Meowth Balloon Pokémon GO: How to Battle Jessie and James

The Meowth Balloon is your chance to battle Jessie and James in Pokémon GO.
The Meowth Balloon is your chance to battle Jessie and James in Pokémon GO. / Photo by Niantic

Meowth Balloon Pokémon GO has been appearing in-game. You might have noticed the shadows on the map or the balloons looming over the horizon.

You get to battle Rocket Grunts and Leaders in the normal balloons, but the Meowth balloon gives you a battle with none other than Jessie and James.

Meowth Balloon Pokémon GO: How to Battle Jessie and James

When you come across the Meowth balloon, simply tap it like the other Rocket balloons and you'll be able to fight Jessie and James.

Unlike the other Rocket Grunts, you fight Jessie and James back to back. It's not as challenging as it sounds. They don't send out any particularly powerful Pokémon, so any high CP Rock and Ground type Pokémon will make short work of them. We recommend Rhyperior to take on Jessie and James.

Defeating them gives you an encounter with their signature Pokémon: Ekans and Koffing. What makes these two particular Shadow Pokémon special is that they're both Shadow Pokémon and both can be Shiny. In addition to the Pokémon encounters, you'll get 500 Stardust and Rocket Radar components from each of them.

Jessie and James will only be available to battle in Pokémon GO for a limited time.