Giovanni has returned to Pokémon Go in July 2022, he’s captured shadow Latios. However, you can still battle him in August 2022 if you have not completed the Special Research. You’ll have to battle against him to catch this Pokémon and add it to your collection. This guide covers Giovanni’s weaknesses and the best Pokémon counters in Pokémon Go for August 2022.
How to find Giovanni in August 2022
The only way to find Giovanni is to work through the Battle Weekend event will be from the Field Notes: Team Go Rocket research. It was available during the event, and if you still have it you can receive a Super Rocket Radar to find Giovanni and battle him. You can choose to go after Giovanni and obtain shadow Latios, or you can hold onto it and save it for a future encounter with a shadow legendary Pokémon.
How to beat Giovanni – Weaknesses and best Pokémon counters
Giovanni is a tough fight, far more difficult than the other Team Rocket leaders. Giovanni’s first Pokémon remains the same every month. However, his second and third options consistently change.
In the first Pokémon, Giovanni always uses Persian, a Normal-type Pokémon. The best Pokémon to use against it are durable Fighting-types, such as Conkeldurr, Heracross, Gallade, Machamp, or Scrafty.
For his second Pokémon, Giovanni will use Rhyperior, Machamp, or Nidoking. Rhyperior is weak against Fighting, Grass, Ground, Ice, Steel, and Water-type attacks, Machamp is weak against Fairy, Flying, and Psychic-type, and Nidoking is weak against Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water-type attacks. Our best recommendation is to focus on using a Pokémon that can use Ground, Psychic, or Water-type moves to prepare to defeat any of these three.
Giovanni will be using a shadow Latias as the final option for his roster. Latios is a Dragon and Psychic-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Bug, Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, or Ice-type attacks. We highly recommend using a Fairy-type Pokémon as Honchkrow is also weak to this typing and Ice-type attacks. However, most Ice-type Pokémon are relatively weak and not as bulky as other Pokémon, making them a risky option.
After you’ve defeated Giovanni, you’ll have a chance to recapture Latias, and you now have a shadow version of the Pokémon available to you. We highly recommend you not purify this Pokémon as legendary shadow Pokémon are even rarer than the actual versions of this Pokémon.