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The Top 5 Most Underrated Mega Evolutions in Pokémon X and Y

Updated on March 13, 2014

The Light Pokemon

Mega-Ampharos
Mega-Ampharos | Source

5. Mega Ampharos

Type: Electric/Dragon

Ability: Mold Breaker

Stats:


HP: 90

Attack: 95

Defense: 105

Special Attack: 165

Special Defense: 110

Speed: 45


While not the most underrated Pokémon on this list, Ampharos is definitely the most beautiful. Ampharos has been steadily climbing up the ranks as a bulky Special Attacker, and with fantastic 90/105/110 defenses and a huge 165 base Special Attack it's easy to see why. Ampharos' great offensive typing gives it two great STAB types and some convenient resistances, although common Fairy type moves and Ground type moves still threaten Ampharos, even with its great bulk. Ampharos excels in just about every stat but Speed, which is unfortunate for such a great Pokémon. Its bulk means that you can take most hits that come your way and live to KO the opposing Pokémon back the majority of the time with its immense 165 Special Attack, the highest of any Electric type, giving it the strongest unboosted Thunderbolt in the game. Mold Breaker also gives it the ability to get past any Sturdy Pokémon such as Forretress or Skarmory.

One viable strategy with Ampharos is to set up and support it with a Trick Room team. This gives it the ability to outpace and destroy teams that don't carry a dedicated special wall such as Blissey or Florges. While it might be a bit troublesome to set up Trick Room, the rewards are enough to completely dedicate a team around letting Ampharos sweep.

Moveset To Watch Out For


Special Attacker

Nature: Modest/Quiet

Ability: Static

Item: Ampharosite

EVs:


252 HP/252 Sp Atk/4 Def

Moves:


Thunderbolt

Dragon Pulse

Focus Blast

Power Gem/Volt Switch/Signal Beam

The Shellfish Pokemon

Mega-Blastoise by Protocol00 on deviantart
Mega-Blastoise by Protocol00 on deviantart | Source

4. Mega Blastoise

Type: Water

Ability: Mega Launcher

Stats:


HP: 79

Attack: 103

Defense: 120

Special Attack: 135

Special Defense: 115

Speed: 78


Blastoise has never been a bad Pokémon, that being said, its also never been a great Pokémon. Mega Blastoise gives Blastoise a necessary boost in all areas but Speed, but Speed was never Blastoise's strong suit anyway. One of the biggest buffs that Blastoise gets, besides fantastic bulk with 79/120/115 defenses is Mega Launcher, which boosts all Aura and Pulse moves by 50%. This makes Blastoise's Water Pulse hit just as hard as Surf, with the bonus chance of confusion, it has the equivalent of STAB Dark Pulse, a very powerful Aura Sphere for coverage, and a usable Dragon Pulse, although it's not a necessary move with Ice Beam being generally better. With access to Rapid Spin and Aqua Jet coupled with great bulk and decent defensive typing, Mega Blastoise makes a good support Pokémon for teams that need a Rapid Spinner but don't want to lose much in terms of offense.

With Mega Blastoise's Ability granting it the equivalent of 3 different STAB moves including its Water STAB, it can a lot of different common threats fairly hard. Base 135 Special Attack is very impressive for such a bulky Pokémon and after some hazard and residual damage is enough to KO even very bulky threats. Give Blastoise a bit of support, and you'll be surprised as to just how powerful it can really be.

Moveset To Watch Out For


Standard Offense

Nature: Modest/Quiet

Ability: Rain Dish

Item: Blastoisnite

EVs:


252 HP/252 Sp Atk/ 4 Sp Def

Moves:


Water Pulse/Hydro Pump

Aura Sphere

Dark Pulse

Ice Beam/Hidden Power Grass/Aqua Jet

The Singlehorn Pokemon

Mega-Heracross
Mega-Heracross | Source

3. Mega Heracross

Type: Bug/Fighting

Ability: Skill Link

Stats:


HP: 80

Attack: 185

Defense: 115

Special attack: 40

Special Defense: 105

Speed: 75


Heracross has always had a special place on the competitive scene, as a decent Pokémon in high competitive tiers, and a major threat in lower tiers. Its mega evolution gives it everything it needs to become an even bigger threat, although the loss in Speed does hurt it a bit, it gains an absolutely insane 185 Attack Stat, the second highest natural Attack stat in the game, second only to Mega Mewtwo-X. With this fantastic Attack boost, and a great boost to both of its defenses, giving it 80/115/105 defenses, it can not only tank hits, but boost its gigantic Attack and bulk with Bulk Up. Skill Link and Heracross' new egg move Rock Blast give it some insanely powerful multi-hit moves like Pin Missile, Rock Blast and Bullet Seed, those moves give Heracross some great coverage alongside the strongest unboosted Close Combat in the game.

Heracross' poor Speed can be easily mitigated with Sticky Web and Paralysis Support. Moreover, great dual screen support makes Heracross a very hard Pokémon to KO with its great bulk and with its great coverage and Attack it can decimate most teams with little effort, and if you don't take care of it quickly when you see it, Heracross will have an easy time running through your team.

Moveset To Watch Out For


Pure Offense

Nature: Adamant/Jolly

Ability: Moxie

Item: heracronite

EVs:


252 Atk/ 252 Speed/ 4 Def

Moves:


Close Combat

Pin Missile

Bullet Seed

Rock Blast

The Frosted Tree Pokemon

Mega-Abomasnow
Mega-Abomasnow | Source

2. Mega Abomasnow

Type: Grass/Ice

Ability: Snow Warning

Stats:


HP: 90

Attack: 132

Defense: 105

Special Attack: 132

Special Defense: 105

Speed: 30


While Abomasnow was a niche Pokémon last gen. thanks to Snow Warning making Hail teams possible, X and Y gave it a great mega evolution that fit perfectly with its great mixed movepool. Abomasnow's defensive typing might be bad due to the common attacking types and priority moves in the game, but its good 90/105/105 bulk and even better 132/132 offenses balance that very well. Grass has gained a nice niche in the metagame and Abomasnow's STAB Energy Ball takes down lots of common threats such as Rotom-W and Manaphy while Resisting their STAB and coverage moves. Ice Shard and Earthquake are fantastic physical coverage moves. Leech Seed and Synthesis are great for some reliable recover and add to Abomasnow's decent bulk.

Abomasnow has asolutely atrocious Speed, and even though Ice Shard helps that a little bit, it's best support Abomasnow with Trick Room as much as you can. Trick Room lets you not only get the jump on lots of Pokémon that you check and counter, but you can set up Leech Seed and recover with Synthesis if need be.

Moveset to Watch Out For

Mixed Attacker

Nature: Brave

Ability: Snow Warning

Item: Abomasite

EVs:


252 HP/252 Atk/252 Sp Atk

Moves:


Ice Shard

Energy Ball

Earthquake

Leech Seed/Synthesis

The Dark Pokemon

Mega-Houndoom
Mega-Houndoom | Source

1. Mega Houndoom

Type: Fire/Dark

Ability: Solar Power

Stats:


HP: 75

Attack: 90

Defense: 90

Special Attack: 140

Special Defense: 90

Speed: 115


Houndoom's never been a standout Pokemon competitively speaking, which is a shame considering its good offensive typing as well as its great design. Now that it has received a Mega Evolution however, its Stats and ability are enough to make a great Pokemon on some offensive teams, although some assembly is required. Houndoom has passable bulk with 75/90/90 defenses, but nothing to be able to tank too many hits with. Solar Power grants it a Choice Specs boost in the sunlight at the cost of 1/8th of its HP per turn, which is great for a Pokemon with base 140 Special Attack. 115 Speed is also fantastic as it outpaces a large amount of Pokemon in the metagame, and with a 50% power boost, there are few Pokemon who don't resist Houndoom's attacks that aren't KO'ed by its attacks.

Pairing Houndoom with Ninetales for the Drought boost is almost a no-brainer, but that requires a lot more team support overall and having two similar Fire types with Stealth Rock weaknesses on the same team is generally not a good idea without Rapid Spin support and most importantly, a strong defensive core built around them. Sunny Day Pokemon could be a better option depending on your team build and should always be considered when using Mega-Houndoom.

Moveset To Watch Out For


Sun Sweeper

Nature: Timid

Ability: Flash Fire

Item: Houndoomite

EVs:


252 Sp Atk/252 Speed/ 4 Def

Moves:


Fire Blast/Flamethrower

Dark Pulse

Solarbeam

Destiny Bond/Sludge Bomb/Will-O-Wisp


Wi-Fi Battle featuring Mega-Abomasnow (credit to PokeaimMD)

Mega-Abomasnow in Action

This is a great example of how good some of these Pokemon can be, namely Abomasnow, can be against unprepared teams, and especially on teams that are built to support these Mega Pokemon.

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Summary

While there are arguably better options for Mega Pokemon out there, these Pokemon have strengths of there own and have unfortunately fallen out of the spotlight. A lot of these Pokemon are fan favorites and luckily enough, care still great Pokemon and although some might require support, in most cases it is well worth the effort and learning to properly utilize these Pokemon in the current metagame is the biggest obstacle they face.

As always there will be a reader poll so you can vote on the next Pokemon for me to cover. If I missed anything of if you have suggestions for different movesets, let me know in the comments below!


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      Amazing Gamer 17 months ago

      I like Houndoom because it sort of looks like a German shepherd to me and it has cool metal things and it's really strong...

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      Arun Dev 2 years ago from United Countries of the World

      Mega Blastoise looks cool!

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      I've yet to play the new Pokemons (can't wait till I have the time) but these mega evolutions look amazing.

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      kevkn 3 years ago

      Mega Ampharos is the worst pokemon

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      Anonymous 3 years ago

      Don't forget about Water Spout Mega Blastoise, I've battled a few. Aqua Jet is physical, so it doesn't really fit with a Modest Blastoise. It does help if your opponent only has a little HP reamining. It does get Rapid Spin which can be VERY useful.

      I'm curious to see a Mega Aerodactyl and Mega Absol. Aerodactyl is still a bit frail but its Speed and Attack allow it to easily KO common Mega Charizards. Plus it gets a recovery move, Roost, which has saved me in many battles! Absol has Magic Bounce. I like that ability but I don't see people using Mega Absol online.

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      Perseus 3 years ago

      I notice M-Manectric wasn't on this list XD hes not underrated he just sucks

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      Perseus 3 years ago

      I really love Mega Ampharos and Mega Blastoise. i prefer to use Mega Gengar. I don't have blastoise but my sister chose squirtle as her kanto starter so im trying to talk a baby squirtle out of her for my baby charmander. But she refuses!!! So who knows how long it will be before I get a squirtle but im trying. (BTW i got the blastoisinite from the guy in lumiose city)

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      Xerneasisbetter 3 years ago

      i like mega herracross but my moveset is: arm thrust, pin missile, rock blast, bullet seed

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      Tommy 3 years ago

      I love you mega Houndoom! No one else seems too because you are so high maintenance but that doesn't bother me haha utilising him with a defensive grass type works best, one that can take one fire hit whilst setting up sunny day then his free to switch in with flash fire on the next turn, he won't take much from an ice hit either, so simple and so many don't see it coming xD

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      Danny Saya 3 years ago from Berkeley

      @Bubblegum Senpai Thanks! It's nice to know that people are trying some of these things out

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      Bubblegum Senpai 3 years ago from Little Tokyo

      I actually like mega-ampharos, but the only trouble is the dragon-typing. Dragons are still popular in the current competition environment, but also, fairy types and ice-types are rapidly growing in popularity. However, I've been seeing a lot of mega-aerodactyls out there, especially ones with Earthquake and Mega-ampharos is definitely an excellent counter to that. I shall breed a new ampharos with your recommended moveset and EV distribution and try it out! ^^