Pokémon GO Sierra February 2024: Lineup and Counters

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Learn how to defeat Rocket Leader Sierra during the month of February 2024 in Pokémon GO. Includes current Sierra’s Pokémon lineup, best counters to use, and rewards for defeating Sierra.

Sierra is one of the Team GO Rocket Leaders in Pokémon GO, alongside Arlo, Cliff, and Giovanni. In this article, we’ll give you the top counters and strategies to beat Sierra in Pokémon GO during February 2024.

Sierra’s Pokémon Team Rocket icon

Rocket Leader Sierra is currently using the following Shadow Pokémon:

  • Sierra’s first Pokémon is Shadow Tentacool.
  • Sierra’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Sableye, Shadow Honchkrow or Shadow Milotic
  • Sierra’s third Pokémon can be Shadow Houndoom, Shadow Victreebel or Shadow Alakazam

Best team to defeat Rocket Leader Sierra’s Pokémon

To beat Sierra’s current Pokémon, you need to exploit their weaknesses and use best counters you can use to defeat each one. She has quite a varied potential line up, but there is some overlap. One of the best Teams you can use against Sierra in Pokémon GO is Xurkitree, Togekiss and Mewtwo.

  • Xurkitree is a powerful Electric type that can provide coverage for Tentacool, Honchkrow, Milotic and Sableye depending on the moveset it has, with a double move of an electric type, and Dazzling Gleam it can provide both coverage for three possible Pokémon.
  • Togekiss is an accessible Fairy type that provides coverage for Sableye and Honchkrow.
  • Mewtwo is a great hard hitting generalist, that also provides specific coverage for Tentacool and Victreebel. 
  • Alakazam is the Pokémon most tricky to cover, but it is a glass cannon, so while it will hit hard, it will also go down quickly. If Sierra has Alakazam you may need to include a dedicated Dark or Ghost type to replace Mewtwo and reattempt the battle. Houndoom shouldn’t cause too much trouble for you, even without sharing any counters.

💡 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. Defeating Sierra rewards 3× Shadow Shards.

Best Pokémon to defeat Sierra’s Tentacool

Tentacool (Shadow)

Open with a strong opener that can burn Sierra’s shields efficiently while still having utility after rotation. Spam and burn shields if possible. Tentacool is a Water and Poison-type Pokémon. It is only weak to Electric, Ground and Psychic type moves, and takes reduced damage from Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Ice, Poison, Steel and Water type moves. 

Tentacool Counters
Pokémon Moves
Mewtwo Confusion, Psystrike, Psychic
Zekrom Charge Beam, Fusion Bolt, Wild Charge
Garchomp Mud Shot, Earth Power, Sand Tomb
Xurkitree Thunder Shock, Discharge, Thunder
Metagross Zen Headbutt, Psychic, Earthquake

Best Pokémon to defeat Sierra’s second Pokémon

Sierra’s second Pokémon can be one of these Shadow Pokémon:

Follow up with a Pokémon that can burn through Sierra’s second Pokémon quickly, either by reusing your first Pokémon and charging up, or by switching in a new pick. Two Pokémon can be countered with fairies, and two with electric types, so it is worth keeping one of either in your team to cover two thirds of your potential Pokémon.

Sableye counters

Sableye (Shadow)

Sableye is a Dark and Ghost-type Pokémon. It is only weak to Fairy type moves. It takes reduced damage from Normal, Psychic, Fighting and Poison type moves. Only being weak to Fairy makes it trickier to counter, but the below Pokémon will be your best choices.

Sableye Counters
Pokémon Moves
Togekiss Charm, Dazzling Gleam
Xerneas Geomancy, Moonblast
Gardevoir Charm, Dazzling Gleam
Sylveon Charm, Dazzling Gleam, Moonblast
Xurkitree Thunder Shock, Dazzling Gleam

Gardevoir counters

Honchkrow (Shadow)

Honchkrow is a Dark and Flying type, weak to Fairy, Electric, Ice and Rock, and takes reduced damage from Ground, Psychic, Dark, Ghost and Grass moves. While Fairy types may not be the top tier counters, as they can also cover Sableye, more will be listed here.

Honchkrow Counters
Pokémon Moves
Xurkitree Thunder Shock, Discharge, Dazzling Gleam
Rampardos Smack Down, Rock Slide
Xerneas Geomancy, Moonblast
Togekiss Charm, Dazzling Gleam
Baxcalibur Ice Fang, Avalanche, Blizzard
Zekrom Charge Beam, Fusion Bolt, Wild Charge

Milotic counters

Milotic (Shadow)

Milotic is a Water-type Pokémon. It is weak to Grass and Electric type moves, and takes reduced damage from Fire, Ice, Water and Steel type moves. 

Milotic Counters
Pokémon Moves
Xurkitree Thunder Shock, Discharge, Dazzling Gleam
Kartana Razor Leaf, Leaf Blade
Electivire Thunder Shock, Wild Shock, Thunder
Magnezone Spark, Wild Charge, Zap Cannon
Zekrom Charge Beam, Fusion Bolt, Wild Charge

Best Pokémon to defeat Sierra’s last Pokémon

Sierra’s last Pokémon can be one of the following:

What a lineup, eh? Defeating Sierra’s last Pokémon can be stressful, but don’t stress too much – a Tyranitar is always a good idea, especially against Houndoom and Gyarados. You could win even without proper counters, but it is better to be prepared.

Houndoom counters

Houndoom (Shadow)

Houndoom is a Dark and Fire-type Pokémon. It is weak to Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water type moves. It takes reduced damage from Dark, Fire, Ghost, Grass, Ice, Steel, and Psychic type moves.

Houndoom Counters
Pokémon Moves
Tyranitar Smack Down, Crunch, Stone Edge
Machamp Counter, Close Combat, Stone Edge
Kyogre Waterfall, Surf, Origin Pulse
Lucario Counter, Aura Sphere, Shadow Ball
Rhyperior Mud Slap, Rock Wrecker, Earthquake
Hariyama Counter, Close Combat, Superpower

Victreebel counters

Victreebel (Shadow)

Victreebel is a Grass and Poison-type Pokémon. It is weak to Fire, Flying, Ice and Psychic type moves. It takes reduced damage from Grass, Electric, Fairy, Fighting and Water type moves.

Victreebel Counters
Pokémon Moves
Mewtwo Confusion, Psystrike, Psychic
Reshiram Fire Fang, Fusion Flare, Overheat
Heatran Fire Spin, Magma Storm, Flamethrower
Metagross Zen Headbutt, Psychic
Baxcalibur Ice Fang, Avalanche, Blizzard

Alakazam counters

Alakazam (Shadow)

Alakazam is a Psychic type Pokémon, with weakness to Bug Dark and Ghost type Pokémon. It takes reduced damage from Fighting and Psychic type moves.

Alakazam Counters
Pokémon Moves
Pheromosa Bug Bite, Bug Buzz, Lunge
Hydreigon Bite, Brutal Swing, Dark Pulse
Chandelure Hex, Shadow Ball, Poltergeist
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw, Shadow Force, Shadow Ball
Gengar Lick, Shadow Ball

How to battle Sierra in Pokémon GO?

Sierra Counters
Sierra Counters

To fight with Sierra in Pokémon GO, you need to first defeat six Team GO Rocket Grunts to collect enough Mysterious Components to build a Rocket Radar.

Activate the Rocket Radar and you will be able to see the location of a Rocket Leader. The game will not tell you which Leader you are facing, but you have a 33% chance for it to be Sierra.

Fighting Sierra is more difficult than fighting Grunts, as Leaders use higher level Pokémon than Grunts. In order to defeat Sierra, we consider using good counters mandatory. 

You can rematch if you lose, and your Rocket Radar will be consumed if you win.

Rewards for defeating Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra

Trainers who manage to defeat Sierra – or any other Team GO Rocket Leader – will get a selection of rare rewards, including the chance to get a Team GO Rocket exclusive 12 km Strange Egg.

  • Trainers receive 1,000 Stardust when defeating a Rocket Leaders,
  • Trainers will receive two of the item bundles listed below when they defeat Team GO Rocket Leader like Sierra.
  • Trainers have the opportunity to catch a Shadow Pokémon used by the Leader. It is always the first Pokémon used by the Leader.
  • Shadow Pokémon from Rocket Leaders have a shiny chance of 1 in 64, if they are shiny eligible at the moment of defeating the Leader

Reward mechanics

Defeating one of the Team GO Rocket Leader trio earns you two item bundles. If at least one of your Egg inventory slots is open, a 12km Strange Egg is guaranteed to replace one of those two bundles.

Receiving a Strange Egg does not have an effect on which item bundle drops alongside the egg.

A Strange Egg can be deposited into your regular egg storage, or in the extra egg space if you already have 9 eggs.


Stardust icon 1000× Stardust

Random drop of two of these

  • Revive icon 4× Revive
  • Max Revive icon 2× Max Revive
  • Hyper Potion icon 4× Hyper Potion
  • Max Potion icon 2× Max Potion
  • Unova Stone icon 1× Unova Stone
  • Egg 12 km icon 1× Egg 12 km

As an example, a typical reward drop might contain 4 Revives and 4 Hyper Potions. Similarly, a reward drop might contain 1 Strange Egg and 2 Max Revives, or 1 Unova Stone and 1 Strange Egg.

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