First, we need to touch on what are Mega Evolutions in the main Pokémon series.
Mega Evolutions are Pokémon transformations, they are not permanent like other evolutions. A Pokémon Mega Evolves in order to perform a special move or to gain a special ability. Mega evolution lasts only for the duration of the fight.
There are 46 species of Pokémon that are capable of Mega Evolution, and there are 48 different Mega Evolutions.
Mega evolutions in Pokémon GO
In the main series games, in order to perform a Mega Evolution you need a Mega Stone. These Stones are similar to other consumable items in Pokémon GO, like Berries.
In our opinion Mega Evolutions in Pokémon GO will be fairly simple:
- Enter a combat encounter (Gym, Trainer Battle, etc…)
- Click on a Mega Stone item in order to consume a Mega Stone
- Your Pokémon Mega evolves and gains new moves for the duration of the fight
- Similar to main series, if you switch out the Pokémon it remains mega evolved
- Mega Evolution takes precedence over any queued moves / dodge actions
It’s hard to imagine that Niantic will go any further than this, as it’s an easy way to implement Mega Evolutions. There are still unanswered questions about Mega Evolutions in Pokémon GO, so let’s try to answer some:
- Will each Pokémon require a different Mega Stone (Venusaurite, Charizardite X/Y, Scizorite, etc…)?
- We doubt it, although it’s not impossible. Inventory management in GO is already hell and having so many new items seems completely bonkers. If Niantic implements family-specific Mega Stones, they will probably not count against the Bag limit, in same fashion as Candies don’t count as bag items.
- When will Mega Evolutions come to Pokémon GO?
- Hmmm, that’s a tough one. In the original Pokémon games, Mega Evolutions were released with Generation VI. It’s unlikely that Niantic will follow a different route. With that in mind, if we get a new Generation every year, it’s likely that Mega Evolutions could become a thing in four years (2021).