Rocket Leader Arlo Counters

Arlo Pokemon GO
Arlo is a Team GO Rocket member in Pokemon GO

Arlo Pokémon GO counters are Pokémon that will help you defeat him with ease, regardless of which line-up Arlo uses. Remember that you can rematch Arlo if you lose the first time. Use this guide in combination with knowing Arlo’s Pokémon to ensure a victory. Be aware that many consider Arlo to be the most difficult GO Rocket leader.

This guide is heavily based on LanAkou’s excellent write up on reddit.

Arlo’s Pokémon Line-Up

Arlo always uses a Scyther as his first Pokémon. Arlo’s second Pokémon can be a Magnezone, a Crobat or a Gyarados. His third Pokémon can be a Scizor, a Dragonite or a Charizard.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO ScytherScyther Pokemon GO MagnezoneMagnezone Pokemon GO ScizorScizor
Pokemon GO CrobatCrobat Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite
Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Pokemon GO CharizardCharizard

Counters recommendation

The following Pokemon are good Arlo counters, no matter which Pokémon line-up he has:

Slot #1 Slot #2 Slot #3
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken
Thunder Shock Psycho Cut Counter
Rock Slide Psytrike Blaze Kick
Thunder Bolt Ice Beam Focus Blast

  • Melmetal covers Scyther, Gyarados, Crobat and Dragonite
  • Mewtwo covers Crobat and Dragonite (Ice Beam)
  • Blaziken covers Magnezone and Scizor (weak to Fire)

Countering Arlo’s Pokémon

Scyther

Scyther uses Flying and Bug fast moves, but has access to Night Slash as a charge move. Tyranitar is not a good option against Scyther, as Fury Cutter and X Scissor deal increased damage to Dark types. Use Pokemon that can burn through Arlo’s shields quickly.

Recommended Scyther counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thunder Shock Rock Slide
Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Throw Rock Blast
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Ancient Power

Charge move choice is based on the ease to activate, rather than damage. We want to burn Arlo’s shields as fast as possible here. For later fights, Melmetal and Zapdos feature different charge moves.


Arlo’s second Pokémon will be Gyarados, Magnezone or Crobat.

Gyarados

Gyarados uses Water and Dark fast move, and Water, Dark and Dragon type charge moves. As you probably know, Gyarados is double weak to Electric moves, which is something you should observe when picking counters.

Recommended Gyarados counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thunder Shock Thunderbolt
Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge
Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Dragon Breath Dark Pulse

Magnezone

Magnezone uses Electric fast moves, and Electric and Steel charge moves. Magnezone is double weak to Ground, which is quite handy if you’re not planning to use a Fire type counter.

Recommended Magnezone counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Mud Shot Earthquake
Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon Mud Shot Fire Blast
Earthquake
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Bulldoze
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap Surf
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blaze Kick

Crobat

Crobat uses Dark and Flying fast moves, and Ghost, Flying or Poison charge moves. You’re probably familiar with Crobat from GO Rocket ground encounters. Use strong Electric or Rock types to counter it confidently.

Recommended Crobat counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Ancient Power
Thunderbolt
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thunder Shock Thunderbolt
Rock Slide
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge
Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Lock On Stone Edge
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psystrike

Arlo’s last Pokémon will be either Charizard, Scizor or Dragonite.

Charizard

Charizard uses a Fire or Flying fast move, and Dragon or Fire charge attack. Charizard is double weak to Rock, but also weak to Electric and Water.

Recommended Charizard counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Lock On Stone Edge
Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Throw Rock Blast
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Ancient Power
Pokemon GO Giratina (Altered)Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw Ancient Power

Dragonite

Dragonite uses a Dragon or Steel fast move, and Dragon, Flying or Normal charge move. Double weak to Ice and weak to Rock, but again, no Tyranitar recommendation.

Recommended Dragonite counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock on Blizzard
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Ice Beam
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt

Scizor

Scizor uses a Steel or Bug fast move, and Steel, Dark and Bug charge moves. Its double weak to Fire, which is exactly where Fire types come into play here.

Recommended Scizor counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blaze Kick
Pokemon GO CharizardCharizard Fire Spin Blast Burn
Pokemon GO EnteiEntei Fire Spin Flamethrower
Pokemon GO TyphlosionTyphlosion Fire Spin Blast Burn
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor