Pokémon Go Meltan: How to get it and evolve it fast

Right after the September Community Day, something strange happened: Almost every Pokémon in the wild turned into a strange, nut-headed, liquid-metal-bodied new Pokémon no one had ever seen before. It's shadow was on every Radar. It flooded every PokeStop. The internet dubbed it "Nutto" but, when you caught it, it transformed into Ditto.

Turns out, it's a brand new Mythical Pokémon named Meltan, and it's being used to bring Pokémon Go gamers to the upcoming Pokémon Let's Go games on Nintendo.

Here's what we know so far!

November 14, 2018: Let's Go: Meltan quest now live!

Pokémon Go has unleashed a Meltan quest, in cross-promotion with the new Pokémon Let's Go game for Nintendo.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are out now for Nintendo Switch, and there's plenty to learn about the mysterious Mythical Pokémon Meltan! Professor Willow needs your help tracking down this Steel-type Pokémon with some new Special Research—are you up for the task? You can get started right now!

What's the Meltan Quest and how do you finish it fast?

1. Spin 5 Pokéstops or Gyms, Catch 10 Pokémon, Transfer 5 Pokémon

This one is easy, Just go out, catch while you spin, and transfer the worst of what you catch.

Reward: 1000 Star Dust, 10x Poké Balls, 1x Incubator

2. Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy, make 10 Great Throws, Hatch 3 Eggs

Pick a buddy that only takes 1KM to walk, like Pikachu or Magikarp. Incubate 2KM Eggs if you have them. Then start walking. For the Great Throws, Legendary Raids work well because the target is big and the Pokémon jump out a lot, giving you quite a few chances.

3. Catch a Ditto, Win 2 Gym battles, Battle in 2 raids

Your best shot at a Ditto, at least while the Let's Go cross-promotion is going on, is with the Research Task "Make an Excellent Throw". If you have a local raid group on Discord, Messenger, or WhatsApp, crowdsource the daily location, get the task, and then find a Pokémon with a big target to make the throw.

Otherwise, you'll have to try catching all the Ditto potentials until you find one.

Gym battles are easy. Just find a gym of a different color with at least 2 defenders in it and battle two Pokémon. No need to clear the gym or visit multiple gyms. Just battle twice.

For the raids, you can either do them all proper or, if you can only find high-level raids and don't have enough people to beat them, just feed the passes and then jump back out. All it wants is your pass. You don't have to actually battle or win.

4. Catch 5 Steel-type Pokémon, Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon, Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy.

Magnemites are both Steel and Electric, so they're the most efficient Pokémon to catch. (They're also recently Shiny, so, bonus.) Otherwise, the electrics are easy but you may have to take advantage of the current Raid bosses to get them all.

Walking here is the same as before. Pick a 1KM buddy and get to it.

Um, what is Meltan?

That's the question everyone is asking. For the last few days, no one knew for sure. Some thought it was a glitch. Others, the first tease of Gen 9 (?!). Others, a weird cross-promotion with Nintendo to bring Pokémon Go players to Pokémon Let's Go on Nintendo.

The last one seems to have been the most accurate. Here's what Pokémon Go has finally revealed:

A mysterious Pokémon suddenly began appearing all over the world in recent days. Have you spotted it yet?Ditto all over the world have been transforming into this Pokémon, which has now been identified as the Mythical Pokémon Meltan!It seems that Professor Willow has already contacted Professor Oak in the Kanto region, and the two have been cooperating in their investigation of Meltan! Please check the Pokémon YouTube channel for more on their efforts!Sightings of Ditto that have transformed into Meltan are still being reported. If you haven't encountered one, it's time to get out there and GO!

And here's what the Pokémon Company has revealed:

A new species of Pokémon—one that nobody has ever seen before—has been discovered! This Pokémon is called Meltan, and as of now, it is quite the enigma.

  • Name: Meltan
  • Category: Hex Nut Pokémon
  • Type: Steel
  • Height: 0'08"
  • Weight: 17.6 lbs.

Most of Meltan's body is made from liquid metal, and its shape is very fluid. It can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its own body.

Meltan generates electricity using the metal it absorbs from outside sources. It uses this electricity as an energy source and also as an attack that can be fired from its eye.

Clearly a curious Pokémon, Meltan is very expressive and shows an interest in all kinds of things.

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!

Can you still catch Molten in Pokémon Go?

Yes and no. While the flood of Meltan immediately following Community Day only lasted for about half and hour, you can still encounter the odd one out in the wild.

When it comes to catching, though, all Meltan immediately revert to Ditto, so you can't add any to your collection or PokeDex. At least for now.

So, what do we do right now?

If you see Meltan out and about, catch it. It's a great way for anyone who hasn't completed the Ditto requirement of the Mew quest to finally get it out the way, and it's a fine way to find a good Ditto if you haven't gotten one yet.

Other than that, there's not much else we can do for now but wait for more information, likely when Pokémon Let's Go hits stores next month.

Any Pokémon Go Meltan questions?

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Rene Ritchie

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