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How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go: Lineup, Counters, Weaknesses

Trying to figure out how to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go? He’s the big boss of Team GO Rocket, and his lineup can be challenging if you don’t have the right Pokemon. In this guide, we’ll take a look at Giovanni’s possible lineups, some good Pokemon to counter him, and some general tips for winning.

To get Giovanni to show up, you will need a Super Rocket Radar. You can work your way up to this Radar by completing the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle Times Research. Once you have this, you can track down Giovanni and rescue Suicune.

How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go: Lineup, Counters, Weaknesses

First, it’s always a good idea to know which possible Pokemon Giovanni can throw out at you before starting the battle. Here’s Giovanni’s Pokemon lineup:

Pokemon #1

  • Persian: Normal-type

Giovanni always starts with a Persian, and that has not changed here. Persian is weak to Fighting and resistant to Ghost-type Pokemon. A Pokemon like Coballion with Metal Claw (fast) and Sacred Sword (charged) excels here. 

Other options include Machamp with Counter and Cross Chop, Rhyperior with Mud Slap and Stone Edge, or Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere. There are many possible lineups to defeat Persian easily, so keep the vulnerabilities in mind.

Pokemon #2

  • Dugtrio: Ground-type
  • Nidoking: Poison/Ground-type
  • Garchomp: Dragon/Ground-type

Dugtrio is vulnerable to Grass, Ice, and Water, while Nidoking’s weak to Water, Ground, Ice, and Psychic. Garchomp is weak to Ice (super), Fairy, and Dragon. Vaporeon is an excellent option here with Water Gun (fast) and Aqua Tail (charged).

Pokemon #3

  • Suicune: Water-type

Suicune is vulnerable to Grass and Electric-type Pokemon. Some good counters here are Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge, Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Thunderbolt, and Raikou with Volt Switch and Wild Charge. There are many other options as well, but there is a general rule of thumb to follow.

Aim to have Pokemon that can resist the enemy fast moves, while having attacks that deal super-effective damage. With Magnezone being Steel and Electric, he can resist Suicune’s Extrasensory attack while doing super-effective damage with Electric moves.

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