Pokemon Go Sierra counters February 2023: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

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Sierra is one of three Team Go Rocket Leaders you can battle in Pokemon Go, but defeating her will take a lot of skill. To make things easier, we’ve put together details of her lineup, weaknesses, and the best counters to use in February 2023.

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 then leads you straight to the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

Unlike Grunts, who can be taken down fairly easily, Trainers will have a difficult fight ahead when it comes to Team Go Rocket’s Leaders. There are three in total: Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra – as well as their Boss Giovanni – and all of them have unique Pokemon to battle with.

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This guide will focus on taking down Sierra, including her current lineup in February 2023, and the best counters to defeat her in no time at all.


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Artwork of the Pokemon Team Go Rocket Leaders, Cliff, Arlo, and SierraNiantic
Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo make up the Team Go Rocket Leaders alongside Giovanni.

Sierra Pokemon Go counters (February 2023)

Sierra has always been a difficult opponent to take down in Pokemon Go, and this remains the same in February, where she’ll send out Shadow Beldum followed by two of six potential Pokemon.

Sierra’s lineup has changed as part of the Team Go Rocket takeover event that launched on February 1, 2023. Here is her current lineup in Pokemon Go:

  • Phase 1: Beldum
  • Phase 2: Flygon / Lapras / Sharpedo
  • Phase 3: Alakazam / Houndoom / Shiftry

How to beat Sierra in Pokemon Go

To defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go, you’ll need to utilize a variety of different types to counter her. 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.

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Let’s take a look at the weaknesses of all the different Pokemon that Sierra could choose to send out during your battle, and which counters should be used to beat her.

Sierra Pokemon Go counters phase 1

Beldum key art on a Pokemon Go backgroundThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sierra will always start with Beldum in Phase 1.

Beldum counters

Beldum is a dual Steel/Psychic-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak to Dark, Fire, Ghost, and Ground-type attacks.

As for its resistances, Beldum is strong against many types: Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Normal Poison, Psychic, Rock, and Steel.

Beldum Counters
Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)
Chandelure Chandelure Hex (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Darkrai Darkrai Snarl (Fast Move) & Dark Pulse (Charge Move)
Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)
Hoopa Hoopa Astonish (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Reshiram counter Reshiram Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 2

Key art of Lapras, Sharpedo and Flygon, Sierra's Phase 2 counters in Pokemon GoThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sierra can send out Flygon, Lapras, or Sharpedo in Phase 2.

Flygon counters

Flygon is a dual Ground/Dragon-type, which means it’s weak against Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type attacks. Its resistances consist of Electric, Fire, Posion, and Rock-type attacks.

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Flygon Counters
Dragonite Dragonite Dragon Tail (Fast Move) & Outrage (Charge Move)
Kyurem in Pokemon Go Kyurem Dragon Breath (Fast Move) & Blizzard (Charge Move)
Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine Powder Snow (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo Psycho Cut (Fast Move) & Ice Beam (Charge Move)
Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)
Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom Dragon Breath (Fast Move) & Outrage (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.

Lapras Counters
Kartana Kartana Razor Leaf (Fast Move) & Leaf Blade (Charge Move)
Lucario Lucario Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
Machamp Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos Smack Dock (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)
Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree Spark (Fast Move) & Power Whip (Charge Move)
Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom Charge Beam (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Sharpedo counters

Sharpedo is a dual Dark/Water-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-type attacks. Its resistances are Dark, Fire, Ghost, Ice, Psychic, Steel, and Water-type moves.

Sharpedo Counters
Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken Counter (Fast Move) & Focus Blast (Charge Move)
Kartana Kartana Razor Leaf (Fast Move) & Leaf Blade (Charge Move)
Lucario Lucario Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
Pheromosa Pheromosa Bug Bite (Fast Move) & Focus Blast (Charge Move)
Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree Spark (Fast Move) & Power Whip (Charge Move)
Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom Charge Beam (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 3

Key art for Alakazam, Shiftry and Houndoom in Pokemon Go, Sierra's Phase 3 countersThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sierra can send out Alakazam, Houndoom, or Shiftry in Phase 3.

Alakazam counters

Alakazam is a Psychic-type Pokemon, making it weak to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type attacks, while being resistant to Fighting and Psychic-type attacks.

Alakazam Counters
Chandelure Chandelure Hex (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Darkrai Darkrai Feint Attack (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Hoopa Hoopa Astonish (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo Psycho Cut (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Pheromosa Pheromosa Bug Bite (Fast Move) & Focus Blast (Charge Move)
Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile Snarl (Fast Move) & Foul Play (Charge Move)

Houndoom counters

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

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Pokemon such as Conkeldurr, Pheromosa, and Machamp are ideal choices here when building your team to counter Sierra.

Houndoom Counters
Conkeldurr Pokemon Go Conkeldurr Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
Pheromosa Pheromosa Low Kick (Fast Move) & Focus Blast (Charge Move)
Kyogre Kyogre Waterfall (Fast Move) & Hydro Pump (Charge Move)
Lucario Lucario Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
Machamp Machamp Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
Rampardos Rampardos Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Shiftry counters

Shiftry is a dual Grass/Dark-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison-type attacks.

While having a fair few weaknesses, it’s also resistant to quite a lot of types, too: Dark, Electric, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Psychic, and Water-types.

Shiftry Counters
Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)
Escavalier Escavalier Bug Bite (Fast Move) & Mega Horn (Charge Move)
Genesect Pokemon Go Genesect Fury Cutter (Fast Move) & X-Scissor
Kartana Kartana Air Slash (Fast Move) & X-Scissor (Charge Move)
Lucario Lucario Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
Pheromosa Pheromosa Bug Bite (Fast Move) & Bug Buzz (Charge Move)

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Best team to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go

Pheromosa, Zekrom, and Darmanitan key art, one of the best teams to defeat Sierra in Pokemon GoThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
This ideal team of three Pokemon is one of the best to help you beat and counter Sierra in no time.

One of the best teams to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go would be Darmanitan, Pheromosa, and Zekrom.

Now that Sierra sends out Beldum first, a solid Fire-type like Darmanitan can be used to defeat it as well as one of her potential Phase 3 Pokemon, Shiftry.

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Next, a strong dual Fighting/Bug-type like Pheromosa will prove resistant against much of Sierra’s team, like Alakazam, Houndoom, Sharpedo, and Shiftry — so it could end up saving some players in a pinch.

Rounding out the team here is none other than Zekrom, who is ideal to fill in the gaps missed by the previous ‘mon. As a dual Dragon/Electric-type, it can take down Lapras, Sharpedo, and Flygon — though you’ll need to choose its moves accordingly to ensure it remains effective against their typings.

Keep in mind that 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 defeat her eventually.

How to beat Team Leaders in Pokemon Go

As well as Sierra, you’ll need to go head to head with the other Team Go Rocket Leaders, so check out our guides to beat Arlo, defeat Cliff, and finally, take down Giovanni.


So, there you have it. All you need to know about beating Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go in February 2023, and the best counters you need to use.

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

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule | Current Pokemon Go Raid Bosses | Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | Arlo counters guide | How to defeat Cliff | Giovanni counters | How to get Remote Raid Passes | How to catch Ditto | Pokemon Go Shop: Items list, prices, box changes | Pokemon Go promo codes | Rocket Grunt counters