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Pokemon Go Giovanni counters and tips for beating him

How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go
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The Pokemon Go Giovanni lineup and counters is all-new for 2021, so if you've beaten him before you'll need to change up your battle party. Whether you have bested Giovani before in Pokemon Go or not, it's not an easy fight, and you'll need to know all of the best Giovanni counters to take down the Team Rocket boss. We've also got information on how to find the elusive chap, so read on for everything you need to know about the Pokemon Go Giovanni battle.

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How to find Giovanni

How to find Giovanni in Pokemon Go

How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go

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The first thing you need to do on the quest to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go is complete the first four stages of the Pokemon Go Looming in the Shadows research. You know the Rocket Radar you've been using to find the Rocket Grunts in the buildup to this point? Yeah, now you've got a Super Rocket Radar! This nifty tool works in the same way as the normal Rocket Radar, except it will show you the location of Giovanni.

Kind of. In a last ditch attempt to thwart your plans, there'll be plenty of disguised Rocket Grunts located at various stops. To uncover their disguises, you thankfully don't have to defeat them all; simply spin each stop to find the real Giovanni.

How to beat Giovanni

How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Giovanni counters

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When you find Giovanni, as we mentioned before, you're faced with one of the hardest fights in the game. Just like the three Team Rocket leaders (Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo), Giovanni can use protect shields, which means that along with having stronger Pokemon, he'll absorb up to two of your charged attacks. While Giovanni always starts with Persian, he can use one of three different Pokemon for his second choice, followed by Suicune. Here are the best counters for all the Pokemon Giovanni can use, including the optimal movesets:

Pokemon Go Giovanni counters

  1. Persian
  2. Kangaskhan/Nidoking/Garchomp
  3. Mewtwo


Persian is a Normal-type beast that can use any of the following type moves: Normal, Dark, Fairy, and Rock. Of course, Fighting-type moves are the best here, but since Persian is the weakest of the three Pokemon you face, it can be a good opportunity to charge up your strongest Pokemon's charge move ready for Suicune at the end of the battle. Charge it up then switch to one of the following to get Persian outta there.

LucarioCounter/Power-Up Punch
MachampCounter/Cross Chop
BlazikenCounter/Blaze Kick
PoliwrathMud Shot/Power-Up Punch


For Giovanni's second Pokemon, he can send out one of three. The first possibility is Kangaskhan, a Normal-type with some powerful attacks. Fighting-type Pokemon, as always, are the way forward here when dealing with any Normal-type Pokemon.

LucarioCounter/Aura Sphere
ConkeldurrCounter/Dynamic Punch
MachampCounter/Dynamic Punch
BreloomCounter/Dynamic Punch


Nidoking may look intimidating but with the right counters, you can take it down with ease. Here are some alternate options to see off Nidoking.

EmpoleonWaterfall/Hydro Cannon
JirachiConfusion/Doom Desire
DialgaDragon Breath/Iron Head


Garchomp may be one of the coolest looking Pokemon but since it's a dual Dragon/Ground-type Pokemon, you can rely on Ice-types because it has a double weakness. Here are the best Garchomp counters.

ArticunoIce Shard/Icy Wind
GlaceonFrost Breath/Ice Beam
DragoniteDragon Breath/Dragon Claw


For the final Pokemon, Giovanni's current legendary of choice is the one and only Mewtwo. Like all Psychic-types, Mewtwo struggles to deal with Dark-type moves, so rely on those to get through the final leg of the battle.

HydreigonBite/Dark Pulse
DarkraiSnarl/Dark Pulse
WeavileSnarl/Foul Play

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