Ed Sheeran Collaboration Event

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Article by Brian Tien

Time for another cross-over. This time around Pokemon Go is collaborating with Ed Sheeran to give us a new, music-themed event. A unique performance, Water-Type spawns, and the long-awaited return of Sunglasses Squirtle highlight this event

Ed Sheeran Event

Event Start Event End
November 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST November 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST
Time Until Start
  • A special performance by Ed Sheeran will be viewable via the game's in-game news.
  • Night music will be replaced by "Overpass Graffiti" for the entirety of the event.
  • Daily snapshots will result in photobombs, though the subject of this photobomb has not yet been revealed.
  • A new Sweatshirt avatar item will be available.

This item can be redeemed for free by using the following code:


The official Niantic offer redemption site can be found Here, though this code will not be active until the event begins.

  • The following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:
  • Note that Squirtle available via this event will be wearing sunglasses! This will be the first time since its July 2018 Community Day that this variant of Squirtle has been available.
  • Sunglasses Squirtle will also be available via field research
  • A free event box containing 1 Lure Module, 20 Pokeballs, 10 Razz Berries, and 10 Pinap Berries will be available

Quick reminder: Sunglasses Squirtle can evolve, and a Sunglasses Blastoise can Mega Evolve, though it will not be wearing sunglasses while Mega Evolved.

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We might have some “Bad Habits,” but listening to Ed Sheeran songs isn’t one of them! They’re just so “Perfect,” they give us “Shivers.” But enough “Thinking Out Loud”... We’re excited to announce that, for the “First Times” ever, we’ll be collaborating with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran!

A Pokémon GO Special Performance!

Monday, November 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST (GMT -8) to Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT -8)

A Special Ed Sheeran performance will be available through the Pokémon GO app. You’ll be able to check out the performance in the in-game News beginning on Monday, November 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST (GMT −8).

The performance will feature songs from =, Ed’s new album, and more. Songs include:

  • “Perfect”
  • “Bad Habits”
  • “Overpass Graffiti”
  • “Thinking Out Loud”
  • “First Times”
  • “Shivers”

A Celebratory Event

Monday, November 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST (GMT -8) to Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT -8)

Ed always chooses the Water-type Pokémon as his first partner when he starts a Pokémon RPG. In celebration of this collaboration, look forward to an event featuring all of the Water-type first-partner Pokémon currently available in Pokémon GO!

Event Bonuses

Icon of a photobombing Pokémon

Take a snapshot every day for a surprise!

In-Game Music

Overpass Graffiti will be playing every night in Pokémon GO from Monday, November 22, 2021, to Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be appearing somewhat frequently in the wild.

Image of Totodile - Shiny Icon On


Image of Mudkip - Shiny Icon On


Image of Piplup - Shiny Icon On


Image of Shiny Oshawott - Shiny Icon On


If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Image of Squirtle wearing sunglasses - Shiny Icon on

Squirtle wearing sunglasses

Image of Froakie - No Shiny Icon


If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks!

Image of Squirtle wearing sunglasses - Shiny Icon On

Squirtle wearing sunglasses

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

New Avatar Items, Stickers, and Bundles

The following new avatar item will be available from Monday, November 22, 2021, at 1:00 PST (GMT −8) to the end of the event!

  • 「=」 Sweatshirt

Redeem the following code to get it*: VVM87WGMMUZHTB8X

You’ll be able to get Water-type-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

The following box will also be available in the shop throughout the event.

  • One-time free Event Box: A Lure Module, 20 Pokéballs, 10 Razz Berries, and 10 Pinap Berries.

* Limit one code redemption per Trainer. Code not active until the event begins and expires after the event ends on 11/30/2021. Learn how to redeem codes in our help center article.

Ready for the return of Squirtle wearing sunglasses? Don’t forget to celebrate Ed Sheeran’s upcoming album by tuning in to his special performance for Pokémon GO later this month!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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