On October 19, Niantic announced that several changes would be made to the mega system, including walking with a Pokémon from a family that you have already mega evolved and earning extra candy for catching a Pokémon of the same type as your active mega evolution. , or any raid Pokémon. Today, those changes were implemented!
Mega Evolutions that cost 200 Energy initially, such as Kanto and Gengar Starters, will gain 15 Mega Energies for every 3km walked as a companion. Megas that cost 100 initially and 20 sun later, or Beedrill and Pidgeot, will gain 5 energy for each kilometer walked.
Basically, a flat rate of 5 energies every kilometer. That’s not bad, it only takes 9km to evolve a starter, Gengar or Houndoom and 4km for Pidgeot or Beedrill.
There are also the extra candies, which are only 1 for each wild Pokémon of the same type as your Mega Evolution, or any Pokémon caught in a raid. That, of course, can add up quickly during Community Day, Research Days, or any event with good enough spawns, and makes having a mega asset more useful than simply increasing raid DPS. Note that pineapple berries do not multiply the extra caramel.
You can also see on your friends list if someone has an active Mega Evolution! It’s an icon in the upper left of your profile picture. This will come in handy for blindly inviting friends to raids.
These changes certainly make the mega system more palatable, but of course the initial mega evolution still needs to attack. The system as a whole is controversial, but having an alternate way to get energy for later mega evolutions and get extra treats are additions that definitely help. There are also events like Charmander Community Day that give you massive amounts of energy for free, even without the research ticket. They are definitely listening to the complaints and doing the best they can.