GamePress

Team GO Rocket Leader Guide: Defeating Arlo

Submit Feedback or Error

First Pokemon

Always leads with Scyther

(Fury Cutter/Air Slash) + (Aerial Ace/Night Slash/X-Scissor)

  • Tyranitar: Smack Down* + Crunch and Stone Edge
  • Giratina-Altered: Shadow Claw + Ancient Power
  • Moltres: Wing Attack + Sky Attack*
  • Melmetal: Thunder Shock + Rock Slide
  • Aggron: Smack Down + Stone Edge
  • Zapdos: Thunder Shock* + Ancient Power and Thunderbolt

Tyranitar struggles against Fury Cutter sets, but performs incredibly well vs Air Slash. Giratina-Altered resists Fury Cutter, and can spam Ancient Power to hope for boosts. Aggron has fantastic resistances and definitely works, but also please don’t max one for this. 

Second Pokemon

Gyarados

(Waterfall/Bite) + (Crunch/Hydro Pump/Outrage)

  • Zapdos: Thunder Shock* + Thunderbolt and Ancient Power
  • Giratina-Altered: Shadow Claw + Ancient Power
  • Tyranitar: Smack Down* + Stone Edge and Crunch
  • Magnezone: Spark + Wild Charge
  • Melmetal: Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt and Rock Slide
  • Raikou: Thunder Shock + Wild Charge

Little bit of variance here. Electric users will always be solid choices. Giratina-A is bad against Bite, and Tyranitar’s bad against Waterfall.

Crobat

(Air Slash/Bite) + (Shadow Ball/Air Cutter/Sludge Bomb)

  • Tyranitar: Smack Down* + Stone Edge and Crunch
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down + Stone Edge
  • Melmetal: Thunder Shock + Rock Slide
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash*
  • Zapdos: Thunder Shock* + Ancient Power
  • Magnezone: Spark + Wild Charge

Tyranitar is the safest choice, resisting both Air Slash and Bite, but any of these are good options to get you started!

Magnezone

(Spark/Charge Beam) + (Zap Cannon/Wild Charge/Flash Cannon)

  • Rhyperior: Smack Down + Earthquake
  • Garchomp: Mud Shot + Earthquake
  • Giratina-Origin: Shadow Claw + Ominous Wind and/or Shadow Ball
  • Machamp: Counter + Cross Chop* OR Dynamic Punch

Rhyperior and Garchomp are fantastic choices here, with great resistances combined with Earthquake. If you’ve got a Giratina-Origin lying around (thanks to its PvE utility as a Ghost attacker), that’s a perfectly good option as well.

Third Pokemon

Charizard

(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*
  • Heatran: Fire Spin + Stone Edge

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, and if you still have that Rhyperior kicking around from slot 2, that’ll remain a great choice as long as it has Stone Edge. If you’ve already maxed an Omastar, you might as well use it here too. Set it up with a Rock-type charge move.

Dragonite

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

  • 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.

Scizor

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

  • Heatran: Fire Spin + Stone Edge
  • 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. 

Yourcalcprof's Lineup

Pokémon: Zapdos (TS+AP+Tb), Rhyperior (SD+SE+Eq), Heatran (FS+SE)

Strategy: Scyther is the most annoying Pokemon you’ll face in a leader battle. Start with Zapdos and allow Scyther to use its first charged move first. After this happens, fit in two Thundershocks before using Ancient Power. For the rest of the fight, spam Ancient Power to beat it down.

Use Zapdos’s Thunderbolt to nuke an opposing Gyarados. If Crobat or Magnezone comes in, switch to Rhyperior (use Stone Edge against Crobat or Earthquake against Magnezone).

Charizard should be easily handled by Rhyperior, and Scizor is similarly wrecked by Heatran. If you see Dragonite, any of your Pokémon’s Rock-type charged moves should be enough to take it down.

About the Author(s)

Tyler is a contributing writer for GamePress, primarily focusing on Trainer Battle content. Fan of dogs and fighting games.

Comments