega Evolve, and so does her grandfather Gurkinn, as shown in The Aura Storm!. A Trainer named Maple and her Mega Mawile appeared in The Bonds of Mega Evolution!.

Mega Charizard X in Pokémon Origins

In Pokémon Origins

Red's Charizard was shown Mega Evolving into Mega Charizard X in the Pokémon Origins episode File 4 - Charizard during Red's battle against Mewtwo, thanks to the Charizardite X and Key Stone given to him by Mr. Fuji in an earlier episode.

In the manga

Mega Kangaskhan in the Pokémon Adventures manga
Mega Lucario in the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King manga

In Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King, several main characters' Pokémon are capable of Mega Evolution, including Akira's Charizard and Koji's Garchomp.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Mega Evolution was first presented in the Pokémon Adventures manga in the X & Y chapter. When Team Flare members Aliana and Mable arrived in Vaniville Town in order to steal X's Mega Ring, the commotion caused X's baby Kangaskhan, Kogaru, to react with X's Mega Ring and Mega Evolve into Mega Kangaskhan, easily defeating Aliana's Pyroar and Mable's Houndoom.

When X and his friends were attacked by Team Flare in Santalune City, Korrina arrived and Mega Evolved her Lucario into Mega Lucario to assist them.

In the TCG

Mega Evolution is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as MegaPokémonEX. They were added as a new mechanic to the game in the XY expansion as an evolution of Pokémon-EX cards. Mega Evolving a Pokémon immediately ends a player's turn.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
MegaVenusaurEX Grass XY Rare Holo ex 2/146 Collection X RR 002/060
MegaBlastoiseEX Water XY Rare Holo ex 30/146 Collection Y RR 015/060
MegaCharizardEX Fire       M-Charizard-EX Mega Battle Deck   002/021
      Wild Blaze UR 088/080
MegaCharizardEX Dragon       Wild Blaze RR 055/080
      Wild Blaze UR 089/080
MegaKangaskhanEX Colorless       Wild Blaze RR 065/080
      Wild Blaze UR 090/080
 

Trivia

  • Every type has at least one Mega Evolution: Psychic has the most (with nine), while Ice has the fewest (with one).
  • Aerodactyl is the only Fossil Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution.
  • With base stat totals of 780 each, Mega Mewtwo X and Y have the highest base stat totals out of any Pokémon.
    • In addition, Mega Mewtwo Y also has the highest Special Attack base stat of all Pokémon at 194, and Mega Mewtwo X also has the highest Attack base stat of all Pokémon at 190, as well as the highest base stat raise of all Mega Evolutions, its Attack stat being boosted by 80 upon the process.
  • Aggron is the only dual-type Pokémon to become single-type upon Mega Evolving, going from Steel/Rock-type to pure Steel-type.
  • The only Pokémon with multiple Mega Evolutions were introduced in Generation I. In both cases, the first ones to be revealed were the Y versions.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 超進化 Chīu Jeunfa
Mandarin 超進化 Chāo Jìnhuà
France Flag.png French Méga-Évolution
Germany Flag.png German Mega-Entwicklung
Italy Flag.png Italian Megaevoluzione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 메가진화 Mega Jinhwa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Megaevolución


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