Since Battle Weekend, Giovanni has been attacking with Crypto-Latios in Pokémon GO. We’ll show you how to quickly defeat the Rocket boss.
San Francisco – The Rocket boss Giovanni is considered one of the toughest opponents in Pokémon GO. Giovanni is currently attacking with a brand new team that includes Crypto-Latios. You can only challenge Giovanni with the Super Rocket Radar, which you usually only get through special research. We’ll show you Giovanni’s entire team and tell you the best counterattacks and other tips for the fight. So you can find and defeat Giovanni as best as possible.
|name of the game||Pokemon GO|
|Release (date of first publication)||06.07.16|
|genre||Augmented Reality, Mobile Game|
Pokemon GO: Defeating Giovanni with Crypto-Latios – The Current Team in July 2022
Giovanni’s team: Giovanni has exactly five Pokémon to choose from, which he sends into battle. The first monster is always Snobilika and the last monster is currently Crypto-Latios. As a second monster, Giovanni always chooses between three different Pokémon. Giovanni’s current team is as follows:
Giovanni with Crypto Legendaries in Pokemon GO. © Niantic
Before the fight, trainers should ideally put together a team that is effective against all five Pokémon. This isn’t always easy, since all monsters have different effectiveness and resistances.
Pokémon GO: Defeating Giovanni in July 2022 – The best counters against Snobilikat
Snobilicate in Pokemon GO. © Niantic (Montage)
Snobilicat is also a Normal-type in Pokémon GO, so it’s only vulnerable to the Fighting-type. So you should definitely have a combat attacker on your team. The best Pokemon to defeat Giovanni are:
- Lucario counterattacks and boosts
- Machamp with counterattack and slamming/cross-cut
- Melmetal with Thunder Shock and Powerhulk
With the first Pokémon, it’s always important that you lure out Giovanni’s shields right away. In Pokémon GO, the Rocket Boss always uses his shields for your first two charging attacks. It is therefore best to use a fast charging attack. For example, Lucario with boosting slash is a good choice here. Normally, Lucario should be enough to defeat Snobilikat.
An alternative is Machamp with two Fighting Attacks, but the Charged Attacks here are a bit slower. In return, Machamp can withstand more damage. Melmetal is also a good choice, since the Charged Attack Powerhulk is Fighting-type and quick to use.
Pokémon GO: Defeating Giovanni in July 2022 – The best counters against Rhyperior
Rhyperior in Pokemon GO. © Niantic (Montage)
Rhyperior is a Ground and Rock type. It is therefore vulnerable to Ice, Fighting, Ground, Steel, Water, and Grass types. Rhyperior even has a double weakness against the last two types. The best counters to defeat Giovanni in Pokémon GO are therefore:
- Torter terrarre with razor blade and Flora statue
- Sumpex with Clay Shot and Aqua Howitzer
- Kyogre with cascade and surfers
The fight against Rihornior is actually pretty easy going. At best, you need a Pokémon with Water-type or Grass-type attacks, since Rhyperior has a double weakness there. If you use such a Pokémon, the battle will be quick and you will easily defeat Rihornior. This will get you one step closer to defeating Giovanni in Pokémon GO.
Pokémon GO: Defeating Giovanni in July 2022 – The best counters against Nidoking
Nidoking in Pokemon GO. © Niantic (Montage)
Nidoking is Poison and Ground type and has multiple weaknesses in Pokémon GO. You can use Water, Ice, Ground, and Psycho types effectively. The best Pokemon to use against Nidoking and to defeat Giovanni are:
- Kyogre with cascade and surfers
- Stalobor with clay shot and percussion drill
- Mewtwo with Psycho Blade and Ice Beam
Nidoking has a variety of approaches to defeating Giovanni. Kyogre, for example, is steadfast in combat and has a fairly fast Charged Attack with Surfer. However, you can also use ground attackers such as Stalobor or Groudon. Stalobor is fast, but doesn’t take much damage. Groudon is the other way around – it’s a bit slower but also more steadfast in combat.
Otherwise, you can also choose Mewtwo with the Ice Beam charging attack, among other things. Mewtwo deals a lot of damage in Pokémon GO anyway, no matter how effective it is. With Ice Beam you can then quickly defeat Nidoking and somit Giovanni.
Pokémon GO: Defeating Giovanni in July 2022 – The best counterattacks against Machamp
Machamp in Pokemon GO. © Niantic (Montage)
This is effective: Machamp has existed since the first generation of the game and belongs to the fighting type. This makes it particularly vulnerable to flying, psychic, and fairy attacks. These are the best counters to defeat Giovanni:
- Mewtwo with Confusion and Psychoblast
- Hoopa with confusion and psychokinesis
- Psiana with confusion and psychokinesis
If Giovanni uses Machomei, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. After all, there are more than enough counters to choose from. In addition to the three mentioned, there are countless flying and fairy Pokémon that you can use. These include, for example, Lavados, Kapu-Fala, Galagladi, Kokowei, Gardevoir, Kramshef or Staraptor.
Pokémon GO: Defeating Giovanni in July 2022 – The best counters against Latios
Pokémon GO: Defeating Giovanni in July 2022 – The best counters against Latios © The Pokémon COmpany/Niantic (Montage)
How to defeat Latios of Giovanni: Like Latias, Latios is a Psychic and Dragon-type Pokémon. This makes it particularly vulnerable to a large number of attackers. Your choice is yours as long as you use Bug, Ghost, Ice, Dragon, Dark, or Fairy moves to defeat Giovanni.
- Rayquaza with dragon rod and tantrum
- Brutalanda with dragon tail and tantrum/Draco Meteor
- Gardevoir with charm and magic
Fighting Latios might be a bit harder as it can withstand a lot of damage. A good choice here is Rayquaza, which can also take a lot of damage and deals a lot of damage with its dragon attacks. But you are also well advised to use Beetle or Ice Pokémon and have a good chance of defeating Giovanni. Ideally, you’ve lured out both of Giovanni’s shields before Latios to make the fight easier.
Pokémon GO: Defeat Giovanni in July 2022 – The best team against Giovanni
The best team: Now you know all of Giovanni’s counterattacks against Pokémon, but you can only take three Pokémon into battle. So which team is best to defeat Giovanni? Here’s a team that could, at best, kill any of the five Pokémon Giovanni can choose:
|Lucario counterattacks and boosts||Kyogre with cascade and surfers||Rayquaza with dragon rod and tantrum|
First of all, you should bet the first Pokémon on Lucario. This already lures Giovanni out of the shields at Snobilikat and should defeat the first Pokémon. After that, it’s up to Kyogre. If Giovanni uses Nidoking or Rihornior, then you have to use Kyogre. If Giovanni uses his Machamp, you should use a Psychic-type Pokémon like Mewtwo or Psiana. Alternatively, flying monsters like Staraptor or Lavados also work. Finally you go into battle with Rayquaza against Latios.
If this team is not enough for you, it may be due to the level of your Pokémon. You can then do a dry run against Giovanni, for example, and see which Pokémon he picks second. Then you can choose your team even better and choose exactly the monsters that we recommend for each Pokémon here.
Pokémon GO: Defeat Giovanni with Crypto-Latios – How to find him with the Super Rocket Radar
How to find Giovanni: You can only find Giovanni if you have a Super Rocket Radar. This radar is usually obtained through Special Research. For the Pokémon GO battle weekend on July 8, 2022, there is such a special research that gives you a super rocket radar.
Pokémon GO: Battle weekend for the anniversary event – that’s what’s in it © Niantic
Once you have the Super Rocket Radar in your inventory, you can look for Giovanni at PokéStops. Turn on the radar and you’ll see which PokéStops Giovanni might be sitting at. If you run to this stop and turn it, Giovanni may appear. However, it can also be a fake bully disguised as Giovanni. You can then defeat this lout or just flee and then continue looking for Giovanni.
Each Super Rocket Radar stops exactly for a win against Giovanni. Once you’ve defeated him, the radar breaks and you have to earn a new radar. If you lose the fight against Giovanni or abort, the Super Rocket Radar will remain.
Pokémon GO: Defeating Giovanni in July 2022 – tips and tricks in battle
Note these tips: There are a few tricks Trainers can consider when defeating Giovanni. Some of them are relevant for every rocket boss or in the PvP league, so you can use them there too:
- Draw out shields: Try to lure Giovanni’s shields out early on with fast charging attacks – he always uses his shields on your first two charging attacks.
- Clever Shield Use: Use your shields wisely. Fast charging attacks from the opponent are usually not that effective, so you can definitely save yourself a shield for the later fight.
- Charge multiple times: When your Charged Attack is charged, you don’t have to use it right away, you can just keep charging it. This allows you to use your charge attack multiple times in a row.
- Find the right time: Don’t use your Charged Attacks rashly. If Giovanni’s Pokemon is almost defeated, you don’t have to fire out your Charged Attack. Defeat the monster with your Fast Attack, then fire the Charged Attack directly at Giovanni’s nearest monster.
- Same stop, same Pokemon: If you challenge Giovanni in Pokémon GO at a PokéStop, he will have the same Pokémon at that stop all day. So if you lose, you can better prepare your team for the fight afterward – after all, you know exactly what monsters await you.
- Use change break: When Giovanni sends a new Pokémon into battle, you can attack it before it spawns. It’s best to keep tapping your screen, even if you can’t do any damage right now. So you can then knock out two to three instant attacks before the opposing Pokémon can even attack.
If you follow all of these tips and use the Pokémon listed above, then fighting Giovanni should be quite doable. Keep an eye on this article, as we’ll update it whenever Giovanni wants to battle you with new Pokémon GO Shadow Pokémon. We’ll also tell you how to defeat Arlo, defeat Cliff and defeat Sierra.