Pokémon GO Sierra Guide

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. We got you covered with the 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. You will notice that some Pokémon are listed more than once as counters to show which Pokémon offer the most coverage for Sierra’s potential line-ups.

💡 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 Drowzee as her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Blaziken, Shadow Lapras or Shadow Sharpedo.

Her third Pokémon can be Shadow Houndoom, Shadow Nidoqueen or Shadow Shiftry.

Countering Sierra’s Shadow Pokémon

Drowzee

Sierra’s Shadow Drowzee is a pure Psychic type so is weak to Bug Dark and Ghost.

You want to burn through shields as quickly as you can on the first Pokémon, so you can hit the tricker Pokémon following with charged moves.

Recommended counters.

Pokémon Moves
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Aeroblast Flying
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Meteor Mash Steel

Sierra’s second Pokémon

Blaziken

Sierra’s Shadow Blaziken is a Fire and Fighting dual type. It has weaknesses to Psychic Flying Water and Ground. A lot of Fairy and Flying types do exceptionally well against Blaziken, so that’s something to keep in mind. 

Recommended counters 

Pokémon Moves
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Aeroblast Flying
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Thunder Electric
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy

Lapras

Sierra’s Shadow Lapras is a Water and Ice type and has enough defense and stamina do deter most players. Fortunately, Magnezone and Machamp will help out a lot here and make it easy to win.

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In some scenarios, it is fine to use a Kyogre that knows Thunder – it takes reduced damage, it’s tanky and it will chip away Lapras slowly.

Be aware that Lapras can have Ice and Water quick move. In case of Ice, you want to steer clear of Dragon types (Palkia, Kingdra, Kyurem).

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Spark Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
  • Mirror Shot Steel
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Thunder Electric

Sharpedo

Sierra’s Shadow Sharpedo is a Water and Dark type, and it’s super easy to counter it with Grass types and Fighting types, due to its super low Stamina. Palkia is an incredible counter as well, as its bulky and dishes out a ton of damage.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Seed Bomb Grass
  • Dragon Pulse Dragon
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Sludge Bomb Poison

Sierra’s final Pokémon

Houndoom

Sierra’s Shadow Houndoom is her signature Pokémon. Houndoom counters are strong Fighting, Ground, Rock and Water types, such as Machamp, Conkeldurr and Rhyperior.

Although Houndoom can deal a lot of damage, its low bulk makes it an easy target. Tyranitar can perform exceptionally here as well.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Crunch Dark
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Sacred Sword Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Surf Water
  • Rock Wrecker Rock
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Blizzard Ice

Nidoqueen

Sierra’s Shadow Nidoqueen is a Poison and Ground type that is weak to Ground Ice Psychic and Water. The usual counters are strong Ground types, Psychic-users and a variety of Water types that don’t take increased damage from Nidoqueen.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Mud Slap Rock
  • Surf Water
  • Rock Wrecker Rock
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Doom Desire Steel
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Cannon Water
  • Flash Cannon Steel
  • Mud-Slap Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water
  • Blizzard Ice

Shiftry

Sierra’s Shadow Shiftry is a Grass and Dark type, very similar to Sharpedo in terms of Stamina and Defense.

Shiftry is easy counterable with Fighting and Fairy types, so be sure to stock up on Sylveon and Togekiss.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Psyshock Fairy
  • Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Charm Fairy
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Counter Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Heavy Slam Steel

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