Mega-Evolution was introduced in Generation Six of the Pokemon series and was received with much praise from the fanbase. It gave irrelevant Pokemon a much-needed boost meta-wise and gave the opportunity to revisit designs, type combinations, and abilities. When generation seven rolled around and this feature was removed and replaced with the much-maligned Z-moves, and later Dynamax, fans were disappointed that their favorite Pokemons would never receive a much-deserved Mega Evolution.
So, today we’re going to revisit the best gimmick that Gamefreak and The Pokemon Company have conceived. Mega Evolution should have continued as the games progressed and your favorite absolutely should have received it. So, join us here at MGN as we go through our five selections for Pokemon that deserve a Mega variant.
The mascot of the Pokemon series didn’t get a Mega-Evolution. Sure, Pikachu wasn’t eligible because of it not being the fully-evolved form, but Raichu sure could have gotten one. And, in fact, desperately needed one.
Lightball Pikachu is often the much better option and surely was when Mega-Evolutions were getting handed out. So, what can you do for poor Raichu before it was to receive alternative forms? Mega-Evolution. A second typing, a boost to special attack, and an offensive ability would’ve been great for the series mascot’s evolved form.
Ever since her release, Jynx has received absolutely no love from the powers that be. Jynx was at the center of racism accusations and underwent a slight redesign after her introduction in Red/Blue/Green. But since then, Gamefreak and The Pokemon company have avoided Jynx like the plague.
When baby Pokemon were introduced in Generation Two, Smoochum became a thing, but that didn’t really make Jynx stronger for having a pre-evolution. As such, we believe that the ice/psychic queen could use some love. Her typing is fairly unique, and there’s a lot of potential for either a utility lock-down build or a heavy special attacker. But alas, no Jynx love.
Truth be told, Golduck kinda sucks. Which is a shame because the little water dude played such a big part in the 90s anime and our childhoods. Misty was constantly hoping that she would one day be the proud partner of a Golduck, and her attempts made for some of the best humor in the show at that stage.
But as far as usefulness in the games? Golduck just wasn’t up to scratch. It wasn’t back then, and it isn’t really now. We’d love to see Golduck actually gain the psychic type, get an overall boost in stats, and perhaps even be viable in a rain weather setup team.
2. Johto Starters
The Johto starts are in that unfortunate group of being single-type starters. They miss out on another method of dealing STAB damage, like so many of their other starter companions.
Unfortunately, this fact, combined with underwhelming stats and limited move pools, meant that the Johto starters have never set the Pokemon world alight. As such, we’ve included them as number four.
A second typing and a bump in stats could potentially take stall Meganium, scarf Typhlosion, and whatever build you can do with Feraligatr, and make them viable and strong.
Salamence didn’t need a Mega-Evolution to become meta. It’s already a potent attacker, and when competitive really took off in generation four, Marriland’s spec-mence was famous. So, it would be natural to assume that Salamence’s gen three dragon companion, who genuinely needed a buff in Flygon, would get a Mega-Evolution when Ruby and Sapphire got their remakes. Nope, didn’t happen.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Flygon deserves a mega. It’d open up the opportunity for a unique typing with bug/dragon being an option aesthetically. It’d give Flygon a much-needed boost to its stats and make the ground/dragon viable in the OU meta. Sadly, it wasn’t to happen. So, Flygon gets spot number one.