Mega Evolution – A New Way to Evolve in Pokémon X and Y

Mega Pokemon X and Y (Mega Lucario, Mega Mewtwo and Mega Blaziken)

koruniTranslations by Serebii of Japan’s CoroCoro Magazine have revealed a new kind of Pokémon evolution which will feature in the upcoming X and Y games. This new feature will be called “Mega Evolution“, and will be fully explained to players by a new gym leader character, called Koruni in Japan.

So far, there are six Pokémon known to be capable of this kind of evolution, specifically Blaziken, Absol, Mewtwo, Mawile, Lucario and Ampharos. This helps explain the images we’ve already seen of a Mewtwo-like creature, but further images of other Mega Pokémon have now been released.absol

Like normal Mawile, Mega Mawile will be a Steel/Fairy type in the X and Y versions, and will have the ability Huge Power. Mega Ampharos will be an Electric/Dragon type, and will have the ability Mold Breaker. Mega Blaziken, Mega Lucario, Mega Absol and Mega Mewtwo will have the abilities, respectively, of Speed Boost, Adaptability, Magic Bounce and Insomnia. We know that Mega Evolution will boost these Pokémon’s stats, and we also know that, in order for Mega Evolution to take place, they must be holding certain items during battle.

ampharosAccording to Bulbagarden, the concept has been on the cards for some time, with the term メガシンカ (“Mega Shinka”, or “Mega Evolution”) having been trademarked as early as February. Despite this trademarking and branding of Mega Evolution as something new, however, the idea is likely to sound very familiar to Pokéfans of a certain age, calling to mind the process of “Digivolution” in the Digimon TV series. Similar to Digivolution, Mega Evolution will only temporarily change monsters during battle, with Mega Pokémon returning to their usual forms at the end of a fight.mawile

In other news, three new Pokémon have also been revealed. The first of these is a pre-evolution of Gogoat called Meekuru, which is 0.9m tall and weighs 31kg. The second is an Electric/Fairy type called Dedenne, a tiny Pokémon at just 0.2m tall and weighing only 2.2kg. Dedenne is known as the “Antenna Pokémon”, and can have the ability Pick Up or the new ability Cheek Pouches. Finally, the Digging Pokémon, Horubii, is a Normal-type, also with the abilities Pick Up and Cheek Pouches. Horubii is 0.4m tall, weighs 5kg, and looks something like a rabbit.


A new trailer has also been released showcasing Mega Blaziken, Mega Lucario and Mega Mewtwo in action, as well as glimpses of the new Pokémon Meekuru, Dedenne and Horubii.

So, what are your thoughts on “Mega Evolution”? Is this an exciting new development or is it simply lacking in imagination – a way of avoiding inventing completely new Pokémon? Or perhaps it’s a little too Digimon for your tastes?

Sources: NintendoLife | Bulbagarden

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