Everything you Need to Know about Meltan and Melmetal

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Meltan Update - February 5, 2019

On February 5, 2019, Niantic announced that the Mystery Box that rewards Meltan is now usable every 3 days instead of every 7 days! Also, Shiny Meltan will be available.

Shiny Meltan will only be available from February 5th to March 4th 2019.

Melmetal - Oct. 24, 2018 Update

Name Melmetal
Category Hex Nut Pokemon
Type Steel
Height 8'02"
Weight 1763.7 lbs

Meltan Evolves into Melmetal

Niantic announced that Melmetal is the evolution of Meltan, a powerful Pokemon that is also the first Mythical Pokemon to receive an evolution. It has the power to create metal and hasn't been seen in the wild in over 3,000 years. 

Melmetal possesses the powerful exclusive Steel-type move Double Iron Bash.

Meltan needs 400 Meltan Candy to evolve into Melmetal. Shortcuts to receiving Meltan candy referred to in the announcement are catching, transferring, walking with your buddy, sending to Pokemon Let's GO, and using Rare Candy. 

See below for the full announcement.

We have now discovered that Meltan can evolve. Its Evolution is called Melmetal! This is the first Mythical Pokémon with the ability to evolve.

This is the first time that Melmetal has been seen in 3,000 years! In ancient times, this Pokémon was worshiped for its power to create metal.

Melmetal possesses a unique Steel-type physical move called Double Iron Bash. With this powerful move, Melmetal uses the hex nut in its chest like an axle to spin its powerful arms around, dealing a double strike to the opponent. The weight of the heavy hex nuts on its arms combined with this spinning motion give this move extraordinary power. After it hits, it may even make the target flinch!

It has become clear that Meltan will only evolve into Melmetal in Pokémon GO. To evolve it, you will need 400 Meltan Candies.

Just as with the Candies you collect for other Pokémon, you’ll be able to get Meltan Candies by doing things like catching Meltan, sending it to Professor Willow, or having Meltan travel around with you as your Buddy Pokémon.

You’ll also get these Candies when you send Meltan from Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Plus, you’ll also be able to use some other handy shortcuts to speed up this Evolution, such as getting more Meltan Candies by trading with friends or using Rare Candies to help you along the way.

You can bring Melmetal you’ve evolved in Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! You can also have friends send them to you from their Pokémon GO accounts. Have fun exploring the Kanto region together with Melmetal!

Melmetal Youtube Video Announcement

How to get Meltan - Oct. 10, 2018 Update

Mystery Box

Meltan appears in Pokemon GO when using an item called the "Mystery Box". According to the official website on

  • A Mystery Box is received by sending Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!
  • Sending Pokémon from Pokémon GO into one of the Nintendo Switch titles will get you certain items in the app, such as Candies for the species of Pokémon you sent. However, the first time you send a Pokémon, 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 Pokémon to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! You can also get a Mystery Box for sending Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 Poké Ball!

New Special Research Quests

New Special Research quests will be coming to Pokémon 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!

About the Mythical Pokémon Meltan - Sept. 25, 2018 Update

The mysterious nut Pokemon that suddenly appeared out of no-where has been officially announced.

Official press release from PokemonGO live.

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!

—The Pokémon GO team

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

The mysterious Meltan

Trainers initially started seeing Meltan in the wild after the September community day event. The number of sightings has significantly decreased since then, but Meltan can still be found in the wild today. Meltan has no moves. When caught, it transforms into a Ditto.  Meltan does not count as a "new" Pokemon and will not be registered to the Pokedex.  For more info about Ditto Mechanics, you can check out our article here (currently being updated).