Mega Dragons of the "Pokémon" Series
Let's face it—dragons are cool. I know it, you know it, Pokémon knows it. That's why for years they've made dragons some of the strongest creatures available to Trainers. Dragons resist several types (shown below), and have on average the highest stats of any type. Heck, they got so strong Pokémon eventually added Fairy to help balance them out.
Even some non-dragons gain Dragon as a second element upon Mega Evolving, furthering the quantity of these fearsome reptiles. To examine the best of the best, let's review every Mega-Evolved dragon throughout Pokémon (as of this writing)!
Includes Pokémon introduced in the "Red" and "Blue" games.
Mega Charizard X and Y
Type: Dragon/Fire (X)
Base Stat Total: 634 (both)
Keen-eyed fans may know Mega Charizard Y stays true to its original typing, and isn't actually Dragon, but I threw him in there for comparison. Plus, as Aerosmith might say, dude looks like a dragon.
Regardless, the Y form further increases Charizard's aptitude for Special Attacks while the X evolution heavily boosts Physical Attack. Each functions superbly depending on what typing and stat spread you need. I also love both their designs, with the sleekness of Y contrasting the bulk and raw power of X.
Includes Pokémon introduced in the "Gold" and "Silver" games.
Base Stat Total: 610
A surprising twist for a pure-Electric family, Mega Ampharos obtains Dragon as a dual-type. Ampharos actually loses speed upon Mega Evolving (not that it was terribly impressive, to begin with), but its Special Attack skyrockets, letting it bombard foes with a variety of fearsome Electric attacks.
The new design is interesting, as it adds sage-like tuffs of white hair across Ampharos, giving it a more mystical appearance. A Fairy or Psychic second type may have been more appropriate, but hey, lightning dragons are cool too.
Includes Pokémon introduced in the "Ruby" and "Sapphire" games.
Base Stat Total: 630
Likely the fan-favorite Grass starter, Sceptile adds Dragon to its typing upon evolving. I love this form; it's cool, feels natural on Sceptile, and provides a mix of elements we hadn't yet seen before. Mega Sceptile's stats further increase Sceptile's favored attributes, Special Attack and Speed, making him a prime contender for a swift and potent offensive unit.
Base Stat Total: 590
Altaria sheds its Flying type to acquire Fairy upon Mega Evolving. Rather than increasing Altaria's favored stat (Special Defense), Mega Altaria boosts its weaker attributes, making it one of the most well-balanced Mega Pokémon.
Though often overshadowed by dragons with higher stats, Mega Altaria's type, balanced spread, and graceful aesthetic still attract some fans.
Base Stat Total: 70
A reptile long-beloved for its high stats, menacing appearance, and sleek sheens of red and blue, Salamence retains both types when it Mega Evolves. Mega Salamence enjoys a small boost to every stat except HP, making it a versatile combatant.
Design-wise, upon evolution its wings merge into a single crescent moon-like shape, an interesting design that I enjoy.
Base Stat Total: 700
A legendary Pokémon, Mega Latias soars in with the same types as its original form. Like Salamence, Latias's final evolution receives a boost to several stats, this time everything except HP and Speed. Mega Latias's strongest attribute is Special Defense, letting it tank most indirect strikes.
Latias and Latios have never been my favorite legendaries (between Mew, Mewtwo, Lugia, Celebi, and Deoxys we had all the Psychic legendaries we needed when they arrived), and my appreciation further dwindles when examining their new forms. The two were already similar enough; now, their Mega forms look almost identical, with pale shades of purple replacing their vibrant colors.
Base Stat Total: 700
Latias's blue companion Latios adopts the same color scheme upon evolving, making it hard to distinguish the two at a glance. Like Latias, Latios's Mega Evolution buffs each stat except HP and Speed, though Latios favors Special Attack, making it more destructive.
With similar increases, identical types, and boring colors, the Mega versions of these two remain some of my least favorite Mega iterations.
Base Stat Total: 780
Rayquaza, legendary mascot of Pokémon Emerald, boasts of a mighty Mega form. With the same type and a whopping 780 BST, Mega Rayquaza stands (hovers?) among the strongest Pokémon of all time.
Mega Rayquaza enjoys increases to every stat except HP, but its already high Attack and Special Attack receive the greatest focus, turning them from worrisome to monstrous. What else can I say? Love the design, love the stats.
Includes Pokémon introduced in the "Diamond" and "Pearl" games.
Base Stat Total: 700
Like Salamence, Garchomp's Mega Evolution has the stats to stand against formidable legendary opponents. Its transformation is another odd one where Speed actually falls, but every other non-HP stat rises, especially Attack. This makes Mega Garchomp one of the most deadly physical attackers in the games.
I also appreciate the sharp design, and the Ground dual type is a break from the common Dragon/Flying pairing (admittedly, Flygon did it first in Hoenn). Garchomp and Mega Garchomp prove dragons don't need to be legendary or have wings to ravage foes.
Which Mega Pokémon do you favor?
Future of Pokémon
Pokémon enthusiasts and dragon lovers rejoice; we're experiencing new takes on classic Pokémon in a variety of ways. Between Sun and Moon's Alolan forms, Mega Evolutions, and altogether new creatures, we have more content than ever to enjoy. Pokémon takes steps forward while paying homage to its classic monsters, a wonderful balance that delights new and old fans alike. Heck, the latest anime even brought classic companions Brock and Misty back for a few episodes.
With a bright future and plenty of dragons ahead, we're all eagerly awaiting Pokémon's next move. In the meantime, vote for your favorite Mega, and I'll see you at our next Pokémon review!