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February Giovanni Battle Guide

The February line-up for our old pal Giovanni has arrived, bringing with it the very much anticipated Raikou. Thus far the addition of Raikou and subtraction of Moltres are the only changes to his available Pokémon pool. This guide will hopefully help you to anticipate what the Rocket Boss will have for this month, as well as help you prepare to take him down without many casualties.

The main differences lie in the pool of Pokémon that Giovanni can use as his second slot, because his beloved Persian will always be first, and the legendary of the month, always last. That in mind, the counters for Persian have not changed! Without further ado, let’s take a look at what has changed, and how to deal with it.

How many times do we have to teach you this lesson, old man??? 

GIOVANNI February Lineup

The TGR boss man himself, big daddy G, the evil genius, Giovanni. Unless it isn’t? Decoys aside, Giovanni isn’t all that difficult,  because you know what the first and last battles will be. The Pokémon that can show up in the second battle are the wildcards, but once you know what he is bringing to the battle, it is pretty easy.

PERSIAN
Persian is only weak to Fighting-types. Do you know what that means? Yup! Lucario time again! Lucario offers a pretty wide range of resistances against Persian’s moves, as well as a rounded fighting type move set. Power-up Punch is generally better for PVP, but Aura Sphere is a good option as well. Conkeldurr and Machamp are also viable.
Counter PuP Counter Dy. Punch Counter Dy. Punch
Cloyster
  
Cloyster is weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock types, giving you an array of options to choose from. Against an Ice move set, Grass is not the top priority of counters, but it will resist a Water-type set. Sceptile with Bullet Seed / Frenzy Plant would be your go-to grass-type.
Smack Down
Rock Slide
Counter
PuP
Thunder Shock
Wild Charge
STEELIX
  
Steelix is dual Steel- and Ground-type and, therefore, weak to Fighting-, Fire-, Ground-, and Water-type moves. Our recommendations to take down Steelix are Lucario, Conkeldurr, and Blaziken.
Counter
Aura Sphere
Counter
Dy. Punch
Counter
Blast Burn
HIPPOWDON
  
Hippowdon is not an awfully difficult battle. It is weak to Grass-, Ice-, and Water-types. Your best bet is using Kyogre, Swampert, or Feraligatr.
Waterfall
Surf
Water Gun
Hydro Cannon
Waterfall
Hydro Cannon
Raikou
  
February brings us the Legendary Pokémon, Raikou. Raikou is weak to Ground-type moves only. Because of this, your choices are somewhat limited. We recommend trying out Excadrill, Groudon, or Rhyperior to take out Raikou.
Mud Slap
Drill Run
Mud Shot
Earthquake
Mud Slap
Earthquake

To see the original list of counters for all TGR Leaders, you can see our article here.

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