Pokemon Go: How to Get Gimmighoul, weakness, Counter and Moveset

Gimmighoul and its evolutionary form occupy #999 and #1000 in the Pokedex. The Generation 9 inductee is considered rare as it requires an elaborate method to unlock, besides having a low spawn rate. It also needs special coins to evolve that can only be found in unique Pokestops.

A Dark-type Pokemon, trainers need 999 Gimmighoul Coins to evolve it into a Gholdengo. Dedicated Pokemon Go players take years to collect the required amount because gold coins are one of the most rare currencies in the game. Plus. there is no option to turn Rare Candy into Gimmighoul Coins rather than Gimmighoul Candy.

For those interested in catching a Gimmighoul and sticking to the grind for its evolutionary form, we have the whole process laid out below.

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How to get Gimmighoul in Pokemon Go?

Gimmighoul debuted in Pokemon Go in February 2023 to promote the platform’s link with the Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet video games. Thus, the first step to obtaining the treasure-seeking ‘mon is pairing either of the aforementioned games with Pokemon Go. Connect your Pokemon Go account with Nintendo Switch and then connect Scarlet or Violet with the AR-based game.

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Connecting Pokemon Go with Nintendo Switch

  • From the Map view, tap the Poke Ball icon in the center to open the Menu.
  • Tap Settings in the top right.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Connected Devices and Services, then tap Connect to Nintendo Switch.

Connecting Pokemon Scarlet or Violet with Pokemon Go

  • Press the X button to open the Menu.
  • Select Poke Portal, then select Mystery Gift.
  • Click Connect to Pokemon Go and then the Pair with Pokemon Go account option.
  • Click Yes when a confirmation prompt shows up.

Once connected, players can exchange gifts from the two accounts. Sending a Mystery Gift from Pokemon Go to either of the games on Nintendo Switch, Scarlet or Violet, will reward trainers with a Coin Bag. This can be used to obtain Gimmighoul.

Procedure to get Coin Bag in Pokemon Go

  • Tap the Trainer icon on the bottom-left of the screen from the Map view
  • Open Postcard Book and then select a Postcard
  • Tap Send to Nintendo Switch option
  • Once the Postcard is sent, search for a Coin Bag in your Pokemon Go inventory.
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When the Coin Bag option is chosen, the description reads “Open the Coin Bag in your Item Bag for a mysterious effect.” Activating the effect leads to Gimmighoul appearing in the wild for 30 minutes.

An alternate method to get Gimmighoul in Pokemon Go

If trainers send five Postcards from Pokemon Go to Scarlet or Violet on Nintendo Switch, they receive a Golden Lure Module as a fifth-day bonus. Pokestops that are affected by such modules have a distinct golden appearance. Similar to other lures, other trainers can also benefit from the Golden Lure Module.

Trainers can spin the Golden Pokestop to get Gimmighoul Coins along with other rewards or/and encounter a Gimmighoul nearby. This is one of the easiest ways to catch the pocket monster. However, evolving it will be a difficult task as a player will need to depend on other Golden Pokestops.

Gimmighoul Pokemon Go Moveset

Gimmighoul’s moveset is limited to Astonish as Quick Move and Shadow Ball as Charged Move. After its evolution to Gholdengo, Hex is available as a better alternative for Astonish. Moreover, Dazzling Gleam and Focus Blast can be used as Charged Moves. All charged moves require a significant amount of energy.

Players use Hex and Shadow Ball combo when attacking Pokémon in Gyms. This move combination has the highest total DPS and is also the best moveset for PvP battles. That being said, a maxed-out Steel- and Ghost-type Gholdengo could be a challenge in versus battles as it has a solid attack and defense build:-

  • Max CP: 3976
  • Max HP: 182
  • Attack: 252
  • Defense: 190
  • Stamina: 202
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Counters and Type Weakness of Gholdengo

While Gimmighoul doesn’t pose a threat, Gholdengo is a different case. It is resistant to almost every type except Dark, Fire, Ghost, and Ground. The following Pokemon with specific movesets are guaranteed to triumph over the fan-favorite ‘String Cheese.’

  • Gengar: Hex (Ghost) and Shadow Ball (Ghost)
  • Tyranitar: Bite (Dark) and Brutal Swing (Dark)
  • Blaziken: Fire Spin (Fire) and Blaze Kick (Fire)
  • Excadrill: Mud-Slap (Ground) and Drill Run (Ground)
  • Houndoom: Fire Fang (Fire) and Foul Play (Dark)

As you would’ve guessed, Gholdengo is usually ignored in the Master League as it can be easily soloed by the most basic of Pokemon.

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