Pokémon GO Sierra Counters July 2022 - Best Pokémon and All Rewards

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Sierra in Pokemon GO.
July 2, 2022: The Season of GO team for Sierra should be changing up soon.

Need to know the latest Pokémon GO Sierra counters? The best can be hard to come by, but there are always alternatives for those with less complete collections. Fighting the others? Check out our Pokémon GO Cliff counters, Pokémon GO Arlo counters, or our complete list of the Team GO Rocket leader teams for May 2022.

Even early into 2022, Sierra's team is set in stone. You'll still have to contend with the random nature of which second and third Pokémon she'll throw into battle, but this guide will give you all the tips you'll need to win, the best counters to use, and some easily accessible alternatives.

Sierra's latest team hasn't changed even with the advent of the Season of Heritage. It could change again by the end, when Giovanni is likely to reappear with yet another enthralled Pokémon like Shadow Lugia. If that happens, come back here to prep your team once more.

Sierra is one of three Team GO Rocket Leaders.
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Team Rocket Leader Sierra Pokémon Line-Up & Counters for July 2022

First Pokémon Second Pokémon Third Pokémon
DrowzeeBlaziken, Lapras, SharpedoHoundoom, Nidoqueen, Shiftry

Sierra now uses Drowzee as her first Pokémon. Sierra’s second Pokemon will either be Blaziken, Lapras, or Sharpedo Finally, for Sierra's third Pokémon, expect her trusty Houndoom, or she may switch it up and use either Shiftry or Nidoqueen.

Now that you know which Pokémon she'll use, you just need to know how to beat them. The best way to do that is to use the Pokémon GO Sierra counters suggested below. They should get you through the struggle of the Sierra team for July 2022.

First Sierra Pokémon Counters

Drowzee Counters

Pokémon Fast Move Charged Move
DarkraiSnarlShadow Ball
HoopaAstonishShadow Ball
ChandelureHexShadow Ball
WeavileSnarl Foul Play

You're not going to need to worry too much about Sierra's Shadow Drowzee. They are a single type Pokémon, and therefore are weak to Bug, Dark, and Ghost. It's important to use this phase to burn through the shields as quickly as you can so that you can move on to the more difficult Pokémon and make sure that they have no shields for those harder fights.

Second Sierra Pokémon Counters


Blaziken Counters

Pokémon Fast Attack Charged Attack
MoltresWing AttackSky Attack
LatiosZen HeadbuttPsychic

Blaziken can be a bit of a difficult opponent because they are a dual-type Pokémon. However, they can still be countered by plenty of other Pokémon. Sierra's Shadow Blaziken is a Fire and Fighting dual-type, meaning that it's weak to Psychic, Flying, Water, and Ground. Although this can be a difficult opponent, it's not as hard as Lapras.


Pokémon Fast Attack Charged Attack
MagnezoneSparkWild Charge
MachampCounterCross Chop, Rock Slide
MelmetalThunder ShockSuperpower, Rock Slide
KyogreWaterfallThunder, Surf

Shadow Lapras demands bulkier Pokémon. As it is one itself, going at it with glass cannons will spell a quick end to your run. The Pokémon that have been chosen to counter it now are quite tanky Pokémon, so you will most likely survive the attacks Shadow Lapras has in store for you. Machamp is a very solid choice against Lapras, as their attacks are strong, and so are their defences. Magnezone is another winner for this scenario. Kyogre is not the strongest out of the bunch and is best avoided if possible.


Pokémon Fast Move Charged Move
PalkiaDragon TailDraco Meteor
MachampCounterCross Chop, Rock Slide
Exeggutor (Alola) Dragon TailSeed Bomb, Dragon Pulse
VileplumeRazor LeafMoonblast, Sludge Bomb

Sierra's Shadow Sharpedo is a Water and Dark-type, which has very low stamina. It's also incredibly easily countered by Grass and Fighting Types, making Vileplume perfect for the situation. Palkia is also a fantastic counter, as they are a bulky counter, and dish out a tonne of damage to the target.

Third Sierra Pokémon Counters

Houndoom Counters

Pokémon Fast Move Charged Move
MachampCounterCross Chop, Rock Slide
ConkeldurrCounterDynamic Punch, Smack Down
RhyperiorSmack DownSurf, Rock Wrecker
KyogreWaterfall Surf

Houndoom is weak to Fighting, Ground, Rock and Water-type Pokémon. Here's a list of Pokémon and their moves that counter Houndoom.

Houndoom is also weak to Ground-types, so we'd probably just use our Ampharos counter here. That being said, if you led with a Fighting-type to quickly reduce Sierra's shields, it will prove equally effective against Houndoom.



Pokemon Fast Attack Charged Attack
MewtwoPsycho CutPsystrike
Landorus (Therian)ExtrasensoryEarthquake
KyogreWaterfallHydro Pump

Sierra's Nidoqueen is a Ground and Poison-type, that is weak to Ice, Psychic, Water, and Ground. Any of the choices from the table are good counters for Nidoqueen, as well as the other Pokémon that she may pull out.



Pokémon Fast Attack Charged Attack
SylveonCharmMoonblast, Psyshock
TogekissCharmAncient Power, Flamethrower
ClefableCharmMoonblast, Meteor Mash
HariyamaCounterClose Combat, Heavy Slam

Sierra's Shiftry is very easy to counter if you use fairy or fighting types. Shiftry is similar to the Sharpedo that you potentially fought earlier in terms of defence and stamina, in the sense that he is high defence and low stamina. For this fight, Sylveon and Togekiss are your best bets!

The latest Pokémon GO Sierra counters are in.
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How Do I Battle Sierra in Pokémon GO?

To receive the honour of battling Sierra, you'll first need to defeat six Team Rocket Grunts. Each one will grant you a Mysterious Component. Combine these to build a Rocket Radar and you'll be able to use it to find the location of a Rocket Leader.

However, battling a Rocket Leader is a different story from taking on their lowly Grunts. Leaders use strong, high-level monsters. Sierra counters are necessary to get the win, and they shift when her team changes, making it a constant struggle.


Her monsters are also high CP, likely much higher than any of your Pokémon. Using super-effective moves is a great strategy to best her, but bringing bulky Pokémon can often be an even better idea.

Defeating Sierra can not only offer an encounter with a shiny Nidoran (F), but also grants you one of the Strange 12km Eggs and helps you complete the A Seven-Colored Shadow research quest.

Pokémon GO Sierra Leader Rewards

For every Team Go Rocket Leader you defeat, you'll earn plenty of rewards in return—like 1,000 Stardust and two of the following items:

  • One Strange 12km egg (this will go into your extra egg storage if you don't have space)
  • One Max Revive
  • One Revive
  • One Max Potion
  • One Unova Stone
  • One Sinnoh Stone

Players will also have the opportunity to catch a Team Go Rocket Leader Shadow Pokémon. When defeating Sierra, players will have the chance to capture Shadow Nidoran (F), but how easy it is will largely depend on how well you perform in your battle with Sierra. Shadow Nidoran (F) can be shiny.

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

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

If you still haven't beaten Giovanni, then you'll need to take down each Rocket Leader (including Sierra) in order to find Team GO Rocket's infamous leader. Hopefully, this long list of the best Pokémon GO Sierra counters for December will help you defeat her.

An earlier version of this guide was written by James Wright.