Pokemon GO 09 Apr 2021 12:10 AM +00:00

Pokemon GO Rocket Grunt Counters April 2021: All Lineups and Best Options


Pokemon Go has once again been invaded by those pesky Team GO Rocket Grunts, and what's worse is that they have a wealth of different Pokemon combinations at their disposal.


With nineteen different types of encounters, each with a trio of monsters to choose from, it's worth being prepared.

Here's our rundown for how to take on each of the grunts.

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Pokemon GO Rocket Grunts: All Lineups and Best Counters

Coiled and ready to strike!

Type: Poison


  • Nidoran (M), Nidoran (F), Zubat
  • Muk, Grimer
  • Muk, Nidorina, Weezing

Counters: Our recommendation is to use ground types to deal with the majority of these Pokemon. Zubat may dodge ground attacks, but it's still an easy fight for the most part.

Normal doesn’t mean weak

Type: Normal


  • Teddiursa
  • Raticate, Porygon2
  • Porygon-Z, Snorlax

Counters: For your best Counter, use... uh... Counter. This move will decimate the opposition, so consider using a fighting type like Machamp.

ROAR! … How’d that sound?

Type: Dragon


  • Dratini
  • Dragonair
  • Dragonite, Gyarados

Counters: Ice, Ice Baby. For the Dratini and its evolutions, you'll want to opt for Ice types like Glaceon or Weavile. For Gyrados, you'll need an electric type, so if you have Raikou, now's the time to use it.

These waters are treacherous

Type: Water


  • Poliwag, Shellder, Wooper, Magikarp
  • Poliwhirl, Golduck, Mashtomp, Magikarp
  • Poliwrath, Politoed, Magikarp, Gyrados

Counters: While Grass-type monsters are a decent option, it's hard to look past electric-type Pokemon for this one.

Don’t tangle with us!

Type: Grass


  • Hoppip, Oddish, Lileep
  • Weepinbell, Ivysaur, Gloom
  • Victreebel, Shiftry, Vileplume

Counters: Our recommendation is to use ground types to deal with the majority of these Pokemon. Zubat may dodge ground attacks, but it's still an easy fight for the most part.

Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!

Type: Flying (Obviously)


  • Gilgar, Golbat, Skarmory
  • Scyther, Crobat, Golbat
  • Gyrados, Crobat, Dragonite

Counters: Time to mix things up. If you've got a Tyranitar with Smack Down, follow it up with Ice for Dragonite or Electric for Skarmory and Gyrados.

Do you know how hot Pokemon fire breath can get?

Type: Fire


  • Vulpix, Houndour
  • Ninetails, Houndoom, Magmar
  • Ninetales, Charmeleon, Arcanine

Counters: This may seem obvious, but water-types are your friend here. Rock types will be a solid backup since they can resist fire-type moves.

Go, my super bug Pokémon!

Type: Bug


  • Venonat, Anorith, Shuckle
  • Pinsir, Venomoth, Scizor
  • Beedrill, Scyther, Scizor

Counters: As with the grass-type Rocket Grunt, fire is your best bet – particularly against Scizor.

You’ll be defeated into the ground!

Type: Ground


  • Diglett, Swinub
  • Marowak, Pupitar, Vibrava
  • Gliscor, Flygon

Counters: While the temptation is to use grass against ground-type enemies, the Gligar evolutions are particularly susceptible to Ice. Gyrados and Mamoswine are the best bets here, though, thanks to their resistance and attack types.

Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?

Type: Psychic/Fairy


  • Wobbuffet, Slowpoke, Exeggcute
  • Drowzee, Kirlia, Kadabra
  • Exeggutor, Kirlia, Hypno

Counters: Dark-types will help you beat the psychic Pokemon, but the fairy-types will then counter your counter. We'd use Tyranitar as a great all-rounder.

Let’s rock and roll!

Type: Rock


  • Aron, Nosepass
  • Pupitar, Larvitar, Lairon
  • Pupitar, Tyranitar

Counters: Machamp. Nice and simple, really – get your four-armed fighter to go to town.

Ke… ke… ke… ke… ke… ke…

Type: Ghost


  • Duskull, Shuppet, Misdreavus
  • Dusclops, Banette
  • Sableye, Dusnoir, Banette

Counters: Dark-types reign supreme, here, so go for Gengar, Weavile, Tyranitar or Darkrai.

This buff physique isn’t just for show!

Type: Fighting


  • Mchop, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan
  • Machoke
  • Machoke, Hitmonlee

Counters: Take your pick – Fairy, Flying, or Psychic Pokemon will make short work of this bunch.

You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.

Type: Ice


  • Snover, Spheal
  • Sealeo, Swiub, Cloyster
  • Lapras, Abomasnow, Cloyster

Counters: Use Rock-types for the most part, with a strong electric option like Raikou as backup.

Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.

Type: Dark


  • Stunky, Sableye
  • Skuntank, Nuzleaf
  • Cacturne, Shiftry

Counters: Rhyperior is a great choice, but it's worth having a fire or fighting type in your back pocket for the Cacturne and Shiftry.

Get ready to be shocked!

Type: Electric


  • Magnemite, Electabuzz, Mareep
  • Flaaffy, Magneton, Electabuzz
  • Electabuzz, Ampharos

Counters: Go to ground! Use your ground-type Pokemon to make short work of these bothersome buzzers.

Don’t bother – I’ve already won. / Get ready to be defeated! / Winning is for winners.

Type: Various


  • Snorlax
  • Poliwrath, Snorlax, Gardevoir
  • Snorlax, Dragonite, Gyrados

Counters: This one is tricky because if you end up with a trio of Snorlax, you'll have a very different fight to if you end up with against Gardevoir and Gyrados. We recommend a fighting type (Lucario with Shadow Ball is ideal), with Ice and Electric Pokemon ready to back them up. Dragon types can do well, but they'll need to be wary of Gardevoir.

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