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Zekrom, New Research Breakthrough, and Other Events Coming in June

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Article by Brian Tien

Another news-drop from Niantic hit yesterday, giving us details and dates for upcoming events in the month of June. From Zekrom's grand debut to the details on the Throwback Challenge Special Research, it's shaping up to be a fun month!

Zekrom's Debut

Raids Begin June 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT
Raids End TBD, after July 1, 2020

It's time for the ultimate (non-shadow) Electric Type Pokemon to make its long awaited move! Zekrom, the dragon of Ideals, is the second member of the Tao Trio, and will tail the dragon of Truth, Reshiram, in raids. It will also have raid hours for every Wednesday of its time in raids! You can expect Gamepress to have a full raid guide available in the coming week.

Research Breakthrough: Trapinch with Extra Candy

Breakthrough Begins June 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT
Breakthrough Ends July 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT

...yeah, Trapinch is June's research breakthrough Pokemon. With bonus candy for those of us who missed its Community Day or any of the events that have seen Trapinch become more common.

Throwback Challenge Special Research

Special Research Available Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Special Event Start Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Special Event End Wednesday, June 8, 2020

The close to this event is finally at hand! Those of us who have completed every leg of the journey will be able to join in and catch the above Pokemon and much more (such as Prof. Willow's Glasses) in the final special research line. Those who did not can still purchase a special ticket between the start of the event and June 8, and those who opt to do both will get bonus candy!

We also have a special event that will run at the same time! During this time, you'll be able to find Galarian Stunfisk in the wild, and the following Pokemon will be available from 7k eggs:

The Solstice and Bug-Out Events

Solstice
Event Start June 19, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time
Event End June 24, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time
Bug-Out
Event Start June 26, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time
Event End July 1, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

Returning events, though not much is currently stated. You can find out more about past iterations of these events below:

Pokemon Spotlight Hours

Patrat Spotlight Hour
Spotlight Hour Date Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. local time
Spotlight Bonus 2x Evolution EXP
Numel Spotlight Hour
Spotlight Hour Date Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. local time
Spotlight Bonus 2x Catch Stardust
Clefairy Spotlight Hour
Spotlight Hour Date Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. local time
Spotlight Bonus 2x Catch EXP
Kricketot Spotlight Hour
Spotlight Hour Date Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. local time
Spotlight Bonus 2x Catch Candy

A near full set of spotlight hours for June

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Trainers,

Here’s what you can look forward to during the month of June.

June’s Research Breakthrough encounter: Trapinch with bonus Trapinch Candies

From Monday, June 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Trapinch, the Ant Pit Pokémon, will be available as a Research Breakthrough encounter.

Zekrom makes its electrifying Pokémon GO debut

Starting Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Zekrom, the Deep Black Pokémon, will be waiting for you to challenge it in five-star raids. In addition, there will be Raid Hour events featuring Zekrom every Wednesday while it’s in five-star raids.

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time

Be sure to have your Remote Raid Passes stocked and Ground-, Ice-, Dragon-, and Fairy-type Pokémon ready for battle.

Throwback Challenge 2020 Special Research

Congratulations to Trainers who completed all four Timed Research lines! You’ve earned access to the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 Special Research. Join Professor Willow as you rediscover Pokémon originally found in the Unova region and meet Pokémon originally discovered in the Galar region as they make their Pokémon GO debut. Complete all four sets of tasks in this Special Research to earn five Rare Candies; reward encounters with Galarian Meowth, Galarian Stunfisk, and Genesect; and Professor Willow’s glasses as an exclusive avatar item! Unlike the previous sets of Timed Research, this Special Research isn’t time-limited and can be unlocked and completed at any time.

Don’t worry if you couldn’t complete all Timed Research lines—you’ll be able to purchase a ticket for the Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020 Special Research in the shop, which will grant you the same tasks and rewards as the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 Special Research. If you already have access to the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 Special Research and purchase a ticket for the Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020 Special Research in the shop, you’ll receive a version of the Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020 Special Research with the following changes: each time you would’ve earned a reward encounter with a Pokémon, you instead will earn 10 Candies for that specific Pokémon, and you’ll earn Stardust instead of Professor Willow’s glasses.

All Trainers can still enjoy an event taking place during the same time period. In this event, Galarian Stunfisk will be appearing in the wild, and you can hatch Galarian Meowth, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galarian Darumaka, and Galarian Stunfisk from 7 km Eggs. Plus, try evolving Galarian Meowth, Galarian Zigzagoon, and Galarian Darumaka!

For more information, check out this blog post.

The solstice-themed event and the Bug Out event return to Pokémon GO

Some familiar events are coming back later this month.

  • The solstice-themed event will run from Friday, June 19, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time
  • The Bug Out event will run from Friday, June 26, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

We’ll share more details as we get closer to the event dates.

Upcoming Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of June, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time except for June 2, and each hour will spotlight a different Pokémon and special bonus!

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020: There will be no Pokémon Spotlight Hour.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Patrat will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Numel will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Clefairy will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon. If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Clefairy!
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Kricketot will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.

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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