New Details for Mythical “Meltan” Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go

The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have shared a new update for Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.

The new update includes new details on the recently announced mythical pokemon, Meltan. First, you can find the above trailer for the new pokemon, which provides a nice overview of the research behind its origins.

Here’s the new info:

Research Meltan in Pokemon GO

Professor Oak and Professor Willow have been steadily working on their research, propelled by the reports of Ditto transforming into Meltan in Pokemon GO. It looks like they’ve also realized that the Mystery Box is somehow tied to the appearance of Meltan!

New Special Research quests will be coming to Pokemon GO that will let you embark on a search for the Mythical Pokémon Meltan. Look forward to this new Special Research this winter, when you can participate in various investigations with Professor Willow and catch Meltan!

Mysterious Pokemon GO Sightings

Many reports have come in about sightings of Ditto in Pokémon GO that have transformed into Meltan. The number of sightings has significantly decreased over the past few days, but it appears these “Meltan” are still appearing in various areas.

Research is being conducted on these appearances of Meltan, but we have learned that Pokémon GO is somehow key to meeting this curious new Pokémon in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! We’ll be sure to provide updates as we discover more!

Special Footage of Meltan Has Been Found!

Recently discovered video evidence of Meltan shows the Mythical Pokemon to be surprisingly expressive. Meltan loves metal objects and will slowly inch its way toward any that it finds. It’s also very curious about its surroundings and seems to enjoy doing whatever it pleases!

The Mystery Box Holds the Key to Catching Meltan

We now know that Meltan appears in Pokemon GO. In order to catch Meltan, it is essential to have a Mystery Box, which can be received by sending Pokemon from Pokemon GO to Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.

Sending Pokemon from Pokemon GO into one of the Nintendo Switch titles will get you certain items in the app, such as Candies for the species of Pokemon you sent. However, the first time you send a Pokemon, you’ll also be able to get a very special item: a Mystery Box!

The Mystery Box closes itself after it’s used once. The only way to open it again is to wait a set amount of time, and then send another Pokemon to Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! You can also get a Mystery Box for sending Pokemon to a friend’s Nintendo Switch game, but you can only have one Mystery Box at a time!

Meltan will begin to appear once a Mystery Box is opened in Pokemon GO, but be careful—they’ll only appear for the player that opened the Mystery Box. Touch a Meltan you see on the field map, and then try to catch it with a Poke Ball!

You can then bring the Meltan you catch in Pokemon GO to Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, where it can follow you around during your adventure in the Kanto region. Even if you don’t catch Meltan in Pokemon GO yourself, you can ask a friend to send one that they’ve caught into your Nintendo Switch game.


In case you missed it, we did a thorough hands-on preview for the game, which you can find here.

Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee are launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, on November 16th.

Brandon Orselli

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