That Mysterious New Pokemon Finally Has A Name: Meltan

Screenshot: Pokemon Company, Pokemon: Let’s Go

Over the weekend, this weird-looking Pokemon began popping up in Pokemon GO. Players wanted to know more about it, but they couldn’t even catch it; when they tried, the creature would often turn into a Ditto.

No shortage of memes and conspiracy theories ensued, but last night Nintendo introduced the creature in a new Pokemon: Let’s Go trailer as the mythical Pokemon Meltan.

We still don’t know much about the newest Hex Nut Pokemon. According to the game’s website, he’s a steel type, weighs 8kg, and is only 20cm tall. Here’s the rest of the official description:

Most of Meltan’s body is made from liquid metal, and its shape is very fluid. It can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its own body.

According to a press release, unlocking Meltan in Let’s Go will require players to do something in Pokemon Go as well, but what exactly that is hasn’t been shared yet.

Clearly a curious Pokemon, Meltan is very expressive and shows an interest in all kinds of things.

Meltan generates electricity using the metal it absorbs from outside sources. It uses this electricity as an energy source and also as an attack that can be fired from its eye.

Meltan’s first sighting was as an icon in Pokemon GO discovered by a data miner last Friday. Then, on Saturday, Pokemon Go players at Chikorita Community Day events in Asia and Europe were able to spot it in the wild, though it remained uncatchable.

With no real information to go off of, the internet christened the mysterious new creature Nutto, after its hex nut head and its proclivity to turn into a Ditto, and produced many fan art renderings in its honour. Some suspected it might just be a Ditto in disguise, but while that possibility gets mentioned in Meltan’s reveal trailer, Professor Oak makes it clear Meltan is something altogether unique.

We’ll likely find out more about Meltan in the coming weeks through Pokemon Go and certainly once the Pokemon: Let’s Go releases on November 16.


    That is one ugly f#%king pokemon.

      Yeah, even for Pokemon, the design is really uninspired. It's a silver ditto with a nut for a head and an unown's eye (and a tail? Just to make it different?).
      I'm hoping as it's head is a nut, that's an indication that a bunch of them can come together to build a machine/new pokemon of some kind.

      Eh, we've had ugly Pokemon from the very beginning. Ditto, Grimer and Muk are piles of goop uglier than this little friendo.

        Dude, I love all 3 of those pokemon. Sure, they're not going to win any design contests. But this... this is next level bad. I really hate pokemon based off inanimate objects. The icecream pokemon was pretty blah, but at least it wasn't based off a friggin nut... x.x

          Nah not like magnemite at all. Gamefreak never established that Pokemon were animals. They're monsters. More like Yokai, actually. Chandelure is an inanimate object, yet one of the better designs in years. I'm more than ready to say Vanniluxe is a messy design, but not because it's an icecream. Just try not to let nostalgia blind you.

            No nostalgia. Magnemite was terrible. Chandelure is living garbage, in a way that Muk can't attain. You just named 3 of my least favourite pokemon. Though I still think this new one is worse than any of them.

            And just to be clear, I don't dislike pokemon who are based on inanimate objects due to 'established' canon. I dislike them because their designs are bad and feel lazy.

    I liked my name for it better. Shoulda called it Nutella.

    My let’s go PIckachu Pokémon doesn’t want to work. No provision cut down the trees. I can’t get any pokie balls to catch any Pokémon. I am seriously considering taking it back & getting the $130 back if can,t work out how to play it.

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