When Does Giovanni’s Legendary Change in Pok√©mon Go? (Is Giovanni’s Legendary Changing Soon?)

I was disappointed when I didn’t capture Shadow Mewtwo during GO Fest 2020 ūüėě, and although I got in the 2023 Shadow Raid event, it wasn’t the same. I guess I really wanted to beat Giovanni.

That and subsequent Giovanni encounters made me wonder how often this character changes his Pokémon. Curious, I scoured the internet for answers.

Here’s what I learned‚Ķ

How long does it usually take for Giovanni to change his Pokémon?

Is Giovanni’s Legendary Changing Soon?
Giovanni. Image source: Pinterest

Giovanni changes his Pok√©mon every few months, particularly during the Team Rocket Take Over Event. During these events, the frequency of Team Rocket’s invasions increases, and there’s an influx of Shadow Pok√©mon.

Additionally, you can make your Shadow Pok√©mon forget the move, “Frustration ūü§ď.”

Giovanni uses a new Shadow Legendary during these events. For instance, he used a Shadow Mewtwo in 2022 and a Shadow Registeel in 2023.

Here’s a table summarizing Giovanni’s Shadow Pok√©mon choices ūüĎá.


Shadow Legendary

Shadow Pokémon

Nov. 2019


Hippowdown, Rhydon, Dugtrio, Persian.

Dec. 2019


Hippowdown, Rhydon, Dugtrio, Persian.

Jan. 2020


Garchomp, Kangaskhan, Cloyster, Persian.

Feb. 2020


Hippowdon, Steelix, Cloyster, Persian.

March – July 2020


Rhyperior, Steelix, Kingler, Persian.

July – October 2020


Garchomp, Dugtrio, Nidoking, Persian

Oct 2020 – Feb 2021


Garchomp, Kangaskhan, Nidoking, Persian.

Feb – March 2021


Garchomp, Kangaskhan, Nidoking, Persian.

Apr – June 2021


Garchomp, Kangaskhan, Nidoking, Persian.

May 2021


Garchomp, Kangaskhan, Nidoking, Persian.

June – Sept 2021


Cloyster, Golem, Machamp, Persian.

Nov 2021 – Apr 2022


Rhyperior, Kingler, Nidoking, Persian.

Apr – Jul 2022


Rhyperior, Honchkrow, Gyarados, Persian

Jul – Nov 2022


Rhyperior, Machamp, Nidoking, Persian.

Nov 2022 – Jan 2023


Rhyperior, Honchkrow, Steelix, Persian.

Feb – March 2023


Garchomp, Cloyster, Nidoking, Pesian.

March – June 2023


Kingdra, Kingler, Nidoking, Persian.

June 2023


Garchomp, Rhyperior, Nidoking, Persian.

Is Giovanni’s Legendary Pok√©mon changing soon?


Yes. Giovanni’s legendary Pokémon is set to change once again. October 2023 saw him use Shadow Regigigas; he is set to use Shadow Kyogre in the January 2024 Taken Treasure Event.

Kyogre is a legendary Water-type known to undergo Primal Reversion if it holds the Blue Orb. Lore-wise, this legendary can expand the oceans and is said to oppose Groudon, a Legendary that can extend the continents.

Players can expect Shadow Kyogre to have the following moves: Waterfall, Hydro pump, Blizzard, Thunder, Surf, and Origin Pulse.

What is Giovanni’s next legendary?

Giovanni’s next legendary is Shadow Kyogre, available in the Taken Treasures event from January 27th, 2024, to February 1st, 2024 ūüďÖ.

As mentioned, this Legendary Pokémon is a water-type, making it vulnerable to Electric and Grass Pokémon but resistant to Fire, Water, Steel, and Ice Pokémon.

How do you beat Giovanni’s next Legendary?

Giovanni's legendary Pokémon changes in Pokémon Go
Giovanni’s next Legendary. Image source: Pinterest

As mentioned, Giovanni’s next Legendary is Shadow Kyogre. Here are the best Pokémon to face Shadow Kyogre


  1. Mega Rayquaza
  2. Kartana.
  3. Shadow Raikou.
  4. Mega Sceptile.
  5. Mega Manectric.
  6. Mega Venusaur.


  1. Xurkitree.
  2. Zarude.
  3. Shadow Raikou.
  4. Shadow Electivire.
  5. Shadow Tangrowth.
  6. Shadow Magnezone.
  7. Kartana.

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