Can’t they SEE I’m not done reviewing the seventh generation Pokémon yet!?
Sooo… Apparently this is a “mythical Pokémon,” meaning one of the subset of legendary Pokémon that can’t be obtained through normal gameplay. It started appearing in Pokémon Go earlier this week… or rather, Ditto that have transformed into Meltan started appearing. The workaround with Ditto is odd, but the idea of introducing a new Pokémon through Go is neat, and creates a cool feeling of discovery for people who stumble upon it without already knowing it’s there. This is also a pretty clever way to quietly advertise generation 8 to players of the mobile game (many of them players who had dropped Pokémon for a number of years, and were drawn back by nostalgia and Go‘s low barriers to entry).
Meltan is apparently a Steel-type Pokémon made of living, liquid metal, capable of absorbing other metal objects into itself. It’s apparently based on a hex nut, which is… weird… but the liquid body, and being based on something that is only a part of larger machines or constructs, could both point towards multiple Meltan being able to combine into more powerful entities. There is a distinct and worrying possibility that Meltan will be only one of several weird-cute little Steel-types in the shape of machine parts, and then when you bring them all together they assemble into the fµ¢&ing dragonzord or something. Where there’s a nut Pokémon, there must be a bolt Pokémon, and why stop there? Washers, nuts, screws, the sky’s the limit. THERE, I made a damn prediction about something; I hope you’re happy, because that’s officially 100% of my prediction quota for the leadup to generation 8.