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 Beldum as his first Pokémon. Arlo’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Gardevoir, Shadow Infernape or Shadow Aggron. His third Pokémon can be Shadow Scizor, Shadow Armaldo or Shadow Salamence.

Countering Arlo’s Shadow Pokémon

Beldum

Beldum

Arlo’s Shadow Beldum uses Take Down and Struggle. Beldum is weak to Dark, Fire, Ghost and Ground moves. The best Pokémon to defeat Arlo’s Shadow Beldum are strong Fire and Ghost types that take reduced damage from its attacks.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw
  • Dragon Claw
  • Shadow Sneak
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Ball
  • Ominous Wind
Golurk Mud Slap
  • Shadow Punch
  • Earth Power
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head
Chandelure Incinerate
  • Shadow Ball
  • Flame Charge
Rhyperior Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf


Gardevoir

Gardevoir

Arlo’s Shadow Gardevoir uses a variety of Fairy, Psychic and Ghost moves. or Flying fast move, and Dragon or Fire charge attack. Gardevoir is easily countered by using Steel type attackers and Pokémon that take reduced damage from her fast moves.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head
Registeel Lock On
  • Focus Blast
  • Earthquake
Metagross Bullet Punch
  • Meteor Mash
  • Earthquake
Jirachi Confusion
  • Doom Desire
  • Psychic
Venusaur Vine Whip
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Sludge Bomb
Magnezone Spark
  • Wild Charge
  • Mirror Shot
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Super Power
  • Rock Slide


Infernape

Infernape

Arlo’s Infernape uses Fire and Fighting moves, with the occasional Solar Beam thrown in for surprise. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of Water types that easily deal with Infernape.

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Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Relicanth Water Gun
  • Aqua Tail
  • Ancient Power
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Reshiram Dragon Breath
  • Crunch
  • Overheat
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Aqua Tail
  • Draco Meteor
Victini Confusion
  • V-Create
  • Psychic
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Ball
  • Ominous Wind
Swampert Mud Shot
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Earthquake


Aggron

Aggron

Arlo’s Aggron is a scary opponent, as it has access to Rock, Dragon and Steel fast moves. Its charge moves can be Rock, Steel and Electric typed, which makes countering it quite challenging with certain move sets. Aggron is weak to Fighting (x2), Ground (x2) and Water attacks.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Excadrill Mud Shot
  • Drill Run
  • Rock Slide
Steelix Dragon Tail
  • Earthquake
  • Crunch
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Super Power
  • Rock Slide
Stunfisk (Galarian) Mud Shot
  • Rock Slide
  • Earthquake
Lucario Counter
  • Power-Up Punch
  • Shadow Ball
Rhyperior Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf


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


Armaldo

Armaldo

Arlo’s Armaldo uses Bug fast moves and Water, Rock or Poison charge moves. Armaldo is weak to Rock, Steel and Fairy attacks. We’re prioritising counters that take reduced damage from Armaldo, rather than going full out here.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Terrakion Smack Down
  • Close Combat
  • Rock Slide
Kyogre Water
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw
  • Dragon Claw
  • Shadow Sneak
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Rampardos Smack Down
  • Smack Down
  • Flamethrower
Aggron Smack Down
  • Heavy Slam
  • Stone Edge
Cobalion Metal Claw
  • Sacred Sword
  • Stone Edge


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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