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 Exeggcute as his first Pokémon. Arlo’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Dragonite, Shadow Alolan Exeggutor or Shadow Salamence. His third Pokémon can be Shadow Scizor, Shadow Gardevoir or Shadow Steelix.

Countering Arlo’s Shadow Pokémon

Exeggcute

Arlo’s Shadow Exeggcute is a Grass and Psychic type that should be fairly easy to take down. It is double weak to Bug, and also weak Dark Fire Flying Flying Ghost Ice and Poison.

It will be worth considering what other Pokémon Arlo has next, and potentially using an Ice type as a Dragon is up next.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Incinerate Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Brave Bird Flying
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Iron Head Steel

You need to get those shields down quickly, but an Ice or Fairy type will help you potentially get some hits off on those following Dragons. We will not be listing many specific Ice types here, but Mamoswine or Darumaka are good choices.


Arlo’s Second Pokémon

All of Arlo’s second Pokémon can be countered with Ice and Fairy types. We offer some other recommendations below, but powerful Ice and Fairy types are a great place to start.

Dragonite

Arlo’s Shadow Dragonite is a tough opponent, but Fairy and Ice types come to the rescue for most move sets. In case of Steel Wing (Steel), switch to Dialga, Magnezone, Zekrom and Palkia.

Recommended counters

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Pokémon Moves
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Charm Fairy
  • Synchronoise Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Ice Fang Ice
  • Body Slam Normal
  • Avalanche Ice

Salamence

Arlo’s Shadow Salamence is very similar to Dragonite, with Fairy and Ice types countering most move sets. In case of Fire Fang, Palkia, Garchomp and Giratina Origin win easily.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Ice Fang Ice
  • Body Slam Normal
  • Avalanche Ice
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost
  • Dragon Claw Dragon

Alolan Exeggutor

Arlo’s Shadow Alolan Exeggutor is a Grass and Dragon type that is double weak to Ice. It is also weak to Bug Dragon Fairy Flying and Poison.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Charm Fairy
  • Synchronoise Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Ice Fang Ice
  • Body Slam Normal
  • Avalanche Ice

Arlo’s Final Pokémon

The final set of Pokémon Arlo has is much trickier, as they don’t share many weaknesses. The easy route we had with Arlo’s second Pokémon is gone here.

You may find you need to find out what Pokémon they have, then attempt the battle again, because no Pokémon will cover all of the potential Pokémon in their line up thanks to that pesky Gardevoir.

Scizor

Arlo’s Shadow Scizor is his signature Pokémon and this Bug and Steel Pokémon is only weak to the Fire type (2x).

Most of the counters you want to use are Strong fire types, like Ho-Oh, Heatran, Reshiram and Moltres. Other options include Chandelure, Entei, Emboar, Flareon and Charizard.

In some cases, switching to meta-relevant Pokémon like Kyogre, Melmetal and Swampert makes sense as well.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Blast Blast Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Incinerate Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Brave Bird Flying
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Thunder Electric
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Superpower Fighting

Gardevoir

Arlo’s Shadow Gardevoir is a Psychic and Fairy type that hits hard. It is weak to Ghost Poison and Steel. Both Charm and Confusion as fast moves are going to hit hard no matter what Pokémon you use, so you need to be prepared!

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Hex Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Lick Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Metal Claw Steel
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Power Whip Grass
  • Dark Pulse Dark

Steelix

Arlo’s Shadow Steelix is a Steel and Ground type, with a scary wide move pool, high defence and strong damage output. Steelix is weak to Fighting, Fire, Ground and Water moves.

Picking counters will heavily depend on which Fast move it has. Available fast moves are Thunder Fang (Electric), Dragon Tail (Dragon) and Iron Tail (Steel).

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Snarl Dark
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Disarming Voice Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Water Gun Water
  • Surf Water
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Thunder Electric
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Superpower Fighting

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