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

Published: 30/Jun/2021 18:30 Updated: 1/Jul/2021 11:17

by Daniel Megarry

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If you’re having a difficult time taking down Team Go Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokemon Go in July 2021, we’ve got the best counters that will lead you straight to victory.

One of the most exciting features of Pokemon Go is the battles you can enter against Team Go Rocket. The nefarious villains invade Pokestops and with their aggressive Shadow ‘mon and 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.

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 one of three Team Go Rocket Leaders: Arlo, Sierra, or Cliff.

We’ve put together a list of the best Pokemon you can take into battle against Arlo during the Season of Discovery to counter their team and secure that victory.

What Pokemon does Arlo use in Pokemon Go?

  • First phase: Venonat
  • Second phase: Crobat or Manectric
  • Third phase: Magnezone, Scizor, or Vileplume

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

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Phase 1

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

Venonat weaknesses Pokemon Go

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

Venonat counters

  • Reshiram – Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Rampardos – Smack Down (Fast Move) and Rock Slide (Charge Move)
  • Darmanitan – Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate (Fast Move) and Brave Bird (Charge Move)
  • Blaziken – Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Blast Burn (Charge Move)
  • Honchkrow – Peck (Fast Move) and Sky Attack (Charge Move)

Phase 2

Cliff Phase 2
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Arlo’s Phase 2 Pokemon will be Crobat or Manectric.

Crobat weaknesses in Pokemon Go

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

Crobat counters

  • Tyranitar – Smack Down (Fast Move) and Crunch (Charge Move)
  • Aggron – Smack Down (Fast Move) and Heavy Slam (Charge Move)
  • Regirock – Lock On (Fast Move) and Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Rampardos – Smack Down (Fast Move) and Rock Slide (Charge Move)
  • Magnezone – Spark (Fast Move) and Wild Charge (Charge Move)
  • Electivire – Thunder Shock (Fast Move) and Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Manectric weaknesses in Pokemon Go

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

Manectric counters

  • Garchomp – Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down (Fast Move) and Crunch (Charge Move)
  • Groudon – Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior – Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)
  • Excadrill – Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Golem – Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)

Phase 3

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

Magnezone weaknesses in Pokemon Go

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

Magnezone counters

  • Landorus – Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earth Power (Charge Move)
  • Garchomp – Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Groudon – Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior – Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)
  • Excadrill – Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Donphan – Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)

Scizor weaknesses in Pokemon Go

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

Scizor counters

  • Reshiram – Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Blaziken – Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Blast Burn (Charge Move)
  • Heatran – Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Fire Blast (Charge Move)
  • Darmanitan – Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Entei – Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Charizard – Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Blast Burn (Charge Move)

Vileplume weaknesses in Pokemon Go

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

Vileplume counters

  • Reshiram – Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Heatran – Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Flamethrower (Charge Move)
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate (Fast Move) and Brave Bird (Charge Move)
  • Darmanitan – Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Charizard – Wing Attack (Fast Move) and Blast Burn (Charge Move)
  • Entei – Fire Fang (Fast Move) and Overheat (Charge Move)

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.

One of the best teams you can take into battle against Arlo in Pokemon Go is Heatran, Reshiram, and Rhyperior.

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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.

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 and take your most powerful types into battle for the best chance at success.

Remember, Arlo’s lineup of Pokemon 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.

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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.

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