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Pokémon Go celebrates Secrets of the Jungle movie with Team Rocket's return

Pokemon Go Jesse James Celebi
Pokemon Go Jesse James Celebi (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Pokémon Go will host an event celebrating the new Pokémon Move: Secrets of the Jungle.
  • Beginning on Monday, December 14, 2020, Jesse and James will return to Pokémon Go.
  • Trainers will also be able to complete Timed Research to catch a Shiny Celebi.
  • Explorer Pikachu and other Pokémon from the movie will also be appearing in Pokémon Go.

To celebrate the release of the latest Pokémon Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, Niantic has announced a new event coming to Pokémon Go beginning Monday, December 14, 2020. Centered around a Timed Research line, Jesse and James will guide Trainers through the research tasks to earn an encounter with a Shiny Celebi - previously unavailable in Pokémon Go. The infamous Team Rocket duo will also be taking to the skies in their Meowth hot air balloon once again, this time with a new line up of Shadow Pokémon. There will be free Avatar Style items based on Jesse and James' outfits from Secrets of the Jungle available in the PokéShop.

Alongside this event, Explorer Pikachu will make its Pokémon Go debut. Explorer Pikachu will be available for one week only, so make sure to catch yours before December 21. Other Pokémon featured in Secrets of the Jungle will be appearing more frequently through Thursday, December 17.

The following Pokémon will be spawning more frequently in the wild:

  • Hoothoot
  • Nuzleaf
  • Drilbur
  • Cottonee
  • Dwebble
  • Durant

The following Pokémon will be appearing more in Raids:

  • Lickitung
  • Mawile
  • Flygon
  • Rufflet

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5KM Eggs:

  • Igglybuff
  • Smoochum
  • Elekid
  • Magby
  • Bonsly
  • Rufflet

Shiny Durant and Shiny Rufflet will also be making their Pokémon Go debut. Last, but not least, Jesse and James will be appearing much more frequently on Friday, December 25, from 8AM through 10PM local time.

Are you excited for another chance to battle Jesse and James? Or are you over the moon for the chance at a Shiny Celebi? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Best Pokémon Go Accessories so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey!

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.