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 Carvanha as her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Hippowdon, Shadow Porygon-Z or Shadow Mismagius. Her third Pokémon can be Shadow Flygon, Shadow Houndoom or Shadow Walrein.

Countering Sierra’s Pokémon

Carvanha

Carvanha

Sierra’s Carvanha uses mostly Dark fast moves and Water, Poison or Dark charge moves. Carvanha is weak to Fairy, Electric, Grass, Fighting and Bug moves. Consequentially, counters are wildly varied and there’s quite a lot to pick from.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flame Thrower
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Stone Edge
Roserade Razor Leaf
  • Grass Knot
  • Sludge Bomb
Scrafty Counter
  • Foul Play
  • Power-Up Punch
Clefable Charm
  • Meteor Mash
  • Moonblast
Hydreigon Dragon Breath
  • Dark Pulse
  • Dragon Pulse


Hippowdon

Hippowdon

Sierra’s Hippowdon move pool is… crazy. It has all the Fang moves for fast moves and Ground, Normal and Rock charge moves. There’s simply too many combinations to discuss each one, we’re just listing the best overall counters for two main scenarios:

  1. Hippowdon uses a fast move that’s super effective vs Grass (Fire and Ice Fang) – prioritise Water attackers
  2. It uses any other fast move (Bite and Thunder Fang) – prioritise Grass and Ice attackers

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Draco Meteor
  • Aqua Tail
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzardq
Empoleon Waterfall
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Flash Cannon
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Stone Edge
Mamoswine Powder Snow
  • Avalanche
  • Bulldoze
Rhyperior Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf


Porygon-Z

Porygon-Z

Sierra’s Porzgon-Z can have Normal and Electric fast moves, and Normal, Ice, Grass or Electric charge moves. Porygon-Z is only weak to Fighting moves. It can be quite a menace to deal with if you don’t defeat it quickly.

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Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Lucario Counter
  • Power-Up Punch
  • Shadow Ball
Magnezone Spark
  • Wild Charge
  • Mirror Shot
Escavalier Counter
  • Drill Run
  • Megahorn
Hariyama Counter
  • Close Combat
  • Heavy Slam
Machamp Counter
  • Cross Chop
  • Payback
Mewtwo Psycho Cut
  • Psystrike
  • Focus Blast


Mismagius

Mismagius

Sierra’s Mismagius is rather easy to defeat. Mismagius Ghost fast moves combine with regular ghosty-charge-moves, makes it easy to counter with strong Dark and Normal types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Porygon-Z Lock On
  • Tri Attack
  • Blizzard
Krookodile Snarl
  • Crunch
  • Earthquake
Ursaring Shadow Claw
  • Close Combat
  • Return
Muk Snarl
  • Dark Pulse
  • Sludge Wave
Scrafty Counter
  • Foul Play
  • Hyper Beam
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge


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 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


Flygon

Flygon

Sierra’s Flygon uses Dragon or Ground quick and charge moves. The key to victory is resisting the fast move and burning down Flygon with SE attacks. Fairy, Ice and Dragon types perform excellently here.

⚠️ Use Dragon types only if Flygon is using Mud Shot as fast move!

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Gardevoir Charm
  • Synchronoise
  • Shadow Ball
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Clefable Charm
  • Meteor Mash
  • Moonblast
Ninetales (Alola) Powder Snow
  • Weather Ball
  • Psyshock
Articuno Ice Shard
  • Icy Wind
  • Hurricane
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor


Walrein

Walrein

Sierra’s Walrein has access to Waterfall and Ice Breath quick moves, and Blizzard, Earthquake and Water Pulse charge moves. Your choice of counter depends on the Fast move: Fire and Steel against Ice Breath, Grass against Waterfall.

Recommended counters

Versus Waterfall

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tangrowth Vine Whip
  • Power Whip
  • Rock Slide
Chesnaught Vine Whip
  • Super Power
  • Energy Ball
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Aqua Tail
  • Draco Meteor
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw
  • Dragon Claw
  • Dragon Pulse
Exeggutor (Alola) Bullet Seed
  • Seed Bomb
  • Dragon Pulse

Versus Ice Breath

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head
Jirachi Confusion
  • Doom Desire
  • Psychic
Victini Confusion
  • V-Create
  • Psychic
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Superpower
  • Rock Slide
Metagross Bullet Punch
  • Meteor Mash
  • Earthquake


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