Meltan is obtainable in Pokémon Go through two ways. For those who don’t own Pokémon: Let’s Go for Nintendo Switch, the only way to get the Hex Nut Pokémon is to complete the “Lets Go, Meltan” Special Research Tasks.
Meltan’s quests require a lot of Pokémon evolving so we’d strongly recommend planning ahead. Players should consider saving their candy for quests that involve evolving Scyther, Grimer, Magnemite, and Drowzee, so they don’t end up stuck there for too long.
There are also some challenges to catch pretty rare Pokémon. This can be brutally random, but there is some hope. Specific Research Tasks will reward encounters with specific Pokémon. Here’s a list of the current Research Tasks, if you’re looking for any particular ‘mons.
With that out of the way, the steps to “Let’s Go, Meltan” are listed below:
- Spin five gym Pokéstops
- Catch 10 Pokémon
- Transfer five Pokémon
Reward: 1,000 Stardust, 10 Poké Balls, and an Incubator
- Earn two candy walking your buddy
- Make 10 great throws
- Hatch 3 eggs
Reward: 2,000 Stardust, two Lucky Eggs, and a Fast TM
- Catch a Ditto
- Win two gym battles
- Battle in two raids
Reward: 10 Great Balls, three Incense and three Max Revives
- Catch five steel-type Pokémon
- Catch five electric-type Pokémon
- Earn five candy walking with your buddy
Reward: 4,000 Stardust, five Pinap Berries, and five Rare Candy
- Evolve a Grimer
- Catch five Slugma or Gulpin
- Make 20 great throws
Reward: 5,000 Stardust, 20 Great Balls, and five Lure Modules
- Evolve a Magnemite
- Catch five Exeggcute
- Battle in 10 raids
Reward: One Silver Pinap Berry, one Metal Coat, and 10 Ultra Balls
- Evolve a Drowzee
- Catch a Cubone
- Evolve a Scyther
Reward: 10 Ultra Balls, a Charge TM, and three Premium Raid Passes
- Catch two Omanyte or Kabuto
- Catch two Lileep or Anorith
- Catch an Aerodactyl
Reward: 8,000 Stardust, Meltan encounter, and one Star Piece
- Catch Meltan
Reward: 9,000 Stardust, a Super Incubator, and five Meltan Candy
That is a lot of work for a small Pokémon, but Meltan and its evolved form, Melmetal, is the only Mythical Pokémon that can be placed in gyms. Meltan isn’t super great at attacking or defending and is more of a Pokédex filler, but Melmetal is a pretty OK defender. It does, however, require 400 candy to evolve, so unless you’re planning on walking a lot with a Meltan, you should look for a friend with a Switch and Pokemon: Let’s Go!
Catching Meltan Using Pokémon: Let’s Go
If you have either Pokémon: Let’s Go game, you can get Meltans (and candy) much faster. Once you get to Fuchsia City in the game, you’ll notice that the old Safari Zone has been replaced completely with the Go Park. The Go Park allows you to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Let’s Go.
If you transfer any Pokémon, you’ll be rewarded with a Mystery Box. Activate the Mystery Box in Go and Meltan will begin to spawn around you for 30 minutes, similarly to how Incense works. You can repeat this every seven days for a new Mystery Box and for more Meltan. With Pinap Berries, you’ll have enough candy to evolve your Meltan in no time.