When they first arrived, Meltan mystery boxes were the sole property of Nintendo Switch owners and their friends, and even after that you needed to put some decent playtime into Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee or Pikachu in order to actually access one. I even know people that bought Switches to get them! Mostly the sort of retired, committed Pokemon GO player that clearly is comfortable burning some money, but still. Now, however, Pokemon HOME functionality has come to Pokemon GO, and that means that these things are available to the masses. Let’s go
To start: a Meltan mystery box is a special item that you can use to spawn a whole bunch of Meltan around you: those are the weird little hex-nuts-on-silvery-slime creatures that marked the only Pokemon introduced for the first time in Pokemon GO. You get them from transferring
So first you need a Pokemon GO account, which, if you’re reading this article, you probably have. You then need to download Pokemon HOME on your mobile device and link it to your Nintendo account. If you don’t yet have a Nintendo Account, you’ll need to create one in order to make this whole thing work. If you do have one, be sure to use the one that you use on your Switch so you can integrate with the mainline games if you fancy.
Once your Pokemon HOME setup is established—you don’t need the paid tier, the free tier is fine for these purposes—you need to link your Pokemon GO account. This means going into Pokemon GO, going into settings, and scrolling down to see the option for Pokemon HOME.
After that, go back to the settings menu and go back to the Pokemon HOME bit: you’ll have an option to Send Pokemon over. There is a limit to how many you can send at once, but you only need one to get the mystery box. This page has more information on how to do that.
Once you get your box, use it to grab some Meltan. Meltan takes a massive 400 candies to evolve into Melmetal, so you might want to open a box during a double candy event—like Tuesday’s spotlight hour—to maximize your effectiveness.