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

Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra is difficult to beat in Pokemon GO – here are the best Pokemon to counter her battle team!

There aren’t too many difficult battles in Pokemon GO, but the Team GO Rocket Leaders present one of the biggest challenges the game has to offer.

Whether you want to defeat Sierra to complete the Ultra Beast Protection Efforts Research or to get some great rewards, you’re in for a tough time.

Luckily, we got all of the information you need to track down and defeat Sierra in Pokemon GO!

Pokemon GO Team Rocket Leader Sierra

Every Pokemon Sierra Can Use in Pokemon GO

Shadow Sableye is always Team GO Rocket Sierra’s first Pokemon. Meanwhile, the second and third Pokemon are both randomly chosen from a selection of 3 different Pokemon.

These are all of the different Pokemon that Sierra could use in a battle:

  • Pokemon 1
    • Shadow Sableye
  • Pokemon 2
    • Shadow Cacturne
    • Shadow Flygon
    • Shadow Honchkrow
  • Pokemon 3
    • Shadow Snorlax
    • Shadow Cradily
    • Shadow Houndoom

All of these potential options are tough to beat, so you’ll need some powerful Pokemon of your own. Here’s how to earn more Candy in Pokemon GO so you can do just that!

This is the latest lineup of Pokemon that Sierra can use, following the most recent Team GO Rocket Takeover event on November 14, 2022.

Best Counters to Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra

Shadow Sableye Counters

Togekiss, Primarina, and Sylveon are all great counters to beat Sierra’s Shadow Sableye.

This is because its only weakness is Fairy-type attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
TogekissTogekiss Pokemon GOCharmAncient Power
PrimarinaPrimarina Pokemon GOCharmMoonblast
SylveonSylveon Pokemon GOCharmMoonblast

Shadow Cacturne Counters

The best counters for Shadow Cacturne are Scizor, Lucario, and Nihilego.

Shadow Cacturne is double weak to Bug, and also has weaknesses against Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
LucarioPokemon GO LucarioCounterPower-Up Punch
ScizorScizor Pokemon GOFury CutterX-Scissor
NihilegoNihilego Pokemon GOPoison JabSludge Bomb

Shadow Honchkrow Counters

We recommend using Togekiss, Avalugg, or Gardevoir to counter Sierra’s Shadow Honchkrow.

It is weak to Electric, Fairy, Ice, and Rock attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
TogekissTogekiss Pokemon GOCharmAncient Power
AvaluggPokemon GO AvaluggIce FangAvalanche
GardevoirGardevoir Pokemon GOCharmSynchronoise

Shadow Flygon Counters

Gardevoir, Avalugg and Togekiss are the best counters for Sierra’s Shadow Flygon.

This is because it is weak to Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
GardevoirGardevoir Pokemon GOCharmSynchronoise
TogekissTogekiss Pokemon GOCharmAncient Power
AvaluggPokemon GO AvaluggIce FangAvalanche

Shadow Snorlax Counters

Strong Fighting-type Pokemon like Buzzwole, Hariyama, and Machamp are the best counters for Sierra’s Shadow Snorlax but it is still a difficult battle.

Shadow Snorlax’s only weakness is Fighting-type.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
BuzzwoleBuzzwole Pokemon GOCounterSuperpower
HariyamaPokemon GO HariyamaCounterClose Combat
MachampPokemon GO MachampCounterCross Chop

Shadow Cradily Counters

Cobalion, Melmetal, and Scizor are the best Pokemon to counter Sierra’s Shadow Cradily.

As a Rock/Grass-type, Shadow Cradily is weak to Bug, Fighting, Ice, and Steel attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
ScizorScizor Pokemon GOFury CutterX-Scissor
CobalionCobalion Pokemon GODouble KickSacred Sword
MelmetalMelmetal Pokemon GOThunder ShockSuperpower

Shadow Houndoom Counters

The best counters for Sierra’s Shadow Houndoom are Tyranitar, Terrakion, and Machamp.

It is weak to Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water-types.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
TyranitarTyranitar Pokemon GOSmack DownStone Edge
TerrakionTerrakionSmack DownRock Slide
MachampPokemon GO MachampCounter Cross Chop

Now that you know how to beat all of Sierra’s Shadow Pokemon, you might want to defeat Arlo or CLiff next:

How to Find Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon GO

To find Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon GO, you need to use a Rocket Radar and then spin a Team GO Rocket PokeStop or Balloon.

After using the Rocket Radar, Team GO Rocket Ballons and PokeStops may have Sierra at them, if you’re lucky.

  • Get a Rocket Radar.
    • To do this, beat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts. Each Grunt will give you 1 Mysterious Component – 6 of these are needed to make a Rocket Radar.
  • Use the Rocket Radar.
    • Collecting 6 Mysterious Components prompts you to use the Rocket Radar. If you didn’t do this, you can activate it from your Item Bag.
  • Spin Team GO Rocket PokeStops or tap on Team GO Rocket Balloons while the Rocket Radar is active and check if Sierra spawns there. It could be Cliff or Arlo too!
  • If you are specifically looking for Sierra and encounter one of the other leaders, you can exit and visit other PokeStops or Ballons until you find her.
Pokemon GO Team Rocket Pokestop

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

After you beat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon GO, you always get an encounter with Shadow Sableye.

No matter what Team Leader you beat, you always get whichever Pokemon they have chosen to use first on their battle team.

Of course, this means that the Pokemon you get for beating Sierra will change after the next Team GO Rocket event.

Rewards for Beating Team Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon GO

In addition to an encounter with Shadow Sableye, players who beat Sierra will get 1000 Stardust and two random rewards.

  • Shadow Sableye
  • 1000 Stardust
  • 2 of the following rewards:
Pokemon GO Database Sierra

Don’t forget to check the November 2022 Pokemon GO events schedule. There’s plenty still to come this month!

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