Team Rocket Arlo Counters 2-1-2023

Best Arlo Counters as of 2/1/2023

The Best Arlo Counters to help with getting to Giovanni.

The Crackling Voltage and Team GO Rocket Takeover events are currently underway in Pokemon Go. During these events, Team Rock minions will spawn in abundance assisting with the Shadowy Skirmishes’ special research task.  The Special Research event will be available until March 1st, 2023. The special research requires trainers to defeat Giovanni in order to capture Shadow Registeel.

Before trainers can do that, they will need to defeat Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra who can only be discovered using a rocket Radar. A Rocket Radar can be purchased either for 200 Pokecoins or by getting six rocket components. Once those three have been defeated, trainers will receive a Super Rocket Radar. With the Super Rocket Radar, trainers will be able to find Giovanni. Defeating Giovanni’s subordinates is no easy task, so here are the best Team Rocket Arlo Counters.


Arlo Counters

Arlo’s Pokemon line-up always consists of Shadow Nidoran (Male). During the Team GO Rocket Takeover event, Arlo can grant shiny shadow Nidoran. Arlo always feels like the easiest of Giovanni’s generals to take down, but we’ve still comprised a list of the best Arlo counters to help you take down his Pokemon team.

Arlo’s first Pokemon is always Shadow Nidoran. His second Pokemon can be one of three Pokemon, Crowbat, Steelix, or Cradily. His final Pokemon can be either Charizard, Scizzor, or Armaldo. Trainers can only use three Pokemon to take on any Team Rocket opponent. Make sure to choose your party carefully or else the fight can be exhausting. Below we will be a list of Pokemon with the most well-rounded moves to counter Arlo’s Pokemon.

Nidoran Counters

Nidoran is a Poison-type Pokemon; it is weak to Psychic & Ground-type moves.

  • Rhyperior – Mud Slap & Rock Wrecker or Surf
  • Mega Swampert – Mud Shot & Earthquake or Surf
  • Excadrill – Mud Shot & Drill Run or Rock Slide
  • Golurk – Mud Slap & Shadow Punch or Dynamic Punch

Crowbat Counters

Crobat is a Speedy heavy hitting Poison Flying Pokemon that is weak to Rock, Psychic, Ice, and Electric-type moves. Below are the best Crobat counters.

  • Tyranitar – Smack Down & Crunch, or Stone Edge
  • Steelix  Smack Down & Meteor Beam or Stone Edge
  • Probopass – Spark & Rock Slide or Magnet Bomb

Steelix Counters

Steelix is the second option trainers may fight when facing Arlo. Steelix is a Steel/Ground type making it weak to Fighting, Fire, Water, and Ground-type moves. So, if your Pokemon did not faint against Nidoran, it can still be helpful here.

  • Charizard – Fire Spin & Blast Burn or Dragon Claw
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate & Brave Bird or Sacred Fire
  • Infernape – Fire Spin & Close Combat or Blast Burn
  • Kyogre – Waterfall & Surf or Blizzard

Cradily Counters

The third and final second-round Pokemon is Cradily. Cradily is a Rock, Grass-type making it weak to Fighting, Ice, Bug, and Steel-type moves. For this, you will most likely want to stick to either Fighting, Fire, or Steel-type Pokemon.

  • Conkeldurr – Counter & Dynamic Punch or Stone Edge
  • Machamp – Counter & Cross Chop or Rock Slide
  • Lucario – Counter & Power Up-Punch
  • Scrafty –  Counter & Power-Up Punch
  • Scizor – Fury Cutty & Night Slash or X-Scissor

Charizard Counters

The first of the third round of Arlo’s Pokemon is Charizard. Charizard is a Fire Flying-type Pokemon. For this fight, you will need a Pokemon with Rock, Electric, or Water-type moves

  • Aerodactyl – Rock Throw & Ancient Power
  • Excadrill – Mud Shot & Drill Run or Rock Slide
  • Terrakion – Smackdown & Ancient Power or Rock Slide
  • Golem – Rock Throw & Stone Edge

Scizor Counters

Scizor is a Bug Steel-type Pokemon; this makes it especially weak to fire-type moves.

  • Charizard – Fire Spin & Blast Burn or Dragon Claw
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate & Brave Bird or Sacred Fire
  • Infernape – Fire Spin & Close Combat or Blast Burn
  • Entei – Fire Spin & Overheat
  • Heatran – Fire Spin & Fire Blast
  • Reshiram – Fire Fang & Overheat

Armaldo Counters

Armaldo is a Rock Bug-type Pokemon. This means that Armaldo is weak to Rock, Steel, and Water-type Pokemon.

  • Metagross – Bullet Punch & Meteor Mash
  • Kyogre – Waterfall & Surf
  • Rampardos – Smack Down & Rock Slide
  • Swampert – Water Gun & Hydro Cannon
  • Kingler – Bubble & Crab Hammer

Let Us Know!

Will you be actively pursuing Shadow Registeel or will you be hunting each Team Rocket Leader’s Shadow Pokemon? What do you think of the Team GO Rocket Takeover Event? Does our Arlo counter’s list help you?

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