Mega Evolution

Mega redirects here. For Crystal's Meganium in Pokémon Adventures, which is known as Mega in Chuang Yi translations, see Megaree.

Blaziken Mega Evolving into Mega Blaziken

Mega Evolution (Japanese: メガシンカ Mega Evolution) is a temporary transformation introduced in Generation VI that affects certain Pokémon. Mega-Evolved Pokémon are identified by having "Mega" in front of their name. In the core series, Mega Evolution requires the player to hold a Key Stone and a Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution holding its compatible Mega Stone (except in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, in which the player simply needs to have the Mega Stone in their bag). While Mega Evolution is also available in the Generation VII games, it has been removed from the core series as of Pokémon Sword and Shield, due to the lack of Key Stones and Mega Stones, although it still appears in some spin-offs like Pokémon GO and Pokémon Masters EX, as well as in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

There are 46 species of Pokémon that are capable of Mega Evolution, and there are 48 different Mega Evolutions.


The history and origins of Mega Evolution are shrouded in mystery and apparent contradictions, with different characters and groups having their own beliefs on where the phenomenon originated. For instance, Professor Sycamore theorizes Mega Evolution originates from special stones, possibly Evolution stones, that were irradiated by the light of XerneasX/YveltalY that was fired from the ultimate weapon 3,000 years ago. Despite this, Sycamore additionally claims that Mega Evolution is a new type of evolution, and that the phenomenon only occurs in the Kalos region.

However, the Draconids, a group of Dragon-type Pokémon Trainers from the Hoenn region that worship Rayquaza, believe that Mega Evolution originates from Rayquaza and various meteorites that rained down upon the Hoenn region thousands of years ago.

According to knowledge passed down by the Draconids, during the long-lost primal age of Hoenn, one of the many disasters that struck the region were numerous meteorites that rained from space and landed in the home of the Draconids, Meteor Falls, with these meteorites glowing a rainbow brilliance, not unlike the description of a Key Stone, which attracted Rayquaza and led to it putting an end to the disasters and restoring peace.

One thousand years later, disasters befell the region once more, most notable was a massive meteorite described with boundless brilliance and directly compared to a Key Stone, that bore deep into the ocean and created what would eventually come to be the location of Sootopolis City; with the impact cracking the ground and releasing a wave of primal energy, causing Groudon and Kyogre to awaken once more in their thirst for this power. This led the people to wish for Rayquaza to appear once more and save them, as it had done in the past, and once Rayquaza did appear, the people fell to their knees and wished for salvation, causing a great change to overtake Rayquaza as it Mega Evolved, with it using this power to defeat Groudon and Kyogre once again.

While the knowledge of the Draconids implies Rayquaza was the first Pokémon to Mega Evolve, an old Kalos legend from the Tower of Mastery tells of a Trainer and Lucario arriving in the region long ago, with the pair discovering two strange stones and subsequently leading to the world's first Mega Evolution.

The usage of Mega Evolution unleashes a massive amount of energy, as mentioned by Professor Cozmo, which itself is implied to have a direct connection, if not outright be a Pokémon's own life force, as it's mentioned by Lysandre that Professor Sycamore believes Mega Evolution releases all of a Pokémon's hidden energy at once that can't be achieved via regular evolution; this is coupled with CourtneyOR/Matt'sAS attempt at causing a rocket filled with Infinity Energy to explode, with Matt outright claiming it'd be like Mega Evolving the rocket.

While Steven Stone claims what exactly Mega and Key Stones are is a mystery, Archie, Maxie, and the events of the Delta Episode show that meteorites contain their own latent power and under the right conditions can be turned into either Mega or Key Stones. This is directly demonstrated in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, where the Meteorite slowly changes to resemble a Mega Stone over the course of the game, before it's eventually consumed by Rayquaza during the Delta Episode. While this allows the Legendary Pokémon to Mega Evolve without technically holding the stone, it's implied by Zinnia that Mega Stones, or at least the meteorites that fuel Rayquaza's Mega Evolution, eventually lose their power.

Similarly to Mega Stones, Key Stones can also be found in certain locations, such as Meteor Falls, where Matt found his.

In the games

The Mega Evolution sigil, as seen in Pokémon Tretta

In order to Mega Evolve, most Pokémon must be holding their appropriate Mega Stone and the Trainer must have a Key Stone. Only Rayquaza does not need a Mega Stone to Mega Evolve; instead, it must know the move Dragon Ascent.

In battle

In any battle, each Trainer may Mega Evolve a single Pokémon once. Mega Evolution is essentially a free action a Pokémon may make in addition to its normal move, but if a Pokémon will not use a move, it cannot Mega Evolve. Mega Evolution occurs before most actions except switching. A Mega-Evolved Pokémon will only revert to its original state if it faints or the battle ends; if it is switched out, it will remain Mega Evolved.

A Pokémon cannot Mega Evolve if it is being held in the airborne phase of Sky Drop. Neither volatile nor non-volatile status conditions such as paralysis, sleep, and infatuation will have any effect over a Pokémon's ability to Mega Evolve, even if they result in the Pokémon not being able to move that turn.

Mega Stones are not affected by most moves or Abilities. If they would move a Mega Stone to or from a Pokémon that could use it to Mega Evolve, the moves Bestow, Covet, Fling, Thief, Trick, and Switcheroo will fail and the Abilities Magician, Pickpocket and Symbiosis will not activate. The move Knock Off cannot remove a Mega Stone from a Pokémon that can use it to Mega Evolve, and Knock Off's power will not be increased since it cannot remove the item. The moves Embargo and Magic Room and the Ability Klutz will not prevent a Pokémon from using its respective Mega Stone to Mega Evolve.

Changes in a Pokémon's Ability will take place immediately. A Sharpedo that normally has Speed Boost will not gain a boost in Speed at the end of the turn it Mega Evolves, but if it uses a biting move such as Crunch that turn, it will be boosted by Strong Jaw, its Ability as Mega Sharpedo.

A transformed Pokémon (either by Transform or Imposter) is unable to Mega Evolve. It will fail to Mega Evolve even if it is transformed into the correct species and it is holding the respective Mega Stone. However, it is possible to transform into a Mega-Evolved Pokémon by copying another Mega-Evolved Pokémon. The restriction of only one Mega Evolution per battle does not apply to transformed Pokémon.

Generation VI

In Generation VI, performing Mega Evolution will not alter the turn order. A Pokémon with a lower Speed than their opponent will still go after them on the one turn the Mega Evolution occurs, even if their Mega Evolution increases Speed and would otherwise cause them to go first. The opposite is also true for Pokémon who lose Speed from Mega Evolution, such as Garchomp. However, turn order will be determined normally on every turn afterwards.

Otherwise, stat changes and type changes due to Mega Evolution take effect immediately and damage calculation proceeds as usual. For example, a Pokémon whose Mega Evolution has a lower base Defense stat takes greater damage from physical moves on the turn it Mega Evolves. Likewise, the move Gyro Ball considers the Pokémon's Speed stat after Mega Evolution for damage calculation, not before.

Likewise, even if a Pokémon only has an Ability such as Prankster before Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will gain priority. If a Pokémon gains Prankster upon Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will not gain priority.

When the player Mega Evolves a Pokémon for the first time since the save file is accessed, a longer animation than usual will play, showing the player activating the Mega Evolution with his or her Mega Bracelet. On subsequent uses of Mega Evolution, a shorter animation will play, showing only the Pokémon as it Mega Evolves.

Generation VII

In Generation VII, a Pokémon's Speed after Mega Evolution is used to determine turn order, not its Speed before. Likewise, if a Pokémon only has an Ability such as Prankster before Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will not gain priority. If a Pokémon gains Prankster upon Mega Evolution, appropriate moves will gain priority.

Rayquaza cannot Mega Evolve if it holds a Z-Crystal.

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, as the Held item mechanic is not implemented, the player simply needs to have the compatible Mega Stone in their bag to access a Pokémon's Mega Evolution. The player can also manually pick which form Charizard or Mewtwo can become from the move menu.

Outside of battle

A Gardevoir Mega Evolving in a Contest Spectacular

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Mega Evolution can also occur during the Talent Round of Pokémon Contest Spectaculars. If the participating Pokémon is holding its corresponding Mega Stone when its appeal causes the audience's excitement to reach its peak, it will Mega Evolve and perform a Spectacular Talent. The Pokémon will remain Mega Evolved for the remainder of the Talent Round.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, when summoned by the Eon Flute, LatiosOR or LatiasAS will Mega Evolve before the player mounts it to soar in the sky. It will Mega Evolve even if it is not holding its corresponding Mega Stone, since the Eon Pokémon is summoned even if it is no longer in the player's game.


A Mega-Evolved Pokémon has different base stats, with the exception of HP, and can have a different Ability and type from its non-Mega-Evolved form. Every Mega-Evolved Pokémon (except for Mega Alakazam in Generation VI) has a base stat total 100 points higher than that of its base form.

Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution

Introduced in X and Y

Dex Pokémon Before Mega Evolution After Mega Evolution Mega Stone
Image Type Ability Image Type Ability
#0003 Venusaur    Grass  Poison  Overgrow
Chlorophyll (Hidden)
   Grass  Poison  Thick Fat  
#0006 Charizard    Fire  Flying  Blaze
Solar Power (Hidden)
   Fire  Dragon  Tough Claws  
Charizardite X
   Fire  Flying  Drought  
Charizardite Y
#0009 Blastoise    Water  Torrent
Rain Dish (Hidden)
   Water  Mega Launcher  
#0065 Alakazam    Psychic  Synchronize
Inner Focus
Magic Guard (Hidden)
   Psychic  Trace  
#0094 Gengar    Ghost  Poison  Levitate (Generation VI)
Cursed Body (Generation VII)
   Ghost  Poison  Shadow Tag  
#0115 Kangaskhan    Normal  Early Bird
Inner Focus (Hidden)
   Normal  Parental Bond  
#0127 Pinsir    Bug  Hyper Cutter
Mold Breaker
Moxie (Hidden)
   Bug  Flying  Aerilate  
#0130 Gyarados    Water  Flying  Intimidate
Moxie (Hidden)
   Water  Dark  Mold Breaker  
#0142 Aerodactyl    Rock  Flying  Rock Head
Unnerve (Hidden)
   Rock  Flying  Tough Claws  
#0150 Mewtwo    Psychic  Pressure
Unnerve (Hidden)
   Psychic  Fighting  Steadfast  
Mewtwonite X
   Psychic  Insomnia  
Mewtwonite Y
#0181 Ampharos    Electric  Static
Plus (Hidden)
   Electric  Dragon  Mold Breaker  
#0212 Scizor    Bug  Steel  Swarm
Light Metal (Hidden)
   Bug  Steel  Technician  
#0214 Heracross    Bug  Fighting  Swarm
Moxie (Hidden)
   Bug  Fighting  Skill Link  
#0229 Houndoom    Dark  Fire  Early Bird
Flash Fire
Unnerve (Hidden)
   Dark  Fire  Solar Power  
#0248 Tyranitar    Rock  Dark  Sand Stream
Unnerve (Hidden)
   Rock  Dark  Sand Stream  
#0257 Blaziken    Fire  Fighting  Blaze
Speed Boost (Hidden)
   Fire  Fighting  Speed Boost  
#0282 Gardevoir    Psychic  Fairy  Synchronize
Telepathy (Hidden)
   Psychic  Fairy  Pixilate  
#0303 Mawile    Steel  Fairy  Hyper Cutter
Sheer Force (Hidden)
   Steel  Fairy  Huge Power  
#0306 Aggron    Steel  Rock  Sturdy
Rock Head
Heavy Metal (Hidden)
   Steel  Filter  
#0308 Medicham    Fighting  Psychic  Pure Power
Telepathy (Hidden)
   Fighting  Psychic  Pure Power  
#0310 Manectric    Electric  Static
Lightning Rod
Minus (Hidden)
   Electric  Intimidate  
#0354 Banette    Ghost  Insomnia
Cursed Body (Hidden)
   Ghost  Prankster  
#0359 Absol    Dark  Pressure
Super Luck
Justified (Hidden)
   Dark  Magic Bounce  
#0380 Latias*    Dragon  Psychic  Levitate    Dragon  Psychic  Levitate  
#0381 Latios*    Dragon  Psychic  Levitate    Dragon  Psychic  Levitate  
#0445 Garchomp    Dragon  Ground  Sand Veil
Rough Skin (Hidden)
   Dragon  Ground  Sand Force  
#0448 Lucario    Fighting  Steel  Steadfast
Inner Focus
Justified (Hidden)
   Fighting  Steel  Adaptability  
#0460 Abomasnow    Grass  Ice  Snow Warning
Soundproof (Hidden)
   Grass  Ice  Snow Warning  

Introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Dex Pokémon Before Mega Evolution After Mega Evolution Mega Stone
Image Type Ability Image Type Ability
#0015 Beedrill    Bug  Poison  Swarm
Sniper (Hidden)
   Bug  Poison  Adaptability  
#0018 Pidgeot    Normal  Flying  Keen Eye
Tangled Feet
Big Pecks (Hidden)
   Normal  Flying  No Guard  
#0080 Slowbro    Water  Psychic  Oblivious
Own Tempo
Regenerator (Hidden)
   Water  Psychic  Shell Armor  
#0208 Steelix    Steel  Ground  Rock Head
Sheer Force (Hidden)
   Steel  Ground  Sand Force  
#0254 Sceptile    Grass  Overgrow
Unburden (Hidden)
   Grass  Dragon  Lightning Rod  
#0260 Swampert    Water  Ground  Torrent
Damp (Hidden)
   Water  Ground  Swift Swim  
#0302 Sableye    Dark  Ghost  Keen Eye
Prankster (Hidden)
   Dark  Ghost  Magic Bounce  
#0319 Sharpedo    Water  Dark  Rough Skin
Speed Boost (Hidden)
   Water  Dark  Strong Jaw  
#0323 Camerupt    Fire  Ground  Magma Armor
Solid Rock
Anger Point (Hidden)
   Fire  Ground  Sheer Force  
#0334 Altaria    Dragon  Flying  Natural Cure
Cloud Nine (Hidden)
   Dragon  Fairy  Pixilate  
#0362 Glalie    Ice  Inner Focus
Ice Body
Moody (Hidden)
   Ice  Refrigerate  
#0373 Salamence    Dragon  Flying  Intimidate
Moxie (Hidden)
   Dragon  Flying  Aerilate  
#0376 Metagross    Steel  Psychic  Clear Body
Light Metal (Hidden)
   Steel  Psychic  Tough Claws  
#0384 Rayquaza    Dragon  Flying  Air Lock    Dragon  Flying  Delta Stream  
#0428 Lopunny    Normal  Cute Charm
Limber (Hidden)
   Normal  Fighting  Scrappy  
#0475 Gallade    Psychic  Fighting  Steadfast
Justified (Hidden)
   Psychic  Fighting  Inner Focus  
#0531 Audino    Normal  Healer
Klutz (Hidden)
   Normal  Fairy  Healer  
#0719 Diancie    Rock  Fairy  Clear Body    Rock  Fairy  Magic Bounce  

In other games

Pokémon GO

Main article: Mega Evolution (GO)

Mega Evolution was introduced in Pokémon GO on August 27, 2020. Rather than using a Mega Stone, an eligible Pokémon instead consumes Mega Energy to undergo a temporary Mega Evolution.

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Mega Evolution (Masters)

Certain sync pairs can Mega Evolve their Pokémon by performing a sync move in Pokémon Masters EX since the game's launch.

Pokémon Picross

Once a player purchases a Mega Pencil from Professor Tetra for 500 Picrites, puzzles for Mega Evolutions can be solved. Furthermore, murals can be solved one tile at a time to display Groudon and Kyogre's Primal Reversions.

Only one Mega Evolution can be set at one time, and they cannot be brought alongside their normal forms. Their skills are higher ranked than their normal counterpart, and they can be used on larger puzzles.

Pokémon Rumble World

The player gains the ability to Mega Evolve their Pokémon after completing the challenge "Raid of the Mighty General", then receiving the Special Stone Shop and a Mega Key from the rewards section of the ordinary shop. Mega Stones for currently owned Pokémon can be bought and immediately attached to its corresponding Pokémon using the Special Stone Shop. The first Mega Stone of the player's choice is free (unless either the Red or Blue Orb is chosen instead) and every one after it costs 5 Poké Diamonds. During battle, Mega Evolution can be performed by tapping the Mega Evolution button using a Pokémon equipped with a Mega Stone in battle. Mega Evolution can be used again on any Pokémon in the same battle, unlike in the main games.

Mega-Evolved Pokémon revert after a completed trip, or when they are defeated or switched out. Mega Evolving will send out a shockwave that damages enemy Pokémon. This shockwave is capable of defeating and tipping over opposing Pokémon. Additionally, it also resets any negative status conditions or status changes the Pokémon had before Mega Evolving.

Pokémon Shuffle

Main article: List of Pokémon by Pokémon Shuffle list number → Mega Evolution

Before a Pokémon's Mega Evolution can be used in Pokémon Shuffle, its respective Mega Stone must be obtained (or in Rayquaza's case, the Meteorite), typically either by defeating its Mega-Evolved form in a Trainer battle at the end of each Main Stage Area or as a prize for completing a Competitive Stage or reaching a certain point in an Escalation Battle.

The Pokémon placed in the first position (furthest to the left) when selecting Support Pokémon will Mega Evolve after the player fills the Mega Gauge by matching the Pokémon being Mega Evolved or matching Pokémon with the Mega Boost(+) Skills who are of the same type as the Pokémon being Mega Evolved. The size of the Mega Gauge depends on the Pokémon being Mega Evolved, with each Pokémon requiring different numbers of icons to be matched to fill its gauge. The Mega Effects for each Mega form vary between Pokémon, replacing the Pokémon's Skill for the remainder of the battle.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

Mega Evolution in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
Mega Alakazam in Berserk mode

Mega Evolution allows Pokémon to become more powerful, attack multiple enemies, and break down walls. To achieve Mega Evolution, the player must find an Awakening Emera in a Dungeon. These Emeras can be attached to a Looplet of a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve, causing it to Mega Evolve immediately. A Looplet attached with an Awakening emera will have a rainbow glow  . Should it be given to Mewtwo or Charizard, their Mega Evolution will be chosen randomly.

A bar will appear above the Mega-Evolved Pokémon after it transforms and will slowly start to fill up. As long as the bar is present, the Mega-Evolved Pokémon will keep their form even when moving to the next floor. Once the bar is filled, the Mega-Evolved Pokémon will go into Berserk mode. In Berserk mode, the Pokémon will move around and use a powerful attack on any Pokémon surrounding it, friend and foe alike. This will go away after a while, and the Pokémon will revert to normal. When Mega Evolved, its regular attack will get a huge boost in power and range, destroy walls, and reveal purple sparkling spots on the floor which can be picked up for an item.

Attaching an Awakening Emera to a Pokémon that cannot Mega Evolve increases its stats by a lot and give it different boosts. Pokémon that cannot Mega Evolve with an Awakening Emera attached will not go into Berserk mode.

Awakening Emeras are hard to find and appear randomly in dungeons; like other Emeras, they will disappear if they are not reached in time.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Mega Evolution returns in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, here achieved by eating an Empowerment Seed. Mega Evolved Pokemon also have all of the bonuses granted by the Awakened status (linked moves always result in critical hits, moves will never miss, and moves will ignore unfavorable type matchups). The only additional bonuses Mega Evolution grants compared to the Awakened status is the potential to change a Pokémon's type and ability.

As in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, if Mewtwo or Charizard Mega Evolves, their Mega Evolution will be chosen randomly.

Additionally, during Rayquaza's rematch or Mewtwo's boss fight, both will Mega Evolve once their health drops below one half of their total. Mewtwo will always Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo X during its boss fight.

Pokkén Tournament

Lucario, Garchomp, Gardevoir, Gengar, Charizard, Blaziken, Sceptile, Scizor, Blastoise, Mewtwo, and Shadow Mewtwo are able to Mega Evolve through Synergy Burst, with Charizard and both of the Mewtwo Mega Evolving into their X forms. Mega Evolution can be triggered whenever a Pokémon capable of it has its Synergy Gauge filled up to the max during a battle. The Mega Evolved Pokémon will revert to its regular form once it has used up all of its Synergy power.

In addition, every time when Shadow Mewtwo is fought against in the game's story mode, it will Mega Evolve before the battle begins and stay in this state for the entire fight.

On the Dragon's Nest battle stage, Mega Rayquaza appears in the form of both an enormous statue alongside the battle arena and a drawing on the ground of the battle arena. On the Old Ferrum Town (Winter) battle stage, Mega Swampert appears in the form of a giant snow sculpture. Mega Rayquaza itself is also a Support Pokémon available as part of the Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack.

Charizard as Mega Charizard X in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Charizard and Lucario's Final Smashes are both Mega Evolution, which transforms them into Mega Charizard X and Mega Lucario, respectively. This Mega Evolution acts as a temporary power-up for the duration of the Final Smash.

Mewtwo's Final Smash is Psystrike, which has it Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y then use Psystrike.

Mega Venusaur and Mega Blastoise appear as trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Mega Blastoise, Mega Blaziken, Mega Kangaskhan, Mega Venusaur, Mega Lucario, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, and Mega Charizard X appear as trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Games Description
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U Evolve into Mega Charizard X. Breathe fire with B.*
Evolve into Mega Lucario. Aura power rises to max.*

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mewtwo retains its Final Smash Psystrike from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, which still causes it to Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y.

Lucario's Final Smash, Aura Storm, has it Mega Evolve into Mega Lucario in order to use it.

Mega Charizard X, Mega Kangaskhan, Mega Mewtwo Y, Mega Lucario, and Mega Diancie appear as Spirits.

In the anime

Mega Blaziken in the anime

Main series

Multiple Mega Evolutions have been featured in the anime:


Mega Charizard X in Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Origins

Red's Charizard was shown Mega Evolving into Mega Charizard X in File 4: Charizard during Red's battle against Mewtwo, thanks to the Charizardite X and Key Stone given to him by Mr. Fuji in an earlier episode. This situation was the first public appearance of Mega Charizard X and served as its official reveal.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer

All of the Mega Evolutions debuting in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were showcased in the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Animated Trailer.


Mega Rayquaza in Pokémon Generations

Pokémon Generations

A Mega Rayquaza appeared in The Scoop, under the ownership of a Trainer, who used it to destroy a giant meteor. Afterwards, it battled against a Deoxys that had emerged from the destroyed meteor.

Pokémon Evolutions

A Mega Gyarados appeared in The Visionary, under the ownership of Lysandre. He used it to battle Calem's Xerneas, but was quickly defeated.

A Mega Swampert and a Mega Salamence appeared in The Wish, belonging to May and Zinnia, respectively. In the same episode, May Mega Evolved Rayquaza after catching it.

In The Discovery, Green used a Mega Blastoise against Elaine's Mewtwo. Despite its best efforts, Blastoise was no match for the Genetic Pokémon's power.


In the manga

Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King

In Pokémon - The Legend of the Dragon King, several main characters' Pokémon are capable of Mega Evolution, including Akira's Charizard, Koji's Garchomp, and Taichi's Ampharos.

X's team achieving multiple Mega Evolutions at once in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

X & Y chapter

At first, Mega Evolution was portrayed as a relatively unknown phenomenon, known only to Gurkinn and his Successors. Since then, it became apparent that Team Flare were also after the power of Mega Evolution, with one member even compiling a list of Mega Stones that they discovered. Simultaneous Mega Evolutions can also be accomplished by a Trainer, as long as they have a Key Stone for each Pokémon they are Mega Evolving. However, doing so will cause severe mental stress on the Trainer, and they will be unable to focus on anything other than a single target until the Mega Evolution is undone.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

The role of Mega Evolution was diminished but its accessibility continued to be confined to a selected number of Trainers.

  • In PS597, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald were shown learning how to Mega Evolve their Pokémon from Ultima. Sapphire and Emerald were seen mastering it in PS599, where they Mega Evolved their respective starter Pokémon.
  • In PS598, Ruby was able to successfully Mega Evolve Latios into Mega Latios, allowing them to soar into the sky. He soon arrived at the Sky Pillar, where he met and battled Zinnia, who used her Mega Salamence against Mega Latios.
  • In PS602, Steven Mega Evolved his Metagross into Mega Metagross with his Mega Stickpin.
  • In PS603, Jinga of the Draconids Mega Evolved his Slowbro into Mega Slowbro in his battle against Ruby.
  • In PS604, Ruby Mega Evolved Mumu into Mega Swampert.
  • In PS607, Maxie and Archie used their Mega Glasses and Mega Anchor to Mega Evolve their Camerupt and Sharpedo into Mega Camerupt and Mega Sharpedo respectively. In retaliation, Red and Green Mega Evolved Saur and Blasty into Mega Venusaur and Mega Blastoise respectively to battle them.
  • In PS611, footage of Rayquaza Mega Evolving was seen.
  • In PS616, Giovanni Mega Evolved his Beedrill as part of his explanation that the meteoroid headed for Hoenn may be housing a Pokémon inside of it, since Mega Evolution is only supposed to work within a battle. Later, Sapphire and Ruby Mega Evolved Kirly and Rara into Mega Gallade and Mega Gardevoir respectively during a brief battle against each other.
  • In Omega Alpha Adventure 21, Ruby and Sapphire Mega Evolved Rayquaza in order to have it destroy Grand Meteor Delta. Later, Ruby Mega Evolved Diancie for a Pokémon Contest Spectacular Performance.


In the TCG

Mega Evolution is mainly featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as  Pokémon . They were added as a new mechanic to the game in the XY era as an evolution of Pokémon-EX cards. Mega Evolving a Pokémon immediately ends a player's turn, unless that Pokémon has its specific Spirit Link Pokémon Tool attached to it.

The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring Mega Evolved Pokémon in the Trading Card Game.

Mega Evolution Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
 Venusaur    XY   2/146 Collection X   002/060
Evolutions   2/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   002/087
Evolutions   100/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   089/087
 Blastoise    XY   30/146 Collection Y   015/060
Evolutions   22/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   022/087
Evolutions   102/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   093/087
 Charizard    Flashfire   13/106 M Charizard-EX Mega Battle Deck   002/021
Flashfire   107/106 Wild Blaze   088/080
Evolutions   13/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   013/087
Evolutions   101/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   091/087
 Charizard    Flashfire   69/106 Wild Blaze   055/080
Flashfire   108/106 Wild Blaze   089/080
 Kangaskhan    Flashfire   79/106 Wild Blaze   065/080
Flashfire   109/106 Wild Blaze   090/080
      Premium Champion Pack   094/131
 Heracross    Furious Fists   5/111 Rising Fist   005/096
Furious Fists   112/111 Rising Fist   104/096
 Lucario    Furious Fists   55/111 Rising Fist   053/096
Furious Fists   113/111 Rising Fist   105/096
      Premium Champion Pack   075/131
      The Best of XY   063/171
Miscellaneous Promotional cards   55a/111 The Best of XY   176/171
 Manectric    Phantom Forces   24/119 Phantom Gate   024/088
Phantom Forces   120/119 Phantom Gate   096/088
      Premium Champion Pack   043/131
      The Best of XY   035/171
Miscellaneous Promotional cards   24a/119 The Best of XY   174/171
 Gengar    Phantom Forces   35/119 Phantom Gate   034/088
Phantom Forces   121/119 Phantom Gate   097/088
      Premium Champion Pack   049/131
 Gengar    XY Black Star Promos   XY166 XY-P Promotional cards   079/XY-P
 Metagross    XY Black Star Promos   XY35 XY-P Promotional cards   102/XY-P
 Diancie    XY Black Star Promos   XY44 XY-P Promotional cards   093/XY-P
 Aggron    Primal Clash   94/160 Gaia Volcano   046/070
Primal Clash   154/160 Gaia Volcano   076/070
 Gardevoir    Primal Clash   106/160 Tidal Storm   051/070
Primal Clash   156/160 Tidal Storm   076/070
Generations   RC31/RC32 PokéKyun Collection   020/032
 Gallade    Roaring Skies   35/108 Emerald Break   031/078
Roaring Skies   100/108 Emerald Break   081/078
 Latios    Roaring Skies   59/108 Emerald Break   049/078
Roaring Skies   102/108 Emerald Break   083/078
 Rayquaza    Roaring Skies   61/108 M Rayquaza-EX Mega Battle Deck   006/018
 Rayquaza    Roaring Skies   76/108 Emerald Break   062/078
Roaring Skies   105/108 Emerald Break   086/078
      Premium Champion Pack   097/131
      XY-P Promotional cards   272/XY-P
      The Best of XY   105/171
 Absol    XY Black Star Promos   XY63 XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
 Blaziken    XY Black Star Promos   XY86 XY-P Promotional cards   138/XY-P
 Swampert    XY Black Star Promos   XY87 XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
 Sceptile    Ancient Origins   8/98 Bandit Ring   008/081
Ancient Origins   85/98 Bandit Ring   083/081
      Premium Champion Pack   007/131
      The Best of XY   007/171
 Ampharos    Ancient Origins   28/98 Bandit Ring   028/081
Ancient Origins   88/98 Bandit Ring   086/081
 Tyranitar    Ancient Origins   43/98 Bandit Ring   043/081
Ancient Origins   92/98 Bandit Ring   090/081
 Rayquaza    Ancient Origins   98/98 Bandit Ring   095/081
 Houndoom    BREAKthrough   22/162 Red Flash   010/059
BREAKthrough   154/162 Red Flash   061/059
 Glalie    BREAKthrough   35/162 Blue Shock   015/059
BREAKthrough   156/162 Blue Shock   061/059
 Mewtwo    BREAKthrough   63/162 Blue Shock   026/059
BREAKthrough   159/162 Blue Shock   063/059
      Premium Champion Pack   051/131
 Mewtwo    BREAKthrough   64/162 Red Flash   026/059
BREAKthrough   160/162 Red Flash   063/059
      Premium Champion Pack   052/131
      The Best of XY   043/171
 Aerodactyl    XY Black Star Promos   XY98 XY-P Promotional cards   183/XY-P
 Mawile    XY Black Star Promos   XY104 XY-P Promotional cards   186/XY-P
 Gyarados    BREAKpoint   27/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   019/080
BREAKpoint   115/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   082/080
 Scizor    BREAKpoint   77/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   058/080
BREAKpoint   120/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   087/080
 Venusaur    Generations   2/83 BREAK Starter Pack   002/072
 Charizard    Generations   12/83 BREAK Starter Pack   011/072
 Blastoise    Generations   18/83 BREAK Starter Pack   074/072
 Alakazam    Fates Collide   26/124 Awakening Psychic King   024/078
Fates Collide   118/124 Awakening Psychic King   081/078
      The Best of XY   041/171
 Altaria    Fates Collide   69/124 Awakening Psychic King   054/078
Fates Collide   121/124 Awakening Psychic King   084/078
 Audino    Fates Collide   85/124 M Audino-EX Mega Battle Deck   012/026
 Beedrill    XY Black Star Promos   XY158 Premium Champion Pack   002/131
 Garchomp    XY Black Star Promos   XY168 XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
 Steelix     Steam Siege   68/114 Fever-Burst Fighter   033/054
Steam Siege   109/114 Fever-Burst Fighter   057/054
 Gardevoir     Steam Siege   79/114 Cruel Traitor   039/054
Steam Siege   112/114 Cruel Traitor   057/054
      The Best of XY   092/171
 Salamence    XY Black Star Promos   XY171 XY-P Promotional cards   257/XY-P
 Slowbro    Evolutions   27/108 XY-P Promotional cards   263/XY-P
 Pidgeot    Evolutions   65/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   063/087
Evolutions   105/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   097/087
 Camerupt    XY Black Star Promos   XY198 The Best of XY   013/171
Miscellaneous Promotional cards   XY198a The Best of XY   172/171
 Sharpedo    XY Black Star Promos   XY200 The Best of XY   071/171
Miscellaneous Promotional cards   XY200a The Best of XY   178/171
Mega Sableye & Tyranitar    Unified Minds   126/236 Miracle Twin   054/094
Unified Minds   225/236 Miracle Twin   101/094
Unified Minds   226/236 Miracle Twin   102/094
Unified Minds   245/236 Miracle Twin   111/094
Mega Lopunny & Jigglypuff    Cosmic Eclipse   165/236 Alter Genesis   073/095
Cosmic Eclipse   225/236 Alter Genesis   103/095
Cosmic Eclipse   226/236 Alter Genesis   104/095
Cosmic Eclipse   261/236 Alter Genesis   114/095
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Gengar Spirit Link I Phantom Forces   95/119 XY-P Promotional cards   055/XY-P
      Premium Champion Pack   111/131
Manectric Spirit Link I Phantom Forces   100/119 Phantom Gate   081/088
      Premium Champion Pack   115/131
      The Best of XY   134/171
Aggron Spirit Link I Primal Clash   123/160 Gaia Volcano   065/070
Gardevoir Spirit Link I Primal Clash   130/160 Tidal Storm   065/070
Steam Siege   101/114 Cruel Traitor   052/054
      The Best of XY   128/171
Gallade Spirit Link I Roaring Skies   183/108 Emerald Break   073/078
Latios Spirit Link I Roaring Skies   85/108 Emerald Break   074/078
Rayquaza Spirit Link I Roaring Skies   87/108 M Rayquaza-EX Mega Battle Deck   012/018
      XY-P Promotional cards   126/XY-P
      Premium Champion Pack   116/131
      The Best of XY   136/171
Ampharos Spirit Link I Ancient Origins   70/98 Bandit Ring   074/081
      Premium Champion Pack   115/131
      The Best of XY   134/171
Sceptile Spirit Link I Ancient Origins   80/98 Bandit Ring   073/081
      Premium Champion Pack   112/131
      The Best of XY   130/171
Tyranitar Spirit Link I Ancient Origins   81/98 Bandit Ring   075/081
Glalie Spirit Link I BREAKthrough   139/162 Blue Shock   055/059
Houndoom Spirit Link I BREAKthrough   142/162 Red Flash   056/059
Mewtwo Spirit Link I BREAKthrough   144/162 Blue Shock   056/059
      Red Flash   057/059
      Premium Champion Pack   114/131
      The Best of XY   133/171
Gyarados Spirit Link I BREAKpoint   101/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   075/080
Scizor Spirit Link I BREAKpoint   111/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   076/080
Aerodactyl Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY99 XY-P Promotional cards   188/XY-P
Mawile Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY105 XY-P Promotional cards   187/XY-P
Alakazam Spirit Link I Fates Collide   90/124 Awakening Psychic King   075/078
      XY-P Promotional cards   229/XY-P
      The Best of XY   132/171
Altaria Spirit Link I Fates Collide   91/124 Awakening Psychic King   074/078
Audino Spirit Link I Fates Collide   92/124 M Audino-EX Mega Battle Deck   019/026
Steelix Spirit Link I Steam Siege   106/114 Fever-Burst Fighter   052/054
Beedrill Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY159 Premium Champion Pack   113/131
Blastoise Spirit Link I Evolutions   73/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   080/087
Charizard Spirit Link I Evolutions   75/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   083/087
Pidgeot Spirit Link I Evolutions   81/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   081/087
Slowbro Spirit Link I Evolutions   86/108 XY-P Promotional cards   265/XY-P
Venusaur Spirit Link I Evolutions   89/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   082/087
Garchomp Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY169 Premium Champion Pack    
Salamence Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY172 XY-P Promotional cards   258/XY-P
Camerupt Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY199 The Best of XY   131/171
Sharpedo Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY201 The Best of XY   129/171
Lucario Spirit Link I XY Black Star Promos   XY211 The Best of XY   135/171


  • According to Ken Sugimori in his interview in the Nintendo Dream magazine, Flygon was intended to get a Mega Evolution in Pokémon X and Y, but the idea was later dropped due to him experiencing an artist's block.
  • There is at least one Mega Evolved Pokémon of every type: Psychic has the most (with ten), while both Ice and Electric have the fewest (with two each).
  • Gardevoir and Gallade are the only Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution that are in the same evolutionary family.
  • Only Pokémon which cannot evolve further are capable of Mega Evolution.
  • With base stat totals of 780, Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, and Mega Rayquaza have the highest base stat totals of any obtainable Pokémon. Eternamax Eternatus has the highest base stat total of all Pokémon at 1125, but cannot be used by the player.
    • In addition, Mega Mewtwo Y has the highest base Special Attack of all Pokémon at 194, and Mega Mewtwo X has the highest base Attack of all Pokémon at 190. Mega Mewtwo X also has the highest base stat increase of all Mega Evolutions, its Attack stat being boosted by 80 upon the process.
  • Aggron is the only dual-type Pokémon to become single-type upon Mega Evolving, going from Steel/Rock-type to pure Steel-type.
  • The only Pokémon with multiple Mega Evolutions are Charizard and Mewtwo, which have two each and were introduced in Generation I. In both cases, the first ones to be revealed were the Y versions.
    • In addition, both of their Y Mega Evolutions kept their original type(s), while both of their X Mega Evolutions changed or added their secondary type.
    • Also, in both cases, the X Mega Evolution is more physically-oriented (with a higher Attack and/or Defense), while the Y Mega Evolution is more specially-oriented (with a higher Special Attack and/or Special Defense).
  • Rayquaza is the only Pokémon that does not require a Mega Stone to Mega Evolve in the core series games, instead being required to know Dragon Ascent.
    • This makes Rayquaza the only Pokémon that can have a different held item while Mega Evolved, since Mega Stones cannot be taken off their proper holder during battle.
    • It is, furthermore, the only Pokémon to lack the message "(The opposing) <Pokémon>'s <Mega Stone> is reacting to its Key Stone!" when it Mega Evolves, as it has the message "<player>'s fervent wish has reached Rayquaza!" instead.
    • In Pokémon Shuffle, Rayquaza needs the player to get the Meteorite for it to Mega Evolve.
    • Although Rayquaza can learn Dragon Ascent in Pokémon Sword and Shield, its Mega Evolution has been removed from the games.
  • Mega Latias and Mega Latios are programmed into Pokémon X and Y; as a result, they are not banned by the Kalos rules from battles, and their Mega Stones are not banned from trades between Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire and X or Y, despite being otherwise unavailable in those games.
  • The Japanese and Korean logos for Pokémon X and Y include the Mega Evolution sigil.
  • Although it's heavily pushed that one needs a strong bond with their Pokémon in order to achieve Mega Evolution, Friendship isn't a factor at all for Mega Evolution in the games.
  • In the Pokémon X and Y demo, the message "An immense new power has risen in Mewtwo!" would be displayed before Mega Evolving. In the final game, the message displayed is "<Pokémon>'s <Mega Stone> is reacting to <Trainer>'s <Key Stone item>!" Additionally, Mega Mewtwo Y is referred to as simply Mega Mewtwo.
  • Slowbro is the only Pokémon to have both a Mega Evolution and a regional form.
  • The fully evolved Kanto starter Pokémon and Gengar are the only Pokémon that can both Mega Evolve and Gigantamax.
  • Mega Altaria is the only Mega Evolved Pokémon with a unique type combination.
  • When Kangaskhan Mega Evolves, only the baby experiences any change, leaving the mother's appearance unaltered.
  • In contrast to the other Paradox Pokémon, Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant bear resemblance to Mega Evolved forms of the Pokémon they are based on rather than the basic form.
    • Notably, Roaring Moon's Pokédex entry indirectly mentions Mega Evolution.
  • No Pokémon capable of Mega Evolution has an exclusive Z-Move.

In other languages

Language Title
  Albanian Mega Evolucion
Chinese Cantonese 超級進化 Chīukāp Jeunfa *
超進化 Chīu Jeunfa *
Mandarin 超級進化 / 超级进化 Chāojí Jìnhuà *
超進化 / 超进化 Chāo Jìnhuà *
  Czech Mega evoluce
  Danish Megaudvikling
Mega Udvikling
  Dutch Mega Evolutie (Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon website, XY002-XY034)
Mega-evolutie (XY043-present)
  Finnish Megakehitys (anime)
Megaevoluutio (TCGO)
  French Méga-Évolution
  German Mega-Entwicklung
  Greek Μέγα Εξέλιξη Méga Exélixi
  Hebrew מגה התפתחות Mega Hitpatkhut
  Hindi Mega Evolution
  Hungarian Mega evolúció
Mega Fejlődés
  Indonesian Evolusi Mega
Mega Evolusi
  Italian Megaevoluzione
  Korean 메가진화 Mega Jinhwa
  Malaysian Evolusi Mega
  Norwegian Megautvikling
  Polish Megaewolucja
Portuguese   Brazil Megaevolução (Pokémon GO, XY096-present, TCG, Pokémon Characters Guidebook)
Mega Evolução (XY002-XY068)
  Portugal MegaEvolução
  Russian Мега-Эволюция Mega-Evolyutsiya (Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon website, anime)
Мега Эволюция Mega Evolyutsiya
Мегаэволюция Megaevolyutsiya
  Spanish Megaevolución
  Swedish Mega-utveckling
  Thai วิวัฒนาการร่างเมก้า Wiwatthanakan Rang Mega
วิวัฒนาการเมก้า Wiwatthanakan Mega
เมก้าชินกะ Mega Shinka
  Turkish Mega Evrim
  Vietnamese Tiến Hóa Mega

See also


Pokémon transformations
Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond Phenomenon
Ultra BurstDynamax (Gigantamax) • Eternamax
Terastal phenomenon