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Pokémon Go is bringing back Shiny Meltan

Time to open up some Mystery Boxes

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Pokémon Go players will have another chance to get their hands on a Shiny Meltan — and evolve the new Mythical Pokémon into a Shiny Melmetal — starting on April 24.

If you’ve already completed the Let’s Go, Meltan quest and are looking for more of those precious Meltan candies, Niantic and The Pokémon Company will shorten the waiting period to open a Mystery Box to just three days.

You can get Mystery Boxes by connecting Pokémon Go to Pokémon Let’s Go on Nintendo Switch. If you transfer a Pokémon from your mobile device to the Switch game — this can be done after you reach Go Park in Fuchsia City, a location about three quarters of the way through Pokémon Let’s Go’s story — you’ll get a Mystery Box. Once opened, that box will spawn Meltan nearby. Using Pinapp Berries when catching a Meltan will score you extra candy — and you need 400 of those candies to evolve a Meltan into Melmetal.

Starting Wednesday, April 24, at 1 p.m. PDT, the waiting period to open a Mystery Box will decrease from one week to three days, and Shiny Meltan will have a chance to appear. Shiny Meltan will appear through May 5, a 1 p.m. PDT.