Arlo Counters Guide

The best Pokémon to defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokémon GO.

Arlo Counters
Arlo Counters

A guide on how to counter the Team GO Rocket Executive Arlo. Arlo counters are Pokémon that are specialized in defeating him with ease, regardless of which line-up Arlo uses.

Remember that you can rematch Arlo if you lose the first time. Use this Arlo guide in combination with knowing Arlo’s Pokémon to ensure a victory. Be aware that many consider Arlo to be the most difficult Team GO Rocket leader.

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Arlo’s Pokémon Line-Up

Arlo uses Shadow Growlithe as his first Pokémon. Arlo’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Charizard, Shadow Blastoise or Shadow Steelix. His third Pokémon can be Shadow Scizor, Shadow Dragonite or Shadow Salamence.

Countering Arlo’s Shadow Pokémon

Growlithe

Growlithe

Arlo’s Shadow Growlithe uses Fire and Dark fast move, and Fire and Normal charge moves. Growlithe is weak to Ground, Rock and Water moves. The best Pokémon to defeat Arlo’s Shadow Growlithe are strong Rock and Water types that take reduced damage from its attacks.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Terrakion Smack Down
  • Close Combat
  • Rock Slide
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Rhyperior
  • Smack Down
  • Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf
Regirock Lock-On Stone Edge
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Aqua Tail
  • Draco Meteor


Charizard

Charizard

Arlo’s Shadow Charizard uses Fire or Flying fast move, and Dragon or Fire charge attack. Charizard is double weak to Rock, but also weak to Electric and Water. Arlo’s Charizard can be a problem to deal with, but not as much as his Scizor.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge
Heavy Slam
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Terrakion Smack Down
  • Close Combat
  • Rock Slide
Gigalith Smack Down
  • Rock Slide
  • Super Power
Rampardos Smack Down
  • Rock Slide
  • Super Power
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Super Power
  • Rock Slide


Blastoise

Blastoise

Arlo’s Blastoise uses Water or Dark fast moves, and a variety of Charge moves (Water, Ice, Normal, Steel). It’s quite tricky to counter, but luckily Grass and strong Water types are excellent against it, even if Blastoise has an Ice charge move – just be sure to shield against it.

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Recommended counters

If Blastoise has Bite as Fast Move, Torterra, Roserade and Virizion will be a better choice than Palkia, Kingdra and Giratina.

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Aqua Tail
  • Draco Meteor
Roserade Razor Leaf
  • Gras Knot
  • Sludge Bomb
Vileplume Razor Leaf Moonblast
Kingdra Dragon Breath
  • Outrage
  • Blizzard
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Ball
  • Ominous Wind
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Earthquake
Virizion Quick Attack
  • Leaf Blade
  • Close Combat


Steelix

Steelix

Arlo’s Steelix is a scary opponent, as it has access to Electric, Dragon and Steel fast moves. Its charge moves can be Ground, Steel and Dark typed, which makes countering it quite difficult. Steelix is weak to Fighting, Fire, Ground and Water attacks.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Empoleon Waterfall
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Flash Cannon
Swampert Mud Shot
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Earthquake
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Super Power
  • Rock Slide
Entei Fire Spin
  • Flame Charge
  • Overheat


Scizor

Scizor

Arlo’s Scizor uses Steel or Bug fast moves and Steel, Dark or Bug charge moves. Scizor is double weak to Fire, which is why most of the counters are strong Fire types. Be aware that Scizor hits hard as a truck, so be careful here.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head
Moltres Fire Spin
  • Sky Attack
  • Overheat
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Chandelure Incinerate
  • Shadow Ball
  • Flame Charge
Entei Fire Spin
  • Flame Charge
  • Overheat


Dragonite

Dragonite

Arlo’s Dragonite uses Dragon or Steel fast moves and Dragon, Flying or Normal charge moves. Dragonite is 2x weak to Ice, 1x weak to Rock and Fairy attacks. We’re prioritizing counters that take reduced damage from Dragonite, rather than going full out here.

Recommended counters

The counters listed below are great if Dragnite has a Dragon fast move. If Dragonite has Steel Wing as its fast move, your Fairy counters will be toasted. Use Dialga, Reshiram, Zekrom and Palkia instead.

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Gardevoir Charm
  • Shadow Ball
  • Synchronoise
Clefable Charm
  • Moonblast
  • Meteor Mash
Aggron Smack Down
  • Stone Edge
  • Heavy Slam
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Articuno Ice Shard
  • Icy Wind
  • Hurricane


Salamence

Salamence

Arlo’s Salamence has access to Fire, Dragon and Dark fast moves, and Fire, Dragon and Water charge moves. Honestly, countering it can be a nightmare, but its actually quite similar to Dragonite.

Recommended counters

If Salamence has Bite, prioritize Tyranitar (and Terrakion). Against Dragon Tail bring your Fairies. Palkia, Kingdra and similar Pokémon are great against Fire Fang.

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Gardevoir Charm
  • Shadow Ball
  • Synchronoise
Clefable Charm
  • Moonblast
  • Meteor Mash
Aggron Smack Down
  • Stone Edge
  • Heavy Slam
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Hydreigon Dragon Breath
  • Dark Pulse
  • Dragon Pulse
Articuno Ice Shard
  • Icy Wind
  • Hurricane


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