Yesterday’s CoroCoro, the Japanese magazine that has become famous for revealing Pokémon news, unveiled the concept of “Mega Evolution” for the upcoming games Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Older Pokémon like Ampharos, Lucario, Blaziken and Mewtwo are getting new forms in the franchise’s sixth generation of games. Now, new information on the Pokémon X&Y website tells a little bit more about how these new evolutions work.

Mega Evolution is a new form of temporary evolution that only triggers while the Pokémon is in battle. Special new, Pokémon-specific stones are needed to access these new forms. For example, if Blaziken is sent out to battle holding some Blazikenite, he’ll turn into MegaBlaziken. After the battle is over, he’ll revert back to his original form.

Mega Evolution will have different effects on different Pokémon. MegaMewtwo has higher Special Attack than its counterpart while MegaBlaziken gets a boost in Attack. Mega Pokémon can also have different height, weight and abilities from their non-Mega predecessors.

To introduce players to this new concept, Pokémon is offering a special event once the games release in October. Via the Nintendo Network, players can receive a special Torchic that comes with the Hidden Ability Speed Boost and holds a Blazikenite, which apparently can’t be obtained in-game.

As of now, it’s unclear how many Pokémon will have access to Mega forms. Based on the screens from CoroCoro, Mawile and Absol are also on the Mega list.

So are these new Mega Evolutions breathing new life into old Pokémon, or is it an unnecessary gimmick? Let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also check out the official Mega Evolution trailer (which includes the reveal of three completely new Pokémon) below.

Source: Pokémon X&Y website

Connor Sears
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