Sierra Counters – How to defeat Pokémon GO Rocket Leader Sierra

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

Sierra Counters
Sierra Counters

A comprehensive guide on how to defeat Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokémon GO, updated for June 2021. We got you covered with best Pokémon to use against Sierra, 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.

💡 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.

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Sierra’s Pokémon Line-Up

Sierra uses Shadow Sneasel as her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Gliscor, Shadow Granbull or Shadow Ampharos. Her third Pokémon can be Shadow Kingdra, Shadow Houndoom or Shadow Drapion.

Countering Sierra’s Pokémon

Sneasel

Sneasel

Sierra’s Sneasel uses Dark and Ice fast and charged moves. Sneasel is double weak to Fighting, as well as weak to Fairy, Fire, Rock, Steel and Bug moves. Consequentially, counters are predominantly Fighting types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Lucario Counter
  • Power-Up Punch
  • Aura Sphere
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Focus Blast
Machamp Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Close Combat
Blaziken Counter
  • Focus Blast
  • Blast Burn
Hariyama Counter
  • Superpower
  • Dynamic Punch
Emboar Low Kick
  • Focus Blast
  • Rock Slide


Gliscor

Gliscor

Sierra’s Gliscor move pool is fairly varied, with a mixture of Bug and Flying fast moves, and Ground, Dark and Flying charge moves. It is doesn’t have much in the way of weaknesses, but it is double weak to Ice types, weak to Water, so we would recommend focusing on Ice type counters.

Recommended counters

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Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Mamoswine Powder Snow
  • Avalanche
  • Bulldoze
Weavile Ice Shard
  • Avalanche
  • Foul Play
Glaceon Ice Shard
  • Avalanche
  • Ice Beam
Darmanitan (Galarian) Ice Fang
  • Avalanche
  • Ice Punch
Mewtwo Confusion
  • Ice Beam
  • Shadow Ball
Articuno Ice Shard
  • Blizzard
  • Ice Beam


Granbull

Granbull

Sierra’s Granbull can have Dark and Fairy fast moves, and Fairy, Dark or Fighting charge moves. Granbull is weak to Poison and Steel moves.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Metagross Bullet Punch
  • Meteor Mash
  • Flash Cannon
Dialga Metal Claw
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Roserade Poison Jab
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Grass Knot
Genesect Metal Claw
  • Magnet Bomb
  • X-Scissor
Excadrill Metal Claw
  • Iron Head
  • Earthquake
Jirachi Confusion
  • Doom Desire
  • Psychic


Ampharos

Ampharos

Sierra’sAmpharos is rather easy to defeat. Ampharos has Electric fast moves combined with Electric, Dragon and Fighting type charge moves, which makes it weak to Ground only.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Groudon Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Solar Beam
Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Superpower
Garchomp Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Sand Tomb
Excadrill Mud-Slap
  • Earthquake
  • Drill Run
Rhyperior Mud-Slap
  • Earthquake
  • Rock Wrecker
Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Focus Blast


Houndoom

Houndoom

Sierra’s Houndoom uses Dark and Fire fast and charge moves, which make it easy to counter. Its weaknesses to Water, Fighting, Rock and Ground are 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
Swampert Mud Shot
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Earthquake


Kingdra

Kingdra

Sierra’s Kingdra uses Water or Dragon fast and Water, Ice and Dragon charge moves. Kingdra is weak to Dragon and Fairy types. Be careful with Dragon type counters if Kingdra has Dragon type moves!

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Palkia Dragon Tail
  • Draco Meteor
  • Hydro Pump
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Draco Meteor
  • Iron Head
Haxorus Dragon Tail
  • Dragon Claw
  • Surf
Rayquaza Dragon Tail
  • Outrage
  • Hurricane
Gardevoir Charm
  • Dazzling Gleam
  • Psychic
Togekiss Charm
  • Dazzling Gleam
  • Flamethrower


Drapion

Drapion

Sierra’s Drapion has access to Dark, Poison and Ice type fast moves, with Poison and Dark type charge moves. It is only weak to Ground types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Bulldoze
Excadrill Mud-Slap
  • Earthquake
  • Drill Run
Rhyperior Mud-Slap
  • Earthquake
  • Rock Wrecker
Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot
  • Earth Power
  • Outrage
Garchomp Mud Shot
  • Earthquake
  • Sand Tomb

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