Global Sinnoh Tour: A Quick Mega Evolution Analysis

G’day PoGO lovers! The Sinnoh Tour is fast approaching, and it can be overwhelming to try and work out where your priorities should be during these types of huge weekend-long events. With sooooo many spawns, shinies, raids, eggs, research tasks and other in-game experiences happening, it’s best to go in with a plan for how you want to tackle the day. 

This is where Mega Evolutions come into play. From my perspective, it is really important to prioritise your Mega Evolutions throughout the weekend according to what types of pokemon are:

  • Spawning in the wild;
  • You want to raid (this one will be fairly obvious – the newly released Origin forms);
  • Relevant for PvP / PvE which require XL candy;
  • Which Pokémon you have maxed out in terms of their mega evolution power.

Here is a quick summary of the Mega and XL situation to help you decide where you want your focus to be throughout the weekend. Note this article is focusing primarily on spawns, not so much on raiding or egg hatching (which will be probably a frustrating pot luck).


  • You could ignore everything else that’s happening throughout the event and just mega evolve your best Dragon types throughout the day to help you get the most out of raiding for Dialga and Palkia. This would be a legitimate approach!
  • Unfortunately, that approach will do very little to assist you with grinding for XL candy for other priority picks throughout the event. Only 1 Dragon type spawn is a priority pick for PvP, so you might want to look at dual-type Mega Evolutions such as Garchomp to supplement your XL grind.
  • Toxic Digs and Geothermal Lagoon have the best spawns for PvP (and PvE). Bustling Boardwalks and Ancient Grove have very little to get excited about apart from shiny hunting and legendary raiding.
  • One of the best Pokémon for the entire event for PvP is Pachirisu, which is not spawning in the wild, but instead is locked behind 10km eggs. Pachi is a spicy but exciting Great League pick, but has to be maxed out to L50. Frankly, I’m pretty frustrated with this decision to egg-lock Pachi for many many reasons, but I’ll leave it to you to decide how hard you try to hatch these throughout the event.

Priority Spawns and XL Priorities Pokemon Encounter icon

PvP Priorities by Habitat

The below demonstrates the majority of Pokémon types spawning across the 4 habitats rotating throughout the event. In terms of PvP mega evolution support:

  • Bustling Boardwalk has pretty average PvP spawns. If you’re needing to grind for Magnezone or Drifblim XL candy these would be the priorities, but that’s shaky ground for the argument.
  • Ancient Grove features Bronzor, Eevee and at a stretch Tangela as your PvP priority spawns. Bronzor has been everywhere lately and Eevee features every other event as a spawn. I think Tangela is the main one to focus on for the PvP side of things, for if ever the Master League Premier Cup comes back, Tangrowth is a pretty decent pick in that format. 
  • Toxic Digs starts to see an improvement in the wild spawns. Gligar, Duskull, Shieldon, Stunky, Gible, Skorupi and Toxicroak are the best PvP options available (and don’t sleep on Cranidos too – Rampardos is a beast in PvE). Of these options, I would really prioritise grinding for XL candy for Shieldon, Stunky, Gible and Skorupi, as they are all at their best when maxing out their bulk.
  • Geothermal Lagoon is also a much better habitat for the featured spawns. Lickitung, Eevee (again), Rhyhorn, Togetic, Swinub, Snorunt and Snover are the best PvP options spawning in the wild. Of these options, Lickitung, Rhyhorn and Swinub are the main mons to prioritise for XL candy.
Habitat Majority Types (all spawns) Recommended Mega Type for PvP XL Grinding
Bustling Boardwalk Normal Electric Water Electric Steel Ghost Flying
Ancient Grove Grass Bug Grass
Toxic Digs Ground Bug Poison Rock Steel Poison Dark Ground Bug
Geothermal Lagoon Normal Ice Rock Ground Normal Ice

Open PvP Meta Priorities

This table details the priority spawns per area, the league they are best suited to, and whether an XL candy investment will be required. I won’t go into detail on each individual mon as plenty of analysis has been done on this already here!

Bustling Boardwalk Pokemon Encounter icon

Spawn / Raid PvP Evolution League/s XL Candy?
Magnemite Magnezone Magneton Magnezone: All 3
Magneton: GL (limited meta)
Y (ML)
Piplup Empoleon GL, UL N
Drifloon Drifblim GL, UL Y (UL)

Ancient Grove Pokemon Encounter icon

Spawn / Raid PvP Evolution League/s XL Candy?
Eevee Umbreon Sylveon Umbreon: GL, UL
Syleon: UL, MLPC
Y (UL, ML)
Bronzor Bronzor Bronzong Bronzor: LL
Bronzong: GL (limited meta), UL (spice)
Y (both)
Tangela Tangrowth UL, MLPC Y

Toxic Digs Pokemon Encounter icon

Spawn / Raid PvP Evolution League/s XL Candy
Gligar Gligar Gliscor Gligar: GL
Gliscor: UL, GL (limited meta)
Shieldon Bastiodon GL Y
Stunky Skuntank UL, GL Y (UL)
Gible Garchomp ML Y
Skorupi Drapion Skorupi UL, GL Y (UL)
Croagunk Toxicroak UL, GL  Y (not a lot)

Geothermal Lagoon Pokemon Encounter icon

Spawn / Raid PvP Evolution League/s XL Candy
Lickitung Lickitung Lickilicky Lickitung: GL
Lickilicky: UL, GL (limited meta)
Y (both)
Rhyhorn Rhyperior ML Y
Togetic Togetic Togekiss Togetic: GL (limited meta)
Togekiss: ML
Swinub Mamoswine Piloswine Mamoswine: ML
Piloswine: GL (limited meta)
Snorunt Froslass GL N
Snover Abomasnow GL, UL Y

All Types by Habitat

If you want to understand the biggest bang for your buck, here are the total number of spawns split by habitat and type. This doesn’t differentiate between which mons are PvP / PvE relevant or not.

Type Total Bustling Boardwalk Ancient Grove Toxic Digs Geothermal Lagoon
Normal 9 4 1 1 3
Electric 9 4 2 2 1
Flying 7 2 1 2 2
Bug 7 1 3 3 0
Poison 6 0 1 3 2
Grass 6 0 5 0 1
Rock 5 0 2 2 1
Ground 5 0 0 3 2
Dark 4 0 0 2 2
Ice 4 0 0 1 3
Water 3 3 0 0 0
Fire 3 0 1 0 2
Ghost 3 1 1 1 0
Steel 2 0 1 1 0
Fairy 2 1 0 0 1
Psychic 2 1 1 0 0
Fighting 2 0 0 1 1
Dragon 1 0 0 1 0

Mega Pokémon and Bonuses

Here are the bonuses you get from Mega/Primal levels:

Level Bonuses
Base Level

(Mega/Primal Evolve a Pokémon 1 time)

  • Catch Candy Bonus (+1)
  • Friend Attack Boost 
  • 7-Day Mega Evolution Rest Period
  • Reduced Mega Energy to Mega Evolve
High Level

(Mega/Primal Evolve a Pokémon 7 times)

  • Catch Candy Bonus (+1)
  • Friend Attack Boost 
  • Same Type Attack Boost
  • 5-Day Mega Evolution Rest Period
  • 50 Bonus Catch XP
  • 10% Boost to XL Candy Chance
Max Level

(Mega/Primal Evolve a Pokémon 30 times)

  • Catch Candy Bonus (+2)
  • Friend Attack Boost 
  • Same Type Attack Boost
  • 3-Day Mega Evolution Rest Period
  • 100 Bonus Catch XP
  • 25% Boost to XL Candy Chance

List of Mega Pokémon and their Candy Boosts

  • Venusaur Grass Poison
  • Charizard Y Fire Flying
  • Mega Charizard X FireDragon
  • Blastoise Water
  • Beedrill Bug Poison
  • Pidgeot Normal Flying
  • Slowbro Water Psychic
  • Gengar Ghost Poison
  • Kangaskhan Normal
  • Pinsir Bug Flying
  • Gyarados Water Dark
  • Aerodactyl Rock Flying
  • Ampharos Electric Dragon
  • Steelix Steel Ground
  • Scizor Bug Steel
  • Houndoom Dark Fire
  • Tyranitar Dark Rock
  • Sceptile Grass Dragon
  • Blaziken Fire Fighting
  • Swampert Water Ground
  • Gardevoir Psychic Fairy
  • Sableye Dark Ghost
  • Aggron Steel
  • Medicham Psychic Fighting
  • Manectric Electric
  • Altaria Dragon Fairy
  • Absol Dark
  • Glalie Ice
  • Salamence Dragon Flying
  • Latias Dragon Psychic
  • Latios Dragon Psychic
  • Rayquaza Dragon Flying
  • Lopunny Normal Fighting
  • Abomasnow Grass Ice
  • Garchomp Ground Dragon
  • Diancie Rock Fairy
  • Groundon Ground Fire Grass
  • Kyogre Water Electric Bug

I hope this quick guide has helped you prioritise your PvP and XL grinding for the weekend. You can always find me on Twitter or Instagram for more PoGO analysis. The GOHub team have also been busy at work producing a range of other articles to support you throughout the week ahead and weekend:

Good luck throughout the weekend with your XL grinding and the shiny hunt!

See ya later,


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The one enlisted to explain games to new starters. Lover of all things Pokemon. Great League and Ultra League PvP specialist, and a dabbler in PvE.

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