Giovanni’s team had a refresh in Pokémon Go following the arrival of the From the Shadows quest.
As of 22 March 2023, his team sees several new possibilities, including a finale against Regice, the latest legendary to see the Shadow treatment.
However, know that whenever you face Giovanni, he’s a tough opponent to battle, and this page will list out his current team and counters if you’re having trouble.
How to find Giovanni in Pokémon Go
Team Go Rocket boss Giovanni is typically only available to battle while completing Team Go Rocket Special Research. We get a new set of this type of research every few months, typically with a new Shadow legendary Pokémon as a reward at the very end.
From late March 2023, this quest is From the Shadows.
As part of the quest, after beating all three Team Go Rocket leaders, you’ll get a Super Rocket Radar, allowing you to hunt down Giovanni.
Just like the leaders, Giovanni will appear in Team Go Rocket balloons or at taken over PokéStops if you have the Super Rocket Radar. Once you find him and use the radar, you can battle him as many times as it takes to beat him (as long as you’re within distance of the PokéStop), which is great, because he is typically a pretty tough battle.
Pokémon Go Giovanni team line-up
Currently, Giovanni will have the following team:
- Persian (normal)
- Regice (ice)
Pokémon Go Giovanni counters
Because there are fewer potential party options for Giovanni than there are for the Rocket Leaders, he’s actually easier to plan against, even if his Pokémon are much stronger. You will need to bring the strongest Pokémon you have and your A-game in order to take him down.
For opener Persian, bring a fighting-type, such as:
- Terrakion with Double Kick and Sacred Sword
- Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch
- Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere
- Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch
If during the second encounter he uses Nidoking, consider ground-types such as:
- Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Mamoswine with Mud Slap and Bulldoze
- Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake
- Rhyperior with Mud Slap and Earthquake
If during the second encounter he uses Kingdra, consider fairy-types such as:
- Togekiss with Charm and Dazzling Gleam
- Gardevoir with Charm and Dazzling Gleam
If during the second encounter he uses Kingler, consider electric-types such as:
- Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge
For the final encounter against Regice, you have a number of options to take down an ice-type — we recommend bringing back your fighting-type opener, or if you want a back-up, then a fire-type is also a safe bet:
- Entei with Fire Fang and Overheat
- Moltres with Fire Spin and Overheat
- Heatran with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
- Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Emboar with Ember and Blast Burn
How to beat Giovanni in Pokémon Go
As with fighting the leaders, Giovanni will block the first two charged attacks with shields. As such, you’ll ideally want a fighting-type that can chip away at Persian’s health without relying on them, while also having charged moves to destroy these two shields as fast as possible. From there, it’s a case of switching to the counters which suit the line-up that follows.
After defeating Giovanni, you will get to catch whichever Shadow legendary appears in the final encounter. It’s a guaranteed catch, so don’t forget to use a Pinap Berry to score some extra candy.