Jessie and James and Meowth are returning to the world of Pokémon GO soon (that’s right)! Debuting last December during the Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle event, the trio is returning along with Explorer Pikachu to celebrate the movie’s global release. While last year’s event starred Shiny Celebi, this time its Zarude who’ll get an extra special, limited-time Special Research story.
This year’s Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle event begins on Friday, October 1st at 10 a.m. and ends on Sunday, October 10th at 8 p.m. (your local time). According to the official Pokémon GO blog, watch out for the following features:
- A limited-time Special Research story will be available! Complete this research line to encounter Zarude and help Professor Willow learn more about the Rogue Monkey Pokémon. This is the first time that this Dark- and Grass-type Mythical Pokémon will be available in Pokémon GO. Note that you can obtain this Special Research only during the event period, but once you have it, you can complete it anytime.
- Encounter Pokémon related to Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle! Hoothoot, Combee, Drilbur, Cottonee, Dwebble, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Larvitar!
- Explorer Pikachu will be making its return to Pokémon GO, appearing in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Explorer Pikachu!
- Pokémon seen in the movie will also be appearing in raids throughout the event:
- Explorer Pikachu, Larvitar, Roggenrola, Foongus, and Rufflet will be appearing in one-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rufflet!
- Lickitung, Chansey, Pinsir, Ludicolo, and Flygon will be appearing in three-star raids.
- Jessie and James will be continuing their hijinks from last year’s event. Keep an eye out for them in your snapshots, and watch for their Meowth Balloon. Jessie and James will be appearing in their Meowth Balloon until Friday, October 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
- Get themed Field Research tasks from PokéStops that’ll lead to encounters with Audino, Rufflet, and more. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rufflet!
- New free avatar items will be available in the Style Shop, including the Adventure Hat and the Wailmer Water Bottle.
Don’t forget to also watch Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle on Netflix starting on Friday, October 8th! It’ll be available to stream on the platform globally.
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