Pokemon GO Arlo counters & lineup in February 2024

Pokemon GO Arlo counters & lineup in February 2024
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Ben Williams & Daniel Megarry

Last updated 

2nd Feb 2024 17:30

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If you want to take down Arlo in Pokemon GO, you'll need to know his latest lineup and the best counters to take advantage of his team's weaknesses.

The latest Team GO Rocket Takeover event brought in a new lineup of powerful 'mon to the game, making leader Arlo as much of a challenge as ever alongside Cliff, Sierra, Giovanni, and the Rocket Grunts

Thankfully, we've got all you need to defeat him right here. Without further ado, let's jump into the best counters to use against the Rocket Leader's lineup in Pokemon GO, including their optimal movesets. 

Arlo's current lineup in Pokemon GO

Arlo will always send Bagon out first, but his second-phase and third-phase Pokemon can be one of three different options, meaning you won't know what you're up against until you're facing them on the battlefield.

Here are all of the potential Shadow Pokemon that Team Rocket Leader Arlo can use:

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Bellsprout Charizard Dragonite
  Golurk Salamence
  Hypno Scizor

Arlo's lineup was last changed on January 27, 2024, as part of the Taken Treasures event. If his team gets shaken up again in the future, we’ll keep this page updated.

Best counters to beat Arlo's Bagon

 

Arlo's Bagon in Pokemon GO
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Bagon is a Dragon-type Pokemon, which means it's vulnerable to Dragon, Fairy, and Ice-type attacks. Bagon shouldn't be too difficult to beat, but it's still worth targeting its weaknesses to speed things up.

Here are some of the best counters you can use to defeat Bagon:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Rayquaza Dragon Tail & Outrage
Dragonite Dragon Tail & Outrage
Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang & Avalanche
Mamoswine Powder Snow & Avalanche
Togekiss Charm & Dazzling Gleam
Gardevoir Charm & Dazzling Gleam

Best counters to beat Arlo's second Pokemon

Golurk, Charizard and Hypno in Pokemon GO
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Arlo has three potential Pokemon he can send out in phase two of this battle, making it a little harder to plan ahead. You could be up against Charizard, Golurk, or Hypno.

Charizard counters

Charizard is a Flying/Fire-type Pokemon, which means it's vulnerable to Electric, Rock, and Water-type attacks

Here are some of the top counters you can use to defeat Charizard:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Kyogre Waterfall & Origin Pulse
Terrakion Smack Down & Rock Slide
Rampardos Smack Down & Rock Slide
Rhyperior Smack Down & Rock Wrecker
Greninja Water Shuriken & Hydro Cannon
Gigalith Smack Down & Meteor Beam

Golurk counters

The Ghost/Ground-type Golurk is vulnerable to Dark, Ghost, Grass, Ice, or Water-type attacks. Be careful if using Ghost-type Pokemon, though, as they'll also be vulnerable to Golurk's Ghost-type moves.

Here are some of the best counters you can use to defeat Golurk:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Darkrai Snarl & Dark Pulse
Kyogre Waterfall & Origin Pulse
Hydreigon Bite & Brutal Swing
Greninja Water Shuriken & Hydro Cannon
Mamoswine Powder Snow & Avalanche
Tyranitar Bite & Brutal Swing

Hypno counters

The final Pokemon Arlo can use in phase two is the Psychic-type Hypno, which is vulnerable to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type attacks.

Here are some of the top counters you can use to defeat Hypno:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Darkrai Snarl & Dark Pulse
Pheromosa Bug Bite & Bug Buzz
Giratina (Origin Forme) Shadow Claw & Shadow Force
Hydreigon Bite & Brutal Swing
Tyranitar Bite & Brutal Swing
Gengar Shadow Claw & Shadow Ball

Best counters to beat Cliff's third Pokemon

Salamence, Dragonite and Scizor in Pokemon GO
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Arlo has three potential Pokemon he can send out in phase three of this battle, meaning you could be up against Dragonite, Salamence, or Scizor - with the latter being harder to cover with only one weakness.

Dragonite counters

As a Flying/Dragon-type Pokemon, Dragonite is vulnerable to Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type attacks, with a particular weakness to Ice-type attacks - so focus on those where possible.

Here are some of the best counters to defeat Dragonite:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Articuno Frost Breath & Triple Axel
Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang & Avalanche
Mamoswine Powder Snow & Avalanche
Glaceon Ice Shard & Avalanche
Weavile Ice Shard & Avalanche
Baxcalibur Ice Fang & Avalanche

Salamence counters

Just like Dragonite, Salamence is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon, so it's also weak to Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type attacks, with extra vulnerability to Ice-type attacks.

Here are some of the best counters to defeat Salamence:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Articuno Frost Breath & Triple Axel
Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang & Avalanche
Mamoswine Powder Snow & Avalanche
Glaceon Ice Shard & Avalanche
Weavile Ice Shard & Avalanche
Baxcalibur Ice Fang & Avalanche

Scizor counters

Scizor is extremely vulnerable to Fire-type attacks and nothing else. While this makes it easy to plan for, it does make it difficult to find crossover weaknesses with Arlo's other potential Pokemon.

Here are some of the best counters to defeat Scizor:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Reshiram Fire Fang & Fusion Flare
Moltres Fire Spin & Overheat
Chandelure Fire Spin & Overheat
Darmanitan Fire Fang & Overheat
Blaziken Fire Spin & Blast Burn
Charizard Fire Spin & Blast Burn

What is the best team to defeat Arlo in Pokemon GO?

One of the best teams you can use to defeat Arlo is Mamoswine, Darkrai, and Rampardos. Between them, you'll have coverage against all of Arlo's potential Pokemon - except for Scizor, but we'll get to that later.

The most important thing to have on your team is a strong Ice-type like Mamoswine or Galarian Darmanitan, as this will be able to take down Arlo's guaranteed first Pokemon, Bagon, as well as Golurk, Dragonite, and Salamence if he ends up sending any of those out into battle.

Next up, you'll want a Dark-type Pokemon like Darkrai or Tyranitar. This is important for taking down Hypno, but it's also a great option for defeating Golurk. You could go with a Ghost-type, but that will be at risk when facing up against Golurk and its Ghost-type attacks.

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Finally, I'd recommend a Rock-type Pokemon like Rampardos or Rhyperior. This will be able to defeat Charizard, Dragonite, and Salamence. Of course, you can switch this for a Water-type or whatever suits the lineup you end up facing off against.

As I mentioned before, the only Pokemon not covered by this team is Scizor. Its only weakness is Fire-type attacks, so if Arlo does send Scizor out into battle, you might need to restart and switch your team up. Go with a strong Fire-type Pokemon like Reshiram or Charizard.

That's everything you need to know about the best counters for Arlo's lineup in February 2024. 

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Ben is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. Alongside his BA (Hons) in Business Management is a wealth of gaming and entertainment writing experience, having previously occupied roles as a Copywriter in e-commerce at Overclockers and Guides & SEO Writer at GameByte and FragHero. When not whipping up guides and reviews, Ben’ll be off playing the latest Pokemon games, Overwatch 2, Spider-Man, The Witcher, and Final Fantasy - all before reading manga and listening to Ice Nine Kills.

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