01 Jul 2021 9:52 AM +00:00

Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters (July 2021) - How To Beat The Team Rocket Leader, Shadow Zapdos & Shadow Ho-Oh

So you want to know how to defeat Giovanni in Pokemon GO? Well, you might want to give this guide a read first for all the tips and best counters to use when fighting the ultimate Team Go Rocket Leader.

Once players have defeated Arlo, Cliff and Sierra, they'll be able to track down Giovanni using the Super Rocket Radar. It's not quite as easy as it sounds though, because the Super Rocket Radar also displays some Rocket Grunts disguised as Giovanni, too.

When you do eventually find Giovanni you'll want to know your best possible line-up to help you counter his strong Pokemon team. This is even more important if you want to get hold of the 12km Strange Eggs or complete the Inter-Egg-Sting Development Quest.

Need Help? Then keep reading for tips and counters on how to defeat Team Rocket Leader Giovanni.

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Giovanni Rocket Leader Rewards


For every Team Go Rocket Leader you defeat you will earn plenty of rewards in return. Players get 5000 Stardust, and an assortment of items which includes Max Potions and Max Revives.

Players will also have the opportunity to catch a Legendary Shadow Pokemon. When defeating Giovanni players will have the chance to capture Shadow Ho-Oh.

If that wasn't enough of a reason to defeat Giovanni, it also helps count towards your Ultra Hero medal, which keeps track of how many times you defeat the head of Team Go Rocket. The more you level up this badge, the more Giovanni themed clothing you'll unlock for your avatar. You can see below how many wins you need per piece of clothing.

  • Shoes - Defeat Giovanni 5 times + Silver Badge Level
  • Pants - Defeat Giovanni 5 times + Silver Badge Level
  • Shirt - Defeat Giovanni 20 times + Gold Badge Level
  • Gloves - Defeat Giovanni 20 times + Gold Badge Level

Team Rocket Leader Giovanni Line-Up & Counters


Giovanni will always use Persian as his first Pokemon. For Giovanni's second Pokemon, he will either use Kangaskhan, Nidoking or Garchomp. For his Third Pokemon in June 2021, Giovanni will have Shadow Ho-Oh.

Now you know which Pokemon Giovanni will use, you just need to know how to beat them. The best way to do that is to use specific Pokemon to counter, so below you'll find a list of the best Pokemon to counter Giovanni and the most effective moves against each of his possible Pokemon, as of July 2021.

Persian Counters

Persian is weak to Fighting and Ghost types. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Persian.

  • Melmetal - Thunder Shock (Fast Move) + Thunderbolt (Charge Move)
  • Machamp - Counter ( Fast Move) + Cross Chop (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior - Mud Slap (Fast Move) + Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Conkeldurr - Counter (Fast Move) + Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Kangaskhan Counters

Kangaskhan is weak to Fighting types. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Kangaskhan.

  • Dragonite - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Outrage (Charge Move)
  • Giratine - Dragon Claw ( Fast Move) + Dragon Breath (Charge Move)
  • Togekiss - Charm (Fast Move) + Ancient Power (Charge Move)
  • Gyarados - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Crunch (Charge Move)

Nidoking Counters

Nidoking is to Ground, Water and Psychic types. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Nidoking.

  • Empoleon - Waterfall (Fast Move) + Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)
  • Jirachi - Confusion (Fast Move) + Doom Desire (Charge Move)
  • Dialga - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Iron Head (Charge Move)
  • Kyogre - Waterfall (Fast Move) + Surf (Charge Move)

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Garchomp Counters

Garchomp is weak to Fairy and Fighting types. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Garchomp.

  • Togekiss - Charm (Fast Move) + Ancient Power (Charge Move)
  • Articuno - Ice Shard (Fast Move) + Icy Wind (Charge Move)
  • Gardevoir - Charm (Fast Move) + Psychic (Charge Move)
  • Dragonite - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Dragon Claw (Charge Move)
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Shadow Ho-Oh Counters

Shadow Ho-Oh is Rock-type pokemon first and foremost, with Electric and Water-types pokemon good secondary back ups. Generally speaking though, build your team around a strong Rock-type.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that are useful for countering Shadow Ho-Oh.

  • Rhyperior - Smack Down (Fast Attack) + Rock Wrecker (Charge Attack)
  • Rampardos - Smack Down (Fast Attack) + Rock Slide (Charge Attack)
  • Tyranitar - Smack Down (Fast Attack) + Stone Edge (Charge Attack)
  • Shadow Zapdos - Thunder Shock (Fast Attack) + Ancient Power (Charge Attack)
  • Aerodactyl - Rock Throw (Fast Attack) + Rock Slide (Charge Attack)
  • Landorus - Rock Throw (Fast Attack) + Rock Slide (Charge Attack)

Giovanni will have Shadow Ho-Oh in his grasp until Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. local time. Hopefully, this guide helps you defeat and takedown Team Rocket Leader Giovanni.