Arlo Counters – How to defeat Pokémon GO Rocket Leader Arlo

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

Arlo Counters
Arlo Counters

A comprehensive guide on how to defeat Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokémon GO, updated for June 2021. We got you covered with best Pokémon to use against Arlo, 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 Team GO Rocket leader.

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💡 Note: In Trainer Battles, counters need not always be Pokémon that do super-effective damage. We include Pokémon that are more viable to defeat Arlo, rather than those who do maximum damage.

Arlo’s Pokémon Line-Up

Arlo uses Shadow Venonat as his first Pokémon. Arlo’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Manectric or Shadow Crobat. His third Pokémon can be Shadow Scizor, Shadow Magnezone or Shadow Vileplume.

Countering Arlo’s Shadow Pokémon

Venonat

Venonat

Arlo’s Shadow Venonat is a weak Bug / Poison typed opponent that is easily countered by strong Dire and Flying types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Reshiram Dragon Breath
  • Crunch
  • Overheat
Genesect Fury Cutter
  • Magnet Bomb
  • X-Scissor


Manectric

Manectric

Arlo’s Shadow Manectric counters are strong Pokémon that resist its mix of Electric, Dark and Fire moves. Nothing special here, but do pay attention to Manectric’s fast move.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Virizion Quick Attack
  • Leaf Blade
  • Close Combat
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Rhyperior Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Scrafty Counter
  • Foul Play
  • Power-Up Punch


Crobat

Crobat

Arlo’s Shadow Crobat is Poison and Flying type, and as expect, easily countered by Rock and Steel types across all moves.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Aggron Smack Down
  • Heavy Slam
  • Stone Edge
Regirock Lock On
  • Focus Blast
  • Stone Edge
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Superpower
  • Rock Slide
Probopass Spark
  • Rock Slide
  • Magnet Bomb
Jirachi Confusion
  • Doom Desire
  • Psychic


 

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 its best counters are strong Fire types.

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
Charizard Fire Spin
  • Blast Burn
  • Dragon Claw


Magnezone

Magnezone

Arlo’s Shadow Magnezone is easily countered by strong Ground types. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Rhyperior Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf
Groudon Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Fire Punch
Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot
  • Superpower
  • Stone Edge
Gastrodon (East) Mud Slap
  • Body Slam
  • Earth Power
Gastrodon (West) Mud Slap
  • Body Slam
  • Earth Power
Garchomp Mud Shot
  • Outrage
  • Earthquake


Vileplume

Vileplume

Arlo’s Shadow Vileplume is… meh. The usual Grass / Poison counters will wipe the floor with it, similar to Venonat. Go with flyers and steel types that resist its attacks.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Reshiram Dragon Breath
  • Crunch
  • Overheat
Lugia Dragon Tail
  • Sky Attack
  • Aeroblast


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