Giovanni’s team refreshed in Pokemon Go following the arrival of the From the Shadows quest.
As of March 22, 2023, his team sees several new possibilities, including a final against Regice, the last Legendary to see the Shadow treatment.
However, be aware that whenever you face Giovanni, he is a tough opponent to fight, and this page lists his current team And counters if you are having difficulty.
How to find Giovanni in Pokemon Go
Team Go Rocket boss Giovanni is usually only available to fight during the Team Go Rocket Special Research. We get a new set of this Research type every few months, usually with a new Legendary Shadow Pokemon as a reward at the very end.
As of late March 2023, this quest is From the Shadows.
As part of the quest, after defeating all three Team Go Rocket bosses, you will get a super rocket radarallowing you to track down Giovanni.
Much like Leaders, Giovanni will spawn in Team Go Rocket Balloons or supported PokéStops if you have the Super Rocket Radar. Once you find it and use the Radar, you can fight it as many times as it takes to beat it (as long as you’re within range of the PokéStop), which is great since it’s usually a battle quite difficult.
Pokémon Go Giovanni Team Composition
Currently, Giovanni will have the following team:
- Persian (normal)
Kingdra (Water Dragon)
- Management (ice)
Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters
Because there are fewer potential party options for Giovanni than for Rocket Leaders, it’s actually easier to plan against him, even though his Pokémon are much stronger. You will need to bring the strongest Pokémon you have and your A-game in order to defeat it.
For opener Persianbring a fighting typesuch as:
- Terrakion with double kick and holy sword
- machamp with counter and dynamic punch
- Lucaire with meter and Aura Sphere
- Conkeldur with counter and dynamic punch
If during the second encounter he uses Nidokingconsider floor-types such as:
- garchomp with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- mammochoon with Mud Slap and Bulldoze
- Groudon with mud shot and earthquake
- Rhyperior with Mud Slap and Earthquake
If during the second encounter he uses Kingdraconsider fairy-types such as:
- Togekiss with charm and dazzling brilliance
- Gardevoir with charm and dazzling brilliance
If during the second encounter he uses kinglerconsider electric-types such as:
- Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge
For the final match against Managementyou have a number of options for taking down an ice-type — we recommend bringing your fighting-type opener back, or if you want a backup, then a fire-type is also a safe bet:
- Entei with Fire Fang and Overheat
- Sulfur with Fire Spin and Overheat
- Heatran with Fire Spin and Fire Blast
- Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Embark with Ember and Blast Burn
How to beat Giovanni in Pokémon Go
Similar to fighting bosses, Giovanni will block the first two charged attacks with shields. As such, you’ll ideally want a fighting type that can drain the Persian’s health without relying on him, while also having charged moves to destroy both of those shields as quickly as possible. From there, it’s a matter of moving on to the counters that suit the composition that follows.
After defeating Giovanni, you will be able to catch the Legendary Shadow that spawns in the final encounter. It’s a guaranteed catch, so don’t forget to use a Pinap Berry to score extra candies.