Pokemon GO Sierra Counters January 2021: How To Beat Team Rocket Leader, Best Pokemon To Use, Weaknesses And More

How To Defeat Team Rocket Leader Sierra

Facing off against Sierra? You'll need to know the best counters!

Once Pokemon GO trainers have defeated enough Team Go Rocket Grunts and collected six Mysterious Components, they'll be able to craft a Rocket Radar, revealing the locations of the games Team Go Rocket Leaders.

But defeating each of these Rocket Leaders is far more challenging, especially when you're not familiar with their Pokemon line-up.

Even then, a leader's lineup is randomly selected out of a small selection of possible Pokemon.

Therefore, it's important to know the counters and strategies for each potential encounter to maximising your chances of beating them.

This is even more important if you want to get hold of the 12km Strange Eggs or complete the Inter-Egg-Sting Development Quest.

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Team Rocket Leader Sierra Pokemon Line-Up

Sierra will always use Drowzee as her first Pokemon.

For Sierra's second Pokemon, she will either use Lapras, Exeggutor or Sharpedo.

For her Third Pokemon, it will be Shiftry, Houndoom or Alakazam.

Below is a list of counters and the most effective moves against each of Sierra's Pokemon as of January 2021.

Team Rocket Leader Sierra Pokemon Counters

Drowzee Counters

Drowzee is weak to Bug, Dark and Ghost moves.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Drowzee.

  • Tyranitar - Bite (Fast Move) + Fire Blast Crunch (Charge Move)
  • Giratina - Shadow Claw ( Fast Move) + Ominous Wind (Charge Move)
  • Hydreigon - Bite (Fast Move) + Dragon Pulse(Charge Move)
  • Darkrai - Snarl (Fast Move) + Dark Pulse (Charge Move)

Lapras Counters

Lapras is weak to Fighting, Electric and Grass.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Lapras.

  • Dialga - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Draco Meteor (Charge Move)
  • Lucario - Counter ( Fast Move) + Power Up Punch (Charge Move)
  • Melmetal - Thunder Shock (Fast Move) + Rock Slide (Charge Move)
  • Regice - Lock On (Fast Move) + Focus Blast (Charge Move)

Exeggutor Counters 

Exeggutor is weak to Bug-type Pokemon.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Exeggutor.

  • Scizor - Fury Cutter ( Fast Move) + X-Scissor (Charge Move)
  • Pinsir - Fury Cutter (Fast Move) + X-Scissor (Charge Move)
  • Yanmega - Bug Bite (Fast Move) + Bug Buzz (Charge Move)
  • Heracross - Struggle Bug (Fast Move) + Megahorn (Charge Move)

Sharpedo Counters 

Sharpedo is weak to Fairy, Bug and Grass.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Sharpedo.

  • Lucario- Counter ( Fast Move) + Super Power (Charge Move)
  • Machamp - Counter (Fast Move) + Close Combat (Charge Move)
  • Raikou - Volt Switch (Fast Move) + Wild Charge (Charge Move)
  • Zapdos - Thunder Shock (Fast Move) + Zap Cannon (Charge Move)

Shiftry Counters

Shiftry is weak to Fighting, Ice and Fire.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Shiftry.

  • Togekiss - Charm (Fast Move) + Ancient Power (Charge Move)
  • Ho-Oh - Hidden Power ( Fast Move) + Brave Bird (Charge Move)
  • Yanmega - Bug Bite (Fast Move) + Bug Buzz (Charge Move)
  • Volcarona - Bug Bite (Fast Move) + Bug Buzz (Charge Move

Houndoom Counters

Houndoom is weak against Water, Fighting and Rock.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Houndoom.

  • Swampert- Mud Shot ( Fast Move) + Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)
  • Poliwrath - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Power Up Punch (Charge Move)
  • Machamp - Counter (Fast Move) + Cross Chop (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Stone Edge (Charge Move)

Alakazam Counters

Alakazam is weak to Bug and Ghost types.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Alakazam.

  • Darkrai - Snarl ( Fast Move) + Dark Pulse (Charge Move)
  • Hydreigon - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Power Up Punch (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar - Bite (Fast Move) + Crunch (Charge Move)
  • Metagross - Bullet Punch (Fast Move) + Meteor Mash (Charge Move)

Hopefully, this helps you defeat and takedown Rocket Leader Sierra. Best of luck!


Head back to our main Pokemon category for all the latest news and detailed step-by-step guides. Otherwise, make sure you're up to date on the current Egg pool, Ditto Disguises and Field Research Tasks, including the current Spinda you can catch in the wild. We've also recently learnt about some of the upcoming Pokemon GO January 2021 Events, including the next January 2021 Community Day and a special New Years Eve Event - So there's plenty to look forward too!


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