Rocket Boss Giovanni Counters

Giovanni Pokemon GO
Giovanni Pokemon GO

Giovanni Pokémon GO counters are Pokémon that will help you defeat him with ease, regardless of which line-up Giovanni uses. Giovanni is the Team GO Rocket Boss 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.

Giovanni’s Pokémon Line Up

Giovanni always uses a Persian as his first Pokémon. Giovanni’s second Pokémon can be a Dugtrio, a Rhydon or a Hippowdon. His third Pokémon is Articuno.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO PersianPersian Pokemon GO DugtrioDugtrio Pokemon GO ArticunoArticuno
Pokemon GO RhydonRhydon Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres
Pokemon GO HippowdonHippowdon Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos

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 TyranitarTyranitar Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Pokemon GO LucarioLucario
Smack Down Water Gun Counter
Stone Edge Hydro Cannon Power Up Punch
Crunch Earthquake Shadow Ball

  • Tyranitar covers Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos (Stone Edge)
  • Swampert covers Dugtrio, Rhydon and Hippowdon
  • Lucario covers Persian and burns shields

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

Countering Giovanni’s Pokémon

Persian

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 Dugtrio, Rhydon or a Hippowdon. All of them are easily countered by Swampert or Kyogre.

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

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

Shadow Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos counters

Articuno

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

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

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 its 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