Pokémon GO Giratina is a dual Ghost and Dragon type Legendary Pokémon which has a MAX CP of 3965, an ATK of 206, DEF of 247 and STA of 300. These stats make it by far the best Ghost type and also put it in the running for the best Dragon type in the game.

Unless the CP formula changes, it will have the highest max CP of any Dragon type, up the end of Gen 7, even beating Dialga, Palkia, Garchomp, Zekrom, Zygarde, Rayquaza and Dragonite.

Giratina does not evolve, nor does it evolve from any other Pokémon.


Giratina in the Meta

In this chart, we will look at Giratina’s stats compared to some of the other prominent Ghost and Dragon types in the game.

Pokemon Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Giratina 3965 206 247 300
Dialga 3897 275 220 182
Garchomp 3823 261 198 216
Palkia 3818 280 225 164
Rayquaza 3645 284 170 191
Latios 3644 268 228 160
Dragonite 3581 263 201 182
Gengar 2619 261 156 120
Mismagius 2465 211 211 120

While Giratina’s Attack stat is the lowest in the table, its elite Defense and Stamina stats make it extremely bulky. This will mean it has more opportunity to fire off its attacks and output as much damage as its fellow dragons, over the entire battle. This will of course depend on its moves, but we’ll go into more detail on that below.

Offensively, Ghost type moves are particularly useful as they’re super effective (1.4x damage) against the Psychic types which make up a good proportion of Legendary Raid Bosses. They are also super effective against other ghost type Pokémon but as we can see from the table above, Gengar is the only other Ghost type that can put up a decent fight in the current meta game.

Dragon type moves are only super effective against other Dragon types, but again, as we can see from the table, there are plenty of top tier dragons to use them against – assuming they don’t have Dragon type moves themselves.

Interestingly, with the right moveset matchups, Giratina will undoubtedly be one of the best counters to itself.

Defensively, Giratina’s typing gives it a weakness (takes 1.4x damage) to Ghost, Ice, Fairy, Dragon, and Dark type moves, but also gives it a resistance (takes 0.714x damage) to Poison, Bug, Fire, Water, Grass, and Electric moves and immunity (0.51x damage) to Normal and Fighting type moves.

Giratina’s Potential Movepool

Though there is no way to know for sure what moves Giratina will have, we can look at its main series movepool, the moves that other prominent Ghost and Dragon types already have access to, and what Ghost and Dragon type moves are already in the game, to compile a list of possible movesets:

Fast Moves Charged Moves
  • Shadow Claw
  • Lick
  • Hex
  • Astonish
  • Dragon tail
  • Dragon Breath
  • Shadow Ball
  • Night Shade
  • Ominous Wind
  • Outrage
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Twister
  • Dragon Claw
  • Shadow Force

If / when abilities are introduced into Pokémon Go, Giratina may have access to Pressure and Telepathy.


Weather Influence on Giratina

In weather that has pros, use Giratina all you want and let it tear through its enemies, but in the weather with cons, avoid using it against foes that may have super-effective moves. The chart below will help you visualize what weather is beneficial or harmful for Giratina.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts defenders’ super-effective Fairy moves
Rainy
Fog Boosts its potential Ghost moves Boosts defenders’ super-effective Ghost or Dark moves
Windy Boosts its potential Dragon moves Boosts defenders’ super-effective Dragon moves
Snow Boosts defenders’ super-effective Ice moves

Shiny Giratina in Pokemon GO

Shiny Giratina is noticeably different in colour to normal; the red detailing on its wings and chest become blue. The yellow parts around its head and neck become white/grey. Its grey skin becomes more of a pale yellow, and its dark grey feet become brown.

Normal Shiny
   

Pokédex Entries and Facts

Giratina’s Pokédex entries from various games give some insights into its mysterious home:

  • A Pokémon that is said to live in a world on the reverse side of ours. It appears in an ancient cemetery.
  • It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world from the Distortion World.
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