After weeks of rumours and a little tease from Niantic itself yesterday, the company has announced that the oft-criticised Mega Evolution system in Pokémon GO is finally being revamped.

The flashy teaser above hints at more effortless ways to use Mega Evolution on your Pokémon. There's also a silhouetted 'mon within, almost definitely a Mega Kangaskhan, who was datamined last month.

Fans have long been disappointed with how Mega Evolutions have been implemented into the AR game, but now Mega Raids are being made easier, and once you've Mega-Evolved a Pokémon once using Mega Energy, you can evolve them again free of charge! These are the highlights of this update, which is being rolled out across the world gradually:

- Most Mega Raids will be easier. You can now take them on with fewer people!
- You’ll be able to Mega Evolve your Pokémon from raid and battle prep screens.
- Pokémon you have Mega Evolved before will now have an additional visual effect added to their information page to commemorate this momentous achievement.
- We’re implementing Mega Levels and changing how Mega Energy is used.

The star of this update is Mega Levels, a brand new system that changes how Mega Energy is used within the game. Essentially, every time you Mega Evolve a Pokémon, their Mega Level increases, and you get more bonuses as their Mega Level goes up.

Niantic has made some changes to existing systems within the game to be more compatible with this, but also brought in additional boons:

Existing bonuses
- Increased Candy when you catch Pokémon that are the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
- While attacking with a Mega-Evolved Pokémon in a Raid Battle or a Gym battle, the attacks of other Trainers’ Pokémon challenging that same raid or Gym will deal more damage. Their Pokémon’s attacks will deal even more damage if the attack is the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

New bonuses
-Increased chance of earning Candy XL when you catch Pokémon that are the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
- Increased XP for catching Pokémon that are the same type as your Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
- A Pokémon’s rest period decreases as its Mega Level increases.

It definitely seems like a significant improvement on what's become a popular gimmick in the main series, so it's fantastic to see it get some proper love in the mobile game.

Even though Mega Evolution is easier, the one-time cost does put in some understandable restrictions — otherwise, you'll be popping out Mega Blastoise at every opportunity! Once you Mega Evolve a Pokémon, they will become fatigued. And until they are fully rested, they cannot Mega Evolve again.

MORE MEGA MOMENTS: A one-time cost to Mega Evolve

With this update, after you Mega Evolve a Pokémon for the first time, you’ll be able to Mega Evolve that same Pokémon again without using Mega Energy!

- After Mega Evolving, your Pokémon will be fatigued and need time before it can Mega Evolve again. Once this rest period is over, that Pokémon can Mega Evolve again without using Mega Energy.
- You can use Mega Energy to decrease a Pokémon’s rest period. The Mega Energy required to Mega Evolve a Pokémon will decrease as the Pokémon’s rest period becomes shorter.

The latest Dev Diaries entry from Niantic goes over these changes in much more detail. These are all welcome updates to the game, and we hope this brings a lot more people out to do Mega Raids and Mega Evolve their Pokemon.

The update is out now in Australia and New Zealand and will be rolled out gradually to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.

How do you feel about the update? If you're in Australia and New Zealand have you had a chance to try it out? Let us know.

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