Pokemon GO Meltan Quest: how to get a Meltan via Let’s GO Meltan Special Research

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Meltan quest is a new special research quest line (named “Let’s GO Meltan”) that’s now available in Pokemon GO, allowing everyone to obtain a Meltan, regardless of owning a copy of Pokemon Let’s Go games. This page lists all Meltan quest stages, Meltan research tasks, quest dialog and rewards. Good luck! We are updating this guide as new info comes in. Fair warning, if you enjoy these lore-based experiences, then this will spoil it entirely. Consider this spoiler territory.

Let's Go Meltan quest line, research tasks and rewards
Let’s Go Meltan quest line

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Meltan special research is super easy and can be completed in a matter of minutes.

Task Reward
Spin 5 PokeStops or Gyms 500 XP
Catch 10 Pokemon 500 XP
Transfer 5 Pokemon 500 XP
Stage rewards
  • x1000 Stardust
  • x10 Poke Balls
  • x1 Egg Incubator

Stage 2

Stage 2 of Meltan quest requires you to walk a medium distance, anywhere from 6 and 30 KM, depending on the mix of Poke Eggs you are planning to hatch. For fastest clear, go for a 1 KM buddy Pokemon and 2 KM eggs.

Task Reward
Earn 2 candies walking with your buddy 1000 XP
Make 10 Great Throws 1000 XP
Hatch 3 eggs 1000 XP
Stage rewards
  • x2000 Stardust
  • x2 Lucky Eggs
  • x1 Fast TM

Stage 3

Stage 3 of Meltan’s Pokemon GO quest is a time sink, mostly due to needing to catch a Ditto. Luckily, there is a field research quest that rewards Ditto now: a “Make an excellent throw” quest will reward you with a Ditto encounter! Ditto will be masked as a Pidgey, so be on the lookout for this quest when you spin a PokeStop.

Task Reward
Catch a Ditto 1500 XP
Win 2 Gym battles 1500 XP
Battle in 2 raids 1500 XP
Stage rewards
  • x10 Great Balls
  • x3 Incense
  • x3 Max Revives

Stage 4

Stage 4 of Meltan quest is focused on more walking and catching particular types of Pokemon, themed after Meltan’s back story: Electric and Steel. If you don’t remember, a magnetic box was a part of Meltan’s discovery, hence Electric. Credits for info goes to a Team Mystic researcher on our Discord serverPlatinumLV30x14.

Task Reward
Catch 5 Steel-type Pokemon 2000 XP
Catch 5 Electric-type Pokemon 2000 XP
Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy 2000 XP
Stage rewards
  • x4000 Stardust
  • x5 Pinap Berry
  • x5 Rare Candy

Stage 5

Meltan quest stage 5 focuses on “gooey” Pokemon like Grimer, Slugma and Gulpin. We don’t think this stage will be a deal breaker for anyone, especially given how common Gulpin spawns are in most areas.

Task Reward
Evolve a Grimer 2500 XP
Catch 5 Slugma or Gulpin 2500 XP
Make 20 Great Throws 2500 XP
Stage rewards
  • x5000 Stardust
  • x20 Great Ball
  • x5 Lure Module

Stage 6

Meltan quest stage 6 is a big deal, as it requires you to raid 10 times. Unfortunately, there is no workaround for this: if you’re a free to play player, this stage will take at least 10 days for you. Other quests are fairly easy.

Task Reward
Evolve a Magnemite 3000 XP
Catch 5 Exeggcute 3000 XP
Battle in 10 raids 3000 XP
Stage rewards
  • x1 Silver Pinap Berry
  • x1 Metal Coat
  • x10 Ultra Ball

Stage 7

This stage could be relatively easy or hard, depending on your candy stockpile and how many of each you have spare to evolve. That Metal Coat reward from the last stage will definitely come in handy now!

Task Reward
Evolve 1 Drowzee 3500 XP
Catch 1 Cubone 3500 XP
Evolve 1 Scyther 3500 XP
Stage rewards
  • x10 Ultra Balls
  • x1 Charge TM
  • x3 Premium Raid Pass

Stage 8

Luckily the fossil Pokemon Omanyte and Kabuto are getting boosted in spawns, or this might be a somewhat difficult task depending on your area! For those worried about the Aerodactyl, never fear, for luckily there is a quest out for Hatching 2 Eggs that yields Aerodactyl (which can also be shiny)!

Task Reward
Catch 2 Omanyte or Kabuto 4000 XP
Catch 2 Lileep or Anorith 4000 XP
Catch an Aerodactyl 4000 XP
Stage rewards
  • x8000 Stardust
  • Pokemon Encounter (Meltan)
  • x1 Star Piece

Stage 9

After you catch Meltan, you are done with this series of Special Research. Claim your 13500 XP from the quests and enjoy those nice rewards!

Task Reward
Already Completed 4500 XP
Already Completed 4500 XP
Already Completed 4500 XP
Stage rewards
  • x9000 Stardust
  • x1 Super Incubator
  • x5 Meltan Candy

Meltan quest dialog text

The following wall of text is the entire Meltan quest line dialog, from Stage 1 to the very end. Obviously, major story spoilers ahead.

Trainer, it’s always great to see you! I’m sure you know this, but your help in progressing my research has been essential to major breakthroughs in my work. That’s why I’ve come to talk to you again. You probably already know what I’ll be asking! I need your assistance in learning more about the newly discovered Pokemon that has really sent me and other Pokemon researchers into quite a tizzy. Can you believe an undiscovered Pokemon just appeared out of the blue? You can imagine how everyone is talking about it! I was checking a nearby habitat when I ran into a nest of them, and I was so excited, I dropped my camera! Don’t worry, though… I’m sure the repairs won’t cost me too much at the shop… Although each Pokemon turned out to be a  Ditto using the move Transform, that didn’t put a damper on my day! So many Ditto taking on this unique Pokemon form must mean that the real Pokemon is truly out there, just waiting to be found.

Thanks, Trainer! I think that will be enough to help me properly conduct calculations based on the data you’ll gather in the field. While you were out, I scanned some academic journals to see if any of my fellow researchers have encountered a Pokémon matching the description of the species I saw, but I didn’t have much luck. But I do have a hunch! Given that this Pokémon has been unseen until just recently, I think it’s safe to say that we’re tracking another Mythical Pokémon, like Mew and Celebi. If I’m right and this elusive Pokémon is a Mythical Pokémon, we should be able to draw it out by creating specific conditions under which it thrives. But let’s step back for a minute, before we take a step forward. Or many steps forward, in this case! Great fieldwork starts with a walk. Could you complete a few tasks for me? Also, remind me to contact my mentor, Professor Oak. I’m certain his brilliant mind will have something to lend to all this… Please complete the following tasks.

​Trainer, I gave Professor Oak a call, and he pulled through! He says that the Pokémon is called Meltan! I think the name has a nice ring to it: don’t you? Professor Oak got this information through an ancient text found in his archives, which included the appearance of Meltan. What luck! Did you know that when Professor Oak was my instructor, he was my role model? And he still is! He and I are of the same opinion that Meltan is a Mythical Pokémon, so I really think we’re on to something! Still, a name alone isn’t going to get us very far… Perhaps the Ditto know something we don’t? I think that if we find Ditto, we’ll be able to figure out how they acquired this curious transformation, and maybe that will lead us to Meltan. Observation will be the best way forward, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work! Please complete the following tasks.

Excellent work, Trainer! The Ditto you’ve helped me analyze indeed has transformed into Meltan before. In fact, it was able to use Transform and let me analyze Meltan up close! This Ditto was very helpful, even though it couldn’t replicate some of the finer details. It seems the memory of Meltan is fading away… But I have good news! I was able to tell that Meltan has a liquid-metal body with a nutlike head and a tail that looks like a power cord. Judging from the appearance, it may be an Electric- or Steel-type Pokémon. In order to make more progress, I think we should study these types of Pokémon! Can you complete the following tasks?

​Great news, Trainer! Thanks to all the data you’ve collected, I was able to make a detailed study of the differences between Electric-type Pokémon and Steel-type Pokémon. Thankfully, the Ditto was able to use Transform one more time! It took me some time to figure out it was attracted to all my metal equipment. Then I realized that it was copying every aspect of Meltan, including its behavioral patterns. Given the Ditto’s behavior, I believe Meltan is capable of assimilating metal by melting metal objects. What an interesting ability! I can now say that, according to my research, Meltan is a Steel-type Pokémon! I think our next step is to study more Pokémon that have similar characteristics. Can you complete the following tasks to learn more about Pokémon with fluid body surfaces or stomach acid strong enough to melt metals?

​Oh, and one more thing:Professor Oak is also studying a Ditto in his own lab that is able to Transform into Meltan. With our parallel research, I think we’ll be able to make some breakthroughs soon! By the time you complete all the research tasks, I should be able to circle back to you with the latest development. Just in the nick of time, Trainer! With careful study of the Ditto that I sent him and the small amount of documented Meltan encounters, Professor Oak was able to solve more mysteries related to this Pokémon. Meltan very well may have split from a Pokémon named Melmetal, which has been recorded even less than Meltan. Never before have we seen a Mythical Pokémon that can divide into multiple, independent Pokémon! This explains why the world saw a simultaneous appearance of so many Ditto disguised as Meltan. Professor Oak and I have made a guess as to how Meltan can re-form back into Melmetal: because Meltan have bodies similar to molten metal, they have a unique ability to merge and trigger an Evolution into Melmetal! Do you know what Pokémon we should research next? You’re bright, Trainer, so I know you know the answer! I need you to collect data on Pokémon for which several parts can come together and act as one. Can you complete the following tasks?

Wow, I’m impressed! Trainer! Your data has arrived just as I’ve finished putting pieces of evidence together to learn Melmetal’s place in history. According to these records, Melmetal was once regarded as a sacred being in a secluded community deep inside a wooded land that was rich with magnetite-bearing sedimentary rock. People there developed ways to make unique tools out of metal shed by Melmetal. Without such metal, they couldn’t have made these tools back then. We need to find out more about Pokémon that wield tools. Could you complete the following research tasks?

I just received an important piece of news, Trainer! Remember the ancient text? It seems that a mysterious box was also excavated from the same site where the ancient text was found. There was nothing in the box except a rusty lump of metal that bears interesting similarities to Meltan. Perhaps exposing the box to this vast natural environment could cause something enigmatic to happen, resulting in Meltan changing states as well. Exposing this metal to the open air could have had an entirely different effect on what’s inside the box, but we won’t know until we try it. We may be able to find a clue about the lump of metal by delving into the world of ancient Pokémon. Please complete the following tasks.

I was right, Trainer! This artifact is truly Meltan! We did it! Of course, the reason for Meltan’s presence inside this mysterious box can only be guessed. Maybe the people who glorified and worshiped Melmetal decided to keep it safe when the Pokémon somehow split itself apart. Doing so could have been thought of as the only way for the people to ever meet Melmetal again. That warms the heart a little, doesn’t it, Trainer? Make sure you give Meltan plenty of chances to see the vast world we live in by venturing out and exploring! Who knows what will happen from here… Enjoy exploring, Trainer, and I’m sure we’ll be in touch soon!

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