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Pokémon GO: How to Find & Catch Shiny Meltan (Mystery Box)

Shiny Meltan is making its return to Pokémon Go for a limited time. It will be part of the Pokémon TCG expansion crossover event happening in June.

Trainers will be given a chance to encounter and capture a Shiny Meltan in Pokémon Go. Shiny Pokémon are like normal Pokémon but with unique color designs that are incredibly rare to encounter. In the mainline series of Pokémon titles like Sword & Shield, every Pokémon has a Shiny version. Although in Pokémon Go, Shiny Pokémon are own distributed at different times from their base forms. It’s common for a Pokémon to go months to even years without its Shiny form being available for capture. In the case of Meltan, its Shiny form is added and removed from the game often as part of special events.


Meltan is a unique Pokémon that made its debut in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. Suppose a trainer sends a Pokémon from Pokémon Go to either Pokémon Home or Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. In that case, they will be given the Mystery Box item in their inventory. When using it, the player will be able to spawn as many Meltan as possible for a limited time. While all of these Meltan will remain in their base form, their Shiny form will soon be making their return.

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Trainers will be able to capture Shiny Meltan in Pokémon Go during the Pokémon TCG Crossover Event. This will take place from Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time and will provide players with challenges related to the Pokémon Trading Card game. There will also be a Pikachu wearing a special Pokémon TCG hat spawning in the wild. During this time period, Meltan has a chance to appear Shiny from the Mystery Box. There is no guarantee that it will appear, but this is easily one of the best chances to find one.

The Pokémon TCG Crossover Event and Shiny Meltan

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There will be additional Collection Challenges centered around the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon Go expansion. Although, each challenge will vary in difficulty, with some being more challenging than the last. Using the Mystery Box will cause Meltan to spawn for 30 minutes. When the timer runs out, the trainer will need to wait for it to recharge before they can use it again.

On the bright side, the time required to wait before the player can open it again will be shortened for this event. It will need a whooping 400 Meltan Candy to get it to evolve into a Shiny Melmetal in Pokémon GO. Using a Pinap Berry with each Meltan encounter is easy to get this number higher. If this Meltan event is anything like the ones before it, then Shiny Meltan will be removed from the game once the event is over. Although, it’s likely to return for a future event.

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Pokémon Go is available now on iOS and Android.

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