Pokémon Go Solstice event: Research tasks, Solrock and Lunatone locations explained

Where in the world are Solrock and Lunatone.

The Solstice event research tasks are a series of limited-time challenges in Pokémon Go that are themed around the summer solstice.

These tasks can be found by spinning PokéStops, alongside the current roster of monthly Research Tasks, which are currently available. If you're looking for a specific task, then you might have to visit a number of different PokéStops!

This event also marks Solrock and Lunatone, both regional Pokémon, switching hemisphere and, as part of the event, both of these rare Pokémon will be easier to find in the wild.

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Solstice event research task rewards in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find all the Solstice event research tasks and their rewards, which are available between Friday, June 19th to Wednesday, June 24th, starting at 8am and 10pm (local time.)

These research tasks can only be collected during the event, but, as long as you're still holding onto them, they can still be completed once it ends.

Solstice event research task list:

  • Catch 3 Fire-type Pokémon reward - Solrock
  • Catch 3 Dark-type Pokémon reward - Lunatone
  • Catch 7 different species of Pokémon reward - Alolan Vulpix
  • Give your buddy a treat reward - Clefairy
  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy reward - Sunkern
  • Use 4 berries to help catch Pokémon reward - 1,000 Stardust

Thank you to SliphScience from reddit for the help with information!


Solrock and Lunatone locations in Pokémon Go explained

Solrock and Lunatone are two of Pokémon Go's regional Pokémon and, usually, only one appears in the eastern hemisphere, while the other the west. During the Solstice event, however, these Pokémon exchange which hemisphere they appear in.

This switch occurs slowly throughout the Solstice event itself and throughout this time both Pokémon appear more frequently in the wild.

From Friday, June 19th till 11:59pm (local time) on Saturday, June 20th, Lunatone will appear more frequently in Europe, Asia and Australia, while Solrock will be easier to find in Africa, North America and South America.

After this both Pokémon will appear in both hemispheres from Sunday, June 21st to Monday, June 22nd.

Finally, on Tuesday, June 23rd at 12am (local time) Solrock and Lunatone will switch places; Solrock will only spawn in Europe, Asia and Australia, while Lunatone will appear in Africa, North America and South America.

Both Pokémon will be confined to these locations after the event ends.

Pokemon Go has a busy summer ahead! Start by completing the Skill Go Fest challenges and catching newly released Gen 5 Pokémon. For new starters, the Jump-start Research has returned, too. 2020 has seen several new features - such the arrival of the Go Battle League, Remote Raids and the trade evolution feature. There are also planned changes to PokéCoins on the way. Last year saw the release of new regional exclusive Pokémon and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day.

What else do you need to know about the Solstice event in Pokémon Go?

Even if you've already got both Solrock and Lunatone in your Pokédex, the Solstice event has a number of bonuses that you can take advantage of. This includes a double catch stardust bonus in keeping with the celestial nature of the event.

This event is also great for shiny hunters as it sees the debut of shiny Clefairy and it's evolution tree.

You can now found the shiny versions of Cleffa, Clefairy and Clefable.

Finally, there has been an increased in spawns for the following Pokémon:

  • Clefairy
  • Vulpix
  • Growlithe
  • Magmar
  • Sunkern
  • Murkrow
  • Sneasel
  • Teddiursa
  • Houndour
  • Lunatone
  • Solrock

Good luck and enjoy the Solstice event!

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