Both Forms of Giratina are powerhouses in Ultra League PvP. The high Defense (for Altered Form) and Stamina (for both Forms) allow Giratina to take significant damage. Although Giratina has five weaknesses, both Ghost and Dragon take increased damage from moves of that same type. Ice on the other hand deal increased damage, but take neutral damage. Lastly, the lack of a Quick Fairy Move, holds Fairy counters back.

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Giratina Altered PvP counters

Pokemon GO Giratina (Altered)Giratina (Altered)DragonGhost
Effective Stats at Level 28 (IV 0/14/15)
ATK 187 DEF 225 HP 284
Weak to Strong against
Ice Ghost Fairy Dragon Dark Bug Electric Fire Grass Poison Water
Fighting Normal x2
Best PvP move set for Altered Giratina
Shadow Claw Ghost Ancient Power Rock Dragon Claw Dragon
Super Effective versus
Psychic Ghost Ice Fire Flying Bug Dragon
Move Stats
  • Power 6
  • Energy 8
  • Duration 1
  • DPT 6
  • EPT 8
  • Power 50
  • Energy 35
  • DPE 1.43
  • Power 70
  • Energy 45
  • DPE 1.56
  • Dust cost 100000
  • Candy cost 100

Altered Giratina’s high Defense and Stamina Stats means it will outlast most any counter. Ancient Power’s Rock-typing makes it Super Effective against Ice counters. The key is finding a Pokémon that also has high Defense and Stamina, but powerful enough moves that are Super Effective. It helps if these moves receive STAB and any reduced damage is welcome.

One more thing to note is Ancient Power Rock has a 10% of increasing the user’s Attack and Defense 2 Stages. The below categories assume no Stat Boosts. If Altered Giratina gets even one Stat Boost, Arceus help us all.

Guaranteed Winners
These two counters will beat Altered Giratina in every shield count situation.
Pokemon GO WigglytuffWigglytuff Feint Attack Dark Play Rough Fairy
Ice Beam Ice
Wigglytuff is the only true guaranteed winner. It can counter with either move set. Ice Beam Ice is better to use against Shields while Play Rough Fairy is a ringer when no Shields are left. Keep in mind that Wigglytuff is a slow counter.
Pokemon GO Ninetales (Alola)Ninetales (Alola) Powder Snow Ice Ice Beam Ice
Alolan Ninetales can win in any situation against Altered Giratina; however, the battle is very close when you are at a Shield Disadvantage. Alolan Ninetales will counter a little quicker than Wigglytuff.
Will Win with Even Shield Counts
These counters will beat Altered Giratina when you and your opponent have the same Shield count.
Pokemon GO CloysterCloyster Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO GranbullGranbull Snarl Dark Play Rough Fairy
Pokemon GO AggronAggron Dragon Tail Dragon Stone Edge Rock
Pokemon GO SteelixSteelix Dragon Tail Dragon Crunch Dark
Will Win with a 1 Shield Advantage
These counters will beat Altered Giratina when you have one more Shield than your opponent.
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Pokemon GO Muk (Alola)Muk (Alola) Bite Dark Acid Spray Poison
Pokemon GO ZangooseZangoose Shadow Claw Ghost Night Slash Dark
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam Ice

Giratina Origin PvP counters

Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin)DragonGhost
Effective Stats at Level 25.5 (IV 0/13/14)
ATK 225 DEF 187 HP 284
Weak to Strong against
Ice Ghost Fairy Dragon Dark Bug Electric Fire Grass Poison Water
Fighting Normal x2
Best PvP move set for Altered Giratina
Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost Dragon Pulse Dragon
Super Effective versus
Psychic Ghost Psychic Ghost Dragon
Move Stats
  • Power 6
  • Energy 8
  • Duration 1
  • DPT 6
  • EPT 8
  • Power 100
  • Energy 55
  • DPE 1.82
  • Power 60
  • Energy 90
  • DPE 1.50
  • Dust cost 100000
  • Candy cost 100

Origin Giratina trades high Defense for high Attack while keeping its high Stamina Stat. This translates to using a similar type Pokémon as a counter – high Attack with reasonable bulk. Super Effective moves, STAB, and reduced damage are definitely pluses.

Guaranteed Winners
These counters will beat Origin Giratina in every shield count situation.
Pokemon GO SkuntankSkuntank Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Skuntank and Tyranitar perform nearly identical against Origin Giratina in Ultra League battles. Bite alone will dispense of Origin Giratina with incredible speed, putting these two on top if your opponent has any shields left.
Pokemon GO UmbreonUmbreon Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Will Win with a 1 Shield Disadvantage
Zangoose is the only counters that will beat Origin Giratina, in less time than Umbreon, and not listed above when your opponent has one more Shield than you do.
Pokemon GO ZangooseZangoose Shadow Claw Ghost Night Slash Dark
Will Win with Even Shield Counts
These counters will beat Origin Giratina when you and your opponent have the same Shield count.
Pokemon GO DrapionDrapion Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Pokemon GO Muk (Alola)Muk (Alola) Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO ExploudExploud Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Disarming Voice Fairy
Both Crunch Dark and Disarming Voice Fairy have identical PvP Stats – Power 70 and Energy 45. Neither receives STAB, but both are Super Effective against Origin Giratina.
Pokemon GO SneaselSneasel Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Sneasel and Weavile perform nearly identical against Origin Giratina in Ultra League battles. Sneasel takes the advantage due to its lower resource cost.
Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Dark Crunch Dark
Foul Play Dark
Both Crunch Dark and Foul Play Dark have identical PvP Stats – Power 70 and Energy 45. Both receive STAB and are Super Effective against Origin Giratina.
Pokemon GO CloysterCloyster Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO PiloswinePiloswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Piloswine and Mamoswine perform nearly identical against Origin Giratina in Ultra League battles. Piloswine takes the advantage due to its lower resource cost.