Pokemon GO Arlo: How to Beat & Best Counters

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The leaders of Team GO Rocket are now live in Pokemon GO, according to a new blog post from Niantic.

As you progress through the “Looming in the Shadows” Special Research quest, you’re eventually tasked with defeating all three Team GO Rocket Leaders. One of these leaders is Arlo. Here’s how to find and beat him.


How to Find Arlo

According to a new blog post from Niantic, Team GO Rocket Grunts may now drop Mysterious Components when defeated. Assemble six of those to make Rocket Radars that can be used to sniff out the Team GO Rocket Leaders and battle them. Once you craft one, you can equip or unequip it from your bag. Tap the Rocket Radar button below the compass to activate the Rocket Radar. Using the Rocket Radar reveals all the Leader Hideouts in range, according to Niantic’s support website. They resemble regular PokeStops until you get within range of them, at which point the Team GO Rocket Leader will appear next to the PokeStop. Be careful as Leaders are more powerful than the average Grunt. If you lose a battle against the Leader, you can challenge them again until the Leader Hideout disappears from the map. Once you defeat them, the Rocket Radar breaks.

Even though players with Rocket Radars are the only ones able to detect hideouts for the leaders, they can still collaborate since hideouts appear to players in the same places, according to the blog post. After you create your first Rocket Radar, the items will then be available to purchase from the in-game shop with PokeCoins, according to Niantic’s support website. Only players level eight and above can get Mysterious Components and take on the Leaders, according to the website.

According to Pokemon Go Hub, bosses are only available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Update (July 7, 2020): The Team GO Rocket Leaders can now appear in Team GO Rocket Balloons that appear occasionally in the overworld. You have to have a Rocket Radar equipped for that to happen, though.

Unlike standard Team GO Rocket Grunts, Leaders can use Shields. Leaders will use up one of their shields every time you use a Charge Move, so it’s good to have a Pokemon with a Charge Move that has a low energy requirement – such as Machamp with Cross Chop – so you can burn through their shields quickly and hit their later Pokemon hard with a stronger Charge Move with a higher energy requirement.


Best Counters for Fighting Arlo (Pokemon GO Fest 2020)

You’ll need to defeat Arlo as part of day two of GO Fest 2020’s Special Research quest. Here’s the lineup for Pokemon GO Fest 2020, according to Niantic.

Pokemon 1

  • Mawile (Steel/Fairy) – Reshiram, Heatran, Entei, Moltres, Groudon, Garchomp
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    Pokemon 2

  • Scizor (Bug/Steel) – Reshiram, Heatran, Entei, Moltres, Chandelure
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    Pokemon 3

  • Shadow Moltres – Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Terrakion, Rampardos, Raikou, Electrivire, Kyogre, Swampert
  • Below is the team composition we recommend for the initial fight.

    Reshiram – Dragon Breath & Overheat
    A second fire-type Pokemon
    Rhyperior – Smack Down & Rock Wrecker

    Arlo has two Pokemon with debilitating double weaknesses to fire and rock during GO Fest 2020, so be sure to have at least one Pokemon of each type on your team.


    Best Counters for Fighting Arlo (Update: July 11, 2020)

    Arlo’s team has changed for GO Fest Challenge Week 2, a timed Special Research quest that emphasizes battles with Team GO Rocket members. You can see the lineup from every Team GO Rocket member on this infographic from The Silph Road Subreddit.

    Pokemon 1

  • Pineco (Bug) – Reshiram, Rhyperior, Regirock, Heatran, Rampardos, Tyranitar
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    Pokemon 2

  • Charizard (Fire/Flying) – Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Regirock, Kyogre, Raikou, Zapdos, Electrivire
  • Blastoise (Water) – Raikou, Zapdos, Electrivire, Virizon, Tangrowth, Venusaur
  • Steelix (Ground/Steel) – Machamp, Mewtwo (w/ Focus Blast), Resiram, Kyogre, Groudon, Garchomp, Rhyperior
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    Pokemon 3

  • Salamence (Dragon/Flying) – Mamoswine, Glaceon, Regice, Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam), Togekiss, Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Zekrom, Giratina, Dialga
  • Dragonite (Dragon/Flying) – Mamoswine, Glaceon, Regice, Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam), Togekiss, Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Zekrom, Giratina, Dialga
  • Scizor (Bug/Steel) – Reshiram, Chandelure, Moltres, Blaziken, Entei
  • Below is the team composition we recommend for the initial fight. If you get defeated, you can retry with a new team that will be more optimized since you know what Pokemon Arlo is actually using and so know what counters to use.

    Rhyperior – Smack Down or Mud Slap & Rock Wrecker/Earthquake
    Reshiram – Dragon Breath & Overheat
    Mamoswine – Powder Snow & Avalanche/Bulldoze


    Tips for Defeating Arlo

    Unlike standard Team GO Rocket Grunts, Leaders can use Shields. Leaders will use up one of their shields every time you use a Charge Move, so it’s good to have a Pokemon with a Charge Move that has a low energy requirement – such as Machamp with Cross Chop – so you can burn through their shields quickly and hit their later Pokemon hard with a stronger Charge Move with a higher energy requirement.

    According to a set of tips from user Paraprosdokian7 and LanAkou, the Pokemon used by Team GO Rocket Leaders have souped up attack stats. That means that it’s not only important to use Pokemon that can deal super effective damage but ones that can resist their attacks. You can bait the leaders into using up all their shields quickly if you use fast charging Charge Moves constantly in the beginning. That way your more powerful Charge Moves can hit the opponent without a hitch. If you can kill a Pokemon easily with Fast Moves, save up your Charge Moves for the next Pokemon they send out especially if that Pokemon isn’t weak to your Fast Moves. Click on the links on each user for more info.

    Rewards include 1,000 Stardust and two of the following rewards: one Unova Stone, one Sinnoh Stone, one Max Revive, three Revives, one Max Potion or three Max Potions according to The Silph Road Subreddit. You’ll also get to capture one of the Shadow Pokemon used by the leader with a chance of them being shiny, according to Pokemon GO Hub.


    Best Counters for Fighting Arlo (Original: November 7, 2019)

    Here are all the Pokemon Arlo is known to use according to reports. We also included the best counters to use against them:

    Pokemon 1
    Scyther – Rampardos, Tyranitar, Rhyperior, Chandelure, Mamoswine, Magnezone, Melmetal

    Pokemon 2
    Magnezone – Mamoswine, Groudon, Excadrill, Garchomp, Rhyperior, Machamp, Chandelure
    Crobat – Rampardos, Raikou, Mewtwo (w/ Psychic, Psystrike or Ice Beam), Mamoswine, Regirock
    Gyarados – Raikou, Electivire, Magnezone, Zapdos, Melmetal

    Pokemon 3
    Scizor – Chandelure, Moltres, Blaziken, Entei
    Dragonite – Mamoswine, Weavile, Regice, Mewtwo (w/ Ice Beam), Rampardos, Gardevoir, Rayquaza, Dialga
    Charizard – Rampardos, Tyranitar, Rhyperior, Kyogre, Raikou, Regirock

    Arlo is tough, but a good number of his Pokemon have double weaknesses: Scyther and Charizard against rock-type moves, Magnezone against ground-type moves, Gyarados against electric-type moves, Scizor against fire-type moves and Dragonite against ice-type moves. So your team should include Pokemon of at least one of those types, especially rock-type and electric-type. Mamoswine is great for Pokemon weak to ground- and ice-type moves.

    Here’s the team composition we recommend: Rampardos/Rhyperior, Mamoswine/Mewtwo (w/ Psycho Cut & Ice Beam), Magnezone/Melmetal/Chandelure. You’re welcome to make your own team, of course.

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