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How to defeat Team Rocket’s Arlo in Pokemon Go (July 2020)

Published: 21/Jul/2020 21:22

by Paul Cot


Arlo is back! The Team GO Rocket leader has returned to Pokemon Go. Here’s how to defeat him.

Like fellow leaders Cliff and Sierra, you’ll need a Rocket Radar equipped to be able to find the former friend of Candela. As many of you know this can be created by obtaining six Mysterious Components. They are found each time you beat a Grunt in battle.


Defeat Arlo

Arlo will select one of two Pokemon for his selection and then one of three for his second and third. The pool of Pokemon he may select are as follows:

  • 1st Pokemon: Mawile or Pineco
  • 2nd Pokemon: Blastoise, Charizard or Steelix
  • 3rd Pokemon: Dragonite, Salamence or Scizor

While this is random, we do know that if it is a PokeStop encounter Arlo is guaranteed to choose Mawile. On the other, if battling Arlo through a hot air balloon then it will definitely be Pineco.

Mawile Arlo
Mawile is the interesting typing of fairy and steel…


Don’t underestimate Mawile! The dual fairy and steel-type is weak to only fire and ground attacks and is resistant to just about everything else.

Mawile is particularly awkward due to the variety of attacks it has. Astonish, Bite, Fire Fang and Ice Fang are the four different Fast Moves it can utilize.

Ground is obviously a good way to go against the Deceiver Pokemon but that’s only if Ice Fang isn’t being used. As a result, a fire-type is the safest option as it is neutral or resists all of the above.


The same can be said for the array of Charge Moves Mawile has. Any of Blaziken, Charizard, Heatmor and especially Heatran will get the job done.


Regardless of which Pokemon Arlo selects as their first, they share the same counters. Any of the above will be effective against Pineco, too.

However, ground-types won’t be, which, in addition to Mawile’s Ice Fang, is another reason to stick assemble fire-types. You will need to cautious of Pineco’s Rock Tomb move, though.


The strategy for a Team GO Rocket leaders first Pokemon is to bait their Protect Shields. Fire Spin should do this well.


Fire has been effective so far but it certainly won’t be against Blastoise. The Kanto starter’s pure water typing makes its counters clear – electric and grass.


However, if you’re going into the battle blind, an electric or grass-type may not fit. Instead you can look towards powerful Pokemon such as Hydreigon.

Zapdos, Zekrom, Sceptile and Venusaur are just some of the electric and grass-types which will get you the victory.


Charizard. It seems almost impossible to write a Pokemon guide without the iconic starter coming up in some shape or form.

Charizard certainly lives up to its name in Pokemon Go. However, it does have a glaring weakness – rock attacks.

Golem is one of the first species that come to mind. There are others too, such as Landorus, Regirock, Giratina-A and even Golem’s Alolan form.

Steelix Arlo
A steel-type Pokemon – look no further than fire…


Electric may work well against Blastoise or Charizard but it won’t against Steelix. The Iron Snake Pokemon will only receive 39.1% damage from electric attacks – and interestingly 24.4% from poison – take note!

What will work against it though, is fire, fighting, ground and water attacks. This means there are a lot of commonly used Pokemon that can be used to defeat it.

Any fire-type minus the likes of Charizard or Reshiram will get the victory – that includes Entei, Heatmor and Heatran. Excadrill, Rhyperior and Swampert are others that match up very well.

Unfortunately there is no all-in-one solution for Arlo’s second choice Pokemon, so you will have to take a chance and adjust your team accordingly once you know his lineup.


Dragonite is a dual dragon and flying type Pokemon. This means it is weak against dragon, fairy, ice and rock attacks. Ice attacks will actually do 256% damage as opposed to the usual type advantage of 160%.

There’s a good argument to use steel here though, regardless of the type advantages. That is because all of Dragonite’s moves are ineffective against steel.

This makes one clear and obvious counter for Dragonite – Dialga. Not only is Dialga the right typing but it is also utilizes dragon-type moves.

Elsewhere, the likes of Regice with Blizzard, Metagross and Mewtwo will take care of the original pseudo-legend.


Rinse and repeat, well kind of. Salamence is also a dual dragon and flying-type Pokemon which would seemingly make it have similar counters to Dragonite.

It does but you need to be careful of Salamence’s fire moves Fire Fang and Fire Blast. Both of these will obviously ruin that steel-type advantage.

Regice remains an excellent counter and so does Dialga and Metagross should Salamence not be using either of those moves. Alternatively, Giratina-A and Togekiss are species you will probably have ready to use. Another alternative is a Suicune with Ice Fang.


Scizor is another Pokemon that always seems to come up in the world of Pokemon Go. It is a dual bug and steel-type.

It doesn’t need too much thought to see that fire is once again an effective counter here. That includes Blaziken, Charizard and the other usual contenders.

Fire is Scizor’s only weakness and it is a 256% damage weakness at that. Should you be covering for all of Arlo’s third choice Pokemon then Dialga also works. Scizor’s moves are ineffective against the Gen 4 legend.

Arlo probably isn’t as tough as Sierra but you still need to do your homework. The right team and it should be relatively easy work – especially if you know the team in a second battle.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

Lugia Zapdos Articuno Moltres Pokemon Go
Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.