Rocket Leader Sierra Counters

Sierra is a GO Rocket Team leader Pokemon GO, part of GO Rocket Special Research
Sierra is a Team GO Rocket member in Pokemon GO

Sierra Pokémon GO counters are Pokémon that will help you defeat her with ease, regardless of which line-up Sierra uses. 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.

This guide is heavily based on LanAkou’s excellent write up on reddit.

Sierra’s Pokémon Line-Up

Sierra always uses a Sneasel as her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokémon can be a Hypno, a Lapras or a Sableye. Her third Pokémon can be an Alakazam, a Houndoom or a Gardevoir.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO SneaselSneasel Pokemon GO HypnoHypno Pokemon GO AlakazamAlakazam
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom
Pokemon GO SableyeSableye Pokemon GO GardevoirGardevoir

Counters recommendation

The following Pokemon are good Sierra counters, no matter which line-up she has:

Slot #1 Slot #2 Slot #3
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar
Counter Thunder Shock Bite
Power Up Punch Rock Slide Crunch
Shadow Ball Flash Cannon Stone Edge

  • Lucario counters Sneasel, Lapras and deals damage to Hypno / Alakazam (Shadow Ball)
  • Melmetal counters Gardevoir, Lapras, Hypno and Alakazam
  • Tyranitar counters Hypno, Sableye, Houndoom and Alakazam

Countering Sierra’s Pokémon

Sneasel

Sneasel uses Dark and Ice type fast and charge moves, and has a double weakness to Fighting. You’ll want to use as quick charging Charge move to burn through Sierra’s shield here.

Recommended Sneasel counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blaze Kick
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Mud Shot Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Bullet Punch X Scissor

Sierra’s second Pokémon will be Hypno, Lapras or Sableye.

Hypno

Hypno uses Psychic fast moves, but it can use Psychic, Fighting, Fire, Ice or Electric charge move. Remember, Hypno got Fire, Thunder and Ice punch back in July 2019. Regardless, resisting Psychic is a priority, which is enabled by using Dark, Psychic and Steel counters. Focus on burning the remainder of Sierra’s shields here.

Recommended Hypno counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DarkraiDarkrai Snarl Dark Pulse
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Crunch
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball

Sableye

Sableye uses a mix of Dark and Ghost moves, with a wild Rock charge move thrown in there. Although it is weak to Fairy attacks, you will be well off by using Dark types instead. Focus on burning the remainder of Sierra’s shields here.

Recommended Sableye counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DarkraiDarkrai Snarl Dark Pulse
Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Dragon Breath Dark Pulse
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Crunch
Pokemon GO TogekissTogekiss Charm Ancient Power

Lapras

Lapras uses Water and Ice moves, with Skull Bash providing additional Normal type coverage for Charge moves. Some Lapras moves deals reduced damage to Dragon, some to Steel, which is quite interesting when picking counters. The priority is to resist the fast move and shield against the charge move.

Recommended Lapras counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thunder Shock Rock Slide
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock On Focus Blast

Sierra’s third Pokémon will be Houndoom, Alakazam or Gardevoir.

Houndoom

Houndoom uses Dark and Fire fast and charge moves, which make him easy to counter. His weakness to Water, Fighting, Rock and Ground is easy to exploit.

Recommended Houndoom counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Mud Shot Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge

Alakazam

Alakazam uses Psychic quick moves, but has a wide Charge move pool (Focus Blast is a beast). Dark types excel against Alakazam, but shielding is mandatory. The key here, as it often is in PvP, is to resist the Fast move.

Recommended Alakazam counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO DarkraiDarkrai Snarl Dark Pulse
Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Dragon Breath Dark Pulse
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Crunch
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash

Gardevoir

Gardevoir uses Psychic, Fairy or Electric fast moves, and then it uses Psychic, Ghost or Fairy charge moves. Strong Steel types easily defeat it, as they resist most of its moves.

Recommended Gardevoir counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thunder Shock Flash Cannon
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Iron Head Flash Cannon