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

The Solstice event marks a change in the flow of time.

The Solstice event marks changes in the Solrock and Lunatone locations, which are two of Pokémon Go's regionally exclusive Pokémon.

Throughout the Solstice event, you can also collect and complete a variety of limited-time field research tasks.

There's also a collection of Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild for the event's duration, with the ones you find being dependent on which hemisphere you live in.

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Field research for the Solstice event in Pokémon Go

This year's Solstice event in Pokémon Go runs from Thursday, 17th June at 10am (local time) to Sunday, 20th June at 8pm (local time).

You'll be able to collect a variety of event exclusive field research tasks by spinning PokéStops. These tasks can be completed outside of the Solstice event itself if you keep them in your field research collection.

Here are the Solstice event field research tasks:

  • Catch 5 Lunatone reward - Lunatone or Solrock encounter
  • Catch 5 Solrock reward - Lunatone or Solrock encounter
  • Catch 15 Lunatone reward - 1 Silver Pinap Berry
  • Catch 15 Solrock reward - 1 Silver Pinap Berry
  • Catch 10 Pokémon reward - Yanma (Northern hemisphere only) or Snorunt (Southern hemisphere only) encounter
  • Earn 3 candies walking your buddy reward - Snorunt (Southern hemisphere only) or Yanma (Northern hemisphere only) encounter
  • Spin 7 PokéStops or Gyms reward - 3 Regirock, Registeel or Regice Candy
  • Use 3 Golden Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon reward - 3 Regirock, Registeel, Regice or Regigigas Candy
  • Win a level 3 or higher raid reward - 3 Regigigas Candy

Thank you to Amiibofan101 from reddit for the help with this information!

Solrock and Lunatone locations in Pokémon Go explained

Solrock and Lunatone will be available worldwide throughout the Solstice event in Pokémon Go.

Since they are both regional Pokémon, they can usually only be found in specific parts of the world.

This makes their Pokédex entries rather hard to complete, especially for new players, making this the perfect time to add Solrock and Lunatone to your Pokédex if you're missing them!

Once the event ends, Solrock will appear exclusively in the western hemisphere and Lounatone will only appear in the eastern hemisphere.

The Season of Mythical Wishes has seen Kecleon finally being released in Pokémon Go! The Crackling Voltage event is currently running and it has brought as a new Team Go Rocket quest - Shadowy Skirmishes! The team lineups for Giovanni and the Team Go Rocket Leaders has also changed. Don't forget to partake in the new Go Battle League season. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

Everything else you need to know about the Solstice event in Pokémon Go

Aside from the chance to catch Solrock and Lunatone, there are a number of Pokémon appearing in raids or more frequently in the wild. While some of these Pokémon, like Snorlax or Spheal, will appear in the wild worldwide, a number of Pokémon will only appear more frequently in either the northern or southern hemisphere.

When it comes to raids, Lunatone, Solrock and Klink will be some of the Pokémon available worldwide. You'll also be able to battle Regigigas in five-star raids till Thursday, 1st July at 10am (local time), which is an excellent opportunity to add this legendary Pokémon to your Pokédex.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, then you'll be able to find Yanma, Chimchar, the Summer Form of Deerling and others more frequently in the wild. You'll also only be able to battle Pokémon like Alolan Marowak, Yanma and Petilil in raids in the northern hemisphere.

Lapras will only appear in the southern hemisphere.

Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, Snorunt, Snover and Winter Form Deerling will be appearing more frequently in the wild along with a number of others. Lapras, Piloswine and Snorunt are some of the Pokémon which will be appearing in raids exclusively in the southern hemisphere.

The Solstice event also marks the release of the shiny forms for Yanma, Snorunt and Regigigas!

Finally, you can also enjoy a number of bonuses related to your Buddy Pokémon; the walking distance to earn hearts is halved, while your Buddy will also find gifts and PokéBalls more frequently.

Hope you enjoy the Solstice event!

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