Team GO Rocket Leader Guide: Defeating Sierra

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First Pokemon

Always leads with Absol

(Snarl/Psycho Cut) + (Thunder/Megahorn/Dark Pulse)

  • Lucario (Counter + Power-Up Punch)
  • Machamp (Counter + Cross Chop)
  • Tyranitar (Smack Down + Crunch/Stone Edge)

Lucario’s still really good, who knew. Resisting Snarl, only taking neutral from Psycho Cut, and hitting back with super effective Counters and easily breaking shields with Power-Up Punch. Machamp is also a very strong option, though Psycho Cut will certainly hurt. Tyranitar resists both fast moves, and can eventually break through shields using Crunch before firing off Stone Edges.

Second Pokemon


(Confusion/Zen Headbutt) + (Psychic/Future Sight/Focus Blast/Fire Punch/Ice Punch/Thunder Punch)

  • Tyranitar: Smack Down + Crunch
  • Darkrai: Snarl + Dark Pulse
  • Weavile: Snarl + Foul Play

Thank god we’re shielding anyway, right? What a mess of charged moves. Double resisting Hypno’s fast moves and swinging back with super effective damage make any strong Dark-type a viable counter.


(Frost Breath/Water Gun) + (Blizzard/Hydro Pump/Surf/Skull Bash)

  • Dialga: Dragon Breath + Iron Head and Thunder
  • Giratina-Altered: Shadow Claw + Dragon Claw and Ancient Power
  • Magnezone: Spark + Wild Charge
  • Melmetal: Thunder Shock + Rock Slide and Thunderbolt
  • Poliwrath: Mud Shot* or Bubble + Power-Up Punch and Dynamic Punch
  • Machamp: Counter + Cross Chop* and Dynamic Punch

Counters vary a lot based on the fast move! Poliwrath can beat both. Melmetal and Magnezone are strong vs Frost Breath, whereas Dialga and Giratina-A are better against Water Gun. Machamp is a fine counter either way (though it’s certainly riskier against her other two Pokémon!)


(Poison Jab/Sucker Punch) + (Grass Knot/Dynamic Punch/Dark Pulse)

  • Scizor: Fury Cutter + X-Scissor
  • Lucario: Counter + Power-Up Punch
  • Mamoswine: Powder Snow + Avalanche
  • Toxicroak: Counter + Dynamic Punch
  • Machamp: Counter + Cross Chop

Scizor is your best choice here, hitting for double super effective while also double resisting Poison Jab. Lucario’s a solid pick as well, though, with better resistances but less offensive power.

Third Pokemon


(Snarl/Fire Fang) + (Crunch/Fire Blast/Foul Play/Flamethrower)

  • Tyranitar: Smack Down* + Stone Edge
  • Machamp: Counter + Cross Chop
  • Kyogre: Waterfall + Surf
  • Swampert: Mud Shot + Hydro Cannon*
  • Darkrai: Snarl + Focus Blast

You can’t really do better than Tyranitar for consistency here, but any super effective damage is good.


(Snarl/Feint Attack/Razor Leaf) + (Foul Play/Leaf Blade/Hurricane/Leaf Tornado)

  • Scizor: Fury Cutter + X-Scissor
  • Pinsir: Fury Cutter + X-Scissor
  • Blaziken: Counter + Blast Burn
  • Charizard: Fire Spin + Blast Burn
  • Heatran: Bug Bite + Flamethrower
  • Machamp: Counter + Cross Chop

Shiftry shares Cacturne's Grass/Dark typing, and with it the 4x weakness to Bug. That said, consider using a Fire-type instead if you don't want to get completely shredded by a surprise Houndoom.


(Confusion/Low Kick/Charm) + (Leaf Blade/Psychic/Close Combat)

  • Lugia: Extrasensory + Sky Attack
  • Gardevoir: Charm + Shadow Ball
  • Togekiss: Charm + Aerial Ace
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash*
  • Honchkrow: Snarl + Sky Attack

Gallade’s a tough mon to crack, with no Pokémon currently in the game resisting all 3 fast moves. Lugia and Gardevoir are strong against Confusion and Low Kick, Togekiss is great against Low Kick, Metagross is great against Confusion and Charm. Honchkrow is a solid budget option, performing exceptionally well against Confusion but very, very poorly vs Charm.

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