Rocket Boss Giovanni Counters

Giovanni Pokemon GO
Giovanni Pokemon GO

Giovanni is the Team GO Rocket Boss in Pokémon GO and his signature Pokémon is a Shadow Legendary Pokémon (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres). You can catch a Shadow Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres by defeating Giovanni. Giovanni’s Shadow Legendary changes every month. This page describes how to defeat Giovanni and which Pokemon are best counters for Giovanni’s Pokemon.

Giovanni’s Pokémon Lineup

Giovanni always uses a Persian as his first Pokémon. Giovanni’s second Pokémon can be a Cloyster, a Kangaskhan or a Garchomp. His third Pokémon is Moltres.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO PersianPersian Pokemon GO CloysterCloyster Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres
Pokemon GO KangaskhanKangaskhan
Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp

Counters recommendation

The following Pokemon are good Giovanni counters, no matter which Pokémon line-up he has:

Slot #1 Slot #2 Slot #3
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar
Counter Mud Shot Dragon Breath Smack Down
Power-Up Punch Dynamic Punch Dragon Claw Stone Edge
Shadow Ball Power-Up Punch Draco Meteor Crunch

  • Lucario covers Persian and Cloyster and burns shields
  • Poliwrath covers Persian and Cloyster and burns shields
  • Dragonite covers Garchomp and Kangaskhan
  • Tyranitar covers Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos (Stone Edge)

Other recommended Giovanni counters include Machamp (Counter, Cross Chop), Gyarados (Dragon Brath / Waterfall and Hydro Pump), Melmetal, Torterra (Razor Leaf, Frenzy Plant, Stone Edge).

Countering Giovanni’s Pokémon

Persian

Pokemon GO PersianPersian

Persian uses Dark and Normal fast moves, and it uses Dark, Rock or Fairy charge moves. We recommend starting with Tyranitar simply because it helps him charge up Stone Edge in preparation for Articuno. You should switch to a Fighting type as soon as you can. You should use Fighting types with counter and easy-to-charge Charge moves to burn Giovanni’s shields.

Recommended Persian counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blaze Kick
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Mud Shot Power Up Punch

Giovanni’s second Pokémon will be Cloyster, Kangaskhan or Garchomp. Surprisingly, Dragonite easily counters Garchomp and Kangaskhan, while Lucario and Poliwrath can deal with Cloyster easily.

Cloyster

Pokemon GO CloysterCloyster

Cloyster uses a combination of Ice Fast and Charge moves. The only Water typed move it has is Hydro Pump. Therefor, Pokémon with resistance it to Ice and access to Fighting type moves will perform splendidly against it. Lucario and Poliwrath lead the way here.

Recommended Cloyster counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Mud Shot Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blaze Kick

Kangaskhan

Pokemon GO KangaskhanKangaskhan

Surprisingly, countering Giovanni’s Kangaskhan is not an easy task. Kangaskhan has access to Fighting and Ground fast moves, and Fighting, Ground, Dark and Dragon typed charge moves. This insane combination makes it quite difficult to pick counters, but Dragonite fares well against everything except for Outrage.

Recommended Kangaskhan counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Breath Dragon Claw
Draco Meteor
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Mud Shot Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop

Garchomp

Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp

Garchomp uses Ground and Dragon Fast moves, and Ground, Fire and Dragon Charge moves. This combination makes it rather easy to counter if you’re lucky enough to be matched against Ground moves, as Flying Pokémon (Dragonite shines here!) have an easy way of countering it. Otherwise you should use Ice counters.

Recommended Garchomp counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Breath Dragon Claw
Draco Meteor
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock On Blizzard
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche

Giovanni’s last Pokémon is Shadow Moltres, a Flying and Fire type with a double weakness to Rock.

Shadow Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos counters

Articuno

Pokemon GO ArticunoArticuno

Articuno uses Ice fast moves, and Ice and Rock charge moves. Articuno’s double weakness to Rock makes him very fragile versus strong Rock types. Switch in your charged up Tyranitar and lay waste to Giovanni’s Aricuno!

Moltres

Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres

Moltres uses Fire and Flying fast moves, and Fire and Rock charge moves. Similar to Articuno, Moltres has a double weakness to Rock type moves. Tyranitar easily defeats Moltres, while taking reduced damage from everything Moltres throws at it.

Recommended counters for Shadow Articuno and Shadow Moltres

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge
Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Lock On Stone Edge
Pokemon GO AggronAggron Smack Down Stone Edge
Pokemon GO TyphlosionTyphlosion Shadow Claw Blast Burn

Zapdos

Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos

Zapdos uses Electric fast moves, and Electric, Flying and Rock type charge moves. Tyranitar takes normal damage from Electric moves, which makes him a bit weaker in this fight. Luckily it’s easily replaced by Rhyperior and Mamoswine.

Recommended counters for Shadow Zapdos

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock On Blizzard

 


📜 Giovanni’s Previous Pokémon 📜

These Pokémon are no longer used by Giovanni, but they were a part of his previous lineup.

Dugtrio

Dugtrio uses Ground and Dark fast moves, and Ground or Rock charge moves. Dugtrio’s counters rarely resist Sucker Punch, which is unfortunate. Luckily, Hydro Cannon almost always overpowers Dugtrio before it can chip through your health pool. Burn the remainder of Giovanni’s shields here.

Recommended Dugtrio counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon
Muddy Water
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump
Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Frenzy Plant
Stone Edge

Rhydon

Rhydon uses Ground or Fighting fast moves, and Water, Ground or Rock charge moves. Rhydon is one of the easiest Giovanni’s Pokémon, as it has a double weakness to Water and Grass. Remember to shield against charge moves.

Recommended Rhydon counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon
Muddy Water
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump
Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Frenzy Plant
Stone Edge

Hippowdon

Hippowdon uses Electric, Ice, Fire or Dark fast move, and Rock, Ground or Normal charge moves. Luckily, our good old Swampert takes reduced or normal damage from anything Hippowdon throws at it. Shield against every Charge move.

Recommended Hippowdon counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon
Muddy Water
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Frenzy Plant
Stone Edge
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor