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
- Nidoking (Poison/Ground)
- Dugtrio (Ground)
- Garchomp (Dragon/Ground)
- Pokemon 3
- Suicune (Water)
It makes sense — when it comes to lore — that Persian is Giovanni’s first Pokemon, but you would expect the head of Team GO Rocket to have a stronger mon. Persian isn’t anything special, so just overpower it with your Conkeldurr, Lucario, Machamp, etc.
Best Picks: Conkeldurr, Lucario, Machamp, Heracross, Hariyama
Nidoking is susceptible to Ice-, Gound-, Psychic-, and Water-type attacks, so you can pick a handful of different Pokemon here. Just make sure that you shield its first charge move so it doesn’t one-hit KO something like Jirachi, Excadrill, or Empoleon.
Best Picks: Swampert, Kyogre, Empoleon, Excadrill, Jirachi
This is another one where Ice- and Water-type Pokemon will do well, but Grass mons are pretty good too. As long as you pick something that is good against Dugtrio and isn’t weak to its attacks, then you should be set.
Best Picks: Tropius, Gyarados, Torterra, Kyogre, Articuno
Ice-types are solid against the other two possible Pokemon, but this is where you absolutely should go with an Ice mon. Fairies are also a solid choice here since they deal heavy damage to Dragon-type Pokemon. Pretty much any mon that’s part flying and has super effective attacks will do well.
Best Picks: Togekiss, Articuno, Gardevoir, Granbull, Dragonite
Suicune is a decent Water-type Pokemon, and it should be fairly easy to deal with if you know what’s coming. You have a few options here to play with when it comes to safe and strong picks. An Electric-type attacker will be the most optimal choice though.
Best Picks: Raikou, Melmetal, Magnezone, Electivire, Mewtwo
Best Pokemon Team
There are a ton of options for this battle especially once you get to Suicune, 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:
- Conkeldurr (Counter|Dynamic Punch)
- Articuno (Ice Shard|Ice Beam)
- Melmetal (Thunder Shock|Thunderbolt)
- Lucario (Counter|Power-Up Punch)
- Togekiss (Charm|Moonblast)
- Torterra (Razor Leaf|Solar Beam)
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