Pokemon & Strategy

Over the course of the many different reincarnations of Giovanni, he has had many different Pokemon companions. Here are Giovanni's Pokemon in the game, anime, and manga. To read about the different Pokemon he uses in particular battles, go to the Tech.-Game section. It is difficult to say if Giovanni has any real relationship with any of his Pokemon besides his beloved Persian and Mewtwo. We know, however, that he does have a passion for ground-type Pokemon and for collecting rare species. We could deduct that, since his Pokemon are so powerful, they share an unspoken bond.

Hand-held Games

Since Giovanni is a Pokemon Gym Leader he has a certain level of expertise in on type of Pokemon. Discussed earlier, his speciality is in Ground-type Pokemon. Ground types are weak to grass, water, and ice but prevail against fire, poison, rock, and electric types. The best way to go into a battle with Giovanni is to have a strong group of Pokemon that can easily take out his Pokemon by using their weakness to your advantage. However, if you battle Giovanni as the Boss various times before actually confronting him at his gym (or in other matches) you may find that he uses different Pokemon. Persian is often on his team and Honchkrow is used in HeartGold/SoulSilver games. So make sure you take along Pokemon with a variety of moves. A fighting type with elemental punch or kick attacks would easily win over his team.

Pokemon Red & Blue (Green) - Gym Battle

Nidoking

Nidoking lvl 45
Tackle, Horn Attack, Poison Sting, Thrash

nidoqueen

Nidoqueen lvl 44
Scratch, Tail Whip, Poison Sting, Body Slam

rhyhorn

Rhyhorn lvl 45
Stomp, Tail Whip, Fury Attack, Horn Attack

rhydon

Rhydon lvl 50
Stomp, Fissure, Tail Whip, Horn Drill

dugtrio

Dugtrio lvl 42
Growl, Dig, Sand-Attack, Slash

Pokemon Yellow - Gym Battle

Nidoking

Nidoking lvl 55
Thunder, Leer, Earthquake, Thrash

nidoqueen

Nidoqueen lvl 53
Tail Whip, Earthquake, Double Kick, Thunder

persian

Persian lvl 53
Screech, Slash, Fury Swipes, Double Team

rhydon

Rhydon lvl 55
Rock Slide, Fury Attack, Earthquake, Horn Drill

dugtrio

Dugtrio lvl 50
Sand-attack, Dig, Fissure, Earthquake

Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen - Gym Battle

Nidoking

Nidoking lvl 45
Double Kick, Earthquake, Poison Sting, Thrash

nidoqueen

Nidoqueen lvl 44
Double Kick, Earthquake, Poison Sting, Body Slam

rhyhorn

Rhyhorn lvl 45
Take Down, Rock Blast, Scary Face, Earthquake

rhyhorn

Rhyhorn lvl 50
Take Down, Rock Blast, Scary Face, Earthquake

dugtrio

Dugtrio lvl 42
Slash, Sand Tomb, Mud-Slap, Earthquake

Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver

These games are remakes of the second generation games, where Giovanni had fled after being defeated in the first generation games. However, there is a special event that allows you to battle him. Nintendo will be releasing a special Celebi event. When getting this Pokemon from the Mystery Gift, it will unlock a special storyline.

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When the player takes Celebi to the special shrine in Ilex forest, Celebi will then take you back in time. You will come across your rival who you then see speaking to a mysterious, dark dressed man. When you follow him, you will discover that this is the great Giovanni! He has been living in a cave with a little radio for the past several years. You will then have the chance to battle him. His Pokemon are as follows:

nidoking

Nidoking lvl 42
Shadow Claw, Focus Energy, Fury Attack, Double Kick

honchkrow

Honchkrow lvl 43
Nasty Plot, Swagger. Dark Pulse, Shadow Ball

nidoqueen

Nidoqueen lvl 46
Crunch, Roar, Earth Power, Superpower

kangaskhan

Kangaskhan lvl 40
Outrage, Leer, Sucker Punch, Dizzy PunchClaw, Focus Energy, Fury Attack, Double Kick

Other Pokemon that Giovanni owns outside of regular Gym Battles:

sandslash golem marowak rhyperior honchkrow garchomp gliscor hippowdon krookodile

Anime

These are the Pokemon that have been confirmed that Giovanni owns (or owned) in the Anime. Since we never actually see Giovanni battle as a true Gym Leader in the anime, we can neither confirm nor deny that he has his signature Pokemon that were shown above.

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Various Manga

There are so many different types of Pokemon Manga with various storylines and it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Here is just a sampling of the different Pokemon Giovanni had owned (or owns) in the different Pokemon Manga. Most of these are from the Pokemon Adventures series.

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