This week's big Pokémon mystery has been solved! The bizarre, metallic critter that's been popping up all over in Pokémon GO has officially been revealed as Meltan, an ancient and mythical Pokémon. All of the Meltan that have appeared in Pokémon GO up to this point turned out to be Ditto in disguise, but you'll be able to get your hands on a real Meltan in a couple of months.
While we haven't gotten official word on if and when Meltan will be made available in Pokémon GO, Game Freak has confirmed that the latest monster to join the roster will be present in the upcoming Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Meltan has been confirmed as a Steel-Type, though we know it also uses electricity. Its official description is as follows:
"Most of Meltan's body is made from liquid metal, and its shape is very fluid. It can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its own body. Meltan generates electricity using the metal it absorbs from outside sources. It uses this electricity as an energy source and also as an attack that can be fired from its eye. Clearly a curious Pokémon, Meltan is very expressive and shows an interest in all kinds of things."
It's unclear at this time how you'll go about acquiring Meltan in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, but with the twin games less than two months away, we'll have our answer soon enough.