How to beat Giovanni in Pokémon Go for June 2021 – Weaknesses, counters, tactics

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Find and Beat Giovanni Pokémon GO

Giovanni has returned to Pokémon Go, and for June 2021, he’s captured Moltres, the legendary Fire and Flying-type Pokémon from the Kanto region. You’ll have to do battle against him to catch this Pokémon and add it to your collection. You only have one opportunity to battle Giovanni, and you need to use a Super Rocket Radar to find him. For June 2021, Giovanni will be a little unique in that he will have shadow Zapdos for the first half of June, and then things change as we enter the next half, starting on June 17.

How to find Giovanni in June 2021

There have been multiple timed research quests surrounding Giovanni in Pokémon Go. You need to have completed A Troubling Situation, A Professor’s Work is Never Done, and then you’ll have access to The Higher They Fly. If you’ve already completed The higher They Fly special quests and captured Articuno, Zapdos, or Moltres using that quest’s Super Rocket Radar, you will not be able to find Giovanni for June 2021. However, Giovanni is set to change Pokémon starting on June 17 at 12 AM in your local time zone, and this will likely introduce a new method for players to obtain a new Super Rocket Radar. We do not have this information now, but we can expect to learn more details soon.

A Super Rocket Radar leads you to Giovanni’s hideout at any Team Rocket Poké Stops or Team Rocket balloons near you. These locations could have Giovanni, or they might feature a decoy grunt who you fight instead.

How to beat Giovanni – Weaknesses and best Pokémon counters

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Giovanni is a tough fight and is 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.

First Pokémon

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.

Second Pokémon

These are the potential options for Giovanni’s second Pokémon.

  • Kangaskhan a Normal-type
  • Garchomp a Ground and Dragon-type
  • Nidoking a Ground and Poison-type

All of these Pokémon are pretty tough to beat. Kangaskhan is only weak to Fighting-type moves, although, Garchomp and Nidoking are resistant to these attacks. If your Fighting-type Pokémon from the first battle survives Persian, they’d be perfect for taking down Kangaskhan. We highly recommend the second Pokémon you use here would be an Ice-type. A good one could be Mamoswine as it is a Ground and Ice-type, making it ideal for handling both Nidoking and Garchomp. You can also use Weavile, Kyurem, Glaceon, Regice, Articuno, or Jynx.

Third Pokémon

Giovanni will be using a shadow Zapdos as his final Pokémon. Moltres is an Electric and Flying-type Pokémon. It will be weak to Ice and Rock-types moves, but it is resistant against Bug, Fighting, Flying, Grass, Ground, and Steel. Of the three legendary birds Giovanni has captured in the past, Zapdos is considered the strongest.

If you’re looking for the best Pokémon to counter Zapdos, we’re going to recommend using Rhyperior, Rampardos, Mamoswine, Abomasnow, Tyranitar, Weavile, Gigalith, Landorus Incarnate and Therian, and Golem. All of these choices are optimal to defeat Zapdos.

After you’ve defeated Giovanni, you’ll have a chance to recapture Zapdos, and you now have a shadow version of the Pokémon available to you. We highly recommend you do not purify this Pokémon as shadow legendary Pokémon are even rarer than the actual versions of this Pokémon. It’s a bit easier to find and capture the original versions due to five-star raids, but shadow Pokémon seldom ever appear often.