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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

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 Hypno’s fast moves and swinging back with super effective damage make any strong Dark-type a viable counter.

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 other two Pokémon!)

Cacturne

(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

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

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.

Gallade

(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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