Pokemon Go Sierra counters October 2022: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

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Beating Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go will take a lot of skill, so we’ve put together the best counters and weakness tips to lead you straight to victory against the likes of Squirtle, Blaziken, and Drapion in October 2022.

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 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.

This guide will focus on taking down Sierra, including her current lineup in October 2022, and the best counters to defeat her in no time at all.

Additional reporting by Daniel Megarry and Philip Trahan.


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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 (October 2022)

Sierra has always been a difficult opponent to take down in Pokemon Go, and that’s no different in October.

At the start of every match, Sierra will always send out Squirtle, followed by two of six other potential Pokemon. This is Sierra’s current lineup:

  • Phase 1: Squirtle
  • Phase 2: Blaziken / Lapras / Blastoise
  • Phase 3: Houndoom / Drapion / Nidoqueen

Sierra’s lineup changed on Saturday, July 9, 2022, during the Team Go Rocket Battle Weekend event, and this currently remains the same in October. We’ll update this page when her lineup next changes, but for now, these are the Pokemon she will use.

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.

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 sierra july 2022 phase 1 lineup squirtleThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sierra will always start with Squirtle in Phase 1.

Squirtle counters

Squirtle is a Water-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Electric and Grass-type attacks.

As for resistances, Squirtle is strong against Fire, Ice, Steel, and Water-type moves.

Squirtle Counters
Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Thundurus Thundurus

Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Thunder (Charge Move)

Melmetal Melmetal

Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Thunderbolt (Charge Move)

Zarude Zarude

Vine Whip (Fast Move) & Power Whip/Energy Ball (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Razor Leaf (Fast Move) & Leaf Storm (Charge Move)

Tangrowth Pokemon Go Trangrowth

Vine Whip (Fast Move) & Power Whip (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 2

Blaziken counters

pokemon go sierra july 2022 phase 2 lineup blastoise blaziken laprasThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Sierra can send out Blastoise, Blaziken, or Lapras in Phase 2.

Blaziken is a dual Fighting/Fire-type, which means it’s weak against Flying, Ground, Psychic, and Water-type attacks.

Blaziken Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psystrike (Charge Move)

Moltres in Pokemon Go Moltres

Wing Attack (Fast Move) & Sky Attack (Charge Move)

Kyogre Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)

Alakazam Alakazam

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Kingler Pokemon Go Kingler

Bubble (Fast Move) & Crabhammer (Charge Move)

Espeon, one of Crobat's best counters for leader Cliff in Pokemon Go Espeon

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (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
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 Pokemon Go Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Blastoise counters

Blastoise is a Water-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Electric and Grass-type attacks.

A lot of the same counters for Phase 1’s Squirtle will work here, but there are some alternatives players can try as well.

Blastoise Counters
Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom

Bullet Seed (Fast Move) & Seed Bomb (Charge Move)

Venusaur counters Venusaur

Vine Whip (Fast Move) & Petal Blizzard/Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)

Leafeon in Pokemon Go Leafeon

Razor Leaf (Fast Move) & Leaf Blade (Charge Move)

Raikou Raikou

Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Thunder (Charge Move)

Magnezone Magnezone

Spark (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Electivire Electivire

Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 3

Houndoom counters

pokemon go july 2022 lineup phase 3 houndoom drapion nidoqueenThe Pokemon Company / Nidoqueen
Sierra can send out Houndoom, Drapion, or Nidoqueen in Phase 3.

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

Houndoom Counters
Conkeldurr Pokemon Go Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earthquake (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)

Drapion counters

Drapion is a dual Poison/Dark-type Pokemon, making it only weak to Ground-type attacks.

Thanks to its typing it’s resistant to Dark, Ghost, Grass, Poison, and Psychic-type attacks, so Drapion may pose a challenge to some trainers.

Drapion Counters
Golurk counters Golurk

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earth Power (Charge Move)

Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Bulldoze (Charge Move)

Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Drill Run (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Landorus Pokemon Go Landorus

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Bulldoze (Charge Move)

Garchomp Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Sand Tomb (Charge Move)

Nidoqueen counters

Nidoqueen is a dual Ground/Poison-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water-type attacks.

Nidoqueen Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psystrike (Charge Move)

Hoopa Hoopa

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Excadrill Excadrill

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Kyogre Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)

Espeon, one of Crobat's best counters for leader Cliff in Pokemon Go Espeon

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

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Best team to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go

pokemon go sierra july 2022 best team zekrom kyogre groudonThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
The ideal team of three Pokemon will help you beat Sierra in no time.

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

Now that Sierra sends out Squirtle first, you’ll want a solid Electric-type like Zekrom to defeat it. Zekrom is also a great counter to Blastoise. Then, a powerful Ground-type like Groudon will be able to take down Blaziken and Nidoqueen if Sierra chooses them instead.

Finally, a strong Water-type like Kyogre will prove resistant against much of Sierra’s team, like Houndoom, Blaziken, and Nidoqueen so it could end up saving some players in a pinch.

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 October 2022, 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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