Meltan is the Official Name of Pokemon Go's "Nutto"

Meltan is the Official Name of Pokemon Go's "Nutto"

"Who's that Pokemon?...It's Meltan!" ("Meltan!")

Over the past few days, Pokémon Go players have reported occasional sightings of a blobby Pokémon whose head is shaped like a nut [pause for laughter]. The weird little fellow has a name: Meltan. But beyond being "an ancient Pokémon" with some connection to Ditto, we don't know very much.

Meltan's name and true nature were unveiled earlier today in a Pokémon Go YouTube short titled "The Two Professors." In it, Professor Willow talks to his mentor, the legendary Professor Oak, about Meltan. The two conclude a lot more field study is necessary before they can pin down exactly what Meltan is, and why it turns into Ditto when it's captured.

Data miners pulled Meltan out of Pokémon Go's code late last week, and its simple but weird design caused players to start speculating. They wondered if Meltan was a placeholder Pokémon, or a glitch like Pokémon Red and Blue's infamous Missingno. Ultimately, most people who set eyes on the strange little dude decided he might be a whole new Pokémon species. They were right.

The new "Two Professors" video is marked "Episode One," so expect to see more footage of Professor Oak and Professor Willow gabbing about Meltan before Professor Willow ends the conversation early by hanging up on Oak mid-sentence. Keep an eye on our Pokémon Go guides, hints, tips, and strategies: We'll update them accordingly.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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