Mega Evolution and Mega Pokemon are not in the base game, but may return through DLC to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (SV). Read on for more details, as well as how Mega Evolution worked in previous games.
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Image from Pokemon X and Y
Though Mega Evolution has not been featured in the base game, it may return via DLC if online speculation about it being set in Kalos proves correct.
The Paldea Region is based on Spain and Portugal, while Kalos is based on France. The fact that these real-life countries are next to each other has caused fans online to speculate whether Kalos will be connected to Paldea in a future DLC installment.
So with this in mind, we may both see Terastallization and Mega Evolution if players go to Kalos in a potential DLC. We'll leave it to your imagination how this may play out in battles (hint: it would probably be bonkers).
|Release Year||Game Title||Mega Evolutions?|
|2013||X and Y||✓
|2014||Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire||✓|
|2016||Sun and Moon||✓
|2017||Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon||✓
|2018||Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!||✓|
|2019||Sword and Shield||✗|
|2019||Pokemon Masters EX||✓|
|2020||Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX||✓|
|2021||Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl||✗|
Mega Evolution was a recurring feature in the mainline Pokemon games since its introduction back in 2013's Pokemon X and Y up until Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in 2017. But the feature then became absent in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, as well as Pokemon Legends Arceus.
Despite this, Mega Evolutions have still popped up in non-mainline Pokemon Games like Pokken Tournament, Pokemon Masters EX, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, and Pokemon Go. It has appeared as recently as earlier this year, with Marnie being shown partnered with a Mega Mawile in Pokemon Masters EX.
It is safe to say that Mega Evolutions have not been completely discarded as a feature in Pokemon games, though only time will tell if it will make a comeback in the mainline titles through a Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC.
Every recent generation has its own unique gimmick. From Mega evolution in Pokemon X and Y, Z-Moves in Pokemon Sun and Moon, Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing in Pokemon Sword and Shield to Strong and Agile moves in Legends Arceus.
While Sun and Moon included both Z-Moves and Mega Evolutions in the post-game, this trend did not continue into more recent titles.
This generation's gimmick is the Terastal Phenomenon. Once per battle you can Terastallize your Pokemon which will change its typing to its inherent Tera type, of which any of the 18 Types are possible! This will also boost the strength of its STAB moves further in cases where the Tera type and original type are the same.
All Terastal Forms and Tera Types
|Mega Evolutions Introduced in Pokemon X and Y|
|Charizard||Mega Charizard X|
|Mega Charizard Y|
|Mewtwo||Mega Mewtwo X|
|Mega Mewtwo Y|
|Mega Evolutions Introduced in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire|
Image from Pokemon X and Y
Mega Evolution allows Pokemon to temporarily buff their base stats and change their Ability during battle, while also changing their appearance. Only one Pokemon in your party can Mega Evolve once in each battle and the effect stays until it faints.
Only 46 Pokemon can Mega Evolve and require the corresponding Mega Stone to be held by the Pokemon along with the Key Stone held item obtainable in the story.
Game8 got a first look at The Teal Mask, Part 1 of The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet coming on September 13 in a Japan-exclusive pre-release event. We've shared our first thoughts on the DLC in our exclusive article and details on all the features we had the chance to experience, including Ogre Oustin'!
Game8 Early Access Hands-On of Teal Mask DLC
|Presents/Trailer||What We Learned|
|Pokemon Presents August 8th||・The Teal Mask DLC Release Date
・New Paradox Legendaries!
┗ Raging Bolt | Iron Crown
・New Regional Evolutions!
┗ Achaludon | Dipplin
・New DLC Returning Pokemon
・Mewtwo Tera Raid
・Mass Outbreak Events Schedule
・Mochi Effects and Types
・BB League Elite Four
・League Club Features
|Worlds Closing Ceremony August 13th||・New 19th Tera Type!
・All Starter Pokemon in the Wild!
・More DLC Returning Pokemon
・New DLC Moves!
┗ Psychic Noise | Upper Hand
┗ Thunder Clap | Tachyon Cutter
|Tera Raid Events|
|No Scheduled Tera Raid Event!|
|Mass Outbreak Events|
|Clefairy Mass Outbreak Event
|Featured Pokemon (With Title):
Location: Paldea, Kitakami
Start Date: 9/29/2023 (12:00 AM)
End Date: 10/1/2023 (11:59 PM)
|Ranked Battle Rules|
|Ranked Battle Regulation D
|Ruleset: Pokemon transferred from Pokémon HOME except certain Restricted Pokemon are available in Regulation D! (Regulation D)
Regulation D Duration: 7/1/2023 ~ 9/30/2023
|Ranked Battle Regulation E
|Ruleset: New and Returning Pokemon from The Teal Mask DLC will be available in Regulation E!
Regulation E Duration: 10/1/2023 ~ 01/02/2024
|All Mystery Gift Codes|
|Code/Method||Reward||Start / End|
|L1KEAFLUTE||Paldean Winds Cetitan||Sep 6, 2023 -
August 31, 2024
|TBD||Electric Tera Mimikyu Mystery Gift||October, 2023 -
|(In-Person Distribution)||Celebrate Flabebe||November 18, 2022 -
October 31, 2023
Summer Tokkun Sandwich Ingredients
|July 27, 2023 -
September 30, 2023 (14:59 UTC)
|LEVELUP||Rare Candy (x10)||April 14, 2023 -
October 2, 2023
|REV1VE||Max Revive (x5)||April 14, 2023 -
October 2, 2023
(5x of each above ball)
|April 14, 2023 -
October 2, 2023
|Connect to Pokemon HOME||
Gen 9 HA Starters
|May 3, 2023 -
|Kitakami Prologue Online Competition||Ruleset: TBA (Potentially All Pokemon in the Kitakami Pokedex)
Duration: 10/6/2023 ~ 10/8/2023
|2024 World Championship Series||Ruleset: Regulation D
Duration: 9/08/2023 ~ August, 2024
|Server Maintenance Status (September 2023)|
|No Scheduled Server Maintenance!|
|How to Fix Bugs|
|Save File Not Recognized Bug||Corrupted Data Bug|
|Bad Egg Raid Bug||Play Rough Bug|
|How to Do Glitches|
|High Speed Glide Glitch||Unlimited Items Exploit|
|Picnic Item Farm Glitch||Trick Room Female Indeedee Glitch|
|Shiny Flutter Mane Glitch|
|List of All Easter Eggs|
|Gen 1 Sprites Mosaic||DLC Poster in Medali|
|Bedroom Joy-Con Color|
|List of All Hints|
|Shiny Tera Rayquaza in Pokemon Horizons||Liko's Pendant and Roy's Pokeball|
|Ancient Traveller's Team in Pokemon Horizons Anime|
|Update Versions||Release Date|
|Version 2.0.2 Update: Teal Mask DLC Patch Notes||Early October 2023|
|Pokemon HOME Maintenance||September 27, 2023|
|Version 2.0.1 Patch Notes: Teal Mask DLC Update||September 13, 2023|
|Pokemon HOME Version 3.1.0 Teal Mask Patch Update||September 13, 2023|
|Pokemon HOME Abnormal EXP Glitch Fix||August 8, 2023|
|Live Tournament 1.3.2 Update||June 28, 2023|
|Hisuian Move Patch||TBC|
|Pokemon HOME Version 3.0.0||May 24, 2023|
|JP/KR Tournament Patch Version 1.3.1||May 25, 2023|
|Version 1.3.0||April 19, 2023|
|Version 1.2.0||February 27, 2023|
|Version 1.1.0||December 1, 2022|
|Version 1.0.1||November 18, 2022|
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