How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go November 2022: Shadow Mewtwo counters & weaknesses

Pokemon Go GiovanniNiantic

Pokemon Go’s notorious Team Go Rocket Leader Giovanni is available to battle alongside Shadow Mewtwo in November 2022. With the right lineup of counters, you’ll be able to beat him and his Shadow Pokemon in no time.

Team Go Rocket’s Giovanni is tough competition in Pokemon Go so knowing the right counters to defeat him is vital, especially as you’ve likely fought your way through Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, and plenty of Grunts in order to get here.

After battling with the Hoenn region’s Legendary duo Latios and Latios throughout 2022, Giovanni now has Shadow Mewtwo in his lineup. We’re going to break down everything we know about his roster, weaknesses, and the best counters to take you to victory.

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Artwork of Giovanni in Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
The infamous villain Giovanni is back in Pokemon Go for 2022.

Giovanni Pokemon Go counters (November 2022)

Giovanni’s Pokemon lineup changed on November 14, 2022, during the Team Go Rocket Takeover event in Pokemon Go, where Shadow Mewtwo was added to his team.

If any more changes emerge, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, but for now, here’s Giovanni’s current lineup in Pokemon Go:

  • Phase 1: Persian
  • Phase 2: Nidoqueen / Steelix / Rhyperior
  • Phase 3: Shadow Mewtwo

How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go

To stand a chance at defeating the villainous Giovanni in Pokemon Go, you’ll need to know the best lineup of counters to target his roster’s weaknesses and deliver that final attack with confidence.

At the start of every battle, Giovanni will always throw out his signature Pokemon, Persian. The second Pokemon he chooses is at random from a pool of three. Finally, you’ll face Shadow Mewtwo.

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Giovanni Pokemon Go counters phase 1

Persian, one of Giovanni's phase in Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
Giovanni will always start with Persian in Pokemon Go for his first Phase.

Persian counters

As a Normal-type Pokemon, Persian is weak against Fighting-type attacks and resistant to Ghost-type attacks, making it a lot easier to know exactly which Pokemon to utilize.

Use these counters against Persian in Pokemon Go to stand the best chance of winning:

Persian Counters
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr Counter (Fast Move) & Focus Blast (Charge Move)
Hariyama Hariyama Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
Lucario Lucario Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
Machamp Machamp Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

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Giovanni Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Nidoqueen Steelix and Rhyperior in Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
Giovanni’s Phase 2 will be Nidoqueen, Steelix, or Rhyperior.

Nidoqueen counters

As a dual Poison/Ground-type Pokemon, Nidoqueen is weak against Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water-type moves, and resistant to Electric, Poison, Bug, Fairy, Fighting, and Rock-type attacks.

Nidoqueen Counters  
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo Psycho Cut (Fast Move) & Psychic/Psystrike (Charge Move)
Kyogre Kyogre Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)
Raikou Garchomp Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)
Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)
Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Steelix counters

Steelix is a dual Ground/Steel-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak to Fighting, Fire, Ground, and Water-type moves.

Steelix Counters
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)
Reshiram counter Reshiram Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)
Swampert Swampert Water Gun (Fast Move) & Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)
Entei Pokemon Go Entei Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counters

Rhyperior is a Ground/Rock-type Pokemon, so it’s extremely weak against Grass and Water-type moves, and also weak against Fighting, Ground, Ice, and Steel-type attacks.

Rhyperior Counters
Torterra Torterra Razor Leaf (Fast Move) & Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)
Kyogre Kyogre Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)
Empoleon Pokemon Go Empoleon Waterfall (Fast Move) & Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)
Zarude Zarude Vine Whip (Fast Move) & Power Whip (Charge Move)
Swampert Swampert Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)

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Giovanni Pokemon Go counters phase 3

MewtwoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
Giovanni’s Phase 3 will always be Shadow Mewtwo.

Shadow Mewtwo counters

Giovanni’s Shadow Mewtwo is a Psychic-type, which means it’s weak against Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type attacks and resistant to Fighting and Psychic-type attacks.

Shadow Mewtwo Counters
Darkrai Darkrai Snarl (Fast Move) & Dark Pulse (Charge Move)
Hydreigon Hydreigon Bite (Fast Move) & Brutal Swing (Charge Move)
Chandelure Chandelure Hex (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Hoopa Hoopa Astonish (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Zarude Zarude Bite (Fast Move) & Dark Pulse (Charge Move)

Compared to Rocket Grunts and Leaders, Giovanni packs a punch. His lineup of Shadow Pokemon will deplete your health quickly if you don’t have the right counters. Don’t panic though, as you can rematch the boss immediately, and make changes to your roster as needed to beat him.

As long as you use the right counters to exploit his lineup’s weaknesses, you will defeat him. If you don’t see any Pokemon that you own on the list above, simply look at our weaknesses chart and match it accordingly to what you have.

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Best team to defeat Giovanni in Pokemon Go

Conkeldurr, Hydreigon, and Kyogre in Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
The right team will make defeating Giovanni a lot easier.

One of the best teams you can use to defeat Giovanni in Pokemon Go is Conkeldurr, Kyogre, and Hydreigon.

A strong Fighting-type like Conkeldurr will help you defeat Giovanni’s guaranteed phase one Pokemon, the Normal-type Persian. Next, a powerful Water-type like Kyogre will be able to wipe away all three of his potential phase two Pokemon.

Finally, you’ll want a strong Dark-type or Ghost-type to deal with Giovanni’s phase three Pokemon, Shadow Mewtwo. We recommend Hydreigon for this, although there are plenty of other options like Darkrai, Hoopa, and Chandelure.

How to find Giovanni in Pokemon Go

Before you can attempt to track down Giovanni, you’ll first need to complete some steps:

  • Defeat Team Rocket Grunts at PokeStops to earn six Mysterious Components and obtain a Team Rocket Radar.
  • Equip the Radar, and take down the three other Team GO Rocket Leaders, Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra (you’ll find these at PokeStops or hovering above the ground in hot air balloons).
  • Make sure that you complete Special Research tasks such as taking down the other leaders, defeating Grunts, and other Team Rocket tasks until you receive a Super Rocker Radar.
  • Equip it, and you’ll have to check out different PokeStops to rule out any potential decoy Giovannis until you encounter the real one.

How to beat Team Leaders in Pokemon Go

If you’re looking to take on the other Team Go Rocket Leaders, check out our guide to take down Arlo, our guide to defeat Cliff, and finally, our guide to beat Sierra.

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So, there you have it, everything you need to know about the best counters to beat Giovanni and Shadow Mewtwo in Pokemon Go for November 2022.

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