Pokémon GO Sierra Guide: August 2021

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 August 2021. 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. Sierra is often considered to be the easiest Team Go Rocket leader but this time around, she is a little more challenging than usual. But don’t worry! Simply follow this guide and you shouldn’t have any problem whatsoever!

💡 Note: In Trainer Battles, counters need not always be Pokémon that do super-effective damage. We include Pokémon that are more viable to defeat Arlo, rather than those who do maximum damage.

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Sierra’s Pokémon Line-Up

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

Countering Sierra’s Shadow Pokémon

Sneasel

Sneasel

Arlo’s Shadow Sneasel comes with a host of weaknesses that include a 2x Fighting weakness, Bug, Fairy, Fire, Rock and Steel types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Lucario
  • Counter Fighting
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Aura Sphere Fighting
Machamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Conkeldurr
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
  • Stone Edge Rock
Charizard
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Blast Burn Fire


Ampharos

Ampharos

Sierra’s Shadow Ampharos is a pure Electric type and as such, is weak to only the Ground type. It is the easiest second Pokémon of Sierra.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Garchomp
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earth Power Ground
  • Sand Tomb Ground
Groudon
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Fire Punch Fire
  • Earthquake Ground
Excadrill
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
Landorus (Therian)
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground


Granbull

Granbull

Sierra’s Shadow Granbull is a pure Fairy type and has high damage fast moves such as Charm and Bite in its arsenal. Therefore, Granbuall is quite possibly the most challenging second Pokémon of Sierra. Its counters include string Steel and Poison types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move
Metagross
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Meteor Mash Steel
Roserade
  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
Toxicroak
  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
Scizor
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Iron Head Steel


Gliscor

Gliscor

Sierra’s Shadow Gliscor has a 2x Ice weakness and a Water type weakness.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Darmanitan (Galarian)
  • Ice Fang Ice
  • Ice Punch Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
Abomasnow
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Weather Ball Ice
Mamoswine
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
Gyarados
  • Waterfall Water
  • Aqua Tail Water
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water


Houndoom

Houndoom

Sierra’s Shadow Houndoom is her signature Pokémon. Its counters include strong Fighting, Ground, Rock and Water types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Machamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Rock Slide Rock
Conkeldurr
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
  • Stone Edge Rock
Garchomp
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earth Power Ground
  • Sand Tomb Ground
Tyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
Kyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Surf Water


Kingdra

Kingdra

Sierra’s Shadow Kingdra is her most challenging Pokémon, being weak to only the Dragon and Fairy types while also dealing super-effective damage to Dragon types. Use Dragon types when Kingdra has Waterfall a the fast move and Fairy types when it has Dragon Breath.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Gardevoir
  • Charm Fairy
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Togekiss
  • Charm Fairy
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Sylveon
  • Charm Fairy
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Dragonite
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • or Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon
Rayquaza
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon
Salamence
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon


Drapion

Drapion

Sierra’s Shadow Drapion has only one weakness: Ground types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Garchomp
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earth Power Ground
  • Sand Tomb Ground
Groudon
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
Excadrill
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground
Swampert
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
Landorus (Therian)
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Earthquake Ground
Rhyperior
  • Mud-Slap Ground
  • Earthquake Ground


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