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Mystery box issues

I just used a mystery box for the first time and the only pokemon to show up was pachirisu! I did use a lucky egg and star piece before the box. Am I only supposed to have the box active? Did catching pachirisu mess it up? Or is it because I live in the country?
I've had this issue with incense and Niantic was of no help with this. They ignored my report. Has this happened to others or am I just lucky?

Asked by KajiTF806 days 8 hours ago
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by Croc 6 days 7 hours ago

If the weather changes just after you opened the mystery box it may not spawn Meltan. Also check that the time on your device is correct for your area. Have a Go Plus or similar ready next time as some report he is there but invisible, the Plus will at least get you a few.

He is tiny, so turn your sound up and zoom in on your feet, that's where he usually appears.

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Thank-you! I never even thought to have my go plus on, I usually just use it for pokestops. I'll try it next time, along with staying in the city to catch him.

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by kenbkk 6 days 6 hours ago

I have not yet opened my first Mystery Box. Is there any other guidance a first timer should know? It was a pain to hook up with a Switch to get the Box and I am not sure I can do so again as I don't have one and don't know anyone who does. I am assuming that to open the Box a second, third time etc that I would need to connect again with a Switch with Let's Go. Correct? I have seen the online guides ... somewhat helpful but none of them say "you might not see ANY Meltan"

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Yes, you need to connect to switch again to reload the mystery box, and you can only do so after the countdown from opening has gone down to 0 days. Currently the countdown starts from 3 days, normally from 7 days.

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My other advice is open the Meltan box when you're not doing much else in the game. Don't go hunting, don't go raiding, or looking for good quests. Sit down in a park, or at your desk, on the couch, etc., get comfortable, and then open the box. You'll get a spawn every few minutes, right at your feet. Pinap it, catch it, and wait for the next one.

Make sure you have 20 spaces in your storage, and enough balls and pinaps. Try to avoid having it open when the hour changes, so open it in the first half hour after an hour.

Most importantly, if you're expecting snow, wait until you get that weather before opening it - all Meltan are boosted, and you can get up to level 35 instead of just level 30. (Assuming you're over level 30 yourself, of course.)

Good luck.

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by pipjay 6 days 4 hours ago

If none are spawning, then check that your phone's time is set to automatic.

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Adding onto above comments, weather changing during the duration of the box reportedly causes at least some but not all spawns to be non-Meltan. I opened a box last night and had a Meltan spawn in minute and a half to two minute intervals, totaling 19 Meltan.

The other biggest piece of advice is to keep a close eye on your trainer's feet. He is very tiny and easy to miss if you don't notice the spawn buzz. Often times your trainer avatar will be on top of him.

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🙀 I’d rather have a pachirisu than a whole box of meltans!

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