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‘Pokémon GO’ Devs Bring Solrock and Lunatone to Opposite Regions

The ‘Pokémon GO’ loading screen is seen on a smartphone device. Credit: Eduardo Woo [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] via Flickr

“Pokémon GO” trainers can now catch Solrock and Lunatone in regions opposite to where they were originally located.

The rotation of Solrock's and Lunatone's locations is worth noting since it took quite a much longer time before Niantic Labs made it happen. There was no explanation given why it took a while before the developers implemented the swap. But according to a Twitter post, the update was launched in time for the summer solstice that occurred last Thursday, June 21.

“In honor of the summer solstice, the Rock- and Psychic-type Pokémon Solrock and Lunatone have started to appear in different regions! Celebrate the longest day of the year by adding one to your Pokédex today,” Niantic Labs said in a social media announcement.

Now that Niantic Labs finally rotated these Pokémon's locations, Lunatone can be caught on the continents of North America, South America, and Africa while Solrock will start appearing in Asia, Australia, and Europe. This means trainers around the world can now continue their quest in completing their Pokédex.

However, Niantic Labs did not clarify how long this swap will be in effect. But reports suggest that the current locations of Solrock and Lunatone could be maintained for some months considering the time it took before they got swapped.

Since the trading and friends systems were some of the highly requested gameplay features, it is expected to bring back a lot of idle “Pokémon GO” trainers. So, this makes it a good time for Niantic Labs to issue a minor update that swaps Solrock's and Lunatone's regions.

Solrock and Lunatone have always been represented as opposites. This is also very obvious through their appearances: Solrock looks like the sun while Lunatone is akin to a crescent moon.

However, they also have key similarities such as the likeliness to appear when the weather is windy or partly cloudy. They also have the same gameplay stats, which are 178 attack, 163 defense, 180 hit points, and a maximum of 2,245 combat points.

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