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Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: September 2021

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Ford James

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2nd Sep 2021 11:32

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The best Pokemon GO Giovanni counters are an interesting case in September, for one main reason: Giovanni isn't actually around at the time of writing. Thanks to the Season of Mischief in-game event, Giovanni has high-tailed it out of Pokemon GO, so you can't battle him right now. Will he come back before the month is out? We're hoping so and fingers crossed he returns with Shadow Lugia instead of Ho-Oh this time, but until then, we can't be sure. With that said, the lineup of Pokemon below is what Giovanni was rocking when he vanished, so we have to presume it's still his current lineup. Here are all the best Pokemon GO Giovanni counters in September 2021.

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Yet to take down the three Team GO Rocket leaders that you need to beat before Giovanni? Take a look at the following guides:

Pokemon GO Giovanni Lineup: September 2021

As mentioned above, Persian will always be Giovanni's first choice when it comes to his lineup, but his second Pokemon can be any of the following:

  • Machamp
  • Golem
  • Cloyster

His final Pokemon will always be Ho-Oh at the moment, so thankfully only his second choice can be different.

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Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Persian

Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Persian

Since Persian is a Normal-type Pokemon, Fighting-type moves are the way forward. Persian's moveset can cause problems though, so there are a mixture of counters here to ensure you don't take too much damage.

  • Machamp, with Counter and Cross Chop
  • Tyranitar, with Smack Down and Crunch
  • Terrakion, with Smack Down and Close Combat
  • Lucario, with Counter and Aura Sphere
  • Conkeldurr, with Counter and Dynamic Punch

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Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Machamp

Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Machamp

Machamp is solely a Fighting-type, so it's weak to Psychic and Fairy-type moves. Just be careful using Fairy-type Pokemon if the Machamp you're up against has a Steel-type move.

  • Togekiss, with Charm and Ancient Power
  • Gardevoir, with Charm and Synchronise
  • Sylveon, with Charm and Moonblast
  • Mewtwo, with Psycho Cut and Psystrike
  • Cresselia, with Psycho Cut and Moonblast

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Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Golem

Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Golem

Another Gen 1 classic, Golem is a Rock and Ground-type, which means it has a double weakness to Grass and Water-type moves. Grass tends to be the strongest option here.

  • Torterra, with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
  • Leafeon, with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
  • Kyogre, with Waterfall and Surf
  • Venusaur, with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
  • Gyarados, with Waterfall and Hydro Pump

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Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Cloyster

Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Cloyster

Giovanni loves the OG Pokemon, huh? Cloyster is Water and Ice-type, and weak to Electric, Rock, Fighting, and Grass-type moves. If you lose to Cloyster the first time, try another counter that isn't weak to whichever charged move Cloyster is rocking.

  • Tyranitar, with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Magnezone, with Spark and Wild Charge
  • Aggron, with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Melmetal, with Thunder Shock and Superpower
  • Registeel, with Lock On and Flash Cannon

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Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Ho-Oh

Pokemon GO Giovanni Counters: Ho-Oh

Finally, we get to Ho-Oh. This majestic Gen 2 legendary is weak to Rock, Electric, and Water-type moves, which means you can rely on some Pokemon you may have used earlier in the fight against the Team GO Rocket boss.

  • Tyranitar, with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Terrakion, with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Regirock, with Lock On and Stone Edge
  • Rampardos, with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior, with Smack Down and Stone Edge

Of course, the best Pokemon GO Giovanni counters will change next month when the legendary leaves the rotation, so keep this guide bookmarked and come back then. In the meantime, check out some of our other Pokemon GO guides below:

Pokemon Go Ditto | Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions | Pokemon Go promo codes | Pokemon Go teams | Pokemon Go raids | Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | Pokemon Go Mewtwo

 

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It Didn't Take Long - Scalpers Are Reselling Pokemon Oreos For Absurd Amounts

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17th Sep 2021 14:53

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