Pokemon GO Meltan Event: Everything You Need to Know

Pokemon GO Meltan event has been a unique facet of the mobile trainer's experience.
Pokemon GO Meltan event has been a unique facet of the mobile trainer's experience. / Niantic Labs

The Pokemon GO Meltan event has been a unique facet of the mobile trainer's experience.

Trainers have been searching for the eccentric mythical Pokemon, Meltan, since its release in 2018. This peculiar Pokemon is quite the difficult catch, having more different featured events over the years than any other in its category. Below, we've briefly outlined its history and what trainers can do to add it to their team in 2021.

Pokemon GO Meltan Event

There have been a few Meltan-centric Pokemon GO events in the past. Originally, this Pokemon was released during its own special research event, "Let's Go, Meltan," on Nov. 16, 2018. Its shiny variant debuted a year later on Feb. 5, 2019 and was available until the next month on Mar. 4. From there, it appeared again on Apr. 24 until May 5 and once more the following year from Nov. 17, 2020, to Nov, 23.

Currently, with the special research no longer obtainable, trainers will need to look to Pokemon HOME to catch their very own Meltan. They'll need to link their Pokemon HOME and GO accounts together and perform a simple transfer to get the "Mystery Box" that, when opened via their inventory in GO, rewards an encounter with Meltan.

Meltan is a unique pure steel-type with an unknown origin. It is particularly rare, forcing trainers to jump a few hoops to find it. Also known as the "Hex Nut" Pokemon, it is best known for "melt[ing] particles of iron and other metals found in the subsoil, so it can absorb them into its body..." Its PokeDex number is 808.

Trainers can prompt Meltan to evolve into Mumetal with the use of 400 candies.