Mega Evolution (GO)

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Mega Evolution (Japanese: メガシンカ Mega Evolution) is a temporary transformation introduced to Pokémon GO on August 27, 2020. Like in the core series, Mega Evolution will significantly increase a Pokémon's stats and potentially change its type, but its moves will remain the same. However, rather than using a Mega Stone, an eligible Pokémon instead consumes Mega Energies to undergo a temporary Mega Evolution.


Mega Evolving a Pokémon costs a large amount of Mega Energies for the first time and a significantly reduced amount for subsequent times. As of September 3, 2020, the reduced cost is one-fifth of the initial amount. (When first introduced, subsequent Mega Evolutions required one-fourth of the initial Mega Energy.) This reduction is applied only to that specific Pokémon, not the species as a whole. And for a Pokémon with multiple Mega Evolutions, the reduction only applies to forms it has previously Mega Evolved into. So if a Charizard has previously evolved into Mega Charizard X for the first time, then it would cost Charizard Mega Energy40 to evolve into Mega Charizard X again, but Charizard Mega Energy200 to evolve into Mega Charizard Y.

In addition, after registering a Mega Evolution into the Pokédex, walking a Buddy Pokémon that belongs to that Mega Evolution's evolutionary family can yield its respective Mega Energies (at Mega Energy5 per km).

Shadow Pokémon and Clone Pokémon cannot Mega Evolve, but Purified Pokémon and other event forms can.[1]

  • Mega Evolution lasts for eight hours. This timer can be seen on the Mega Evolved Pokémon's summary view.
    • Prior to October 15, 2020, Mega Evolution lasted four hours.
  • A player can only have one active Mega Evolution at a time. A player that has recently Mega Evolved a Pokémon would have to wait out the timer before Mega Evolving another one.
  • Mega-Evolved Pokémon cannot be deployed to defend Gyms, traded, or powered up

In battle

Mega-evolved Pokémon can be used in all types of battles, except in the GO Battle League.

When used in Raid Battles, a Mega-Evolved Pokémon provides special damage bonuses to all allies when on the battlefield:

  • ×1.3 damage for all moves that match any of the ally Mega-evolved Pokémon's type or
  • ×1.1 damage increase for all other ally Pokémon's moves

Prior to 0.189.0 update, there was a bug that caused Mega-evolved Pokémon to be more powerful depending on the level the Pokémon was powered up from.

Multiple players can send out Mega-evolved Pokémon at one time, but the damage bonuses will not stack, and only the highest possible damage bonus will be applied.

Outside of battle

If a player has a Mega Evolved Pokémon, then catching a Pokémon may yield one extra Candy if

  • The caught Pokémon shares a type with the Mega Evolved Pokémon or
  • The Pokémon was caught from a raid, regardless of type.

Mega Raids

Main article: Raid Battle

Mega-evolved Pokémon may appear as Raid Bosses for Mega Raids. Upon completion, Mega Raids reward Mega Energies that correspond to the Mega Raid Boss. Upon defeat, the Raid Boss will revert to its normal form and can be caught as such during the bonus challenge.

List of Mega Evolutions in Pokémon GO

Mega Energy Pokémon Type Cost
First time Subsequent time
GO Venusaur Mega Energy.png Venusaur Mega Energy Venusaur Mega Venusaur GO Grass.png GO Poison.png 200 40
GO Charizard Mega Energy.png Charizard Mega Energy Charizard Mega Charizard X GO Fire.png GO Dragon.png 200 40
Charizard Mega Charizard Y GO Fire.png GO Flying.png
GO Blastoise Mega Energy.png Blastoise Mega Energy Blastoise Mega Blastoise GO Water.png 200 40
GO Beedrill Mega Energy.png Beedrill Mega Energy Beedrill Mega Beedrill GO Bug.png GO Poison.png 100 20
GO Pidgeot Mega Energy.png Pidgeot Mega Energy Pidgeot Mega Pidgeot GO Normal.png GO Flying.png 100 20
GO Slowbro Mega Energy.png Slowbro Mega Energy Slowbro Mega Slowbro GO Water.png GO Psychic.png 200 40
GO Gengar Mega Energy.png Gengar Mega Energy Gengar Mega Gengar GO Ghost.png GO Poison.png 200 40
GO Gyarados Mega Energy.png Gyarados Mega Energy Gyarados Mega Gyarados GO Water.png GO Dark.png 200 40
GO Ampharos Mega Energy.png Ampharos Mega Energy Ampharos Mega Ampharos GO Electric.png GO Dragon.png 200 40
GO Houndoom Mega Energy.png Houndoom Mega Energy Houndoom Mega Houndoom GO Dark.png GO Fire.png 200 40
GO Manectric Mega Energy.png Manectric Mega Energy Manectric Mega Manectric GO Electric.png 200 40
GO Altaria Mega Energy.png Altaria Mega Energy Altaria Mega Altaria GO Dragon.png GO Fairy.png 200 40
45px Absol Mega Energy Absol Mega Absol GO Dark.png 200 40
GO Lopunny Mega Energy.png Lopunny Mega Energy Lopunny Mega Lopunny GO Normal.png GO Fighting.png 200 40
GO Abomasnow Mega Energy.png Abomasnow Mega Energy Abomasnow Mega Abomasnow GO Grass.png GO Ice.png 200 40