Pokemon GO: How to Beat Giovanni May 2021 - Moltres and Garchomp Weakness and Counters

Shadow Pokemon currently play a massive part in the Pokemon GO PVP Meta.

The special, slightly more powerful monsters are only obtainable via battles with Team GO Rocket grunts, leaders and the boss, Giovanni.

This month, alongside the opportunity to catch a Shadow Moltres, players will need to beat Giovanni for part of the Luminous Legends X Timed Research.

With that in mind here’s how to beat Giovanni in May 2021, including counters for some of his strongest Pokemon.

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What Pokemon Can Giovanni Bring to Battles?

Giovanni is notoriously the most difficult of all of the Team GO Rocket gang, with every single Pokemon he controls being powerful. Here is the line-up you can expect from him this month:

Slot One

  • Persian

Slot Two

  • Garchomp
  • Kangaskhan
  • Nidoking

Slot Three

  • Shadow Moltres

How to Beat Giovanni in May 2021 – Best Counters

Here are all of the counters you should consider to beat Giovanni this month, including their best movesets.

Slot One: Persian – (Weaknesses = Fighting)

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

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

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

Slot Two: Kangaskhan – (Weaknesses = Fighting)

  • Conkeldurr – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Lucario – Counter/Aura Sphere
  • Machamp – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Mega Lopunny – Low Kick/Focus Blast
  • Breloom – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Hariyama – Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Mega Charizard Y – Wing Attack/Blast Burn

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

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

Slot Three: Moltres – (Weaknesses = Electric, Rock x 4, Water)

  • Rampardos – Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down/Rock Wrecker
  • Terrakion – Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down/Stone Edge
  • Gigalith – Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Aerodactyl – Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Omastar – Rock Throw/Rock Slide

All of the above counters are listed in order of effectiveness.

Best Team Compositions

Unless you know which Pokemon Giovanni has in the middle of his pack, it’s hard to judge the best team.

There are however certain predictions that can be made. This is the team I would personally initially start with.

  • Lucario
  • Mamoswine
  • Rampardos

From there, should Giovanni throw out something expected, it’s best to dip out and change your team. You should find this covers most bases though.

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Sam Woods

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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