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Niantic Announces Details on the Solstice Event, Regigigas Raid Boss

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Article by Brian Tien

The Solstice event is a staple for Pokemon Go. It's the rise of a new season, and it basically always features a "changing of the guard", so to speak, when it comes to select Pokemon spawns.

And now it's back again! The longest day in the Northern hemisphere and the shortest day in the Southern hemisphere is  cause for celebration, but we also have the return of Regigigas, freshly returned after its EX raid run was cut short due to Covid last year!

Event Start Event End
June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time June 20, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • A special selection of Pokemon will spawn in the wild more frequently
  • A special selection of Pokemon will spawn in the wild more frequently in the Northern hemisphere
  • A special selection of Pokemon will spawn in the wild more frequently in the Southern hemisphere
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in raids in the Northern hemisphere
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in raids in the Southern hemisphere
  • A special field research line will be available
  • Special photobombs will be available
  • Lunatone and Solrock will spawn more frequently, and will change places after the event
  • Buddies will enjoy half the normal walking distance to earn hearts, and will be more likely to give gifts

Beyond all of this, we will also have Regigigas returning to raids for this event. We haven't seen this Normal Type Legendary Pokemon for some time, so it will be a nice dex filler for many, while others will want to hunt its shiny forme, which will make its debut with this release!

Raids Start Raids End
June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m local time July 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

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Trainers,

To celebrate the days getting longer in one hemisphere and the nights following suit in the other, Pokémon GO’s solstice-themed event is returning! Depending on which hemisphere you’re playing in, you’ll be able to encounter and catch different Pokémon during this event.

Date + Time

Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, June 20, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Features

  • Regigigas is coming to five-star raids! From Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, you can encounter Regigigas in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one! Raid-related Field Research will also be available from PokéStops exclusively during this window.
  • Trainers globally will be able to encounter Lunatone, Solrock, Spheal, and more in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter Snorlax!
  • Trainers in the northern hemisphere will be able to encounter the following Pokémon in the wild: Yanma, Chimchar, Summer Form Deerling, and more. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Yanma!
  • Trainers in the southern hemisphere will be able to encounter the following Pokémon in the wild: Snorunt, Snover, Winter Form Deerling, and more. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Snorunt!
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids in the northern hemisphere: Alolan Marowak, Yanma, Petilil, and more.
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids in the southern hemisphere: Lapras, Piloswine, Snorunt, and more.
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids worldwide: Lunatone, Solrock, Klink, and more.
  • Complete event-exclusive Field Research tasks to earn rewards like encounters with Yanma in the northern hemisphere, encounters with Snorunt in the southern hemisphere, and even Silver Pinap Berries if you’re lucky!
  • Take a few snapshots for a surprise!

Bonuses

  • Lunatone and Solrock will be appearing in the wild around the world during the event. Afterwards, Lunatone will be appearing exclusively in the eastern hemisphere, and Solrock will be appearing exclusively in the western hemisphere.
  • Your Buddy will be eager to help you on your adventures! During the event, they’ll give you gift items and Poké Balls more frequently.
  • The walking distance required to earn hearts with your buddy will be halved.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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