At this point, Pokemon fans shouldn’t be surprised when The Pokemon Company unveils a new Mega Evolution. The mechanic, which debuted in Pokemon X and Y last year, finally allowed beloved Pocket Monsters like Charizard and Mewtwo to temporarily evolve. Since the premise is a nifty new battle mechanic, there’s been no shortage of beasts with the ability added to the roster of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

To keep the trend rolling, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced the latest creature that’ll be securing a Mega Evolution in the pair of upcoming games. Following in the steps of Groudon and Kyogre, the Legendary Rayquaza can now transform into Mega Rayquaza during battle.

Admittedly, the look of the Dragon/Flying-type is top-notch (making it a very intimidating addition to any aspiring Pokemon Master’s team), but there’s a lot more to the creature than initially meets the eye. After Rayquaza makes its transition to a Mega-fied version of itself, it immediately gains a handful of new abilities.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Rayquaza

First and foremost, Rayquaza has been given an exclusive attack called Dragon Ascent. Toted as the most powerful Flying-type maneuver, this move is only powered up when the jolly green dragon reaches its Mega stage. As many longtime players may already know, Rayquaza is prized for its Speed and Attack stats; those two stats will rise when Mega Rayquaza makes its appearance and so will the rest of its attributes.

If that weren’t enough, Mega Rayquaza also has a special ability called Delta Stream. This whips up gale force winds that’ll render moves like Rain Dance, Sunny Day, Sandstorm, and Hail useless, but it’ll also nullify abilities like Drizzle, Drought, Sand Stream, and Snow Warning. Last, but far from least, moves that are traditionally Super Effective against Flying-type Pokemon will now only do normal damage. Yep, it’s pretty potent.

With the likes of Slowbro and Audino already scoring Mega Evolutions, not to mention the aforementioned cover monsters, Rayquaza’s turn up to bat was only a matter of time. Still, the final design for Mega Rayquaza is a very cool looking one, and it’ll have anything but a hard time finding a spot on any player’s bench.


Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire can be caught exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS on November 21, 2014.

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