Meltan, the newest Pokémon, has an official shiny form, and it’s now obtainable in Pokémon Go.
The 808th Pokémon had an unusual reveal, appearing in mobile game Pokémon Go before any mainline Pokémon games. Now, its shiny form is here, and players will have a chance to capture it in the mobile game. Players will have to act fast, though, as the Pokémon’s shiny form is only available through March 4th.
Shiny Meltan doesn’t look too different from a normal Meltan. Its silvery body is a little brighter, and its bronze-colored head is a bit darker. The biggest difference is the wire that serves as its tail, which is a bright blue instead of the creature’s usual red.
In order to get a chance at shiny Meltan, though, players will have to jump through some hoops, just as they must with regular Meltan. The Pokémon only appears when a Mystery Box is used in Pokémon Go, and Mystery Boxes can only be obtained by linking the mobile game up with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch. Normally, players are limited to one Mystery Box per week, but for the length of the event, Mystery Boxes will refresh every three days.
While this means that there are a limited number of Meltan players can encounter, the shiny rates seem to be fairly high, giving any dedicated players with access to a Pokémon: Let’s Go game a generous chance. However, Niantic’s announcement of the event implies that shiny Meltan will no longer be available once the event ends, so any collectors should get to work before March arrives.