Pokemon GO Secrets of the Jungle Event: Everything You Need to Know

Pokemon GO's latest event, Secrets of the Jungle, offers several unique opportunities for trainers interested in participating.
Pokemon GO's latest event, Secrets of the Jungle, offers several unique opportunities for trainers interested in participating. / Niantic Labs

Pokemon GO's latest event, Secrets of the Jungle, offers several unique opportunities for trainers interested in participating.

Niantic Labs took to the official Pokemon GO Twitter page to announce its newest collaboration event on Dec. 3. The event, a collaboration with the most recent Pokemon franchise movie—Secrets of the Jungle—features the return of Team Rocket mascots Jessie and James as well as an encounter with shiny Celebi.

Here's how to get involved.

Pokemon GO Secrets of the Jungle Event

Trainers will have access to a special research storyline, "Distracted by Something Shiny," starting on Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. local time. According to a post detailing the event on Niantic's official Pokemon GO news site, Jessie and James will be replacing Professor Willow as the research guide.

Additionally, the two will be appearing in their trademark Meowth balloon all over the overland map. If engaged, trainers will discover the pair have received new Shadow Pokemon to battle with. Those who tend to take snapshots may also discover Meowth, himself, photobombing their perfect picture. The Team Rocket duo's outfits from the movie will be available in the Avatar shop, as well.

Their appearances will be more frequent on Dec. 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Explorer Pikachu will also be making its debut on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. local time. Trainers will be able to encounter it in increased numbers during the Spotlight Hour mechanic on Dec. 15.

A host of Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild from Dec. 14 at 8 a.m. through to Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. These include Hoothoot, Nuzleaf, Drilbur, Cottonee, Dwebble, and possibly even Durant. Lickitung, Mawile, Flygon, and Rufflet will become raid bosses during this time while Igglybuff, Smoochum, Rufflet, Elekid, Magby, and Bonsly will be available in 5 k.m. eggs. This time, Rufflet will carry a chance to be shiny.