How to beat Jessie and James in Pokémon Go – Counters, weaknesses, tactics

Prepare for trouble, and make it double.

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Jessie and James have arrived in Pokémon Go utilizing a Meowth balloon, alongside the traditional Team Rocket balloons you might discover floating around you. You interact with the Meowth balloon, much like you would the regular ones. Instead of a Team Rocket grunt, leader, or Giovanni, you face off against Jessie and James, the dynamic duo from the Pokémon anime and television show. Both of them have a pair of Shadow Pokémon to use against you, and you have the chance to rescue them. You have to fight both of them, and they have an Ekans and Koffing for you save that can potentially be shiny.


1st Choice: Ekans and Koffing. You need to fight both of them, and they start with these two each battle, guaranteed. Both are Poison-type, making them weak to Psychic and Ground-type attacks.

2nd Choice: Jessie has Scyther, and James has Sneasel. Scyther is a Bug and Flying-type, making it weak to Electric, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Rock-type moves. Sneasel is a Dark and Ice-type Pokémon, making it weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Rock, and Steel-type attacks. You likely want to focus on a Fire or Rock-type Pokémon to fight them.

3rd Choice: Jessie has a Bagon, and James has a Beldum. Bagon is a Dragon-type Pokémon making it weak to Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type attacks. Beldum is a Steel and Psychic-type, making it vulnerable to Dark, Fire, Ghost, and Ground-type attacks. When fighting the last Pokémon for these two, you probably want to lean towards using a Fire or a Dragon-type Pokémon. 


Fighting Jessie and James won’t be too easy because you fight them back to back, first fighting Jessie, and then James. But the reward is the chance to capture their shadow Ekans and Koffing, respectively. Jessie will be using Ekans, Scyther, and then Bagon against you, followed by James using Koffing, Sneasel, and Beldum. You want to fight a Pokémon capable of dealing a Psychic-based attack first, and then a Fire or Ground-type attack shortly after. An excellent choice for your Pokémon team includes using: Garchomp, Alakazam, Darmanitan, Metagross, Zekrom, Rhyperior, Gigalith, Reshiram, Heatran, or Tyranitar.

Any of the above choices will serve you well to take down Jessie’s Pokémon. Many trainers have reported taking down these two is relatively simple, and is similar to battling a Team Rocket grunt, but it’s still worthwhile to prepare.