Trainers, Jessie and James can now be encountered via their Meowth-shaped balloon! This announcement was teased lightly by some Team Go Rocket grunt dialogue, but the sudden announcement/release has still taken many trainers by surprise. They won’t stick around, so battle them while you can!
Defeating Jessie and James is required to complete the Shiny Celebi Special Research.
Jessie and James Pokémon lineups
Jessie and James have the following Pokémon in their lineup:
You fight Jessie and James back to back, but you have an opportunity to heal during these fights. If victorious, you will receive 500 Stardust and a Rocket Radar component for each victory.
Jessie’s Scyther and James’ Pinsir can be shiny.
Defeating Jessie and James is quite easy, since both of them use easily countered unevolved forms of Pokémon.
Counters for Jessie’s Pokémon
Use the following Pokémon to defeat Jessie:
- Fire or Rock type for Scyther – we recommend Charizard with Blast Burn or anything with Smack Down
- Ground type for Ekans – anything really
- Fighting type for Stantler – Machamp
Counters for James’s Pokémon
Use the following Pokémon to defeat James:
- Fire or Rock type for Pinsir- we recommend Charizard with Blast Burn or anything with Smack Down, same as with Jessie
- Ground or Fire type for Koffing and Grimer, you’ll be fine
How to get Jessie and James in Pokémon GO
Jessie and James can be found in the Meowth balloon encounter. Meowth balloon spawns once every 6 hours if Jessie and James are available in Pokémon GO.
The balloon has a roughly 50% chance to spawn over the regular GO Rocket balloon. For more details, check out our GO Rocket Balloons Guide: Spawn rates, Encounters, Jessie and James.
If you have Rocket Radar equipped, you will still encounter Jessie and James from the Meowth Balloon.
It’s pretty cool to see the iconic Rocket duo in Pokémon GO (even if their artstyle clashes a little). Although they’re only temporary, it’s still gonna be fun to battle them, and they’re bound to return for another Team Rocket based event! Good luck, trainers!