How To Battle Team GO Rocket Leaders


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How To Battle Team GO Rocket Leaders

The Team GO Rocket Leaders are now available in Pokemon GO! We have prepared a detailed guide on how to find (and defeat) Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo. Defeating the Team Rocket Leaders gives a chance to obtain an Unova Stone!

Team GO Rocket Leader Mechanics

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Grunts to collect Mysterious Components.
  • A Rocket Detector is created when you combine 6 Mysterious Components.
  • Rocket Detector can be used to track down a Team GO Rocket Leader on the map. Activating the detector will open a new map mode where the game directs you towards the location. You can enter the mode by tapping the icon that appears in the upper-right of the screen.
  • One Rocket Detector is removed after you defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader, meaning you'll always need to be collecting more Mysterious Components.
  • Team GO Rocket is only available in-game from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. locally.

Combat Tips

  • Team GO Rocket Leaders use shields against your Charged Moves, but the combat is similar to how regular Grunt battles work.
  • They will always use their shields on your first 3 Charged Moves. It is a good idea to start off with a Pokemon that can power-up their Charged Move quickly so you can depleat the Leader's sheilds. Once you've done that, switch to a Pokemon that counters your opponent's (or one that does massive damage).
  • Try to burn through the Leader's shields as fast as possible, so make sure your first Pokemon you send out is a good shield breaker.
  • Prioritize Pokemon that will resist Fast moves rather focusing on ones that deal large amounts of damage. You can't out-DPS the Leaders!
  • You can re-match the Leader as many times as you like, so don't worry about losing to them the first time you battle!
  • The counter teams listed below are for going in "blind" to the battle. Once you know the Leader's team, you should use that to your advantage to build your team.

Team GO Rocket Leader Rewards

Once you have defeated the Team GO Rocket Leader, you will be rewarded with one of the following items at random:

  • Revive Revive
  • Max Revive Max Revive
  • Max Potion Max Potion
  • Sinnoh Stone Sinnoh Stone (up to 2)
  • Unova Stone Unova Stone (up to 2)

You will also be able to catch one of the Shadow Pokemon used by the Team GO Rocket Leader (which can even be shiny!):

  • Cliff: Meowth Meowth
  • Sierra: Sneasel Sneasel
  • Arlo: Scyther Scyther

Team GO Rocket Leader Guides

The Leaders will always use Pokemon from each of the 3 lists, with it being random each time as to which ones are chosen (except for the first slot).

Cliff's Pokemon

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Meowth
Meowth
Snorlax
Snorlax
Tyranitar
Tyranitar
Sandslash
Sandslash
Infernape
Infernape
Flygon
Flygon
Torterra
Torterra

We recommend using a mix of both Fighting-type and Ice-type Pokemon to battle Cliff:

  • Lucario counters Meowth, Snorlax and Tyranitar.
  • Regice counters Flygon, Sandslash and Torterra.
  • Swampert counters Sandslash, Infernape and Tyranitar.
Best Pokemon vs Cliff
Lucario
Lucario
Fighting-typeCounter
Fighting-typePower Up Punch
Ghost-typeShadow Ball
Regice
Regice
Normal-typeLock On
Ice-typeBlizzard
Fighting-typeFocus Blast
Swampert
Swampert
Ground-typeMud Shot
Water-typeHydro Cannon
Ground-typeEarthquake

Sierra's Pokemon

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Sneasel
Sneasel
Hypno
Hypno
Alakazam
Alakazam
Lapras
Lapras
Houndoom
Houndoom
Sableye
Sableye
Gardevoir
Gardevoir

We recommend using a mix of both Fighting-type and Ghost-type Pokemon to battle Sierra:

  • Lucario counters Sneasel, Lapras and deals damage to Hypno / Alakazam (Shadow Ball).
  • Melmetal counters Gardevoir, Lapras, Hypno and Alakazam.
  • Tyranitar counters Hypno, Sableye, Houndoom and Alakazam.
Best Pokemon vs Sierra
Lucario
Lucario
Fighting-typeCounter
Fighting-typePower Up Punch
Ghost-typeShadow Ball
Melmetal
Melmetal
Electric-typeThunder Shock
Ground-typeRock Slide
Steel-typeFlash Cannon
Tyranitar
Tyranitar
Dark-typeBite
Dark-typeCrunch
Rock-typeStone Edge

Arlo's Pokemon

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Scyther
Scyther
Magnezone
Magnezone
Scizor
Scizor
Crobat
Crobat
Dragonite
Dragonite
Gyarados
Gyarados
Charizard
Charizard

We recommend using a mix of Rock-type, Fire-type, and Ice-type Pokemon to battle Arlo:

  • Melmetal covers Scyther, Gyarados, Crobat and Dragonite.
  • Mewtwo covers Crobat and Dragonite (Ice Beam).
  • Blaziken covers Magnezone and Scizor (weak to Fire).
Best Pokemon vs Arlo
Melmetal
Melmetal
Electric-typeThunder Shock
Ground-typeRock Slide
Steel-typeFlash Cannon
Mewtwo
Mewtwo
Psychic-typePsycho Cut
Psychic-typePsytrike
Ice-typeIce Beam
Blaziken
Blaziken
Fighting-typeCounter
Fire-typeBlaze Kick
Fighting-typeFocus Blast

We will continue to update this guide if / when more Team GO Rocket Leaders are released in Pokemon GO!

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