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Pokemon Go Arlo counters October 2021: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

Published: 1/Oct/2021 12:40 Updated: 1/Oct/2021 12:44

by Daniel Megarry

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Defeating Pokemon Go’s Team Rocket Leader Arlo can be difficult, so we’ve got the best counters for his weaknesses that will lead you straight to victory. From Crobat to Scizor, Venonat, and Vileplume, here’s how to beat his lineup in October 2021.

One of the most exciting features of Pokemon Go is the battles you can enter against Team Go Rocket. The nefarious villains invade Pokestops within the game and use their aggressive Shadow Pokemon to battle against anyone who interacts with them.

If you win the battle, you’ll get the chance to capture one of their Shadow Pokemon, which can either be ‘purified’ for a CP boost or left as a Shadow with higher attack stats if you’re competitive-minded or looking to master Raid battles.

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Team GO Rocket
Niantic
Arlo is one of the hardest Team Go Rocket Leaders.

Arlo Pokemon Go counters (October 2021)

While Team Go Rocket’s Boss Giovanni is currently missing in the Season of Mischief, Trainers will still have the opportunity to face off against Arlo, who commands a pool of seven different Pokemon.

At the start of every match, the Team Go Rocket Leader will always send out Venonat, followed by two of six other potential encounters. Here’s Arlo’s current lineup of Pokemon:

  • Phase 1: Venonat
  • Phase 2: Crobat / Manectric / Ursaring
  • Phase 3: Magnezone / Scizor / Vileplume

How to beat Arlo in Pokemon Go

If you defeat enough Team Go Rocket Grunts at PokeStops, you’ll be able to piece together a Rocket Radar, which will allow you to locate and battle either Arlo, Cliff, or Sierra. They’re chosen at random.

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Let’s take a look at the weaknesses of all the Pokemon that Arlo can send out into battle, and the best counters you can use to defeat each one.

Arlo Pokemon Go counters phase 1

Pokemon Go Cliff Phase 1
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo will always start with Venonat.

Venonat counters

Venonat is a Bug/Poison-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Fire, Flying, Psychic, and Rock.

Venonat Counters
Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Blast Burn (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Ho-Oh Ho-Oh

Incinerate (Fast Move)

Brave Bird (Charge Move)

Honchkrow Pokemon Go Honchkrow

Peck (Fast Move)

Sky Attack (Charge Move)

Reshiram counter Reshiram

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Rampardos Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Rock Slide (Charge Move)

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Arlo Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Pokemon Go Arlo Phase 2 counters
The Pokemon Company / Niantic
Arlo’s Phase 2 Pokemon will either be Crobat, Manectric, or Ursaring.

Crobat counters

Crobat is a Poison/Flying-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Electric, Ice, Psychic, and Rock.

Crobat Counters
Aggron

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Heavy Slam (Charge Move)

Electivire Electivire

Thunder Shock (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Magnezone Magnezone

Spark (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Regirock Pokemon Go Regirock

Lock On (Fast Move)

Stone Edge (Charge Move)

Tyranitar Pokemon Go Tyranitar

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Crunch (Charge Move)

Manectric counters

Manectric is a pure Electric-type Pokemon, so its only major weakness is Ground.

Manectric Counters
Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Garchomp Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Golem Golem

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Master League Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)

Tyranitar Pokemon Go Tyranitar

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Crunch (Charge Move)

Ursaring counters

Ursaring is a pure Normal-type Pokemon, which means that it’s weak to Ghost, Rock, Steel, and Fighting ‘mon.

Ursaring Counters
Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken

Counter (Fast Move)

Focus Blast (Charge Move)

Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Hariyama Hariyama

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Regigigas Regigigas

Hidden Power (Fast Move)

Giga Impact (Charge Move)

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Arlo Pokemon Go counters phase 3

Cliff Phase 3
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo’s Phase 3 Pokemon will either be Magnezone, Scizor, or Vileplume.

Magnezone counters

Magnezone is an Electric/Steel-type Pokemon, so it’s weak against Ground, Fighting, and Fire.

Magnezone Counters
Donphan counter Donphan

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Garchomp Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Master League Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Landorus Pokemon Go Landorus

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earth Power (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)

Scizor counters

Scizor is a Bug/Steel-type Pokemon, which means its only weakness is Fire.

Scizor Counters
Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Blast Burn (Charge Move)

Charizard Charizard

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Blast Burn (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Entei Pokemon Go Entei

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Heatran Pokemon Go Heatran

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Fire Blast (Charge Move)

Reshiram counter Reshiram

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Vileplume counters

Vileplume is a Grass/Poison-type Pokemon, so it’s weak against Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic.

Vileplume Counters
Charizard Charizard

Wing Attack (Fast Move)

Blast Burn (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Entei Pokemon Go Entei

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Heatran Pokemon Go Heatran

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Flamethrower (Charge Move)

Ho-Oh Ho-Oh

Incinerate (Fast Move)

Brave Bird (Charge Move)

Reshiram counter Reshiram

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

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Best team to beat Arlo in Pokemon Go

Heatran Pokemon GO best counters team for Arlo
Niantic
Heatran is an excellent addition to your team to take down Arlo in Go.

While we’ve listed a whole host of ‘mon above, one of the best teams you can take into battle against Arlo in Pokemon Go is Heatran, Reshiram, and Rhyperior.

With so many Pokemon that are weak to Fire on Arlo’s team (Venonat, Magnezone, Scizor, Vileplume) it makes sense to have two strong Fire-types like Heatran and Reshiram. Then, the Ground/Rock-type Rhyperior will be able to take out Crobat and Manectric.

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As always, if you don’t have any of the counters we’ve recommended, pay attention to the weaknesses of each of Arlo’s Pokemon (our type chart might help), and take your most powerful Pokemon of those types into battle for the best chance at success.

Remember, Arlo’s lineup changes often in the game, so make sure you check back here next time you fight them to make sure your favorite counters will still be effective.

How to beat Team Rocket Leaders in Pokemon Go

Alongside Arlo, you’ll also be able to go head to head with a few other Team Go Rocket Leaders, so check out our guides to defeat Cliff and Sierra. Unfortunately, Giovanni is currently off the radar for October.

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So, there you have it. All you need to know about defeating Arlo in Pokemon Go, and the best counters to use along the way!

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 | Cliff counters guide | Giovanni counters | How to get free Remote Raid Passes | Sierra counters guide | How to catch Ditto | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes