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Pokemon Go Sierra counters January 2022: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

Published: 25/Jan/2022 13:42

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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Beating Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go will take skill, so we’ve put together the best counters and weakness tips to lead you straight to victory against the likes of Poliwag, Exeggutor, and Houndoom in January 2022.

In Pokemon Go, Trainers can collect Mysterious Components by defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts at invaded Pokestops within the game. Once you have six of them, you’ll be able to form a Rocket Radar, which then leads you straight to the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

Unlike the Grunts, who can be taken down fairly easily, trainers will have a difficult fight ahead of them when it comes to Team Go Rocket’s Leaders. There are four in total: Cliff, Arlo, Giovanni, and Sierra, and all of them have unique ‘mon to battle with.

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This guide will focus on taking down Sierra, including her current lineup in January 2022 and the best counters to defeat her in no time at all.

Additional reporting by Daniel Megarry.


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Artwork of the Pokemon Team Go Rocket Leaders, Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra
Niantic
Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo make up the Team Go Rocket Leaders alongside Giovanni.

Sierra Pokemon Go counters (January 2022)

Sierra has always been a difficult opponent to take down in Pokemon Go, and that’s no different in January 2022, where her lineup has changed once again as part of the Power Plant event.

At the start of every match, Sierra will always send out Poliwag. While Sierra’s lineup changes over time, these are the Pokemon she can use in January:

  • Phase 1: Poliwag
  • Phase 2: Exeggutor / Lapras / Sharpedo
  • Phase 3: Houndoom / Shiftry / Swampert

How to beat Sierra in Pokemon Go

To defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go, you’ll need to utilize a variety of different types to counter her. We’ve featured a mix of stronger Legendaries and more common alternatives, so there should be something here to meet every Trainer’s needs, and all of them are solid choices.

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Let’s take a look at the weaknesses of all the different Pokemon that Sierra could choose to send out during your battle, and which counters should be used to beat her.

Sierra Pokemon Go counters phase 1

An image of Poliwag on a Pokemon Go background, one of Sierra's Pokemon
The Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sierra will always start with Poliwag for her first Phase.

Poliwag counters

Poliwag is a Water-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Electric and Grass-type Pokemon.

Poliwag Counters
Exeggutor, one of Sierra's best counters in Pokemon Go Exeggutor

Bullet Seed (Fast Move)

Solar Beam (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Bullet Seed (Fast Move)

Leaf Storm (Charge Move)

Leafeon in Pokemon Go Leafeon

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Solar Beam (Charge Move)

therian forme thundurus Therian Thundurus

Volt Switch (Fast Move)

Thunderbolt (Charge Move)

Zapdos in Pokemon Go Zapdos

Thunder Shock (Fast Move)

Zap Cannon (Charge Move)

Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 2

An image of Lapras, Exeggutor and Sharpedo in Pokemon, Sierra's Phase 2 Pokemon
The Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sierra’s Phase 2 will be Sharpedo, Lapras, or Exeggutor.

Exeggutor counters

Exeggutor is a dual Grass/Psychic-type, which means it’s weak against Bug, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Ice, and Poison-type Pokemon.

Exeggutor Counters
Deoxys Attack Deoxys

Poison Jab (Fast Move)

Dark Pulse (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Escavalier Escavalier

Bug Bite (Fast Move)

Megahorn (Charge Move)

Pinsir Pinsir

Bug Bite (Fast Move)

X-Scissor (Charge Move)

Reshiram Reshiram

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

An image of Yanmega in Pokemon Go Yanmega

Bug Bite (Fast Move)

Bug Buzz (Charge Move)

Lapras counters

Lapras is a dual Water/Ice-type Pokemon, so it’s weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock-type moves and resistant to Ice and Water-type attacks.

Lapras Counters
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Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Raikou Raikou

Volt Switch (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Sharpedo counters

Slowbro is a dual Water/Dark-type, which means it’s weak against Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-type Pokemon.

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Sharpedo Counters
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Grass Knot (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

Yanmega

Bug Bite (Fast Move)

Bug Buzz (Charge Move)

Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 3

An image of Houndoom, Sierra's Phase 3 'mon in Pokemon Go

Houndoom counters

Houndoom is a dual Dark/Fire-type, which means it’s weak against Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water-type Pokemon.

Houndoom Counters
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Master League Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Kyogre Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move)

Hydro Pump (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Machamp Pokemon Go Machamp

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Shiftry counters

Shiftry is a dual Grass/Dark-type Pokemon, making it vulnerable to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison-type attacks.

Shiftry Counters
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Moltres in Pokemon Go Moltres

Wing Attack (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Reshiram Reshiram

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Yanmega

Bug Bite (Fast Move)

Bug Buzz (Charge Move)

Swampert counters

Swampert is a dual Water/Ground-type Pokemon, which means its only weakness is Grass-type attacks.

Swampert Counters
Zarude Zarude

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Leaf Storm (Charge Move)

Tangrowth Pokemon Go Tangrowth

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Venusaur counters Venusaur

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)

Leafeon in Pokemon Go Leafeon

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Leaf Blade (Charge Move)

Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom

Bullet Seed (Fast Move)

Grass Knot (Charge Move)

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Best team to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go

An image of Sierra's beat team in Pokemon Go
The Pokemon Company / Niantic
Taking these three Pokemon ensures you can take down all of Sierra’s lineups with ease.

One of the best teams to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go would be Lucario, Roserade, and Darmanitan.

Lucario’s Fighting-type attacks will help you to easily defeat Lapras, Houndoom, and Shiftry by exploiting their weaknesses. Bringing along Roserade with a Grass-type moveset will give you a great chance to succeed against Poliwag, Sharpedo, and Swampert.

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Finally, make sure you take a Fire-type like Darmanitan into battle, as you’ll be able to use Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move) to bring down Exeggutor (or Shiftry, if need be).

Keep in mind, Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra is a difficult battle for almost any trainer, but if you take advantage of each Pokemon’s weaknesses with the counters we’ve listed above, you should be able to defeat her eventually.

How to beat Team Leaders in Pokemon Go

As well as Sierra, you’ll need to go head to head with the other Team Go Rocket Leaders, so check out our guides to beat Arlo, defeat Cliff, and finally, take down Giovanni.

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So, there you have it. All you need to know about beating Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go in January 2022, and the best counters you need to use.

For all of the best tips and tricks to become the very best, make sure to check out our other guides:

Spotlight Hour guide | Current Raid Bosses | Best ‘mon in Go: Attackers and defenders | Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour | Arlo counters guide | How to defeat Cliff | Giovanni counters | How to get free Remote Raid Passes | How to catch Ditto | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes