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Pokémon Go Giratina counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Giratina emerges from the Distorted World.

Giratina has emerged from the Distorted World to make an appearance in Pokémon Go.

When the Renegade Pokémon does make an appearance in Pokémon Go it will take one of two formes, either the wyvern Origin Forme or the winged Altered Forme. Thankfully, Giratina's weaknesses and counters remain the same no matter which forme it takes.

Like the Legendary Pokémon it shares the Sinnoh region with, including Dialga and Palkia, Giratina will be available in five-star Raids, so, if you want to defeat this dragon, you'll need a team of fellow trainers.

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Giratina counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

If you want to add Giratina to your Pokédex, then you need a team that will strike at its weakness and the counters below will help you do this:

  • Giratina type: Ghost and dragon-type
  • Giratina is weak against: Dark, dragon, fairy, ghost and ice-types
  • Giratina counters: For dark-types, Umbreon, Weavile and Darkrai. For dragon-types, Dragonite, Rayquaza, Salamence, Garchomp, Dialga, Palkia, Haxorus, Hydreigon and Zekrom. For fairy-types, Togekiss, Granbull, Gardevoir and Zacian. For ghost-types, Gengar, Giratina (Origin Forme) and Chandelure. For ice-types, Mamoswine, Abomasnow and Darmanitan (Galarian).
  • Other Giratina notes: We recommend focusing on powerful dragon-types when building your Giratina counters team, because, while Giratina's dual typing does mean it has an advantage over them, this weaknesses works both ways. Make sure you include any dual dark and dragon-types you might have!

Altered Forme Giratina CP in Pokémon Go

Previously Altered Forme Giratina had the following CP ranges:

  • Raid Boss CP - 38,326 CP
  • Maximum CP when being caught - 1848 to 1931 CP
  • Maximum weather boosted CP when being caught - 2310 to 2414 CP

Origin Forme Giratina CP in Pokémon Go

Previously Origin Forme Giratina had the following CP ranges:

  • Raid Boss CP - 41,776 CP
  • Maximum CP when being caught - 2018 to 2105 CP
  • Maximum weather boosted CP when being caught - 2523 to 2631 CP

Giratina Moveset in Pokémon Go

Both the Fast and Charged moves that each Giratina Forme uses are different, though the majority of the moves are either dragon and ghost-type.

When it comes to the best moveset for Altered Forme Giratina, we recommend Shadow Claw (Fast) and Dragon Claw (Charged). These moves ensure you're ultising both of Giratina's types and, if you're able to unlock its second Charged attack, we recommend choosing Shadow Sneak for extra ghostly power.

Here are the moves that Altered Forme Giratina can use:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Dragon Breath (Dragon)
  • Shadow Claw (Ghost)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Ancient Power (Ground)
  • Dragon Claw (Dragon)
  • Shadow Force (Ghost - exclusive to the 2022 Halloween event)
  • Shadow Sneak (Ghost)

For Origin Forme Giratina's moveset, we recommend Dragon Tail (Fast) and Shadow Ball (Charged). Just like the moveset for Altered Forme Giratina, these attacks ensure you're utilising both of Giratina's types and, if you've gathered enough candy, we suggest Dragon Pulse for this Pokémon's second charged attack.

Below you'll find the moves that Origin Forme Giratina can learn:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Dragon Tail (Dragon)
  • Shadow Claw (Ghost)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Dragon Pulse (Dragon)
  • Ominous Wind (Ghost)
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost)
  • Shadow Force (Ghost - exclusive to the 2022 Halloween event)

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Everything we know about Giratina

Created by Areceus (i.e Pokémon god), Giratina is part of the creation trio, alongside Dialga and Palkia.

Origin Forme Giratina.

Giratina, however, was a lot more violent than Areceus expected, so it was banished to the Distortion World. In a way, this means that Giratina can be considered the fallen angel of Pokémon mythology.

Giratina is the personification (or Pokémonification if you will) of antimatter, with the Distortion World acting as a near opposite to the normal Pokémon verse. It's devoid of time and space itself is unstable, with the laws of physics being absent.

Giratina has two different formes.

Altered Forme Giratina has six legs and a pair of wings, while Origin Forme has a serpent like appearance, with six floating appendages.

In the main series of games, you can only find the Origin Forme Giratina when you visit the Distortion World or when Giratina is holding the Griseous Orb. The two formes have different stats; Altered Forme Giratina is defense-oriented, while Origin Forme prefers to be offensive.

Good luck catching Giratina in Pokémon Go!

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