Pokemon Go Sierra counters February 2024: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

Ava Thompson-Powell
Sierra Pokemon GONiantic

One of the more formidable Team Go Rocket Leaders in Pokemon Go, Sierra, presents a challenging battle for Trainers seeking to prove their skills. So, to make things a little easier, here are all the details regarding her lineup, weaknesses, and the best counters to use in February 2024.

In the world of Pokemon Go, Trainers can grab Mysterious Components by defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts at invaded PokeStops. Once you have six of them, you’ll be able to construct a powerful Rocket Radar, leading you straight to the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

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However, unlike the Grunts, who can be taken down with relative ease, the Team Go Rocket Leaders present a far more demanding challenge. There are three in total: Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra, each boasting their own arsenal of unique Pokemon to engage in combat.

This guide is dedicated to taking down Sierra, detailing her current lineup for February 2024, along with invaluable advice on the ideal counters to swiftly secure victory.

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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 & lineup (February 2024)

Sierra’s lineup changed in January 2024. Here is her current lineup in Pokemon Go:

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  • Phase 1: Tentacool
  • Phase 2: Sableye/ Milotic/ Honchkrow
  • Phase 3: Alakazom/ Houndoom/ Victreebel

Sierra’s lineup changes every time there’s a Team Go Rocket Takeover. We don’t know when the next one will occur after Taken Treasures, but we’ll update this page as soon as it happens.

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

pokemon go tentacool

Tentacool counters

Tentacool is a dual Water/Poison-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak to Ground, Electric, and Psychic-type attacks. It’s also resistant to Fighting, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Water, Ice, and Fairy-type moves, so we must be very careful with our pick. 

Here are some of the best counters to defeat Tentacool:

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Tentacool Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Alakazam Alakazam Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Mamoswine Mamoswine Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & High Horsepower (Charge Move)
Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree Thundershock (Fast Move) & Discharge (Charge Move)
Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Drill Run (Charge Move)
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Deoxys profile image Deoxys (Attack) Charge Beam (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 2

Sableye, Sierra's Phase 1 lineup in Pokemon GoThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sableye is a little imp-like Pokemon from Gen 3.

Sierra can send out Sableye, Milotic, or Honchkrow in Phase 2.

Sableye counters

Sableye is a dual Dark/Ghost-type Pokemon, which means it’s only weak against Fairy-type attacks and is resistant to Poison and immune to Normal, Fighting, and Psychic-type attacks.

Here are some of the best Sableye counters you can use:

Sableye Counters
Mega Gardevoir Mega Gardevoir Charm (Fast Move) & Dazzling Gleam (Charge Move)
Xerneas Xerneas Geomancy (Fast Move) & Moonblast (Charge Move)
Granbull Pokemon Go Granbull Charm (Fast Move) & Play Rough (Charge Move)
Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Dazzling Gleam (Charge Move)
Primarina Primarina Charm (Fast Move) & Moonblast (Charge Move)
Diancie pokemon go Mega Diancie Rock Throw (Fast Move) & Moonblast (Charge Move)

Milotic counters

Milotic is a Water-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak to Electric and Grass-type attacks and resistant to Steel, Fire, Water, and Ice-type moves.

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Here are some of the best Milotic counters you can use:

Milotic Counters
Kartana Kartana Razor Leaf (Fast Move) & Leaf Blade (Charge Move)
Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Discharge (Charge Move)
Therian Forme Thundurus Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch (Fast Move) & Wildbolt Storm (Charge Move)
Mega Manectric Mega Manectric Thunder Fang (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)
Electivire Electivire Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)
Magnezone Magnezone Spark (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Honchkrow counters

Honchkrow is a Dark/Flying-type Pokemon, which means its weaknesses are Rock, Electric, Ice, and Fairy-type attacks and it’s resistant to Ghost, Grass, and Dark-type and is immune to Ground and Psychic-type attacks.

Here are some great counters to defeat Honchkrow:

Honchkrow Counters
Diancie pokemon go Mega Diancie Rock Throw (Fast Move) & Dazzling Gleam (Charge Move)
Mega Gardevoir Mega Gardevoir Charm (Fast Move) & Dazzling Gleam (Charge Move)
Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Discharge (Charge Move)
Therian Forme Thundurus Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch (Fast Move) & Wildbolt Storm (Charge Move)
Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos (Shadow) Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)
Rhyperior Rhyperior (Shadow) Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 3

pokemon go alakazamSierra can send out Alakazam, Houndoom, or Victreebel in Phase 3.

Alakazam counters

Alakazam is a Psychic-type Pokemon, so its weaknesses are Bug, Ghost, and Dark-type moves, although it’s also resistant to agaist Fighting and Psychic-type attacks.

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Here are some of the best Alakazam counters you can use:

Alakazam Counters
Mega Tyranitar Mega Tyranitar Bite (Fast Move) & Brutal Swing (Charge Move)
Gengar Gengar Shadow Claw (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
chandelure Chandelure Hex (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)
Darkrai Darkrai Snarl (Fast Move) & Dark Pulse (Charge Move)
Hydreigon Hydreigon Bite (Fast Move) & Brutal Swing (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. It’s resistant to Dark, Fire, Ghost, Grass, Ice, Psychic, and Steel-type attacks.

These are some of the top counters for Houndoom:

Houndoom Counters
Terrakion Terrakion Double Kick (Fast Move) & Sacred Sword (Charge Move)
Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)
Rhyperior counter Rhyperior Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Wrecker (Charge Move)
Conkeldurr Pokemon Go Conkeldurr Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
Lucario Lucario Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
Machamp Machamp Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Victreebel counters

Victreebel is a Grass/Poison-type Pokemon, which means its weaknesses are Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-type attacks, and it’s resistant to Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Water, and Grass-type moves.  

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Here are some of the best counters to defeat Victreebel:

Victreebel Counters
Rayquaza Rayquaza/Mega Rayquaza Air Strike (Fast Move) & Dragon Ascent (Charge Move)
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo/Shadow Mewtwo Confusion (Fast Move) & Psystrike (Charge Move)
Mega Alakazam in Pokemon Go raids Alakazam/Mega Alakazam Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Charizard Charizard/Mega Charizard Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Blast Burn (Charge Move)
Mega Blaziken Blaziken/Mega Blaziken Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Blast Burn (Charge Move)
Mega Latios Latios/Mega Latios Zen Headbutt (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

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Best team to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go

pokemon go sierra team tentacool sableye alakazamHaving the right team is key to beating Sierra.

One of the best teams you can use when battling Sierra in Pokemon Go consists of Xurkitree, Mega Gardevoir, and Chandelure. Be aware that this team isn’t going to work in every scenario, so it’s more of a general recommendation that you can shake up as needed.

The most important thing you can have on your team is an Electric-type Pokemon like Xurkitree as it will be a helpful counter in both the first and second phases of Sierra’s battle.

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Then you must have a strong Fairy-type like Mega Gardevoir, as this will be able to take down Sierra’s Sableye and Honchkrow, and do decent damage against her Milotic.

Fighting Sierra’s third phase is the trickiest portion of the encounter, so you can go ahead with an a solid dual typed Pokemon like Chandelure to take advantage of potential weaknesses. Fire-type moves will work well against Victreebel while Ghost-type moves will help with Alakazam.

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Our best advice is to take in two of your strongest Pokemon so you have a chance of winning through sheer force. Even if you lose, you’ll then know what Sierra’s lineup is so you can plan a better team using the counters in this guide ready for a rematch.

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.

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So, there you have it. All you need to know about beating Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go in February 2024 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

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About The Author

Ava was formerly Dexerto's Evergreen Editor, based in England. With a BA (Hons) in Media and Communications, and a passion for RPGs, The Sims, Pokemon, and Dead by Daylight, she primarily covered tips, guides, and reviews.