Team GO Rocket Leader Guide: Defeating Arlo

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First Pokemon

Always leads with Growlithe

(Bite/Ember) + (Body Slam/Flamethrower/Flame Wheel)

  • Tyranitar: Smack Down* + Crunch or Stone Edge
  • Swampert: Mud Shot + Hydro Cannon* or Surf
  • Gyarados: Waterfall + Aqua Tail* or Crunch
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down + Surf or Rock Wrecker*
  • Dragonite: Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw
  • Terrakion: Smack Down + Rock Slide

Growlithe is weak to Water, Rock, and Ground. Water and Rock both resist Ember, and Tyranitar resists both Ember and Bite. Note that while Rhyperior prefers to have Surf, Smack Down does most of the work, so don't stress too much about the charged move!

Second Pokemon


(Air Slash/Fire Spin) + (Dragon Claw/Fire Blast/Overheat)

  • Tyranitar: Smack Down* + Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down + Stone Edge
  • Giratina-Altered: Shadow Claw + Ancient Power
  • Aggron: Smack Down + Stone Edge
  • Swampert: Mud Shot + Hydro Cannon*
  • Kyogre: Waterfall + Surf

It’s not exactly the tankiest of Pokémon, with pretty bad defensive typing. Hit it with Rock-type damage if you can. If not, Swampert does the job just fine if you have one kicking around. Tyranitar remains a fantastic pick, as does Rhyperior.


(Bite/Water Gun) + (Flash Cannon/Hydro Pump/Ice Beam/Skull Bash)

  • Shiftry: Razor Leaf + Leaf Blade
  • Venusaur: Vine Whip + Frenzy Plant
  • Meganium: Vine Whip + Frenzy Plant
  • Poliwrath: Mud Shot + Dynamic Punch

Shiftry resists both fast moves and hits for consistent super effective damage. However, if you don’t have that, high level Frenzy Planters can absolutely do the job. If your Poliwrath from the Bagon slot has Dynamic Punch, that can be strong here as well.


(Iron Tail/Thunder Fang/Dragon Tail) + (Earthquake/Heavy Slam/Crunch)

  • Excadrill: Mud Slap + Earthquake
  • Garchomp: Mud Shot + Earthquake
  • Groudon: Mud Shot + Earthquake
  • Swampert: Mud Shot + Hydro Cannon
  • Kyogre: Waterfall + Surf
  • Charizard: Fire Spin + Blast Burn

Excadrill is the only Pokémon currently in GO that can resist all 3 fast moves, hit back for super effective damage, and be useful (sorry, Alolan Dugtrio). Some of the others listed here are riskier picks based on Steelix’s fast move, so make sure to be careful about using Pokémon like Kyogre and Charizard against Thunder Fang sets.

Third Pokemon


(Dragon Tail/Fire Fang/Bite) + (Draco Meteor/Hydro Pump/Fire Blast)

  • Mamoswine: Powder Snow + Avalanche
  • Weavile: Snarl + Avalanche
  • Regice: Lock On + Blizzard
  • Dragonite: Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw
  • Giratina-Altered: Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw
  • Suicune: Ice Fang + Ice Beam
  • Mewtwo: Psycho Cut + Ice Beam

Definitely a tough mon to crack consistently, you’ll need to tailor your counter to its fast move. While Ice is the best choice offensively, the strongest Ice users are very vulnerable to Fire Fang. Dragons are strong against Fire Fang, but are threatened by Dragon Tail, and Giratina-Altered and Mewtwo get shredded by Bite.


(Dragon Tail/Steel Wing/Dragon Breath) + (Hurricane/Outrage/Hyper Beam/Dragon Claw)

  • Dialga: Dragon Breath + Iron Head and Draco Meteor
  • Mamoswine: Powder Snow + Avalanche
  • Tyranitar: Smack Down* + Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down + Stone Edge
  • Melmetal: Thunder Shock + Rock Slide
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash*
  • Heatran: Fire Spin + Stone Edge

Tyranitar and Rhyperior don’t exactly enjoy taking Steel Wing, but should be able to swing back pretty hard in response. Either way, Metagross is a strong choice.


(Bullet Punch/Fury Cutter) + (X-Scissor/Iron Head/Night Slash)

  • Heatran: Fire Spin + Flamethrower
  • Charizard: Fire Spin + Blast Burn
  • Blaziken: Fire Spin + Blaze Kick and Blast Burn
  • Moltres: Fire Spin + Sky Attack

If it’s got Fire Spin, it’s probably not a terrible choice. Heatran has the best resistances, but Blaziken and Moltres are also fantastic choices with great PvE utility. 

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