Team Rocket Giovanni Counters 2-1-2023

Pokemon Go Team GO Rocket Takeover Event Giovanni Counters Shadow Registeel

The Best Giovanni Counters to secure Shadow Registeel.

The Crackling Voltage and Team GO Rocket Takeover events are currently underway in Pokemon Go. During these events, Team Rock minions will spawn in abundance assisting with the Shadowy Skirmishes’ special research task.  The Special Research event will be available until March 1st, 2023. The special research requires trainers to defeat Giovanni in order to capture Shadow Registeel. Before trainers can do that, they will need to defeat Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra. Once those three have been defeated trainers will receive a Super Rocket Radar. With the Super Rocket Radar, trainers will be able to find Giovanni. Defeating Giovanni is no easy task, so here are the best Team Rocket Giovanni Counters.


Giovanni Counters

Giovanni’s Pokemon line-up always consists of Shadow Persian and ends with a Legendary Pokemon. During the Team GO Rocket Takeover event, Giovanni will have Shadow Registeel as his shadow Pokemon; this is the debut of Shadow Registeel. Giovanni is no easier trainer to take down so we have comprised a list of the best Giovanni counters to take down his difficult Pokemon team.

Giovanni’s first Pokemon is always Shadow Persian. His second Pokemon can be one of three Pokemon, Nidoking, Cloyster, or Garchomp. His final Pokemon during the event will be Registeel. Trainers can only use three Pokemon to take on any Team Rocket opponent. Make sure to choose your party carefully or else the fight can be exhausting. Below we will be a list of Pokemon with the most well-rounded moves to counter Giovanni’s Pokemon.

Persian Counters

Persian is a Normal Pokemon with a fast and hard-hitting quick attack. it is weak to Fighting and Rock-type moves. The Best Persian Giovanni Counters involve Fighting-types

  • Conkeldurr – Counter & Dynamic Punch or Stone Edge
  • Machamp – Counter & Cross Chop or Rock Slide
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down & Crunch, or Stone Edge
  • Lucario – Counter & Power Up-Punch
  • Galarian Zapdos –  Charge Beam & Ancient Power
  • Scrafty –  Counter & Power-Up Punch

Nidoking Counters

Nidoking is a rather tanky Pokemon that is weak to Ground, Psychic, Ice, and Water-type moves. or this fight trainers may want to use Mega Swampert. Below are the best Nidoking counters.

  • Rhyperior – Mud Slap & Rock Wrecker or Surf
  • Kyogre – Waterfall & Surf or Blizzard
  • Mega Swampert – Mud Shot & Hydro Cannon or Earthquake

Cloyster Counters

Cloyster is the second option trainers may fight when facing Giovanni. Cloyster is an Ice/Water type making it weak to Fighting, Grass, Electric, and Rock-type moves. So, if your Pokemon did not faint against Persian, it can still be helpful here.

  • Conkeldurr – Counter & Dynamic Punch or Stone Edge
  • Machamp – Counter & Cross Chop or Rock Slide
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down & Crunch, or Stone Edge

Garchomp Counters

The third and final second-round Pokemon is Garchomp. Garchomp is a Dragon, Ground-type making it weak to Fairy, Ice, and Dragon-type moves. For this, you will most likely want to stick to either Dragon or Ice Pokemon.

  • Salamence – Dragon Tail & Outrage or Fire Blast
  • Articuno – Ice Shard & Icy Wind
  • Avalugg – Ice Fang & Avalanche
  • Dragonite – Dragon Tail & Dragon Claw or Superpower

Registeel Counters

The last Pokemon you will need to take down is Giovanni’s Shadow Reigsteel. For this fight, you will need a Pokemon with either Ground, Fighting, or Fire-type moves. If you did not use Mega Swampert, Mega Blaziken is a good Pokemon to counter Giovanni’s Registeel.

  • Mega Blaziken – Counter & Overheat or Focus Blast
  • Excadrill – Mud Shot & Drill Run or Rock Slide
  • Terrakion – Double Kick & Sacred Sword or Rock Slide
  • Machamp – Counter & Cross Chop or Rock Slide

Once trainers have defeated Giovanni, they will receive 5000 Stardust; they can also receive Revives, Max Revives, Hyper Potions, Max Potions, or a Unova Stone.

Let Us Know!

Will you try to get Shadow Registeel or will you just get a Registeel from a Legendary raid? What do you think of the Team GO Rocket Takeover Event? Does our Giovanni counters list help you?

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