Rocket Leader Sierra Counters Guide

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 Sierra 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 Absolas her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokémon can be an Alakazam, a Lapras or a Cacturne. Her third Pokémon can be a Shiftry, a Houndoom or a Gallade.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Pokemon GO AlakazamAlakazam Pokemon GO ShiftryShiftry
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom
Pokemon GO CacturneCacturne Pokemon GO GalladeGallade

Countering Sierra’s Pokémon

Absol

Absol uses a combination of Dark and Psychic quick moves, and Dark, Electric or even Grass Charge moves. Pokemon like Togekiss are perfect for countering it. If you have a Heracross, he could be useful for Cacturne as well.

Recommended Absol counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO TogekissTogekiss Charm Ancient Power
Flamethrower
Pokemon GO ClefableClefable Charm Meteor Mash
Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross Counter Close Combat
Megahorn
Pokemon GO Ninetales (Alola)Ninetales (Alola) Charm Ice Beam

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

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

Cacturne

Cacturne can have Dark and Poison fast moves, and Dark, Grass or Fighting charge move. All things considered, we recommend you pick a strong Bug, Fire or Steel type to counter it – bonus points for combinations.

Recommended Cacturne counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thunder Shock Super Power
Pokemon GO AggronAggron Smack Down Stone Edge
Pokemon GO ForetressForetress Bug bite Earthquake
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Fire Spin Flamethrower

Shiftry

Shiftry is similar to Cacturne, but its moves are far more predictable. Fast moves are Grass and Dark moves, and charge moves are Grass, Dark and Flying (Hurricane). Overall, Pokemon with “weird” movesets and inherit type advantage are a solid pick here.

Recommended Shiftry counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO TogekissTogekiss Charm Ancient Power
Pokemon GO Ho-OhHo-Oh Hidden Power (Fire) Brave Bird
Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega Bug Bite Ancient Power
Bug Buzz
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Fire Spin Flamethrower

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

Gallade

Gallade uses a combination of Fairy, Psychic, Fighting fast and Psychic, Fighting and Grass charge moves. Er… yeah. It’s one of those Pokemon that can cut you in so many different way that it’s not even funny. Gallade is weak to Fairy, Flying and Ghost.

Recommended Gallade counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Fire Spin Flamethrower
Pokemon GO TogekissTogekiss Charm Ancient Power
Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash
Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Wing Attack Sky Attack