Pokemon GO: Is Shiny Meltan Back? How You Can Get One

By Sam Woods

July 6, 2021

Pokemon GO celebrates its fifth (!!) anniversary this month and while the game has come a long way from hundreds chasing Snorlax through Central Park, it’s still retained a very large, very loyal fanbase.

To celebrate, Niantic is throwing a special in-game event for the anniversary, packed with loads of exciting content for players to get involved with.

There are new Raid Bosses, new Shiny Pokemon, new collection challenges and something special about Meltan.

But is Shiny Meltan back in Pokemon GO and if so, how can you give yourself the best chance at catching one?

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Can Meltan Be Shiny in Pokemon GO Again?

Niantic likes to add and remove Shiny Meltan as a bonus during select events.

Thankfully, during the new fifth Anniversary Event, Shiny Meltan has indeed returned and will be around for a while.

The event runs from Tuesday, July 6, from 10:00 am to Thursday, July 15, at 8:00 pm local time – giving players over nine days to try and grab one.

How to Get a Shiny Meltan In Pokemon GO

The first thing you’re going to need to get yourself is a Meltan Box.

How to Get a Meltan Mystery Box

To get yourself a Meltan Box, follow these steps:

  • Download Pokemon Home and link your Pokemon GO account
  • Load up Pokemon GO, touch the Pokeball and then Settings
  • Scroll all the way down and select the “Pokemon Home” option
  • Click “Send Pokemon”
  • Select the Pokemon you want to send and hit Transport
  • Boot up Pokemon Home and receive the Pokemon
  • Head back to Pokemon GO and you should receive your new Meltan box

How to Give Yourself the Best Chance at a Shiny Meltan

As always, there’s no guarantee of getting a Shiny Meltan in Pokemon GO, however, there are some things you can do to maximise your chances.

Firstly, a Meltan Mystery Box spawns a Pokemon roughly every 1.5 minutes, this means, you should be aiming to click on (and probably catch) every single Meltan that pops up.

Secondly, the boxes can be received every three days, so repeat the above step in order to get a new Mystery Box and repeat the process again. As the event is nine days long, you will have three great opportunities to nab a Shiny Meltan.

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Sam Woods

Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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