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Opinions were a little divided back when Pokémon games first introduced Mega Evolution, but personally, I always thought it was awesome. I mean, who doesn’t love taking an already cool Pokémon and, in the words of a great man, going even further beyond? I sure do, which is why I was psyched when they added Mega Evolution to Pokémon GO. Of course, much like the game’s other mechanics, it doesn’t work quite the same as it does in the mainline games. For one thing, instead of stones, you need energy. Here’s how to get Mega Energy in Pokémon GO.

As opposed to having them hold a shiny rock and wishing with all your heart, Mega Evolving in Pokémon GO requires a little extra legwork on your part. In order to make a Pokémon Mega Evolve, you need to feed it Mega Energy, also known to some as Mega Candy. Mega Energy works similar to Pokémon Candy, in that a Mega Evolution requires a certain amount of a specific kind of Mega Energy, just like regular Evolution requires a certain amount of a specific kind of Candy. If you’ve got the Energy, you can Mega Evolve a corresponding Pokémon for eight hours.

How to get Mega Energy in Pokémon GO

Currently, there are two primary ways to get Mega Energy in Pokemon GO: Mega Raids and Field Research Tasks.

Whenever you complete a Mega Raid, you’ll receive a certain amount of Mega Energy based on how well you did. It’s important to note, however, that you’ll only receive Mega Energy for the Pokémon you fought in the raid. For example, clearing a Mega Charizard raid rewards you with Charizard Mega Energy. Of course, you have to clear a Mega Raid at least once anyway to unlock a Mega Evolution, so chances are good you’re in the neighborhood for that particular reason.

While less common than raids, certain Field Research Tasks can yield certain Mega Energies as a reward for completion. These are far more common during special events, but there is one task, “Power up Pokémon 5 times,” that’s part of the regular Field Research Task rotation that you can earn Mega Energy from. That particular task only pays out Beedrill, Venusaur, Charizard, or Blastoise Energy, though.

Once you’ve Mega Evolved a Pokémon at least once, if you take them for a walk with you as your Buddy, there’s a chance they’ll passively earn some Mega Energy for free.