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Mega development

Implementation of the mega development at Gewaldro

The Mega development (Japanese メ ガ シ ン カ) is a form of development that was introduced in the Pokémon X and Y games. For the duration of a fight, it gives a Pokémon not only a new appearance, but also new powers, new skills and occasionally a new combination of types. There are currently 46 Mega Evolving Pokémon and 48 different Mega Pokémon.

Mega Evolution is not included in Pokémon Sword and Shield, but it was planned in the early development of the games.


Mega Evolution is a special variant of shape change, which gives a Pokémon a new shape for the duration of a fight. This includes the outward appearance of a Pokémon, but also gives it new skills and, as in the case of Ampharos or Schlapor, possibly also a new type combination. In addition, the base values ​​of the Pokémon are increased, i.e. its powers are strengthened.

Pokémon that have undergone a Mega Evolution keep the name of their normal form, but the prefix is ​​used to differentiate them Mega attached. (Example: Ampharos becomes Mega-Ampharos). In the game, the mega development is represented by a symbol that is similar to that of the mega stones.

Mode of action in general

The mega development is usually triggered by the interaction of a mega stone and a key stone. Mega stones are special minerals that are scattered all over the Pokémon world and in which natural energy is stored. Since each type of Mega Stone can only interact with a certain Pokémon species, the minerals are named after the corresponding Pokémon, such as lucarionite. The mega stones are carried by the Pokémon. Key stones, on the other hand, are in the possession of the trainer. They are often used in jewelry such as rings, brooches, chains or badges. Mega-Stone and Keystone can cause the Mega-Evolution together if there is a particularly close bond between the Trainer and the Pokémon. An exception is Rayquaza, which since Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire only has to master the attack Zenitstürmer in order to carry out a mega development. However, it cannot carry any of the Z-crystals introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Historical background

The sign of mega development

Only a few people are privy to the secret of the mega-development. They include, for example, arena manager Connie and her grandfather from Yantara City, as well as Troy Trumm and the Meteorans from the Hoenn region. The Tower of Knowledge, the sundial in Fluxia City and some Legendary Pokémon are also connected to the mega-development.

The first known mega-development originated a thousand years ago. A meteor hit the sea in the southeast of the Hoenn region, creating a huge crater. This is where today's Xeneroville was built. However, the energy of the impact also created cracks in the ground in the region, from which natural energy now escaped that was stored deep underground. This energy in turn awakened Proto-Groudon and Proto-Kyogre from their sleep and rekindled their old quarrel. Doubting their fate, humans longed for Rayquaza, who had appeared a thousand years earlier, to tame the unbridled powers of the two Proto-Pokémon. Rayquaza answered her pleading and upon his arrival the meteor began to glow in all colors of the rainbow. Legends describe that the sight is said to have resembled a gigantic keystone. Due to the energy stored in the meteor and the hope of the people, Rayquaza changed his shape and was now able to defeat Proto-Kyogre and Proto-Groudon again. This example clearly shows that for a mega-development not only a large supply of energy, but also a human bond is essential.

Mega Pokémon

List of all mega-Pokémon

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All previously known Mega Pokémon can be found in the following overview. For a more detailed overview including skills and base value changes, see the list of all Mega Pokémon.

Originally planned Mega Pokémon

Pokémon Explanation

An interview by Nintendo Dream magazine with Pokémon Omega Rubin and Alpha Saphir game director Shigeru Ohmori, game developer Shigeki Morimoto, artwork designer Ken Sugimori and ORAS card designer Kazumasa Iwao was about the Pokémon Libelldra. Ken Sugimori argued that a mega-development for Libelldra would have made sense, among other things because of secret base master Johnson. Libelldra would have already had the potential of a mega development in Pokémon X and Y. In fact, a mega-Libelldra had been worked on, but implementation in the artwork department failed. Sugimori spoke of an artist blockade, due to which he had not succeeded in depicting a mega-development in a satisfactory manner.

Statistics and specifics

  • There is at least one Mega Pokémon of each type.
    • has here most (ten) while and very few have (two at a time).
  • There is also at least one Mega Pokémon in every generation (with the exception of the seventh and eighth generations).
    • Generation III has the most (20), generations V and VI the fewest (one each).

In the games

In the main series games

In the games of the games of the main series, the mega development appears for the first time in the editions Pokémon X and Y and was later used in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and expanded to include new mega forms. No new mega shapes have been added since the 7th generation.

Mode of action within the main sequence

In the main series, the process of mega-development itself has a priority of +5. B. After exchanging a Pokémon or using the attack, pursuit takes place, but before status attacks such as protective shield.

In the 6th generation, in the round in which a Pokémon performs a mega-development, the initiative of the mega-Pokémon was still implemented Not considered. This only happened from the next round. In the 7th generation, the new initiative is taken into account directly in the round of mega-development.

The Pokémon's Ability changes directly in the development phase. But since the order in which the Pokémon are allowed to use their attacks is determined at the very beginning of a fight, Mega Banette (by Tramp) does not have an increased priority on status attacks in the development round.

In addition, it is not possible to trigger more than one Mega Evolution in a fight; even after the mega-Pokémon has been defeated, it is not possible for the trainer to trigger another mega-evolution until the end of the fight.

If the affected Pokémon is a dazzling specimen of its kind, its mega evolution will be dazzling too.

Involvement in the plot

Pokémon X and Y

Mega Evolution is part of the game's plot for the first time in Pokémon X and Y. It is researched there by Professor Platan, who gives the protagonist in his laboratory in Illumina City one of the three Pokémon Bulbasaur, Squirtle or Charmander, which carries the corresponding mega-stone, which enables its last stage of development to mega-development. In doing so, he encourages the five protagonists to deal with the mega-development and thus support him in his research.

Professor Platan: [...] The mega-development, a new form of development, represents the greatest mystery of the Kalos region. Uncover its secret! I hope the mega stone I gave you will put you on the right track. Mega evolution allows Pokémon to take on a whole new shape in battle! [...] If you want to find out more about the mega development, Vanitéa should be the best place to go.

Finally, he reports on Combre's holo-log before the protagonist reaches Yantara City. Finally, the five protagonists meet again in the Tower of Knowledge. There it is decided that only one of the children will receive a key stone, and only the protagonist and the respective rival remain. As soon as the protagonist has defeated both his rivals and Connie, the arena manager of Yantara City, he can face her and her mega-Lucario on the top of the tower and receive the mega-ring.

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby

In the Hoenn region, Troy Trumm is a specialist in mega-development. He hands the protagonist a key stone as soon as he has saved Latias or Latios from Team Aqua or Team Magma. The mega-forms of the two Pokémon allow the use of high-flyers and thus a new way of getting around in the Pokémon world.

The so-called delta episode, which follows on from the regular action, is important for the mega development. It revolves around a meteorite threatening to hit the region. The mysterious dragon trainer Amalia introduces the protagonist step by step into the long history of the mega development and finally succeeds in averting the catastrophe with the help of the legendary mega Rayquaza.

Pokémon sun and moon

In Alola, the player is only initiated into the mega-development after the Pokémon League. After defeating the champion, the player meets Sina and Dexio in the old path of Poni, who briefly hand over a key stone and a simsalanite to the player. A few more mega stones are given to the player by other characters or can be purchased in the battle tree for 64 GP each. Overall, the mega development in the 7th generation takes a back seat to the Z attacks.


From a strategic point of view, mega developments must always be viewed more critically. As a player, you are limited to only one Mega Pokémon per fight, which is why every Mega Pokémon is already associated with the indirect costs of preventing the use of another Mega Pokémon. Also, mega-Pokémon are not necessarily more efficient than other Pokémon that perform similar tasks and do not use up the space of the mega-Pokémon. There are even mega-Pokémon that are already surpassed by their normal form, even if the mega-development should intuitively represent an improvement of the Pokémon. However, except for Rayquaza, a mega development always occupies the space for a possibly reinforcing item, which is normally the life orb. For example, Latios with a life orb already has a basic special attack of 180, while Knakrack receives an attack that is just as high and Mewtwo with a life orb even achieves the equivalent of 230 basic special attack. All three Pokémon lose their offensive strength if they use their Mega Evolution instead. However, many Mega Pokémon have reinforcing abilities such as claw balance, adaptation or zenith skin, with which they can make up for their missing item. Many Mega Pokémon also receive valuable initiative bonuses that can otherwise only be won with a voting scarf and its costs and that represent a great advantage in combat. In addition, Mega Pokémon are usually given improved defenses, but their strategic use should not be overestimated for offensive Pokémon. With defensive Mega Pokémon such as Zobiris or Latias, on the other hand, this bonus helps a lot and lets them hold their own against Pokémon against which they would normally be at a disadvantage.

Some Mega Pokémon also have very practical abilities in their normal form that they can use to further strengthen their Mega evolution. For example, a threat in the normal form serves as a one-time defense bonus for the mega form, while a speed boost in combination with a protective shield and a delayed development ensures that the mega-Pokémon receives a particularly high initiative. A neutral torso and scissors can also be helpful to neutralize enemy threats or, in the first case, sticky nets. In addition, since Mega Pokémon do not receive any additional damage from a tee, Pokémon with honesty can switch to a tee before they develop and thus receive an attack bonus. The same applies to fire and lightning catchers.

Normally, a Mega Evolution should be triggered as soon as possible, although it may occasionally be advisable to delay the evolution of Pokémon whose type combination is changed. Pokémon that lose their flight type as a result of development can wait a little longer and continue to benefit from their immunity to ground attacks, while Pokémon that lose initiative (or the rascal ability) during development can develop to the correct level Can wait a moment and then have the increased strength for one move, but still attack first. If a rather slow Pokémon gets a lot of initiative in developing it, it should use a protective shield in the course of its development so as not to be overwhelmed by a Pokémon whose Initiative is below the mega form but above the normal form. The cheat attack is even better for this, as it also inflicts damage at the same time and also prevents opponents from healing or strengthening themselves in the course of development, which they could with Schutzschild.