Okay, while I wasn’t ever expecting the Niantic-made Pokémon GO to reveal an entirely new Pokémon, here we are. Professor Willow, GO’s version of Professor Oak, reveals the monster as we ramp up to the launch of Pokémon Let’s GO!
In the video, Professor Willow is on a call with Professor Oak, as they discuss Meltan, who they summarize may be an Eevee. Instead, it isn’t and it’s an entirely new monster who looks like a hex nut.
Meltan is a steel-type Pokémon, and is seemingly shares it’s form with Ditto, who is known to shape shift on occasion.
Meltan is a Steel-type Pokémon with a body made mostly of liquid metal, which makes its shape very fluid. This Pokémon can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its body. Meltan can generate electricity using the metal it absorbs from outside sources. It uses this electricity as an energy source and for an attack it fires from its eye.
In Pokémon GO, sightings of Ditto that have transformed into Meltan have been reported. Professor Oak and Professor Willow have started research on Meltan. Professor Oak, one of the leading authorities in the field of Pokémon research, is based in the Kanto region’s Pallet Town. In Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, he gives a Pokédex to both you and your rival—entrusting you with his dream of completing it. Meanwhile, with the help of Pokémon GO players around the world, Professor Willow conducts his research in the field to fully understand the habitats and distribution of Pokémon. He was once an assistant to Professor Oak, and he talks to Oak, his mentor, whenever he runs into a hitch in his research.