Giratina (Altered Form) is a T5 Raid boss in Pokemon GO (34987 Combat Power) available from October 23 (1:00 p.m. PDT) to November 20 2018 (1:00 p.m. PDT). Giratina counters are mostly strong Dragon, Dark, Ghost and Ice types, such as Rayquaza, Dragonite, Latios, Gengar, Shadow Ball Mewtwo and Tyranitar. In this guide we’ll cover the strongest Giratina counters, the best strategy how to defeat it and what CPs you can get when catching a strong Giratina.

Updated as of 10/24/2018

Giratina can be caught with the following Combat Power values:

  • 1848 – 1931 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2310 – 2414 CP at Level 25 with Fog or Windy weather boost

Giratina counters
WEAKNESS Dark Dragon Fairy Ghost Ice BOOSTED BY Windy Fog
Supreme Giratina raid counters
RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Rayquaza is a beast when used against Giratina, as it exploits its weakness to Dragon type attacks and deals a ridiculous amount of damage. Rayquaza is followed by three Dragon types with similar performance: Dragonite, Latios and Salamence, which all perform excellently against Giratina. TTW goes down towards Latios.
Great Giratina raid counters
DragoniteDragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
SalamenceSalamence Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
LatiosLatios Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Ghost types as Giratina raid counters
Shadow Ball Mewtwo and Shadow Claw Gengar are your only two viable Ghost options for fighting Giratina and they are both now considered Legacy. Performance wise, Gengar has better TTW, but Mewtwo faints less, which is frankly expected and something we’re used to. We would use these Pokemon only against Ancient Power Giratina. A special shoutout goes to the glass cannon Banette, it is the frailest of the bunch but has a decently high TTW that might make a lead for someone lacking any Gengar to speak of.
MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
GengarGengar Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
BanetteBanette Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Potion Efficient Giratina Counters
Tyranitar is the only Dark type we recommend against Giratina. Its slow, but very efficient in terms of Potion usage – it actually faints way less than any other counter on this list, as it takes reduced damage from all Giratina moves. Use in big groups and where Potions are an important factor.
TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark

When picking Giratina counters, you want to be sure how big your group is and what moves Giratina has. For us, even in larger groups, we’re actually more inclined to using niche Dragon types to counter it, as they simply didn’t have enough match ups recently. That 100% shiny Dragonite is probably dying to have a good fight with the fabled Giratina.

Here’s the raw output of our simulator (we obviously excluded the unavailable Gen IV types in the table above, but we’ll keep them here so you know):

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 716.5s 33
2. Garchomp Dragon Tail Outrage 725.5s 32
3. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 716.5s 25
4. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 670.9s 38
5. Salamence Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 691.6s 42
6. Darkrai Feint Attack Shadow Ball 758.0s 30
7. Dragonite Dragon Tail Outrage 738.3s 38
8. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 714.5s 51
9. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 758.7s 39
10. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 775.7s 32
11. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 780.2s 35
12. Weavile Feint Attack Avalanche 782.6s 35
13. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 839.6s 29
14. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 823.6s 36
15. Arceus Shadow Claw Outrage 911.7s 24
16. Latias Dragon Breath Outrage 871.1s 41
17. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 859.3s 48

Giratina’s raid moves analysis

Giratina (Altered Form) can have the following moves in a raid battle and when captured:

Fast moves Charge moves
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost

None of these moves are particularly dangerous on their own, with Dragon Claw being the scariest option for our Dragon typed counters. Ancient Power is a solid move and Shadow Sneak is the easiest move you can encounter, making it perfect for high DPS teams using Rayquaza for Giratina trios. All of the charge moves are three bar moves.

Speaking of Giratina trio, our simulator shows 671 seconds of TTW for Rayquaza with no weather boost and no friendship boost, which means a trio is more than possible with two friends, and a duo could be a thing when you factor everything in. We’re eagerly waiting to see how players approach this boss, as it really doesn’t require much effort to be taken down.

Related info graphics

Couple of Gaming prepared these two excellent Giratina counters info graphics which summarize the entire Giratina counters guide into two images.

Giratina counters graphic
Giratina counters graphic
Giratina raid boss
Giratina raid boss