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Pokemon GO: How to Beat Giovanni August 2021 - Ho-Oh & Persian Weakness and Best Counters

By Sam Woods

August 10, 2021

It’s August and Giovanni is back, which means of course people are wondering how to beat him.

The Team GO Rocket Boss is hoarding a Shadow Ho-Oh this time out, alongside his notoriously difficult party of other Pokemon.

So, to help you on the way, here is how you can beat Giovanni in Pokemon GO in August 2021, including the best counters for his toughest Pokemon.

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What Pokemon Does Giovanni Bring to Battles This Month?

As you’d expect, Giovanni has a range of difficult Pokemon to take down, starting with his surprisingly strong Persian and ending with the Shadow Ho-Oh.

Fortunately, if you’ve battled him recently, his Pokemon haven’t changed, so this will act as a nice refresher.

You can find the full breakdown below:

Pokemon One

  • Shadow Persian

Pokemon Two

  • Shadow Garchomp
  • Shadow Kangaskhan
  • Shadow Nidoking

Pokemon Three

  • Shadow Ho-Oh

How to Beat Giovanni in August 2021 – All Weaknesses and Best Counters

While Giovanni’s Pokemon haven’t changed, the meta is constantly evolving. Here are the best counters for all of his Pokemon:

Slot One: Shadow Persian – (Weaknesses = Fighting)

  • Lucario – Counter/Aura Sphere
  • Conkeldurr – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Mega Lopunny – Low Kick/Focus Blast
  • Machamp – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Breloom – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Hariyama – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Blaziken – Counter/Focus Blast
  • Sirfetch’d – Counter/Close Combat

Slot Two: Shadow Garchomp – (Weakness = Dragon, Fairy and Ice x4)

  • Mega Abomasnow – Powder Snow/Weather Ball
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow/Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan – Ice Fang/Avalanche
  • Glaceon – Frost Breath/Avalanche
  • Weavile – Ice Shard/Avalanche
  • Mewtwo – Confusion/Ice Beam
  • Articuno – Ice Shard/Ice Beam
  • Kyurem – Dragon Breath/Blizzard

Slot Two: Shadow Kangaskhan – (Weaknesses = Fighting)

  • Lucario – Counter/Aura Sphere
  • Conkeldurr – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Mega Lopunny – Low Kick/Focus Blast
  • Machamp – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Breloom – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Heracross – Counter/Close Combat
  • Hariyama – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Blaziken – Counter/Focus Blast
  • Sirfetch’d – Counter/Close Combat

Slot Two: Shadow Nidoking – (Weaknesses = Ground, Ice, Psychic and Water)

  • Mewtwo – Confusion/Psystrike
  • Mega Blastoise – Water Gun/Hydro Cannon
  • Mega Gyarados – Waterfall/Hydro Pump
  • Therian Landorus – Mud Shot/Earthquake or Incarnate Landorus – Mud Shot/Earth Power
  • Kyogre – Waterfall/Surf
  • Metagross – Zen Headbutt/Psychic
  • Mamoswine – Mud Slap/Avalanch
  • Excadrill – Mud-Slap/Earthquake

Slot Three: Shadow Ho-Oh – (Weaknesses = Electric, Water and Rock x4)

  • Rampardos – Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down/Rock Wrecker
  • Terrakion – Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down/Stone Edge
  • Landorus – Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Mega Ampharos – Charge Beam/Power Gem
  • Aerodactly – Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Gigalith – Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Omastar – Rock Throw/Rock Slide

What is the Optimal Team?

This all depends on what Pokemon Giovanni brings with him, however, you can definitely be smart about it.

Giovanni’s Persian will always be out first, so you’ll want to start your team with a Fighting-type Pokemon to counter this, plus maybe Kangaskhan in second place.

That’s Persian/Kangaskhan covered, so now onto Nidoking and Garchomp – both of which are weak against Ice-type moves.

Finally, seeing as Rampardos is the best counter for Ho-Oh, that’s who I’d bring. However, any Rock-type Pokemon are solid choices.

Overall, I’d choose:

  • Lucario
  • Mamoswine
  • Rampardos
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Sam Woods
@CaptainWoodsy

Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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