Pokemon Go in June 2020: Solstice Event, Bug Out Event, Zekrom Raids, and More

Friday, May 29th, 2020 2:52 pm

Here's a preview of what to expect in Pokemon Go next month.

Trainers, it’s almost a new month, and that means there are lots of events and updates to look forward to in Pokemon Go! Here’s a preview of some of this month’s events.

June Research Breakthrough Encounter

From June 1 at 1 p.m. PT until July 1 at 1 p.m. PT, you’ll earn an encounter with Trapinch each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough. As a reminder, you’ll earn a Research Breakthrough encounter each time you complete at least one Field Research task on seven separate days (it doesn’t have to be seven days in a row).

Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 Special Research

Players who completed all four sets of Timed Research tasks during Pokemon Go’s Throwback Challenge event (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh) will be able to complete the “Throwback Challenge Champion 2020” tasks starting on June 3 at 1 p.m. local time. These tasks won’t be timed, and you’ll be able to complete them at any point after you receive them.

As you complete these “Champion” tasks, you’ll receive a variety of rewards, including 5 Rare Candies, encounters with Galarian Meowth, Galarian Stunfisk, and Genesect, and a set of avatar glasses inspired by Professor Willow, among others.

If you didn’t complete the four sets of Timed Research tasks, you’ll have the option to purchase a ticket to receive a series of “Celebration” Research tasks, which will allow you to earn the same rewards as those players who unlocked the “Champion” tasks.

If you earned access to the “Champion” tasks, you can still purchase a ticket to receive the “Celebration” tasks, but you’ll receive different prizes. Check out our previous coverage for more information about how this will work.

Throwback Challenge Unova Celebration

In addition to the Champion and Celebration Research tasks, the last week of the Throwback Challenge event will give all players the chance to encounter Pokemon from the Unova and Galar regions of the Pokemon universe.

This event runs from June 3 at 1 p.m. local time until June 8 at 1 p.m. local time. Head over to our previous coverage for a recap of everything that’s going on during that time.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hours

June has five Tuesdays, but only four will have Pokemon Spotlight Hour events. Each event will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Here’s the breakdown:

  • June 2: No event
  • June 9: Patrat will appear more frequently in the wild, and you’ll receive two times the normal amount of experience points for evolving Pokemon.
  • June 16: Numel will appear more often, and you’ll earn twice the normal amount of Stardust for capturing Pokemon.
  • June 23: Clefairy will be the featured Pokemon, and you’ll receive twice the normal amount of experience points for capturing Pokemon. You may also encounter Shiny Clefairy.
  • June 30: Kricketot will be featured, and you’ll receive two times the normal amount of Pokemon Candy when capturing Pokemon.

Zekrom Raids

The Legendary Pokemon Zekrom will begin appearing in Tier-5 Raids on June 16 at 1 p.m. PT. Three Raid Hour events are also coming soon (June 17, June 24, and July 1), with all three causing Zekrom Raids to appear more frequently than normal from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time on those days.

Solstice Event

The Solstice Event will run from June 19 at 8 a.m. local time until June 24 at 10 p.m. local time. No additional details have been revealed about the event just yet.

Bug Out Event

A Bug Out Event will be held from June 26 at 8 a.m. local time until July 1 at 10 p.m. local time. Like the Solstice Event, we don’t know any details about this event just yet, but we’ll make sure to let you know when additional information is revealed.

Are you excited about June’s events in Pokemon Go? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us at @superparenthq.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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