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Mega Evolution looks to 'revolutionze battles' in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

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A series as old as Pokémon can use a little revitalization. Now I'm not saying scrap the entire gameplay and start from scratch, but give it a little boost. That's exactly what The Pokémon Company is doing with its upcoming games Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

In what is described as an "Evolution beyond all Evolutions," a new Mega Evolution feature will allow certain Pokémon to undergo transformation during battle. Pokémon that Mega Evolve will "tap into hidden reserves of strength and power that have never been realized in their regular Evolutions, giving players battling with a Mega-Evolved Pokémon a dominant advantage."

"Mega Evolutions will revolutionze Pokémon battles and usher in a new Pokémon transformation never before seen in the Pokémon world," The Pokémon Company boasted.

Specific Pokémon mentioned include Mega Mewtwo and Mega Lucario, both of whose Mega Evolution will result in changed appearance and increased stats. Some Pokémon that Mega Evolve may even change their Ability or type while in battle. Unlike regular Evolution, Mega Evolution only occurs during battle. Once the battle ends, the Mega-Evolved Pokémon will return to its usual state.

In order to gain the ability to Mega Evolve, you'll first need to find that Pokémon's associated Mega Stone, a special stone that exists for each of the Pokémon that can Mega Evolve. These Mega Stones are hidden throughout the Kalos region. One Mega Stone in particular, Blazikenite, can not be found during normal gameplay; players will need to participate in a special limited-time Wi-Fi distribution event via Nintendo Network to get a Torchic holding a Blazikenite Mega Stone.

"This is how players can receive the Blazikenite Mega Stone when the new titles launch," the description reads. "The character distribution begins October 12th, the same day Pokémon X and Pokémon Y launches worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and this distribution event will only last for a short period of time.

"Players will need to evolve the Torchic they receive via the distribution into Combusken and finally into Blaziken in order to harness the power of this Mega Stone and Mega Evolve Blaziken into Mega Blaziken."

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