How to Beat Giovanni (December 2021)
Pokemon GO has consistently brought in fresh content to keep longtime fans engaged with the game. As part of Pokemon GOnew Heritage Season Events, Niantic has brought new challenges and missions for players to complete for rewards.
Of these new ones December challenges in Pokemon GO, gamers have the choice to confront Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket. Giovanni can usually be found after defeating Team Rocket Grunts, defeating other leaders, and assembling the Super Rocker Radar.
However, this time Giovanni has a brand new team from last month that requires some different strategies. So for Pokemon GO Fans looking for good hints and knowing what to expect, here’s how to beat Giovanni.
Unsurprisingly for veteran players, Giovanni always starts his squad in Persian. Persian is a Normal-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against a Battle-type Pokemon.
Some good counters include Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch. Terrakion is also a good choice with Smack Down and Sacred Sword. Finally, Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere will work as a great counter.
Unfortunately, there are three different abilities Giovanni can use for his second Pokemon that are randomly selected. These options include Kingler, Nidoking, or Rhyperior.
Kingler is a Water-type Pokemon, weaker than Electric and Grass-type Pokemon. Therefore Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant is a good choice. Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge is another good choice. Finally, Ludicolo with Razor Leaf and Leaf Storm is also a good choice.
Nidoking is a Poison and Ground-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Ground, Ice, Telepathic, and Water-type Pokemon. Empoleon with Waterfall and Hydro Cannon is a good choice. Excadrill with Mud Shot and Drill run is another good option. In the end, Jirachi with Confusion and Doom Desire would also make a great couple.
Rhyperior is a Ground and Rock-type Pokemon, so it is weak against Grass and Water-type moves. Some good options are Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant. Another good choice is Empoleon with Waterfall and Hydro Cannon. In the end, Zarude with Vine Whip and Power Whip is another good match.
In general, choosing Water or Grass-type Pokemon like Empoleon and Torterra are safe bets because two of Giovanni’s second three Pokemon are weak to either type.
To end the battle, Givanni will send a Shadow Lugia in Pokemon GO. Lugia is a Psychic and Flying-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Shadow, Electric, Ghost, Ice, and Rock generation moves.
A good selection includes Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch. Another choice could be Melmetal with Thunder Shock and Rock Slide. Finally, Bisharp vs Snarl and Dark Pulse would also be a great matchup.
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