Secrets of the Jungle Event – Shiny Celebi, Shiny Rufflet, Adventure Hat Pikachu, Jessie and James Return

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Pokémon GO has announced one of the most exciting updates that has ever come to the game, with the news of a new event to celebrate Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle that includes the return of not only Jessie and James in Team GO Rocket Balloons, but for the first ever time, Shiny Celebi!


We’re excited to announce that the latest Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, is coming soon! In celebration of the upcoming release, beginning on Monday, December 14, 2020, Jessie and James will be returning to Pokémon GO, and you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Celebi by completing limited-time Special Research! You can also look forward to lots of other in-game content inspired by the movie!’

The event will start on Monday, December 14, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time, with a variety of different smaller events occurring once this event starts!

Secrets of the Jungle Event Bonuses

Secrets of the Jungle
Secrets of the Jungle

Shiny Celebi Special Research – Distracted by Something Shiny


A limited-time Special Research story inspired by the movie will be available! Complete this research line to encounter Shiny Celebi. Instead of Professor Willow, Jessie and James have taken over your research and will be guiding you through this Special Research story!

Prepare for trouble, and make it double for this research! Stay tuned for updates on when this Special Research will become available.

For the first time ever, we are having a Shiny Mythical Pokémon released through Special Research, with a guaranteed Shiny encounter. Shiny Celebi is a gorgeous pink colour, and with a guaranteed shiny encounter, this is major hype!

Distracted by Something Shiny Tasks and rewards

Credits to TheSilphRoad

Step 1

  • Transfer 10 Pokémon: Ultra Balls x10
  • Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon: Nuzleaf Encounter
  • Evolve 3 Grass-type Pokémon: Cottonee Encounter

Rewards: Diglett (Kanto) Encounter, 500 Stardust, 1000 XP

Step 2

  • Play with your buddy 10 times: Poffin x1
  • Take a snapshot of a Grass-type Pokémon: Combee Encounter
  • Give your buddy 10 treats: Cherubi Encounter

Rewards: Pinsir Encounter, 500 Stardust, 1000 XP

Step 3

  • Defeat Jessie or James 4 times: Max Revive x5
  • Make 5 Great Curveball Throws: Hoothoot Encounter
  • Hatch 3 Eggs: Whimsicott Encounter

Rewards: Vibrava Encounter, 500 Stardust, 1000 XP

Step 4 (Final)

  • Claim Reward!: 500 XP
  • Claim Reward!: Oddish
  • Claim Reward!: Foongus

Rewards: Shiny Celebi Encounter, 500 Stardust, 1000 XP

Jessie and James return to Pokémon GO

Jessie and James Pokémon GO

Jessie and James will be returning in their Meowth balloon for a limited time! It seems they’ve received different Shadow Pokémon from Team GO Rocket than the last time the pair appeared in the world of Pokémon GO. Stay tuned for updates on when Jessie and James will be leaving.

Be sure to check out the avatar items inspired by Jessie’s and James’s outfits from Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle. These avatar items will be available for free in the Style Shop!


  • J&J will continue to appear until December 21st, 10pm local at a boosted rate.
  • There will be an increase of J&J as outlined on the blog on December 25th
  • J&J won’t disappear from Pokemon GO until the end of the current season / end of Feb 2021

Explorer Pikachu Appearing in the Wild

Starting Monday, December 14, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, December 21, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time Explorer Pikachu will be appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time! It will appear both in the wilds and in raids, and if you are lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Explorer Pikachu!

With this event different Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, in raids, and in eggs, and we will see Shiny Rufflet released!

Rufflet has been an incredibly rare encounter so far, so this may be the perfect chance to add it to your Pokédex.

  • Hoothoot, Nuzleaf, Drilbur, Cottonee, Dwebble, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Durant! Durant is available as a shiny.
  • Lickitung, Mawile, Flygon, Rufflet, and more will be appearing in Raid Battles.
  • Igglybuff, Smoochum, Elekid, Magby, Bonsly, and Rufflet will be hatching from 5 km Eggs.
  • Don’t forget to take AR snapshots, you might encounter Jessie and James!
  • During the Pokémon Spotlight Hour on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, Explorer Pikachu will be appearing more frequently in the wild, and you’ll receive twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • If you’re lucky, you might even find a Shiny Rufflet!

Shiny Rufflet and Shiny Braviary


Featured Pokémon

Jessie and James Meowth Balloon Mini Event

On December 25, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m local time Jessie and James’s Meowth balloon will be appearing more frequently! Be sure to use this opportunity to challenge the duo and battle their new Shadow Pokémon.

As Koffing and Ekans, their previous Shadow Pokémon, were available in their shiny forms, we hope their new Shadow Pokémon will be too!


This series of events to celebrate Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle is a really huge deal! A guaranteed shiny mythical, as well as this also being the opportunity to get a second Celebi is massive.

Many of the Pokémon featured in the event have shiny variants, plus we also have the introduction of shiny Rufflet for the first time. Baby Pokémon featuring in 5km eggs is a great time to grind for those rare shinies that aren’t always included in the egg pool.

And on top of all that excitement, Jessie and James are returning with potentially new shiny shadow Pokémon too! Hype!

More details will be coming soon regarding these events and we will be sure to update you as soon as the information is released.

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Pokémon GO Hub Editor in Chief and Writer. Turtwig obsessive, real life Psyduck, Pokémon GO AR Photographer, found footage horror fan.

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