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Best Pokémon GO Sierra Lineups and Counters (June 2022)

Team Rocket Leader Sierra isn't as simple as defeating a Grunt, so you'll want to be prepared for this Pokémon GO battle with the best counters in June 2022.
Best Pokémon GO Sierra Lineups and Counters (June 2022)
Team Rocket has invaded Pokémon GO, and it's up to you to stop Sierra or the Grunts from taking over PokéStops. Sierra is one of the Team Rocket Leaders you'll have to face along with Arlo and Cliff in June 2022.

To find this leader, you must battle Team Rocket Grunts to gather pieces of a Radar. Once the Radar is complete, it will reveal one of the Team Rocket Leaders. The Team Rocket Leaders can be a challenge, so you'll want to be prepared with the right counters.

Best Counters for Sierra's Pokémon GO lineup

You must defeat three of Sierra's Pokémon, and none of them is push-overs. It's a good idea to bring strong Fighting and Psychic-type Pokémon as most of Sierra's Pokémon can be countered that way.

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Team Rocket fights using Shadow Pokémon and must be stopped. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)
  • 1st Pokémon – Drowzee
  • 2nd Pokémon – Blaziken, Lapras, or Sharpedo
  • 3rd Pokémon – Houndoom, Shiftry, or Nidoqueen

Once you defeat Sierra, you'll be rewarded with 1000 Stardust and a few items such as a max revive or an egg. Here are the best Pokémon counters to bring along when facing Sierra.

Pokémon GO Sierra's first Pokémon and counters

The first Pokémon you'll be up against when facing Sierra is her Shadow Drowzee. Drowzee is a Psychic-type, so, naturally, it's weak against Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type Pokémon.

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Sierra will always open the fight with her Shadow Drowzee. (Picture: The Pokémon Company)

Drowzee Counters:

  • Darkrai - Snarl (Fast) and Dark Pulse (Charged)
  • Gengar - Shadow Claw (Fast) and Shadow Ball (Charged)
  • Hoopa - Confusion (Fast) and Shadow Ball (Charged)

Pokémon Go Sierra's Second Pokémon and Counters

Sierra's second Pokémon is randomly selected between Blaziken, Lapras, and Sharpedo. Blaziken is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon which opens up the option of using Flying, Ground, Water, and Psychic-type abilities to counter its attacks.

Blaziken Counters:

  • Espeon - Confusion (Fast) and Psychic (Charged)
  • Kyogre - Waterfall (Fast) and Surf (Charged)
  • Kingler - Mud Shot (Fast) and Crabhammer (Charged)

As a Water/Ice-type Pokémon, Lapras is weak against Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock abilities.

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Lapras, the Water-type Pokémon, is one of the Pokémon Sierra could bring into battle. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Lapras Counters:

  • Raikou - Volt Switch (Fast) and Wild Charge (Charged)
  • Conkeldurr - Counter (Fast) and Dynamic Punch (Charged) 
  • Rampardos - Smack Down (Fast) and Rock Slide (Charged)

Sharpedo, a Water/Dark-type Pokémon, has notable weaknesses against Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-type Pokémon.

Sharpedo Counters:

  • Conkeldurr - Counter (Fast) and Dynamic Punch (Charged)
  • Lucario - Counter (Fast) and Power-Up Punch (Charged)
  • Zekrom - Dragon Breath (Fast) and Crunch (Charged)

Pokémon GO Sierra's Third Pokémon and Counters

When you get to Sierra's third Pokémon, you'll have the chance to face Houndoom, Shifty, or Nidoqueen. Houndoom is a Dark/Fire-type Pokémon that's weak against Fighting, Rock, Ground, and Water Pokémon.

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You may have to face Sierra’s Shadow Houndoom. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Houndoom Counters:

  • Kyogre - Waterfall (Fast) and Surf (Charged)
  • Machamp - Counter (Fast) and Cross Chop (Charged)
  • Rampardos - Smack Down (Fast) and Rock Slide (Charged)

You'll want to bring either a Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Flying, Fire, Ice, or Poison-type Pokémon to combat against the Grass/Dark-type Shiftry.

Shiftry Counters:

  • Conkeldurr - Counter (Fast) and Dynamic Punch (Charged)
  • Lucario - Counter (Fast) and Power-Up Punch (Charged)
  • Reshiram - Dragon Breath (Fast) and Crunch (Charged)

Nidoqueen is a Ground/Poison Pokémon, so Ground, Ice, Psychic, or Water-type Pokémon will work well against its attacks.

Nidoqueen Counters:

  • Kyogre - Waterfall (Fast) and Surf (Charged)
  • Espeon - Confusion (Fast) and Psychic (Charged)
  • Mewtwo - Psycho Cut (Fast) and Psystrike (Charged)

That's everything you'll need to defeat Sierra and the Rocket Team in Pokémon Go.

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Featured image courtesy of Niantic / The Pokémon Company.