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Pokemon GO: How to Beat Arlo & Best Counters – October 2022

Here’s how you can beat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokemon GO as well as the best counters for all of the Pokemon he uses!

The villainous Team GO Rocket is always up to trouble in Pokemon GO and it’s your job to battle them!

However, following the Pokemon GO Battle Weekend, the Pokemon that Team Rocket uses in battle have been updated. This includes all of the Team Rocket Leaders too!

Here are all of the Pokemon that Arlo is using now and the best counters for it.

But first, make sure you know how to complete the Field Notes: Team GO Rocket Research. One of the steps involves defeating all of the Team GO Rocket leaders!

How to Beat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo in Pokemon GO & Best Counters

Pokemon 1: Shadow Charmander Best Counters

Pokemon GO Shadow Charmander

Arlo’s first Pokemon will always be Shadow Charmander. This is the easiest to beat out of the three, but here are the top counters for it anyway:

  • Rhyperior
    • Mud-Slap (Fast Move)
    • Rock Wrecker / Stone Edge (Charged Move)
  • Rampardos
    • Smack Down (Fast Move)
    • Rock Slide (Charged Move)
  • Swampert
    • Mud Shot (Fast Move)
    • Hydro Cannon / Surf (Charged Move)

Arlo Pokemon 2: Charizard, Mawile, or Salamence Best Counters

Next, Arlo will use one of three different Pokemon. This can be Charizard, Mawile, or Salamence. Here are the best counters for each.

Pokemon GO Charizard

Of course, Charizard is a Fire/Flying-type Pokemon, so you’ll want to attack it using Rock moves. These are some of the best Pokemon to beat Charizard:

  • Rhyperior
    • Smack Down (Fast Move)
    • Rock Wrecker / Stone Edge (Charged Move)
  • Rampardos
    • Smack Down (Fast Move)
    • Rock Slide (Charged Move)
  • Tyranitar
    • Smack Down (Fast Move)
    • Stone Edge (Charged Move)
Pokemon GO Mawile

Mawile is a Steel/Fairy-type Pokemon so it is weak against Fire and Ground attacks. These are a few of the best counters:

  • Blaziken
    • Fire Spin (Fast Move)
    • Blaze Kick (Charged Move)
  • Moltres
    • Fire Spin (Fast Move)
    • Overheat (Charged Move)
  • Garchomp
    • Mud Shot (Fast Move)
    • Earth Power (Charged Move)
Pokemon GO Salamence

Additionally, these are the counters you’ll want to use if Arlo is battling with Salamence. You’ll want to exploit its weakness to Ice!

  • Galarian Darmanitan
    • Ice Fang (Fast Move)
    • Avalanche (Charged Move)
  • Avalugg
    • Ice Fang (Fast Move)
    • Avalanche (Charged Move)
  • Glaceon
    • Frost Breath (Fast Move)
    • Avalanche (Charged Move)

Arlo Pokemon 3: Scizor, Gardevoir, or Steelix Best Counters

As his final Pokemon, Arlo will send either Scizor, Gardevoir or Steelix into battle. Here’s which Pokemon you should use to counter them!

Pokemon GO Scizor

Here are some great Pokemon you can use to counter Arlo’s Scizor. Its only weakness is Fire so you’re a bit limited with what you can use.

  • Blaziken
    • Fire Spin (Fast Move)
    • Blaze Kick (Charged Move)
  • Charizard
    • Fire Spin (Fast Move)
    • Blast Burn (Charged Move)
  • Moltres
    • Fire Spin (Fast Move)
    • Overheat (Charged Move)
Pokemon GO Gardevoir

If Arlo is using Gardevoir as his final Pokemon, you’ll want a strong Ghost, Poison, or Steel-type ‘Mon to beat it!

  • Metagross
    • Bullet Punch (Fast Move)
    • Meteor Mash (Charged Move)
  • Gengar
    • Lick (Fast Move)
    • Shadow Ball (Charged Move)
  • Chandelure
    • Hex (Fast Move)
    • Shadow Ball (Charged Move)
Pokemon GO Steelix

Finally, Arlo could also choose to use Steelix as his final Pokemon for the battle. As a Ground/Steel type, you have plenty of options to counter it with.

  • Heatran
    • Fire Spin (Fast Move)
    • Fire Blast (Charged Move)
  • Entei
    • Fire Fang (Fast Move)
    • Overheat (Charged Move)
  • Conkeldurr
    • Counter (Fast Move)
    • Dynamic Punch (Charged Move)

Once you’ve defeated Arlo, you’ll want to know the best counters for the other Team GO Rocket Leaders too:

After you’ve beaten them all, you’ll then need to find out how to beat Giovanni and catch Shadow Latios in Pokemon GO.

In other news, there are over 50 upcoming Pokemon already in the Pokemon GO files!


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