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Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters April 2021: How To Beat Team Rocket Leader, Best Pokemon To Use, Weaknesses And More

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Facing off against Giovanni in Pokemon GO? You'll need to know the best counters!


Once players have defeated Cliff, Arlo and Sierra, they'll be able to track down Giovanni using the Super Rocket Radar.

It's not quite that simple though, because the Super Rocket Radar also displays some grunts disguised as Giovanni.

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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Team Rocket Leader Giovanni Line-Up 

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 April 2021, Giovanni will have Shadow Zapdos.

Below is a list of counters and the most effective moves against each of Giovanni's Pokemon, as of April 2021.

Team Rocket Leader Giovanni Pokemon Counters

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.

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)

Zapdos Counters

Zapdos is weak to Ice-type and Rock-type attacks.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that are useful for countering Zapdos.

  • Rhyperior - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Mamoswine - Powder Snow (Fast Move) + Avalanche (Charge Move)
  • Rampardos - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Rock Slide (Charge Move)
  • Terrakion - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Hopefully, this helps you defeat and takedown Team Rocket Leader Giovanni.

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