Late last week, Kotaku UK reported on the news that a brand new Pokémon had been spotted in Pokémon Go network data traffic. The creature, which appeared to be a grey blob with a bolt for a head, had never been seen in any Pokémon game before, and many guessed it was the exclusive creature teased back when Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee were revealed. We have known for a few months that when Let's Go releases, players who connect the game to their Pokémon Go account will receive a brand new Pokémon, so it made sense for this to be it.
Over the weekend, the plot thickened, as this mysterious new Pokémon started to pop up all over Pokémon Go after the end of the Chikorita Community Day, with "???" as its name, as well as its stats. When players caught the creature, it would transform into a Ditto. Players were unsure if this was a glitch or some kind of cryptic tease, but now we've had a press release and trailer from Nintendo which shines some more light on the situation, and confirms this is a tease in the run up to the release of Let's Go.
The new Pokémon, officially named Meltan, is indeed going to be the new Pokémon introduced in Let's Go. Below is an official description of the creature:
A Steel-type Pokémon with a body made mostly of liquid metal! 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.
Category: Hex Nut Pokémon
Weight: 17.6 lbs.
For now, this is pretty much all we know, but it seems from the high production value trailer that we might see a quest line introduced to Pokémon Go over the next few weeks as we draw closer to the release of Let's Go.