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 Entei. You can catch a Shadow Entei 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. His second Pokemon can be Kingler, Steelix or Rhyperior. His final Pokemon is Shadow Entei.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO PersianPersian Pokemon GO KinglerKingler Pokemon GO EnteiEntei
Pokemon GO SteelixSteelix
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior

Counters recommendation

The following Pokemon are a good basis against Giovanni, no matter what lineup he has:

Slot #1 Slot #2 Slot #3
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert
  • Thunder Shock
  • Thunderbolt
  • Super Power
  • Razor Leaf
  • Sand Tomb
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Water Gun
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Sludge Wave

Of course, you will have to adjust your Pokémon based on Giovanni’s #2 Pokémon.

Countering Giovanni’s Pokémon

Persian

Pokemon GO PersianPersian

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 one of the best counters to Persian, but Machamp and Rhyperior are not too far. Melmetal needs to have Super Power Fighting to be effective.

Recommended counters for Giovanni’s Persian

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thunder Shock Thunderbolt
Super Power
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop
Rock Slide
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap Stone Edge
Super Power
Pokemon GO ConkeldurrConkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Aura Sphere

Lucario, Regirock, Aggron and Giratina (non-Ghost moves) also perform fairly well against Persian. Pick the best combination of CP and moves you have in your Pokémon Storage.

Kingler

Pokemon GO KinglerKingler

Weak to Electric and Grass, resists Fire, Ice, Steel and Water.

Kingler can have Metal Claw, Bubble or Mud Shot as Fast move, and Vice Grip, X-Scissor, Water Pulse and Crabhammer as Charge moves. Kingler should be disposed of quickly, before it can charge its hard hitting charge moves. Pokémon like Venusaur and Roserade are excellent against Kingler, but if it has X-Scissor, you could be in a lot of trouble.

Recommended counters to Giovanni’s Kingler

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Sand Tomb
Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Razor Leaf Sludge Bomb
Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO RoseradeRoserade Razor Leaf Grass Knot
Dazzling Gleam
Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball
Ominous Wind
Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Breath Draco Meteor
Hydro Pump

Steelix

Pokemon GO SteelixSteelix

Weak to Fighting, Fire, Ground and Water, resist a lot of other types due to Steel dual typing.

Surprisingly, countering Giovanni’s Steelix is not an easy task. Steelix has access to Steel, Dragon and Electric fast moves, and Steel, Ground, and Dark typed charge moves. This insane combination makes it quite difficult to pick counters, but Rhyperior fares well against everything except for Earthquake. Fighting types can cover you well if they survived Persian also. And don’t forget Fire types! They are super important here to melt down that Steelix.

Recommended counters for Giovanni’s Steelix

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Surf
Thunder
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Fire Spin Stone Edge
Flamethrower
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Shot Earthquake
Pokemon GO CharizardCharizard Fire Spin Blast Burn
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop

Rhyperior

Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior

Double weak to Water and Grass, notably weak to Fighting as well. For a full type chart visit our DB.

Rhyperior is easily defeated by using a Swampert, Kyogre, Torterra or a Roserade. Other Pokémon with Water and Grass attacks are a solid option as well, as long as they take reduced damage from Rhyperior’s fast moves. Rhyperior uses Ground and Rock fast moves, and 5 different Charge moves – again, visit the DB for a full list.

Recommended counters to Giovanni’s Rhyperior

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Surf
Thunder
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Earthquake
Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Razor Leaf Sludge Bomb
Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon
Sludge Wave
Pokemon GO EmpoleonEmpoleon Waterfall Hydro Cannon
Hydro Pump
Pokemon GO RoseradeRoserade Razor Leaf Solar Beam
Dazzling Gleam

Entei

Pokemon GO EnteiEntei

Weak to Ground, Rock and Water.

Entei uses Fire fast moves and Fire and Steel charge moves, which makes it easy to defeat under normal circumstances. Water types like Kyogre, Omastar, Swampert and the like will have an easy way dealing with Entei. Other options include Palkia and Rhyperior.

Recommended counters to Giovanni’s Entei

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Surf
Thunder
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon
Sludge Wave
Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Throw Rock Slide
Ancient Power
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Surf
Super Power
Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor
Hydro Pump
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Crunch
Fire Blast