How to defeat Giovanni in Pokémon GO (November 2022)

How to find and defeat Giovanni in Pokémon GO during November 2022. Giovanni has Shadow Mewtwo during this month's GO Rocket Takeover event.

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A guide on how to defeat Giovanni in Pokémon GO during November 2022. Giovanni has returned, equipped with Shadow Mewtwo, and a select few Shadow Pokémon including Nidoqueen, Steelix, and Rhyperior. 

Learn how to find Giovanni, how to defeat Giovanni, and which Pokémon are the best counters for Giovanni’s Pokémon.

💡 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.

Giovanni’s Pokémon Lineup

Giovanni’s Pokémon line-up for November 202: Persian as his first Pokémon, Nidoking, Steelix or Rhyperior as his second Pokémon, and Shadow Mewtwo as his final Pokémon.

Giovanni is the Team GO Rocket Boss available in Pokémon GO, overseeing the work of TGR leaders ArloCliff, and Sierra.

How to defeat Giovanni’s 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 Lucario, Machamp, Buzzwole and Galarian Zapdos some of the best counters for Shadow Persian. Melmetal needs to have Super Power Fighting to be effective. The aim with Persian is to get those shields down as quickly as possible, if it has Scratch it is going to hit hard, so be warned!

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move
Lucario
  • Counter Fighting
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Aura Sphere Fighting
Buzzwole
  • Counter Fighting
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Superpower Fighting
Zapdos (Galarian)
  • Counter Fighting
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Brave Bird Flying
Machamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Hariyama
  • Counter Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Heavy Slam Steel
Tyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Crunch Dark
  • Stone Edge Rock

How to defeat Giovanni’s Nidoqueen

Nidoqueen

Giovanni’s Shadow Nidoqueen is a Poison and Ground type that is weak to Ground Ice Psychic and Water. The usual counters are strong Ground types, Psychic-users and a variety of Water types that don’t take increased damage from Nidoqueen.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Rhyperior
  • Mud Slap Rock
  • Surf Water
  • Rock Wrecker Rock
Jirachi
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Doom Desire Steel
Hoopa
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
Empoleon
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Cannon Water
  • Flash Cannon Steel
Excadrill
  • Mud-Slap Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Blizzard Ice

How to defeat Giovanni’s Rhyperior

Rhyperior

Giovanni’s Shadow Rhyperior is 2x weak to Grass and Water moves, but also 1x weak to Ground, Fighting, Ice and Steel! We will use these weaknesses heavily to counter it, while also leaning into Pokémon which take reduced damage from its fast moves.

Rhyperior’s pool of charge moves is pretty wide and scary, so it’s better to shield and defeat it before he has a chance to use it.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Torterra
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Frenzy Plant Grass
  • Stone Edge Rock
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
Swampert
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Hydro Cannon Water
Gyarados
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Crunch Dark
Shaymin (Sky)
  • Hidden Power Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass
  • Energy Ball Grass

Wild pick: Empoleon with Waterfall and Hydro Cannon

How to defeat Giovanni’s Steelix

Steelix

Giovanni’s Shadow Steelix is a Steel and Ground type, with a scary wide move pool, high defence and strong damage output. Steelix is weak to Fighting, Fire, Ground and Water moves.

Picking counters will heavily depend on which Fast move it has. Available fast moves are Thunder Fang (Electric), Dragon Tail (Dragon) and Iron Tail (Steel).

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Zacian (Hero)
  • Snarl Dark
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Play Rough Fairy
Groudon
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Fire Punch Fire
Tapu Fini
  • Water Gun Water
  • Surf Water
  • Moonblast Fairy
Heatran
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Iron Head Steel
Excadrill
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Blizzard Ice
Rhyperior
  • Mud-Slap Ground
  • Rock Wrecker Rock
  • Surf Water

How to defeat Giovanni’s Mewtwo

Mewtwo

Giovanni’s Shadow Mewtwo is weak to Bug, Dark and Ghost-type moves. As such, there are a wide range of counters to choose from. Other options include any other Dark types like Obstagoon, Hydreigon, Bisharp, Krookodile, Mandibuzz, Umbreon.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Zarude
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Power Whip Grass
Guzzlord
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Brutal Swing Dark
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Yveltal
  • Snarl Dark
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Focus Blast Fighting
Tyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock (or Bite Dark)
  • Crunch Dark
  • Stone Edge Rock
Darkrai
  • Snarl Dark
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Focus Blast Fighting

How to find Giovanni in Pokémon GO

Super Rocket Radar illustration
Super Rocket Radar

In order to find Giovanni, you need to complete a currently active Team GO Rocket Special Research. Depending on the time you played, this can vary.  Currently, Giovanni has returned with Shadow Mewtwo as part of the Team GO Rocket Takeover Event November 2022, and the Special Research quest is called Ultra Beast Protection Efforts.

Once you complete the fourth step of the current Rocket 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 rematch if you lose, and your Super Rocket Radar will be consumed if you win.

Rewards for defeating Giovanni in Pokémon GO

Trainers who manage to defeat Giovanni will receive selection of rare reward bundles, including the chance to get a Legendary Shadow Pokémon.

  • Trainers receive 5,000 Stardust for defeating Giovanni
  • Defeating Giovanni (when available) rewards three item bundles including Max Potions or Max Revives
  • Trainers have the opportunity to catch the Legendary Shadow Pokémon used by Giovanni at the moment of defeating him. 
  • Giovanni does not drop Strange Eggs as a reward, regardless of open egg inventory slots.

Reward bundles

Guaranteed

Stardust icon 5000x Stardust

Random drop of three of these (can stack):

  • Revive icon 4x Revive
  • Max Revive icon 4x Max Revive
  • Hyper Potion icon 4x Hyper Potion
  • Max Potion icon 4x Max Potion
  • Unova Stone icon 1x Unova Stone

Defeating Team GO Rocket Boss Giovanni yields three item bundles, each of which has an equal chance of containing 4 Max Potions or 4 Max Revives. As an example, a typical reward drop might contain 8 Max Potions and 4 Max Revives.

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