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How to get Pokemon Go Mega Energy to Mega Evolve

Pokemon Go Mega Energy
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If you want to know how to get Pokemon Go Mega Energy so you can Mega Evolve your 'mon then here are the details you need. Mega Evolution, like its namesake, is evolving in Pokemon Go and with it comes major changes. While it's becoming more accessible and the resource needed to perform the new feature largely remains the same, but the ways to use it will change.

You can check the major changes to Pokemon Go Mega Evolutions at that link, but Mega Energy remains a very powerful, and somewhat rare, resource. Trainers will still need to use it to perform the evolution, but what trainers need Mega Energy for afterward has changed. 

Like Pokemon Candy, is a new Pokemon Go consumable that transforms Pokemon into their Mega forms for eight hours. There are some events that can extend the length of Mega Evolution, but the standard length of time is eight hours. Trainers can take these Mega Evolved Pokemon into battle against Raid Pokemon, those in Gyms and against Team GO Rocket. 

Another perk of Mega Evolution in Pokemon GO is the power boost it gives you and other trainers’ during Raid Battles. Using a Mega Pokemon will boost itself and other Pokemon of the same type by 33 percent, while others will get a 10 percent increase. 

If you’re still confused, we recommend reading all there is to Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go. This guide will help trainers understand Mega Energy, what it does and how to get more of it.

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How to get Mega Energy in Pokemon Go

How to get Mega Energy in Pokemon Go

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The most consistent way to obtain Mega Energy in Pokemon GO is by defeating Mega Pokemon in Raids. Cooperating with others to take down these powerful Pokemon to farm the Pokemon-specific Mega Energy. 

Defeating a Mega Venusaur will give trainers Mega Venusaur energy. The amount of Mega Energy obtained depends on how quickly you and others defeat the Mega Pokemon. The faster you defeat the Mega Pokemon the more Mega Energy is received. Trainers can receive between 50 and 90 Mega Energy after each battle, which was increased from the original 35-50 Mega Energy trainers originally obtained when the feature was first released. 

Mega Raids are about the same power level as Level 5 Raids, but the latest update has nerfed how difficult they are, reducing the number of trainers needed. The Mega Pokemon that appears in Raids is on a rotating basis. Normally, a single Mega Evolution appears in Mega Raids for about a week before it’s changed. 

After Mega Evolution’s initial release, Niantic implemented another way to obtain Mega Energy by using the game’s Buddy system. Trainers who walk with your buddy can obtain one Mega Energy as long as they Mega Evolved that species before. 

On rare occasions, Niantic rewards trainers with specific Mega Energy for completing certain Timed or Field Research normally during a special event. However, these are few and far in between so whenever a trainer finds a Field Research that rewards Mega Energy they should complete it as fast as possible. 

What is Mega Energy used for in Pokemon GO

Each Mega Evolution has two costs. The initial Mega Energy cost is the amount needed to Mega Evolve a species for the first time. This is the highest cost. Every subsequent Mega Evolution of that species after is significantly reduced. 

The latest update introduces Mega Levels, which power up the boost and bonuses trainers get using Mega Pokemon in battle but also how much Mega Energy is needed to remove the cooldown. If you’re wondering what the cooldown is, the new update makes every Mega Evolution after the first free but trainers will need to wait sometime until they can do it again.

  • Mega Level zero
    • No. or Mega Evolutions required - 0
    • Mega Energy - 200
    • Cooldown until next Mega Evolution  - 14 days
    • Bonuses - Attack Boost: x1.1, STAB: x1.3, Catch Candy: +1
  • Mega Level 1
    • No. or Mega Evolutions required - 1
    • Mega Energy - 41
    • Cooldown until next Mega Evolution - 7 days
    • Bonuses - Attack Boost: x1.1, STAB: x1.3, Catch Candy: +1
  • Mega Level 2
    • No. or Mega Evolutions required - 7
    • Mega Energy - 21
    • Cooldown until next Mega Evolution - 7 days
    • Bonuses - Attack Boost: x1.1, STAB: x1.3, Catch Candy: +1, Catch XP: +50, XL Candy Chance: 10%
  • Mega Level 3
    • No. or Mega Evolutions required - 30
    • Mega Energy - 11
    • Cooldown until next Mega Evolution - 3 days
    • Bonuses - Attack Boost: x1.1, STAB: x1.3, Catch Candy: +2, Catch XP: +100, XL Candy Chance: 20%

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  • Mega Level zero
    • No. or Mega Evolutions required
    • Mega Energy
    • Cooldown until next Mega Evolution
    • Bonuses
  • Mega Level zero
    • No. or Mega Evolutions required
    • Mega Energy
    • Cooldown until next Mega Evolution
    • Bonuses
  • Mega Level zero
    • No. or Mega Evolutions required
    • Mega Energy
    • Cooldown until next Mega Evolution
    • Bonuses
Phillip Martinez
Phillip Martinez

I'm currently a GamesRadar guide contributor with a specialty in everything Pokemon GO. If you've wanted to know the best way to take down a Rayquaza, there's a good chance you read one of my guides. I previously have written for IBT Media, Newsweek and Screen Rant. I'm a huge fighting game fan and everything Pokemon, but I've grown to love RPGs.