As part of the recent Halloween events, legendary pokemon Giratina has been added into Pokemon GO. It’s a pretty awesome species, combining Ghost and Dragon types, powerful enough to slide right in as a tier 5 Raid Boss. To make sure you’re properly prepared for battle, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about Giratina Raids. We’ll cover the best counters, weaknesses and moveset, so that you can take it down easy every time.
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Pokemon GO Giratina Raid
Giratina Raids are currently live in Pokemon GO. Trainers can take on the gen 4 legendary right up until Nov. 20, but they’ll definitely need to come properly prepared. We’ve collected some key info on Giratina below, so that you and your friends are up to the challenge.
Pokemon GO Giratina Weaknesses
If you’re looking to take on Giratina in Pokemon GO Raids, you’ll need to exploit its weaknesses. Giratina is weak to a number of types, so going in armed with the appropriate attacks is key to success. We’ve listed all of Giratina’s weaknesses below:
Pokemon GO Giratina Best Counters
Now that we know Giratina’s weaknesses, we can start building a list of the best counters to use. Counters are just pokemon suited to taking down a particular Raid Boss, so here we’ll need to pick Dragon, Ghost, Dark and Ice types with high CP values. We’ve listed the Pokemon GO Best Giratina Counters below, from best to worst:
- Rayquaza - when facing Giratina, you’ll really just want to focus on Dragon types. Rayquaza is the best pick here, able to deal huge amounts of damage using his Dragon Tail and Outrage Dragon-Type attacks.
- Salamence - another good Dragon-type to use is Salamence. Make sure you go in with Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor.
- Mewtwo - If the version of Giratina happens to be using ancient Power to chip away at your Dragons, then you may want to go for Ghost-type moves. We recommend using a Mewtwo armed with Shadow Ball.
Pokemon GO Giratina Moveset
Which pokemon you choose to take into battle against Giratina will depend on the moveset it is using. We’ve listed all of the possible Giratina movesets below, so that you know what you’re going to be up against.
- Shadow Claw
- Dragon Breath
- Dragon Claw
- Ancient Power
- Shadow Sneak
Pokemon GO Giratina Best Moveset
Now that you know the moveset for Giratina, let's take a look at the best ones to use. In terms of Fast Moves, there are two options—Shadow Claw and Dragon Breath. You'll want to go for Shadow Claw, as it has great all-round damage. Dragon Breath is only really effective against Dragon, Dark and Normal Pokemon. Our pick for the best Giratina Charge Move is Dragon Claw. It's a great move, and completely over-shadows the other two options.
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