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.
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:
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:
Rhyperior is weak to fighting-, ground-, ice-, and steel-type attacks, you should take advantage of its double weakness to grass- and water-type attacks.
Here are the best Rhyperior counters:
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:
Finally, you need to take on Shadow Regigigas and for this normal Pokémon, it’s weak against fighting-type attacks and resistant to ghost-types.
Here are our recommended Regigigas counters:
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 event, Pokémon Go raid, Pokédex, and Pokémon Go best Pokémon guides.