Pokmon Go Meltan and Mystery Box explained – how to catch Meltan and everything we know about the new Hex Nut Pokmon

Pokmon Go’s Meltan, the new Nut Pokmon, is somewhat unprecedented for the series – a debut of a new, never-before-seen creature outside of the main games or anime.

We now know a bit more about how to catch Meltan, with official details trickling out on a new item, the Mystery Box, details of how to get Meltan in Pokmon Let’s Go, and some related winter Special Research for Pokmon Go, too.

The new mystery Pokmon – and it’s strange ‘nut’ and Ditto-like appearance – made its debut after the conclusion of the September Community Day, but after some datamining and suspicions that it might be related to the introduction of Kecleon, we now finally have some official information.

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Catching Meltan seems to work a little differently to its Mythical counterparts Mew and Celebi in Pokmon Go – and indeed their traditional catch methods in mainline Pokmon games.

For the first time ever, you’re going to need to catch a Pokmon in a non-mainline game first before you can catch it in a mainline game. In fact, it seems you’re going to need both the mainline Pokmon Let’s Go game (either Pikachu or Eevee version) on the Nintendo Switch, as well as Pokmon Go to get it in either.

It’s not possible to catch Meltan just yet, but we do know the basics of how it’ll work.

Mystery Boxes and how to catch Meltan

Importantly, it’s also worth noting that there will be additional, new Special Research tasks coming “this winter” to Pokmon Go, which will allow players “to assist Professor Willow’s ongoing investigation into Meltan”. It’s not clear yet whether you’ll need to complete them in order to open the Mystery Box, or if you can even use that Special Research to catch Meltan without a copy of Let’s Go altogether, so we’ll update this page when we know more!

To get Meltan in Pokmon Let’s Go, on the Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to follow the above steps, getting Meltan in Pokmon Go first, and then transfer Meltan from your copy of Pokmon Go to your copy of Pokmon Let’s Go.

That’s done via the usual method, which is by transferring it to a place called Go Park in Let’s Go. Again, like other transferred Pokmon, you then need to enter Go Park and catch it in Pokmon Let’s Go, and then it’s properly yours.

It seems like you can catch and transfer multiple Meltan into Pokmon Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee, and presumably whatever that other Pokmon, form, or evolution was that was teased via the second trailer will also be available in Let’s Go somehow, too – although no news there just yet!

Meltan is a completely new Pokmon, originally introduced through a kind of viral marketing event where players first thought they’d stumbled across some kind of error from Pokmon Go developer Niantic.

It looks suspiciously like a Ditto – albeit in a different colour and with a big ol’ metal nut on its head – but as you’ll see in the announcement video just below, it’s actually an entirely new, Mythical Pokmon, putting it in the same sort of bracket as Mew and Celebi in terms of rarity and intrigue.

In terms of other information about what exactly Meltan is, we got a few more details teased through by the Pokmon company:

Here’s a new video teasing a little more about Meltan, the Hex Nut Pokmon, including that apparent final form:

The mysterious Meltan appeared in the wild in Pokmon Go at the conclusion of the September Community Day, flooding the map en mass.

Though it seemed like a regular creature – complete with its own animations, and even appearing on the Nearby radar – there were a few key differences:

30 minutes after appearing at the end of Community Day, the spawns then slowed right back down to rare or uncommon levels – similar to a regular Ditto’s spawn rate, and then disappeared entirely.

It appeared, at first, as though some of these Meltan-Ditto could transform back into Meltan, but then Pokmon issued a clarification:

Aside from what we know about it as a Pokmon itself, there are a few other things to note about Meltan in general.

Exciting times then, really! This is something we’ve never seen before in Pokmon Go, so it’s been a real mystery. As we’re in uncharted territory in terms of Pokmon announcements and introductions to the mainline games, the next steps are unknown, but we’d like to think some clues appear again sometime very soon – with hopefully a few steps to get started on bringing it to Let’s Go!

Additional writing by Matthew Reynolds.

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