Originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, Giratina is a Legendary Ghost- and Dragon-type Pokémon with two distinct
formes: Altered Forme and Origin Forme. Altered Forme Giratina will be appearing in raids
from October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local
time. Though its type isn’t different between formes, Altered
Forme Giratina has a higher base Defense stat while Origin Forme Giratina is
more powerful offensively.
Learn which Pokémon will be most
effective in Raid Battles against Giratina, how to catch Giratina after winning
a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Renegade Pokémon after you’ve caught it.
As a Ghost- and Dragon-type Pokémon, Giratina is vulnerable
to Ice-, Ghost-, Dragon-, Dark-, and Fairy-type attacks. When choosing six
Pokémon for your Giratina Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that
have an Ice, Ghost-, Dragon-, Dark-, or Fairy-type Fast Attack and Charged
Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a
type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will
allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.
If you have multiple Ice, Ghost-, Dragon-, Dark-, or
Fairy-type Pokémon, choose Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats.
Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive after
a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Giratina
as quicky as possible.
Weavile / Shadow Weavile (Dark/Ice)
Mamoswine / Shadow Mamoswine (Ice/Ground)
Galarian Darmanitan (Ice)
- Fast Attack: Ice Fang (Ice)
- Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice), Ice Punch (Ice)
Houndoom / Mega Houndoom (Dark/Fire)
- Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)
- Charged Attack: Crunch (Dark), Foul Play (Dark)
Tyranitar / Shadow Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)
Honchkrow / Shadow Honchkrow (Dark/Flying)
- Fast Attack: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)
- Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Shadow Ball (Ghost)
After a Giratina raid, you’ll have a limited number of
Premier Balls you can use to catch Giratina, so make each one count. You can
earn extra Premier Balls by battling with friends and defeating Giratina more
In an encounter with Giratina, your chance of catching it is
greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent Throws.
can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t
think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or
Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.
Giratina isn’t going to make it easy on you by
sitting still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier
Balls by throwing while it’s moving around. Watch Giratina to get a
feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. During one
of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it
starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an
Berries can help you catch Giratina. A Razz Berry
will make Giratina easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much
easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry
will calm Giratina, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make
precise throws more easily. If you need extra Giratina Candy, using a Silver
Pinap Berry will make Giratina easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when
you catch it.
Like all Legendary
Pokémon, Giratina is tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it
escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max
Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.
Giratina’s inherent power makes it a popular addition to both
Raid Battle and GO Battle League teams. With several rapid-fire Charged Attack
options, a reasonably high maximum CP, and its innate resistance to Fire-,
Water-, Grass-, Electric-, Poison-, and Bug-type attacks, Giratina is a standout
addition to any lineup.
Giratina’s Dragon Breath Fast Attack deals massive damage,
and its Dragon Claw Charged Attack requires little energy to use, letting you
blow through opponents’ Protect Shields with dizzying speed. Its Ancient Power
Charged Attack can help in its matchups against Ice-type Pokémon, one of
Giratina’s few weaknesses. While Giratina is also vulnerable to Dragon-type moves,
its rapid-fire Charged Attacks can make quick work of opposing Dragon types.
Raising Giratina’s CP to its maximum requires a lot of Giratina
Candy and Stardust, so try to catch as many Giratina as possible to help you
get there faster—and don’t forget the Pinap Berries!
Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.