Mega Evolution concept in Pokemon GO

Hello Trainers! Niantic has pushed some text updates to go along with the recent update to the game, there’s a lot and I mean a LOT of details about the upcoming Mega Evolutions.  Mega Special research, Mega evolution badges and much much more

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Additionally, this article contains my thoughts and opinions in regards to the code that was shared online – all of these should be treated as conjecture, not as hard statements. If you’re OK with that, feel free to read further. Potential spoilers ahead.


Let’s get into it!!

Mega Beedrill Special Research

RESOURCE ID: quest_title_megabee_0 
TEXT: A Mega Discovery (1/4)

It looks like we’re getting new special research called “A Mega Discovery” involving Beedrill and it’s Mega form.


RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_1_2 
TEXT: I see you were able to get some Beedrill Mega Energy, my theory there is Mega Energy for different Pokémon and that each Pokémon needs a certain amount of Mega Energy to Mega Evolve.

Each pokémon will have their own Mega energy

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_1_3 
TEXT: It also seems to be a temporary state where the Pokémon seem to return to normal once the Mega Energy is depleted.

As expected, Mega evolutions return to normal eventually.  This suggests that we might be able to Mega Evolve our Pokémon and then use it as a Mega Pokémon for a few battles until their Mega energy runs out.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_1_4 
TEXT: At first it may be difficult to gather all the Mega Energy needed to Mega evolve, but it seems that the amount of Mega Energy you need to gather is reduced over time.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_1_5 TEXT: 
Maybe it’s because of the bond you have with your Pokémon?

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_2_3 
TEXT: Now, I’m sure you are going to ask “Professor Willow, how do I get more Mega Energy?”

This seems to suggest that being best buddies with a Pokémon will reduce the amount of Mega energy required to Mega evolve it.

How DO we get more Mega Energy Professor?

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_2_4 
TEXT: Well, don’t worry, Trainer. It appears as though Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard, and Mega Blastoise are appearing to challenge in Mega Raids all around the world.

It looks like the Kanto starters will be the first set of Mega Raids.  Which suggests a slowed, or at least staggered, rollout of the Megas.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_2_5
TEXT: Why don’t you bring along your Mega Beedrill to battle them? There seem to be many benefits to bringing your Mega Evolved Pokémon into Raids for both you and your fellow Trainers.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_2_6
TEXT: I’m curious to see what kind of effect the Mega Evolved Pokémon have on other Pokémon when they battle together. Why don’t you give it a try!

I wonder what kind of benefits he’s talking about? We’ll get to that further down. 🙂

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_3_0
TEXT: I dare say, this was a successful research project! It looks like you were able to acquire some Mega Energy by battling those Mega-Evolved Pokémon!

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_3_1
TEXT: This should serve as a valuable resource. I’ve documented that Raiding isn’t the only thing you and your Mega Pokémon can do together.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_3_2
TEXT: I hope to see many of you taking on Gyms, battling each other and Team GO Rocket, and of course taking some GO Snapshots to send back to yours truly.

Well, it looks like you’ll be able to do quite a bit with your Mega Pokémon while they are Mega evolved.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_3_3 
TEXT: I will note that these are extremely powerful Pokémon, and for the sake of keeping some activities you do as Trainers fair and balanced, I think it best that for the time being we don’t bring our new friends into GO Battle League just yet, at least until more research is done.

Mega evolved Pokémon won’t be able to be used in the Go Battle League.  For now.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_3_5
TEXT: It seems in other regions Trainers use an item like the Mega Bracelet to Mega Evolve Pokémon. Based on my research around Mega Energy, Mega Evolving your Pokémon doesn't seem to require an item.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_3_6
TEXT: However, I thought it would be a trendy accessory for you to wear if you’d like to show off your Mega Pokémon skills.

RESOURCE ID: quest_special_dialogue_megabee_3_7
TEXT: You should see it available for you when you want to change up your look. Hope you accept this gift with my sincerest thanks for a job well done.

Ooh, it looks like we’re getting a Mega bracelet as a style item.

Mega Energy


RESOURCE ID: beedrill_mega_energy_bonus_research 
TEXT: Daily Bonus Research rewarding Beedrill Mega Energy 

RESOURCE ID: beedrill_mega_energy_field_research 
TEXT: Field Research rewarding Beedrill Mega Energy

It would appear that we’re going to get bonus research and field research that rewards Mega energy for Beedrill too.

Too Much Energy!!

RESOURCE ID: mega_energy_above_cap 
TEXT: You have reached the maximum amount of Mega Energy. 

RESOURCE ID: mega_energy_cap 
TEXT: You can collect up to {0} Mega Energy. 

RESOURCE ID: mega_energy_cap_singular 
TEXT: You can collect 1 Mega Energy. 

RESOURCE ID: mega_energy_not_awarded 
TEXT: You received only {0} Mega Energy from this raid because you have reached the maximum of {1}. 

RESOURCE ID: mega_energy_not_awarded_singular 
TEXT: You received only 1 Mega Energy from this raid because you have reached the maximum of {0}.

The speculation is that Mega energy has replaced the previously mined Mega candy.  It also looks like the amount of Mega energy you can have will be capped, and your rewards will be reduced if you hit it.

Mega Raids

Damage Bonuses

RESOURCE ID: mega_type_attacks_boosted_msg 
TEXT: {0}-type attacks are now boosted!

Speed Bonus

RESOURCE ID: mega_speed_bonus 
TEXT: Speed

Grab your friends, it looks like the you’ll get more for completing a raid quickly.

Mega Evolving

Are you sure?

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_info_mega_evolution_confirmation 
TEXT: Do you want to Mega Evolve {0}?

Standard confirmation prior to evolving.

Slow down, One at a time!

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_info_mega_evolution_replace 
TEXT: Your {0} will no longer be Mega Evolved. 

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_info_mega_evolution_replace_detail 
TEXT: Only one Pokémon may be Mega Evolved at a time.

It would appear that evolving a new Pokémon will any other Pokémon you may currently have Mega evolved.

This won’t last forever

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_info_mega_evolution_time 
TEXT: Mega Evolution lasts for {0} hours

Looks like you’ll get a notification letting you know how long your Pokémon’s mega evolution will last for, tracked in hours.

You need MOAR energy!

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_info_mega_evolve_need_resources 
TEXT: Need more {0} Mega Energy 

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_info_mega_resource_label 
TEXT: {0} Mega Energy

These appear to be notifications for when you’re short Mega energy.

Trade denied

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_info_transfer_mega_evo 
TEXT: You cannot trade a Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

You can’t trade your mega evolved Pokémon.



RESOURCE ID: badge_total_mega_evos_singular 
TEXT: Mega Evolve a Pokémon {0} time. 

RESOURCE ID: badge_total_mega_evos_title 
TEXT: Successor

The badge Successor is for the total number of times you’ve mega evolved Pokémon.

Evolution Guru

RESOURCE ID: badge_unique_mega_evos 
TEXT: Mega Evolve {0} different species of Pokémon. 

RESOURCE ID: badge_unique_mega_evos_singular 
TEXT: Mega Evolve {0} Pokémon. 

RESOURCE ID: badge_unique_mega_evos_title 
TEXT: Mega Evolution Guru

The badge Evolution Guru is for the total number of unique Mega Pokémon you evolved to.


Mega Pokédex

RESOURCE ID: pokedex_filter_button_all 
TEXT: All: {0} 

RESOURCE ID: pokedex_filter_button_mega 
TEXT: Mega: {0} 

RESOURCE ID: pokedex_mode_name_all 
TEXT: All 

RESOURCE ID: pokedex_mode_name_mega 
TEXT: Mega 

RESOURCE ID: pokedex_registered_to_megapokedex 
TEXT: Registered to Mega Pokédex

It looks like the Pokédex will get a filter, so you can filter just the Mega Pokémon.  Also, you’ll get a Registered to Mega Pokédex screen as well.

Megadex Entries

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_name_0382_0001 
TEXT: Primal Kyogre 

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_name_0383_0001 
TEXT: Primal Groudon 

RESOURCE ID: pokemon_name_0719_0001 
TEXT: Mega Diancie

All of the Mega’s Pokédex entries have been pushed as well, interestingly the Primals were included, and Diancie as well.

Mega Quests

Mega Evolving

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_evolve_blastoise 
TEXT: Mega Evolve a Blastoise 

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_evolve_charizard 
TEXT: Mega Evolve a Charizard 

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_evolve_venusaur 
TEXT: Mega Evolve a Venusaur 

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_evolve_plural 
TEXT: Mega Evolve {0} Pokémon 

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_evolve_singular 
TEXT: Mega Evolve a Pokémon

A set of quests revolving around Mega Evolving Pokémon.

Mega Raids

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_join_raid_plural 
TEXT: Battle in {0} Mega Raids 

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_join_raid_singular 
TEXT: Battle in a Mega Raid 

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_win_raid_plural 
TEXT: Win {0} Mega Raids 

RESOURCE ID: quest_mega_win_raid_singular 
TEXT: Win a Mega Raid

A set of quests for winning raids with your Mega Evolved Pokémon

No Mega in Gyms

RESOURCE ID: mega_gym_defender_warning 
TEXT: Mega-Evolved Pokémon cannot be assigned to defend Gyms

You won’t be able to assign your Mega Pokémon to defend gyms.  Which makes sense.

Step aside, the Mega’s are here

RESOURCE ID: mega_entered_battle_msg 
TEXT: {0} has entered the battle!

When a Mega Pokémon enters a battle everybody is notified.

Mega CP Colour

RESOURCE ID: mega_evo_cp_increase 
TEXT: CP {0} → <color=#2ECDA8>{1}</color>

Mega CP’s will show up as a different colour

Raid Restrictions

RESOURCE ID: invitations_not_available_special_desc 
TEXT: You cannot invite friends to Raid Battles against certain Legendary, regional, or event Pokémon. 

RESOURCE ID: invitations_not_available_special_title 
TEXT: Cannot Invite Friends to This Raid

It would appear that Niantic is going to restrict remote raid invitations for some raids, probably for when they put regionals in raids.

Today View Updates

Friendship makes us stronger

RESOURCE ID: friend_damage_raid_increase 
TEXT: Increased Friendship damage bonus in Raids

A new entry for when raiding with friends has increased damage.

Mega challenges

RESOURCE ID: mega_battle_event 
TEXT: Mega Battle Challenge 

RESOURCE ID: mega_buddy_event 
TEXT: Mega Buddy Challenge 

RESOURCE ID: mega_duration_triple 
TEXT: 3× Mega form duration

RESOURCE ID: mega_raid_event 
TEXT: Mega Raids Challenge 

RESOURCE ID: mega_raids_increase 
TEXT: Increased number of raids

RESOURCE ID: mega_raid_event 
TEXT: Mega Raids Challenge 

RESOURCE ID: mega_raids_increase 
TEXT: Increased number of raids

A series of Mega challenges

Photo’s and Poffins

RESOURCE ID: photobomb_special 
TEXT: Event-themed Photobombs 

RESOURCE ID: poffin_duration_double 
TEXT: 2× Poffin Duration

Entries for Event Photobombs and extended Poffin duration

Conclusions and Speculation

It sure looks like they are very close to releasing the Mega Pokémon, and we potentially know a little bit more about how they evolve.

It appears that your friendship level with your Pokémon could affect how much Mega energy you need to evolve them, so it might be a good idea to start levelling up your friendship with at least one of each of the Kanto starters and a beedrill to prepare for their release.

That’s all for now trainers.  The Mega’s are coming, prepare yourselves!!

Stay safe out there.