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Pokemon Go Sierra, Cliff, Arlo, and Giovanni New Shadow Pokemon and Counters

Trainers, the Team Go Rocket Leaders Sierra, Cliff, Arlo, and the Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni are trying to take over the Pokemon Go world once again. This time they are using different Shadow Pokemon, and many players are wondering what Pokemon they use and what are the best Pokemon counters. Well, worry not, we got you covered.

Beating the Team Go Rocket Leaders Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo, and the Team Go Rocket Boss is not that easy, and to be honest it requires skills and patience. The Team Go Rocket balloons appear every two/three hours, and if you want to beat them, we recommend using our guide.

Leader Sierra now uses Shadow Squirtle, Leader Cliff uses Shadow Bulbasaur, Leader Arlo uses Shadow Charmander, and Giovanni has Shadow Latios. It definitely looks challenging, but using the best counters can help you a lot.

Leader Sierra Lineup and Best Counters July 2022

Sierra’s #1 lineup and best counters

Shadow Squirtle counters

  • Mega Abomasnow with Razor Leaf and Return
  • Decidueye with Razor Leaf and Return
  • Origin Giratina with Dragon Tail and Ominous Wind

Sierra’s #2 lineup and best counters

Shadow Blaziken counters

  • Samurott with Fury Cutter and Hydro Cannon
  • Deoxys Attack with Zen Headbutt and Zap Cannon
  • Gardevoir with Charge Beam and Synchronoise
  • Hoopa Unbound with Confusion and Psychic
  • Swampert with Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon

Shadow Blastoise counters

  • Xurkitree with Thunder Shock and Discharge
  • Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
  • Manectric with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge

Shadow Lapras counters

  • Zekrom with Charge Beam and Wild Charge
  • Terrakion with Smack Down Sacred Sword
  • Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere
  • Zarude with Vine Whip and Power Whip
  • Sirfetch’d with Counter and Close Combat

Sierra’s #3 lineup and best counters

Shadow Drapion counters

  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Sand Tomb
  • Excadrill with Mud Shot and Drill Run
  • Golurk with Mud-Slap and Dynamic Punch
  • Therian Landorus with Mud Shot and Bulldoze
  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Sacred Sword

Shadow Houndoom counters

  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Sacred Sword
  • Kyogre with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere

Shadow Nidoqueen counters

  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Psystrike
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut and Psychic
  • Swampert with Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon
  • Tapu Lele with Confusion and Psyshock
  • Hoopa Confined with Astonish and Psychic

Leader Cliff Lineup and Best Counters July 2022

Cliff’s #1 lineup and best counters

Shadow Bulbasaur counters

  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Psystrike
  • Deoxys Attack Forme with Zen Headbutt and Dark Pulse
  • Alakazam with Confusion and Psychic
  • Espeon with Confusion and Psychic
  • Moltres with Fire Spin and Sky Attack

Cliff’s #2 lineup and best counters

Shadow Omastarr counters

  • Sceptile with Fury Cutter and Leaf Blade
  • Celebi with Magical Leaf and Seed Bomb
  • Roserade with Razor Leaf and Dazzling Gleam
  • Gallade with Low Kick and Leaf Blade
  • Victreebel with Acid and LEaf Blade

Shadow Venusaur counters

  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Psystrike
  • Blaziken with Fire Spin and Blaze Kick
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut and Psychic
  • Deoxys Attack Forme with Poison Jab and Dark Pulse
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche

Shadow Crobat counters

  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Psystrike
  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut and Psychic
  • Deoxys Attack Forme with Zen Headbutt and Zap Cannon
  • Deoxys Normal Forme with Charge Beam and Thunderbolt
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche

Cliff’s #3 lineup and best counters

Shadow Tyranitarr counters

  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere
  • Machamp with Karate Chop and Dynamic Punch
  • Buzzwole with Counter and Superpower
  • Chesnaught with Vine Whip and Superpower

Shadow Torterra counters

  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Ice Punch
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Jynx with Frost Breath and Ice Punch
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Ice Beam
  • Walrein with Frost Breath and Icicle Spear

Shadow Swampert counters

  • Sceptile with Fury Cutter and Leaf Blade
  • Celebi with Magical Leaf and Seed Bomb
  • Shiftry with Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade
  • Breloom with Bullet Seed and Seed Bomb
  • Roserade with Razor Leaf and Dazzling Gleam

Leader Arlo Lineup and Best Counters July 2022

Arlo’s #1 lineup and best counters

Shadow Charmander counters

  • Mega Blastoise with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Mega Gyarados with Waterfall and Aqua Tail
  • Rhyperior with Mud-Slap and Rock Wrecker
  • Garchomp with Mud SHot and Earth Power
  • Incarnate Landorus with Mud Shot and Earth power

Arlo’s #2 lineup and best counters

Shadow Mawile counters

  • Chandelure with Incinerate and Energy Ball
  • Ho-Oh with Incinerate and Brave Bird
  • Darmanitan with Incinerate and Focus Blast
  • Reshiram with Fire Fang and Draco Meteor
  • Blaziken with Fire Spin and Blaze Kick

Shadow Charizard counters

  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Flamethrower
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Earthquake
  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Close Combat
  • Lycanroc with Rock Throw and Drill Run

Shadow Salamance counters

  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Ice Punch
  • Beartic with Powder Snow and Ice Punch
  • Jynx with Frost Breath and Ice Punch
  • Froslass with Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Walrein with Frost Breath and Icicle Spear

Arlo’s #3 lineup and best counters

Shadow Gardevoir counters

  • Gengar with Lick and Sludge Bomb
  • Deoxys Attack Forme with Poison Jab and Dark Puls
  • Darkrai with Snarl and Sludge Bomb
  • Genesect Burn/Genesect Douse with Metal Claw and Magnet Bomb
  • Haunter with Lick and Sludge Bomb

Shadow Steelix counters

  • Excadrill with Mud Shot and Drill Run
  • Buzzwole with Counter and Superpower
  • Landorus Therian with Mud Shot and Superpower
  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Sand tomb
  • Heatran with Fire Spin and Flamethrower

Shadow Scizor counters

  • Darmanitan with Incinerate and Focus Blast
  • Standard Darmanitan with Incinerate and Focus Blast
  • Chandelure with Incinerate and Energy Ball
  • Reshiram with Fire Fang and Draco Meteor
  • Ho-Oh with Incinerate and BRave Bird

Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni Lineup and Best Counters July 2022

Giovanni’s #1 lineup and best counters

Shadow Persian

  • Blaziken with Counter and Blaze Kick
  • Mienshao with Low Kick and Brick Break
  • Xurkitree with Thunder Shock and Discharge
  • Bewear with Low Kick and Drain Punch
  • Breloom with Counter and Seed Bomb

Giovanni’s #2 lineup and best counters

Shadow Nidoking

  • Hoopa Unbound with Confusion and Psychic
  • Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike
  • Alakazam with Confusion and Psychic
  • Deoxys Attack Forme with Zen Headbutt and Psycho Boost
  • Espeon with Confusion and Psychic

Shadow Machamp

  • Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike
  • Hoopa Unbound with Confusion and Psychic
  • Latios with Zen Headbutt and Psychic
  • Moltres with Win Attack and Sky Attack

Shadow Rhyperior

  • Zarude with Vine Whip and Power Whip
  • Roserade with Razor Leaf and Grass Knot
  • Samurott with Waterfall and Hydro Cannon
  • Kingler with Bubble and Crabhammer

Giovanni’s #3 lineup and best counters

Shadow Latios

  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Dialga with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor
  • Salamance with Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor
  • Palkia with Dragon Tail and Draco meteor
  • Zekrom with Dragon Breath and Outrage

Beating the Team Go Rocket Leaders Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo, and the Team Go Rocket Boss is not that easy, and to be honest it requires skills and patience. What are your thoughts about our guide? If you would like to change or add something, please leave a comment below.


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