Pokemon GO Jessie and James Not Appearing: How to Fix

Some Pokemon GO trainers have reported that Jessie and James are not appearing with the new Secrets of the Jungle event.
Some Pokemon GO trainers have reported that Jessie and James are not appearing with the new Secrets of the Jungle event. / Niantic Labs

Some Pokemon GO trainers have reported that Jessie and James are not appearing with the new Secrets of the Jungle event.

Niantic Labs brought back the affectionately infamous Team Rocket duo, Jessie and James, as a special feature within their latest collaboration event. The two were set to reappear on Monday, Dec. 14 alongside a special limited-time research story task to defeat them. However, some trainers have reported they can't seem to spot that trademark Meowth balloon anywhere.

Pokemon GO Jessie and James Not Appearing

Fortunately, this isn't a glitch with the game. In fact, much to trainers' disappointment, Pokemon GO's programming is working exactly as intended.

While Jessie and James were slated to make their return on Dec. 14 that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be the only Team Rocket grunts in the sky. That's right—they've only been added to the mix instead of replacing the mechanic. Team Rocket Balloons are not guaranteed to be Meowth balloons when they spawn.

Niantic has announced that they will be appearing more frequently from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 25. A nice Easter egg, for sure, but useless in this case as trainers only have until Dec. 17 to complete their tasks.

Team Rocket balloons should appear on the overland map a total of four times per day—every six hours. If the balloon that appears is not Jessie and James', trainers can either ignore it or engage it while waiting for the next one. The Rocket Radar does not affect their spawn rate. Currently, there is no concrete information on that rate.