Pokemon Go’s third annual Halloween event is now underway, bringing a handful of new Ghost- and Dark-type Pokemon to catch—including another Legendary Pokemon. For a limited time, you’ll be able to encounter the cover monster from Pokemon Platinum, Giratina, as a Raid Battle at Gyms, making it the first Gen 4 Legendary to arrive in Pokemon Go.
While the Halloween event is scheduled to end on November 1, Giratina will be available in Raid Battles until November 20. This likely won’t be the last time it appears; Niantic frequently reintroduces previous Legendaries to the game, although that typically isn’t until some time after their initial run, so you’ll want to add a Giratina to your collection soon while you still have the opportunity. Here are some tips for catching one.
Like most of the other Legendary Pokemon to appear in Pokemon Go, Giratina will occasionally spawn as a Raid Battle at Gyms. In order to catch one, you’ll first need to travel to a Gym where a Giratina Raid is taking place and battle it. Giratina is a tough opponent to bring down, however, so you’ll need to team up with other players in real life if you hope to defeat it. If you’ve hit Pokemon Go’s level cap of 40, you should be able to bring Giratina down with a team of 6-8 players, although the more players you have around, the better your chances of success are.
Giratina is a dual Ghost/Dragon Pokemon, which is a unique combination due to the fact each of those types is weak against itself in battle. Dragon Pokemon in particular fare very well against Giratina, so you’ll want to bring monsters like Dragonite, Salamence, and Rayquaza along if you’ve managed to obtain any of them. Gengar and other Ghost Pokemon are also effective, although their typing and generally frail defenses make them susceptible to Giratina’s attacks as well.
Outside of those choices, Dark-type Pokemon are likewise effective against Giratina, particularly if the one you encounter during the Raid knows Ghost attacks, which Dark Pokemon resist. Tyranitar, Absol, and Houndoom in particular will fare well against it. Mewtwo is a great choice to bring along as well if it knows Shadow Ball, and Pokemon with Ice or Fairy attacks are a decent alternative.
If you’ve managed to successfully defeat Giratina, you’ll be rewarded with a ton of XP, Stardust, and items. You’ll also receive a handful of Premier Balls, the only type of Poke Ball you can use to catch Legendaries. The number of Premier Balls you receive will vary depending on which Pokemon you use and if you battled it alongside your friends.
Much like Mewtwo, Giratina will be standing fairly far in the distance when you’re trying to capture it. It will also attack often, so you’ll need to time your throws very carefully. To maximize your chances of catching one, use a Golden Razz Berry before each throw. Giratina is slated to leave Raid Battles at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on November 20, so good luck!