If you missed the chance to catch a Shiny Meltan in Pokemon Go back when it first appeared this past February, you’re in luck. Niantic is bringing the Meltan event back beginning this Wednesday, April 24, which means players around the world will soon have another opportunity to capture the Shiny form of the Mythical Hex Nut Pokemon. But you’ll need to act quickly, as it’ll only be around for a limited time.
Unlike other Pokemon, Meltan will only appear in Pokemon Go if you’ve opened the Mystery Box, an item you get in the mobile game after you’ve transferred a Gen 1 Pokemon to Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee on Nintendo Switch. Typically, the Mystery Box will close after 30 minutes, and you’ll need to wait seven days before opening it again; during the Meltan event, however, you’ll be able to re-open it after three days, allowing you to find Meltan much quicker than usual.
You’ll also have a chance of encountering a Shiny Meltan each time you open the Mystery Box. You can tell the Shiny variant apart by its darker head and blue tail. If you manage to catch a Shiny Meltan and evolve it into Melmetal, it’ll retain its Shiny coloration. However, you’ll only be able to find Shiny Meltan until May 5, so you’ll want to act fast if you’re hoping to get one. You can read more on how to catch the Mythical Pokemon in our Meltan and Melmetal guide.
Meltan isn’t the only Shiny Pokemon appearing in Pokemon Go soon. To celebrate the inaugural Safari Zone event in Singapore, the rare Gen 2 Pokemon Shuckle will be appearing around the world from April 20-21. During that time, players will also have their first chance to find Shiny Shuckle. Shiny Latios is also available as part of a special Raid event, which is set to end on April 22.
Not long after the Meltan event ends, Niantic will be holding Pokemon Go’s next Community Day. That event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 19, and this time around the featured Pokemon will be Torchic, one of the three starters from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. You’ll also be able to earn triple the usual amount of Stardust for every Pokemon you catch during May’s Community Day.