In Pokémon GO you can defeat the Rocket Boss Giovanni with Crypto Latias. In this guide on MeinMMO, we will show you which team to trust and which counters are best for you.
How can you compete against Giovanni? Giovanni is the big Rocket boss who runs the Team GO Rocket underground. From time to time you can fight him in Pokemon GO and get the Legendary Shadow Pokemon from him. But it is not so easy to find.
In order for you to fight the Rocket boss Giovanni, Niantic provides you with certain special research at regular intervals. You have to solve them and you will receive a Super Rocket Radar as a reward, which you can use to track down the bad guy.
With the launch of the Rocket Team Outing event on April 3, 2022, you’ll have another chance to acquire said radar and secure an encounter with Giovanni. It will also have a new team. We have summarized what this looks like below.
Rocket Boss Giovanni – Current team as of April 2022
In April, Giovanni has an almost completely new team. In fights, Giovanni can use three different monsters against you as usual. He can choose between 5 different Crypto Pokémon. The following are already known (via leekduck.com):
The best counters to defeat Giovanni
In order for you to take down Giovanni quickly, you need to rely on the right counterattack. We’ve rounded up the best for you below (via pokebattler.com):
Defeat Snobilicate: Best counters against the first Pokemon
First, Giovanni will bet on his beloved Snobilicate. You must use Fighting-type Pokémon against Normal-type Pokémon:
|Lucario||Counter and Aurasphere|
|(Crypto) Machamp||counterattack and hit|
|(Crypto) Hariyama||counterattack and hit|
|Mostagrif||counterattack and hit|
|mushroom||counterattack and hit|
|terracotta||Catapult and Holy Sword|
Alternatively, you can also use your Mega Evolutions against Snobilikat:
- Mega Lopey with Foot Kick and Focus Blast
- Mega Ampharos with Volt Switch and Focus Blast
Defeat Kramshef: The best counters against the second Pokemon
In second position, Giovanni can choose from a total of three different Pokémon. So far only Kramshef is known. As soon as all the monsters are known, we will of course add them to this article. Which of the three Pokemon Giovanni uses in battle is random.
How to defeat Kramshef: One possible Pokemon you may encounter when fighting Giovanni is the Shadow and Flying Pokemon Kramshef. Due to its typing, it is weak against Rock, Electric, Ice, and Fairy-type attacks.
|(Crypto) Snibunna||Ice fragments and avalanche|
|(Crypto) Aerodactyl||throwing stones and hail|
|(Cryptocurrencies) Zapdos||Thunder Crash and Thunder|
|(Crypto) Elevoltek||Thunder Crash and Thunder|
|(Crypto) Raikou||Thunder Crash and Thunder|
|rameidon||Catapult and stone hail|
Your mega developments are also useful against Kramshef, so you should use the following:
- Mega Aerodactyl with Stone Toss and Stone Hail
- Mega Voltense with Thunderfang and Electrocution
- Mega Ampharos with charge beam and thunder
Defeat Crypto Latias: Best counters against the third Pokemon
Lastly, you will meet the Legendary Pokémon Crypto Latias. This one comes from the 3rd generation and belongs to the Dragon and Psycho type. This makes it weak against Dark, Ghost, Ice, Bug, Dragon, and Fairy-type attacks.
|(Crypt) Dragonite||dragon wand and tantrum|
|(Crypto) Brutalande||dragon wand and tantrum|
|(Crypto) Snibunna||conference and avalanche|
|(Crypto) despot||bite and crunch|
|darkrai||Conference and aura of the fingers|
|(Crypto) Mewtwo||Psycho Blade and Spook Ball|
Alternatively, you can also rely on the following mega developments:
- Mega Gengar with Dark Claw and Spook Ball
- Mega demon dog with conference and freeloader
- Mega Gyarados with bite and crunch
Is fighting Giovanni worth it?
As with any other Team GO Rocket member, you will also receive various rewards from Giovanni after winning a battle, such as items or stardust. But that’s not enough, because you can also expect an encounter with a Crypto Pokémon. Currently, it is the Legendary Shadow Pokémon Latias.
In addition, Giovanni has reserved a special 12 km egg for you. These eggs can only be obtained from Rocket bosses, which makes them more difficult to obtain. We show you what monsters are in the 12 km eggs in our related article.
Which monsters do you prefer to use in the fight against Giovanni? Write us here at MeinMMO in the comments.