Giovanni (GO)

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サカキ Sakaki
GO Team GO Rocket Giovanni and legendary birds.png
Promotional artwork from Pokémon GO
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Hometown Viridian City
Region Kanto
Trainer class The Boss
Generation VII
Games Pokémon GO
Specializes in Ground types
Member of Team GO Rocket
Rank Boss

Giovanni (Japanese: サカキ Sakaki) is the head of Team GO Rocket in Pokémon GO, based on the character of the same name in the core series.

Giovanni can only be found if the player currently has a Super Rocket Radar equipped. When activated, the Super Rocket Radar will reveal all the nearby PokéStops where Giovanni's headquarters can potentially be located. However, there is a high chance that the PokéStop uncovered will be occupied by a Decoy Grunt disguised as Giovanni instead. Additionally, equipping the Super Rocket Radar guarantees that the real Giovanni will appear in the next Team GO Rocket balloon. If the real Giovanni is located, he will challenge the player to battle. Defeating the real Giovanni consumes the Super Rocket Radar.


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Giovanni uses a team of three Shadow Pokémon in a Trainer Battle, each independently and randomly selected from separate pools. During battle, Giovanni will always use a Protect Shield whenever possible. Upon being defeated, Giovanni will abandon one of the Shadow Pokémon used in battle. Shadow Pokémon left by Giovanni are guaranteed capture on the first Premier Ball that hits. Since July 2020, Shadow Pokémon from Giovanni are guaranteed at least 6 IVs (out of the maximum 15) across all stats.

Initially, the Shadow Legendary Pokémon Giovanni uses changed on the first of each month.[1] However, starting April 2020, the rotation schedule was disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following lists Giovanni's possible Pokémon since November 14, 2022. Green-colored cells denote the Pokémon that will be encountered during the bonus challenge.

For a historic list of Giovanni's past Pokémon teams, see Giovanni (GO)/Pokémon change history.
The Boss
VSGiovanni GO.png
#1 #2 #3
PersianShadow SteelixShadowHonchkrowShadowRhyperiorShadow MewtwoShadow


Upon defeating Giovanni, the player will be rewarded the following prize bundles:

Item Quantity
Stardust Stardust ×5,000
Three of:
Max Potion Max Potion ×4
Max Revive Max Revive ×4

Prior to July 2020, defeating Giovanni also rewarded the following:

Item Quantity
Unova Stone Unova Stone* ×1
Rare Candy Rare Candy* ×5
Fast TM Fast TM* ×1
Charged TM Charged TM* ×1


Main article: Giovanni/Quotes → Pokémon GO


Spr GO Giovanni.png
Icon from
Pokémon GO


GO Giovanni.png
Photobomb image from
Pokémon GO



Boss: Giovanni
Leaders: CliffSierraArlo
Lower members: Team GO Rocket Grunts
Pokémon: Shadow Pokémon
Items: Mysterious Component
Rocket RadarSuper Rocket Radar