Pokémon Go Día de Muertos Event Guide: Collection Challenge and Free Items

Our full guide to everything going on in Pokémon Go's Día de Muertos event.

by Thomas Cunliffe
Pokémon GO Día de Muertos promo image, featuring Shedinja, Sableye, Cubone and ROselia

Día de Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’, is a Latin American holiday that joyfully celebrates the lives of loved ones that have passed away. To mark the occasion, Pokémon GO has launched the ‘Día de Muertos’ event, featuring special bonuses, free items, a collection challenge, event spawns and more.

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In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know regarding the Día de Muertos event in Pokémon GO, which runs from November 1st, at 10:00 am to November 2nd, at 8:00 pm, local time.

Pokémon GO Día de Muertos Special Bonuses

There are a great number of special bonuses during Día de Muertos, but only some are global. The rest are exclusive to Latin America and the Caribbean, due to those locations being where the holiday is observed.

Global Bonuses

  • Lures last 90 minutes
  • Incense lasts 90 minutes
  • 2x catch Stardust

Latin America and Caribbean Bonuses

  • One bonus candy for transferring
  • Increased featured Pokémon spawns in the wild
  • Increased featured Pokémon spawns from Incense
  • Increased featured Pokémon spawns at Lures

Don’t worry if you’re outside the areas with extra bonuses, as event Pokémon will still be spawning and a future Spotlight Hour will feature bonus transfer candy. You can visit our ‘Pokémon GO November Events‘ guide to find out when.

Free Event Box and Avatar Item

A vibrant Día de Muertos T-shirt is available for free by selecting it in the avatar customisation menu. A free event box is also available in the in-game shop that contains 1 Incense and 20 Poké Balls. Be sure to grab the box before it leaves the shop at the end of the event!


Pokémon GO Día de Muertos Spawns

Pokémon representing The Day of the Dead will be spawning in Pokémon GO throughout the event, such as Pokémon related to petals and skulls. Pokémon attracted to Lures and Incense remain the same, with the exception of Roselia and the addition of Alolan Marowak.

As mentioned previously, trainers in Latin America and the Caribbean will see more spawns, but the Pokémon that do spawn remain the same globally.

An asterisk (*) indicates that the Pokémon is able to be shiny

  • Cubone*
  • Sunkern*
  • Sunflora
  • Murkrow*
  • Houndour*
  • Sableye*
  • Roselia* (Not attracted to Lure/Incense)
  • Drifloon*
  • Yamask*
  • Alolan Marowak* (Incense and Lures only)

Pokémon GO Día de Muertos Field Research

Spinning a Pokéstop during Día de Muertos will grant you a chance to receive one of three event Field Research Tasks. There are no exclusive Pokémon that aren’t spawning in the wild, but all can be shiny.

An asterisk (*) indicates that the Pokémon is able to be shiny

  • Make a Great Throw – Sunkern*
  • Make a NIce Curveball Throw – Cubone* / Roselia*
  • Win a Trainer Battle in the GO Battle League – Alolan Marowak*

Pokémon GO Día de Muertos Collection Challenge

Día de Muertos features a collection challenge of 8 Pokémon species spawning throughout the event. Completing the challenge awards the trainer with another number on their Collection badge and a Shedinja, which is a Pokémon that’s usually only available through special means. Trading or hatching Pokémon do not count towards the Collection Challenge.

  • Sunkern
  • Roselia
  • Murkrow
  • Cubone
  • Houndour
  • Sableye
  • Sunflora
  • Drifloon

Rewards: 1 Incense, 1 Poffin and a Shedinja encounter.

Cacnea’s Spotlight Hour is also taking place during Pokémon GO’s Día de Muertos event, so be sure to check out our guide to see how you can take advantage of the coinciding bonuses.

Pokémon GO is available for free on Android and iOS devices.

- This article was updated on November 1st, 2021

About The Author

Thomas has been a freelance writer since 2021 and considers himself a connoisseur of all things Nintendo, Blizzard, and Marvel. Since amassing 145,000+ followers on a Facebook page about Diddy Kong with a backward hat in 2015, Thomas has become a trusted voice in the gaming community across publications such as AOTF, PC Invasion, and Gfinity. His greatest achievements include catching every Pokémon, completing every quest in World of Warcraft (yes, all of them), and naming his dog 'Mass Effect 3.' Thomas is extraordinarily passionate about the video game industry and its community. He enjoys writing about various topics, including popular games like Destiny 2, Fortnite, and WoW, and exploring the latest AAA and indie titles.