Time is quickly ticking down, with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon due to drop in November. Since its initial announcement back in February, we've enjoyed a deluge of updates, including news about new Pokémon, Alola Forms, Ultra Beast, the new Z-Moves battle mechanic, and so much more!
While all the information drops thus far have been awesome and have only served to pique our interest, one question is still left unanswered: Where is Mega Evolution? Originally introduced in the sixth generation, 2013's Pokémon X and Y, Mega Evolution were Pokémon who could Mega Evolve into a stronger form, with the help of a Key Stone — or Mega Bracelet — and a Mega Stone.
Mega Evolution enriched competitive battling and revitalized the use of Pokémon that generally had a difficult time competing against Pokémon above their tier. However, the concept was generally considered to be a failure for that generation release.
To date, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company have left the community in the dark when it comes to this mechanic making a return to the series. While many Mega Evolution fans anxiously await any confirmation, we've collected some information pertaining to the possibility of the mechanic's return to Sun and Moon.
So What Is Mega Evolution? Let's Break It Down
Mega Evolution is one of the most recognizable mechanics from Pokémon X and Y, as it was intrinsic to the plotline of that game. In X and Y Professor Sycamore and his trusty assistants Dexio and Sina are researching the strange new form of evolution that only seemed to appear in the Kalos region (later returning in 2014's Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire).
It was difficult to ignore the return of Dexio and Sina in an early September Pokémon Sun and Moon trailer, where the main protagonist is shown speaking to them about collecting Zygarde Cells and Cores with the Zygarde Cube key item. The character models are uncanny and are confirmed within the trailer, as their names are displayed in this particular scene:
Professor Sycamore's research revolves around Mega Evolution and the Pokédex. It could be assumed that Dexio and Sina's presence in Sun and Moon, and their interest in Zygarde, is just another research project assigned to them by the professor. However, why entrust the player with finding Zygarde Cells and Cores?
Are They Really Who They Say They Are?
If you've played Pokémon X and Y, it is important to note that Dexio and Sina's motives aren't always what they may seem. Apart from helping Sycamore research Mega Evolution, both of these characters always seemed to show up during major turning points in X and Y that involved Team Flare or upgrading your Pokédex. As the climax draws near in these games, it is revealed that Sina and Dexio are indeed the masked crusaders who call themselves the Defenders of Kalos.
The questions then start cropping up:
- Could Sina and Dexio have other reasons for which they are in the Alola region?
- Is it possible that, apart from Zygarde, they are also researching the presence of Mega Evolution in the Alola region?
At this point in time, these questions are obviously speculative, but before we let Dexio and Sina off the hook, that same image we're discussing has both of them sporting some peculiar-looking bracelets that don't appear to resemble Z-Rings.
Their bracelets have a smoother surface and lack the sharp crystal edges of the Z-Ring. In fact, the design more closely resembles that of the Mega Bracelets from X and Y. Sina and Dexio's bracelets are white, and are most likely just character customization accessories, but it is odd to see two characters wear the same accessory.
Raise Your Fists
The next piece of potential indication of Mega Evolution is a familiar pose that every trainer must learn to call upon Mega Evolution. Now, jokes aside, in Pokémon X and Y there are instances where the trainer makes a couple of hand and wrist gestures before raising a fist in the air to signify Mega Evolution. In the same fashion, one of the Sun and Moon Japanese trailers from July featured a familiar pose at the 1:45 mark:
Although that frame is lumped in between scenes of the new Z-Move mechanic, it has a different animation from that of the Z-Move sequences. The image below gives a point of visual reference to show the similarities.
Tell Us About Jangomo-O, Won't You?
Lastly, its time to discuss the official info that mentions the appearance of Mega Pokémon in Sun and Moon. V-Jump, a Japanese magazine that focus on manga and video games, featured a spotlight on Jangmo-o, a new dragon Pokémon from the Alola region. In this highlight, V-Jump goes over Jangmo-o's Soundproof ability and mentions that it can stop a Hyper Voice attack from Sylveon and Mega-Gardevoir. This is the first instance in which Mega Evolution is clearly mentioned as being cannon to appearing in Sun and Moon. It can be inferred that since Jangmo-o is a new Pokémon and it can stop Mega-Gardevoir's Hyper Voice attack, then we will most definitely be able to battle and use Mega Pokémon.
Even with this information, its still odd that Mega Pokémon gameplay has yet to surface. One speculative reason as to why this may be the case is that Mega Evolutions are being saved for the post game. Furthermore, the hope that new Megas will be introduced are unlikely — unless Game Freak and The Pokémon Company have one final piece of news in relation to Mega Evolution before the game releases.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are set to drop on November 18 in North America.