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How to Beat Arlo in Pokemon GO & Best Counters – November 2022

Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo is tough to take down in Pokemon GO, but you can do it if you know the right counters for his Shadow Pokemon!

The Team GO Rocket Leaders are some of the toughest battles in Pokemon GO, but they are certainly possible. This is even the case with Arlo, which may be the most difficult to beat out of the three!

Here’s everything you need to know to track down, battle, and defeat Arlo!

But first, find out how to complete the Ultra Beast Protection Efforts Research in Pokemon GO. Beating Arlo is one of the Tasks in this!

Pokemon GO How to Beat Arlo & Best Counters

Every Pokemon Arlo Can Use in Pokemon GO

Arlo always uses Shadow Mawile as his first Pokemon when battling him. Then, the second and third Pokemon he uses are randomly selected out of 3 possible Pokemon.

These are all of the Pokemon that Arlo can use in his battle team:

  • Pokemon 1:
    • Shadow Mawile
  • Pokemon 2:
    • Shadow Charizard
    • Shadow Salamence
    • Shadow Staraptor
  • Pokemon 3:
    • Shadow Dragonite
    • Shadow Granbull
    • Shadow Scizor

Before you find out which Pokemon are best to counter Arlo’s team, you’ll want to have some Candy to power up your Pokemon. Here’s how to boost the Candy you earn in Pokemon GO!

Best Counters to Beat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo

Shadow Mawile Counters

The best Pokemon to counter Arlo’s Shadow Mawile are Ho-Oh, Entei, and Rhyperior. However, any Pokemon with strong Fire or Ground-type attacks will be a decent option.

This is because Shadow Mawile is a Steel/Fairy-type Pokemon and is therefore weak to both Fire and Ground-type attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
RhyperiorRhyperior Pokemon GOMud SlapRock Wrecker
Ho-OhHo-Oh Pokemon GOIncinerateSacred Fire
EnteiEntei Pokemon GOFire SpinFlame Charge

Shadow Charizard Counters

Arlo’s Shadow Charizard is easily countered by Tyranitar, Terrakion, and Gigalith due to its double weakness to Rock. However, any Pokemon with strong Rock-type attacks should be able to take it down.

Shadow Charizard is also weak to Electric and Water-type attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
TyranitarTyranitar Pokemon GOSmack DownStone Edge
TerrakionTerrakionSmack DownRock Slide
GigalithGigalith Pokemon GOSmack DownRock Slide

Shadow Salamence Counters

The best counters for Arlo’s Shadow Salamence are Togekiss, Sylveon, and Avalugg.

As a Dragon/Flying-type, it is weak to Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type attacks but, due to its movesets, Fairy and Ice-types will have the most success against Shadow Salamence.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
TogekissTogekiss Pokemon GOCharmAncient Power
SylveonSylveon Pokemon GOCharmMoonblast
AvaluggPokemon GO AvaluggIce FangAvalanche

Shadow Staraptor Counters

To counter Arlo’s Shadow Staraptor, you will want to use Pokemon with strong Rock-type attacks like Tyranitar, Terrakion, and Rampardos.

However, Shadow Staraptor is also weak to Electric and Ice-type so Pokemon of these types can be effective if you don’t have one of the best counters.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
TyranitarTyranitar Pokemon GOSmack DownStone Edge
TerrakionTerrakionSmack DownRock Slide
RampardosPokemon GO RampardosSmack DownRock Slide

Shadow Dragonite Counters

Arlo’s Shadow Dragonite is hard to counter but the best choices of Pokemon to beat it are Alolan Ninetails, Mamoswine, and Togekiss.

It is double weak to Ice-type attacks so you will want to exploit that. However, it also has weaknesses to Dragon, Fairy, and Rock.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
Alolan NinetailsAlolan Ninetails Pokemon GOPowder SnowWeather Ball
MamoswinePokemon GO MamoswinePowder SnowAvalanche
TogekissTogekiss Pokemon GOCharmAncient Power

Shadow Granbull Counters

Metagross, Nihilego, and Overqwil are the best counters to beat Arlo’s Shadow Granbull.

As a Fairy-type Pokemon, Shadow Granbull is only weak to Poison and Steel-type attacks so your Pokemon will need to have strong moves of these two types.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
MetagrossMetagross Pokemon GOBullet PunchMeteor Mash
NihilegoNihilego Pokemon GOPoison JabSludge bomb
OverqwilOverqwil Pokemon GOPoison JabShadow Ball

Shadow Scizor Counters

You need to have strong Fire-type Pokemon like Ho-Oh, Entei, and Heatran to counter Arlo’s Shadow Scizor.

This is because Shadow Scizor is a Bug/Steel type Pokemon and its only weakness is Fire. In fact, it is a double weakness!

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
Ho-OhHo-Oh Pokemon GOIncinerateSacred Fire
EnteiEntei Pokemon GOFire SpinFlame Charge
HeatranHeatran Pokemon GOFire SpinFlamethrower

There are a couple more Team GO Rocket Leaders to beat too. Here’s how to do it:

How to Find Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokemon GO

To find Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokemon GO you will need to use a Rocket Radar and then spin a Team Rocket PokeStop or tap on a Team Rocket Balloon.

Doing this could give you an encounter with any of the 3 Team GO Rocket Leaders – Arlo, Sierra, or Cliff.

  • Get a Rocket Radar.
    • You can do this by collecting 6 Mysterious Components after defeating 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts.
  • Use the Rocket Radar.
    • You will be prompted to use it when you have collected 6 Mysterious Components or can use it from your Item Bag.
  • Spin Team GO Rocket PokeStops or tap on Team GO Rocket Balloons – there is a chance Arlo will be there.
  • If Arlo isn’t there, back out and try another Team GO Rocket PokeStop or Ballon later – don’t use up your Rocket radar on a boss that you don’t want to fight!
Pokemon GO Team Rocket Pokestop

What Pokemon Do You Get for Beating Arlo in Pokemon GO?

The Pokemon you get for beating Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokemon go is Shadow Mawile.

Providing you defeat Arlo, once the battle is over, you will get the chance to catch Shadow Mawile, the first Pokemon Arlo used on his battle team.

The Pokemon you get for beating Arlo will change when the Shadow Pokemon he uses updates. For beating Team GO Rocket Leaders, you always get an encounter with the first Pokemon they use on their battle team.

Rewards for Beating Team Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokemon GO

For beating Team Rocket Leader Arlo, you will get an encounter with Shadow Mawile, 1000 Stardust, and two random reward items.

  • Shadow Mawile Encounter
  • 1000 Stardust
  • 2 out of the following possible rewards:
Arlo Team Go Rocket Database

In other news, the return of Team GO Rocket isn’t the only thing happening in Pokemon GO this month. Check out the Pokemon GO events schedule for November 2022!

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