01 Jul 2021 9:52 AM +00:00

Pokemon GO Arlo Counters July 2021: How To Beat The Team Rocket Leader And The Best Pokemon To Use

So you want to know how to defeat Arlo in Pokemon GO? Well, you might want to give this guide a read first for all the tips and best counters to use when fighting this Team Go Rocket Leader.

If you're new to Pokemon Go's dastardly Team Rocket leaders, you'll need to defeat Rocket Grunts and earn six Mysterious Components.

Once you have those, you'll be able to find the Rocket Leaders - Cliff, Sierra, Arlo, or Giovanni.

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.

Defeating each of the Rocket Leaders can be difficult when you're not familiar with the counters. Therefore, it's important to know the best counters and strategies for each potential encounter you face.

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

Keep reading for tips and counters on how to defeat Team Rocket leader Arlo.

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Arlo Rocket Leader rewards

For every Team Go Rocket Leader you defeat you will earn plenty of rewards to help you on your quest of becoming the greatest Pokemon master.

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Players will receive 1,000 Stardust, and two of the following items when they defeat a Team Go Rocket Leader:

  • 1 Strange 12km egg (If you have inventory space)
  • 1 Max Revive
  • 1 Revive
  • 1 Max Potion
  • 1 Unova Stone
  • 1 Sinnoh Stone
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Players will also have the opportunity to catch a Team Go Rocket Leader Shadow Pokemon. When defeating Arlo players will have the chance to capture Shadow Venonat, but how easy it is will largely depend on how well you perform in your battle with Arlo.

As a rule of thumb, players get 5 Premier Balls to capture the shadow pokemon, with extra bonus balls added depending on:

  1. How many Pokemon survive the Arlo trainer battle
  2. Your individual 'purify Pokemon' medal rank (Purifier)
  3. Your individual 'defeat Team Rocket' medal rank (Hero)

Team Rocket Arlo Pokemon Line-Up & Counters

Arlo will always use Shadow Venonat as his first Pokemon. For Arlo's second Pokemon, he will either use Shadow Manectric, Shadow Ursaring or Shadow Crobat. For his Third Pokemon, it will be Shadow Scizor, Shadow Magnezone or Shadow Vileplume.

Now you know which Pokemon he'll use, you just need to know how to beat them. The best way to do that is to use specific Pokemon to counter, so below you'll find a list of the best Pokemon to counter and the most effective moves against each of Arlo's possible Pokemon, as of July 2021.

Venonat Counters

Venonat is weak to Fire or Flying-type Pokemon. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that are good for countering Venonat.

  • Diala - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Iron Head or Draco Meteor (Charge Move)
  • Dragonite - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Dragon Claw or Hurricane (Charge Move)
  • Genesect - Fury Cutter (Fast Move) + Magnet Bomb or X-Scissor (Charge Move)
  • Ho-Oh - Incinerate (Fast Move) + Brave Bird or Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Reshiram - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Crunch or Overheat (Charge Move)
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Manectric Counters

Manectric is weak to Ground-type Pokemon who can resist its Electric and Fire moves. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that can counter Manectiric.

  • Garchomp - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Outrage or Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Groudon - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Earthquake or Fire Punch (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Crunch or Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Landorus (Therian) - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Super Power or Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior - Mud Slap (Fast Move) + Rock Wrecker or Surf (Charge Move)
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Ursaring Counters

Ursaring is weak to Fighting-type Pokemon. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that are favourable for countering Ursaring.

  • Machamp – Counter (Fast Move) + Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • Lucario – Counter (Fast Move) + Aura Sphere (Charge Move)
  • Heracross - Counter (Fast Move) + Close Combat (Charge Move)
  • Conkeldurr – Counter (Fast Move) + Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • Breloom – Counter (Fast Move) + Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)
  • SirFetch’d – Counter (Fast Move) + Close Combat (Charge Move)
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Crobat Counters

Crobat is weak to Rock or Steel-type attacks. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that can counter Crobat.

  • Aggron - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Heavy Slam or Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Melmetal - Thunder Shock (Fast Move) + Superpower or Rock Slide (Charge Move)
  • Regirock - Lock On (Fast Move) + Focus Blast or Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Crunch or Stone Edge (Charge Move)
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Scizor Counters

Scizor is weak to double to Fire-type attacks. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that can counter Scizor.

  • Blaziken - Counter (Fast Move) + Blaze Kick or Flamethrower (Charge Move)
  • Charizard - Fire Spin (Fast Move) + Blast Burn or Flame Charge (Charge Move)
  • Entei - Fire Spin (Fast Move) + Flame Charge or Overheat (Charge Move)
  • Typhlosion - Fire Spin (Fast Move) + Blast Burn or Flame Charge (Charge Move)
  • Chandelure - Incinerate (Fast Move) + Shadow Ball or Flame Charge (Charge Move)
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Magnezone Counters

Magnezone is weak to Rock or Ground-type attacks. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that can counter Magnezone.

  • Garchomp - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Outrage or Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Groudon - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Earthquake or Fire Punch (Charge Move)
  • Landorus (Therian) - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Super Power or Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Tyranitar - Smack Down (Fast Move) + Crunch or Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior - Mud Slap (Fast Move) + Rock Wrecker or Surf (Charge Move)
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Vileplume Counters

Vileplume is weak to Fire or Flying-type attacks. Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that can counter Vileplume.

  • Diala - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Iron Head or Draco Meteor (Charge Move)
  • Dragonite - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Dragon Claw or Hurricane (Charge Move)
  • Heatran - Fire Spin (Fast Move) + Flamethrower or Iron Head (Charge Move)
  • Ho-Oh - Incinerate (Fast Move) + Brave Bird or Earthquake (Charge Move)
  • Reshiram - Dragon Breath (Fast Move) + Crunch or Overheat (Charge Move)
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Hopefully, this guide helps you defeat and takedown Team Rocket Leader Arlo. Best of luck!