How to beat Jessie and James in Pokémon Go – Counters, weaknesses, tactics – December 2020

Prepare for trouble, and make it double.

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Jessie and James have returned in a special Pokémon Go celebration, the Secrets of the Jungle event. Not only do you have the chance to battle them, but they’re leading trainers through the latest special research project, Distracted by Something Shiny, where players can earn a shiny Celebi. You can encounter these two by finding them in the Meowth balloon, if it spawns, and the balloon will continue to be here after the Secrets of the Jungle event wraps up.

These two will have different shadow Pokémon, so make sure to battle them for these new choices. We believe they’ll keep their iconic Ekans and Koffing choices, though.


1st Choice: Jessie has Scyther, and James has Pinsir. You need to fight both of them, and they start with these two each battle, guaranteed. Both are Bug-type, so you’ll need to use Fire, Flying, and Rock-type attacks.

2nd Choice: The second Pokémon use is their iconic choices. Jessie will summon Ekans, and James his Koffing. Both are Poison-types, so all you need to use is a Pokémon that uses Ground or Psychic-type moves

3rd Choice: Jessie uses a Stantler for her final choice, and James uses a Grimer. Stantler is a Normal-type Pokémon, so you can use a Fighting-type Pokémon. And Grimer is a Poison-type, so whatever you use for Ekans and Koffing is suitable here.


The overall counters for these two is pretty straight forward. Jessie and James are not difficult to fight, so if you encounter them, almost any Pokémon will do. You can start out using a Rock or Ground-type Pokémon to fight Jessie or James’ Scyther and Pinsir. If the Rock-type Pokémon has a Ground-type attack, it’ll be able to destroy Ekans and Koffing. Stantler and Grimer are also easy picks to take out. Overall, you won’t struggle too much when battling these two, it’s mostly getting them to appear in their Meowth balloon.

When you do defeat them, you have the chance to capture their Scyther and Pinsir shadow Pokémon.