How to Beat Giovanni (September 2022)

Coaches who like to fight have the opportunity to face the leaders of Team GO Rocket again this month in Pokemon GO, but some of the enemy faction leaders change their queues to keep the trainers on their toes. The big bad, Giovanni, is going to bring the same legendary shadow to the fight that appeared in August, but trainers may still want to refresh top counters ahead of time.

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Once players have pulled out all the stops to win an encounter with Giovanni, they’ll want to take the time to prepare for the fight before it begins so they don’t waste resources. There’s always an element of randomness to the exact roster, but players can learn enough in advance to prepare for the most versatile roster to deal with the current roster. Be sure to figure out if it’s worth burning some Elite TM heads to get the ideal movesets in place before the fight.

Giovanni September 2022 Programming

  • Persian
  • Nidoking or Rhyperior or Machamp
  • Shadow Latios

Persian counters

As always, Giovanni is very likely to start the battle with Persian. This Pokémon is a Normal type, and players of Pokemon GO can usually defeat him very easily with a respectable Fighting-type meter.

  • Lucario – Counter/Aura Sphere or Power-Up Punch
  • Conkeldurr – Counter / Dynamic Punch
  • Machamp – Counter/Cross Chop or Dynamic Punch
  • Rhyperior – Mudslap/Stone Edge
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down/Crunch
  • Hariyama – Counter / Dynamic Punch

Nidoking counters

Nidoking has a chance to spawn in the second slot. This Team Rocket favorite is a dual-type Poison and Ground, which means players can rely on Ground, Water, Psychic, and Ice-types as their best counter possibilities.

  • Kyogre – Waterfall/Hydraulic Pump
  • Hoopa (hairline) – Confusion/Psystrike
  • Mamoswine – Mud Slap / Avalanche
  • Rhyperior – Mud/earthquake
  • Swampert – Water Pistol / Hydrocannon
  • Mewtwo – Confusion or Psycho Cut/Psystrike
  • Alakazam – Confusion/Psychic

Machamp counters

The third possibility for Giovanni’s second fighter is Machamp. This Gen 1 type of combat is nothing new to veteran players and can be defeated with a carefully selected Flying, Psychic, or Fairy-type counter-strategy.

  • Mewtwo – Confusion or Psycho Cut/Psystrike
  • Alakazam – Confusion/Psychic
  • Hoopa (hairline) – Confusion/Psystrike
  • Moltres – Wing Attack/Sky Attack
  • Rayquaza – Air Slash / Hurricane
  • Deoxys – Zen Headbutt/Psycho Boost or Zap Cannon

Shadow Latios Counters

The last spot is again reserved for a Shadow Legendary who players can win an encounter with if they manage to survive the battle. Shadow Latios are in the spotlight again after appearing in July, which means players who fought last month should be prepared for the fight with Bug, Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost or Ice-Type counters. appropriate.

  • Gengar – Shadow Claw / Shadow Ball
  • Dialga – Dragon’s Breath/Draco Meteor
  • Garchomp – Dragon Tail/Outrage
  • Hydreigon – Dragon Breath / Brutal Swing
  • Salamence – Dragon Tail/Outrage

That should be about all coaches need to know ahead of this month’s big fight. Be sure to keep in mind that sometimes players may need to treat the first attempt as information gathering and re-enter immediately after an early loss with additional information.

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