- Mega redirects here. For Crystal's Meganium in Pokémon Adventures, which is known as Mega in Chuang Yi translations, see Megaree.
Mega Evolution (Japanese: メガシンカ Mega Evolution) is a temporary transformation introduced in Generation VI that affects certain Pokémon. Mega-Evolved Pokémon are identified by having "Mega" in front of their name. In the core series, Mega Evolution requires the player to hold a Key Stone and a Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution holding its compatible Mega Stone (except in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, in which the player simply needs to have the Mega Stone in their bag). While Mega Evolution is also available in the Generation VII games, it has been removed from the core series as of Pokémon Sword and Shield, due to the lack of Key Stones and Mega Stones, although it still appears in some spin-offs like Pokémon GO and Pokémon Masters EX and in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.
There are 46 species of Pokémon that are capable of Mega Evolution, and there are 48 different Mega Evolutions.
The history and origins of Mega Evolution are shrouded in mystery and apparent contradictions, with different characters and groups having their own beliefs on where the phenomenon originated. For instance, Professor Sycamore theorizes Mega Evolution originates from special stones, possibly Evolution stones, that were irradiated by the light of XerneasX/YveltalY that was fired from the ultimate weapon 3,000 years ago. Despite this, Sycamore additionally claims that Mega Evolution is a new type of evolution, and that the phenomenon only occurs in the Kalos region.
However, the Draconids, a group of Dragon-type Pokémon Trainers from the Hoenn region that worship Rayquaza, believe that Mega Evolution originates from Rayquaza and various meteorites that rained down upon the Hoenn region thousands of years ago.
According to knowledge passed down by the Draconids, during the long-lost primal age of Hoenn, one of the many disasters that struck the region were numerous meteorites that rained from space and landed in the home of the Draconids, Meteor Falls, with these meteorites glowing a rainbow brilliance, not unlike the description of a Key Stone, which attracted Rayquaza and led to it putting an end to the disasters and restoring peace.
One thousand years later, disasters befell the region once more, most notable was a massive meteorite described with boundless brilliance and directly compared to a Key Stone, that bore deep into the ocean and created what would eventually come to be the location of Sootopolis City; with the impact cracking the ground and releasing a wave of primal energy, causing Groudon and Kyogre to awaken once more in their thirst for this power. This led the people to wish for Rayquaza to appear once more and save them, as it had done in the past, and once Rayquaza did appear, the people fell to their knees and wished for salvation, causing a great change to overtake Rayquaza as it Mega Evolved, with it using this power to defeat Groudon and Kyogre once again.
While the knowledge of the Draconids implies Rayquaza was the first Pokémon to Mega Evolve, an old Kalos legend from the Tower of Mastery tells of a Trainer and Lucario arriving in the region long ago, with the pair discovering two strange stones and subsequently leading to the world's first Mega Evolution.
The usage of Mega Evolution unleashes a massive amount of energy, as mentioned by Professor Cozmo, which itself is implied to have a direct connection, if not outright be a Pokémon's own life force, as it's mentioned by Lysandre that Professor Sycamore believes Mega Evolution releases all of a Pokémon's hidden energy at once that can't be achieved via regular evolution; this is coupled with CourtneyOR/Matt'sAS attempt at causing a rocket filled with Infinity Energy to explode, with Matt outright claiming it'd be like Mega Evolving the rocket.
While Steven Stone claims what exactly Mega and Key Stones are is a mystery, Archie, Maxie, and the events of the Delta Episode show that meteorites contain their own latent power and under the right conditions can be turned into either Mega or Key Stones. This is directly demonstrated in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, where the Meteorite slowly changes to resemble a Mega Stone over the course of the game, before it's eventually consumed by Rayquaza during the Delta Episode. While this allows the Legendary Pokémon to Mega Evolve without technically holding the stone, it's implied by Zinnia that Mega Stones, or at least the meteorites that fuel Rayquaza's Mega Evolution, eventually lose their power.
Similarly to Mega Stones, Key Stones can also be found in certain locations, such as Meteor Falls, where Matt found his.
In the games
In order to Mega Evolve, most Pokémon must be holding their appropriate Mega Stone and the Trainer must have a Key Stone. Only Rayquaza does not need a Mega Stone to Mega Evolve; instead, it must know the move Dragon Ascent.
In any battle, each Trainer may Mega Evolve a single Pokémon once. Mega Evolution is essentially a free action a Pokémon may make in addition to its normal move, but if a Pokémon will not use a move, it cannot Mega Evolve. Mega Evolution occurs before most actions except switching. A Mega-Evolved Pokémon will only revert to its original state if it faints or the battle ends; if it is switched out, it will remain Mega Evolved.
A Pokémon cannot Mega Evolve if it is being held in 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.
Mega Stones are not affected by most moves or Abilities. If they would move a Mega Stone to or from a Pokémon that could use it to Mega Evolve, the moves Bestow, Covet, Fling, Thief, Trick, and Switcheroo will fail and the Abilities Magician, Pickpocket and Symbiosis will not activate. The move Knock Off cannot remove a Mega Stone from a Pokémon that can use it to Mega Evolve, and Knock Off's power will not be increased since it cannot remove the item. The moves Embargo and Magic Room and the Ability Klutz will not prevent a Pokémon from using its respective Mega Stone to Mega Evolve.
Changes in a Pokémon's Ability will take place immediately. A Sharpedo that normally has 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, its Ability as Mega Sharpedo.
A transformed Pokémon (either by Transform or Imposter) is unable to Mega Evolve. It will fail to Mega Evolve even if it is transformed into the correct species and it is holding the respective Mega Stone. However, it is possible to transform into a Mega-Evolved Pokémon by copying another Mega-Evolved Pokémon. The restriction of only one Mega Evolution per battle does not apply to transformed Pokémon.
In Generation VI, performing Mega Evolution will not alter the turn order. 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.
Otherwise, stat changes and type changes due to Mega Evolution take effect immediately and damage calculation proceeds as usual. For example, a Pokémon whose Mega Evolution has a lower base Defense stat takes greater damage from physical moves on the turn it Mega Evolves. Likewise, the move Gyro Ball considers the Pokémon's Speed stat after Mega Evolution for damage calculation, not before.
Likewise, even if a Pokémon only has an Ability such as Prankster before Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will gain priority. If a Pokémon gains Prankster upon Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will not gain priority.
When the player Mega Evolves a Pokémon for the first time since the save file is accessed, a longer animation than usual will play, showing the player activating the Mega Evolution with his or her Mega Bracelet. On subsequent uses of Mega Evolution, a shorter animation will play, showing only the Pokémon as it Mega Evolves.
In Generation VII, a Pokémon's Speed after Mega Evolution is used to determine turn order, not its Speed before. Likewise, if a Pokémon only has an Ability such as Prankster before Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will not gain priority. If a Pokémon gains Prankster upon Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will gain priority.
In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, as the Held item mechanic is not implemented, the player simply needs to have the compatible Mega Stone in their bag to access a Pokémon's Mega Evolution. The player can also manually pick which form Charizard or Mewtwo can become from the move menu.
Outside of battle
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Mega Evolution can also occur during the Talent Round of Pokémon Contest Spectaculars. If the participating Pokémon is holding its corresponding Mega Stone when its appeal causes the audience's excitement to reach its peak, it will Mega Evolve and perform a Spectacular Talent. The Pokémon will remain Mega Evolved for the remainder of the Talent Round.
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, when summoned by the Eon Flute, LatiosOR or LatiasAS will Mega Evolve before the player mounts it to soar in the sky. It will Mega Evolve even if it is not holding its corresponding Mega Stone, since the Eon Pokémon is summoned even if it is no longer in the player's game.
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 in Generation VI) has a base stat total 100 points higher than that of its base form.
Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution
Introduced in X and Y
Introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In other games
- Main article: Mega Evolution (GO)
- Main article: Mega Evolution (Masters)
Once a player purchases a Mega Pencil from Professor Tetra for 500 Picrites, puzzles for Mega Evolutions can be solved. Furthermore, murals can be solved one tile at a time to display Groudon and Kyogre's Primal Reversions.
Only one Mega Evolution can be set at one time, and they cannot be brought alongside their normal forms. Their skills are higher ranked than their normal counterpart, and they can be used on larger puzzles.
The player gains the ability to Mega Evolve their Pokémon after completing the challenge "Raid of the Mighty General", then receiving the Special Stone Shop and a Mega Key from the rewards section of the ordinary shop. Mega Stones for currently owned Pokémon can be bought and immediately attached to its corresponding Pokémon using the Special Stone Shop. The first Mega Stone of the player's choice is free (unless either the Red or Blue Orb is chosen instead) and every one after it costs 5 Poké Diamonds. During battle, Mega Evolution can performed by tapping the Mega Evolution button using a Pokémon equipped with a Mega Stone in battle. Mega Evolution can be used again on any Pokémon in the same battle, unlike in the main games.
Mega-Evolved Pokémon revert after a completed trip, or when they are defeated or switched out. Mega Evolving will send out a shockwave that damages enemy Pokémon. This shockwave is capable of defeating and tipping over opposing Pokémon. Additionally, it also resets any negative status conditions or status changes the Pokémon had before Mega Evolving.
Before a Pokémon's Mega Evolution can be used in Pokémon Shuffle, its respective Mega Stone must be obtained (or in Rayquaza's case, the Meteorite), typically either by defeating its Mega-Evolved form in a Trainer battle at the end of each Main Stage Area or as a prize for completing a Competitive Stage or reaching a certain point in an Escalation Battle.
The Pokémon placed in the first position (furthest to the left) when selecting Support Pokémon will Mega Evolve after the player fills the Mega Gauge by matching the Pokémon being Mega Evolved or matching Pokémon with the Mega Boost(+) Skills who are of the same type as the Pokémon being Mega Evolved. The size of the Mega Gauge depends on the Pokémon being Mega Evolved, with each Pokémon requiring different numbers of icons to be matched to fill its gauge. The Mega Effects for each Mega form vary between Pokémon, replacing the Pokémon's Skill for the remainder of the battle.
Mega Evolution allows Pokémon to become more powerful, attack multiple enemies, and break down walls. To achieve Mega Evolution, the player must find an Awakening Emera in a Dungeon. These Emeras can be attached to a Looplet of a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve, causing it to Mega Evolve immediately. A Looplet attached with an Awakening emera will have a rainbow glow . Should it be given to Mewtwo or Charizard, their Mega Evolution will be chosen randomly.
A bar will appear above the Mega-Evolved Pokémon after it transforms and will slowly start to fill up. As long as the bar is present, the Mega-Evolved Pokémon will keep their form even when moving to the next floor. Once the bar is filled, the Mega-Evolved Pokémon will go into Berserk mode. In Berserk mode, the Pokémon will move around and use a powerful attack on any Pokémon surrounding it, friend and foe alike. This will go away after a while, and the Pokémon will revert to normal. When Mega Evolved, its regular attack will get a huge boost in power and range, destroy walls, and reveal purple sparkling spots on the floor which can be picked up for an item.
Attaching an Awakening Emera to a Pokémon that cannot Mega Evolve increases its stats by a lot and give it different boosts. Pokémon that cannot Mega Evolve with an Awakening Emera attached will not go into Berserk mode.
Awakening Emeras are hard to find and appear randomly in dungeons; like other Emeras, they will disappear if they are not reached in time.
Mega Evolution returns in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, here achieved by eating an Empowerment Seed. Mega Evolved Pokemon also have all of the bonuses granted by the Awakened status (linked moves always result in critical hits, moves will never miss, and moves will ignore unfavorable type matchups). The only additional bonuses Mega Evolution grants compared to the Awakened status is the potential to change a Pokémon's type and ability.
Additionally, during Rayquaza's rematch or Mewtwo's boss fight, both will Mega Evolve once their health drops below one half of their total. Mewtwo will always Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo X during its boss fight.
Lucario, Garchomp, Gardevoir, Gengar, Charizard, Blaziken, Sceptile, Scizor, Blastoise, Mewtwo, and Shadow Mewtwo are able to Mega Evolve through Synergy Burst, with Charizard and both of the Mewtwo Mega Evolving into their X forms. Mega Evolution can be triggered whenever a Pokémon capable of it has its Synergy Gauge filled up to the max during a battle. The Mega Evolved Pokémon will revert to its regular form once it has used up all of its Synergy power.
In addition, every time when Shadow Mewtwo is fought against in the game's story mode, it will Mega Evolve before the battle begins and stay in this state for the entire fight.
On the Dragon's Nest battle stage, Mega Rayquaza appears in the form of both an enormous statue alongside the battle arena and a drawing on the ground of the battle arena. On the Old Ferrum Town (Winter) battle stage, Mega Swampert appears in the form of a giant snow sculpture. Mega Rayquaza itself is also a Support Pokémon available as part of the Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack.
Super Smash Bros. series
Charizard and Lucario's Final Smashes are both Mega Evolution, which transforms them into Mega Charizard X and Mega Lucario, respectively. This Mega Evolution acts as a temporary power-up for the duration of the Final Smash.
Mega Venusaur and Mega Blastoise appear as trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Mega Blastoise, Mega Blaziken, Mega Kangaskhan, Mega Venusaur, Mega Lucario, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, and Mega Charizard X appear as trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Mewtwo retains its Final Smash Psystrike from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, which still causes it to Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y.
Lucario's Final Smash, Aura Storm, has it Mega Evolve into Mega Lucario in order to use it.
In the anime
Multiple 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 to be capable of changing between its regular form and Mega Mewtwo Y, 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. However, because the concept of Mega Evolution had not been announced at the time of the movie's release, this transformation remains unnamed in the movie. Some Japanese promotional material for the movie as well as its manga adaptation referred to it as Mewtwo's Awakened Form (覚醒した姿).
- The first Mega Evolution in the main series 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. It has since been seen helping Ash and his friends on numerous occasions.
- A Mega Ampharos and a Mega Charizard X appeared as silhouettes in Lumiose City Pursuit! while Professor Sycamore told Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie about the concept of Mega Evolution.
- In Mega Evolution Special I, a Trainer 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 first 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.
- In Calling from Beyond the Aura!, Korrina told Ash and his friends about a Trainer she had once met who had used a Mega Ampharos.
- 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.
- During the intro of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, Wikstrom is seen Mega Evolving his Scizor in a battle against Diantha and her Mega Gardevoir.
- Steven Stone's Shiny Mega Metagross appeared in Mega Evolution Special II, as well as Mega Rayquaza. Both reappeared in Mega Evolution Special III.
- The intro of the aforementioned special episode also featured all newly revealed Mega Evolutions.
- A Mega Sableye appeared in When Light and Dark Collide! as part of Mairin's Mega Evolution Journal.
- At the end of Mega Evolution Special III, Alain was seen battling a Trainer with a Mega Tyranitar.
- Professor Sycamore's Garchomp achieved Mega Evolution for the first time and Mega Evolved into a Mega Garchomp in Garchomp's Mega Bond!.
- The Latios, Latias, and Shiny Rayquaza that Hoopa summoned in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages all Mega Evolved during the movie. Much like the Mewtwo from the sixteenth movie, they were able to Mega Evolve without a Key Stone or their respective Mega Stones.
- In Mega Evolution Special IV, Alain battled ten Mega-Evolved Pokémon and their Trainers in a row, including Mega Venusaur, Mega Alakazam, Mega Heracross, Mega Scizor, Mega Ampharos, Mega Aggron, and Mega Pinsir. The final Trainer of the row was the Elite Four member Malva, who used a Mega Houndoom. At the end of the episode, Alain was also seen battling a Trainer with a Mega Banette.
- A Mega Audino appeared in A Giga Battle with Mega Results!, under the ownership of a Nurse Joy.
- In A Real Icebreaker!, Wulfric Mega Evolved his Abomasnow into Mega Abomasnow to fight against Ash's Greninja during their Gym battle.
- A Mega Alakazam, Mega Glalie, Mega Pidgeot, Mega Steelix, Shiny Mega Gengar, Shiny Mega Gardevoir, and several other Mega-Evolved Pokémon appeared in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. With the exception of Kimia's Shiny Mega Gardevoir, they were forcibly Mega Evolved by a special device known as Mega Wave, which was being used by Alva and his minions Levi and Cherie. A Mega Wave evolved Mega Heracross and Mega Pinsir were also loaned to Team Rocket.
- A Mega Charizard Y owned by Trevor appeared in A League of His Own! during his Lumiose Conference battle against Alain.
- A Mega Sceptile owned by Sawyer appeared in Valuable Experience for All! during his quarterfinal battle in Lumiose Conference against Tierno.
- Lysandre's Shiny Mega Gyarados debuted in Coming Apart at the Dreams!, where it battled Ash's Pokémon and Alain's Charizard. It managed to knock out four of Ash's Pokémon, but was finally defeated in Rocking Kalos Defenses!.
- A Mega Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in Big Sky, Small Fry!, where Lana joked about being able to catch one at Brooklet Hill.
- Brock's Steelix and Misty's Gyarados Mega Evolved into Mega Steelix and Mega Gyarados in When Regions Collide!, while battling Kiawe's Turtonator and Ash's Pikachu, respectively.
- Gozu's Aggron Mega Evolved into Mega Aggron in The Prism Between Light and Darkness! to battle Professor Kukui's Braviary and Faba's Alakazam and Hypno.
- Ilima's Kangaskhan Mega Evolved into Mega Kangaskhan in Battling Besties! to battle Guzma's Scizor.
- In An Adventure of Mega Proportions!, Gurkinn Mega Evolved his Alakazam to battle Ash and his Lucario as a test to get a Lucarionite.
- In A Battle of Mega Versus Max!, Ash Mega Evolved his Lucario for the first time.
- In Taking Two For The Team!, Drasna Mega Evolved her Altaria during her World Coronation Series battle against Ash.
- In Reuniting for the First Time!, Lisia Mega Evolved her Altaria, Ali, during the Lilycove City Pokémon Contest.
- In The Fiery Road to Mastership!, Cynthia Mega Evolved her Garchomp during the Masters Eight Tournament in a battle against Iris's Haxorus.
Red's Charizard was shown Mega Evolving into Mega Charizard X in 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. This situation was the first public appearance of Mega Charizard X and served as its official reveal.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer
All of the Mega Evolutions debuting in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were showcased in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer.
In the manga
Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King
At first, Mega Evolution was portrayed as a relatively unknown phenomenon, known only to Gurkinn and his Successors. Since then, it became apparent that Team Flare were also after the power of Mega Evolution, with one member even compiling a list of Mega Stones that they discovered. Simultaneous Mega Evolutions can also be accomplished by a Trainer, as long as they have a Key Stone for each Pokémon they are Mega Evolving. However, doing so will cause severe mental stress on the Trainer, and they will be unable to focus on anything other than a single target until the Mega Evolution is undone.
- 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.
- In Lysandre Café, Diantha had her Gardevoir Mega Evolve into Mega Gardevoir to make Lysandre back off from attacking Trevor, Shauna, and Tierno.
- The Mega Evolutions of Aerodactyl, Aggron, Ampharos, Mawile and Garchomp made cameos when Gurkinn explained Mega Evolution to Essentia during her raid on the Tower of Mastery. In the subsequent round, Gurkinn Mega Evolved his Heracross.
- During Korrina's succession ceremony, three Successors demonstrated Mega Evolution to her by Mega Evolving their Medicham, Scizor and Alakazam respectively.
- 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.
- During a battle against Team Flare, Gurkinn's Gengar protected X from Celosia's Aegislash. It helped battle against Team Flare to stop them from capturing Xerneas while in tree form. It was later given it to X, at which point he nicknamed it Garma. Garma has a Gengarite, which allows X to Mega Evolve it into Mega Gengar.
- While confronting Essentia, X's Rute and Y's Solsol are given their respective Mega Stones, allowing them to Mega Evolve into Mega Pinsir and Mega Absol respectively.
- Both X's Salamè and Blue's Charizard Mega Evolved into Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y respectively, after defeating Xerosic's Pokémon.
- After reuniting with Blaine, Mewtwo gained the ability to Mega Evolve into both Mega Mewtwo X and Y. Due to their bond, Mewtwo is able to Mega Evolve more than once per battle.
- Gurkinn's students Mega Evolved their Houndoom, Tyranitar, Mawile, Banette, and Abomasnow for Trevor to study.
The role of Mega Evolution was diminished but its accessibility continued to be confined to a selected number of Trainers.
- In PS597, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald were shown learning how to Mega Evolve their Pokémon from Ultima. Sapphire and Emerald were seen mastering it in PS599, where they Mega Evolved their respective starter Pokémon.
- In PS598, Ruby was able to successfully Mega Evolve Latios into Mega Latios, allowing them to soar into the sky. He soon arrived at the Sky Pillar, where he met and battled Zinnia, who used her Mega Salamence against Mega Latios.
- In PS602, Steven Mega Evolved his Metagross into Mega Metagross with his Mega Stickpin.
- In PS603, Jinga of the Draconids Mega Evolved his Slowbro into Mega Slowbro in his battle against Ruby.
- In PS604, Ruby Mega Evolved Mumu into Mega Swampert.
- In PS607, Maxie and Archie used their Mega Glasses and Mega Anchor to Mega Evolve their Camerupt and Sharpedo into Mega Camerupt and Mega Sharpedo respectively. In retaliation, Red and Green Mega Evolved Saur and Blasty into Mega Venusaur and Mega Blastoise respectively to battle them.
- In Omega Alpha Adventure 15, footage of Rayquaza Mega Evolving was seen.
- In Omega Alpha Adventure 20, Giovanni Mega Evolved his Beedrill as part of his explanation that the meteoroid headed for Hoenn may be housing a Pokémon inside of it, since Mega Evolution is only supposed to work within a battle. Later, Sapphire and Ruby Mega Evolved Kirly and Rara into Mega Gallade and Mega Gardevoir respectively during a brief battle against each other.
- In Omega Alpha Adventure 21, Ruby and Sapphire Mega Evolved Rayquaza in order to have it destroy Grand Meteor Delta. Later, Ruby Mega Evolved Diancie for a Pokémon Contest Spectacular Performance.
In the TCG
Mega Evolution is mainly featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as Pokémon. They were added as a new mechanic to the game in the XY era as an evolution of Pokémon-EX cards. Mega Evolving a Pokémon immediately ends a player's turn, unless that Pokémon has its specific Spirit Link Pokémon Tool attached to it.
The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Mega Evolved Pokémon in the Trading Card Game.
- According to Ken Sugimori in his interview in the Nintendo Dream magazine, Flygon was intended to get a Mega Evolution in Pokémon X and Y, but the idea was later dropped due to him experiencing an artist's block.
- There is at least one Mega Evolved Pokémon of every type: Psychic has the most (with ten), while both Ice and Electric have the fewest (with two each).
- Electric is the only type for which no new Mega Evolution was introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Gardevoir and Gallade are the only Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution that are in the same evolutionary family.
- Only Pokémon which cannot evolve further are capable of Mega Evolution.
- With base stat totals of 780, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, and Mega Rayquaza have the highest base stat totals of any obtainable Pokémon. Eternamax Eternatus has the highest base stat total of all Pokémon at 1125, but cannot be used by the player.
- 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.
- The only Pokémon with multiple Mega Evolutions are Charizard and Mewtwo, which have two each and were introduced in Generation I. In both cases, the first ones to be revealed were the Y versions.
- In addition, both of their Y Mega Evolutions kept their original type(s), while both of their X Mega Evolutions changed or added their secondary type.
- Also, in both cases, the X Mega Evolution is more physically-oriented (with a higher Attack and/or Defense), while the Y Mega Evolution is more specially-oriented (with a higher Special Attack and/or Special Defense).
- Rayquaza is the only Pokémon that does not require a Mega Stone to Mega Evolve in the core series games, instead being required to know Dragon Ascent.
- This makes Rayquaza the only Pokémon that can have a different held item while Mega Evolved, since Mega Stones cannot be taken off their proper holder during battle.
- It is, furthermore, the only Pokémon to lack the message "(The opposing) <Pokémon>'s <Mega Stone> is reacting to its Key Stone!" when it Mega Evolves, as it has the message "<player>'s fervent wish has reached Rayquaza!" instead.
- In Pokémon Shuffle, Rayquaza needs the player to get the Meteorite for it to Mega Evolve.
- Although Rayquaza can learn Dragon Ascent in Pokémon Sword and Shield, its Mega Evolution has been removed from the games.
- Mega Latias and Mega Latios are programmed into Pokémon X and Y; as a result, they are not banned by the Kalos rules from battles, and their Mega Stones are not banned from trades between Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire and X or Y, despite being otherwise unavailable in those games.
- The Japanese and Korean logos for Pokémon X and Y include the Mega Evolution sigil.
- Although it's heavily pushed that one needs a strong bond with their Pokémon in order to achieve Mega Evolution, Friendship isn't a factor at all for Mega Evolution in the games.
- In the Pokémon X and Y demo, the message "An immense new power has risen in Mewtwo!" would be displayed before Mega Evolving. In the final game, the message displayed is "<Pokémon>'s <Mega Stone> is reacting to <Trainer>'s <Key Stone item>!" Additionally, Mega Mewtwo Y is referred to as simply Mega Mewtwo.
- Slowbro is the only Pokémon to have both a Mega Evolution and a regional form.
- The fully evolved Kanto starter Pokémon and Gengar are the only Pokémon that can both Mega Evolve and Gigantamax.
- Mega Altaria is the only Mega Evolved Pokémon with a unique type combination.
- When Kangaskhan Mega Evolves, only the baby experiences any change, leaving the mother's appearance unaltered.
- In contrary to the other Paradox Pokémon, Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant invoke reminiscence of Mega Evolved Pokémon rather than the basic form.
- Notably, Roaring Moon's Pokédex entry indirectly mentions Mega Evolution.
- No Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution has an exclusive Z-Move.
In other languages
- Pokémon with Mega Evolutions
- List of Pokémon with gender differences
- List of Pokémon with form differences
- Variant Pokémon
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- Myths and legends involving Legendary and Mythical Pokémon