Pokemon GO: Defeating Giovanni (Aug 2023)

Pokemon GO: Defeating Giovanni (Aug 2023)

Pokemon GO: Giovanni’s Shadow Roster Guide for August 2023

Giovanni, the formidable villain of Pokemon GO, is back with a vengeance! This August, he brings a mighty Shadow roster that will test your skills and determination. In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about Giovanni’s roster and how to defeat him. So let’s dive in and prepare for the ultimate showdown!

Locating Giovanni

Finding Giovanni is no walk in the park. First, you must defeat multiple Team GO Rocket grunts and leaders like Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra. It’s like a never-ending battle royale! But fear not, my fellow trainers, for the reward is worth the effort. Once you’ve cleared the path, you will face off against Giovanni in a three-phase battle. The second phase is where things get tricky, so buckle up and let’s take a look at what Giovanni has in store for us!


Giovanni’s Roster for August 2023

Giovanni’s Shadow roster consists of five powerful Pokemon spread across three rounds. The first phase is relatively tame with just one opponent. However, the second phase is where the real challenge begins. Giovanni may choose from three formidable representatives: Shadow Nidoking, Shadow Rhyperior, or Shadow Garchomp. Finally, the third phase brings us face to face with Shadow Regirock, the ultimate test of our skills.

Phases Shadow Pokemon
First Phase Shadow Persian
Second Phase Shadow Nidoking
Shadow Rhyperior
Shadow Garchomp
Third Phase Shadow Regirock

Countering Giovanni’s Shadow Pokemon

Now that we know what to expect, it’s time to assemble our team of counters. Each Shadow Pokemon has its own strengths and weaknesses, so choosing the right lineup is crucial.

First Phase: Shadow Persian

Giovanni always starts strong with his Shadow Persian. This Normal-type Pokemon hits hard as a Shadow monster.

  • Type: Normal
  • Weakness: Fighting
  • Resistance: Ghost
Shadow Persian Counters Fast Attack Charge Attack
Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch
Conkeldurr Counter Focus Blast
Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch
Lucario Counter Aura Sphere
Terrakion Double Kick Sacred Sword

Second Phase: Shadow Nidoking, Shadow Rhyperior, or Shadow Garchomp

Giovanni’s second phase is a mystery, but we must be prepared for any of his three potential choices. Let’s take a closer look at their types and weaknesses.

Shadow NidokingType: Poison and Ground – Weakness: Ground, Ice, Psychic, Water – Resistance: Electric, Poison, Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Rock

Shadow RhyperiorType: Ground and Rock – Weakness: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Ice, Steel, Water – Resistance: Electric, Poison, Fire, Flying, Normal, Rock

Shadow GarchompType: Dragon and Ground – Weakness: Dragon, Fairy, Ice – Resistance: Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock

Shadow Nidoking Counters Fast Attack Charge Attack
Kyogre Waterfall Surf
Garchomp Mud Shot Earth Power
Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang Avalanche
Lunala Confusion Psychic
Espeon Zen headbutt Psychic
Shadow Rhyperior Counters Fast Attack Charge Attack
Kartana Razor Leaf Leaf Blade
Kyogre Waterfall Origin Pulse
Zarude Vine Whip Power Whip
Samurott Fury Cutter Hydro Cannon
Kingler Bubble Crabhammer
Shadow Garchomp Counters Fast Attack Charge Attack
Galarian Standard Darmanitan Ice Fang Avalanche
Weavile Ice Shard Avalanche
Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche
Articuno Frost Breath Ice Breath
Dragonite Dragon Tail Outrage

Third Phase: Shadow Regirock

In the final phase, Giovanni summons his ultimate weapon, Shadow Regirock. This Rock-type powerhouse requires a well-prepared team to take it down.

  • Type: Rock
  • Weakness: Fighting, Grass, Water, Steel, Ground
  • Resistance: Fire, Flying, Normal, Poison
Shadow Regirock Counters Fast Attack Charge Attack
Terrakion Double Kick Sacred Sword
Kartana Razor Leaf Leaf Blade
Kyogre Waterfall Origin Pulse
Lucario Counter Aura Sphere
Conkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch

Time to Take Down Giovanni!

Armed with this knowledge, you’re now ready to face Giovanni and emerge victorious! Remember to use the type advantages and counters provided to maximize your chances of success. Go out there, catch ’em all, and show Giovanni who’s boss! Pokemon GO awaits your glorious triumph!

Note: Pokemon GO is available for Android and iOS.

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