'Pokémon Go' Raid Update: Shiny Giratina, Counters and Complete List of Bosses

Another Legendary is returning to Raids in Pokémon Go and this time its the Altered Form of Giratina.

The Ghost and Dragon-type Pokémon is one of the stronger 'Mon in the mobile game, so trainers will have a brand new chance to get this Sinnoh Legendary. However, Giratina won't just return to Raid battles its Shiny form will be catchable for the first time in Pokémon Go.

Like other Shiny Pokémon in Raids, trainers will need to defeat the Pokémon first before you discover if its Shiny or not. Once you get to the capture stage, lucky trainers have a chance to find Giratina in its Shiny form. Shiny Giratina's coloring changes from purple to neon blue. It's one of the more dynamic changes in Pokémon.

If you're looking to catch a Shiny Giratina of your own, here's everything you need to know including the best counters and the rest of the Raid Boss changes.

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Giratina being a Ghost and Dragon-type Pokémon gives a handful of weaknesses. It's weak to Ghost, Dark, Fairy, Ice and Dragon-type attacks.

It resists a ton of attacks including: Normal, Fighting, Fire, Water, Grass, Poison, and Bug-type moves so avoid bringing Pokémon that know them. Thankfully, there are plenty of Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon that players can use in a battle against Giratina.

Here are a list of Pokémon you should use:

  • Rayquaza with two Dragon moves
  • Dragonite with two Dragon moves
  • Salamence with two Dragon moves
  • Dialga with two Dragon moves
  • Palkia with two Dragon moves
  • Garchomp with two Dragon moves
  • Giratina (Origin form) with two Ghost-type attacks
  • Latios with two Dragon moves
  • Mamoswine with two Ice moves


Along with the return of Giratina, the other Raid Bosses have changed to include more Dark and Ghost-type Pokémon to help trainers build a team to take down the Legendary 'mon.

Trainers will still find new Gen 5 Pokémon included like Patrat and Klink, while some Raid mainstays like Absol and Mawile continue to appear.

Here's a list of all the Pokémon that appear in Raids starting Monday, September 23.

Level 1

  • Shinx (Shiny chance)
  • Drifloon (Shiny chance)
  • Patrat (Shiny chance)
  • Klink (Shiny chance)

Level 2

  • Alolan Exeggutor (Shiny chance)
  • Misdreavus (Shiny chance)
  • Sneasel (Shiny chance)
  • Sableye (Shiny chance)
  • Mawile (Shiny chance)

Level 3

  • Alolan Raichu (Shiny chance)
  • Machamp
  • Gengar
  • Granbull
  • Piloswine

Level 4

  • Alolan Marowak (Shiny chance)
  • Dragonite
  • Togetic
  • Houndoom
  • Absol (Shiny chance)

Level 5

  • Giratina (Altered Form) (Shiny chance)
  • Deoxys (Speed Form) - EX Raid until October 5
  • Mewtwo - EX Raid from October 5 onward

Are you excited for the return of Giratina? What Pokémon will you use against it? Let us know in the comments section.

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