Pokémon GO Mega Evolution Update Can Fix The Game – Screen Rant

Pokémon GO’s Mega Evolution could be getting an update that will improve the mechanic after years of frustrating hoops required to use it.
Battling with Mega Evolved Pokémon in Pokémon GO has not been the streamlined and enjoyable mechanic utilized in other Pokémon games, but a potential future update could help resolve issues that have made the normally exciting battle mechanic a pain to use in the mobile game. Pokémon GO offers players a simplified version of the content found in the main series Pokémon games. While slimming down certain mechanics can help optimize battle staples for quick mobile play, it has also come at a cost for options like Mega Evolution, making them almost unusable.
Introduced during the summer of 2020, Mega Evolution in Pokémon GO offers players the opportunity to challenge powerful Mega Pokémon in Mega Raid Battles. Similar to standard Raid Battles, the featured Pokémon hatch from Mega Eggs in Gyms, and are often more powerful than the rotating Five-Star Raid battles. Because of this, Mega Pokémon require a large team of trainers to take down and can be particularly difficult to catch if they are defeated. Unfortunately, while the Pokémon will appear in its Mega Evolved form during the battle, it will revert to a standard final evolutional it has been defeated, making the battles less rewarding to participate in.
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In order to use Mega Evolution on a capable Pokémon, Pokémon GO players must get Mega Energy primarily earned in Mega Raids. The first time a certain Pokémon species Mega Evolves, it will cost 200 Mega Energy, and afterward, the cost decreases to 40 Mega Energy. The Mega Evolution form is temporary, lasting eight hours from the time the Pokémon is Mega Evolved. Because of this, the primary purpose of the rotating Mega Raid battles is to grind as much Mega Energy as possible, and not to actually catch the Pokémon featured in the Raids. Additionally, only one Pokémon can be Mega Evolved at a time, leaving players stuck with their choice until the duration of the mechanic elapses. This can impact the ability to create good strategies that utilize the different Mega Pokémon available.
However, Pokémon GO’s Mega Evolution could be receiving changes in the near future, according to a data mine breakdown shared by PokémonGoHubWhile the information has not been confirmed by Niantic, the update could include changes introducing multiple ways to Mega Evolve a Pokémon. According to the data mine, players may be able to use a time-based method, which could make Mega Evolution far more accessible to those without the required Mega Energy, and encourage players to use their Mega Pokémon more frequently.
Time-based Mega Evolution could be implemented into Pokémon GO in several ways, including a weekly evolution limit. For example, players could have the ability to evolve Megas without energy two or three times a week, allowing them to use Mega Capable Pokémon which haven’t been featured in Mega Raids recently. While this still doesn’t exactly follow how Pokémon’s Mega Evolution works in other games, it would make Megas more available to use in daily gameplay. Additionally, it could be locked behind a weekly reward, where players can complete certain Mega-themed tasks to obtain a Mega Evolution opportunity that wouldn’t require Mega Energy.
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There could also be a new rotating event cycle, where certain Mega-Capable Pokémon get a certain number of free Mega Evolutions during a window of time. For example, players could be able to evolve Pokémon GO’s Mega Lopunny twice a week without Mega Evolution during April and May to celebrate the spring season. While this type of change would be more limiting, and potentially frustrating, it would still offer more accessible Mega Evolution mechanics and allow players to better utilize their Mega Capable Pokémon.
In addition to the potential Mega Evolution changes, the data mine has also revealed the possibility of new Mega Legendary Raids being added to Pokémon GO in the coming months. Currently, only a small list of Mega-capable Pokémon are available in Pokémon GO, and none of the Legendary options have debuted in the game. However, it is possible these Raids will be even more difficult than the current Mega Raids, making successful battles difficult for those who don’t have large groups to participate with. Because of this, Pokémon GO may need to introduce new items that weaken Mega Raid Pokémon while in battle, giving all players an equal chance to defeat and catch these Pokémon.
Unfortunately, while improving the Mega Evolution mechanics will likely benefit numerous Pokémon GO players, other recent changes have greatly detracted from the enjoyability of the mobile game. Pokémon GO’s changes to Incense have decreased spawn rates, negatively impacted players from rural areas, or those who can’t safely play in groups due to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, changes to Community Day durations have created accessibility issues for those who have to work or have other weekend obligations. While the Mega Evolution changes indicated by the data mine could be fun, many may find the new benefits don’t outweigh other current problems.
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However, changes to Mega Evolution, and the addition of Mega Legendary Raids, could be exciting for the upcoming events in Pokémon GO. Currently, the ongoing “Seasons of Alola” event has kept players busy catching Pokémon from Sun and Moon, but soon Pokémon GO Fest 2022 will kick off, spanning June, July, and August. While there isn’t much detail currently available regarding what the new GO Fest will include, the ability to team up with other players and challenge Mega Legendary Raids could make the event a lot more enjoyable to participate in.
While it is likely Pokémon GO will never match the experiences found in the main series Pokémon games, the possibility that Niantic is attempting to make gameplay more accurate to original mechanics is good news for the mobile game. The potential decision to make mechanics like Mega Evolution easier to use would show that the developer is focusing on making a better game for fans, and not looking for additional ways to utilize microtransactions. While Pokémon GO still has a long way to go regarding a truly player-friendly experience, these changes would be a big step in the right direction.
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Source: PokémonGoHub
Laura Gray is a writer, illustrator and gamer in cozy Boise Idaho. They have had a wild freelance career in being a nerd, spending time traveling as a professional cosplayer and becoming a published illustrator while working the night grind as an IT tech. Laura is currently a content writer for D&D campaigns and Screenrant while working on personal writing projects for publication. They are also busy welcoming their first child into their life, which has been the best adventure life has given yet.


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