Mega Evolution Officially Released in Pokemon Go!

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Article by Brian Tein

The wait that started as a whisper when Ampharos was given Dragon Pulse during its Community Day way back in 2017 is finally over! Mega Evolutions are here at long last!

What We Know

  • Only a handful of Pokemon can mega evolve currently: Beedrill, Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur.
  • Mega Evolution takes Mega Energy to perform. Mega Energy is farmed from the new Mega Raids that have been released along-side this system
  • Completing Mega Raids quickly will render more Mega Energy. Note that we are currently working on releasing Mega Raid guides!
  • Mega Evolution has an initial cost to unlock. Once unlocked, future Mega Evolutions cost half the energy for that individual Pokemon.
  • Once mega evolved, a Pokemon will stay transformed for a set period of time before reverting back to normal. During this period, the Mega Evolved Pokemon can be used for all basic functions that a normal Pokemon can perform save entering Go Battle League and defending gyms
  • Shadow Pokemon and the Clone Starters cannot mega evolve! Sadly, we can't raise our clone Pokemon from a previous event.
  • A new Special Research is now available that focuses on Mega Beedrill in particular

A Mega Discovery

For most of us, our first taste of Mega Evolution will come from Mega Beedrill and its place in the latest special reasearch line: A Mega Discovery. Based on current reports from Reddit, this is what it entails:

Mega Evolution Events

We also have a number of events that focus on Mega Evolution on the way!

  • September 1-7, an event that focuses on completing Mega Raids
  • September 11-17, an event that focuses on completing battles such as raid battles and Rocket Battles with Mega Evolved Pokemon
  • September 22-28, an event that focuses on making buddies with your Mega Evolved Pokemon

Keep an eye on our event list for more details as they're released!

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Full Announcement


It appears Mega Evolution has made its way to the world of Pokémon GO! It was observed in some regions, including the Kalos region, that certain Pokémon could reach an additional Evolutionary stage and gain incredible power for a limited time in battle. This became known as Mega Evolution. After some research, Professor Willow has documented some notable differences in how Mega Evolution works in the world of Pokémon GO.

What we know so far about Mega Evolution in Pokémon GO

Select Pokémon can Mega Evolve using a newly discovered resource called Mega Energy. You can collect this mysterious substance by completing Mega Raids, which are Raid Battles that feature Mega-Evolved Pokémon. It seems the faster you defeat a Raid Boss, the more Mega Energy you’ll receive for that Pokémon. You can Mega Evolve any of your Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, and Beedrill once you have enough of their corresponding Mega Energy! Some of these Pokémon are appearing in Mega Raids too. After you’ve Mega Evolved a Pokémon, the Mega Energy required to Mega Evolve that specific Pokémon will decrease from then onward. Please note that Shadow and Clone Pokémon cannot be Mega Evolved.

Keep in mind that you can have only one Mega-Evolved Pokémon at a time. If you Mega Evolve another Pokémon, it appears that the first Mega-Evolved Pokémon will revert back to its original form. To help you keep track of all of the Pokémon that can Mega Evolve and the ones that you’ve successfully Mega Evolved, you can check out the all-new Mega Pokédex. Check it out in your Pokédex!

Explore with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon

Mega-Evolved Pokémon in the world of Pokémon GO stay in their Mega-Evolved forms for a limited time—even outside of battle! While your Pokémon is Mega-Evolved, try doing the following with it.

  • Battle in raids. All other Trainers’ Pokémon in the raid will receive an attack boost, and Pokémon whose attack types are the same type as any of the Mega-Evolved Pokémon’s types will receive an additional attack boost for those attacks. Please note that Pokémon can benefit from attack boosts from only one Mega-Evolved Pokémon at a time.
  • Battle in Gyms. Note that Mega-Evolved Pokémon can’t defend Gyms.
  • Battle Team GO Rocket.
  • Battle your friends—Mega-Evolved Pokémon are extremely strong! Note that Mega-Evolved Pokémon currently cannot battle in the GO Battle League, but that might change in the future as we discover more about Mega Evolution!
  • Make it your buddy to see it on the map, play with it, and feed it!
  • Take a snapshot! Be sure to share snapshots of your Mega-Evolved Pokémon on social media using #GOsnapshot!

Mega Bracelet avatar items available now!

Avatar items inspired by Mega Bracelets are now available in the shop! Trainers in some regions wear Mega Bracelets to help their Pokémon Mega Evolve, but in the world of Pokémon GO, only Mega Energy is required. Feel free to wear one, but you don’t need to for your Pokémon to be able to Mega Evolve.

Mega Evolution–themed Special Research is available

What else can we discover about Mega Evolution? Be sure to open the app to access the new Mega Evolution–themed Special Research, A Mega Discovery. Join Professor Willow as he learns about Mega Evolution. Plus, if you complete the Special Research, you’ll be able to help Beedrill Mega Evolve by receiving Beedrill Mega Energy!

Mega Evolution–themed event coming in September

You can look forward to a Mega September event, Trainers! There will be three weeks of Mega Evolution–themed events and features for you to enjoy. Keep a lookout for more details soon, but here’s a look at what each week will be about.

  • From Tuesday, September 1, 2020, to Monday, September 7, 2020, your goal will be to complete as many Mega Raids as you can! Gather Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your Pokémon and feel like a hero in your Raid Battles!
  • From Friday, September 11, 2020, to Thursday, September 17, 2020, hone your battle skills with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon. Take part in Gym battles, Team GO Rocket battles, and Trainer Battles (excluding GO Battle League battles).
  • From Tuesday, September 22, 2020, to Monday, September 28, 2020, become buddies with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon and spend time with it! Be sure to take snapshots and share them with us on social media using #GOsnapshot.

Now, let’s GO and discover Mega Evolution together, Trainers!

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—The Pokémon GO team

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