How to defeat Giovanni in Pokemon Go (March 2020)

Published: 1/Mar/2020 22:09

by Paul Cot


Giovanni is still causing chaos in the world of Pokemon Go, proving to be arguably the toughest challenge in the entire game. This guide looks at which Pokemon the Team Rocket boss uses and which species are the best counters to them.

He may be hard to beat, but that’s exactly what you’re going to need to do to yourself a Shadow legendary Pokemon. This is your only opportunity to nab yourself a powerful legend that is guaranteed to be level 25 and have an increased chance of high IVs.

This is in addition to other rewards such as 5,000 Stardust and a chance of getting the highly sought after Unova Stone. In short, it’s well worth defeating Giovanni.

Giovanni Shadow Raikou
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Raikou was the reward for defeating Giovanni in February…

The elusive Team Rocket head was first introduced to the game in November, and at that time you could catch a Shadow Articuno as a reward for defeating him. Zapdos, Moltres and Raikou have since been the rewards but February will give you the opportunity to catch Shadow Entei.

In order to find Giovanni, you’ll need to defeat several Team Rocket Grunts and each of their leaders – Arlo, Cliff and Sierra. Fortunately we have a separate guide for each of these which will help you greatly in defeating them:

What Pokemon are in Giovanni’s team?

With that said, it’s important to know which pool of Pokemon he can use. After all when facing such powerful Pokemon, having a type advantage and knowing what’s coming is paramount.

Here’s the possible combination of Pokemon Giovanni can use (as of February 2020):

Pokemon 1 Pokemon 2 Pokemon 3
Persian Kingler, Rhyperior, Steelix Entei


His first Pokemon is guaranteed to be Persian. This should come as no surprise as Meowth’s evolution is synonymous with the Team Rocket boss.

Ordinarily, Persian wouldn’t be considered too much of a threat. However, given its ultra high CP, even Giovanni’s weakest Pokemon shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Its only weakness is fighting-types, so Lucario and Machamp are the best counters to it. Giratina is another Pokemon that will do well here, if you’re lucky enough to have it. Look no further than Lucario unless you have to.

@PokemonGoAppMachamp, or another strong fighting-type, is a must have when battling Giovanni…


Kingler has decent attacking stats which means you don’t want it to last for any more than two Charge Moves. It will use a water, normal or bug-type Charge Move for reference.

Therefore, Torterra is seemingly a good option here. While it won’t help against Entei, it will cover you if Giovanni’s opts to use Rhyperior.

If possible, it’s advisable to build up a Charge Move against Persian which can be used to stun Kingler. Magnezone is an alternative option here.


Trainers will be well aware of how powerful Rhyperior is, especially with the Shadow boost in play. However, it does have two glaring double weaknesses – grass and water.

The aforementioned Torterra is obviously a good choice but so is Swampert. If you’re really lucky and Giovanni’s Rhyperior has Surf as its Charge Move then this should be a relatively easy win. Swampert would also cover Steelix but avoid other water species.


Like Cloyster, Steelix has some of the best defense stats in the game and is also capable of a variety of moves. Garchomp is the best option here as it is extremely resistant to electric (Steelix can have Thunder Fang).

Heatran and Excadrill are two other very good options that match up well with Steelix.

Pokemon CompanyGiovanni has previously used Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres…


Previously, Giovanni was using any one of the three famous bird legends for his final selection. This was annoying as we couldn’t be sure which he’d use. Now though, we know he’ll call on Entei.

The fire-type legend is by no means a pushover but does have weaknesses against ground, rock and water-types. We also know it’ll have a fire-type Fast Move and, with the exception of Iron Head, a fire-type Charge Move, too.

Trainers will likely have a strong Rhyperior at their disposal considering Rhyhorn was the most recent Community Day headliner. Cranidos can do some damage quick-fire damage also and Swampert is another good choice, which covers some of Giovanni’s other selections, too.


How to claim Mystery Gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 2/Dec/2020 13:15 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 13:17

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield players can get their hands on some of the coolest free Mystery Gifts and if you would like to claim them, there are some tricks you need to know about. They do have deadlines, though, so act fast! 

With both expansions for Sword and Shield — The Isle of Armor & The Crown Tundra —  released, there’s nothing stopping us from opening some special presents in the Galar Region this year, with the chance to get ahold of a number of useful items for a limited time.

If you’re looking to catch ’em all in these Pokemon games, opening some mystery gifts will certainly help you along the way. So, let’s take a look at what you can claim and how it all works.

Crown Tundra with Glastier Spectrier on mountain
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Glastier and Spectrier became available on October 22nd with The Crown Tundra expansion.

Mystery gifts mostly have different variants of PokeBalls in them, but recently actual Pokemon have been added to the mix.

How to get Mystery Gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Mystery Gifts can be unlocked in a number of ways. Occasionally, there will be free codes linked to an event like a Pokemon anniversary or new release. Players can also unlock Mystery Gifts through Ranked Battles and in-game events.

Claiming your Mystery Gifts in Pokemon is easy, but it won’t be available until you complete the game’s first event in Slumbering Weald. This is where you encounter Sword or Shield’s legendary Pokemon for the first time.

Once you’ve done this, follow the steps below to claim your Mystery Gift:

  1. Load up Pokemon Sword or Shield.
  2. Open the game menu by pressing X and select Mystery Gift, with the pink present icon.
  3. Select the Get A Mystery Gift option.
  4. Choose which method you want to use to receive a gift. If you have a code, select the Get With Code/Password option.
  5. Collect your gifts and enjoy!
Pokemon / NintendoHere’s the menu you need to visit in order to redeem your Mystery Gift codes.

Pokemon will be added to your Party or your Pokemon Boxes if there’s no room. Fashion items can be found by visiting the fitting room of any in-game boutique. Non-fashion items will appear in your Bag.

You can see previously downloaded Mystery Gifts by choosing ‘Check Mystery Gifts’ in the menu.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Mystery Gifts (December)

There are currently no new active free Mystery Gift codes. We’ll update this section when we get any new information, so make sure you check back in the future.

Previous gifts included eight Pikachu hat variants to celebrate the release of The Crown Tundra. These were acquired by entering a series of codes, but they expired on November 30, 2020.

We’d expect more similar gifts to appear in the near future.

More free rewards in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Free Gigantamax capable Melmetal

Those who have played Pokemon Go are in luck, as transferring Pokemon between Pokemon Go & Pokemon HOME will allow you to open a Mystery Box in Sword & Shield containing a special Melmetal with Gigantamax capabilities!

Free Gigantamax capable Pikachu & Eevee

Those who have played Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu or Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee and have saved data on their game can grab themselves a special version of the game case stars in the Galar Region.

Gigantamax Pikachu and Eevee
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Grab yourself a Gigantamax capable Pokemon for free!

You will receive a Pikachu or Eevee, depending on what title you played, that can transform into its Gigantamax form. You can collect that free gift inside the Wild Area’s train station. More information on how to do that in our guide.

On that bombshell, there we have it! Those are all of the ways we have found to receive a free mystery gift in Pokemon Sword and Shield. If we find any more, we’ll update this article with more codes and tricks.