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January Giovanni Battle Guide

The January line-up for our old pal Giovanni has arrived, and it sports the very much anticipated Moltres- along with a few other Pokémon changes in his team roster. 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 January 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 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.
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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.
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Kangaskan, like Persian, is a pure Normal-type and, therefore, only weak to fighting. The counters for Kang are going to be exactly the same as Persian. If you choose to use Lucario, keep an eye out to see if the Kangaskhan has a Fighting-type move set that may take your Lucario down quickly. No shame in fighting Giovanni a second time with a different Pokémon if the move set odds were not in your favor!
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Garchomp, though a powerful dragon, radiating the aura of Cynthia herself, is not an awfully difficult battle. It is weak to Dragon, Fairy, and 2x weak to Ice types. Dragon-types are advised against because they can be hit for super-effective damage right back. Your best bet is using an Ice-type, but Fairy-type Pokémon are pretty safe to use overall.
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Moltres is weak to Electric, Water, and 2x weak to Rock-type moves. Rock is a pretty safe and solid bet for taking on Moltres as it does not have any moves that are detrimental to your precious Rock pets. You can, however, get away with using Pokémon, such as Raikou or Kyogre, in this battle. Rampardos is advised against, as it does not have the bulk that PVP thrives on, but it is not a bad choice if you are willing to give it a try.

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

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Hi! My name is Kristy, a 22-year old Registered Nurse, Writer, and Pokémon Fanatic. Oh, I'm obsessed with foxes too.