UPDATE Pokemon Go How to Beat Team Go Rocket Leaders Cliff, Sierra and Arlo, New Lineups Added

Trainers, the Team Go Rocket Leaders are now live in the game and many players are wondering how to beat them, as they seem extremely strong, and what are the best Pokemon to use against them when in battle.

The three Team Go Rocket Leaders, Cliff, Sierra and Arlo can be encountered only with a Rocket Radar. This item can be ‘built’ when defeating Grunts and collecting the Mysterious Component. We must collect six Mysterious Components and only then we can ‘built’ the Rocket Radar, an item that can be used to find Team Go Rocket Leaders on the map.

As mentioned above, there are three TGR Leaders and each Leader has its own Pokemon lineup which they use in a battle.

Now, let’s see which Pokemon they use and how can we beat them easily.

Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff Best Counters

Cliff uses three different sets of Pokemon. On the list below, you can find their Pokemon on the left, and on the right, you can find the best counters.

#1 Cliff lineup and counters

  • Pinsir (can be shiny) – Giratina, Togekiss, Ho-Oh, Giratina Origin and Moltres

#2 Cliff lineup and counters

  • Omanyte – Sceptile, Machamp, Cacturne, Tangrowth and Cherrim Sunny
  • Marowak – Dragonite, Gyarados, Ho-Oh, Articuno and Salamance
  • Electivire – Groudon, Garchomp, Regigigas, Rhyperior, Golurk and Rhydon

#3 Cliff lineup and counters

  • Swampert – Meganium, Tangrowth, Venusaur, Sceptile and Serperior
  • Torterra – Chandelure, Mamoswine, Moltres and Pinsir
  • Tyranitar – Breloom, Hariyama, Kyogre and Machamp

Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra Best Counters

Sierra also uses three different sets of Pokemon.

#1 Sierra lineup and counters

  • Beldum  (can be shiny) – Chandelure, Gengar, Darkrai, Volcarona and Blaziken

#2 Sierra lineup and counters

  • Exeggutor – Durant, Giratina Origin, Heatran, Hydreigon and Darkrai
  • Sharpedo – Breloom, Magnezone, Zapdos, Lucario and Machamp
  • Lapras – Palkia, Dialga, Heracross, Machamp and Regigigas

#3 Sierra lineup and counters

  • Shiftry – Scizor, Heracross, Heatran, Durant and Pinsir
  • Alakazam – Darkrai, Weavile, Mew, Honchkrow and Houndoom
  • Houndoom – Machamp, Hariyama, Garchomp, Swampert and Rhyperior

Team Go Rocket Leader Arlo Best Counters

Arlo also uses three different sets of Pokemon.

#1 Arlo lineup and counters

  • Mawile (can be shiny) – Heatran, Flareon, Entei, Charizard and Chandelure

#2 Arlo lineup and counters

  • Charizard – Regirock, Omastar, Zapdos, Relicanth and Rhyperior
  • Steelix – Chandelure, Kyogre, Lucario, Moltres and Blaziken
  • Blastoise – Leafon, Virizion, Dialga, Palkia and Zapdos

#3 Arlo lineup and counters

  • Salamance – Glaceon, Weavile, Cloyster, Articuno and Porygon Z
  • Scizor – Heatran, Ho-Oh, Magmortar, Blaziken and Entei
  • Dragonite – Melmetal, Dialga, Regice, Alolan Sandslash and Suicune

You are all set now, so good luck and let’s catch ’em all!


Dejan Kacurov

Hi, gamers! You can call me Mr. DComplex. I'm a gamer, a hardcore gamer. My favorite genres are Action RPG and MMORPG. At the moment I'm using my PC as my only gaming platform, but soon I might get a new PS4 from Angel. Update - Angel did get me a PS4, oh wait, it's the PS4 PRO 1TB!!! Much love bro!


    1. Not bad at all. I’ve used this list to beat all three, just finished Arlo with Heatran ( Mawhile), a quick swap out with Zapdos (Charizard), and finished up with Blaziken (Scizor) with a depleted Heatran still in reserve. But high CP is mandatory with these.

  1. This is BS. How can we take down Pokemon cp 13000??? What a waste of revives… it’s like a raid only you’re on your own. Ridiculous!!! I give up on them . I don’t even bother anymore. So disappointing. I’ve been playing since the start and right now it’s making me lose interest. Can niantic work on being able to swipe through friends like we are able to do with Pokemon. That would be helpful.

  2. You know what would be really good in these articles. not just saying what Pokemon to use but also what move set to use. Because every time I go to use the suggested Pokemon it gets its butt kicked. Mainly because it doesn’t have the specific move set necessary. It’s all well and good to say what type of Pokemon but maybe add in what move set to use as well. Otherwise these articles are kinda useless

  3. I would be curious to know moves as well as CP/HP. My legendaries we’re all found in research breakthrough and they are very low CP with minimal candies available to level up.

  4. I used a maxed out Dragonite with Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw and burned through Cliff’s Pinsir and the Marowak after him. I really don’t understand why guides like this seem to fixate on using legendaries and such for fights that don’t need it.

  5. Just for fun I grabbed three strong Hariyamas after following every tip trick and guide. Beat Arlo, sierra why not… yeap. Okay Cliff time to face my Insane Clown Posse. Down he goes. Surely this won’t work on Giovanni. Guess what first try. Hariyamas for the win! No logic or planning. Everyone hates clowns, except me now.

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