It’s official, Pokémon GO is getting a mega update for Mega Evolutions


After weeks of rumors and a little joke by Niantic itself, the company announced yesterday that the much-criticized Mega Evolution system in Pokémon GO is finally being overhauled.

The eye-catching teaser above hints at more effortless ways to apply Mega Evolution to your Pokémon. There’s also a silhouetted Mon in it, almost certainly a Mega Kangaskhan that was datamined last month.

Fans have long been disappointed with how Mega Evolutions have been implemented in the AR game, but now Mega Raids are getting easier, and once you’ve evolved a Pokémon with Mega Energy, you can evolve it again for free! These are the highlights of this update, which is gradually being rolled out worldwide:

– Most Mega Raids will become easier. You can now take on fewer people!
– You can mega evolve your Pokémon from raid and battle setup screens.
– Pokémon that you previously Mega Evolved will now have an additional visual effect added to their information page to celebrate this momentous achievement.
– We are implementing mega levels and changing how mega energy is used.

The star of this update is Mega Levels, a brand new system that changes how Mega Energy is used in the game. Essentially, every time you Mega Evolve a Pokemon, its Mega Level increases, and you get more bonuses as its Mega Level increases.

Niantic made some changes to existing systems within the game to be more compatible with it, but also brought additional benefits:

Existing Bonuses
– Increased Candy when catching Pokémon of the same type as your Mega Evolved Pokémon.
– When attacking with a Mega Evolution Pokémon in a Raid Battle or Gym Battle, the attacks of other Trainer Pokémon that challenge the same Raid or Gym will deal more damage. Their Pokémon’s attacks do even more damage if the attack is the same type as your Mega Evolved Pokémon.

New bonuses
-Increased chance of earning Candy XL when catching Pokemon that are the same type as your Mega Evolved Pokemon.
– Increased XP for catching Pokemon that are the same type as your Mega Evolved Pokemon.
– A Pokémon’s rest time decreases as its Mega Level increases.

It definitely seems like a significant improvement over what has become a popular gimmick in the main series, so it’s fantastic to see it get real love in the mobile game.

While Mega Evolution is simpler, the one-time cost comes with some understandable caveats – otherwise, you’ll be chugging out Mega Blastoise at every opportunity! Once you Mega Evolve a Pokemon, it becomes Tired. And until they are fully rested, they can no longer Mega Evolve.

MORE MEGA MOMENTS: One-time cost of Mega Evolve

With this update, after you Mega Evolve a Pokémon for the first time, you can Mega Evolve the same Pokémon again without expending Mega Energy!

– After Mega Evolving, your Pokémon will be exhausted and will need time before it can Mega Evolve again. Once that rest period is over, that Pokémon can Mega Evolve again without consuming Mega Energy.
– You can use Mega Energy to reduce a Pokémon’s rest time. The Mega Energy required for a Pokémon to Mega Evolve decreases as the Pokémon’s rest time decreases.

Niantic’s latest Dev Diaries entry goes into much more detail about these changes. These are all welcome updates to the game, and we hope this will encourage a lot more people to do Mega Raids and Mega Evolve with their Pokemon.

The update is available now in Australia and New Zealand and will be gradually rolled out to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.

How do you like the update? If you’re in Australia and New Zealand, have you had a chance to try it? Let us know. It’s official, Pokémon GO is getting a mega update for Mega Evolutions

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