08 Sep 2021 8:19 AM +00:00

Pokémon GO Rocket Grunt Counters September 2021: All Lineups and Best Options

Pokémon 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 Pokémon combinations at their disposal.

The list of Pokémon that Grunts can have in Pokémon GO tends to change after major events, like Pokémon GO Fest 2021. As 2021 continues, many of the first and second slot Pokémon have been changed for the Team Go Rocket Grunts. Don't forget that Shadow Pokémon do more damage (and take more too), so they're great options for battling the latest Pokémon GO raid bosses or in the GO Battle League.

With nineteen different types of encounters, each with a trio of monsters to choose from, it's worth being prepared. The Pokémon GO Season of Mischief may also throw some spanners into the works (it is set to be a mischievous season, after all) and bring us some spooky surprises!


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

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Pokémon GO Rocket Grunts: All Lineups and Best Counters

Coiled and ready to strike!

Type: Poison


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

Counters: Our recommendation is to use ground types to deal with the majority of these Pokémon. 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, Flygon
  • Dragonite, Flygon, Dragonair

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, Spheal, Horsea
  • Quagsire, Marshtomp
  • Politoed, Poliwrath

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

Don’t tangle with us!

Type: Grass


  • Hoppip, Oddish, Tangela
  • Gloom, Skiploom, Tangela
  • Victreebel, Shiftry, Vileplume

Counters: Our recommendation is to use ground types to deal with the majority of these Pokémon. 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)


  • Starly, Golbat, Gyrados
  • Golbat. Staravia
  • 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 Pokémon 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


  • Skorupi, 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, Kadabra
  • Exeggutor, Kirlia, Hypno

Counters: Dark-types will help you beat the psychic Pokémon, but the fairy-types will then counter your counter. We'd use Tyranitar as a great all-rounder and any Ghost or Bug-type as a back up.

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, Dusknoir, 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


  • Machop, Makuhita
  • Machoke
  • Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Hariyama

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

You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.

Type: Ice


  • Snover, Spheal
  • Sealeo, Swinub, 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


  • Poochyena, Murkow
  • Sableye, Mightyena
  • 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


  • Electrike, Electabuzz, Mareep
  • Flaaffy, Electabuzz
  • Electabuzz, Ampharos

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

Check out my cute Pokémon!

Type: Fairy


  • Snubbull
  • Granbull, Snubbull
  • Granbull

Counters: Fairy-types are strong, but they have counters like anything else. In this battle, Steel-type or Poison-type Pokémon will be the most beneficial counters. Using a team built around Metagross, Roserade, or Gengar is a good choice.

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 Pokémon ready to back them up. Dragon types can do well, but they'll need to be wary of Gardevoir.

That's everything you need to know about the Rocket Grunt lineups and counters! Now all you need to do is collect their Mysterious Components and get challenging the Rocket Leaders, where there are shinies on the line.