UPDATE Pokemon Go How to Beat Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni 2020 Lineups

Update: Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni lineup has changed and new Shadow Pokemon are now spawning. The list of the new Shadow Pokemon and best counters can be found below.

How to beat Giovanni and the new Shadow Pokemon

#1 Giovanni lineup and counters


  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch
  • Manchamp with Counter and Cross Chop
  • Lucario with Counter and Power-Up Punch
  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Shadow Machamp with Counter and Cross Chop

#2 Giovanni lineup and counters


  • Heracross with Counter and Close Combat
  • Machamp with Counter and Close Combat
  • Cokeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Dragonite with Dragon Breath and Hurricane
  • Shadow Dragonite with Dragon Breath and Outrage


  • Mamoswine with powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Regice with lock-On and Blizzard
  • Shadow Articuno with Ice Shard and Icy Wind
  • Articuno with Ice Shard and Ice Beam
  • Togekiss with Charm and aerial Ace

#3 Giovanni lineup and counters


  • Mega Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play
  • Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
  • Mega Bedrill with Bud Bite and X-Scissor
  • Mega Charizard wY with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Shadow Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch

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Update: Giovanni has a new Shadow Pokemon lineup and here is a list and how to beat it.


#1 lineup and counters

Persian (can be shiny)

  • Tyranitar with Smack Down/Crunch
  • Machamp with Counter/Cross Chop
  • Lucario with Counter/Power Up Punch
  • Shadow Machamp with Counter/Cross Chop
  • Conkeldurr with Counter/Dynamic Punch

#2 lineup and counters


  • Shadow Venusaur with Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
  • Kyogre with Waterfall/Surf
  • Shadow Swampert with Water Gun/Hydro Pump
  • Empoleon with Waterfall/Hydro Cannon
  • Swampert with Water Gun/Hydro Cannon

#3 lineup and counters


  • Shadow Tyranitar with Bite/Crunch
  • Giratina Origin with Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball
  • Darkrai with Snarl/Dark Pulse
  • Shadow Houndoom with Snarl/Foul Play
  • Changelure with Hex/Shadow Ball

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Trainers can now encounter Team Go Rocket Leaders and Giovanni in balloons.

NOTE: It seems like Team Go Rocket balloons match your radar situation. That being said, if you don’t have a Radar, you’ll get a Grunt to collect the Mysterious Component and build a Rocket Radar. If you have a Rocket Radar, you’ll be able to face against the Team Go Rocket Leaders. Those who hold a Super Rocket Radar will be able to face against the Team Go Rocket Leader Giovanni.

Previous Story: Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni is not an easy ‘task to complete,’ and beating the Boss will require special skills, the right Pokemon counters and of course a little bit of luck.

Giovanni’s lineup has changed and new Pokemon can now be encountered. The new Pokemon lineup requires specific counters and moves, and for that matter, I’ve decided to dig a little bit deeper and find the perfect counters. Trust me, Giovanni will no longer cause you any problems and that Shiny Shadow Entei will be yours in a matter of seconds.

Giovanni Counters Guide

Please have in mind that the list is subject to change at any moment. So as soon as we have new info, we would make sure to update it.

#1 lineup


  • Melmetal with Thunder Shock/Thunderbolt
  • Machamp with Cross Chop/Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior with Mud Slap/Stone Edge
  • Lucario with Counter/Aura Sphere
  • Conkeldurr with Counter/Dynamic Punch

#2 lineup


  • Gyarados with Waterfall/Dragon Pulse
  • Togekiss with Charm/Dazzling Gleam
  • Tropius with Razor Leaf/Aerial Ace
  • Torterra with Razor Leaf/Frenzy Plant
  • Articuno with Frost Breath/Hurricane


  • Empoleon with Waterfall/Hydro Cannon
  • Jirachi with Confusion/Doom Desire
  • Dialga with Dragon Breath/Iron Head
  • Kyogre with Waterfall/Surf
  • Excadrill with Mud Slap/Rock Slide


  • Togekiss with Charm/Ancient Power
  • Articuno with Ice Shard/Icy Wind
  • Gardevoir with Charm/Psychic
  • Dragonite with Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw
  • Granbull with Charm/Play Rough

#3 lineup


  • Magnezone with Spark/Wild Charge
  • Electivire with Thunder Shock/Wild Charge
  • Shadow Raikou with Volt Switch/Wild Charge
  • Raikou with Volt Switch/Wild Charge
  • Zekrom with Dragon Breath/Wild Charge

You’re all set now, so good luck and let’s beat ’em all!

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  1. Why is there no token for Giovani after defeating Sierra, Arlo, and Cliff in the month of June 2020?

  2. My son did Giovanni this morning and it is Suicune not Entei, all the above information is mostly incorrect.

  3. I encountered dugtrio as well while encountering Giovanni in a balloon raid. Persian was not as super charged either as I was able to beat Persian and dugtrio with Haryama. Leaving just suicune for last.

  4. I just fought against Giovanni and I got the following lineup: 1st Persian, 2nd Dugtrio, 3rd Suicune and ending up with a Suicune catch.
    Good luck to everyone~

  5. My fought against Giovanni today (07-10-2020) the lineup was: 1st Persian (i used Terrakion); 2nd Nidoking (i used Rhyperior) then Suicune (Exxegutor). I captured Suicune . Good luck everyone! 🙂

  6. I’m level 38 and I can not beat him. Tried so many combos. lol I may take a break or the phone will be smashed!!

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