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How to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go (August 2022): Shadow Latios weaknesses & counters

Giovanni will trouble trainers with his Shadow Latios in Pokemon Go during August 2022. Here’s a guide to beating the team Go Rocket leader.

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Team Go Rocket in Pokemon Go has several grunts, three leaders, and then finally, Giovanni. The boss arrives with a new lineup occasionally, and here’s how you can defeat Giovanni in August 2022.

Members of Team Go Rocket keep getting stronger as players progress in Pokemon Go and Giovanni is arguably the toughest of them all. Niantic constantly changes the Pokemon he uses and in August 2022, trainers have to take on a Shadow Latios.

Owing to the type-based combat system in Pokemon games, every Pokemon is beatable with a suitable strategy and counterattacks. Here’s everything you need to defeat Giovanni, including the weaknesses and best counters to all of his Pokemon.

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Giovanni’s Pokemon in Pokemon Go

You will face three of these Pokemon while battling Giovanni in Pokemon Go in August 2022:

  • Persian
  • Nidoking
  • Machamp
  • Rhyperior
  • Latios

Giovanni always starts the battle with a Persian. In the subsequent (second) phase, he will release Nidoking, Machamp, or Rhyperior. The final challenge is guaranteed to be a Shadow Latios.

Every Pokemon mentioned above belongs to a different type which is why it is important to come up with a perfect team.

How to counter Persian in Pokemon Go

Persian is a Normal-type Pokemon which makes it vulnerable to fighting-type Pokemon. Accordingly, we recommend using your best Fighting-type Pokemon with the highest DPS stats. Ideally, these should be:

  • Lucario with Counter (Fast move) and Aura Sphere (Charge move).
  • Hariyama with Counter (Fast move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge move).
  • Conkeldurr with Counter (Fast move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge move).
  • Machamp with Counter (Fast move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge move).
  • Breloom with Counter (Fast move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge move).
Persian Pokemon

How to counter Giovanni’s Nidoking, Rhyperior, or Machamp in Pokemon Go

Nidoking

Nidoking is a unique Poison/Ground Pokemon that is vulnerable against Ground, Water, Psychic, and Ice attacks. It can learn Bug moves that are super effective against Psychic Pokemon and its Iron Tail fast move is effective against Ice-type Pokemon.

Accordingly, using the likes of Mewtwo and Glaceon could be a hit or miss depending on Nidoking’s attack.

Water Pokemon are definitely the strongest against Nidoking and here are some of the safest picks:

  • Kyogre with Waterfall (Fast move) and Hydro Pump/Surf (Charge move)
  • Mewtwo with Confusion (Fast move) and Psychic (Charge move)
  • Glaceon with Ice Shard (Fast move) and Avalanche (Charge Move)
  • Swampert with Water Gun (Fast move) and Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)

Rhyperior

Rhyperior is a Ground/Rock-type Pokemon that is extremely weak against Water and Grass attacks. They offer a double ‘super effective’ effect that essentially deals 256% more damage.

None of Rhyperior’s attacks are effective against Water and Grass-type Pokemon, which is why they are excellent for defeating it:

  • Kyogre with Waterfall (Fast move) and Hydro Pump (Charge move)
  • Swampert with Waterfall (Fast move) and Hydro Cannon (Charge move)
  • Feraligatr with Water Gun (Fast move) and Hydro Cannon (Charge move)
  • Zarude with Vine Whip (Fast move) and Power Whip (Charge move)
Machamp, Nidoking, and Rhyperior Pokemon

Machamp

Machamp is a prominent Fighting-type Pokemon that is weak against Flying, Psychic, and Fairy-type Pokemon. It can learn Steel and Rock moves that are powerful against Fairy and Flying-type Pokemon. As a result, relying on Psychic Pokemon is the safest bet.

Based on his weaknesses, the best counters for Machamp are:

  • Mewtwo with Confusion (Fast move) and Psystrike (Charge move)
  • Gardevoir with Charm (Fast move) and Psychic (Charge move)
  • Togekiss with Charm (Fast move) and Dazzling Gleam (Charge move)
  • Alakazam with Confusion (Fast move) and Psychic (Charge move)
  • Metagross with Zen Headbutt (Fast move) and Psychic (Charge move)

How to counter Giovanni’s Shadow Latios in Pokemon Go

The final challenge is Giovanni’s Shadow Latios which is weak against Bug, Ghost, Ice, Dragon, Dark, and Fairy Pokemon. It belongs to Dragon and Psychic types and clearly, you have a ton of good options to take on this Pokemon.

Latios primarily uses Dragon and Psychic attacks with an exception of Solar Beam. These attacks are super effective against Dragon, Fighting, and Poison Pokemon, which is why it is wise to only use your strongest Dragon-types like Dragonite, Rayquaza, and Palkia.

Dragonite Pokemon

Fairy-type and Steel-type Pokemon resist Dragon-type attacks and they should be your first priority while taking on Latios.

Here’s a list of some Pokemon that should work great against Latios:

  • Gengar with Shadow Claw (Fast move) and Shadow Ball (Charge move)
  • Dialga with Dragon Breath (Fast move) and Draco Meteor (Charge move)
  • Togekiss with Charm (Fast move) and Dazzling Gleam (Charge move)
  • Gardevoir with Charm (Fast move) and Dazzling Gleam (Charge move)
  • Sylveon with Charm (Fast move) and Moonblast (Charge move)

Best team to defeat Giovanni in Pokemon Go

Some teams that are balanced enough to survive Giovanni’s Pokemon under any circumstances are:

  • Conkeldurr, Mewtwo, and Dialga
  • Lucario, Kyogre, and Giratina

It is worth noting that using the aforementioned Pokemon won’t guarantee success every time you face Giovanni. It largely depends on the attacks his Pokemon are using. For instance, a Dragonite will perform brilliantly against a Latios that only uses Psychic attacks but it might be useless if Latios uses Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw.

Even if you lose to Giovanni, just make the right changes and properly study the type of attacks his Pokemon are using. With the right strategy, even Great League Pokemon can defeat the Team Go Rocket leader.

Pokemon Go Team Rocket leaders Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra

How to find Giovanni in Pokemon Go

You can come across Giovanni after obtaining a Super Rocket Radar in Pokemon Go. Here’s how you can get this item:

  • Unlock Looming in the Shadows Special Research by completing A Troubling Situation. At the final (sixth) stage of Looming in the Shadows, you’ll be asked to defeat Giovanni.
  • Defeat Team Rocket Grunts in Pokestops or balloons to acquire six ‘Mysterious Components’ that help in unlocking a Team Rocket Radar.
  • Equip the Team Rocket Radar to take on three Team Go Rocket leaders called Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo. They are either hidden in Pokestops or the balloons.
  • You will earn the Super Rocket Radar after defeating all the grunts and leaders. Upon equipping it, Giovanni should arrive in a Pokestop. Be aware of decoys that only pretend to be Giovanni.

You will notice that Sylveon, an Eevee evolution, is strong against Latios and other Dragon-type Pokemon. If you want to unlock it, make sure to check out our guide on how to get Sylveon in Pokemon Go.

Image Credits: Niantic / The Pokemon Company

Apex Legends

Apex Legends players call for devs to make Firing Range change after Season 14 update

Apex Legends players are calling for the devs to fix the Firing Range after the Season 14 update changed the way players die.

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Apex Legends players have noticed a difference in the Firing Range after the Season 14 update, and now they are calling for the devs to make a change.

Apex Legends players are still getting used to the changes in Season 14, as there have been both drastic updates to existing content and new introductions such as Vantage and the Laser Sight attachment.

With that said, players have already found great ways to utilize Vantage and also discovered how strong character buffs are, including Mad Maggie and Newcastle‘s.

However, like any new update, Season 14 has brought some pretty crazy glitches, and players have also found an unwanted change in the Firing Range that they’re now calling for the devs to revert.

apex legends firing range

Players often use the Firing Range to practice and 1v1 others, but the removal of the Self-Revive has caused these interactions to be much slower and less enjoyable.

Prior to the Self-Revive’s removal, players would 1v1 with a Gold Knockdown Shield so that if they went down, they could easily get back up or switch characters to gain health and retain their loadout.

This prevented the effort of having to respawn and collect your loadout again, allowing players to 1v1 efficiently. Unfortunately, as Skeptation has highlighted, the removal of Self-Revive means this is no longer possible.

Now, Skeptation and others who agree in the comments are calling for the devs to “change this so players get downed not full killed with friendly fire on.”

While it’s not a major issue, it is clearly something the fans want and may have actually been something that the devs didn’t consider when they took the Self-Revive out of the game.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but for now, check out how Apex Legends has reached new heights in Season 14.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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FIFA 23: Release date, crossplay, new features, more

FIFA 23 is right around the corner, and EA have prepared a ton of new content for players to enjoy so here’s everything you need to know.

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FIFA 23 release date is fast approaching, and football fans are eager to discover what EA has in store for them this year. Here’s everything you need to know about FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 will be EA Sports’ final football game with the FIFA branding as they get set to introduce EA Sports FC to the world next year.

Therefore, expectations for FIFA 23 are high and after EA showcased the new features and additions that await players across Career Mode, Ultimate Team, and Pro Clubs, there’s clearly a look to look forward to.

We’ll break down every new feature coming to FIFA 23 as well as the official release date, to best prepare you for an expansive final chapter.

Jack Grealish FIFA 23

Will FIFA 23 have crossplay?

FIFA 23 will have a crossplay feature for certain modes at launch. Crossplay in FIFA 23 will be limited to 1vs1 modes when the game releases. This will mainly impact Ultimate Team gameplay as players on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC will face each other. Meanwhile, PS4 and Xbox One users will also match up against each other

This also means that a massive amount of players will be sharing one FUT market in FIFA. To find out more about changes to the market, you can read our article explaining how the Ultimate Team market will function in FIFA 23.

Unfortunately, EA confirmed that there would be no crossplay feature for the Pro Clubs mode. This infuriated players, and after a ton of backlash from the FIFA community, EA hinted that the feature could make its way to Pro Clubs post-launch.

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team new features

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team fans are in for some major changes. For starters, position modifiers as we know them will be removed from the game.

Instead, players will have secondary positions that mirror their real-life position changes. For example, Kyler Walker would be able to operate on full chemistry at RB or CB.

FIFA 23 Ultimate Team squad chemistry

Another major change set to hit the Ultimate Team mode is FIFA 23’s brand-new chemistry system. Chemistry lines across your squad are a thing of the past in FIFA 23. You’ll know have more freedom to build your squad with a less restrictive chemistry system.

This system will factor in nations, leagues, and clubs across the entire pitch in order to give players a chemistry rating between 0-3. Proximity is no longer a factor as Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold produce chemistry from RB to LB.

Check out our guide on Ultimate Team’s new game mode called FUT Moments for a look at what to expect in FIFA 23.

FIFA 23 World Cup modes

The World Cup mode added to FIFA 18 was a massive hit among players, and the community has been urging EA to revisit the feature for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

While we currently don’t know how many game modes will feature World Cup content, EA did confirm that there will be some involvement via the Ultimate Team mode.

It’s understood that both the men’s and women’s versions of the World Cup will be celebrated in FIFA 23, but we’ll have to wait and see what they have in store for players.

Mallory Pugh in FIFA 22

Given that the men’s tournament takes place in the winter of 2022 this time around, and the women’s edition is in the summer of 2023, EA would have plenty of time to give both footballing festivals the proper treatment.

FIFA 23 new & removed clubs

Due to licensing agreements, it’s not unusual to see clubs and leagues join and depart the FIFA franchise with every new release. Lately, certain Serie A licenses have been difficult to come by with notable clubs Juventus, Lazio, and Atalanta missing from the game.

EA confirmed that Juventus will be returning to FIFA this year in full capacity, with Claudio Marchisio leading the charge as a FUT Hero item available to Ultimate Team players.

While one partnership seems to be reignited, another one is set to end in FIFA 23 as reports claim that the J-League will be removed from the game. If reports are true, this would mark the end of a 6-year partnership between the Japanese League and EA Sports.

Mbappe with FIFA 23 and J-League logo

With a ton of different licenses to take note of, it could be difficult to keep track of which teams, leagues, and stadiums will be involved in FIFA 23, but we’ve made a guide to help you out.

FIFA 23 gameplay changes

In addition to changes to the Pro Clubs and Career Mode offerings in FIFA 23, EA were also excited to announce several gameplay changes. These changes are meant to freshen up the way the game feels on the pitch.

For starters, set pieces have undergone an overhaul in FIFA 23, with penalties receiving a simplified mechanic. Set pieces also include free kicks and corners, which you’ll have to learn how to master once more this year.

One of the most entertaining ways to flex your FIFA prowess is through skill moves, and in FIFA 23 there will be more to master than ever before. You can check out our guide to discover all of the gameplay changes being introduced in FIFA 23.


For more on the FIFA series, be sure to check out our guide on how to pre-order FIFA 23 with editions available, prices, & bonuses.

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Apex Legends players claim Mad Maggie “too good not to use” after major Season 14 buffs

Mad Maggie received a major buff in Apex Legends Season 14, and players claim that the Legend is now a must-pick.

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Mad Maggie has never been the most popular character in Apex Legends, but thanks to a major buff in the Season 14 update, players claim she’s “too good not to be used.”

Apex Legends Season 14 is here, bringing a new version of Kings Canyon, major weapon buffs and nerfs, and of course, a new Legend — Vantage. That’s not all though, as existing Legends have been tweaked, and Mad Maggie was on the receiving end of a powerful buff.

Now, with her improved Wrecking Ball ability, her popularity is steadily rising, as she becomes a direct counter to the ever-popular Gibraltar.

Apex Legends Season 14 gave Maggie’s Wrecking Ball a major buff, where it will now deal damage to several placeable objects such as the Black market, Castle Walls, and Gas Barrels. But the biggest takeaway is that “it will also destroy Gibraltar’s Dome of Protection.”

Gibraltar is considered a crutch Legend in competitive thanks to the Dome of Protection keeping players safe in the chaotic endgame. While the Riot Drill could penetrate the shield before, players can now use Maggie’s Wrecking Ball to completely shatter the dome, leaving whole squads exposed.

Reddit user Ship_Doctor showed Maggie’s Wrecking Ball in action, claiming that “Maggie is too good not to be used this season.” In the clip, the user uses the Wrecking Ball to shatter the shield, then the Riot Drill to deal even more damage as they take cover behind a tree.

“Went from quite literally never touching her (I played her twice on Control) to this season so far, she’s all I’ve played,” replied one player. “She’s so much fun.”

“I’ve never met anyone else who hated Gibby more than me. His dome is a complete crutch, glad they did this unintentional nerf to him,” explained another.

However, some players explained that Gibby doesn’t appear in pubs all that often, but Maggie is sure to take plenty of squads by surprise in Ranked. Especially if they never read the patch notes.

For more Apex, be sure to check out how the Season 14 update allows Newcastle to move ridiculously fast while reviving.

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