Mega Evolution: Yays and Nays

Hello everyone and welcome to an exciting new edition of Pokémonth! Goodness, an entire month has nearly come and gone, and hardly a post to show for it! Some people may not know, but Pokémonth originally started in celebration of the release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y back in 2013. Now, three years later, another game that’s shaking up the rules of Pokémon is being released, and so I thought it would be nice to go back and take a look at one of the big shake ups of X and Y’s release: Mega Evolution.  

Mega Evolution: Yays

There are a lot of things I like about mega evolution, for instance:

  1. Mega Evolution Is Powerful.  Mega evolution is designed specifically to draw out the hidden strengths of your pokémon using both the pocket monster’s own inner power, and the bond between it and and you, its trainer.  Not only is this strength helpful in battle, but it can be used to out-right one
    Through mega evolution, Ampharos becomes a Electric- and Dragon-type.

    shot most foes, depending on your pokémon’s original strength.

  2. Mega Evolution Gives Old Blood New Life.  There are a lot of pokémon who have, through the years, fallen through the cracks of popularity.  Maybe they weren’t considered the best back in the day, or were surpassed by newer generations, or whatever.  But now, with mega evolution, some of the old favorites are making a come back, like Pinsir, Altaria, and (one of my personal favorites) Ampharos.  Not only that, but they’re coming back with a vengeance, sporting new strengths, abilities, and even types!
  3. Mega Evolution Gives New Appearances.  I know people say, “It’s not about what’s outside, but what’s inside that matters,” but that doesn’t mean the outside can’t look cool too.  There are a lot of pokémon who look really mega_diancie_artawesome when they mega evolve, like Mega Gyarados, Mega Diance, and (again) Mega Ampharos. Also, I tested it out a while back, and I learned that shiny Mega Garchomp is pink, which I absolutely love.shiny_mega_garchomp
Mega Evolution: Nays

While there may be some pretty cool things about Mega Evolution, and I was pretty excited about it when X and Y came out, there are still some things about it that I find less than enjoyable.  For instance:

  1. It Can Make Battles Feel Too Easy. Some of my favorite pokémon can mega evolve, which I just love.  However, this can make them super powerful, mewthree_shadow_ballespecially when they’re already at high levels, like level sixty or higher.  While I appreciate the joy of being able to take down impressive enemies, there are times when I wish I could use my Megas and still have more of a challenge.  Of course, I do think this is also an indication that I should probably change my party a little more as well. 😉
  2. Z-Moves. In the newest games of the Pokémon series, Pokémon Sun and Moon, they invented a new battling technique called Z-moves.  Essentially, Z-moves are very powerful attacks you can use only once in battle to do serious damage.  All you need to do is have the appropriate
    An example of a Z-move being used by Pikachu.
    An example of a Z-move being used by Pikachu.

    Z-crystal, and any’mon can do it.  To me, this is a lot like mega evolution, which already exists.  And I checked to see if Sun and Moon have mega evolution, and they do.  While this is kind of cool, these both feel just a little too similar to me.

There are other things that I could say about mega evolution, but I try to be careful when putting my opinion online. 🙂 Over all, there are good and bad things not only about mega evolution, but about everything in general.  I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I’m going to try to have at least one more this month.  But until then, see you next time everyone, and Merry Pokémonth! 😉