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Team GO Rocket Leader Guide: Defeating Sierra

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First Pokemon

Always leads with Beldum

(Take Down) + (Struggle)

  • Gengar: Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball
  • Giratina-Origin: Shadow Claw + Ominous Wind OR Shadow Ball
  • Rhyperior: Mud Slap + Surf
  • Poliwrath: Mud Shot + Power-Up Punch
  • Typhlosion: Shadow Claw + Blast Burn

Beldum’s….kinda sad, honestly. With a single, incredibly mediocre moveset, it’s probably harder to find things that can’t beat it. Take this opportunity to quickly burn their shields, or just farm up energy. Any Ghost-type will do it, double resisting the Take Downs, and it should never reach a Struggle. Steel- and Rock-types work as well. If you know what’s coming, just bring something to beat their second mon with some energy stored up.

Second Pokemon

Exeggutor

(Bullet Seed/Extrasensory/Confusion) + (Psychic/Seed Bomb/Solar Beam)

  • Giratina-Origin: Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball
  • Tyranitar: Bite + Crunch
  • Darkrai: Snarl + Dark Pulse
  • Weavile: Snarl + Avalanche
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash
  • Typhlosion: Shadow Claw + Blast Burn
  • Charizard: Fire Spin + Blast Burn
  • Scizor: Fury Cutter + X-Scissor
  • Heatran: Fire Spin + Flamethrower
  • Shiftry: Snarl + Foul Play

Bit of a mix here. Dark-types can beat up on Extrasensory/Confusion sets without much trouble, though they can struggle against Bullet Seed. Fires are the reverse. Scizor’s probably the optimal pick here, resisting all possible moves and hitting back for double super effective damage.

Lapras

(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 Exeggutor!)

Sharpedo

(Waterfall/Bite) + (Hydro Pump/Crunch/Poison Fang)

  • Poliwrath: Mud Shot + Dynamic Punch
  • Machamp: Counter + Cross Chop
  • Venusaur: Vine Whip OR Razor Leaf + Frenzy Plant
  • Shiftry: Snarl + Leaf Blade
  • Togekiss: Charm + Anything
  • Ludicolo: Razor Leaf + Anything

Counters can differ somewhat based on fast move. Poliwrath and Shiftry resist both. Fightings and Togekiss only resist Bite, and Grasses only resist Water. While Sharpedo’s offensive pressure is incredible, its defenses are low, so do your best to stunlock it if you can. 

Third Pokemon

Houndoom

(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.

Shiftry

(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
  • Togekiss: Charm + Anything

Shiftry's typing makes it incredibly vulnerable to Bug-type damage. Shiftry's moveset stops it from effectively hitting Togekiss. Take your pick. Fire's also a perfectly viable pick, making sure you don't get totally run over by a surprise Fire Fang Houndoom.


Alakazam

(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 Zam's fast moves and swinging back with super effective damage makes any strong Dark-type a viable counter.

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