Sierra Counters Guide

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

Sierra Counters
Sierra Counters

A complete guide on how to defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokémon GO. Sierra counters are Pokémon that are specialized in defeating her line-up with ease.

Use this Sierra guide in combination with knowing Sierra’s Pokémon to ensure a victory. Remember that you can rematch Sierra if you lose the first time.

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Sierra’s Pokémon Line-Up

Sierra uses Shadow Drowzee as her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Exeggutor, Shadow Lapras or Shadow Sharpedo. Her third Pokémon can be Shadow Shiftry, Shadow Houndoom or Shadow Alakazam.

Countering Sierra’s Pokémon

Drowzee

Drowzee

Sierra’s Drowzee uses Normal or Psychic fast moves, and only Psychic charge moves. Drowzee is weak to Dark, Bug and Ghost moves, but we will be using mostly Dark Pokémon to counter it.

Recommended Drowzee counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar
  • Bite
  • Smack down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Hydreigon
  • Bite
  • Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Dark Pulse
Latias Dragon Breath
  • Outrage
  • Psychic
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Metagross Bullet Punch
  • Meteor Mash
  • Earthquake
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Ball
  • Ominous Wind


Lapras

Lapras

Sierra’s 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

Sierra Lapras counters should take reduced damage from whatever fast move Lapras is using. Hence the wild variety of counters below. Grass types are great against Water Gun, but terrible against Frost Breath.

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Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Draco Meteor
  • Aqua Tail
Magnezone Spark
  • Wild Charge
  • Mirror Shot
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Rock Slide
  • Super Power
Tyranitar Smack down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Exeggutor (Alola) Dragon Tail
  • Seed Bomb
  • Dragon Pulse
Roserade Razor Leaf
  • Grass Knot
  • Sludge Bomb


Sharpedo

Sharpedo

Sierra’s Sharpedo can have Dark and Water fast moves, and Dark, Water or Poison charge moves. Sharpedo is weak to Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting and Grass, it hits like a truck and it can be quite a menace to deal with if you don’t defeat it quickly.

Recommended Sharpedo counters

Again, picking counters against Sharpedo is heavily influenced by its fast move. Pick whatever takes reduced damage from it.

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Draco Meteor
  • Aqua Tail
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Stone Edge
Machamp Counter
  • Cross Chop
  • Rock Slide
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Earthquake
  • Frenzy Plant
Hydreigon Dragon Breath
  • Dark Pulse
  • Dragon Pulse
Roserade Razor Leaf
  • Grass Knot
  • Sludge Bomb


Shiftry

Shiftry

Sierra’s Shiftry is not that difficult to defeat. Shiftry’s Fast moves are Grass and Dark moves, and charge moves can be Grass, Dark and Flying (Hurricane) moves. Overall, Pokémon with “weird” movesets and inherit type advantage are a solid pick here.

Recommended Shiftry counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Gardevoir Charm
  • Shadow Ball
  • Synchronoise
Clefable Charm
  • Moonblast
  • Meteor Mash
Tyranitar Smack down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head


Houndoom

Houndoom

Sierra’s 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 and that’s exactly what we will be doing here.

Recommended Houndoom counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Terrakion Smack down
  • Close Combat
  • Rock Slide
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Rhyperior
  • Smack down
  • Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Stone Edge
Scrafty Counter
  • Foul Play
  • Power-Up Punch


Alakazam

Alakazam

Sierra’s 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
Tyranitar Smack down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Hydreigon Dragon Breath
  • Dark Pulse
  • Dragon Pulse
Gardevoir Charm
  • Shadow Ball
  • Synchronoise
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Latios Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Psychic
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Sneak
  • Dragon Claw


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