And now it seems we have our answer. Yep, thanks to a trailer posted on the official Pokémon YouTube channel, we can now confirm that Meltan evolves into Melmetal, a Regigigas/Zygarde esque monstrosity standing at 8 feet and 4 inches in height!
Here’s the video showing it in action:
Plus the official artwork provided in the usual style:
As you can easily tell, it’s pretty menacing. Indeed, it’s one hell of a jump from the original in both looks and apparent power, and makes Meltan a lot more interesting than it’d be as yet another plain fairy esque creature like many previous mythicals.
And that’s not all that’s interesting here either. No, as Nintendo themselves point out, Meltan is now the first mythical Pokémon in the history of the series to actually evolve. Yeah we know. Others had extra forms, like Hoopa and its unbound form, or Deoxys and its various forms… but this is the first one to actually evolve into a separate Pokémon at any point. That’s pretty neat really, and goes along well with the other ‘first evolution’ precedents set by recent games (the first cover legendaries as part of an evo line with Solgaleo and Lunala’s line, and the first Ultra Beast evo with Nagnadel).
A couple of weeks ago, a new Pokemon was revealed for the series. Named Meltan, this Ditto esque mythical Pokemon was originally leaked by dataminers before being revealed by Nintendo themselves:
However, it seems that Ditto like form may not be the only one it has. Oh no, if a recent ‘live action’ trailer is any indication, it appears it may have another form or evolution lined up as well! Have a look here:
As you can see, the video ends on a strange silhouette. It’s clearly meant to be like Meltan, since it’s got the nut shaped head and a similar design.
But it’s not the same size as Meltan, and appears to be connected to a humongous mecha esque body instead of a Ditto one. This implies Meltan has another form, one that’s just that bit more menacing than the cute critter we know and (might) love.
So what is it? Is it a new form, or is it an evolution?
Well to be honest, we’re gonna say a new form. A mythical Pokémon evolving has (in our experience) never happened in the series, but one getting a new form has.
Namely, Hoopa. Yep, remember that genie like Pokémon in generation 6?
That was in the exact same situation as Meltan is now, and ended up getting a menacing looking ‘Unbound’ form in later versions. So it only makes sense something similar could be the case for Meltan, especially given the prevalence of extra, more powerful forms with standard legendaries as well (see Girantina, Kyurem and Zygarde for example).
But what do you think? What is the new ‘form’ Meltan has at the end of the trailer?
And how do you think it’ll work in the game anyway? Is it a form like we think, or an all new evolution altogether?
Tell us your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
Which is why (just like with every other Direct), we’ll be covering the whole thing as it airs in a liveblog here at Gaming Reinvented. Yeah it won’t be the most detailed coverage, and yes it’s unlikely we’ll be posting trailers as they come in (thanks to Nintendo’s boneheaded decision to air the thing at 11pm UK time), but we’ll be covering it none the less.
Either way, you can find players for the various regional Direct streams below:
As well as links to various media platforms Nintendo is hosting it on. Pick whatever one you feel like watching..
Yesterday, we mentioned that a new Nintendo Direct was coming at 11pm today. This Direct was apparently focused on upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Switch games, and would clock in about 35 minutes worth of content.
Unfortunately however, it seems that’s not the case. Due to a deadly earthquake hitting the island of Hokkaido in Japan, Nintendo has decided to postpone the Direct to focus on the tragedy at hand and honour those who were affected by the disaster.
Due to the powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we have decided to delay this week’s planned Nintendo Direct. We will provide a new time and date in the near future. Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/rr2RDW3jFv
As a result of this, the Direct will now be aired sometime later in the year, with rumours stating it may happen next year instead.
It’s unfortunate, but life happens, and these Directs are not the end of the world. For now, though, we’re sending out regards to those affected by the disaster, and we’ll await the Direct when it airs next week or what not.