"Pokemon GO" Let's GO Meltan Research Guide

Updated on January 23, 2019
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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Meltan Research Guide

How to get a Meltan in Pokemon Go
How to get a Meltan in Pokemon Go


  • Save candy to evolve a Grimer, Magnemite, Drowzee, and a Scyther.
  • Save 2 incubators for Stage 2 where you'll have to hatch 3 eggs.

Stage 1: Easy as Pie

  • Spin 5 Pokestops or Gyms
  • Catch 10 Pokemon
  • Transfer 5 Pokemon

I'm just going to go ahead and assume you don't need any tips or advice on how to complete this one. Pokestops have a 5 minute timer if you need to spin just couple over and over.

Total Rewards: 1,500 XP / 1,000 Stardust / 5 Pokeballs / 1 Incubator

Stage 2: Easy Again

  • Earn 2 candies walking with your buddy
    You probably should worry more about how long it will take you to hatch 3 eggs, but if you do have 3 incubators and 3 2km (or 5km) eggs waiting around, your best bet is to put on a Pokemon that only takes 1km to get a candy. If you still haven't completed the research for evolving a Magikarp, using a Magikarp as a buddy is a good option. Geodude and Aron are good options as well as Golem and Aggron are strong Pokemon. Caterpie, Weedle, and Pidgey are also great options as they can be evolved with 12 candy, making them fitting if you're trying to grind experience and level up quickly.
  • Make 10 Great Throws
    This shouldn't be what holds you back, but if you're struggling I'd find larger Pokemon (like a Wailmer) that are easy to hit or just go and do raids where you'll be able to throw a lot of Pokeballs.
  • Hatch 3 Eggs
    If you have spare incubators now is a good time to use them. If not just try to land yourself a bunch of 2km or 5km eggs. You can't discard eggs or otherwise control whether you get a 2km, 5km, or 10km egg. However, you can avoid 7km eggs but not claiming friend gifts while you have open egg spaces.

    Total Rewards: 3,000 XP / 2,000 Stardust / 2 Lucky Eggs / 1 Fast TM

Stage 3: Not again!

  • Catch a Ditto
    For those of you who struggled to catch a ditto in the Mew quest, don't worry it's not as bad this time! There are 3 things to know about catching a Ditto. One, is that Ditto's are not localized so if someone else catches one, they can tell you where it is and you can catch the same one. Second, Dittos currently disguise themselves as one of the following: Pidgey, Ratatta, Zubat, Gastly, Mankey, Sentret, Yanma, Hoothoot, Zigzagoon, Whismur, and Gulpin.

    Lastly, and most importantly, there is a Ditto field research now! Keep an eye out for "Make an excellent throw". Remember research quests rotate by Pokestop, daily. So if someone finds the Ditto research quest, anyone can also go and get the quest from that same Pokestop for the rest of the day.
  • Win 2 Gym battles
    Easy enough, just find the closest enemy gym and attack it!
  • Battle in 2 raids
    Easy enough, just takes note that pink eggs are 1 or 2 star raids and yellow eggs are 3 or 4 star eggs. This way you can know in advance what you're able to take down by yourself. 1 or 2 star raids are easy to solo but 3 stars can be quite challenging. It is worth noting that you don't actually have to do the raid, just enter the lobby, but it will consume your pass so you may as well if you can. Also, as long as you've claimed your free raid more than 24 hours ago, you are able to double up and do 2 raids in a day. This is because you can store up to 1 free raid pass, and can earn 1 free raid pass per day. So if you have a raid pass from a previous day you can use it, then claim a new one, and then do this task in just one day.
    If you're new to raids and want to know more about maximizing your progress by raiding, check out my raid guide.

    Total Rewards: 4,500 XP / 10 Great Balls / 3 Incense / 3 Max Revives

Ditto Infographic from Leek Duck

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Stage 4: Not Too Difficult

  • Catch 5 Steel-type Pokemon
  • Catch 5 Electric-type Pokemon
    The best way to do these 2 would be to find an electric biome (you'll know what they are because they tend to be packed full of Magnemites, which are both steel and electric) Electric biomes tend to be locations that are industrial in nature, schools, railways or railroad tracks, or even universities. It's not completely clear cut but people do tend to report biomes online so you may be able to find one close to you.

    Hatching will not count as progress for these tasks, however there are other field research tasks that grant you relevant rewards.
    "Make 5 Nice Throws" will grant a Voltorb.
    "Use a Supereffective Charged Move in 7 Gym Battles" will grant an Electabuzz.

    If you want more details or tips on catching Pokemon in general, check out my Pokemon Go Catch Guide on maximizing your catch rate.
  • Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy
    Refer to the stage 3 section for reminders on good options for earning 5 candies walking with your buddy. I would remind you that if you are short on any candy required to complete evolution stages that this could also be a good time to put them as your buddy. However, I'd only do that if you're slow in completing the other 2 tasks as the earn 5 candies one could easily be the one holding you back.

    Total Rewards: 6,000 XP / 4,000 Stardust / 5 Pinap Berries / 5 Rare Candy

Stage 5: A Little Grindy

  • Evolve a Grimer
    Grimers can hatch from a 5km egg, or an Alolan Grimer can hatch out of a 7km egg. While there are no Muk raids currently, when you're reading this it is possible they have returned.
  • Catch 5 Slugma or Gulpin
    Not much of a trick to this one. Slugmas will spawn more often in Sunny/clear weather, and Gulpins will spawn more often in Cloudy weather. At the release of this research, these Pokemon are spawning more frequently, but after it's over this one could be somewhat challenging.
  • Make 20 Great Throws
    Again, refer back to stage 2 if you're struggling.

    Total Rewards: 7,500 XP / 5,000 Stardust / 20 Great Balls / 5 Lure Modules

Stage 6: A Little More Grindy

  • Evolve a Magnemite
    With any luck you found an electric biome earlier and stocked up. This one isn't that tricky anyway though.
  • Catch 5 Exeggcute
    You get an exeggcute from the "Hatch an Egg" field research so keep an eye out for that. Otherwise Exeggcute is a grass Pokemon and will be found more often during sunny or clear weather and in grass biomes. Furthermore, if you see an Alolan Exeggutor raid, do it! Because it's in the same family it will still count.
  • Battle in 10 raids
    Just grind it out, remember what I said in stage 3.

    Total Rewards: 9,000 XP / 1 Silver Pinap Berry / 1 Metal Coat / 10 Ultra Balls

Stage 7: Probably Not Too Hard

  • Evolve 1 Drowzee
    Drowzees can currently hatch from 5km eggs. They also tend to spawn in cities and more often at night.
  • Catch 1 Cubone
    This could be hard as hatching him won't count. However, it does count if you catch a Marowak as well, which may be found in raids as an Alolan Marowak. He will also spawn more often in sunny or clear weather.
  • Evolve 1 Scyther
    This could also be tricky, you need a Metal Coat and 50 candy. However, you should have received a Metal Coat from stage 6 so that shouldn't be a problem. If you accidentally used it already remember you get a guaranteed special item on your 7th Pokestop streak reward and can also get special items from friend gifts. If you don't have enough Scyther candy that could be a problem, so I'd stick to grass biomes to try to find some.

    Also, temporarily there is a field research task "Evolve 2 Anorith" that will reward a Scyther. You can get multiples of this task so long as they come from different Pokestops! You could get up to 3 Scythers (and thus 18 candy with Pinap Berries) off of 2 Anorith evolutions.

    Total Rewards: 10,500 XP / 10 Ultra Balls / 1 Charge TM / 3 Premium Raid Passes

Stage 8: This One is Challenging

  • Catch 2 Omanyte or Kabuto
  • Catch 2 Lileep or Anorith
  • Catch an Aerodactyl
    Aerodactyl is a reward in the special Let's Go event field research "Hatch two eggs". Outside of the special event accompanying the launch of Pokemon Let's Go and this set of research, these are very challenging to find. If you miss the launch window, I'd ask around your local groups for spawns. It is quite common for some of these Pokemon to have special spawn locations where they can be found easily.

    Total Rewards: 12,000 XP / 8,000 Stardust / 1 Star Piece / Meltan Encounter (Don't worry, he can't run away)

Step 9: Done!

All done! You now have a Meltan! Congratulations! Remember that you can earn Meltans by transferring Pokemon to Pokemon Let's Go and this is the only real way to accrue the 400 candy required to evolve Meltan into Melmetal.

Total Rewards: 13,500 XP / 9,000 Stardust / 1 Super Incubator / 5 Meltan Candy

EXPIRED: Event Until November 27th

Many of the stages of this research have some fairly difficult tasks that are made way easier by limited time event field research. These limited time field research tasks are:

  • Make an Excellent Shot (Rewards Ditto)
    Stage 3 - Catch a Ditto
  • Hatch 2 Eggs (Rewards Aerodactyl -- Could be Shiny!)
    Stage 8 - Catch an Aerodactyl
  • Evolve 2 Anorith (Rewards Scyther)
    Stage 7 - Evolve a Scyther

If you're going to miss the deadline of the event and won't make the stages where these field research tasks are useful, I highly recommend grabbing them and holding on to them. It is very difficult to find an Aerodactyl without this research!

There are also many things currently spawning that are useful in steps along the way as well, so generally now is the best time to complete this research!

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