Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (SV)

Is Mega Evolution in the Game?

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Mega Evolutions
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.

Is Mega Evolution in the Game?

May Return in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC

Pokemon X and Y - Mega Evolutions

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).

Will There Be DLC?

Mega Evolution Still Present in Side Games

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
2017 Pokken Tournament
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
2020 Pokemon Go
2021 Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
2022 Legends Arceus

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.

Gen 9 Gimmick: Terastal Phenomenon

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Eevee Normal Tera Type
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

List of Mega Evolutions

Mega Evolutions Introduced in Pokemon X and Y

Mega Evolutions Introduced in Pokemon X and Y
VenusaurVenusaur Mega VenusaurMega Venusaur
CharizardCharizard Mega Charizard XMega Charizard X
Mega Charizard YMega Charizard Y
BlastoiseBlastoise Mega BlastoiseMega Blastoise
AlakazamAlakazam Mega AlakazamMega Alakazam
Gengar ImageGengar Mega GengarMega Gengar
Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Mega KangaskhanMega Kangaskhan
PinsirPinsir Mega PinsirMega Pinsir
Gyarados ImageGyarados Mega GyaradosMega Gyarados
Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Mega AerodactylMega Aerodactyl
MewtwoMewtwo Mega Mewtwo XMega Mewtwo X
Mega Mewtwo YMega Mewtwo Y
Ampharos ImageAmpharos Mega AmpharosMega Ampharos
Scizor ImageScizor Mega ScizorMega Scizor
Heracross ImageHeracross Mega HeracrossMega Heracross
Houndoom ImageHoundoom Mega HoundoomMega Houndoom
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Mega TyranitarMega Tyranitar
Blaziken Blaziken Mega BlazikenMega Blaziken
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Mega GardevoirMega Gardevoir
Mawile Mawile Mega MawileMega Mawile
AggronAggron Mega AggronMega Aggron
Medicham ImageMedicham Mega MedichamMega Medicham
Manectric Manectric Mega ManectricMega Manectric
Banette ImageBanette Mega BanetteMega Banette
Absol Absol Mega AbsolMega Absol
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Mega GarchompMega Garchomp
Lucario ImageLucario Mega LucarioMega Lucario
Abomasnow ImageAbomasnow Mega AbomasnowMega Abomasnow

Mega Evolutions Introduced in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Mega Evolutions Introduced in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Beedrill Beedrill Mega BeedrillMega Beedrill
Pidgeot Pidgeot Mega PidgeotMega Pidgeot
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Mega SlowbroMega Slowbro
SteelixSteelix Mega SteelixMega Steelix
Sceptile Sceptile Mega SceptileMega Sceptile
Swampert Swampert Mega SwampertMega Swampert
Sableye ImageSableye Mega SableyeMega Sableye
SharpedoSharpedo Mega SharpedoMega Sharpedo
Camerupt ImageCamerupt Mega CameruptMega Camerupt
Altaria ImageAltaria Mega AltariaMega Altaria
Glalie ImageGlalie Mega GlalieMega Glalie
Salamence ImageSalamence Mega SalamenceMega Salamence
Metagross Metagross Mega MetagrossMega Metagross
Latias Latias Mega LatiasMega Latias
Latios Latios Mega LatiosMega Latios
RayquazaRayquaza Mega RayquazaMega Rayquaza
LopunnyLopunny Mega LopunnyMega Lopunny
Gallade ImageGallade Mega GalladeMega Gallade
AudinoAudino Mega AudinoMega Audino
DiancieDiancie Mega DiancieMega Diancie

What is Mega Evolution?

Stat Buff and Ability Change

Pokemon X and Y - Mega Garchomp vs Noivern

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.

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Game8 Exclusive!
Hands-On, Early Play Preview of The Teal Mask DLC!

Hands-On Early Access to the Teal Mask DLC - Pokemon SV
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

Pokemon Presents and DLC Trailers

Presents/Trailer What We Learned
Pokemon Scarlet Pokemon Presents August 8thPokemon 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
Pokemon SV - August 13 News Indigo DiskWorlds 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

Current & Upcoming Tera Raid Events

Tera Raid Events
No Scheduled Tera Raid Event!

Current & Upcoming Mass Outbreak Events

Mass Outbreak Events
Event Description
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Series DClefairy Mass Outbreak Event
Featured Pokemon (With Title):

Featured Mark:

Location: Paldea, Kitakami
Start Date: 9/29/2023 (12:00 AM)
End Date: 10/1/2023 (11:59 PM)

Current & Upcoming Ranked Battle Series (Regulations)

Ranked Battle Rules
Event Description
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Series DRanked Battle Regulation D
(Series 4)

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
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Series ERanked Battle Regulation E
(Series 5)
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

Current Mystery Gift Codes

All Mystery Gift Codes
Code/Method Reward Start / End
L1KEAFLUTE CetitanPaldean Winds Cetitan Sep 6, 2023 -
August 31, 2024
TBD Mimikyu.pngElectric Tera Mimikyu Mystery Gift October, 2023 -
(In-Person Distribution) FlabebeCelebrate Flabebe November 18, 2022 -
October 31, 2023
Pokemon SV - Butter.pngPokemon SV - Peanut Butter.pngPokemon SV - Banana.png
Summer Tokkun Sandwich Ingredients
July 27, 2023 -
September 30, 2023 (14:59 UTC)
LEVELUP Rare CandyRare Candy (x10) April 14, 2023 -
October 2, 2023
REV1VE Max ReviveMax Revive (x5) April 14, 2023 -
October 2, 2023
Net BallDive BallDusk Ball

Timer BallQuick BallLuxury Ball
(5x of each above ball)
April 14, 2023 -
October 2, 2023
Connect to Pokemon HOME
Gen 9 HA Starters
May 3, 2023 -
No Expiration

Current & Upcoming Tournaments and Online Competitions

Event Description
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Kitakami Prologue Online CompetitionKitakami Prologue Online Competition Ruleset: TBA (Potentially All Pokemon in the Kitakami Pokedex)
Duration: 10/6/2023 ~ 10/8/2023
2024 Championship Series2024 World Championship Series Ruleset: Regulation D
Duration: 9/08/2023 ~ August, 2024

Server Maintenance Status

Server Maintenance Status (September 2023)
No Scheduled Server Maintenance!

All Known Bugs, Glitches, Easter Eggs, and Hints

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

List of Bugs, Glitches and Easter Eggs

Patch Notes & Update History

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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