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It’s time to crack open those Mystery Boxes, Trainers, because some exciting news has made its way to Pokémon GO!

You may remember back in September when The Pokémon Company and Niantic paired up to reveal the existence of a new Pokémon, Meltan. Meltan made waves leading up to the release of Pokémon: Let’s Go, the only non-Kanto Pokémon able to be transferred over to the Switch games, and the adorable Steel-type has captured fans’ hearts since.

If you own Pokémon: Let’s Go and are still an avid Pokémon GO player, you may also be familiar with the Mystery Box, the item you receive when you transfer Pokémon from your phone to your Switch. The Mystery Box is unique in that it attracts Meltan like crazy, and according to the official Pokémon and Pokémon GO Twitter accounts, those Meltan can now be Shiny.


That’s right, Mystery Boxes now officially attract Shiny Meltan, too!

Starting just today, at 1 p.m. PT, Shiny Meltan was introduced to Pokémon GO and announced on both Twitter accounts, showing off a picture of what the variant-colored Pokémon looks like. Admittedly, Shiny Meltan isn’t super different from its regular form — its head is a slightly bronzer color, and it’s got a blue tail in place of a red one — but the color difference is still noticeable and, in my opinion, preferable.

Keep in mind, this opportunity is limited! Shiny Meltan will only be available until March 4th at 11:59 PM PT. Once that time hits, you’ll have to wait for another event in order to find it again.

Luckily, your chances will be a little higher, because Niantic has decided to be kind enough to lower the time limit for Mystery Box used. Normally, it takes seven days for your Mystery Box to reset in order for you to use it again, but for the duration of the Shiny Meltan event, you’ll only have to wait a measly three days to start summoning the Mythical Pokémon.

If you’re hoping to get Shiny Melmetal, I’d recommend taking advantage of this!

Good luck out there, and happy hunting!


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Written by George Comatas

As a wannabe social media personality and professional in the world of sarcasm, George does his best to always adapt to the changing world around him. He considers himself a maverick: a true-to-heart gamer with the mind of a pop star. Whether this makes him revolutionary or a setback, he's yet to find out. But one thing’s for sure; he's one-of-a-kind.