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Mega Evolution

Vincent Lau

Like Z-Moves, Mega Evolution is a force to be reckoned with.

Mega Evolution–which, at one time, drastically changed the playing field following its debut in Pokemon X and Y–makes a comeback, albeit a humble and not so triumphant one. This time, the Mega Ring required for Mega Evolution is only accessible after completing the main story.

Like in the past, you can make certain Pokemon “Mega Evolve” in battle, increasing their abilities. However, unlike traditional evolution, this change is not permanent and Mega Evolved Pokemon return to their prior form after battle or after being KO’d.

Once the conditions are met, you can make a Pokemon Mega Evolve by selecting (or tapping) the big “Mega Evolve” button towards the left side of the bottom (touch) screen while selecting a Pokemon’s moves. After that, you may proceed to select a move.

Your Pokemon will immediately Mega Evolve during the next turn, before using the move that you selected.

Although Z-Moves and Mega Evolution share some similarities, their uses are profoundly different. Most notably, Mega Evolution physically changes a Pokemon’s stats and can even change their type(s) and ability.

Therefore, sometimes it can be beneficial to Mega Evolve as early as possible to immediately buff up your Pokemon or take advantage of a superior typing or ability.

Furthermore, if a Mega Evolved Pokemon looks to be at an disadvantage, you can consider switching the Pokemon out–they will still remain Mega Evolved when you bring them back in. Or you may wish to delay Mega Evolution until the threat is clear.


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    12 December 2016
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau, Cassie Sun

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Welcome to Alola, a region of tropical islands, filled with gorgeous natural beauty and Pokemon never seen before. Having recently moved to Alola, your journey begins soon afterwards. Your adventures will be filled with fascinating and colorful people with quirky island traditions and of course Pokémon. Delight in the mysteries of the brand new Alola region as your travels take you the length and breadth of the region and the secrets of the legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala are finally unveiled.

Our massive and comprehensive guide includes the following:

  • A full route and trial battle guide covering your journey from Pokémon novice to eventual Champion.

  • All dungeons and Rite of the Island challenges covered.

  • Detailed breeding and capture guide, including locations for every Pokémon as well as information on the new Alolan forms.

  • Gameplay strategies to maximise your team potential as well as details on Hyper Training.

  • Minigames and secrets uncovered.

  • An explanation of the brand new Rotom Pokédex and loads more!

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