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Pokemon GO Reveals Día de los Muertos Celebration Event

Niantic Labs has announced a new Pokemon GO event meant to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday also known as "Day of the Dead."
Niantic Labs has announced a new Pokemon GO event meant to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday also known as "Day of the Dead." / Niantic Labs

Niantic Labs has announced a new Pokemon GO event meant to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday also known as "Day of the Dead."

Día de los Muertos typically takes place on Nov. 1-2 and celebrates those honored family members and friends who have passed on. It is often depicted as a celebration, popularly marked by the building of an ofrenda—an altar within a family's home decorated with images and favorite items of the deceased, as well as several cultural offerings such as pan de muerto. Celebrants often wear decorated skull masks—sometimes known as calacas—and make sweets in the shape of skulls with the deceased's name inscribed on the forehead.

Here's what we know about how Niantic plans to bring the spirit of this holiday into Pokemon GO.

Pokemon GO: Día de los Muertos Event Details

The event will run from Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. to Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., local time. During that time, trainers can take advantage of the following general bonuses:

  • Lure Module duration buffed to 90 minutes
  • Incense duration buffed to 90 minutes
  • Double catch Stardust

Latin American and Caribbean trainers will receive these extra bonuses:

  • One extra candy per transfer
  • Featured Pokemon will be more attracted to Lures and Incense
  • Featured Pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild

A Día de los Muertos collection challenge will also be available. Trainers who complete it will earn an encounter with Shedinja, as well as a free Poffin and Incense item.

Additionally, a special GO Battle Day will take place on Nov. 1 with four times the Stardust from victory rewards.

Pokemon GO Día de los Muertos Wild Encounters

The following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • (Shiny) Cubone
  • (Shiny) Sunkern
  • (Shiny) Roselia
  • (Shiny) Houndour
  • (Shiny) Murkrow
  • (Shiny) Sableye
  • (Shiny) Drifloon
  • (Shiny) Yamask
  • Sunflora

Meanwhile, these Pokemon will be more attracted to Incense and Lures:

  • (Shiny) Cubone
  • (Shiny) Houndour
  • (Shiny) Murkrow
  • (Shiny) Sableye
  • (Shiny) Drifloon
  • (Shiny) Yamask
  • (Shiny) Alolan Marowak
  • Sunflora

The following set of Pokemon will have a chance to appear as rewards for research tasks:

  • (Shiny) Cubone
  • (Shiny) Sunkern
  • (Shiny) Roselia
  • (Shiny) Alolan Marowak

The Spotlight Pokemon on Tuesday, Nov. 2 will be Cacnea. The Research Breakthrough encounter Pokemon will be Vullaby from Monday, Nov. 1 onward.

Trainers who participate in the event can redeem a free box containing 20 PokéBalls and an Incense as well as a free Día de los Muertos t-shirt for their avatar.

More information about the event can be found on the official Pokemon GO news blog.