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Pokemon Go Arlo counters - how to beat the Team Go Rocket leader

Pokemon Go Arlo counters
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Wondering what the best Pokemon Go Arlo counters are? Then we can help. Just like the other Team Rocket leaders, Arlo changes their lineup frequently in Pokemon Go so even if you've taken them down before, you might find that you struggle this time around. Here's everything you need to know about the best Pokemon Go Arlo counters.

If you haven't taken down either of the other Team Go Rocket leaders yet, have a read of our Pokemon Go Cliff counters and Pokemon Go Sierra counters guides.

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Pokemon Go Arlo lineup

Pokemon Go Arlo counters

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  1. Beldum
  2. Gardevoir/Infernape/Aggron
  3. Salamence/Armaldo/Scizor

Pokemon Go Arlo counters

Below you'll find all of Arlo's possible Pokemon, along with the four best counters and optimal moveset for taking down each one.

#1: Beldum counters

Beldum is a Steel/Psychic-type Pokemon, but thankfully it has a very limited move pool in this battle. Fire and Ghost-type moves are the way forward, because they'll also take reduced damage.

PokemonMoveset
GiratinaShadow Claw/Shadow Ball
GolurkMud Slap/Shadow Punch
HeatranFire Spin/Flamethrower
ChandelureIncinerate/Flame Charge

#2: Gardevoir counters

To counter everything Gardevoir can throw at you, you essentially want to solely use Steel-type Pokemon. These are strong against Gardevoir and also resist move of its move pool.

PokemonMoveset
HeatranFire Spin/Iron Head
RegisteelLock On/Focus Blast
MetagrossBullet Punch/Meteor Mash
MelmetalThunder Shock/Rock Slide

#2: Infernape counters

As you'd expect, Infernape is weak to both Water and Psychic-type Pokemon thanks to it being a dual Fire/Fighting-type. Since Infernape can sometimes use Solar Beam though, Psychic-type Pokemon are recommended to take it down.

PokemonMoveset
VictiniConfusion/Psychic
EspeonZen Headbutt/Future Sight
MewtwoPsycho Cut/Psychic
AlakazamConfusion/Psychic

#2: Aggron counters

Aggron can be a pain in the butt because it is an incredibly powerful Pokemon that can use Rock, Dragon, Steel, and Electric-type moves. Your best bet is to go on the all-out offense and try to take it down as quickly as possible with one of the following counters.

PokemonMoveset
ExcadrillMud Shot/Drill Run
SteelixDragon Tail/Crunch
LucarioCounter/Power-Up Punch
RhyperiorMud Slap/Rock Wrecker

#3: Salamence counters

Now we're onto Arlo's third slot. Despite often knowing two Fire-type moves, Salamence is a Dragon-/Flying-type which means it takes 4x damage from Ice-type Pokemon. The problem is that Ice-types are weak to Fire-type moves, unless they have a secondary type that is Fire-type resistant. Taking into account Salamence's possible Fire-type moves, here are the top four counters.

PokemonMoveset
WalreinFrost Breath/Blizzard
MamoswinePowder Snow/Avalanche
KyuremDragon Breath/Blizzard
LaprasIce Shard/Blizzard

#3: Armaldo counters

Armaldo is a Bug/Rock-type Pokemon that knows moves from a number of different types. You'll want to go all out here to take it down, so opt for Water or Steel-type counters.

PokemonMoveset
KyogreWaterfall/Surf
TerrakionSmack Down/Rock Slide
TyranitarSmack Down/Stone Edge
AggronSmack Down/Stone Edge

#3: Scizor counters

Last but not least, Arlo can use Scizor. This a Steel-/Bug-type Pokemon which means that Fire-type moves reign supreme, dealing 4x damage. Whip out your strongest Fire-type Pokemon and go to town.

PokemonMoveset
ReshiramFire Fang/Overheat
MoltresFire Spin/Overheat
CharizardFire Spin/Blast Burn
EnteiFire Fang/Overheat

When you've beaten all three Team Rocket leaders, you can take on Giovanni! Click on the link in the intro at the top of the page for more details on how to take down the Team Rocket boss.

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Pokemon Go Arlo counters

Pokemon Go Team Rocket leaders: Arlo counters

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  1. Beldum
  2. Gardevoir/Infernape/Aggron
  3. Salamence/Armaldo/Scizor

#1: Beldum counters

Beldum is a Steel/Psychic-type Pokemon, but thankfully it has a very limited move pool in this battle. Fire and Ghost-type moves are the way forward, because they'll also take reduced damage.

PokemonMoveset
GiratinaShadow Claw/Shadow Ball
GolurkMud Slap/Shadow Punch
HeatranFire Spin/Flamethrower
ChandelureIncinerate/Flame Charge

#2: Gardevoir counters

To counter everything Gardevoir can throw at you, you essentially want to solely use Steel-type Pokemon. These are strong against Gardevoir and also resist move of its move pool.

PokemonMoveset
HeatranFire Spin/Iron Head
RegisteelLock On/Focus Blast
MetagrossBullet Punch/Meteor Mash
MelmetalThunder Shock/Rock Slide

#2: Infernape counters

As you'd expect, Infernape is weak to both Water and Psychic-type Pokemon thanks to it being a dual Fire/Fighting-type. Since Infernape can sometimes use Solar Beam though, Psychic-type Pokemon are recommended to take it down.

PokemonMoveset
VictiniConfusion/Psychic
EspeonZen Headbutt/Future Sight
MewtwoPsycho Cut/Psychic
AlakazamConfusion/Psychic

#2: Aggron counters

Aggron can be a pain in the butt because it is an incredibly powerful Pokemon that can use Rock, Dragon, Steel, and Electric-type moves. Your best bet is to go on the all-out offense and try to take it down as quickly as possible with one of the following counters.

PokemonMoveset
ExcadrillMud Shot/Drill Run
SteelixDragon Tail/Crunch
LucarioCounter/Power-Up Punch
RhyperiorMud Slap/Rock Wrecker

#3: Salamence counters

Now we're onto Arlo's third slot. Despite often knowing two Fire-type moves, Salamence is a Dragon-/Flying-type which means it takes 4x damage from Ice-type Pokemon. The problem is that Ice-types are weak to Fire-type moves, unless they have a secondary type that is Fire-type resistant. Taking into account Salamence's possible Fire-type moves, here are the top four counters.

PokemonMoveset
WalreinFrost Breath/Blizzard
MamoswinePowder Snow/Avalanche
KyuremDragon Breath/Blizzard
LaprasIce Shard/Blizzard

#3: Armaldo counters

Armaldo is a Bug/Rock-type Pokemon that knows moves from a number of different types. You'll want to go all out here to take it down, so opt for Water or Steel-type counters.

PokemonMoveset
KyogreWaterfall/Surf
TerrakionSmack Down/Rock Slide
TyranitarSmack Down/Stone Edge
AggronSmack Down/Stone Edge

#3: Scizor counters

Last but not least, Arlo can use Scizor. This a Steel-/Bug-type Pokemon which means that Fire-type moves reign supreme, dealing 4x damage. Whip out your strongest Fire-type Pokemon and go to town.

PokemonMoveset
ReshiramFire Fang/Overheat
MoltresFire Spin/Overheat
CharizardFire Spin/Blast Burn
EnteiFire Fang/Overheat

When you've beaten all three Team Rocket leaders, you can take on Giovanni! Click on the link in the intro at the top of the page for more details on how to take down the Team Rocket boss.

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