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Pokemon GO Giovanni: How to Beat & Best Counters

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The leaders of Team GO Rocket are now live in Pokemon GO, according to a new blog post from Niantic.

As you progress through the new “Looming in the Shadows” Special Research quest, you’ll defeat all three Team GO Rocket Leaders and get a chance to take on the big boss himself, Giovanni. Here’s how to find and beat Giovanni in Pokemon GO.


How to Find Giovanni

Before you can take on Giovanni, you need to have progressed to step four of the six step Looming in the Shadows Special Research quest. This step will task you with defeating each of the three Team GO Rocket Leaders: Cliff, Sierra and Arlo.

According to a blog post from Niantic, Team GO Rocket Grunts may now drop Mysterious Components when defeated. Assemble six of those to make Rocket Radars that can be used to sniff out the three Team GO Rocket Leaders and battle them. Once you craft one, you can equip or unequip it from your bag. Tap the Rocket Radar button below the compass to activate the Rocket Radar. Using the Rocket Radar reveals all the Leader Hideouts in range, according to Niantic’s support website. They resemble regular PokeStops until you get within range of them, at which point the Team GO Rocket Leader will appear next to the PokeStop. Be careful as Leaders are more powerful than the average Grunt. If you lose a battle against the Leader, you can challenge them again until the Leader Hideout disappears from the map. Once you defeat them, the Rocket Radar breaks.

Even though players with Rocket Radars are the only ones able to detect hideouts for the leaders, they can still collaborate since hideouts appear to players in the same places, according to the blog post. After you create your first Rocket Radar, the items will then be available to purchase from the in-game shop with PokeCoins, according to Niantic’s support website. Only players level eight and above can get Mysterious Components and take on the Leaders, according to the website.

According to Pokemon Go Hub, bosses are only available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After you beat all three leaders and completed step four of Looming in the Shadows, you’ll earn a Super Rocket Radar which will help you locate and fight Giovanni. The Super Rocket Radar is equipped and unequipped just like the regular Rocket Radars. Once you activate it, you won’t located Giovanni right away. His location will be displayed along with a bunch of Grunts disguised as Giovanni. You need to spin each PokeStop to find where Giovanni is hiding, according to the support website.

Unlike standard Team GO Rocket Grunts, Leaders can use Shields. We anticipate that Giovanni will use Shields as well. Keep that in mind as you use Charge Moves.


Best Counters for Fighting Giovanni

Here are all the Pokemon Giovanni is known to use according to reports. We also included the best counters to use against them:

Pokemon 1
Persian – Machamp, Breloom, Hariyama, Lucario

Pokemon 2
Ninoking – Excadrill, Mamoswine, Groudon, Garchomp, Articuno, Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam or Psychic/Psystrike)
Dugtrio – Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam), Mamoswine, Kyogre, Kingler (w/ Crabhammer), Gyarados, Roserade, Sceptile
Rhydon – Kyogre, Kingler (w/ Crabhammer), Gyarados, Roserade, Sceptile, Venusaur, Machamp, Groudon, Metagross, Dialga, Lucario, Excadrill, Mamoswine, Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam)

Pokemon 3
Articuno – Rampardos, Tyranitar, Metagross, Dialga, Lucario, Chandelure, Moltres, Heatran, Entei, Excadrill, Raikou, Electivire, Magnezone, Zapdos

In keeping with the tradition of the Pokemon games, Giovanni uses mostly ground-type Pokemon. That makes most of his team vulnerable to ground-type weaknesses like water, grass and ice. But make no mistake, we don’t anticipate Giovanni going down without a fight. He also has a few Pokemon weak to steel, but keep in mind that steel-types are weak to ground.

Here’s the team composition we recommend:
Lucario with Counter and Power-Up Punch + Flash Cannon or Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Ice Beam
Heatran with Fire Spin and Stone Edge/Iron Head/Fire Blast

Both Lucario and Machamp will make quick work of Persian as well as Rhydon if you’re lucky. Mewtwo with Ice Beam will decimate all three of Giovanni’s ground-type Pokemon. As for Articuno, Heatran has the highest TDO out of all of Articuno’s possible counters, according to calculations on GamePress. However, any Pokemon that can resist Articuno’s attacks while dealing super effective damage, preferably with rock-type moves since Articuno has a double weakness against them, would be a good choice. You’re welcome to make your own team, of course.

According to a set of tips from user Paraprosdokian7 and LanAkou, the Pokemon used by Team GO Rocket Leaders have souped up attack stats. We anticipate that Giovanni will be similar.

That means that it’s not only important to use Pokemon that can deal super effective damage but ones that can resist their attacks. You can bait the leaders into using up all their shields quickly if you use fast charging Charge Moves constantly in the beginning. That way your more powerful Charge Moves can hit the opponent without a hitch. If you can kill a Pokemon easily with Fast Moves, save up your Charge Moves for the next Pokemon they send out especially if that Pokemon isn’t weak to your Fast Moves. Click on the links on each user for more info.

Defeating Giovanni will give you the chance to catch a Shadow Articuno, which you can then purify to have a very strong ice-type Pokemon on your team.

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