Pokémon GO Sierra Counters Guide

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

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A comprehensive guide on how to defeat Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokémon GO. We got you covered with the best Pokémon to use against Sierra, regardless of which line-up Sierra uses. Defeat Sierra in Pokémon GO with these easy counters!

Remember that you can rematch Sierra if you lose the first time. Use this guide in combination with knowing Sierra’s Pokémon to ensure a victory. You will notice that some Pokémon are listed more than once as counters to show which Pokémon offer the most coverage for Sierra’s potential line-ups.

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

Sierra’s Pokémon Line-Up

Sierra uses Shadow Squirtle as her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Blaziken, Shadow Lapras or Shadow Blastoise.

Her third Pokémon can be Shadow Houndoom, Shadow Nidoqueen or Shadow Drapion.

Countering Sierra’s Shadow Pokémon

Squirtle

Squirtle

Sierra’s Shadow Squirtle is a pure Water type so is weak to Electric and Grass.

You want to burn through shields as quickly as you can on the first Pokémon, so you can hit the tricker Pokémon following with charged moves.

Recommended counters.

Pokémon Moves
Zarude
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Power Whip Grass
Venusaur
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Frenzy Plant Grass
Roserade
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass
Torterra
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Frenzy Plant Grass
Exeggutor (Alola)
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Seed Bomb Grass
Victreebel
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Leaf Blade Grass

Sierra’s second Pokémon

Blaziken

Blaziken

Sierra’s Shadow Blaziken is a Fire and Fighting dual type. It has weaknesses to Psychic Flying Water and Ground. A lot of Fairy and Flying types do exceptionally well against Blaziken, so that’s something to keep in mind. 

Recommended counters 

Pokémon Moves
Tapu Lele
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
Lugia
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Aeroblast Flying
Giratina (Altered)
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Thunder Electric
Hoopa
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Psychic Psychic
Togekiss
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire

Lapras

Lapras

Sierra’s Shadow Lapras is a Water and Ice type and has enough defense and stamina do deter most players. Fortunately, Magnezone and Machamp will help out a lot here and make it easy to win.

In some scenarios, it is fine to use a Kyogre that knows Thunder – it takes reduced damage, it’s tanky and it will chip away Lapras slowly. Be aware that Lapras can have Ice and Water quick move. In case of Ice, you want to steer clear of Dragon types (Palkia, Kingdra, Kyurem).

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Aggron
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Heavy Slam Steel
Magnezone
  • Spark Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
  • Mirror Shot Steel
Machamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Melmetal
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Thunder Electric
Palkia
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Draco Meteor Dragon

Blastoise

Blastoise

Sierra’s Shadow Blastoise is a Water type, and it is weak to Electric and Grass types. The same counters you used for Squirtle will keep doing their job here, or for some alternatives, you can use the below.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Electivire
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Raikou
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Zapdos
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric
Magnezone
  • Spark Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
Tangrowth
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Power Whip Grass
Breloom
  • Bullet Seed Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass

Sierra’s final Pokémon

Houndoom

Houndoom

Sierra’s Shadow Houndoom is her signature Pokémon. Houndoom counters are strong Fighting, Ground, Rock and Water types, such as Machamp, Conkeldurr and Rhyperior.

Although Houndoom can deal a lot of damage, its low bulk makes it an easy target. Tyranitar can perform exceptionally here as well.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Tyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Crunch Dark
  • Stone Edge Rock
Terrakion
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Sacred Sword Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Machamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Conkeldurr
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
  • Stone Edge Rock
Rhyperior
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Surf Water
  • Rock Wrecker Rock
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Blizzard Ice

Nidoqueen

Nidoqueen

Sierra’s Shadow Nidoqueen is a Poison and Ground type that is weak to Ground Ice Psychic and Water. The usual counters are strong Ground types, Psychic-users and a variety of Water types that don’t take increased damage from Nidoqueen.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Rhyperior
  • Mud Slap Rock
  • Surf Water
  • Rock Wrecker Rock
Jirachi
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Doom Desire Steel
Hoopa
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
Empoleon
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Cannon Water
  • Flash Cannon Steel
Excadrill
  • Mud-Slap Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Blizzard Ice

Drapion

Drapion

Sierra’s Shadow Drapion is a Poison and Dark type. Drapion is only weak to Ground types, so make sure your Pokémon have the right movesets.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Garchomp
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Sand Tomb Ground
Excadrill
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
Golurk
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earth Power Ground
Landorus
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Bulldoze Ground
Mamoswine
  • Mud-Slap Ground
  • Bulldoze Ground

How to battle Sierra in Pokémon GO?

Rocket Radar

To fight with Sierra in Pokémon GO, you need to first defeat six Team GO Rocket Grunts to collect enough Mysterious Components to build a Rocket Radar.

Activate the Rocket Radar and you will be able to see the location of a Rocket Leader. The game will not tell you which Leader you are facing, but you have a 33% chance for it to be Sierra.

Fighting Sierra is more difficult than fighting Grunts, as Leaders use higher level Pokémon than Grunts. In order to defeat Sierra, we consider using good counters mandatory. 

You can rematch if you lose, and your Rocket Radar will be consumed if you win.

Rewards for defeating Sierra Rocket Leader

Trainers who manage to defeat Sierra – or any other Team GO Rocket Leader – will get a selection of rare rewards, including the chance to get a Team GO Rocket exclusive 12 km Strange Egg.

  • Trainers receive 1,000 Stardust when defeating a Rocket Leaders,
  • Trainers will receive two of the item bundles listed below when they defeat Team GO Rocket Leader like Sierra.
  • Trainers have the opportunity to catch a Shadow Pokémon used by the Leader. It is always the first Pokemon used by the Leader.
  • Shadow Pokémon from Rocket Leaders have a shiny chance of 1 in 64, if they are shiny eligible at the moment of defeating the Leader

Rewards for defeating Sierra in Pokémon GO

Defeating one of the Team GO Rocket Leader trio earns you two item bundles. If at least one of your Egg inventory slots is open, a 12km Strange Egg is guaranteed to replace one of those two bundles.

Receiving a Strange Egg does not have an effect on which item bundle drops alongside the egg.

Guaranteed

Stardust icon 1000x Stardust

Random drop of two of these:

  • Revive icon 4x Revive
  • Max Revive icon 2x Max Revive
  • Hyper Potion icon 4x Hyper Potion
  • Max Potion icon 2x Max Potion
  • Unova Stone icon 1x Unova Stone
  • Egg 12 km icon 1x Egg 12 km

As an example, a typical reward drop might contain 4 Revives and 4 Hyper Potions. Similarly, a reward drop might contain 1 Strange Egg and 2 Max Revives, or 1 Unova Stone and 1 Strange Egg.

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