Mystery Box

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The Mystery Box in Pokémon GO

The Mystery Box (Japanese: ふしぎなはこ Mystery Box) is a legendary artifact in Pokémon GO used to spawn wild Meltan.

It was first featured in the short video series The Two Professors, where it was discovered by Professor Oak and Professor Willow.


According to Professor Willow, the Mystery Box was made by people who worshipped Melmetal to keep it safe. When the Pokémon splits itself into Meltan, they are stored in the box until it opened again in order for Melmetal to appear. The box will open when exposed to open air in a natural environment.

In Pokémon GO


After receiving the Mystery Box, the player can access it from their Bag in Pokémon GO and choose to open the box. Once opened, a 60-minute timer will begin, during which wild Meltan will be appearing around the player. Meltan will be appearing only if the player has automatic time on in their device settings. The Meltan will stop appearing after the box's timer has expired.

The Mystery Box will then remain shut on a three-day countdown timer. Once the countdown reaches zero, the player can unlock the box again by transferring Pokémon from GO to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee! via GO Park, or to Pokémon HOME via GO Transporter. Originally, players had to wait seven days to open the Mystery Box; the wait time has been permanently lowered to three to mark the second Shiny Meltan event that took place from April 24 to May 5, 2019.[1] (Meltan that appear outside of these specific event windows cannot be shiny.)

The Mystery Box and Incense are mutually exclusive: if one is active, the other cannot be. Opening the Mystery Box also fulfills any requirements that involve using an Incense, such as with Field Research or evolving Spritzee.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mystery Box, like with Incenses, had its effect duration doubled from 30 to 60 minutes, with the spawn rate increased. The spawn rate has since been reverted, but the increased duration became permanent.


Games Description
GO A mysterious old box. Opening it causes a certain Pokémon to appear for a limited time.
When selected: Send Pokémon to Nintendo Switch to activate your Mystery Box when the above counts to zero.


Games Method
GO Transfer Pokémon to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, or HOME for the first time


GO Mystery Box.png GO Mystery Box Open.png
In-game artwork of a Mystery Box In-game artwork of an open Mystery Box

In the anime

A Mystery Box in the anime

A Mystery Box was seen in Evolving Research!, where it was seen in the waters of Poni Beach, with a group of Meltan moving away from it.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 神秘盒子 Sàhnbei Hahpjí
Mandarin 神秘盒子 Shénmì Hézi
France Flag.png French Boîte Mystère
Germany Flag.png German Wunderbox
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Kotak Misterius
Italy Flag.png Italian Scatola misteriosa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이상한 상자 Isanghan Sangja
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Caixa Misteriosa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Caja Misteriosa
Thailand Flag.png Thai กล่องลึกลับ Klong Lueklap


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