Giovanni Counters – How to defeat GO Rocket Boss Giovanni (June 2021)

Giovanni Pokemon GO
Giovanni Pokemon GO

Giovanni is the Team GO Rocket Boss in Pokémon GO. This page describes how to find Giovanni, how to defeat Giovanni and which Pokémon are the best counters for Giovanni’s Pokémon.

Use this Giovanni counters guide to easily defeat Team GO Rocket in Pokémon GO.

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Giovanni’s Pokémon Lineup

Giovanni always uses Persian as his first Pokémon. His second Pokemon can be Kangaskhan, Nidoking or Garchomp. His final Pokemon is Shadow Zapdos.

Countering Giovanni’s Pokémon

Persian

Persian

Weak to Fighting, resist Ghost.

Persian uses Dark and Normal fast moves, and it uses Dark, Rock or Fairy charge moves. This combination makes Melmetal, Lucario and Machamp the best counters to Persian. Melmetal needs to have Super Power Fighting to be effective.

Recommended counters for Giovanni’s Persian

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Thunderbolt
  • Super Power
Machamp Counter
  • Cross Chop
  • Rock Slide
Swampert Mud Shot
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Muddy Water
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Stone Edge
Lucario Counter
  • Aura Sphere
  • Power-Up Punch

 


Kangaskhan

Kangaskhan

Weak to Fighting. Uses a mix of Fighting and Ground fast moves, and Fighting, Ground Dark and Dragon type moves.

Recommended counters for Giovanni’s Kangaskhan

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Machamp Counter
  • Cross Chop
  • Close Combat
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Stone Edge
Hariyama Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Superpower
Gyarados Dragon Breath
  • Crunch
  • Aqua Tail
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Outrage

Nidoking

Nidoking

Weak to Ground, Water, Psychic and Ice, double resists Electric and Poison and is not weak to Grass.

Giovanni’s Nidoking has access to Iron Tail and Poison Jab as fast moves, and Earthquake, Earth Power, Sludge Wave and Megahorn as charge moves.

Recommended counters for Giovanni’s Nidoking

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Garchomp Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Outrage
Groudon Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Fire Punch
Metagross Zen Headbutt
  • Psychic
  • Earthquake
Mewtwo Psycho Cut
  • Psystrike
  • Ice Beam
Mamoswine Powder Snow
  • Avalanche
  • Bulldoze

Garchomp

Garchomp

Weak to Dragon, Fairy and 2x Ice, double resists Electric moves.

Giovanni’s Garchomp is best countered by strong Fairy and Ice types. Gyarados is also an interesting option if Garchomp has double Ground moves. Garchomp has Dragon Tail and Mud Shot as fast moves, and Sand Tomb, Earthquake, Outrage and Fire Blast as charge moves.

Recommended counters for Giovanni’s Garchomp

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Dazzling Gleam
Articuno Ice Shard
  • Icy Wind
  • Ice Beam
Gardevoir Charm
  • Dazzling Gleam
  • Psychic
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Outrage
Gyarados Dragon Breath
  • Aqua Tail
  • Outrage

Zapdos

Zapdos

Weak only to Ice and Rock type moves, while it resists Bug, Fighting, Flying, Grass and Steel type moves.

Giovanni’s Shadow Zapdos is best countered by strong Ice and Rock types. This Zapdos has Charge Beam as its only fast move, and Thunder, Thunderbolt, Zap Cannon, Ancient Power and Drill Peck as its charge moves.

Recommended counters for Giovanni’s Mewtwo

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Stone Edge
  • Crunch
Rhyperior Smack Down
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf
Terrakion Smack Down
  • Rock Slide
  • Close Combat
Darmanitan (Galarian) Ice Fang
  • Avalanche
  • Ice Punch
Mamoswine Powder Snow
  • Avalanche
  • Ancient Power

 


How to find Giovanni

In order to find Giovanni you need to complete the Looming in the Shadows Special Research or the new An Inter-egg-sting Development Special Research. In order to get this Special Research you need to have A Troubling Situation completed.

Shadow Zapdos will be returning as an encounter when you defeat Giovanni from Tuesday, June 1, at 12 AM until Thursday, June 17, at 12 AM local time.

Once you complete step 4 of Looming in the Shadows, you will get a Super Rocket Radar. It works like a regular Rocket Radar, but it tracks Giovanni, not GO Rocket leaders.

The Super Rocket Radar doesn’t immediately lead you to Giovanni; it displays locations of both decoy Grunts disguised as Giovanni and Giovanni’s actual Hideout. You’ll need to approach each PokéStop and investigate yourself to find where Giovanni’s hiding.

You can receive Giovanni Special Research once per month.

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