A Pokémon Legends: Arceus data mine has revealed code that could point to Mega Evolution existing in Hisui, including Mega Evolution sound files.
A recent datamine for Pokémon Legends: Arceus has revealed code potentially relating to Mega Evolution, despite the ability being absent from the game’s initial release, creating speculation it could be added to the game in the future. The inclusion of Mega Evolution in the reimagined Pokémon gameplay of Pokémon Legends: Arceus could be a great way to give players more battle options and bring back a popular mechanic. It could also give players more strategies when going up against powerful Alpha Pokémon when exploring the Hisui region.
Mega Evolution, a temporary evolutionary form Pokémon achieve using a Keystone and Mega Stone, was introduced to the series in Pokémon X and Y. While only available to a few dozen Pokémon species, the ability was popular for the creative new appearances given to older Pokémon like Charizard, and the powerful boost to attacks the capable Pokémon gained in battle. While Mega Evolution has been featured in several games, including Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, it was not brought forward into Generation Eight games like Pokémon Sword and Shield.
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While it appears that Mega Evolution has also been omitted from Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Twitter user Mattyoukhana has shared interesting finds from a datamine that may prove otherwise. Matt states in the Tweet, “In Legends personal data, every species has a count value indicating how many alternate forms it has. Species with Mega Evolutions still consider their Mega forms in their count and have entries associated with those forms. These values were stubbed in SWSH and are now re-added.” Additionally, Matt also goes on to say that Mega Evolution Pokémon cries are part of the sound files for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, though they aren’t currently used by Alpha Pokémon or in other battle scenarios.
In addition to this, cries for Pokémon with Mega Evolutions do exist in the game’s sound data (00000956.wem = Mega Garchomp). They are not used when using Strong/Agile Style moves. I think it’s pretty peculiar that they stubbed these in SWSH but re-added them for Legends.
— Matt (@mattyoukhana_) January 27, 2022
While Nintendo has not come out with any information regarding Mega Evolution in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, there is a possibility the mechanic could be added in potential DLC later in the year. DLC expansions, which were recently used in the Pokémon games for the first time with Pokémon Sword and Shield, could be a big asset for the new, open-world-inspired game. It could introduce new areas in Hisui and add needed species to the limited Hisui Pokédex in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It could also be a way to keep the game relevant after launch without relying on competitive battling, which is currently absent from the game’s mechanics.
Many Pokémon featured in Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Hisui region already have the potential for Mega Evolution. Currently, Mega Evolution capable Pokémon include Garchomp, Lucario, Alakazam, Gengar, and several more species. Additionally, new forms could be introduced for Pokémon that haven’t previously possessed the skill, including the Sinnoh and Hisui starters. The inclusion of Mega Evolution in Pokémon Legends: Arceus could be a great way to add post-game content and offer players exciting new challenges.
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