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Team GO Rocket Leader Guide: Defeating Sierra

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First Pokemon

Always leads with Drowzee

(Confusion/Pound) + (Psyshock/Psybeam/Psychic)

  • Giratina-Origin: Shadow Claw + Shadow Ball OR Ominous Wind
  • Shiftry: Snarl + Foul Play
  • Tyranitar: Bite + Crunch
  • Metagross: Bullet Punch + Meteor Mash*
  • Darkrai: Snarl + Dark Pulse or Shadow Ball
  • Melmetal: Thunder Shock + Rock Slide
  • Scizor: Fury Cutter + X-Scissor
  • Umbreon: Snarl + Foul Play or Dark Pulse

Steel-types resist both of Drowzee's fast moves. Dark-types double resist Confusion, and Ghost-types double resist Pound. As such, feel free to tailor your counter to which fast move Drowzee is using. If you have a good Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash Metagross, that covers both pretty safely!

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
  • Melmetal: Thunder Shock + Rock Slide
  • Poliwrath: Mud Shot + Power-Up Punch and Dynamic Punch
  • Machamp: Counter + Cross Chop OR Dynamic Punch
  • Lucario: Counter + Power-Up Punch and/or Aura Sphere 
  • Magnezone: Spark + Wild Charge

Yes, she can actually have two of these. Yes, it's just as fun the second time. Magnezone can be a stronger option here because you don't have to deal with Wild Charge getting shielded.

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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