Pokémon GO Arlo Guide: August 2021

A guide on how to defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo

Arlo Counters
Arlo Counters

A comprehensive guide on how to defeat Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokémon GO, updated for August 2021. 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 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 and Poison type opponent that is easily countered by strong Rock, Fire and Flying types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Tyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
Charizard
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Blast Burn Fire
Reshiram
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Overheat Fire
Moltres
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Overheat Fire


Manectric

Manectric

Arlo’s Shadow Manectric is a pure Electric type and its counters are strong Ground type.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Garchomp
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earth Power Ground
  • Sand Tomb Ground
Groudon
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Fire Punch Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
Excadrill
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
Landorus (Therian)
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground


Crobat

Crobat

Arlo’s Shadow Crobat is Poison and Flying and as such, is easily countered by Electric, Ice, Psychic and Rock types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move
Tyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
Mewtwo
  • Psycho Cut Psychic or Confusion Psychic
  • Psystrike Psychic
Latios
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
Magnezone
  • Spark Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric


Ursaring

Ursaring

Arlo’s Shadow Ursaring is a pure Normal type and as such, is easily ‘counter’ed by Fighting types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Lucario
  • Counter Fighting
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Aura Sphere Fighting
Machamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Conkeldurr
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dyanmic Punch Fighting
Blaziken
  • Counter Fighting
  • Focus Blast Fighting
Gallade
  • Low Kick Fighting
  • Close Combat 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)

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Heatran Fire Spin Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
Moltres Fire Spin Fire
  • Overheat Fire
Blaziken Fire Spin Fire
  • Blaze Kick Fire
  • Blast Burn Fire
Chandelure Incinerate Fire
  • Overheat Fire
  • Flame Charge Fire
Charizard Fire Spin Fire
  • Blast Burn Fire


Magnezone

Magnezone

Arlo’s Shadow Magnezone is easily countered by strong Ground types (2x). Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Garchomp
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earth Power Ground
  • Sand Tomb Ground
Groudon
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Fire Punch Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
Excadrill
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
Landorus (Therian)
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground


Vileplume

Vileplume

Arlo’s Shadow Vileplume is… meh. The usual Grass and Poison counters will wipe the floor with it, similar to Venonat. Go with Fire, Psychic, Flying and Ice types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Charizard Fire Spin Fire
  • Blast Burn Fire
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Ho-Oh Incinerate Fire
  • Brave Bird Flying
  • Earthquake Ground
Heatran Fire Spin Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Iron Head Steel
Dragonite Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Hurricane Flying
Reshiram Fire Fang Fire
  • Crunch Dark
  • Overheat Fire
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic or Confusion Psychic
  • Psystrike Psychic
  • Ice Beam Ice


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