Pokémon Go is getting a major overhaul to its Mega Evolution system, making it easier and more rewarding to evolve your pokemon into ultimate versions of themselves.
Announced by developer Niantic in a blog post, the update will rework the Mega Evolution feature, which allows you to temporarily boost the strength of your fully evolved pokemon. The update – which was first teased in a recent Pokémon Go datamine – is now available for players in Australia and New Zealand and is expected to roll out “soon” to the rest of the world.
It seems to solve many of the frustrations players have had with the mechanic since it was added in 2020. Rather than having to collect and spend Mega Energy every time you want to Mega Evolve your pokemon, Mega Evolutions are now unique. Cost. After mega-evolving a pokemon for the first time, you can do so again, for free, after a short rest period.
If you’re desperate to evolve them again and can’t wait for the cooldown to expire, you can reduce the rest period by spending more Mega Energy.
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This change will address one of the community’s biggest existing criticisms of Mega Evolutions – that their benefits don’t match the time or resource investment required. Niantic says the new one-time purchase system will make evolving your pokemon much more affordable, encouraging more players to use the boost.
Additionally, a new Mega Evolution upgrade system has been introduced. Each time you mega evolve a pokemon, it gains experience to a new mega level. When it reaches a new level, the pokemon will receive bonus rewards, such as a reduction in its rest period. You will also have a higher chance of winning Candy XL and earning higher XP rewards when you use the Mega Evolved pokemon to catch other pocket monsters of the same type.
These changes will go a long way to making Mega Evolutions more interesting. With the perks of Mega Evolution now lingering, there’s a lot more incentive to use the feature.
Most Mega Raids – the multiplayer battles you need to complete to get your hands on Mega Energy – have also been simplified. You should be able to tackle many of them on your own, so you don’t have to spend time finding other players to team up with. This will make acquiring Mega Energy less complicated.
Niantic says the Pokemon you Mega Evolved before this update will also feature bonus visual effects to commemorate your achievement. It has not yet specified when these changes will be implemented outside of Australia and New Zealand.