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Pokémon Go announces two new Team GO Rocket agents

Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket Jessie James
Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket Jessie James (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Jesse and James of Team Rocket are making their debut as Team GO Rocket agents in Pokémon Go.
  • Flying their Meowth hot air balloon, the pair can be challenged to battle.
  • New Jesse and James inspired avatar styles are in the style shop too.

Following the introduction of Team GO Rocket hot air balloons yesterday, Niantic announced two more Team GO Rocket agents today. Starting today July 9, 2020, Jesse and James of Team Rocket are now Team GO Rocket agents. The iconic pair have served as antagonists for the Pokémon TV shows and the public faces of Team Rocket since the very start. Flying in on their Meowth hot air balloon, the pair can now be challenged in Pokémon Go! The pair have been assigned special Shadow Pokémon by Team GO Rocket and can both be battled. However, they will only be appearing for a limited time, so make sure you've got Pokémon Go running, Trainers. You won't want to miss your chance to send Team Rocket blasting off again!

In addition to Jesse and James, new Team Rocket uniforms based on Jesse and James are now available for free in the Pokémon Go Avatar Style shop.

Are you excited for the chance to battle Jesse and James in Pokémon Go? Have you already spotted the iconic duo and their Meowth hot air balloon? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our continued coverage of the Pokémon Go Anniversary Challenge Event which will be kicking off its second week, themed around battle in just a few hours! And be sure to check out the rest of our Pokémon Go guides so you can be the very best like no one ever was!

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.