If you want to beat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon GO, you will need some very powerful Pokemon to counter the Shadow Pokemon that Sierra uses on her battle team.

Even if Sierra uses Shadow Geodude as her first Pokemon every time, both of her other Pokemon are random out of two sets of three possible options.

To make defeating Sierra easier, we have a list of all of the possible Shadow Pokemon that she can use, as well as all of the best Pokemon to counter them.

Pokemon GO Team Rocket Leader Sierra

Every Pokemon Sierra Can Use in Pokemon GO

Shadow Geodude 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:

Pokemon 1Pokemon 2Pokemon 3
Shadow Geodude
Shadow Steelix
Steelix Pokemon GO
Shadow Houndoom
Shadow Gardevoir
Gardevoir Pokemon GO
Shadow Victreebel
Victreebell Pokemon GO
Shadow Sableye
Pokemon GO Sableye
Shadow Gyarados
Gyarados Pokemon GO
This is the latest lineup of Pokemon that Sierra can use, following the most recent Team GO Rocket Takeover event on June 21, 2023.

Best Counters to Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra

Shadow Geodude Counters

Some of the best Pokemon to counter Sierra’s Shadow Geodude in Pokemon GO are Kartana, Kyogre, and Roserade.

This is because Shadow Geodude is double weak to Grass and Water-type attacks, in addition to its standard weaknesses to Fighting, Ground, Ice, and Steel

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
KartanaKartana Pokemon GORazor LeafLeaf Blade
KyogreKyogre Pokemon GOWaterfallSurf
RoseradeRoserade Pokemon GORazor LeafGrass Knot

Shadow Steelix Counters

Groudon, Swampert, and Conkeldurr are some of the best counters to beat Sierra’s Shadow Steelix in Pokemon GO, as they have strong attacks and exploit its weaknesses.

This is because Shadow Steelix is weak to Fighting, Fire, Ground, and Water-type attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
GroudonGroudon Pokemon GOMud ShotEarthquake
SwampertSwampert Pokemon GOMud ShotEarthquake
ConkeldurrPokemon GO ConkeldurrCounterDynamic Punch

Shadow Sableye Counters

The best counters to defeat Shadow Sableye when battling Sierra in Pokemon GO include Togekiss, Primarina, and Sylveon.

As Shadow Sableye’s only weakness is Fairy, you’ll want to ensure you can exploit this weakness to take it down!

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

Shadow Gardevoir Counters

Gengar, Nihilego, and Giratina are three of the best Pokemon to counter Shadow Gardevoir when battling Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon GO.

This is because Shadow Gardevoir is only weak to Ghost, Poison, and Steel-type attacks.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
GengarGengar Pokemon GOLickSludge Bomb
NihilegoNihilego Pokemon GOAcidSludge Bomb
Giratine (Origin Forme)Giratina Pokemon GO (Origin)Shadow ClawShadow Force

Shadow Houndoom Counters

The best counters to easily defeat Sierra’s Shadow Houndoom in Pokemon GO are Tyranitar, Terrakion, and Machamp.

Shadow Houndoom is weak to Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water-type attacks, so you will want to use Pokemon of these types when fighting it.

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

Shadow Victreebel Counters

The best counters to use when battling Sierra’s Shadow Victreebel in Pokemon GO include Mewtwo, Reshiram, and Darmanitan.

Shadow Victreebel is weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
MewtwoPokemon GO MewtwoPsycho CutPsystrike
ReshiramPokemon GO ReshiramFire FangFusion Flare
DarmanitanPokemon GO DarmanitanFire FangOverheat

Shadow Gyarados Counters

Xurkitree, Zekrom, and Electivire are some of the best Pokemon to counter Sierra’s Shadow Gyarados, thanks to its double weakness to Electric-type attacks.

Shadow Gyarados’ only other weakness is Rock.

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
XurkitreeXurkitree Pokemon GOThunder ShockDischarge
ZekromPokemon GO ZekromCharge BeamFusion Bolt
ElectivireElectivire Pokemon GOThunder ShockWild Charge

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

Pokemon GO Database Sierra

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 use it then, 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.

Once you’ve defeated all of the Leaders and got a Super Rocket Radar, you’ll be able to take on the boss! Here’s how to beat Giovanni and catch Shadow Regirock in Pokemon GO!

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 Geodude.

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 Geodude, players who beat Sierra will get 1000 Stardust and two random rewards.

  • Shadow Geodude
  • 1000 Stardust
  • 2 of the following rewards:
    • 4 Revives
    • 2 Max Revives
    • 4 Hyper Potions
    • 2 Max Potions
    • Unova Stone
    • 12km Egg
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