Pokemon GO Sierra counters & lineup in March 2024

Pokemon GO Sierra counters & lineup in March 2024
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Ben Williams & Daniel Megarry

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1st Mar 2024 09:40

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If you're on a mission to defeat Sierra in Pokemon GO, you'll need to know her team's weaknesses and the best counters to help you defeat the Team GO Rocket Leader in March.

Sierra has a formidable team of Pokemon that will require a specific strategy to overcome. Just like with the Rocket Grunts, Arlo, Cliff, and Giovanni, finding out her current lineup is the first step to learning how to beat Sierra in the game.

Sierra's current lineup in Pokemon GO

At the beginning of a battle, Sierra will always send out Tentacool, but her phase two and phase three Pokemon can be one of three different options.

Here are the current Shadow Pokemon that Sierra can use in battle:

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Tentacool Honchkrow Alakazam
  Milotic Houndoom
  Sableye Victreebell

Sierra's lineup changed most recently on January 27, 2024, as part of the Taken Treasures event. We'll update this page if any more alterations are made in the future.

Best counters to beat Sierra's Tentacool

Tentacool in Pokemon GO
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As a dual Poison/Water-type Pokemon, Tentacool is vulnerable to Electric, Ground, and Psychic-type attacks. It shouldn't put up too much of a fight, but targeting these weaknesses will help things run faster.

Here are some of the best counters to use against Tentacool:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Mewtwo Psycho Cut & Psystrike
Xurkitree Thunder Shock & Discharge
Alakazam Confusion & Psychic
Espeon Confusion & Psychic
Excadrill Mud Slap & Drill Run
Garchomp Mud Shot & Earth Power

Best counters to beat Sierra's second Pokemon

Sableye, Milotic, and Honchkrow in Pokemon GO
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Sierra has three potential Pokemon she can send out in phase two of this battle, making it a little harder to plan ahead. You could be up against Honchkrow, Milotic, or Sableye.

Honchkrow counters

Honchkrow is a dual Dark/Flying-type Pokemon, which leaves it vulnerable to Electric, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type attacks. You can use any of these types, but Electric has lots of usability when fighting Sierra.

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

Pokemon Best Moveset
Xurkitree Thunder Shock & Discharge
Zekrom Charge Beam & Fusion Bolt
Rampardos Smack Down & Rock Slide
Rhyperior Smack Down & Rock Wrecker
Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang & Avalanche
Magnezone Spark & Wild Charge

Milotic counters

As a pure Water-type Pokemon, Milotic's weaknesses are Electric and Grass-type attacks. This makes it fairly easy to plan ahead, especially as Electric-types are strong against several of Sierra's other Pokemon.

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

Pokemon Best Moveset
Xurkitree Thunder Shock & Discharge
Kartana Razor Leaf & Leaf Blade
Magnezone Spark & Wild Charge
Zarude Vine Whip & Power Whip
Electivire Thunder Shock & Wild Charge
Roserade Bullet Seed & Grass Knot

Sableye counters

As a dual Ghost/Dark-type Pokemon, Sableye only has Fairy-type attacks as a weakness, which will likely catch some Trainers out - but there are still plenty of Pokemon under that banner for you to use.

Here are some of the best counters to defeat Sableye:

Pokemon Best Moveset
Xerneas Geomancy & Moonblast
Gardevoir Charm & Dazzling Gleam
Sylveon Charm & Dazzling Gleam
Primarina Charm & Moonblast
Togekiss Charm & Dazzling Gleam
Galarian Rapidash Fairy Wind & Play Rough

Best counters to beat Sierra's third Pokemon

Houndoom, Alakazam, and Victreebel in Pokemon GO
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Things get trickier in phase three of this battle, as none of the potential Pokemon share weaknesses. Whether you're up against Alakazam, Houndoom, or Victreebel, you're going to need to customize your approach.

Alakazam counters

Alakazam is a pure Psychic-type Pokemon, so you're going to want to look to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type attacks to target its weaknesses.

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

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

Houndoom counters

As a dual Dark/Fire-type Pokemon, Houndoom is vulnerable to Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water-type attacks. There are a lot of options here, but unfortunately not much crossover with Sierra's other Pokemon.

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

Pokemon Best Moveset
Landorus (Therian Forme) Mud Shot & Earthquake
Kyogre Waterfall & Origin Pulse
Terrakion Double Kick & Sacred Sword
Rampardos Smack Down & Rock Slide
Garchomp Mud Shot & Earth Power
Greninja Water Shuriken & Hydro Cannon

Victreebel counters

Victreebel is a dual Grass/Poison-type, so it's weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-type attacks. I would recommend Ice or Psychic, as they can also be used against Milotic or Tentacool respectively.

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

Pokemon Best Moveset
Mewtwo Psycho Cut & Psystrike
Reshiram Fire Fang & Fusion Flare
Rayquaza Air Slash & Dragon Ascent
Chandelure Fire Spin & Overheat
Staraptor Gust & Fly
Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang & Avalanche

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

If you're looking for a well-balanced team to beat Sierra in Pokemon GO, I'd recommend using Xurkitree, Darkrai, and Mewtwo. These are three very powerful Pokemon who - if powered up high enough - can even defeat opponents they aren't super-effective against.

The most important thing to have on your team when battling Sierra is a strong Electric-type like Xurkitree or Electivire, as this will be able to defeat her guaranteed first phase Pokemon, Tentacool, as well as two of her potential phase two Pokemon: Honchkrow and Milotic.

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After this point, the counters you'll need will heavily depend on what Sierra sends out, as there aren't really any crossover weaknesses among her remaining Pokemon. I've suggested Darkrai for dealing with the tricky Alakazam, while Mewtwo is a great all-rounder who can also easily defeat Victreebel.

While this is a good starting team, it's worth pointing out that Sierra is a very difficult opponent to plan ahead for with her current lineup - far more so than the other Team GO Rocket Leaders. The chances are high that you'll have to rematch her once you know what her Pokemon are going to be.

How to find Sierra in Pokemon GO

Sierra in Pokemon GO
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Before you can take on Sierra, you'll need to defeat six Team GO Rocket Grunts to earn Mysterious Components. You can find Grunts standing next to PokeStops on the map. Each one uses a specific lineup of Pokemon, and we've got a guide to help you defeat them all.

Once you've got six Mysterious Components, they'll automatically be put together to form a Rocket Radar. You can tap on this from the map screen to search for nearby Rocket Leader locations, or they'll occasionally appear in a Team GO Rocket hot air balloon in the sky.

You can't guarantee that you'll find Sierra, so if you do come across one of the other Leaders or a regular Grunt instead, simply leave the encounter and keep searching - you'll find her eventually!

That's everything you need to know to defeat Sierra! Visit our Pokemon homepage for more guides like the current Raid Boss schedule, the upcoming Spotlight Hours, and the latest promo codes for free items.

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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