Pokemon Go Sierra counters July 2021: How to beat Team Rocket leader, best team, moves, weaknesses - Dexerto
Pokemon

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

Published: 29/Jun/2021 9:50 Updated: 1/Jul/2021 11:18

by Daniel Megarry

Share


If you’re struggling to defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go, we’ve got the best counters to take into battle and lead you to victory.

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 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.

Advertisement


Contents


Pokemon Team Go Rocket Leaders
Niantic
Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo make up the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

How to beat Sierra in Pokemon Go

For now, let’s focus on how you can takedown Sierra and which Pokemon you should use to give yourself the best chance of defeating her.

It’s worth noting that Sierra’s lineup in Pokemon Go changes every now and then, but these are the creatures she’ll send out in July 2021, as well as the best counters that trainers should have on their team to succeed.

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.


How to beat Pokemon Go Team Rocket Leaders


What Pokemon does Sierra use in Pokemon Go?

  • First Phase: Sneasel
  • Second Phase: Ampharos, Granbull, or Gliscor
  • Third Phase: Houndoom, Kingdra or Drapion

Let’s take a look at the weaknesses of all the potential ‘mon that Sierra can use in battle in Pokemon Go, and the best counters to take each one down.

Advertisement


Phase 1

Sierra Phase 1
Niantic/The Pokemon Company
Sierra will always start with Sneasel.

Sneasel weaknesses Pokemon Go

Sneasel is a Dark/Ice-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Fighting, Fairy, Bug, Steel, Fire, and Rock.

Sneasel counters

  • Lucario — Counter (Fast Move) and Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
  • Conkeldurr — Counter (Fast Move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • Breloom — Counter (Fast Move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • Machamp — Karate Chop (Fast Move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • Blaziken — Counter (Fast Move) and Focus Blast (Charge Move)
  • Sirfetch’d — Counter (Fast Move) and Close Combat (Charge Move)

Phase 2

Sierra Phase 2
Niantic/The Pokemon Company
Sierra’s Phase 2 will be Ampharos, Gliscor, or Granbull.

Ampharos weaknesses Pokemon Go

Ampharos is an Electric-type, which means it’s weak against Ground-type Pokemon.

Ampharos Counters

  • Excadrill — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Groudon — Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Garchomp — Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Krookodile — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Ryhdon — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)

Gliscor weaknesses Pokemon Go

Gliscor is a Ground and Flying-type, which means it’s weak against Ground and Flying Pokemon.

Gliscor Counters

  • Mamoswine — Powder Snow (Fast Move) and Avalanche (Charge Move)
  • Abomasnow — Powder Snow (Fast Move) and Weather Ball (Charge Move)
  • Piloswine — Ice Shard (Fast Move) and Avalanche (Charge Move)
  • Walrein — Frost Breath (Fast Move) and Blizzard (Charge Move)
  • Gyarados — Waterfall (Fast Move) and Aqua Tail (Charge Move)
  • Slowbro — Water Gun (Fast Move) and Ice Bearn (Charge Move)

Granbull weaknesses Pokemon Go

Granbull is a Fairy-type, which means it’s weak against Steel and Poison Pokemon.

Granbull counters

  • Metagross — Bullet Punch (Fast Move) and Meteor Mash (Charge Move)
  • Roserade — Poison Jab (Fast Move) and Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)
  • Toxicroak — Poison Jab (Fast Move) and Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)
  • Heatran — Fire Spin (Fast Move) and Iron Head (Charge Move)
  • Gengar — Lick (Fast Move) and Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)
  • Scizor — Bullet Punch (Fast Move) and Iron Head (Charge Move)

Phase 3

Sierra Phase 3 Pokemon Go
Niantic/The Pokemon Company
Sierra’s Phase 3 will be Houndoom, Kingdra, or Drapion.

Kingdra weaknesses Pokemon Go

Kingdra is a Water/Dragon-type, which means it’s weak against Fairy and Dragon Pokemon.

Kingdra Counters

  • Palkia — Dragon Tail (Fast Move) and Draco Meteor (Charge Move)
  • Dialga — Dragon Breath (Fast Move) and Draco Meteor (Charge Move)
  • Haxorus — Dragon Tail (Fast Move) and Dragon Claw (Charge Move)
  • Rayquaza — Dragon Tail (Fast Move) and Outrage (Charge Move)
  • Garchomp — Dragon Tail (Fast Move) and Outrage (Charge Move)
  • Dragonite — Dragon Tail (Fast Move) and Outrage (Charge Move)

Drapion weaknesses Pokemon Go

Drapion is a Poison/Dark-type, which means it’s weak against Ground Pokemon.

Drapion counters

  • Excadrill — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Garchomp — Mud Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Groudon — Mud-Shot (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Krookodile — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Golurk — Mud-Slap (Fast Move) and Earth Power (Charge Move)

Houndoom weaknesses Pokemon Go

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

Advertisement

Houndoom counters

  • Kyogre — Waterfall (Fast Move) and Surf (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar — Smack Down (Fast Move) and Crunch (Charge Move)
  • Conkeldurr — Counter (Fast Move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • Rampardos — Smack Down (Fast Move) and Rock Slide (Charge Move)
  • Machamp — Counter (Fast Move) and Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • Kingler — Bubble (Fast Move) and Crabhammer (Charge Move)

Best team to beat Sierra in Pokemon Go

Best lineup for Sierra Pokemon Go
Niantic
Swampert is a great choice for players looking to defeat Sierra.

One of the best potential lineups to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go would be Magnezone, Garchomp, and Swampert.

Magnezone’s Lightning and Steel-type attacks will help you easily defeat Sneasel and exploit its weaknesses. On top of this, the inclusion of Swampert will allow you to take out the various Pokemon who are weak to Ground attacks in Sierra’s lineup such as Houndoom, Gliscor, and Drapion.

Finally, make sure you take Garchomp as you’ll need a Dragon-type and it’ll also provide even more Ground attacks.

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 take her down eventually.

Advertisement


So, there you have it. All you need to know about beating Sierra in Pokemon Go, 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