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June 2020 in Pokémon GO: Events, Breakthroughs, Research

A complete guide to June 2020 in Pokémon GO! Bug Out and Solstice event return, Throwback Challenge 2020 Special Research unlocks Galarian Pokémon, Trapinch is a Research Breakthrough encounter, and there are Pokémon Spotlight Hours every Tuesday. Also, Zekrom is making its Pokémon GO debut as well.

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.

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

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! Shiny Clefairy will be available in the wild.
  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Kricketot will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.

Throwback Challenge 2020 Special Research

Throwback Challenge 2020 Special Research

Dedicated guide: Throwback Challenge 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.

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.

For those of you that don’t have a ticket, don’t worry! 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!

Assets for Galarian Pokémon

Galar Pokémon assets were added to Pokémon GO a couple of days ago, bringing almost all of the required icons to the game. Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming:

Galarian Meowth

Regular Galarian Meowth

Shiny Galarian Meowth

In the Galar Region, Meowth is a Steel-Type and evolves into the new Gen 8 Pokémon Perrserker.

Galarian Ponyta and Rapidash

Galarian Ponyta

Shiny Galarian Ponyta

Galarian Rapidash

Shiny Galarian Rapidash

In the Galar region, Ponyta is a Psychic-type.  When evolved into Rapidash it also gains the Fairy-type, making it a dual Psychic/Fairy-type.

Galarian Slowpoke

Galarian Slowpoke

Shiny Galarian Slowpoke

In the Galar region, Slowpoke is a pure Psychic-type, it doesn’t have the dual water-typing that it’s Kanto counterpart has.  It evolves into Galarian Slowbro, which has not been released in Pokémon Sword and Shield yet.  That expansion is expected to be released by the end of June 2020.

Galarian Farfetch’d

Galarian Farfetch’d

Shiny Galarian Farfetch’d

In the Galar region, Farfetch’d is a Fighting-type that evolves into Sirfetch’d.  In the main series games, it evolves after landing 3 critical hits in a single battle.  So it will be interesting to see if Niantic does something special, or just gives it the candy treatment.

Galarian Zigzagoon and Obstagoon

Galarian Zigzagoon

Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon

Galarian Linoone

Shiny Galarian Linoone

In the Galar region, Zigzagoon is a Dark and Normal-Type, which stays the same throughout its entire evolutionary line.  It evolves to Galarian Linoone, and then into the new Gen 8 Pokémon Obstagoon.

Darumaka and Darmanitan

Galarian Darumaka

Shiny Galarian Darumaka

Galarian Darmanitan

Shiny Galarian Darmanitan

Galarian Darmanitan
Zen Mode

Shiny Galarian Darmanitan
Zen Mode

In the Galar region, Darkumaka is an Ice-type and remains an Ice-type when evolved into Darmanitan.  When it enters it’s Zen Mode it becomes and Ice and Fire-type.

Galarian Stunfisk

Galarian Stunfisk

Shiny Galarian Stunfisk

In the Galar region, Stunfisk is a Ground and Steel-type.


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