Pokémon Go Giovanni December counters and weaknesses

The best team to use against Pokémon Go’s Giovanni this month

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 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 Pokémon Go 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.

If you’re looking for more advice on taking on Giovanni’s fellow leaders, check out our guides on Pokémon Go’s Sierra, Pokémon Go’s Cliff, and Pokémon Go’s Arlo. And, if you’re on the hunt for something a little similar, but different, we’ve got a list jam-packed with games like Pokémon Go for you to try.

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 receiving a message from Pokémon Go's Giovanni

What are the best Pokémon Go Giovanni counters for Kingler?

Kingler is a water-type Pokémon that’s weak to grass and electric-type Pokémon. For Kingler, we recommend any of the following to take into battle.

  • Zapdos – Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt or Zap Cannon
  • Electivire – Thunder Shock and Wild Charge or Thunder
  • Raikou – Volt Switch and Wild Charge or Thunderbolt
  • Roserade – Razor Leaf and Solar Beam or Grass Knot
  • Zarude – Vine Whip and Power Whip or Energy Ball

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.

You’ll notice a couple of the same Pokémon used on Kingler here, which means you’ve got double the chance of having the right Pokémon for battle… unless Nidoking shows up that is.

  • 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 Nidoking?

The Nidoking that Giovanni uses is very resistant to bug and electric types. Fortunately, you’ve still got a vast choice of weaknesses to play into with ground, water, psychic, and ice all options for taking down this Pokémon.

  • Garchomp – Mud Shot and Earth Power or Earthquake
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow and Avalanche or Bulldoze
  • Kyogre – Waterfall and Surf or Hydro Pump
  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut and Psystrike or Psychic
  • Swampert – Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon or Surf

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

Finally, you need to take on Shadow Lugia and for this Pokémon, its weaknesses are ice, electric, dark, ghost, and rock, so any of the below options are great picks for your team. Be aware, Shadow Lugia is incredibly resistant to fighting and ground-type Pokémon so steer clear.

  • Melmetal – Thunder Shock and Rock Slide or Hyper Beam
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down and Rock Wrecker or Stone Edge
  • Magnezone – Volt Switch and Wild Charge or Zap Cannon
  • Yveltal – Snarl and Dark Pulse
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow and Avalanche or Bulldoze

Pokémon Go's Giovanni next to 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.

And if those rewards aren’t enough to entice you, there’s a big reward for beating Giovanni, and that’s the opportunity to catch the legendary shadow Pokémon for November, Shadow Lugia.

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, and Pokémon Go best Pokémon guides.

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