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!
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They’re fought back to back. You can encounter Ekans from Jessie and Koffing from James. If you’re lucky, they can be shiny! You receive 500 dust and a Rocket Radar Component for each.
Shiny Ekans/Koffing Comparison
Their Pokemon aren’t that threatening, being unevolved. As long as you have some decently strong Pokemon, they shouldn’t be an issue.
For Jessie, a Rhyperior can use Smack Down on Ekans to charge up a Rock Wrecker or two and demolish her Scyther and Bagon in one blow. Community Day Tyranitar is an acceptable secondary option, but Scyther’s Fury Cutter could sting it a bit.
For James, you could use Lucario’s snowballing Power-Up-Punches with Shadow Ball to one-shot Beldum. Koffing doesn’t have anything to really scare you away, and Sneasel’s shattered by fighting moves. His Beldum’s not a threat, as it has functionally no charge move and a weak fast.
It’s pretty cool in my opinion to see the iconic duo in Pokemon 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!