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Pokémon Go Giovanni counters May 2024

Learn the weaknesses Pokémon Go’s Giovanni has this month and find out the best team to use against him, updated for May 2024.

Pokémon Go's Giovanni against a dark grey background with the Pocket Tactics logo on it

So, you want to know how to beat Pokémon Go’s Giovanni this month? Well, you’re in the right place. The Team Go Rocket leader made his return in November 2021 with legendary Shadow Lugia by his side. He’s possibly the toughest 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 him. Check out our Pokémon Go promo codes while you’re here if you need some freebies, then take a look at our Pokémon Go Sierra, Pokémon Go Cliff, and Pokémon Go Arlo guides for some pro gamer strats.

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

What are the best counters for Persian?

Giovanni will always use Persian as his first Pokémon. Persian is a normal-type Pokémon meaning it’s weak to fighting moves.

Here are our recommended Persian counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
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 Brutal Swing or Stone Edge
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What are the best counters for Nidoking?

Nidoking is one of Giovanni’s second Pokémon, it’s weak to ground-, ice-, psychic-, and water-types. To beat it, we recommend any of the following to take into battle.

The best Nidoking counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Mewtwo Psycho Cut and Psychic
Rhyperior Mud Slap and Rock Wrecker
Glaceon Ice Shard and Avalanche

What are the best counters for Rhyperior?

Rhyperior is weak to fighting-, ground-, steel-, water-, grass-, and ice-type attacks, here are our recommended counters.

Here are the best Rhyperior counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Kyogre Waterfall and Origin Pulse
Swampert Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
Gyarados Waterfall and Hydro Pump

What are the best counters for Garchomp?

Garchomp can be one of the second Pokémon that Giovanni uses. It’s weak to dragon-, fairy-, and ice-type moves. 

Here are the Garchomp counters we recommend:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Glaceon Dragon Tail and Outrage
Mamoswine Powder Snow and Avalanche
Articuno Frost Breath and Ice Breath

What are the best counters for Groudon?

Finally, you need to take on Shadow Groudon, and for this ground Pokémon, it’s weak against water-, grass-, and ice-type attacks and resistant to poison-, rock-, and electric-types.

Here are our recommended Kyogre counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Kyogre Waterfall and Origin Pulse
Mamoswine Powder Snow and Avalanche
Swampert Water Gun and Hydro Cannon

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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 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.