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 if you have proper counters. In fact, it’s one of the most straightforward of these leader battles since Giovanni’s first and third Pokemon will always be set in stone. Here are all of Giovanni’s possible Pokemon:
- Pokemon 1
- Persian (Normal)
- Pokemon 2
- Nidoking (Poison/Ground)
- Kingler (Water)
- Rhyperior (Rock/Ground)
- Pokemon 3
- Lugia (Psychic/Flying)
Giovanni Battle 1
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, Sirfetch’d
Nidoking is susceptible to Ice-, Ground-, 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 if you’re using a Pokemon that is part Steel like Jirachi or Empoleon.
Best Picks: Palkia, Kyogre, Empoleon, Jirachi, Gyarados
Kingler with Crabhammer is quietly one of the best Water attackers in the game, so don’t take this crab lightly. If you’re lucky, then the Kingler you face will have some weaker like X-Scissor or Vise Grip. Palkia is a big bulky wall of water that can still deal massive damage to Kingler. Otherwise, use a Grass- or Electric-type Pokemon here.
Best Picks: Palkia, Ludicolo, Leafeon, Zarude, Zekrom
If you’re banking on running into this guy or Nidoking, then an Ice-type is the best way to go. Just be careful since Rhyperior’s Rock attacks can take out huge chunks of HP very quickly. A Water or Grass Pokemon is a much safer option here.
Best Picks: Torterra, Gyarados, Swampert, Gurogeist (Super), Kyogre
Giovanni Battle 3
The big bad bird is finally here. Fortunately, this is the only Pokemon that Giovanni has in his third spot so you can adequately prepare for Shadow Lugia. Dark-type Pokemon or mons with Dark attacks will be your best bet here. You could even mix in a little bit of Electric-types if you don’t have any powerful Dark mons.
Best Picks: Melmetal, Zacian (Hero), Yveltal, Bisharp, Magnezone
Best Pokemon Team
There are a ton of options for this battle up until you get to Shadow Lugia, but you can only pick three mons to go to battle with you. Here’s a solid team that should help you best Giovanni.
My ideal team for beating Giovanni is:
- Lucario (Counter | Power-Up Punch)
- Palkia (Dragon Breath | Aqua Tail)
- Melmetal (Thunder Shock | Rock Slide)
- Machamp (Counter | Cross Chop)
- Gyarados (Waterfall | Aqua Tail)
- Yveltal (Snarl | Dark Pulse)
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