Niantic has always loved a gimmick in Pokémon Go, but with the introduction of mega evolutions in 2020, they dialled things up like never before. These super-powered Pokémon go beyond the limits of what we thought we knew about evolution, creating a new breed of formidable ‘mons ready to tear through tier lists, and rewrite the meta.
If you’re still searching far and wide for these Pokémon Go mega evolutions, we’re here to help. In this guide, we explain how to get your hands on the coveted mega energy needed to power your Pokémon up to their full potential. We also explain how the process of mega evolution works, and point you in the direction of the mega Pokémon currently available in the game.
If you’re sick of the sight of mega evolutions and need something strong to counter with, be sure to check out the Pokémon Go best Pokémon list for our picks of battle-hardened ‘mons. Or, if it’s a different kind of powerful Pokémon transformation that you’re after, take a look at our guide to unleashing Pokemon Go’s Hoopa Unbound in all its terrifying glory
How do Pokémon Go mega evolutions work?
Once you’ve got your mega energy, select the Pokémon from your collection that you want to mega evolve, and hit the button just below the power-up option. However, unlike regular evolution, mega evolution isn’t permanent.
You can power up your Pokémon for eight hours at a time, about as long as a Charizard’s good mood, so you’ll need to time it right for each transformation. Fortunately, each time you mega evolve a Pokémon after its first, it’ll only require a fifth of the mega candy needed to evolve, making it easier to bring out your best suped-up ‘mons more often.
Which mega evolutions are in Pokémon Go?
Niantic is slowly rolling out mega Pokémon on a semi-regular basis, so we’ve not yet got the full roster found in the core series. As it stands, you have access to the following mega evolutions.
- Mega Charizard X
- Mega Charizard Y
- Mega Venusaur
- Mega Blastoise
- Mega Pidgeot
- Mega Beedrill
- Mega Houndoom
- Mega Gengar
- Mega Abomasnow
- Mega Ampharos
- Mega Gyarados
- Mega Manectric
- Mega Lopunny
- Mega Altaria
- Mega Slowbro
- Mega Absol
- Mega Steelix
- Mega Aerodactyl
We’ll be sure to update this list if any new mega evolutions come to light. In the meantime, add to your mega candy haul with extra items by using our Pokémon Go codes for this month.