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By Nikita Gambhir

How to Beat Giovanni (July 2023)



Pokemon GO frequently updates its events and special occasions to ensure optimal engagement. Just like in the Pokemon franchise, the game also features antagonists that players must defeat. Team GO Rocket, a group of non-playable characters (NPCs), is notorious for their mischievous acts and use of Shadow Pokemon. The Team GO Rocket consists of multiple Grunts, three Leaders, and one Main Boss. While battling the Grunts may be relatively easy, defeating the leaders – Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, and the Main Boss, Giovanni – poses a significant challenge. Giovanni possesses a diverse roster of Shadow Monsters, and the battle is divided into three phases, with the second phase being particularly unpredictable. This comprehensive guide provides all the information needed to effectively battle Giovanni, the Main Boss of Team GO Rocket.

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How to Defeat Giovanni in Pokemon GO

Giovanni’s Pokemon GO team for July 2023 consists of 5 Shadow Pokemon, making it a three-round battle. The first and last rounds feature one Pokemon each, but the second round is more complicated as Giovanni can choose from three representatives. To successfully battle Giovanni, players must carefully analyze the second round’s monsters and create a well-rounded roster with moves that have STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) potential.

First Phase: Shadow Persian
Second Phase: Shadow Nidoking, Shadow Rhyperior, or Shadow Garchomp
Third Phase: Shadow Regirock

Counters for Giovanni’s First Phase

Giovanni always starts the battle with his trusted companion, Shadow Persian. Although it is a Normal-type Pokemon, Shadow Persian possesses enhanced offensive capabilities as a Shadow variant.

Shadow Persian
Type: Normal
Weakness: Fighting
Resistance: Ghost

Counters for Shadow Persian
Fast Attack: Machamp (Counter)
Charge Attack: Dynamic Punch
Conkeldurr (Counter)
Charge Attack: Focus Blast
Hariyama (Counter)
Charge Attack: Dynamic Punch
Lucario (Counter)
Charge Attack: Aura Sphere
Terrakion (Double Kick)
Charge Attack: Sacred Sword

Counters for Giovanni’s Second Phase

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While the First Phase’s monster is predetermined, it is uncertain which Pokemon Giovanni will use in the Second Phase. He has formidable options such as Shadow Nidoking, Shadow Rhyperior, or Shadow Garchomp. Players must closely monitor the meta and select appropriate counters that are effective against all three possibilities.

Shadow Nidoking
Type: Poison and Ground
Weakness: Ground, Ice, Psychic, Water
Resistance: Electric, Poison, Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Rock

Counters for Shadow Nidoking
Fast Attack: Kyogre (Waterfall)
Charge Attack: Surf
Garchomp (Mud Shot)
Charge Attack: Earth Power
Galarian Darmanitan (Ice Fang)
Charge Attack: Avalanche
Lunala (Confusion)
Charge Attack: Psychic
Espeon (Zen Headbutt)
Charge Attack: Psychic

Shadow Rhyperior
Type: Ground and Rock
Weakness: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Ice, Steel, Water
Resistance: Electric, Poison, Fire, Flying, Normal, Rock

Counters for Shadow Rhyperior
Fast Attack: Can Razor Leaf
Charge Attack: Leaf Blade
Kyogre (Waterfall)
Charge Attack: Origin Pulse
Zarude (Vine Whip)
Charge Attack: Power Whip
Samurott (Fury Cutter)
Charge Attack: Hydro Cannon
Kingler (Bubble)
Charge Attack: Crabhammer

Shadow Garchomp
Type: Dragon and Ground
Weakness: Dragon, Fairy, Ice
Resistance: Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock

Counters for Shadow Garchomp
Fast Attack: Galarian Standard Darmanitan (Ice Fang)
Charge Attack: Avalanche
Weavile (Ice Shard)
Charge Attack: Avalanche
Mamoswine (Powder Snow)
Charge Attack: Avalanche
Articuno (Frost Breath)
Charge Attack: Ice Beam
Dragonite (Dragon Tail)
Charge Attack: Outrage

Counters for Giovanni’s Third Phase

Similar to the First Phase, the Third Phase features a single opponent. Giovanni brings out the powerful Shadow Regirock to represent him in the final phase of the Pokemon GO battle.

Shadow Regirock
Type: Rock
Weakness: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water
Resistance: Fire, Flying, Normal, Poison

Counters for Shadow Regirock
Fast Attack: Terrakion (Double Kick)
Charge Attack: Sacred Sword
Can Razor Leaf
Charge Attack: Leaf Blade
Kyogre (Waterfall)
Charge Attack: Origin Pulse
Lucario (Counter)
Charge Attack: Aura Sphere
Conkeldurr (Counter)
Charge Attack: Dynamic Punch

Pokemon GO is available for both Android and iOS devices.

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Pokemon GO regularly updates events and special occasions to keep engagement optimal. As the Pokemon franchise has always been, the title also has antagonists whom players need to win against. Team GO Rocket is a group of NPCs infamous for their mischievous acts and use of Shadow Pokemon.




The Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket comprises multiple Grunts, three Leaders, and one Main Boss. Battling the Grunts might be an easy ordeal, but defeating the leaders: Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, and the Main Boss, Giovanni, is exceptionally troublesome. Giovanni possesses diverse Shadow Monsters, and the battle is divided into three phases, with the second one being unpredictable. This guide discusses everything one needs to know before battling the Team GO Rocket’s Main Boss.

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How to Beat Giovanni in Pokemon GO

John in Pokemon GO

Giovanni’s July 2023 Pokemon GO team has 5 Shadow Pokemon for a three-round battle. The first and last rounds have one Pokemon, but the 2nd round is tricky as Giovanni has three representatives he can choose from. One has to thoroughly inspect the 2nd round’s monsters to prepare a throughout roster with STAB Potential moves before attempting to battle the Team GO Rocket’s Main Boss.

First Phase: Shadow Persian

Second Phase: Shadow Nidoking, Shadow Rhyperior, or Shadow Garchomp

Third Phase: Shadow Regirock

Giovanni’s First Phase Counters

pokemon go john 2023

Giovanni always starts the battle with his trusted companion, Shadow Persian. It is a Normal-type Pokemon but has boosted offensive capabilities as a Shadow variant.

Shadow Persian

Type: Normal-type

Weakness: Fighting-type

Resistance: Ghost-type

Shadow Persian Counters

Fast Attack

Charge Attack

Machamp

Counter

Dynamic Punch

Conkeldurr

Counter

Focus Blast

Hariyama

Counter

Dynamic Punch

Lucario

Counter

Aura Sphere

Terrakion

Double Kick

Sacred Sword

Giovanni’s Second Phase Counters

john pokemon go

While the First Phase’s monster is specific, one cannot say which Pokemon Giovanni will use in the Second Phase. He has powerful options like Shadow Nidoking, Shadow Rhyperior, or Shadow Garchomp. Pokemon GO players need to carefully observe the meta and select proper counters that go well against all of them.

Shadow Nidoking

Type: Poison and Ground

Weakness: Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water-type

Resistance: Electric, Poison, Bug, Fairy, Fighting, and Rock-type

Shadow Nidoking Counters

Fast Attack

Charge Attack

Kyogre

Waterfall

Surf

Garchomp

Mud Shot

Earth Power

Galarian Darmanitan

Ice Fang

Avalanche

Lunala

Confusion

Psychic

Espeon

Zen headbutt

Psychic

Shadow Rhyperior

Type: Ground and Rock

Weakness: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Ice, Steel, and Water-type

Resistance: Electric, Poison, Fire, Flying, Normal, and Rock-type

Shadow Rhyperior Counters

Fast Attack

Charge Attack

Can

Razor Leaf

Leaf Blade

Kyogre

Waterfall

Origin Pulse

Zarude

Vine Whip

Power Whip

Samurott

Fury Cutter

Hydro Cannon

Kingler

Bubble

Crabhammer

Shadow Garchomp

Type: Dragon and Ground

Weakness: Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type

Resistance: Electric, Fire, Poison, and Rock-type

Shadow Garchomp Counters

Fast Attack

Charge Attack

Galarian Standard Darmanitan

Ice Fang

Avalanche

We heard

Ice Shard

Avalanche

Mamoswine

Powder Snow

Avalanche

Articuno

Frost Breath

Ice Breath

Dragonite

Dragon Tail

Outrage

Giovanni’s Third Phase Counters

Giovanni in Pokemon Go

Much like the First Phase, the Third Phase has just one opponent. Giovanni comes with a powerful Shadow Regirock as his representative for the Final Phase of the Pokemon GO battle.

Shadow Regirock

Type: Rock

Weakness: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water-type

Resistance: Fire, Flying, Normal, and Poison-type

Shadow Regirock Counters

Fast Attack

Charge Attack

Terrakion

Double Kick

Sacred Sword

Can

Razor Leaf

Leaf Blade

Kyogre

Waterfall

Origin Pulse

Lucario

Counter

Aura Sphere

Conkeldurr

Counter

Dynamic Punch

Pokemon GO is available for Android and iOS.

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