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Mega evolution is coming to Pokémon Go

Time for a huge meta change

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The mega evolution symbol on a black background Image: The Pokémon Company
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Mega evolution is finally coming to Pokémon Go, as announced in a special Wednesday stream from The Pokémon Company.

The sixth generation extra evolution was added in Pokémon X and Y, originally. While we haven’t seen any Pokémon from the Kalos region, where mega evolution originated, we’ll be seeing this special mechanic sooner than later.

Mega evolution will shake up the game’s meta, making Pokémon who are already strong even stronger. It’s unknown if all Pokémon that can mega evolve will be able at launch, or if you’ll need a special item or version of that Pokémon to get their more powerful form.

In the mainline games, mega evolution is temporary per battle and you need a special mega evolution stone in order to get your Pokémon to evolve mid-battle. While you’ll likely need a stone of some kind in Pokémon Go, we can only speculate about the specifics.

Mega evolution is slated to release in 2020, with no further specifics announced.

Pokémon Go Plus

The Pokémon Go Plus is a small Bluetooth device that lets you enjoy Pokémon Go while you’re on the move and not looking at your smartphone. The device notifies you about events in the game, such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby using an LED and vibration.

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