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The problem with Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go

Published: 31/Aug/2020 2:40 Updated: 4/Sep/2020 3:12

by Paul Cot

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Mega Evolutions have been in Pokemon Go for less than a week but already trainers are questioning whether they’re of any use.

Most of you will know exactly what Mega Evolution entails but the short version, for those that don’t, is it significantly boosts that Pokemon’s stats. In some instances, even changing its typing too.

By their nature, Mega Evolutions are a temporary phenomenon. This means Niantic has the unenviable task of trying to balance that temporary nature while also making it worthwhile for trainers to put the effort into making their Pokemon Mega Evolve.

If they were permanent, then they would be too powerful and change the previously set rules. However, if they last for too short a span of time, then they fall short of being worthwhile.

“What are these Mega Pokemon even good for?”

Well, they’re super powerful Pokemon, that where eligible will help you tremendously. To put it in perspective, Mega Charizard Y, for example, has 32 base stats more than Mewtwo.

The problem is Mega Evolution Pokemon can’t be used everywhere. They’re currently unavailable in GO Battle League where they would have their most use. That is another balancing act in of itself.

Obviously they would provide benefit in Raid Battles and taking down gyms but many trainers have teams ready for this anyway. Therefore, the benefit is somewhat marginal.

” I don’t really need them to take over a gym, I have hundreds of Pokemon for that,” one Pokemon Go player shared on Reddit. This is a sentiment likely shared by many others as well.

There is also the issue of the effort required to gather Mega Energy – the consumable item used to cause the Mega Evolution. It isn’t easy to gather, so, naturally, trainers are reluctant to waste it should it not be worth doing so.

This had led to two schools of thought among trainers. One, go through the Mega Energy in order to complete the ‘Mega Dex’.

The second, which seems a bit more astute, is to save the Mega Energy in case Niantic make any alterations to how Mega Evolution works. It may also pay dividends when they finally come to GO Battle League.

Niantic is probably still working out the best way to add the new feature to PvP to make sure the balancing is right. Until then, Mega Evolutions are in an awkward place within the mobile game.

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Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
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Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
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Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.