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Pokémon GO 2021 Solstice Event: Featured Pokémon, raids, quests, and more

Pokémon GO’s solstice-themed event will be back again, celebrating the start of the Summer season with hemisphere-exclusive encounters.
Niantic has announced a brand-new event coming to Pokémon GO following the introduction of Bidoof Breakout and long-term events as the Season of Discovery.

This new event will celebrate the Summer Solstice. So, let’s take a look at everything Niantic has prepared to kick off this season.

2021 Solstice Event: Featured Pokémon

Pokemon GO Solstice 2021 Lunatone Solrock(Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

As part of this event, two famous Pokémon from the Hoenn region will start showing up around the map more often, along with many others related to both the summer and the winter, depending on which hemisphere you are in.


  • Lunatone
  • Solrock
  • Spheal
  • Snorlax

Northern Hemisphere

  • Yanma 
  • Chimchar
  • Summer Form Deerling

Southern Hemisphere

  • Snorunt
  • Snover
  • Winter Form Deerling

Once the event ends, Lunatone will be appearing exclusively in the eastern hemisphere, and Solrock will be appearing exclusively in the western hemisphere, so you better be prepared to catch as many as you can.

In addition, players will have the chance to find either Snorlax, Yanma, or Snorunt in their Shiny variation. More Pokémon will be added to this list when the event begins.

2021 Solstice Event: Raids and quests

The Solstice Event will bring the comeback of the Legendary Regigigas to the five-star raids, with an increased ratio of appearing as Shiny as well. A raid-related Field Research will also be available from PokéStops exclusively during the event period.

Pokemon GO Solstice 2021 Regigigas(Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Regigigas will be available in raids worldwide until 1st July, 2021, however the following hemisphere-exclusive raids will be active until the end of the event.


  • Lunatone
  • Solrock
  • Klink

Northern Hemisphere

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Yanma
  • Petilil

Southern Hemisphere

  • Lapras
  • Piloswine
  • Snorunt

Players can also 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.

Pokemon GO Solstice 2021 Eevee(Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Finally, some bonuses will be active during the event, including:

  • Your Buddy will give you gift items and Poké Balls more frequently
  • The walking distance required to earn hearts with your buddy will be halved
  • Take a few snapshots for a special surprise

The Pokémon GO 2021 Solstice Event will be available on 17-20th June, 2021.

Don’t forget to check our dedicatedPokémon section for more news, guides and big announcements to come.