Pokemon Go Giovanni counters September 2022 & how to beat

Pokemon Go has entered the month of September 2022, and you’ll need to use the best counters to beat Team Rocket leader Giovanni and his lineup, which consists of powerful pocket monsters like Shadow Latios.

Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters September 2022

Giovanni’s lineup for September 2022 is likely to be:

  • Phase 1: Persian
  • Phase 2: Nidoking/Machamp/Rhyperior
  • Phase 3:  Shadow Latios

Phase 1: Persian

Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters August 2022 Machamp

The first Pokemon you’ll encounter from Giovanni is always Persian. The best Pokemon to use is a Fighting-Type Pokemon like Machamp, Breloom, or Lucaro. There are other options, and having the move Counter in your arsenal can help you stop Persian and secure an early victory.

  • Lucario – Counter, Aura Sphere
  • Conkeldurr – Dynamic Punch, Counter
  • Machamp – Counter, Dynamic Punch
  • Breloom – Counter, Dynamic Punch
  • Heracross – Counter, Close Combat

Phase 2: Nidoking/Machamp/Rhyperior


Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters August 2022 Nidoking

Nidoking is weak to Pokemon of the Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water types, so you can use a Pokemon with fast and charge moves, like Glaceon or Mewtwo, to defeat it. Additionally, Nidoking can be defeated by Garchomp by using attacks like Mud Shot and Earthquake.

  • Excadrill – Mud Shot, Drill Run
  • Garchomp – Mud Shot, Sand Tomb
  • Kyogre – Waterfall, Surf
  • Rhyperior – Mud Slap, Surf
  • Swampert – Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon
  • Empoleon – Waterfall, Hydro Cannon


Pokemon Go Giovanni Counters August 2022 Mewtwo

Fairy, Flying, and Psychic moves are the most effective against Machamp. Mewtwo is an excellent choice for both Nidoking and Machamp. The classic Psycho Cut and Psychic Strike combo, which works well against Nidoking, also works well against Machamp.

  • Mewtwo – Confusion, Psystrike
  • Moltres – Wing Attack, Sky Attack
  • Espeon – Confusion, Psychic
  • Metagross – Zen Headbutt, Psychic


To quickly defeat Rhyperior, you’ll need a Grass or Water type Pokemon with a powerful move like Hydro Cannon or Frenzy Plant. Fast moves such as Razor Leaf and Waterfall can be extremely useful in opening up opportunities during a fight.

  • Venusaur – Vine Whip, Frenzy Plant
  • Kyogre – Waterfall, Surf
  • Swampert – Water Gun, Hydro Cannon
  • Roserade – Razor Leaf, Grass Knot
  • Empoleon – Waterfall, Hydro Cannon

Phase 3: Shadow Latios

Giovanni’s phase 3 Pokemon is where things get less clear. In May, the Team Rocket leader called upon Shadow Latias before pivoting to Shadow Latios for June, July, and August. If Latios reappears, you should use Bug, Dark, Dragon, Fairy, Ghost, or Ice-type Pokemon to defeat it.

  • Salame – Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Houndoom – Snarl, Foul Play
  • Rayquaza – Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Zekrom – Dragon Breath, Outrage
  • Garchomp – Dragon Tail, Outrage
  • Darkrai – Snarl, Dark Ball
  • Tyranitar – Bite, Crunch
  • Chandelure – Hex, Shadow Ball

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Pokémon Go
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Developer(s) Niantic
Publisher(s) Niantic
Director(s) Tatsuo Nomura
Artist(s) Dennis Hwang
Yusuke Kozaki
Mieke Hutchins
Composer(s) Junichi Masuda
Series Pokémon
Engine Unity
Platform(s) iOS, iPadOS, Android

July 6, 2016
Genre(s) Augmented reality, location-based game