Pokémon GO Arlo Guide

A guide on how to defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo

Arlo Counters
Arlo Counters

A comprehensive guide on how to defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokémon GO. We got you covered with the 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.

💡 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.

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Arlo’s Pokémon Line-Up

Arlo uses Shadow Gligar as his first Pokémon. Arlo’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Mawile and Lapras. His third Pokémon can be Shadow Scizor. Gligar can be shiny!

Countering Arlo’s Shadow Pokémon

Gligar

Gligar

Arlo’s Shadow Gligar is a weak Ground and Flying type opponent, that is 2xweak to Ice, and 1x weak to Water. Gligar can be taken down easily, so take this opportunity to burn as many shields as possible.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Mamoswine
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
Darmanitan (Galarian Standard)
  • Ice Fang Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
Glaceon
  • Frost Breath Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
Sandslash (Alola)
  • Powdered Snow Ice
  • Ice Punch Ice
Hippowdon
  • Ice Fang Psychic
  • Weather Ball Rock
Ice types are your go to here, and getting those shields down as quickly as possible. If you don’t have any of the options listed, try out Jynx, Articuno, Vanilluxe, or even Beartic. Get those shields burnt!


Mawile

Mawile

Arlo’s Shadow Mawile is a Steel and Fairy type and its best counters are strong Ground and Fire type Pokémon. Mawile has been around for a while, but here’s a quick refresher on how to counter it.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Rhyperior
  • Mud Slap Ground
  • Rock Wrecker Rock
  • Surf Water
Ho-Oh
  • Incinerate Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
Entei
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Flame Charge Fire

Other options include Lapras, Heatran, Chandelure, Excadrill, and even Flareon.


Lapras

Lapras

Arlo’s Shadow Lapras is a Water and Ice type, and is weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass and Rock. We would suggest being aware of what movesets Lapras has, as Ice moves will make quick work of your Electric and Grass types, and Water will wash out Rock types.

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The likes of Lucario, Rampardos, Zarude and Luxray can all come in handy against this tricky Shadow Pokémon. Porygon-Z might seem a more odd choice, but it doesn’t take super effective damage from any of Lapras moves!

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Sirfetch'd
  • Counter Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
Zekrom
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Thundurus (Incarnate)
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Thunder Electric
Porygon-Z
  • Lock On Normal
  • Solar Beam Grass

Cradily

Cradily

Arlo’s Shadow Cradily is a Rock and Grass type, which is quite unusual. Its weak to Bug, Fighting, Ice and Steel moves, and as if that is not confusing, it has access to 3 different fast moves: Bullet Seed, Infestation, Acid.

Picking counters will heavily depend on which Fast move it has. Cradily’s only resistances are Electric and Normal type moves.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Ho-Oh
  • Incinerate Fire
  • Brave Bird Flying
  • Earthquake Ground
Melmetal
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Genesect
  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Magnet Bomb Steel
Dragonite
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Terrakion
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Sacred Sword Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock

Snorlax

Snorlax

Arlo’s Shadow Snorlax has two distinct fast moves: Zen Headbutt Psychic and Lick Ghost. As a Normal type, it’s weak to Fighting moves, but you shouldn’t use Fighting types vs Zen Headbutt. Fallback to Dark types with Fighting-typed charge moves in those scenarios.

Always shield against its Charge moves – they are big, slow, and devastating.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Hariyama
  • Counter Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
Machamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
Darkrai
  • Snarl Dark
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Focus Blast Fighting
Obstagoon
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Night Slash Dark
Yveltal
  • Snarl Dark
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Focus Blast Fighting

Scizor

Scizor

Arlo’s Shadow Scizor is his signature Pokémon and this Bug and Steel Pokémon is only weak to the Fire type (2x). A lot of your Lapras counters can do double duty here if they survive!

Other options include Chandelure, Entei, Emboar, Flareon and Charizard. Pure Fire here only.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Reshiram
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Overheat Fire
Darmanitan (Standard)
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Overheat Fire
Moltres
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Overheat Fire
  • Fire Blast Fire
Blaziken
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Blaze Kick Fire
  • Blast Burn Fire
Heatran
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Blast Blast Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire

Gardevoir

Gardevoir

Arlo’s Shadow Gardevoir is a Psychic and Fairy type that has three fast moves, depending on which your counter Pokémon should be picked: Confusion, Charge Beam and Charm.

Gardevoir is weak to Ghost, Poison and Steel moves, and we’re looking for Pokémon that have these moves, plus resist Gardevoir’s attacks. It’s not an easy Pokémon to pick counters for.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Heatran
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Iron Head Steel
Nidoqueen
  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Poison Fang Poison
  • Earth Power Ground
Melmetal
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Metagross
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Meteor Mash Steel
Tyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Crunch Dark
  • Stone Edge Rock

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