Giovanni (Adventures)

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サカキ Sakaki
Giovanni FRLG Adventures.png
Giovanni in the fifth chapter
Gender Male
Birthday August 1
Blood type O
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Viridian City
Region Kanto
Relatives Silver (son)
Trainer class Gym Leader
Game counterpart Giovanni
Leader of Viridian Gym
Badge Earth Badge
Specializes in Ground types
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Boss

Giovanni (Japanese: サカキ Sakaki) is one of the bosses of Team Rocket and the father of Silver.


In Pokémon Adventures, Giovanni serves much the same role as he does in the games, although he now has Lt. Surge, Sabrina, and Koga as subordinates. However, Giovanni is much more directly ruthless in this series. For example, in Make Way For Magmar!, he uses his Cloyster to break two Magmar in half.

When he was still the Viridian Gym Leader, Giovanni had obtained the nickname "Giovanni Of The Land" because all his Pokémon were Ground types, save his Cloyster and Beedrill. Beedrill's exception is clear, as he was caught at Giovanni's birthplace, so Giovanni is especially proud of him, but Cloyster's is hard to trace, as he does not appear to have any connection to Giovanni's past. Since leaving the post, he has also used a Crobat, an Aggron, the Mythical Deoxys, and his son's Ursaring.

Giovanni wrote a book on the research of Ground-type Pokémon called Mysteries of the Earth that is currently in the possession of the new Viridian Gym Leader, Blue. The book contains detailed information on Ground-type Pokémon not known by anyone else. For instance, Giovanni was the first to discover Rhydon could evolve into Rhyperior.


Red, Green & Blue arc

Giovanni in the first chapter

Giovanni is first seen traveling with Red under the guise of a friendly researcher off to study Fossils. As they leave the Diglett's Cave after a search for Fossils they find that the Pewter Museum of Science has been set ablaze by two wild Magmar. It is here that Giovanni's true agenda is revealed, to investigate Red and find out how he defeated his subordinates Lt. Surge and Koga. Giovanni watches Red defeat the Magmar in his unorthodox way and gives him an Old Amber as thanks while saying goodbye to him. The two Magmar then wake up from their sand prison and attack him; Giovanni has his Cloyster freeze and kill them. Giovanni laughs at the fact that someone like Red could defeat Team Rocket.

It is later revealed that he is attempting to capture the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres and fuse them into a single, powerful weapon. He leaves this plan in the hands of his top subordinates Lt. Surge, Koga, and Sabrina, but with the combined strength of the Kanto Pokédex holders, Red, Blue, and Green, the plan is destroyed.

When Red goes to the Viridian City Gym to find out what had happened to its missing Gym Leader, he finds Giovanni waiting inside for him. There, Giovanni reveals to Red that he is, in fact, the Viridian City Gym Leader and also the Leader of Team Rocket. Giovanni challenges the boy to a battle with a special condition: if Giovanni wins then Red will fight by his side as a member of Team Rocket. Red accepts the challenge and the two begin battling. In the end, Giovanni is defeated after an intense battle after Red uses techniques involving the Trainer and not just the Pokémon battling.

Yellow arc

Giovanni later appears at the summit of Cerise Island when Yellow is battling the leader of the Elite Four, Lance. It is revealed that he was the one who had freed Red from his icy prison created by Lorelei and gave him the Evolution stones of the Vermilion Bay that would allow him to evolve his Eevee multiple times. Giovanni does battle with Lance and uses his Pokémon to destroy the giant bubble that he was using to attack Yellow and protect himself from attacks. Just as it seems that Giovanni has the upper hand, Lance reveals that he had planned for this and that Giovanni had fallen into his trap. Lance reveals that Cerise Island is one giant Gym Badge amplification device and with Giovanni's Earth Badge, he can finally summon the giant bird Pokémon. Seeing what Lance has summoned, Giovanni immediately takes off and leaves Yellow to fight him alone. He is seen witnessing Lance's defeat at the hands of Yellow. His subordinates, Sabrina and Lt. Surge, meet up with him in hopes of starting up Team Rocket again. Giovanni dismisses them, realizing that they are not ready to revive Team Rocket because they required the help of children when battling the Elite Four. He tells them to lay low and go to their Gyms until a more suitable time to revive Team Rocket comes.

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Giovanni makes a brief cameo at the end of the fourth chapter where he finds the Ruby and Sapphire on a beach. He reveals that the gems are in fact the true forms of the Red Orb and Blue Orb that have taken their forms after being broken by Ruby's Celebi. He takes the gems and sets off with his mysterious henchmen to start a then unknown plan.

FireRed & LeafGreen arc

Giovanni rescuing Silver

Giovanni resurfaces in the Sevii Islands, where he witnesses the mysterious Deoxys attack a gang of bikers that were planning to raid Three Island. When the leader tries to ask Giovanni to save him from the "monster", Giovanni answers by swatting him away and having his Nidoking send the biker flying with Rock Tomb. He states that Deoxys isn't a monster; instead, it is the strongest Pokémon that ever existed.

He sends his newest group of henchmen, The Three Beasts, to cause trouble on the Sevii Islands and distract the Kanto Pokédex holders while he finishes polishing the Ruby and Sapphire; once he is done, he gives the gems to Sird so that Deoxys can finish its transformations. After Deoxys returns to Birth Island to heal the injuries it received in its battle with Red; here, Giovanni reveals his plan, to capture Deoxys and find his missing son. He sets off for Birth Island where he finds the resting Deoxys, battles with, and successfully captures it.

Giovanni makes his next appearance at Trainer Tower where he confronts the Kanto Pokédex holders while they try to fend off Deoxys's Duplicates. He is attacked by Mewtwo, who is angry at him for creating it to be a weapon. Giovanni responds by trapping Mewtwo in a binding set of armor called the "M2 Bind" and leaves the Pokédex holders to be defeated by Deoxys's duplicates. Later, Giovanni uses Deoxys to search for his son; Deoxys locates him at Viridian City and Giovanni sets course for that location.

Giovanni eventually lands near the Viridian City Gym and sends Sird and Orm to find and retrieve his son. As he recuperates from the pain of his disease, Giovanni finds that Red and Mewtwo are flying towards him; he decides to get Red back for his previous defeat at the Viridian Gym and prepares for battle. Red eventually arrives on the Team Rocket airship and Giovanni issues a challenge; one-on-one, Mewtwo versus Deoxys; Red accepts and they begin battling each other.

Ursaring taking Giovanni to heal

Mewtwo and Deoxys each manage to get the upper hand on each other throughout the match but it seems like Mewtwo has won once it has attacked Deoxys's core. Deoxys eventually recovers and severely injures Mewtwo by stabbing it in the back with its tentacles. Despite Mewtwo being heavily injured, it manages to recover and defeats Deoxys with a powerful attack, making Red the winner of the battle.

Giovanni collapses from his disease and is carried away by Orm so that he can finally meet his son, Silver. As he rests in bed, Silver finds his father and sulks with disappointment because of the fact that no matter how hard he tries, the side of evil is always associated with him. Silver refuses to accept Giovanni as his father and attempts to leave, but Giovanni quickly stops him but before he can say anything, a power-hungry Carr hijacks the ship and attempts to crash it into Vermilion City. Red has Deoxys use its power to create black holes to suck Silver, his Sneasel, and Giovanni to safety.

Giovanni and Silver eventually exit the black hole, but, instead of a safe location like Red expected, Giovanni instead finds that they have landed near a flaming piece of wreckage from the airship. Giovanni holds Silver up to protect him from the flames; he comments about how proud he is of how he had grown. They are eventually saved by Blue's Rhydon; Silver still refuses to acknowledge Giovanni, a criminal, as his father and states that he should've left Giovanni to die in the flames. Blue reveals to Silver about how he was once like him and manages to convince him to accept his father; Silver then breaks down crying over Giovanni's unconscious body. Giovanni is taken away by Silver's Ursaring to Silver's eighteenth Secret Base on Route 6 to rest from his injuries.

Diamond & Pearl arc

Giovanni was seen in Sird's flashback in Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia IV, where she was posing as a member of the Three Beasts while being a Team Galactic Commander in reality.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

Giovanni in the ninth chapter

For the most of this chapter, Giovanni's whereabouts were unknown as he had gone missing after Silver returned to his secret hideout.

When Archer succeeds in having Arceus absorb all 16 of its Plates and has it create the Pokémon of Myth, he boasts about Team Rocket's control over the Pokémon of Myth and mentions Giovanni, causing Silver to react with surprise. Archer wishes for Giovanni to know, if he's still alive, that Team Rocket has succeeded in becoming the most powerful organization in the world. Falling to his hands and knees, he begs for Giovanni to return to Team Rocket. Shortly after, Petrel approaches Silver from behind, asking why Silver looks so shocked and if it's because he heard a familiar name. Petrel then asks Silver outright if he's Giovanni's son.

During the battle with Arceus afterward, Petrel attempts to escape from an insane Archer. When he does, he disguises himself as the Team Rocket leader, only to be attacked by an Ursaring. There, the real Giovanni, along with Pryce and Lance, appear in order to combat Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, a trio that would threaten the Johto region. While Pryce goes after Dialga and Lance faces Palkia, Giovanni battles Giratina with his son's Ursaring.

Pryce reveals that after he returned from the crack in time, he encountered Giovanni at the Ilex Forest, who was looking for Celebi so that he could get a cure for his disease. When Giovanni saw Pryce, he immediately attacked Pryce and would have killed him if it weren't for the intervention of Lance, who told them of the events going on at the Sinjoh Ruins. Although reluctant, Giovanni agrees to help and has Ken, Al, and Harry guard the Ilex Forest while Celebi searches for the herbs for his cure.

Giovanni in the thirteenth chapter

Eventually, his disease gets the better of him, preventing Giovanni from continuing the battle against Giratina. Immediately, Silver steps in and attacks Giratina to defend his ailing father. After Arceus is calmed down and the three Pokémon leave, Ken, Al, Harry, and Celebi arrive with the cure to Giovanni's disease. The cure works, and Giovanni becomes completely healthy again. Now cured, Giovanni decides to lead Team Rocket once more, as he still has some evil in his heart.

He offers Silver a position in Team Rocket, but Silver declines and promises to change his father's evil ways one day. Giovanni accepts his son's decision and tells him to grow stronger under Lance and Pryce's teaching in the hopes that they will battle someday.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

Giovanni is first seen in Blaise's flashback explaining what happened to the Red and Blue Orbs. It is revealed that when Giovanni discovered the shards that would be used to power up Organisms No. 1 and 2, Blaise was there watching him. Giovanni senses him, and sends out his Beedrill, but doesn't give the command to attack.

Giovanni later appears in person, where he travels to Hoenn. There, he finds an unconscious Red, Green, Blaise, and Amber after they were defeated by an enemy. He takes the four aboard the Team Rocket airship, heals their injuries, and takes their possessions in order to prevent a fight. When they awake, Giovanni reveals himself and explains that he wishes to help stop the meteoroid threatening to destroy the world.

Later, Giovanni, Red, Green, Blaise, and Amber head to Sootopolis City, where they meet with Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, discussing a plan to stop the meteoroid. Giovanni reveals that he possesses a Key Stone and proceeds to Mega Evolve his Beedrill. Red and the others follow suit by Mega Evolving their Pokémon as well. Giovanni points out that if he was able to use Mega Evolution, which is normally impossible outside of battle, then it suggests that the meteoroid may actually be a Pokémon itself. When Ruby and Sapphire later ride Rayquaza into space and successfully destroy the meteoroid, a Deoxys emerges from inside of it and attacks them. Down on the ground, Giovanni confirms that this Deoxys is Organism No. 1, which Team Rocket had disposed of after it had outlived its usefulness to them.


Currently owned

This listing is of Giovanni's Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Giovanni's Beedrill ↔ Mega Beedrill

Giovanni's Beedrill ↔ Mega Beedrill
Weedle → Kakuna → Beedrill ↔ Mega Beedrill
Main article: Giovanni's Beedrill

Beedrill is one of Giovanni's main Pokémon. He caught him when he was a Weedle at Viridian Forest while he was a young Pokémon Trainer. Since then, Giovanni has used Beedrill as a reliable partner in many situations as a boss of Team Rocket. Giovanni notes that while he prefers to use Pokémon of his specialty type, Beedrill's origins have given him a profound significance in his heart. In PS616, Beedrill is revealed to have gained the ability to Mega Evolve. He is level 70, has a Brave nature, and his Characteristic is "quick tempered."

Debut Golly, Golem!
Giovanni's Cloyster
Giovanni's Cloyster was called out to kill two Magmar that were causing trouble after Red did not finish them off. He froze the Magmar solid before shattering them into pieces. Later, he was seen again during the Gym battle against Red and used the same freezing strategy on Poli to defeat it when Red lost his cool and attacked the Rocket Boss vigorously. He is level 61 and has a Modest nature.

None of Cloyster's moves are known and his Ability is Shell Armor.

Debut Make Way for Magmar!
Giovanni's Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen first appeared in the Viridian Gym battle against Red. She was able to heavily damage Red's Snor by countering its attack and hurling it straight for the wall with little effort. However, at the climax of the battle, she was defeated by Pika's Thunderbolt* and lost the battle. She is level 65 and has a Careful nature.

Nidoqueen's known moves are Counter, Poison Sting, and Scratch, and her Ability is Poison Point.

Debut Golly, Golem!
Giovanni's Golem
Giovanni switched out Nidoqueen for his Golem. Golem was a very fast Pokémon as he was able to easily outmatch Red. He was crumbled by Snor's Headbutt before knocking itself out with Explosion. He is level 60 and has a Quiet nature.

Golem's known moves are Tackle, Rock Throw, and Explosion, and his Ability is Sturdy.

Debut Golly, Golem!
Giovanni's Nidoking
Nidoking was one of the Pokémon used in the Viridian Gym battle but did not officially participate. Later, he was used to destroy the Gym with an Earthquake. Many years afterwards, Giovanni observed a site where Deoxys rampaged and left a gang of bikers in ruins. When one of them begged Giovanni to save his life, he promptly swatted him away, and then used Nidoking's Rock Tomb to incapacitate him and his Magmar. He is level 68 and has a Quirky nature.

Nidoking's known moves are Earthquake, Fire Punch, Rock Tomb, and Megahorn*, and his Ability is Poison Point.

Debut Long Live the Nidoqueen?!
Giovanni's Dugtrio
Giovanni's Dugtrio was only used to stop Red's Saur and Gyara from coming out of their Poké Balls by destroying their opening mechanisms. He is level 60 and has a Calm nature.

Dugtrio's only known move is Dig and his Ability is Sand Veil.

Debut Long Live the Nidoqueen?!
Giovanni's Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn was one of the Pokémon used in the Gym battle against Red. He was very powerful as he was able to knock out Red's Aero in a single hit. During the Yellow arc, Giovanni used him to battle Lance in Cerise Island but got knocked out by Dragonair's Hyper Beam. He is level 45 and has a Sassy nature.

Rhyhorn's known moves are Tail Whip, Horn Attack, and Stomp, and his Ability is Rock Head.

Debut Long Live the Nidoqueen?!
Giovanni's Rhydon
Rhydon was seen in the Gym battle with Giovanni's other Pokémon. However, as he was only seen trying to trap Red into a fissure, little is known about him. He is level 70 and has a Gentle nature.

Rhydon's only known move is Fissure and his Ability is Rock Head.

Debut Long Live the Nidoqueen?!
Giovanni's Crobat
Crobat was used along with Giovanni's Beedrill to reach Birth Island, where Deoxys was resting. He mostly uses it for flight transportation. He is level 65 and has a Bold nature.

None of Crobat's moves are known and his Ability is Inner Focus.

Debut Going Green
Giovanni's Aggron
Giovanni used this Aggron to battle Deoxys after trapping it. With his Brick Break, Aggron shattered Deoxys's Delta Shield, allowing Giovanni to catch it easily. He is level 69 and has a Naughty nature.

Aggron's only known move is Brick Break and his Ability is Rock Head.

Debut Going Green
Silver's Ursaring
Main article: Silver's Ursaring

Ursaring was caught by Silver with one of Kurt's Heavy Balls, given to Silver since Kurt considered Silver to be a worthy Trainer, unlike Gold. Ursaring, under Silver's orders, took Giovanni to his base near Route 6 so Giovanni could recover from his burns. Later, he reappears with Giovanni at the Sinjoh Ruins where he rips off Petrel's Giovanni disguise attempt. Afterward, he fights against Giratina, where he proves to be a powerful opponent for the Renegade Pokémon. As of The Last Battle XIV, he is at level 44.

Debut Teddiursa's Picnic
Organism No. 2
Organism No. 2
Main article: Deoxys (Adventures)

Giovanni first took note of this Deoxys, codenamed Organism No. 2, somewhere in the Hoenn region. After it was stolen from the Mossdeep Space Center and transported to the Rockets' hideout in Kanto, it was injured by Pika's Thunder during the first battle it had against Red. As such, it soon retreated to Birth Island to recover, only to be captured by Giovanni. He used Organism No. 2 to create an army of clones called Deoxys Duplicates in an attempt to finish Red, Blue, and Green. It soon fought under his command while on the Team Rocket airship against Mewtwo while it teamed up with Red. Mewtwo was able to defeat Organism No. 2 after a long battle. The Deoxys joined Red and left Giovanni, and after they narrowly escaped an early death from the airship crashing in Vermilion City, it flew off to find its brethren, Organism No. 1.

Debut A Vicious Cycle of Possibilities

Given away

Silver's Sneasel
Main article: Silver's Sneasel

Sneasel was a gift from Giovanni to Silver when he was a small child.

Debut Who Gives a Hoothoot?


  • Giovanni has the same birth month and blood type as Red.

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