Currently, there have been eighteen Mega Evolutions (and two Primal Reversions) revealed for the upcoming Generation III remakes, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. But what potential do these Mega Evolutions hold? How do their stats, movepools, typings, and abilities stack up? Which Mega Evolutions have the best designs?
Beedrill was one Pokemon that no one could have ever imagined becoming a powerful foe. Its Mega Evolution announcement seemed to come out of nowhere, with hardly anyone expecting Beedrill, a generally weak early Bug-type, to receive a Mega Evolution. Regardless, with very strategic stat alterations, Mega Beedrill is expected to be a top threat. First, let’s look at its base stats.
With its gargantuan 150 base Attack, Beedrill is no laughing matter. Paired with its ability, Adaptability, and a 145 base Speed, Mega Beedrill is the true definition of a glass cannon. With an underwhelming 65 base HP, a flat-out bad 40 base Defense, and a sub-par 80 base Special Defense, it won’t be able to take many hits. However, with an Adaptability-boosted 150 base Attack U-Turn, a very common move for competitive battling, Beedrill will make a great leading Pokemon. Some of its other notable moves are X-Scissor, Poison Jab, Drill Run, and Fell Stinger.
When it comes to design, Mega Beedrill certainly isn’t underwhelming. Its sleek, threatening design makes it even better. Its fore-stingers grow to become lance-like, while its forelegs morph into stingers themselves. Its “primary” stinger under its abdomen is very drill-like as well, which is a really nice touch for Beedrill. I personally would rate Mega Beedrill as a solid 8.5 out of 10, for being very threatening in battle while also having a pretty cool design.
Mega Pidgeot, along with Mega Beedrill, came as a surprise in the October CoroCoro. Did anyone truly expect a regional bird to gain a Mega?! I certainly didn’t! Nonetheless, Mega Pidgeot turns the tables on regional bird Pokemon by being specially-oriented rather than physically. Let’s take a look at its base stats.
83 base HP, 80 base Defense, and 80 base Special Defense is a bit dismal, but not horribly crippling. Mega Pidgeot retains the Normal- and Flying-typing, which isn’t such a bad type either. With two immunities, two resistances, and three weaknesses, Pidgeot can be sent in to Ghost-type and Ground-type attacks and take no damage. The real beef of Pidgeot is its Special Attack and Speed. A 135 base Special Attack is pretty phenomenal, and a 121 base Speed is nothing to laugh at. Paired with its ability No Guard, Pidgeot can unleash STAB 110 base power Hurricanes without the worry of missing. Pidgeot also gets Heat Wave as a tutor move, taking care of pesky Ice-types and Steel-types. However, Hurricane and Heat Wave are Pidgeot’s only decent moves. Some may choose to fill the other two slots with either Air Slash, Mirror Move, Tailwind, Feather Dane, Whirlwind…the list goes on. None of the other moves Pidgeot learns are truly as great as Hurricane and Heat Wave, unfortunately.
Even so, Mega Pidgeot can unleash lethal Hurricanes on foes, which is in itself really great. This, paired with a nice design, scores Mega Pidgeot at 7 out of 10 from me. Its design is a bit bland, but there’s nothing wrong with being a little simple, I suppose.
Mega Slowbro wasn’t on a lot of fan’s want list, but can anyone say they are disappointed? Mega Slowbro is considered strange by many, cute by some, and unique by others. Despite what you think about its design, its true charm lies within its splendorous base stats.
95/180/80 bulk is very, very good. 95 HP is pretty sweet, and a 180 base Defense is unbeatable. Its Special Defense is a bit lagging, but that’s nothing a few Calm Minds can’t fix. With access to Slack Off to heal itself, it’ll have no trouble setting up its weaker Special Defense and stupendous 130 base Special Attack. With an abysmal 30 base Speed, Mega Slowbro won’t be outspeeding much (if…anything). This, however, can be used to its advantage if use with Trick Room! Mega Slowbro will have no trouble finding a spot in the higher tiers of competitive battling with those amazing stats. Its Water- and Psychic-typing also has many resistances, but also a handful of weaknesses. Despite this, with a good Water-type move (Scald, maybe?), Psyshock, Calm Mind, and Slack Off, Mega Slowbro will have relatively little trouble setting up and breaking walls.
Not only does it have great competitive possibilities, but a rather unique design. I find Mega Slowbro to be quite cute! I certainly don’t miss the “derpy” grin its previous form held, and watching it smile and hop in anime previews is almost too much. While its design is quite strange, it’s not strange in a bad way. Overall, I give Mega Slowbro a 9 out of 10, as I really want to try it out.
Unlike the last few Mega Evolutions we’ve reviewed, Mega Steelix was desired by more than just a few Pokemon fans. Steelix has been long-adored for its cool and powerful design, and there’s little surprise as to why it was chosen to get a Mega Evolution. Aside from its popularity, Mega Steelix seems to have very decent stats, too!
Steelix already had superb Defense, but Mega Steelix increased on it even more. With a 30 base increase to its Defense, Mega Steelix hits an astounding 230 base Defense. Unfortunately for Steelix, it had underwhelming Attack and pretty poor Special Defense. Not anymore, though! Mega Steelix hits a threatening 125 base Attack, and has a great 95 base Special Defense. If its Special Defense is invested in (such as a boosting nature), Mega Steelix can become a hard-hitting wall. Steelix has access to Curse, which (in non-Ghost-types) boosts the Attack and Defense stats while lowering the Speed stat. Steelix’s 30 base Speed is important to it in any sense, so Curse is really great for it. Steelix’s bulk allows for it to set up its offense and increase its defense. However, this leaves its Special Defense in the dust. No matter, as Streelix has the ability Sand Force, which boosts Rock, Ground, and Steel-type moves by 30% in a sandstorm, while doubling Steelix’s Special Defense.
Mega Steelix is truly a force to be reckoned with, as it weighs 1631.4 lbs (490 kg), outweighing most Pokemon. Why does this matter, you ask? For Heavy Slam, of course. Steelix’s 125 base Attack (which can be boosted by Curse), Steel-type (allowing it STAB on Heavy Slam), and Sand Force ability (boosting Heavy Slam’s power by 30% in a sandstorm) all make Heavy Slam a devastating move. This potential with Mega Steelix’s neat design make it score a good 8 out of 10 from me. The only think I don’t particularly like about Mega Steelix’s design in the floating material surrounding its upper body. Otherwise, it’s a truly cool design.
That’s all for now, but check back soon for the second part of the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Evolution Evaluation!