The newest member of the Pokemon family, Meltan, can be a bit tricky to catch out in the wild. Thankfully, a recent update to Pokemon Go should make the process a lot easier for frustrated trainers.
At present, there are only a couple of ways to earn a Meltan in Pokemon Go. The first method involves talking to Professor Willow and taking on a Special Research quest that will allow you to snag one of the mythical hex nut Pokemon. In order to find more of the critters, though, your best bet is to pick up a copy of Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee for the Nintendo Switch.
If you're using this method, all you have to do it send a Gen One Pokemon from your Go account to your copy of Pokemon Let's Go. Do that and you'll earn yourself a Mystery Box in the mobile game. If you activate the Mystery Box, you'll earn a heightened chance of running into a Meltan in the wild.
The catch, though, is that you can only claim one Mystery Box in this manner per week and, up until now, the odds still weren't that great that you would actually run into a Meltan while out in the wild. According to the above tweet from the game's official Twitter feed, though, the Mystery Box now offers a boosted chance that you'll run into more Meltan while enjoying an afternoon stroll.
So why would you want to collect so many of the creatures? Because that's the only way to earn enough Meltan Candies to evolve a Meltan into a Melmetal. It takes 400 candies to activate the transformation, which means you'll need to collect quite a few critters to make it happen. And with the previous odds being so low and the Mystery Box only being available through exchanges once a week, that meant players would have to do a bunch of grinding to make their metallic Pokemon dreams come true.
Seriously, how are all of these types of events, across seemingly every game known to man, so poorly weighted in terms of odds? It seems like every time a promotional activity like this is launched, it's closely followed by a statement from the company acknowledging how unfair their original odds were because they maybe-sorta expected players to invest a ridiculous number of hours into their game.
So, yay, Pokemon Go fans will now have an easier time earning Meltan while out and about. This will probably cap off any big news surrounding the character for a while, as Meltan has enjoyed quite a bit of attention as of late. The critter was teased across several weeks through images and even some rather spiffy trailers as it was introduced just before Pokemon Let's Go launched. Now that it's out in the wild and less of a nightmare to catch, it's maybe time for the series to get fans excited for something new.