An upcoming Pokémon Go update will drastically overhaul the game’s current approach to Mega Evolutions. As it stands, Mega Evolutions requires a large amount of Candy for a particular Pokemon to evolve into its larger form, which is only available for a set amount of time. Each time the player wants to use this powerful form, more candy is needed, and it is not easy to find, as it is tied to timed raids and missions.
After the update, there will be a one-time cost for Mega Evolving a Pokémon, which means you can evolve it freely without using more candies. The only problem here is that your Pokemon will tire after transforming and will need time to return to its fighting form before evolving again. Mega Energy can be used to reduce the time it takes for this Pokémon to rest.
A new feature called Mega Levels incentivizes the player to use these evolved forms. Each transformation adds progress to a higher mega level. With each level reached, players will receive additional bonuses when using that Pokémon.
Introducing Mega Levels
Trainers will enjoy a new way to help their Pokémon grow with Mega Levels. Each time a Pokémon Mega Evolves, it works to increase its Mega Level. Trainers will get more bonuses each time a Pokemon’s Mega Level increases. In a blog post, Niantic lists the bonuses:
- Increased candy when catching Pokémon of the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon
- When attacking with a Mega-Evolved Pokémon in a Raid Battle or Arena Battle, attacks from other Trainers’ Pokémon challenging that same Raid or Arena will deal more damage. Their Pokémon’s attacks will deal even more damage if the attack is the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
- Increased chance of earning Candy XL when catching Pokemon of the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokemon.
- Increased XP for catching Pokémon of the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
- A Pokémon’s rest period decreases as its Mega Level increases.
Most Mega Raids will be easier than before, and Niantic hopes some in the future will allow solo battles. The process of adding a Mega Pokémon to a battle will be easier, allowing transformation to occur in the pre-Raid lobby.
I play Pokémon Go daily, and Mega Raids are the one aspect of the game that I barely touched. Time will tell if these changes make a difference. Earning enough candy for that first Mega Evolution still seems to take a lot of battles to win.