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

Published: 30/Dec/2021 11:35

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 Gligar to Cradily, Lapras, and Mawile, here’s how to beat his lineup in January 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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Artwork of Team Go Rocket and Shadow Snorlax in Pokemon Go
Niantic
Arlo is one of the hardest Team Go Rocket Leaders.

Arlo Pokemon Go counters (January 2022)

Team Go Rocket’s Boss Giovanni returned to Pokemon Go with Shadow Lugia during the previous Festival of Lights event in November, with the lineup of every Team Go Rocket’s leader changing. These remain the same in January 2022.

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

  • Phase 1: Gligar
  • Phase 2: Cradily / Lapras / Mawile
  • Phase 3: Gardevoir / Scizor / Snorlax

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

Arlo's Gligar in Pokemon Go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo will always start with Gligar for Phase 1.

Gligar counters

Gligar is a weak Ground/Flying-type Pokemon, which means it’s extremely weak against Ice-type moves and also weak against Water-type attacks.

Gligar Counters
Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Frost Breath (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan

Ice Fang (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile

Ice Shard (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Jynx Pokemon Go Jynx

Frost Breath (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Alolan Sandslash Pokemon Go Alolan Sandslash

Powder Snow (Fast Move)

Ice Punch (Charge Move)

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Arlo Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Arlo's Cradily, Lapras, and Mawile in Pokemon Go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo can use Cradily, Lapras, or Mawile in Phase 2.

Cradily counters

Cradily is a Rock/Grass-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak to Bug, Fighting, Ice, and Steel-type moves and resistant to Electric and Normal-type attacks.

Cradily Counters
Metagross Metagross

Bullet Punch (Fast Move)

Meteor Mash (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Zamazenta Zamazenta

Spark (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Metal Claw (Fast Move)

Iron Head (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Focus Blast (Charge Move)

Genesect Pokemon Go Genesect

Fury Cutter (Fast Move)

X-Scissor (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.

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Lapras Counters
Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd Sirfetch’d

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)

Mawile counters

Mawile is a dual Steel/Fairy-type Pokemon, which means that it’s weak to Fire and Ground-type moves and has a huge number of resistances, so focus on those two types.

Mawile Counters
Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Mud Slap (Fast Move)

Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Reshiram counter Reshiram

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

chandelure Chandelure

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Entei Pokemon Go Entei

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Heatran Pokemon Go Heatran

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Fire Blast (Charge Move)

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Arlo Pokemon Go counters phase 3

Arlo's Gardevoir, Scizor, and Snorlax in Pokemon Go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo’s Phase 3 Pokemon will either be Gardevoir, Scizor, or Snorlax.

Gardevoir counters

Gardevoir is a Psychic/Fairy-type Pokemon, so it’s weak against Ghost, Poison, and Steel-type moves and resistant to Dragon, Fighting, and Psychic-type attacks.

Gardevoir Counters
Metagross Pokemon Go Metagross

Bullet Punch (Fast Move)

Meteor Mash (Charge Move)

chandelure Chandelure

Hex (Fast Move)

Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Zacian Zacian

Metal Claw (Fast Move)

Iron Head (Charge Move)

Genesect Pokemon Go Genesect

Metal Claw (Fast Move)

Magnet Bomb (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Bullet Punch (Fast Move)

Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Metal Claw (Fast Move)

Iron Head (Charge Move)

Scizor counters

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

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)

Snorlax counters

Snorlax is a mono Normal-type Pokemon, so its only big weakness is Fighting-types. If Snorlax has the move Zen Headbutt, though, you’ll probably want to avoid Fighting-types.

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Snorlax Counters
Hariyama Hariyama

Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

Machamp Machamp

Counter (Fast Move)

Cross Chop (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

Alakazam Alakazam

Counter (Fast Move)

Focus Blast (Charge Move)

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Best team to beat Arlo in Pokemon Go

While we’ve listed a whole host of potential Pokemon above, one of the best teams you can take into battle against Arlo in Pokemon Go is Mamoswine, Darmanitan, and Conkeldurr.

You’ll need a strong Ice-type counter to defeat Arlo’s first Pokemon, Gligar, and Mamoswine is a really great choice, especially as it can then also take on Cradily if Arlo sends it out second.

Next, you’ll want Conkeldurr, as it can tackle three of Arlo’s lineup with ease: Cradily, Lapras, and Snorlax. Finally, Darmanitan (regular, not Galarian) can put a stop to Mawile and Scizor.

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The only member of Arlo’s team not covered by this team is Gardevoir. If Arlo sends that out, you’ll have to switch your team up slightly using our best counters in the tables above.

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. The iconic Giovanni has also returned for January 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 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