Pokémon Go Giovanni counters and weaknesses [January 2023]

Learn the Team Rocket Go bosses weaknesses and find out the best team to use against Pokémon Go’s Giovanni this month, updated for January, 2023

A hologram of Pokémon Go's Giovanni

So, you want to know how to beat Team Go Rocket boss Giovanni in Pokémon Go this month? Well, you’re in the right place. Pokémon Go’s Giovanni made his return in November 2021 with legendary Shadow Lugia by his side. He’s possibly the toughest Team Go Rocket member to beat, but with the right counters and the know-how on what his weaknesses are, you’ll defeat him in no time. Luckily, we’ve put all that together for you right here.

In this Giovanni counter guide, we outline the best Pokémon team to take into battle. We’ve also listed the rewards you receive for defeating Giovanni, as well as how to level up your Ultra Hero medal, unlocking some nice new clothing along the way.

Now, let’s get into the best counters for Pokémon Go’s Giovanni.

What are the best Pokémon Go Giovanni counters for Persian?

Giovanni will always use Persian as his first Pokémon. Luckily, Persian is a normal-type Pokémon meaning it’s weak to fighting moves and so the counters below are great choices.

  • Lucario – Counter and Power-up Punch or Aura Sphere
  • Machamp – Counter and Cross Chop or Dynamic Punch
  • Conkeldurr – Counter and Dynamic Punch or Focus Blast
  • Rhyperior – Mud Slap and Stone Edge or Rock Wrecker
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down and Crunch or Stone Edge

Three phones attempting to contact Pokémon Go's Giovanni

What are the best Pokémon Go Giovanni counters for Nidoqueen?

Nidoqueen is a Pokémon that’s weak to ground, ice, psychic, and water-types. To beat it, we recommend any of the following to take into battle.

  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut and Psychic
  • Rhyperior – Mud Slap and Rock Wrecker
  • Glaceon – Ice Shard and Avalanche

What are the best Pokémon Go Giovanni counters for Rhyperior?

Rhyperior is weak to a number of different Pokémon types, but it has heightened weakness to both water and grass-type Pokémon, meaning you should take advantage of that with these choices and unleash some strong damage against Rhyperior.

  • Torterra – Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant or Solar Beam
  • Roserade – Razor Leaf and Grass Knot or Solar Beam
  • Zarude – Vine Whip and Power Whip or Energy Ball
  • Kyogre – Waterfall and Hydro Pump or Surf
  • Swampert – Water Gun and Hydro Cannon or Surf

What are the best Pokémon Go Giovanni counters for Steelix?

The Steelix that Giovanni uses is weak to fighting, fire, ground, and water-type moves. Here are the counters we recommend.

  • Rhyperior – Mud Slap and Rock Wrecker
  • Kyogre – Waterfall and Surf
  • Heatran – Fire Spin and Flamethrower

What are the best Pokémon Go Giovanni counters for Shadow Mewtwo?

Finally, you need to take on Shadow Mewtwo and for this Pokémon, its weaknesses are bug, dark, and ghost-type moves, so any of the below options are great picks for your team.

  • Tyranitar – Bite and Crunch
  • Darkrai – Snarl and Dark Pulse
  • Yveltal – Snarl and Dark Pulse

Pokémon Go's Giovanni next to a shadow Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno

What rewards do I get for beating Pokémon Go’s Giovanni?

You get a whole bunch of rewards for defeating Pokémon Go’s Giovanni. For starters, you get 5,000 Stardust and an assortment of items, including max potions and max revives. A win also helps level up your Ultra Hero medal, which counts up how many times you defeat the boss of Team Go Rocket.

As mentioned, you’ll level up your Ultra Hero medal every time you defeat Giovanni. When you defeat him enough times, you unlock more clothing which we’ve listed below. So, if you’re looking to kit yourself out and you’ve assembled the ultimate team to take him down, then it might be worth investing some time.

  • Defeat Giovanni five times + silver badge level – unlocks shoes
  • Defeat Giovanni five times + silver badge level – unlocks pants
  • Defeat Giovanni 20 times + gold badge level – unlocks shirt
  • Defeat Giovanni 20 times + gold badge level – unlocks gloves

And that’s everything you need to know about defeating Pokémon Go’s Giovanni. For more content like this, we recommend you head over to our Pokémon Go eventPokémon Go raid, Pokédex, and Pokémon Go best Pokémon guides.