Our last post is actually of well the new idea of Mega Evolution which is basically when a Pokemon reaches its full potential from its trainer (although in game, they said only Korrina’s family could utilize it…yet Your Trainer and a couple others can use it as well) >.> Nice one Game Freak. There’s quite a few Pokemon that get this drastic change (though I’m not sure if its an idea they’ll stick with from now on (and probably means there’ll be one for all the last evolution in the future). In X & Y, Unova and Kalos are the only regions that doesn’t have one (I can understand Kalos as it’s new and all that, but why not Unova?!?). Anyways let’s get to it! Yes, I will be going by National Dex order as well!
- I’ll talk about their design and what makes them different to their non-Mega forms
As they were a part of the initial news of Mega Evolutions, of course it’s fitting that the Kanto starters were going to get them. Though surprised it wasn’t the first to be shown off xD
Design: Mega Venusaur’s look isn’t too drastic when compared to its normal look. I mean it gains flowers on its head and backside and the palm tree on its back is taller and there’s vines hanging around. I have to say this wasn’t bad!
- What’s Different?: Well instead of Overgrow (or Chlorophyll) its ability changes to Thick Fat (in which Fire and Ice moves deal half the damage they would normally would). Add in that all the stats except HP & Speed get raised and you pretty much have a good strong Pokemon on your hands!
Mega Charizard X
It seems like Charizard in its popularity got two different Mega Forms this time around. Also, by their names you can obtain both IF you chose Charmander at Sycamore’s lab when he lets you choose the Kanto starter….then you can by the opposite Mega Stone from a guy in the Stone shop in Lumiose.
Design: With Mega Charizard X, I was really surprised that they kind of went a black and blue look (but it does similarly look like Charizard’s shiny form). It looks so cool!
- What’s New?: Everyone was complaining when Mega Charizard Y was typed as Fire/Flying for quite a while but it sounded GREAT when the X version turned out to be Fire/Dragon (which it shares this typing with Reshiram!) Its ability also goes from Blaze or Solar Power to Tough Claws (which strengthens physical attacks by 30%). As for stats, its Attack, Defense, and Special Attack are raised…Pretty good if you ask me and like many others, I like this a lot more than it’s Y version.
Mega Charizard Y
Design: In comparison, it seemed like they wanted to stay with Charizard’s look and yet make it look more draconic looking (ironic as it stays its Fire/Flying unlike its X counterpart). It looks cool I will admit and definitely looked like a true Mega Evolution.
- What’s New?: Well it does get the Drought ability (once it’s in battle, there’s a Sunny Day effect), although in X & Y this ability itself was changed up where it’s not permanent and instead lasts only 5 turns). That’s kind of a bad thing and you have to be swift in using Mega Charizard Y. Also, its Attack, Special Attack, and Special Defense are raised and the only difference between X & Y is between its Defense/Special Defense.
Design: I have to say, Mega Blastoise was rather interesting (and was the Pokemon I never had playing the series and still stands, but I don’t know why XD). I really love the arm cannons for sure and the big ass cannon on his back looks like it would be a total badass.
- What’s New?: Like the other Kanto starter changes, loses Torrent (or Rain Dish) and gets the new ability Mega Launcher which I didn’t know what it exactly did (and Nintendo were being VAGUE), but this ability powers all “Pulse” and “Aura” moves by 50% and unfortunately, for Blastoise only Water Pulse gets affected, so it kind of got screwed when compared to the Venusaur and both Charizards. Though like Venusaur, all its stats except HP and Speed rises.
Design: Well, it seems they wanted to go pretty much further with Alakazam by growing its beard out even more and by giving him 5 spoons (compared to the two it usually has). A lot of the Mega Stones like for Alakazam are obtainable after you beat the game.
- What’s New?: Well unlike the normal abilities it can learn, Mega Alakazam takes upon Trace (basically it copies and becomes the same ability as its opponent, chooses randomly of opponents in double and triples, and goes back to Trace if its pulled back in its Pokeball). It’s Special Attack gets heavily boosted and some of its Attack goes up too BUT loses some Speed. Definitely a monster as a Psychic type as it is, but this is crazy!
Design: I would’ve never thought that Gengar would get a Mega-lution and have it turn out this way because Gengar was full bodied and now it’s like fists are on the ground while it looks like Mega Gengar is phasing through the floor AND it gains a third eye (isn’t that a Psychic thing though?). Check out it’s shiny sprite though, it looks BADASS! Plus you get the Gengarite in Laverre City before the endgame (which is one of a couple Mega Stones you do get before the Elite Four).
- What’s New?: It goes from Levitate (which protects it from Ground-types) to Shadow Tag (which prevents PKMN from fleeing/prevents from opponents from switching PKMN unless Baton Pass happens). That’s definitely not an improvement but its Defense, Special Attack AND Defense, and Speed get raised…still ehhhh.
Design: Moving onto Kangaskhan, I was kind of disappointed that really the Mega-lution was more for its child RATHER than the mother itself. I mean the baby is cute (but I would’ve rather had it as a standalone and given Kangaskhan something different for its look).
- What’s New?: The main reason though this Pokemon is talkd about a lot is its new ability, Parental Bond. This ability which is unique to Mega Kangaskhan lets it attack twice in one turn though the 2nd hit is done 50% (yes, it’s definitely going to be banned in the metagame). Even its stats are all raised (starting to think HP never changes for the Megas).
Design: Damn Mega Pinsir looks so much more psychotic with it’s look and look! There’s wings now hahah. I used to think it and Scyther were going to be rivals but now it seems more like Heracross is its counterpart xD. Makes sense since Pinsir are only in X, while Heracross is in Y (not counting the Friend Safari).
- What’s New: Well with the wings being added to its design, it’s now a Bug/Flying type and that kind of screwed him up a bit since weakness are bound around it. Though to make up for that it gets the new to X/Y ability, Aerilate (which turns all Normal moves into Flying type, for that STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus)). All 5 of its stats are raised, but more on its Attack stat ^_^
Design: Figured one of the most dangerous Pokemon would get even MORE dangerous with a Mega Evolution. I will say that I wasn’t expecting it to get shorter than its original look and to be honest its in-game sprite kind of looks fake and ugly to me (kind of like Sharpedo, it looks too short as well to me). I don’t know, the look of Mega Gyarados isn’t all that great.
- What’s New?: Well like Sharpedo it actually changes its typing to Water/Dark and loses it 4x damage from Electric types. It gets Mold Breaker now (not affected by opponents abilities). All of stats minus Speed get raised which is pretty cool. Still overall, I’m not a fan of the design so I’ll just stick with regular Gyarados XD
Design: Aerodactyl with extra rock spikes coming out of em (humorously also works as a beard), I thought the design for Mega Aerodactlyl kept it VERY simple and to the point which is great and you get the Aerodactylite quite early in the game, probably the first after you get your Kanto starter!
- What’s New?: It gets Tough Claws (which is the same as Mega Charizard X so go check it out what that is) and all it’s stats are raised up…nothing too noteworthy IMO. I suppose its alright, but I think it could’ve gotten something more.
Mega Mewtwo X
Mewtwo also gets two different forms in the game but unlike Charizard, you can only really obtain one form depending on version.
Design: It just seems X got the better looking Mega exclusives to be quite honest! Mega Mewtwo X looks like it was built to look more like a buffed Mewtwo which works and the muscles add a bit more punch to it.
- What’s New?: I also feel like it got the better deal than Mewtwo-Y because its typing changes to a Psychic/Fighting in which the Medicham line (who also has a Mega form) and Gallade share). It gets the Steadfast abilty where a flinch causes its Speed to rise. In stats lot goes up, but the focus was put on its Attack! Understandable with it’s type addition.
Mega Mewtwo Y
Design: As being the Y exclusive Mewtwo, its look feels like it’s in between Mewtwo and Mew (with a little Majin Buu love). I mean it looks like a speedy mofo and just looks so evil xD
- What’s New? Sadly it does stay its pure Psychic form and it’s stats rise but the focus this time is on its Special Attack which means Mewtwo becomes an even worse force because if you train Mewtwo with its Psychic type in mind, well you know. Though it’s ability is almost as useless as Mewtwo-X’s Steadfast…it has Insomnia (prevents it from sleep). Considering it’s a beast already though, I guess it needs something meh xD
Design: I was kind of surprised that none of the Johto starter didn’t get any Megas, but at least they got some within the Generation. Ampharos was a surprisingly cool choice though it got more orbs on it and DAT HAIR! You get the Ampharosite in Azure Bay from an old man, another Stone that you can get earlier than the finale.
- What’s New?: Well, Ampharos got a new typing (which suits it more because of its Japanese name Denryuu) and it’s a Electric/Dragon type (which it shares that with Zekrom). It also has Mold Breaker (Read up on Mega Gyarados for what that is). Just about everything is raised (especially it’s Sp. Atk) but loses a little Speed as well. Overall, pretty cool.
Design: Well, I’m definitely not surprised that Scizor got a Mega-lution, even though it’s already quite a fierce Pokemon as it is. Though I can’t help but feel like it reminds me of Deoxys with jaw hands slightly.
- What’s New?: Well it’s typing stays the same which is good and it gains the ability, Technician (raises moves that are 60 base power or less by 1.5 time). Useful ability to have and its stats all go up a little with nothing getting the bulk of it.
Design: Sad to say, but Mega Heracross is another design I just can’t get behind. I mean a bigger horn, bigger nose, and bulky arms really kind of look strange on Heracross (and it’s one of my favorites from Gen 2. Though Heracross are only in Y.
- What’s New?: No type change fortunately, and it gets Skill Link (which moves that attack up to 5 times will ALWAYS attack 5 times). Stats-wise, everything goes up except Speed (lowers) and Sp.Atk (which stays as it is, and it’s pretty low on Heracross >.<). Not bad, but could be better.
Design: However, I loved what they did with Mega Houndoom (kind of looks like an Espada (Bleach tie-in xD). It looks even more evil with the bones all around his neck and its horns.
- What’s New?: No type change, gets Solar Power (when Sunny, its Sp.Atk goes up 1.5, but also loses health each turn). With that said it might be one of those risk and reward Megas. Everything but Attack is raised with more emphasis on Defense and Sp.Atk. Definitely an interesting one, sadly you can only catch Houndours in X (and the Mega Stone, Houndoomite is found in Y).
Design: Being the pseudo-legendary from Johto, I wasn’t surprised with Tyranitar getting a Mega-lution. To be honest, it doesn’t look TOO different from it’s normal form, just has more armor and spikes all over and knee guards xD. Does look bulky though xD and it’s stomach turns red (like Larvitar, but not like Tyranitar’s blue…wtf xD).
- What’s New?: In abilities, Mega Tyranitar gains Sand Stream (which once put in battle a Sandstorm kicks up, but in X/Y, the ability was changed where this ability only lasts 5 turns and not permanent like in previous gens). With stats, everything but Sp.Atk goes up. Beast!!!! Also Pupitars are only found in the wild in Y, while the Tyranitarite is found in X, no it’s not to rival Houndoom either, actually it’s rivaled to Aggron.
Design: So much shade by not giving Sceptile and Swampert a Mega. Due to Blaziken’s popularity, it did gain one and it looks pretty badass with the flames flowing out from its wrists and the extra black put on it. Though I’m not fond of it stand with a leg raised to be honest. ALSO, you can only get this with the Event Torchic that Nintendo distributed (and will continue to about the middle of January (1/15)
- What’s New?: Well it comes with Speed Boost (though regular Blaziken can have this from its Dream World ability). Speed Boost is what it says, raises Speed every turn. All of its stats are raised which is good…then you hear in the competitive game, it’s banned XD.
Design: Honestly, when I saw this, I was like, there’s not much difference in its design except that its dress is poofier which isn’t much to say, and it’s (heart plate) is bigger as well. I like the simplicity about it. Also, to gain the Gardevoirite, you have to trade A Pokemon to Diantha to obtain a Ralts that comes with it.
- What’s New?: Well, besides the fact that the Gardevoir line becomes Psychic/Fairy, there’s not too much that’s going on. Mega Gardevoir gains the new Pixilate ability (powers up Normal moves by 30% and retypes them as Fairy-type moves). Its Sp.Atk does get the biggest boost though everything BUT Defense is raised.
Design: One of the stranger decisions to have made a Mega, Mawile never really stood out from the pack to have been the highest to gain one, but I like that it gets a pinkish outfit and the jaw-hair split into two as well! Freaky cool design.
- What’s New?: Like Gardevoir, Mawile got retyped to Steel/Fairy (only shares that type with Klefki). It also gains the Huge Power ability when it shifts to its Mega form (The power of the moves is doubled with Huge Power). Attack, Defense, and Sp.Def all go up quite a bit with Speed going up while the rest remain at the same. Definitely makes it a bit more powerful!
Design: It just seems like Aggron got even MORE armor on it and some cool shoulder blads as well. Though I’m not sure what’s going on with its tail, (tying to be Reshiram and Zekron?). Still looks pretty awesome. Though Lairons only found in the wild in X (while its Stone, Aggronite, is found in Y).
- What’s New?: I think Aggron is the only Mega that actually LOSES a type in the shift going from Steel/Rock to just pure Steel. It does get the Filter ability (which halves super-effective moves, so it stops Fire, Ground, and Fighting have a little more trouble). Stat wise, it’s Defense goes way high while Attack and Sp.Def go up a bit while its Speed and St.Atk remain the same (which is pretty low as it is).
Design: Medicham was another surprise to have gotten a Mega, but it looks a lot more Indian-ish now and I love that the four things around his head are extra hands is pretty badass too.
- What’s New?: Nothing too noteworthy, which is a tad disappointing, but it does gain a little bit in most of its stats, but it retains it’s main ability as a regular Medicham, Pure Power which is already a good ability so, I suppose that’s cool.
Design: Probably one of the silliest designs for a mega, there decided to make Manectric’s yellow fur into a gian ass lightning bolt and the horns are a bit odd looking, though if I looked at it without all that, it looks sweeet. Also, can only find Electrikes in Y and Manectrite in X….hmmm
- What’s New?: Like Medicham, nothing really to note, it gets Intimidate (which lowers opponent’s Attack by a level) but really that’s too common of an ability. As one could guess Sp.Atk and Speed gets a nice boost while the Defenses get a little bit. Meh really…
Design: Now that’s a pretty wicked design for Banette! I love how the zipper comes apart and claws and such come off and I’m afraid what would happen if the zipper down his face came unzipped! One of my favorite designs!
- What’s New?: It gets the ability, Prankster (+1 Speed Priority if it uses status moves) and all its stats get boosted. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me and could be used in competitive battling
Design: Absol is one of my favorite Hoenn Pokemon so I was elated to see it get a Mega-lution. Love that it gains wins and a much sleeker look. Plus Absolite is the first Mega Stone you get post-game so that’s pretty awesome…though I’m not sure how many people would train Absol to such awesomeness xD.
- What’s New?: Magic Bounce is its ability (reflects status-changing moves onto the opponent) and strange that its Sp.Atk and Speed gets boosted (well the former since Absol seems more like a Physical attacker, but that gets boosted and it’s pretty high as it is. Might be interesting in the metagame.
Design: I’ve talked about it before when Corocoro leaked, but I’m not a totally big fan of its design. Just added spikes and gave it Kabutops’ arms and well that’s pretty much it.
- What’s New?: There’s not much and I’ve read it’s WORSE than it’s original form which is strange. It gains Sand Force (Powers Rock, Steel, and Ground moves by 33% in a Santstorm). Everything goes up but it Speed goes down…hmmmm >.<
Design: Mega Lucario looks so cool and even better that it’s found and obtained after the 3rd Gym ^^. Korrina actually gives you a Lucario that holds the Lucarioite. Though I have to admit, I actually was training a Lucario I got from a Riolu earlier in the game and gave THAT the Lucarioite and sent Korrina’s through the Wonder Trade LMFAO.
- What’s New?: It learns the ability Adaptability (where STAB goes from 1.5 to 2). So all Steel and Fighting moves have even more power! Everything but Sp.Def goes up so I suppose it works even BETTER. Love Lucario!
Design: Seems like Abomasnow bulked out its design and looks a lot like a giant snowflake (but Cryogonal is still the snowflake PKMN xD). It looks pretty monstrous though don’t it?
- What’s New?: Gains Snow Warning (instantly Hails when it joins the battle, but the ability changed to where it only lasts 5 turns rather than through the whole battle). Everything goes up a LOT for Mega Abomasnow, but it’s Speed gets pretty tragic (lowest of all Megas).
PHEW, I’m all done! NEXT TIME POKEMON Y REVIEW!!!!