How to battle Jessie and James in Pokémon Go – What is their spawn rate?

Double trouble.

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Jessie and James have returned to cause trouble in Pokémon Go. Previously, they made their debut when Team Rocket first introduced balloons and were taking over the skies, making it easier for trainers to enter battles against the evil organization and its leaders. Now, these two have returned to the game alongside the Distracted by Something Shiny quest. One of the quest requirements is to battle Jessie and James multiple times. Unfortunately, these two only appear in a specific way, and it can be frustrating for players who may not have encountered them yet.

If you’re looking to battle against Jessie and James, you need to look for the Meowth shaped balloon to appear in the air. The Meowth one takes the place of the Team Rocket balloons, so if a Team Rocket balloon appears and you defeat it, you’ll have to wait for the timer to send another one. Eventually, you should encounter a Meowth balloon in-game. The Team Rocket balloons appear every three hours, so make sure to refresh your game to see if it’ll appear.

Jessie and James will only be around for so long. Eventually, these two will clear off and return to wherever they’re hiding. Make sure to fight them now and complete the Distracted by Something Shiny research task to capture your shiny Celebi.

However, if you’re still struggling, there’s another way you might be able to battle against Jessie and James. These two will be spawning more often on December 25 from 8 AM to 10 PM in your local time. You’ll have a higher chance of encountering these, capturing their shadow Pokémon, and capturing a shiny Celebi by completing the special research.