If you’re playing Pokemon GO in August 2022, then you might want to defeat the infamous leader of Team Rocket, Giovanni, at some point during your adventure. Not only is he extremely difficult to defeat without a proper lineup, but his Phase 3 Shadow Latios is capable of wiping out entire teams alone.
Giovanni’s Pokemon GO roster was last switched during the Pokemon GO Battle Weekend event, and his August 2022 lineup will remain the same.
While his Shadow Latios will be the biggest problem you’ll be facing while trying to take down Giovanni, you can’t let your guard down while fighting his other Pokemon either. In fact, you’ll have to make sure that you have counters for all of his Pokemon if you’re looking to beat him in Pokemon GO.
Pokemon GO: How to Beat Giovanni
Here’s the current lineup of Giovanni in Pokemon GO as of August 2022:
- Phase 1: Persian
- Phase 2: Nidoking / Machamp / Rhyperior
- Phase 3: Shadow Latios
Here are the counters to each phase:
Phase 1 – Persian Counters:
Persian is a Normal-type Pokemon and is weak against Fighting types while being immune to Ghost types.
To be able to beat Persian easily, make sure to have a Fighting-type Pokemon on your team. Some good counters to Persian would be Lucario or Machamp.
Phase 2 – Nidoking Counters
Nidoking is a Poison/Ground-type Pokemon and is weak against Ground, Ice, Psychic, or Water-type Pokemon.
Some good counters to Nidoking are Kyogre or Mewtwo.
Phase 2 – Machamp Counters
Machamp is a Fighting-type Pokemon and is weak against Fairy, Flying, or Psychic-type Pokemon.
Mewtwo would be a good counter to Machamp as well.
Phase 2 – Rhyperior counters
Rhyperior is a Ground/Rock-type Pokemon and is weak against Grass and Water-type Pokemon.
Water-type Pokemon like Kyogre or Grass-type Pokemon like Torterra might be a good choice here.
Giovanni Phase 3 – Shadow Latios Counters
The Shadow Latias that Giovanni uses is a Dragon/Psychic-type Pokemon, making it weak against Bug, Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, or Ice-type attacks, while being resistant against Electric, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Psychic, and Water-type attacks.
Some good Pokemon to defeat Shadow Latios would include Legendaries like Dialga, Palkia, or Rayquaza.