Pokemon GO: How to Find Giovanni

To provide a bit of a challenge to Pokemon GO, the AR game that lets you catch Pokemon in your neighborhood, a team of bad guys called Team GO Rocket was added. You must fight the underlings to reach middle management and finally challenge the boss of the operation to a Pokemon battle: a man named Giovanni.

Finding Giovanni isn’t like finding the other Team GO Rocket Leaders (Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra) who are discovered by collecting mysterious components from regular Team GO Rocket Grunts. Those mysterious components get combined into a Rocket Radar. In order to find Giovanni, you’ll need a Super Rocket Radar. Here’s how to get it.

Complete The “A Troubling Situation” Special Research Quest

This special research quest needs to be completed before you can find Giovanni. You only receive this research quest once.

It has four steps that are designed to introduce you to the Team Go Rocket encounters.

Step One Tasks

  • Evolve Two Pokemon (Reward: Murkrow Encounter)
  • Power-Up A Pokemon Five Times (Reward: Sableye Encounter)

Reward For Completing All Step One Tasks: 1,000 Stardust and 2,000 XP

Step Two Tasks

  • Catch Two Shadow Pokemon (Reward: Koffing Encounter)
  • Defeat Three Team GO Rocket Grunts (Reward: Ekans Encounter)

Reward For Completing All Step Two Tasks: 2,000 Stardust, 2,000 XP, Five Golden Razz Berries

Step Three Tasks

  • Purify Three Shadow Pokemon (Reward: 3,000 Stardust)
  • Purify a Fire, Water, or Grass-Type Shadow Pokemon (Reward: 3,000 XP)

Reward For Completing All Step Three Tasks: 2,000 Stardust, One Rare Candy, Five Silver Pinap Berries

Step Four Tasks

  • Auto-Completed Task (Reward: 1,000 Stardust)
  • Auto-Completed Task (Reward: 1,000 XP)
  • Auto-Completed Task (Reward: 1,000 Stardust)

Reward For Completing All Step Four Tasks: One Fast TM, One Charged TM, Three Rare Candies

Complete The “Looming In The Shadows” Special Research Quest

Once you’ve completed the “A Troubling Situation” special research quest, you’re eligible to receive the “Looming in the Shadows” quest.

This special research has six steps that will give you a Super Rocket Radar, which allows you to fight Giovanni.

The “Looming in the Shadows” quest is unique in that you can receive it once per month. As a result, Giovanni can only be fought once per month. If you complete one month’s research in the following month (i.e. you complete the January research in February), you’ll receive the February research immediately after completing the January research. If you complete the February research in February, you’ll need to wait until March to get the research again.

Step One Tasks

  • Spin Ten PokeStops (Reward: 500 XP)
  • Defeat Three Team GO Rocket Grunts (Reward: 500 XP)
  • Catch One Shadow Pokemon (Reward: 500 XP)

Reward For Completing All Step One Tasks: Ten Razz Berries, Ten PokeBalls, 500 Stardust

Step Two Tasks

  • Spin A PokeStop Five Days In A Row (Reward: 750 XP)
  • Purify 15 Shadow Pokemon (Reward: 750 XP)
  • Win Five Raids (Reward: 750 XP)

Reward For Completing All Step Two Tasks: Three Revives, Three Hyper Potions, 1,000 Stardust

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Step Three Tasks

  • Use Six Super-Effective Charge Moves In Gym Battles (Reward: 1,000 XP)
  • Win Three Great League Trainer Battles Against Another Trainer (Reward: 1,000 XP)
  • Defeat Six Team GO Rocket Grunts (Reward: 1,000 XP)

Reward For Completing All Step Three Tasks: Five Pinap Berries, 15 Great Balls, 1,500 Stardust

Step Four Tasks

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo (Reward: 1,250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff (Reward: 1,250 XP)
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra (Reward: 1,250 XP)

To find the Team GO Rocket Leaders, you’ll need to fight Team GO Rocket Grunts. Beating each Grunt in battle will provide you with one mysterious component and six mysterious components are needed to create a Rocket Radar.

When you have a Rocket Radar equipped, Shadow PokeStops will be occupied by a Leader instead of a Grunt. You’ll hold on to the Rocket Radar until you beat a Leader in battle.

Once you do, the Rocket Radar disappears and you’ll need to collect six more mysterious components to challenge another Leader.

Tip: Be sure not to waste your Radar on a Leader you’ve already beaten since you’re aiming to complete this quest within the month. 

Reward For Completing All Step Four Tasks: Three Golden Razz Berries, 2,000 Stardust, One Super Rocket Radar

Step Five Tasks

Now that you have the Super Rocket Radar, you’ll be able to search for Giovanni. The Shadow PokeStops will look like they have Giovanni at them from the map but when you click on them you’ll discover that it was actually a Grunt in disguise. You’ll need to keep checking PokeStops until you uncover the real Giovanni.

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss (Reward: 2,500 Stardust)
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss (Reward: 1,500 XP)
  • Defeat the Team Go Rocket Boss (Reward: Three Silver Pinap Berries)

Once you defeat Giovanni in battle (which is quite tough, so go in prepared!), you’ll have a chance to capture his special Shadow Pokemon. 

Reward For Completing All Step Five Tasks: One Charged TM, One Fast TM, 3,000 Stardust

Step Six Tasks

  • Auto-Completed Task (Reward: 2,000 XP)
  • Auto-Completed Task (Reward: 2,000 XP)
  • Auto-Completed Task (Reward: 2,000 XP)

Reward For Completing All Step Six Tasks: Three Rare Candy, Three Max Revives, 20 Ultra Balls

Congratulations! You’ve defeated Giovanni and stolen his Pokemon, hopefully in order to purify them and keep them happy in your party. You’ll be able to do it all over again once you receive the tasks again.

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