Giratina comes in two formes: Origin Forme and Altered Forme.Like Deoxys, its formes have different stat values and different move sets altogether. Giratina retains its Dragon/Ghost typing regardless of forme.
Giratina’s Altered Forme is a defensive tank but lacks the Attack stat and moves to really be of any use. 187 attack is pitiful for the ruler of the Distortion World,even if it has 225 defence and 284 stamina.
On the other hand, Origin Forme swaps it attack and defence stats around, making it far more viable in attack. 187 defence is aided by its 284 stamina stat. Its not in the top 10 when it comes to Dragons but its handy if you have nothing really good. This guide is meant for its Altered Forme, if you came looking for its Origin Forme guide you can click here.
This forme is a Pokemon worth powering up ,thanks to a better attack stats and moves overall.
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With 5 weaknesses, you should have ample choices when picking your team(s) of 6. Now lets take a look at its move set.
Giratina gets STAB for using both moves and Dragon Tail is the superior move compared over Shadow Claw. Both are not resisted by many types but Dragon Tails wins in terms of damage.
Where its Altered Forme struggled due to its weak move set and stats, Origin Forme soars thanks to the addition of the best charge Ghost move Shadow Ball. Its undoubtedly lethal and will give your team a hard time but if you’re using Origin Forme, this is the move of choice. Dragon Pulse and Ominous Wind give STAB but they aren’t great, lets just leave it at that. You shouldn’t choose either of them, or be worried if Giratina is using it against you.
Assembling The Team
The list of counters is the same as Altered Forme,Origin Forme doesn’t have any move which makes it a good counter to Dark types. Dragon types can be used provided Giratina isn’t using any Dragon moves,just a matter of predicting and guessing. Ghost types can also be used, like Dragon its weak to itself so if you think Giratina is bringing Ghost moves, don’t use it.
Going up against Giratina, utilize the moveset of Bite and Crunch to do the most damage to it. It has STAB and gets extra due to Giratina’s weakness to dark. On the defensive side of things, there’s no move set Giratina has which exploits one of Tyranitar’s weaknesses. So its the best going forward and back if you’re facing a Giratina using Ghost moves.
Using a dragon type pokemon can be a little risky if Giratina uses one or more dragon moves. There’s a 50% chance the one you’re facing is using it meaning your dragons will be going down faster than you’d like. Unlike Tyranitar where I would only recommend it as the only dark type attacker, the dragon type has plenty of options although I won’t go through each one. For this, the first choice would be Rayquaza because it has the higher attack and surprisingly, higher stamina. Dragonite isn’t far behind but when attack is the name of the game, Rayquaza is first choice.
Ensure it has the move set of Dragon Tail and Outrage for optimum offence, its flying moves get STAB but don’t deal supereffective damage. Also watch out for Giratina’s with Ancient Power, Rayquaza still has a weakness to rock thanks to its flying typing.
Dialga is a great counter to Giratina’s Dragon moves, its Steel/Dragon typing means it isn’t weak to Dragon moves but it can hit back with some STAB Dragon moves to Giratina, who is weak to Dragon moves. Go with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor.
I really like Gengar, its my favourite Pokemon and Giratina may be weak to ghost but I wouldn’t put Gengar in my top 3 choices to face off against it. Gengar is a glass cannon, meaning high damage output but it’ll probably faint to one charge move. You’ll be lucky if it survives the first charge move. Its weak to ghost moves as a fellow ghost type but that means it’ll be dealing a tremendous amount of damage to Giratina. Just don’t expect it to last long, you’ll be changing it faster than a child changes its mind.
For Gengar, use ghost moves. Best current moveset would be Hex and Shadowball. However, if you have the legacy fast moves Lick or Shadow Claw then use either one of them.
Origin Forme trades higher attack for lower defence and will definitely pose more problems to you because of this, as a raid boss. However its a much better Pokemon than its Altered Forme version and is worth keeping to powering up. Get as many as you can.