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How to catch Meltan in Pokémon Go

New Pokémon can be unlocked through research tasks — no Let’s Go required

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A brand-new Pokémon, Meltan, is now available in Pokémon Go. In order to catch it, you’ll need to complete a new Special Research questline, one of the more difficult sets of Special Research tasks in Pokémon Go.

Before you start the Meltan Special Research quest, there are a few things you should keep in mind if you want to do it quickly.

Catch Anorith, Magnemite, Drowzee, Grimer and Scyther if you see them in the wild. You’ll need to evolve those Pokémon over the course of the Meltan Special Research questline at some point, so make sure you have at least one of each and enough Candy to evolve them when the time comes.

Niantic had a series of Pokémon Let’s Go!-themed daily research tasks that made it easier to encounter Ditto, Scyther and Aerodactyl, but that event ended on Nov. 27. If you’re looking for specific Pokémon, you might have to find them in the wild.

Fortunately though, some of the Pokémon needed to complete the Meltan quest are currently showing up in Raids. Aerodactyl is appearing in tier-3 Raids, while Omanyte and Kabuto are appearing in tier-1 Raids. Electric-type Pokémon (Electabuzz, Manectric, Jolteon) are also appearing in Raids.

Now, let’s get to the nine-part Special Research Tasks that Professor Willow has lined up.

Pokémon Go Let’s Go, Meltan quest steps

Quest 1

  • Spin 5 Pokestops or Gyms
  • Catch 10 Pokémon
  • Transfer 5 Pokémon

Rewards: 1,000 Stardust, 10 Pokeballs, 1 Egg Incubator

Step one of the questline is easy, and that new Egg Incubator will make the next step a little easier.

Quest 2

  • Earn 2 Candies walking with your buddy
  • Make 10 great throws
  • Hatch 3 eggs

Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 2 Lucky Eggs, 1 Fast TM

Again, pretty easy. You just need to get some walking in to earn a couple Candies (switch to a 1 km Pokémon if you’re in a big hurry) and hatch a few eggs.

Quest 3

  • Catch a Ditto
  • Win 2 gym battles
  • Battle in 2 Raids

Rewards: 10 Great Balls, 3 Incense, 3 Max Revives

Catching that Ditto will be hard if you’re hoping to find one in the wild, since it’s effectively random. Ditto may appear as one of the following Pokémon in the wild: Pidgey, Ratatta, Zubat, Mankey, Yanma, Hoothoot, Sentret, Zigzagoon, Gulpin or Whismur.

Quest 4

  • Catch 5 Steel-type Pokémon
  • Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon
  • Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy

Rewards: 4,000 Stardust, 5 Pinap Berries, 5 Rare Candies

Look for steel- and electric-type Pokémon in the wild. Catching Magnemite or Magneton will make this quest easier, as that Pokémon satisfies both requirements. And switch to a 1 km Pokémon buddy to speed up catching candies.

Quest 5

  • Evolve a Grimer
  • Catch 5 Slugma or Gulpin
  • Make 20 great throws

Rewards: 5,000 Stardust, 20 Great Balls, 5 Lure Modules

Slugma and Gulpin are fairly common spawns, and Grimer shouldn’t be too hard to find. The only challenge here will probably be racking up those great throws.

Quest 6

  • Evolve a Magnemite
  • Catch 5 Exeggcute
  • Battle in 10 Raids

Rewards: 1 Silver Pinap Berry, 1 Metal Coat, 10 Ultra Balls

Find Magnemite (hopefully you caught plenty as part of a previous quest) and Exeggcute. If you’re in a rush to complete 10 Raids, you can use a premium Raid Pass if you have them. The next step will give you three more Premium Raid Passes for free.

Quest 7

  • Evolve 1 Drowzee
  • Catch 1 Cubone
  • Evolve 1 Scyther

Rewards: 10 Ultra Balls, 1 Charged TM, 3 Premium Raid Passes

Some spawn rates have changed after the conclusion of the Let’s Go! event, but hopefully you have enough Drowzee and Scyther candy to evolve those. Cubone shouldn’t be too hard to find in the wild.

Quest 8

  • Catch 2 Omanyte or Kabuto
  • Catch 2 Lileep or Anorith
  • Catch an Aerodactyl

Rewards: 8,000 Stardust, Meltan Encounter, 1 Star Piece

Find Omanyte, Kabuto, Lileep and Anorith in the wild. If you’re desperate for Omanyte or Kabuto, you can find some in low-tier Raid battles. You can catch Meltan here (and you may want to use a Pinap Berry to double your Candy take, if you want to evolve your Meltan later).

Quest 9

  • Claim rewards

Rewards: 9,000 Stardust, 1 Super Incubator, 5 Meltan Candy

Congratulations. You’ve done it.