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Pokemon Go Team Rocket leader guide: What Pokemon do they use?

Published: 26/Dec/2019 23:23 Updated: 7/Feb/2020 12:35

by Paul Cot


Thanks to Professor Willow’s Rocket Radar device, we’ve been able to locate the Team GO Rocket leaders – Arlo, Cliff and Sierra. Which Pokemon do each of them use, though?

Update: Scroll down to see their lineups for February 2020.


The leaders have been sporadically appearing at Team Rocket invaded PokeStops ever since early November. Unsurprisingly, the leaders use more powerful Pokemon than their Grunt counterparts.

They even have the benefit of Protect Shields, something which makes battling them a lot harder. Much like other Team Rocket battles, they will leave behind a Shadow Pokemon for you to catch, but, this time, they can be shiny!

Arlo Cliff Sierra
The Team Rocket leaders: Cliff, Sierra and Arlo (from left to right)…

Knowing which Pokemon Arlo, Cliff and Sierra will use is paramount to defeating them. After all their team is the most important thing when it comes to picking your own. We can’t tell you exactly which species they use but it will be from a specific pool of Pokemon.

They also use a variation of Pokemon, which makes assembling a team a little more tricky. The February 2020 lineups are as follows:

Arlo team

  • Pokemon 1: Mawile
  • Pokemon 2: Blastoise, Charizard or Steelix
  • Pokemon 3: Dragonite, Salamence or Scizor
  • Shadow Pokemon: Bagon

Cliff team

  • Pokemon 1: Pinsir
  • Pokemon 2: Marowak, Omastar, Electivire
  • Pokemon 3: Swampert, Torterra or Tyranitar
  • Shadow Pokemon: Pinsir

Sierra team

  • Pokemon 1: Beldum
  • Pokemon 2: Sharpedo, Exeggutor or Lapras
  • Pokemon 3: Alakazam, Shiftry or Houndoom
  • Shadow Pokemon: Beldum

Team Rocket leader rewards

In addition to a Shadow Pokemon, defeating one of the leaders will also earn other rewards. You will always earn 1,000 Stardust on top of two of the following:

  • Max Potion
  • Max Revive
  • Revive
  • Sinnoh Stone
  • Unova Stone

It’s worth noting you can only encounter a Team GO Rocket leader when you have a Rocket Radar, whether you have it equipped or not. Upon defeating one you’ll need to find another six Mysterious Components to be able to find more leaders.

They may be tough (as they should be) but with the right strategy, and more importantly right types, you can make a habit of defeating them in fairly comfortable fashion.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.