Once you defeat all the Team Go Rocket Leaders, it’s time to take on their boss. It won’t be an easy task, but here is how to beat Giovanni in Pokemon GO.
How to Beat Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni in Pokemon GO
For being the boss of Team Go Rocket, this battle isn’t especially difficult. In fact, it’s one of the most straightforward of these leader battles. Here are all of Giovanni’s possible Pokemon:
- Pokemon 1
- Persian (Normal)
- Pokemon 2
- Hippowdon (Ground)
- Dugtrio (Ground)
- Rhydon (Rock/Ground)
- Pokemon 3
- Articuno (Ice/Flying)
Just like Cliff and Sierra, you’ll want to have a solid Fighting-type to take on the first Pokemon. Persian isn’t anything special, so just overpower it with your Machamp, Hariyama, or Breloom.
Rhydon is susceptible to Fighting-types too, so you can just keep out your first Pokemon if you run into this beast. You don’t need to switch for Dugtrio or Hippowdon, but you can do it to get some super effective attacks.
Ice and Water Pokemon are your best bet here since either can easily take out Rhydon, Hippowdon, or Dugtrio. Mamoswine, Glaceon, Kingler, or Kyogre are all excellent choices for the second mon Giovanni uses.
You could also use a Grass-type for any of the possible Pokemon that Giovanni will use second. Breloom and Venusaur are decent options. You’ll just want to switch them out once you get to the third mon in this fight.
Articuno is a powerful Ice-type Pokemon, but it’s not as intimidating as long as you know that it’s coming next. You have a few options here to play with when it comes to optimal team choices.
Rock-, Electric-, Fire-, and Steel-types all have an advantage with Rock being the strongest against the ice bird. The only drawback here is that Ice is also super effective against Rock-types like Tyranitar.
That leaves you with either Electivire, Metagross, or Entei as the safest choices to take out Articuno. Fortunately, none of these Pokemon are weak to Ice-type moves and will make short work of this legendary bird.
Best Pokemon Team
There are a ton of options for this battle especially once you get to Articuno, but you can only pick three Pokemon to go to battle with you. Here’s a solid team that will relatively easily glide past Giovanni.
My ideal team for beating Giovanni is:
- Machamp (Counter|Dynamic Punch)
- Swampert (Water Gun|Hydro Cannon)
- Tyranitar (Smack Down|Stone Edge)
Tyranitar might seem like a dangerous choice against Articuno. The truth is quite the contrary. Even though Articuno will cause a bit of damage, Tyranitar or Regirock are both strong enough for it to not matter.
That’s all there is to know about how to beat Team Go Rocket Leader Giovanni in Pokemon GO. If you want to learn anything else about this game, then just check out our Pokemon Go Guide Wiki.