Day of the Dead

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Day of the Dead is a world event that made its debut in 2009. It occurs immediately after Hallow's End, and at the same time as the real-world Day of the Dead, on November 1 through the 2nd.

During the Day of the Dead, the people of Azeroth gather in graveyards to celebrate and cherish the spirits of those they have lost. One can find the festivities in the cemeteries of any major city where celebrants cook, drink, don costumes and more.
Can you feel it? The spirit world draws close during the Day of the Dead. This is why we decorate the graves of our dearly departed with flowers and candles and offerings: to welcome them back, even if only for a time.[1]

It is possible to become a skeleton by dancing with Catrina during this event, granting the achievement Money achievement Dead Man's Party and the cosmetic [Honor the Dead] buff.

In the graveyard of your character's home city, (e.g. Darnassus for the night elves) or in the neutral capital cities of Shattrath City and Dalaran, a pet skeleton with a Sombrero on, the [Macabre Marionette] is available as a reward for completing The Grateful Dead. Do this by buying the [recipe] for [Bread of the Dead] and an [Orange Marigold] or a [Bouquet of Orange Marigolds], creating the bread at the Ghostly Fire next to Chapman, and using the marigolds to see the Cheerful Spirit quest giver. The ghosts can also bee seen with a Warlock's Detect Invisibility or items with similar effect.

The Macabre Marionette, the holiday pet for this event, works similar to the Broom sticks of Hallow's End, or old world pets where they lacked the ability to be learnt as a spell. As such they take up one bag space. It was originally thought to have been only available during the Day of the Dead, this was proved to be incorrect or was changed as they currently are still around for those who did the quest for them. The pet cannot be learned, as such it takes up an inventory slot, it does not count towards any of the pet achievements currently. It is interesting to note that unlike most pets the Macabre's level will always be that of your character's


Sold by Neutral 15 Chapman <Day of the Dead Vendor> in Darnassus[68, 38], Dun Morogh[54, 39] Durotar[47.2, 17.8], Eversong Woods[47, 49], Exodar[47, 56], Stormwind City[47, 23], Thunder Bluff[56, 18], or Dalaran[35.6, 39]:

Day of the Dead vendor items
Inv misc candyskull
5x [Candy Skull]
Inv misc herb tigerlily
[Orange Marigold]
Spell fire fire
[Spirit Candle]
Inv scroll 03
[Recipe: Bread of the Dead]
Inv misc bone skull 02
[Whimsical Skull Mask]
Inv misc marrigolds 01
[Bouquet of Orange Marigolds]
Other Day of the Dead items
Inv misc breadofthedead
[Bread of the Dead]
From Cooking using recipe [Recipe: Bread of the Dead]
Inv misc bone humanskull 02
[Macabre Marionette]
From quest Neutral 15 [? (req. level 1)] The Grateful Dead

Finding graveyard locations

  • Neutral
    • Dalaran - Graveyard can be found in next to Violet Citadel in the grass next to the Underbelly entrance.
    • Shattrath - Graveyard is just outside the East Gate of the city.
  • Alliance
    • Ironforge - Graveyard can be found to the south (southeast really) of the entrance up a small hill. coords 61,37
    • Stormwind - Graveyard can be found in Stormwind beside Stormwind Lake, behind the Cathedral.
    • Darnassus - Graveyard located directly behind the Guild Master house in Darnassus. coords 69,40.
    • Exodar - Graveyard is just south of Azure Watch.
  • Horde
    • Silvermoon City - Going from Silvermoon go west past The Dead Scar before you get to Falcon Square.
    • Thunder Bluff - Graveyard can be found right next to the north lift of the Middle Rise
    • Orgrimmar - Can be found left of the road heading south right past the boar farm.
    • Undercity - Graveyard is located inside the courtyard of the city right across from the chamber for the Orb of Translocation

Racial home city graveyards

Race Home city Graveyard location
Alliance 15IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei Exodar Azuremyst Isle[48, 56](approx.)
Alliance 15IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Dwarf Ironforge Dun Morogh[61, 37]
Alliance 15IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female Gnome Ironforge Dun Morogh[61, 37]
Alliance 15IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human Stormwind City Stormwind City[46, 25]
Alliance 15IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf Darnassus Darnassus[68, 39]
Horde 15IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf Silvermoon City Eversong Woods
Horde 15IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Undead Undercity Tirisfal Glades
Horde 15IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc Orgrimmar Durotar
Horde 15IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren Thunder Bluff Mulgore
Horde 15IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll Orgrimmar Durotar


  • For the 2010 world event, it was discovered that if a player right-click dropped the Honor the Dead buff while mounted, the character would get an increase in size that would remain as long as the character remained mounted. The character however would decrease in size while on a Great Brewfest Kodo.
    • For the 2011 event apparently you don't have to go to your race's home city to get your achievement. After seeing a Night Elf get his achievement in the Stormwind City graveyard, I took my Draenai priest there to test it out. Sure enough, my Draenai priest danced with Catrina in that graveyard and completed the Dead Man's Party achievement.--Mamav (talk) 14:50, November 1, 2011 (UTC)

Patch changes

0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): Achievements added.
0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Stormwind graveyard moved.


  1. ^ Day of the Dead. Old Official World of Warcraft community site (US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-07. Retrieved on 2011-09-25.
       Day of the Dead. Old Official World of Warcraft community site (EU). Archived from the original on 2010-09-06. Retrieved on 2011-09-25.

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