Meltan (Pokémon)

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Pokémon
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Meltan (disambiguation).
Meltan
Hex Nut Pokémon
メルタン
Meltan
#0808
Meltan



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Steel Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Ability
Magnet Pull Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Gender unknown
Catch rate
3 (1.6%)
Breeding
Egg Group
No Eggs Discovered
Hatch time
120 cycles
Egg not obtainable
Height
0'08" 0.2 m
Meltan
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
17.6 lbs. 8.0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
135
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Meltan
0
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
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Atk
0
Def
0
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HP
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Def
0
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Speed
Shape
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Footprint
F0808.png F000.png
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Pokédex color
Gray
Base friendship
0
External Links

Meltan (Japanese: メルタン Meltan) is a Steel-type Mythical Pokémon introduced during Generation VII. It first appeared in Pokémon GO and later made its core series debut in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

In Pokémon GO, it evolves into Melmetal by using 400 Meltan Candy. It cannot be evolved in other games.

Its appearance was first teased during the September Pokémon GO Community Day on September 22, 2018, and it was officially revealed on September 25, 2018.

Biology

Meltan often uses its unique physiology to express itself in unexpected ways
Meltan without its head

Meltan is a small Pokémon with a silvery body of liquid metal. Its head is hard and resembles a golden hexagonal nut, with a small black sphere floating inside. This sphere serves as its eye. It has a red tail that resembles an electrical wire with two tiny protrusions at the end. According to official concept arts, Meltan's liquid body is made of gallium, and it can cry gallium tears.[1] Its arms can stretch to be longer or shorter.

Meltan's body can corrode metal, which it does to absorb the metal. It can generate electricity using the metal it absorbs, and then fire it from its eye.[2] According to Professor Willow, Meltan has been described in ancient texts found in the same place as the Mystery Box, a mysterious item that attracts Meltan to its location when opened. Professor Willow also states that Meltan is said to be created from small shards when a Melmetal rusts and splits apart. Meltan is known to live in groups, until the day comes where one strong Meltan absorbs the group to evolve into Melmetal.

As seen in the anime, the hexagonal nut on its body can be removed. It has also been seen working in packs. When provoked, it will spin its head, creating a sound that calls others of its own kind. This head-spinning can also be used as a sign of affection. The anime has also shown that Meltan can be tamed if fed metal-like treats, and it can multiply in numbers overtime. Meltan is one of the smallest Pokémon, tying with Alolan Diglett and Klefki as the shortest Steel-type.

Evolution

Meltan evolves into Melmetal.

(For specifics on this Pokémon's evolution in the games, refer to Game data→Evolution data.)

0808Meltan.png
Unevolved
Meltan
 Steel 

0809Melmetal.png
First evolution
Melmetal
 Steel 


In the anime

Meltan in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Meltan

Ash encountered a Meltan that arrived on Melemele Island with its fellow Meltan in Show Me the Metal!. Ash eventually caught it in the next episode after it befriended Rowlet, who helped it recover its hex nut head. It later evolved into Melmetal in Final Rivals! by combining with its fellow Meltan.

Meltan (recurring)

Multiple Meltan have made a number of appearances in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon. For a time being, they lived in the Ultra Guardians' base in the Pokémon School, where they assisted Lusamine's Clefable in exchange for food and continued to multiply. They eventually combined with Ash's Meltan to evolve into Melmetal in Final Rivals!.

Minor appearances

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM111 Meltan Rotom Pokédex No data! No data!

In the TCG

Main article: Meltan (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#152
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
Let's Go Pikachu It melts particles of iron and other metals found in the subsoil, so it can absorb them into its body of molten steel.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.
Sword It dissolves and eats metal. Circulating liquid metal within its body is how it generates energy.*
Shield They live as a group, but when the time comes, one strong Meltan will absorb all the others and evolve.*
Generation IX Paldea
#—
Kitakami
#—
Blueberry
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation IX.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Unavailable
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Unavailable
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Transfer from Pokémon GO
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Pokémon HOME
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
Unobtainable


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation VII side games.
Generation VIII
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation VIII side games.
Cross-Generation
HOME
Transfer from Pokémon GO, Let's Go Pikachu, or Let's Go Eevee
GO
Mystery Box (Unlocked after transferring a Pokémon to GO Park or via GO Transporter)



Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
46
106 - 153 202 - 296
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
35
36 - 95 67 - 185
34
35 - 94 65 - 183
Total:
300
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ½×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ½×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ½×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ½×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None

Learnset

Meltan is available in Sword and Shield.

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII - IX
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Thunder Shock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
011 Harden Normal Status 0000 00——% 30
088 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
1616 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100100% 15
2424 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 09090% 20
3232 Acid Armor Poison Status 0000 00——% 20
4040 Flash Cannon Steel Special 08080 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Meltan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Meltan

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII - IX
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM14
Bag TM Electric SwSh Sprite.png
TM14 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM21
Bag TM Psychic SwSh Sprite.png
TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24
Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png
TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25
Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png
TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39
Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png
TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM76
Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png
TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TR08
Bag TR Electric Sprite.png
TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR20
Bag TR Normal Sprite.png
TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26
Bag TR Normal Sprite.png
TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27
Bag TR Normal Sprite.png
TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR46
Bag TR Steel Sprite.png
TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR52
Bag TR Steel Sprite.png
TR52 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TR70
Bag TR Steel Sprite.png
TR70 Flash Cannon Steel Special 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Meltan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Meltan

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII - IX
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Meltan in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Meltan in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Meltan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Meltan

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII - IX
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP BD SP Steel Beam Steel Special 140 95% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Meltan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Meltan
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • Transferred Pokémon only retain these moves in Pokémon Sword and Shield
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Meltan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Meltan
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Sword and Shield

Side game data

Pokémon GO
GO808.png Base HP: 130 Base Attack: 112 Base Defense: 113
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: Meltan Candy 400
Fast Attacks: Thunder Shock
Charged Attacks: Flash Cannon, Thunderbolt

In Pokémon GO, Meltan will continuously spawn while the player has the Mystery Box opened.

Meltan can be obtained by completing the Special Research, Let’s GO, Meltan.

Evolution data

Meltan can only evolve in Pokémon GO. In the core series, Meltan is considered fully evolved and unaffected by Eviolite.

0808Meltan.png
Unevolved
Meltan
 Steel 
GO Meltan Candy artwork.png + HOME GO icon.png
400 Meltan Candy
in Pokémon GO
0809Melmetal.png
First evolution
Melmetal
 Steel 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee!
Spr 7p 808.png
Spr 7p 808 s.png
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Spr 8s 808.png
Spr 8s 808 s.png
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation IX.
Cross-Generation
HOME
HOME0808.png HOME0808 s.png
808MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Meltan images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Meltan has several unique attributes:
    • It is the only Pokémon capable of evolution that cannot be evolved in the core series games. Because of this, it is not affected by Eviolite.
    • It is the only Pokémon with the Ability Magnet Pull that cannot also have Sturdy.
    • It is the only Pokémon that can't have an origin mark from the core series. It can only legitimately have the Pokémon GO Pokémon GO origin mark, as it has never been made available through gameplay or events of a core series game.
    • It is the only Mythical Pokémon that is capable of evolution.
  • Meltan and its evolved form share several unique attributes:
    • They are the only Pokémon in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! to not be introduced in Generation I.
    • They are the only Pokémon in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! whose Kanto Pokédex number (152) is not the same as its National Pokédex number (808). While Kanto Pokédex numbers are normally used throughout the game, the judge screen displays National Pokédex numbers, which is evident for Meltan and Melmetal.
    • They are the only Pokémon officially introduced in Generation VII that are not in the Alola Pokédex.
    • They are the only Pokémon obtainable in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! that cannot have the Let's Go origin mark Let's Go.
    • They are the only Pokémon in the National Pokédex of Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME (Nintendo Switch only) to not be listed in a region section. Instead, they are put into "Unknown" and "Unknown Origins", respectively.
    • They are the only Mythical Pokémon that can be traded or placed in a Gym as a defender in Pokémon GO.
  • Meltan is the smallest Mythical Pokémon.
  • Meltan is the first Mythical Pokémon caught by a main character in the anime.
  • In the anime, Professor Oak is the person who gives Meltan its species name.
  • According to Junichi Masuda, Meltan and its evolution were created for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! out of a "desire to build a bridge between players of the core Pokémon series and players of Pokémon GO", to make both groups happy.[1]
  • In a 2018 GameSpot interview, Junichi Masuda mentioned that Meltan was designed by someone "who was also a fan of the original games and played them as a kid".[3]
    • Two people were credited as "Pokémon Character Designers" in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!: Misaki Hashimoto and Hironobu Yoshida. However, Yoshida has worked on the Pokémon games since Pokémon Yellow, implying that it was Hashimoto that designed Meltan.

Origin

Meltan is based on a hexagonal nut,[3] and its tail resembles an exposed wire. Its lower body is based on gallium,[1] a metallic element with a relatively low melting point of about 86 °F (30 °C). Gallium is used to make semiconductors, and can easily "attack" other metals, such as aluminium and tin, to form alloys that are either very brittle or liquid at room temperature. These may be referenced with Meltan's liquid body, electric affinity, and ability to absorb metals.

Meltan may also be inspired by mercury, a metallic element that is liquid at room temperature. Much like gallium, mercury can also conduct electricity, as well as react with many other metals to form alloys known as amalgams.

Name origin

Meltan may be a combination of melt, metal, and たん -tan (diminutive Japanese suffix). It may also be derived from molten.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese メルタン Meltan From melt, metal, and たん -tan
France Flag.png French Meltan Same as English/Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Meltan Same as English/Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Meltan Same as English/Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Meltan Same as English/Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 멜탄 Meltan Transcription of Japanese name
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 美錄坦 / 美录坦 Měilùtǎn Transcription of Japanese name; the character contains the radical
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 美錄坦 Méihluhktáan Mandarin-based transcription of Japanese name; the character luhk contains the radical


Related articles

References

External links


Generation I: Mew
Generation II: Celebi
Generation III: JirachiDeoxys
Generation IV: PhioneManaphyDarkraiShayminArceus
Generation V: VictiniKeldeoMeloettaGenesect
Generation VI: DiancieHoopaVolcanion
Generation VII: MagearnaMarshadowZeraoraMeltanMelmetal
Generation VIII: Zarude
Generation IX: Pecharunt


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