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Blaziken Mega Evolving into Mega Blaziken
Mega Evolution (Japanese: メガシンカ Mega Evolution) is a transformation affecting Pokémon. 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 Kalos legend, the first Pokémon to have been Mega Evolved was a Lucario. However, according to Zinnia's grandmother in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Rayquaza was the first Pokémon to Mega Evolve; Mega Evolution was first discovered by the first meeting of humanity and Rayquaza.
In order to Mega Evolve, the Pokémon must be holding the appropriate Mega Stone (with the exception of Rayquaza which is only required to know the move Dragon Ascent), 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. Trainers on the same team during a Multi Battle will each be able to Mega Evolve once during the battle.
Mega Stones cannot be taken via Thief, Covet, Trick, or Switcheroo. Abilities such as Magician and Pickpocket will fail to snatch the Mega Stone from its holder and Pokémon with Klutz are able to use their respective Mega Stone. 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. Using Knock Off against a Pokémon holding its respective Mega Stone will not remove the item, nor will Knock Off's added effect of increased power on the turn it removes an item be granted. Likewise, Mega Stones also cannot be given to or taken by their respective species using any of the aforementioned moves or Abilities.
A Pokémon cannot Mega Evolve while shifting position in a Triple Battle, nor during the airborne phase of Sky Drop. Neither volatile nor non-volatile status conditions such as paralysis, sleep, and infatuation will have any effect over a Pokémon's ability to Mega Evolve; even if they result in the Pokémon not being able to move that turn, the Mega Evolution will occur regardless.
Performing Mega Evolution will not alter the turn order, so a Pokémon with a lower Speed than their opponent will still go after them on the one turn the Mega Evolution occurs, even if their Mega Evolution increases Speed and would otherwise cause them to go first. The opposite is also true for Pokémon who lose Speed from Mega Evolution, such as Garchomp. However, turn order will be determined normally on every turn afterwards. All other stat changes and type changes of a Mega Evolution will take effect immediately and damage calculation will proceed as usual. (A Pokémon whose Mega Evolution possesses a lower Defense stat, for example, will take greater damage from Physical attacks on the turn of Mega Evolving.)
Changes in a Pokémon's Ability will also take place immediately. A Sharpedo with Speed Boost will not gain a boost in speed at the end of the turn it Mega Evolves, but if it uses a biting move such as Crunch that turn, it will be boosted by Strong Jaw, Mega Sharpedo's Ability.
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 during the turn which it Mega Evolves.
Mega Evolution can also occur during Pokémon Contest Spectaculars in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
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 (but its base stat total is 100 higher than that of Alakazam prior to Generation VI, as it gained 10 points in Special Defense between Generations V and VI).
Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution
In other games
Charizard as Mega Charizard X in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Charizard's and Lucario's Final Smashes Mega Evolve them into Mega Charizard X and Mega Lucario, respectively.
The Mega Evolutions of Blastoise, Blaziken, Kangaskhan, Venusaur, Lucario, Mewtwo (both forms), and Charizard (X form) appear as trophies in the Wii U version, while only Mega Venusaur and Blastoise appear in the 3DS version.
So far, Lucario and Gardevoir are known to Mega Evolve through Resonance Burst mode. Little is known how it is triggered.
Mega Evolutions are set to play a role in this game. Though how they are triggered is unknown at this time, once it activates, each of the indicated species' pieces will change to a special piece according to the species.
In the TCG
Mega Evolution is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as Pokémon. 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.
Pokémon tend to have much higher HP and more powerful attacks than regular Pokémon. Currently, all of them have exactly one attack. Uniquely, the artwork of Pokémon feature their attack's name printed in a stylized design on the card as part of the artwork itself. This name is displayed in Japanese, except for Japanese and Korean cards where the name is displayed in English. (Some special Japanese UR variant cards keep the name printed in Japanese instead of English.)
Like all Pokémon, a player who defeats a Pokémon takes two Prize Cards instead of one.
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!, using its Mega Evolution powers to break free from Team Rocket's binds.
Korrina has a Lucario that can Mega Evolve, and so does her grandfather Gurkinn, as shown in The Aura Storm!. In Origins of Mega Evolution!, it was shown in a flashback how one of Gurkinn's ancestors discovered a Key Stone, while his Lucario discovered a Lucarionite, leading to the first known Mega Evolution.
A Trainer named Mabel and her Mega Mawile appeared in The Bonds of Mega Evolution!.
Diancie Mega Evolved in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction in order to protect the Allearth Forest from Yveltal and restore the Diamond Domain by creating a new Heart Diamond. At the end of the movie, it was shown that a diamond Diancie had created and given to Bonnie earlier caused it to Mega Evolve, acting as a Key Stone.
Steven Stone's Shiny Mega Metagross appeared in Mega Evolution Special II, as well as Mega Rayquaza.
The intro of the aforementioned special episode also featured all newly revealed Mega Evolutions.
In Pokémon Origins
Mega Charizard X 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, Koji's Garchomp, and Taichi's Ampharos.
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, Li'l Kanga, 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.
While visiting Lumiose City, X met an Electrike, which led him to a Manectite, evolving into Manectric in the process. Later Manectric joins X's team, Mega Evolving into Mega Manectric while facing a Team Flare Grunt.
In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are learning how to Mega Evolve their Pokémon from Ultima.
- Every type has at least one Mega Evolution: Psychic has the most (with ten), while Ice and Electric have the fewest (with two each).
- At least one Pokémon from every generation is capable of Mega Evolving: Generation III has the most (with twenty), while Generations V and VI have the least (with one each).
- Aerodactyl is the only Fossil Pokémon capable of Mega Evolving.
- With base stat totals of 780, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, and Mega Rayquaza have the highest base stat totals of any Pokémon.
- In addition, Mega Mewtwo Y has the highest base Special Attack of all Pokémon at 194, and Mega Mewtwo X has the highest base Attack of all Pokémon at 190. Mega Mewtwo X also has the highest base stat increase 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.
- Charizard and Mewtwo are the only two Pokémon with multiple Mega Evolutions. In both cases, the first ones to be revealed were the Y versions.
- In addition, both of their Y versions kept their original type, while both of their X versions changed their type.
- Also, both Y Mega Evolutions are specially oriented, whereas both X Mega Evolutions are physically oriented.
- Rayquaza is the only Pokémon that requires no Mega Stone to Mega Evolve, instead being required to know Dragon Ascent.
- This makes Rayquaza the only Pokémon who can have a different held item while Mega Evolved, since Mega Stones cannot be taken off their proper holder during battle.
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