Pokemon Go Arlo counters December 2022: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

Pokemon Go Team Rocket Arlo CountersNiantic

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 Mawile to Scizor, Salamence, and Dragonite, here’s how to beat his lineup in December 2022.

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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In this guide, you’ll find Arlo’s current lineup of Pokemon as well as the best counters you can use to defeat them.


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Artwork of Team Go Rocket and Shadow Snorlax in Pokemon GoNiantic
Arlo is one of the hardest Team Go Rocket Leaders.

Arlo Pokemon Go counters (December 2022)

Arlo has always been a difficult opponent to take down in Pokemon Go, and that’s no different in December – especially after his lineup changed during the Team Go Rocket Takeover event.

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

  • Phase 1: Mawile
  • Phase 2: Salamence / Staraptor / Charizard
  • Phase 3: Scizor / Granbull / Dragonite

We’ll keep you updated on any further changes to Arlo’s lineup if and when they happen in the future.

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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 at random.

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

Mawile appearing as Arlo's Phase 1 PokemonNiantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo will always send out Mawile at the start of a battle.

Mawile counters

Mawile is a Steel/Fairy-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Ground and Fire-type attacks. It’s resistant to Poison, Normal, Flying, Rock, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dark, Fairy, Bug, and Dragon-type attacks.

Mawile Counters
Moltres in Pokemon Go Moltres

Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Entei Pokemon Go Entei

Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Garchomp in Pokemon Go Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earth Power (Charge Move)

Houndoom Houndoom

Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Fire Blast (Charge Move)

chandelure Chandelure

Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Incinerate (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

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Arlo Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Salamence Staraptor and Charizard in Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo will send out either Salamence, Staraptor, or Charizard in phase two.

Salamence counters

Salamence is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon, so its major weakness is Ice-type moves, although it’s also vulnerable to Dragon, Fairy, and Rock-type attacks.

Salamence Counters
Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan

Ice Fang (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Frost Breath (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile

Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Palkia Palkia

Dragon Breath (Fast Move) & Draco Meteor (Charge Move)

Rayquaza Rayquaza

Dragon Tail (Fast Move) & Outrage (Charge Move)

Staraptor counters

Staraptor is a Normal/Flying-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Electric, Ice, and Rock-type attacks. It’s resistant to Bug, Ghost, Grass, and Ground-type attacks.

Staraptor Counters
Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Tyranitar Pokemon Go Tyranitar

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Stone Edge (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Frost Breath (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan

Ice Fang (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Charizard counters

Charizard is a Fire/Flying-type Pokemon, so its major weakness is Rock-type moves, although it’s also vulnerable against Water and Electric-type attacks.

Charizard Counters
Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Tyranitar Pokemon Go Tyranitar

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Stone Edge (Charge Move)

Golem in Pokemon Go Golem

Rock Throw (Fast Move) & Stone Edge (Charge Move)

Terrakion Terrakion

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Aerodactyl Pokemon Go Aerodactyl

Rock Throw (Fast Move) & Ancient Power (Charge Move)

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Arlo Pokemon Go counters phase 3

Arlo's Phase three Pokemon lineupNiantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo’s Phase 3 Pokemon will either be Scizor, Granbull, or Dragonite.

Scizor counters

Scizor is a dual Bug/Steel-type Pokemon, which means its only weakness is Fire-type moves. It has loads of resistances, in particular Grass and Poison, so avoid those.

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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)

Granbull counters

Granbull is a pure Fairy-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak to Poison and Steel-type attacks. It also has resistances to Bug, Dark, Dragon, and Fighting-type moves.

Granbull Counters
Metagross Metagross

Bullet Punch (Fast Move) & Meteor Mash (Charge Move)

Dialga Dialga

Metal Claw (Fast Move) & Iron Head (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Poison Jab (Fast Move) & Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Metal Claw (Fast Move) & Iron Head (Charge Move)

Toxicroak Pokemon Go Toxicroak

Poison Jab (Fast Move) & Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Bullet Punch (Fast Move) & Flash Cannon (Charge Move)

Dragonite counters

Dragonite is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type attacks. It’s resistant to Bug, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground, and Water-type attacks.

Dragonite Counters
Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

galarian darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan

Hex (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Lick (Fast Move) & Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile

Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Sylveon Pokemon Go counters Sylveon

Charm (Fast Move) & Moonblast (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

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Best team to beat Arlo in Pokemon Go

Darmanitan, Mamoswine, and Rampardos in Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company
With the right team, defeating Arlo will be so much easier.

One of the best teams you can take into battle against Arlo in Pokemon Go is Darmanitan, Mamoswine, and Rampardos.

Darmanitan is a solid opener for defeating Mawile and it can also defeat Scizor if Arlo sends it out in Phase 2. Next, go with an Ice-type like Mamoswine as it can easily take down three of Arlo’s potential Pokemon: Salamence, Staraptor, and Dragonite.

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Your final Pokemon should either be a Steel-type like Metagross for defeating Granbull or a Rock-type like Rampardos for defeating Charizard. You can switch this one up once you’ve figured out which lineup Arlo is using in your specific encounter.

Remember, Arlo’s lineup changes often in the game, so 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. Their boss Giovanni is also still around for December 2022.


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

Spotlight Hour schedule | Current Raid Bosses | Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | Cliff counters guide | Giovanni counters | How to get Remote Raid Passes | Sierra counters guide | How to catch Ditto | Pokemon Go shop| Best Shiny Pokemon in Go | Rocket Grunt counters guide