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*UPDATED* Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters July 2022

Here's how to counter Giovanni in Pokemon Go

Updated: Jul 22, 2022 12:31 pm
*UPDATED* Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters July 2022

Looking for Pokemon Go Giovanni counters?

Pokemon Go’s Giovanni is the notorious Team Go Rocket Leader and is available to battle along with Shadow Latios in July 2022.

If you know how to counter Giovanni, the fight becomes a cakewalk and you can take him down easily.

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Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters July 2022

In July 2022, Giovanni’s lineup includes:

  • Phase 1: Persian
  • Phase 2: Nidoking/Machamp/Rhyperior
  • Phase 3: Shadow Latios

Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters – Persian

You should use a Fighting-Type Pokemon like Lucario, Breloom, or Machamp to counter Pokemon Go Giovanni’s Persian. There are other options out there as well and having the move Counter in your arsenal can be very helpful to stop Persian. Follow up with a hard-hitting Fighting-Type attack like Dynamic Punch and you’ll take Persian out easily.


Nidoking is weak to Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water-type Pokemon. You can use something like Glaceon or Mewtwo and quickly take Nidoking down with fast and charge moves. Garchomp is also an exceptional counter to Nidoking and you can easily take Giovanni’s Pokemon Down with Mud Shot and Earthquake.

Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters – Machamp

You should use Fairy, Flying, or Psychic-type moves against this Pokemon and avoid Dark, Bug, and Rock-type moves. Mewtwo is once again a solid option. You can use the same Psycho Cut and Psychic Strike combo that works well against Nidoking.


Grass and Water moves work best against Rhyperior. You want to use moves like Hydro Cannon and Frenzy Plant to take down the Pokemon quickly. Fast moves like Razor Leaf and Waterfall should create openings for you to follow up with a Charge Move to shut down your foe.


To take out Shadow Latios, you can use Bug, Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, or Ice. There are strong legendary options available. But, if you don’t have access to them, Gengar is one of the best options. You can use Shadow Claw and Shadowball to take down your foe quickly.

If you don’t have the right counter picks, you’ll lose to Pokemon Go Giovanni. Unlike other Team Go Rocket grunts, he does not mess around and you should be careful when fighting him. But even if you do make mistakes and lose, you will be able to rematch the fight immediately.

Is It Hard to Beat Giovanni?

At first glance, Giovanni is quite the Pokemon trainer, and besting him can feel challenging. But, equipped with knowledge of the right counters, he isn’t all that hard to beat. It’s also a case of knowing the order he’ll throw out his Pokemon and their specific weaknesses, then adapting to capitalize on these.

How Often Can You Fight Giovanni?

You’re only able to duke it out with Giovanni once a month. Every month grants a special research quest. Complete it to track down the man himself.

What Pokemon Should I Use Against Giovanni?

  • Persian – Lucario, Terrakion, Swampert, Conkeldurr, Heracross, Breloom, Machamp.
  • Nidoking – Glaceon, Mewtwo, Gardchomp, Kyogre, Darmanitan.
  • Machamp – Mewtwo, Togekiss, Rayquaza, Sylveon, Gardevoir.
  • Rhyperior – Excadrill, Torterra, Swampert, Cobalion, Kyogre.
  • Latios – Zacian, Giratina, Tyranitar, Hydreigon, Gyarados.

What Is Giovanni Weak Against in Pokemon Go?

  • Persian – Fighting.
  • Nidoking – Ice, Water, Ground, and Psychic.
  • Machamp – Psychic, Fairy, and Flying.
  • Rhyperior – Water and Grass, and to a lesser extent Ice, Steel, Fighting, and Ground.
  • Latios – Ghost, Dark, Ice, Dragon, Fairy, and Bug.

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