Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee: Meltan’s heavy metal evolution

It’s no understatement to say that Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are two of the most anticipated titles of 2018. With less than a month to go until the releases, the Pokémon Company has been routinely sprinkling new info. Melmetal is our garnish for today.

What is Meltan?

At first, Meltan popped up in Pokémon Go and seemed to be the bridge between Pokémon Go and Pokémon: Let’s Go. This was to show that the two titles will interact in some way or another. Meltan appears to be a variation of Ditto, seemingly similar to the Alolan variations of the Sun and Moon generation. This “Hex Nut” Pokémon has been all over social media as fans of the franchise are more than ready to welcome such an adorable little Pokémon with open arms. But it turns out this tiny little ball of goo bulks up during evolution.

So, where does Melmetal come from?

Melmetal’s introduction is thanks to a trailer that dropped today on Pokémon’s official YouTube channel, though the pocket monster has been teased in some previous live-action footage. During a conversation between Go’s Professor Willow and Kanto’s classic Professor Oak, a horde of Meltan’s converge. Turns out that Meltan’s merge together in order to evolve, and once they do we get the hulking, yet cute, Melmetal.

How do I get one?

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Now, Melmetal is no easy grab in Pokémon Go. In order to evolve Meltan, players will need to collect 400 Meltan candies in Pokémon Go. But, since these Hex Nut creatures are considered “mythical” Pokémon. It stands to reason that its evolution would require a hefty amount of work.

Do people like Meltan?

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Screenshot from Melmetal Trailer

Originally, fans of the franchise were a bit… salty about Meltan’s appearance. Pokémon has arguably lowered its bar for what qualifies as a “mythical” Pokémon. Meltan, to some, seemed to follow that same decline. But with Melmetal, it’s a bit different. I feel Melmetal fits the guidelines for a “mythical” Pokémon much better. But what do you think? Do Meltan and Melmetal feel like welcome inclusions to the Pokémon roster? How would you compare them to Zeraora, another recently announced mythical Pokémon?

I’m excited to add Melmetal to my dream team of “holy-cow-these-lads-are-way-too-buff” Pokémon along with Mega Swampert and Nidoking.

Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee release for Nintendo Switch on November 16.

Jacob Buchalter
Writer, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and "geek culture" aficionado. Jake B is an avid art lover based in San Francisco, California who has been hooked on video games and animation since he was just a wee lad.  As one of those so-called "creative types" Jake obsesses over art in any medium, whether it's video games, cartoons, or anime. Ask him about any artist, they're probably already in his bookmarks. Gaming is one of his biggest passions, and an industry he takes seriously.