Team Rocket's Jesse and James Arrive in Pokemon Go

Release Date
July 6, 2016
Android, IOS
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That's Right!

Prepare for trouble, and make it double! The Jesse and James Pokemon GO debut has finally arrived, bringing two fan-favorite franchise villains to the augmented reality smash hit for everyone to fight!

Check out the Jesse and James Pokemon GO trailer to see their cool new models in motion!


If you don't know who these two bad guys are, then you missed out on some of the most hilarious bad guys in recent cartoon history. Jesse and James are a team of Team Rocket members who continually attempt to steal Ash Ketchum's Pikachu. They even manage to succeed a few times, but they never quite manage to hold on to the adorable yellow rat.

Now, these two troublemakers are debuting in Pokemon GO, and that's not all — dataminers have discovered that you'll be able to get your hands on your very own Team Rocket outfits in the shop!\

Jesse and James Pokemon GO slice

How Do You Start a Jesse and James Pokemon GO Battle?

Now that Jesse and James are in the game, how can you fight them? It's as easy as keeping your eyes open.

Somewhere in the game world, a Meowth balloon will pop up in the sky. As the new post announcing the duo notes, all you have to do is tap and you'll be able to battle Jesse and James! You don't want to miss out, though — the Jesse and James Pokemon GO battles will only be around for a limited time!

You can fight against these legendarily incompetent villains right now in Pokemon GO. If you haven't already downloaded the game, you can play Pokemon GO for free on Android via Google Play or on iOS via the App Store.

Are you excited to see the Jesse and James Pokemon GO debut? What other villains would you like to see make an appearance in the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!