Mega Evolution has hit Pokémon GO today with the first wave being capable of the powerful transformation being Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise, and Beedrill! This unique feature was introduced in 2013 with Pokemon X and Y, and features select monsters pushing a new temporary stage of evolution unlocking new abilities, an increase of stats, and a more formidable appearance. Since GO plays differently to the mainline series, the mechanics surrounding Mega evolution here are also different and here is what’s changed.
How to Mega Evolve
In the main games you require a key stone and the specific Pokémon’s Mega Stone in order to Mega Evolve, however in GO all you need is a Pokemon capable of Mega Evolving and enough Mega Energy to complete the evolution. Of the 48 Mega Evolutions, only 5 are currently available with more to come out over the the future. In order to earn Mega Energy you must either complete special research to earn it or battle special Mega Raids as quickly as possible with the faster the time beaten the more Mega Energy earned. Initially it will cost 200 to Mega Evolve the Kanto starters and 100 for Beedrill but this will reduce with more use.
How it works
Once Mega Evolved the transformation will last four hours and raise the stats of the Pokemon significantly making it useful for entering battles and raids in quick sucession. This however will use up the required energy which will need to be earned again from doing more raids. Clone and shadow Pokemon CANNOT Mega Evolve but any Pokemon you already have can undergo this transformation. That’s all there is to it, what are you going to Mega Evolve first?