Giovanni Lugia Pokemon Go - How to Beat Giovanni & Get Shadow Lugia

Giovanni and his Lugia are back in Pokemon Go for a limited time, so you need to know how to beat Giovanni and get Shadow Lugia fast. The Team Go Rocket leader has not been seen since the summer. He is now back to ruin the current Festival of Lights event. His appearance is also part of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research task that has been ongoing since September. Read on as we discuss how to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go.

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Giovanni Lugia Pokemon Go - How to Beat Giovanni & Get Shadow Lugia
Giovanni Lugia Pokemon Go – How to Beat Giovanni & Get Shadow Lugia

How to Beat Giovanni Pokemon Go – Shadow Lugia

Giovanni will always start the bout with Persian. This Pokemon will always attack with dark and normal-type moves. To counter it, you want to have a solid fighting type Pokemon in tow. Machamp and Lucario are two great choices. This should not take too much of your energy.

The second Pokemon is a little more complex. This could be one of three Pokemon: Kingler, Rhyperior, or Nidoking. Each needs a different approach.

Kingler is weak to grass and electric attacks. It has quite a wide range of moves, any of which could appear. Magnezone, Vileplume, Torterra, and Zapdos are a few selections you can use to fight against it.

Rhyperior is arguably the easiest to defeat as it has many weaknesses. It is 2 x weak to grass and water attacks, and 1 x weak to steel, ice, fighting, and ground. It does have a wide range of moves. You need to get in quick with high damage attacks and finish it off before it can cause damage. Torterra, Cobalion, and Excadrill are all possible choices.

Nidoking has ground, water, ice, and psychic attacks as its weakness. Aloha Sandslash, Empoleon, Stunfisk, and Excadrill are all good choices. Beware of its Iron Tail move. 

Of course, the final battle is with Shadow Lugia. Luckily, it is weak to a host of attacks. Ghost, dark, ice, rock, and electric can all take it down. For the best results, stick with electric and rock-type Pokemon. Raikou and Terrakion are two excellent selections.

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