Pokémon GO Giovanni Guide August 2021

How to defeat Team GO Rocket Boss Giovanni in August 2021

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A guide on how to defeat the Team GO Rocket boss Giovanni in Pokémon GO. This page describes how to find Giovanni, how to defeat him and which Pokémon are the best counters for Giovanni’s Pokémon.

From  June 17, 2021 to September 1, 2021 Giovanni has a Shadow Ho-Oh during as his last Pokémon. You can find the steps to unlock Shadow Ho-Oh quest called “A Seven-Colored Shadow” in our A Seven-Colored Shadow Tasks and Rewards guide.

💡 Note: In Trainer Battles, counters need not always be Pokémon that do super-effective damage. We include Pokémon that are more viable to defeat Giovanni, rather than those who do maximum damage.

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Giovanni’s Pokémon Lineup

GO Rocket Leader Giovanni uses the following Pokémon: Persian as his first Pokémon,  Kangaskhan, Nidoking or Garchomp as his second Pokémon and Shadow Ho-Oh as his final Pokemon.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Persian Machamp Ho-Oh
Golem
Cloyster

Giovanni counters

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 Tyranitar, Terrakion and Machamp the best counters to Persian. Melmetal needs to have Super Power Fighting to be effective.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Terrakion Smack Down
  • Rock Slide
  • Close Combat
Machamp Counter
  • Cross Chop
  • Rock Slide
Lucario Counter
  • Aura Sphere
  • Power-Up Punch
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Stone Edge
Heracross Counter
  • Close Combat
  • Megahorn

 


Machamp

Machamp

Weak to Psychic, Flying, and Fairy.  Uses mostly fighting moves, but can also have a Steel fast move and a Rock charge move. Machamp is best countered by Psychic or Fairy types, watch for the Steel fast move if you’re using a Fairy type, consider using Lugia if you’re in need of more bulk.

Recommended counters

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Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Gardevoir Charm
  • Shadow Ball
  • Synchronoise
Sylveon Charm
  • Moonblast
  • Last Resort
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw
  • Dragon Claw
  • Shadow Sneak
Mewtwo Psycho Cut
  • Psystrike
  • Focus Blast
Cresselia Psycho Cut
  • Moonblast
  • Grass Knot

Golem

Golem

Weak to Fighting, Ground, Ice, and Steel, double weak to Grass and Water. Usually easy to defeat with strong Grass types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Stone Edge
Leafeon Razor Leaf
  • Last Resort
  • Leaf Blade
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Landorus Mud Shot
  • Superpower
  • Stone Edge
Shiftry Snarl
  • Leaf Blade
  • Foul Play
Virizion Quick Attack
  • Leaf Blade
  • Close Combat

Cloyster

Cloyster

Weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock, counters should be picked depending on Cloyster’s charge move. Quick move is always Ice typed (Ice Shard or Frost Breath).

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Aggron Smack Down
  • Stone Edge
  • Heavy Slam
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Stone Edge
  • Crunch
Magnezone Spark
  • Wild Charge
  • Mirror Shot
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Superpower
  • Rock Slide
Registeel Lock On
  • Flash Cannon
  • Focus Blast

Ho-Oh

Ho-Oh

Giovanni’s shadow Ho-Oh is weak to Rock, Electric and Water type moves. Countering it is relatively easy, especially if you have access to Smack Down users (Tyranitar, Terrakion, Gigalith).

You can have problems with Hidden Power, but outside of that, you should be fine with defeating it.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Stone Edge
  • Crunch
Terrakion Smack Down
  • Rock Slide
  • Close Combat
Rampardos Smack Down
  • Rock Slide
  • Flamethrower
Regirock Lock On
  • Stone Edge
  • Focus Blast
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard

 

How to find Giovanni

In order to find Giovanni, you need to complete the An Inter-egg-sting Development Special Research, or the new A Seven-Colored Shadow Special Research.

Once you complete step 4 of the special research, 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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