Pokemon Go Sierra counters July 2022: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

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Sierra Pokemon GO
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Beating Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go will take a lot of skill, so we’ve put together the best counters and weakness tips to lead you straight to victory against the likes of Drowzee, Lapras, and Shiftry in July 2022.

In Pokemon Go, Trainers can collect Mysterious Components by defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts at invaded Pokestops within the game. Once you have six of them, you’ll be able to form a Rocket Radar, which then leads you straight to the Team Go Rocket Leaders.

Unlike the Grunts, who can be taken down fairly easily, trainers will have a difficult fight ahead of them when it comes to Team Go Rocket’s Leaders. There are four in total: Cliff, Arlo, Giovanni, and Sierra, and all of them have unique ‘mon to battle with.

This guide will focus on taking down Sierra, including her current lineup in July 2022 and the best counters to defeat her in no time at all.

Additional reporting by Daniel Megarry.

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Artwork of the Pokemon Team Go Rocket Leaders, Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra
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Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo make up the Team Go Rocket Leaders alongside Giovanni.

Sierra Pokemon Go counters (July 2022)

Sierra has always been a difficult opponent to take down in Pokemon Go, and that’s no different in July.

At the start of every match, Sierra will always send out Drowzee, followed by two of six other potential Pokemon. This is Sierra’s current lineup:

  • Phase 1: Drowzee
  • Phase 2: Blaziken / Lapras / Sharpedo
  • Phase 3: Houndoom / Shiftry / Nidoqueen

Sierra’s lineup will change on Saturday, July 9, 2022, during the Team Go Rocket Battle Weekend event. We’ll update this page when that happens, but for now, these are the Pokemon she will use.

How to beat Sierra in Pokemon Go

To defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go, you’ll need to utilize a variety of different types to counter her. We’ve featured a mix of stronger Legendaries and more common alternatives, so there should be something here to meet every Trainer’s needs, and all of them are solid choices.

Let’s take a look at the weaknesses of all the different Pokemon that Sierra could choose to send out during your battle, and which counters should be used to beat her.

Sierra Pokemon Go counters phase 1

Drowzee appearing in Sierra's lineup in Pokemon Go
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Sierra will always start with Drowzee in Phase 1.

Drowzee counters

Drowzee is a Psychic-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type attacks.

Drowzee Counters
Darkrai
Darkrai

Snarl (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Hoopa
Hoopa

Astonish (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Weavile Pokemon Go counters
Weavile

Snarl (Fast Move) & Foul Play (Charge Move)

Chandelure
Chandelure

Hex (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Gengar Pokemon Go counters
Gengar

Shadow Claw (Fast Move) & Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Absol in Pokemon GO Raids
Absol

Snarl (Fast Move) & Payback (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 2

Sierra's phase 2 lineup in Pokemon Go
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Sierra can send out Sharpedo, Blaziken, or Lapras in Phase 2.

Blaziken counters

Blaziken is a dual Fighting/Fire-type, which means it’s weak against Flying, Ground, Psychic, and Water-type attacks.

Blaziken Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go
Mewtwo

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psystrike (Charge Move)

Moltres in Pokemon Go
Moltres

Wing Attack (Fast Move) & Sky Attack (Charge Move)

Kyogre
Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)

Alakazam
Alakazam

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Kingler Pokemon Go
Kingler

Bubble (Fast Move) & Crabhammer (Charge Move)

Espeon, one of Crobat's best counters for leader Cliff in Pokemon Go
Espeon

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Lapras counters

Lapras is a dual Water/Ice-type Pokemon, so it’s weak to Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock-type moves and resistant to Ice and Water-type attacks.

Lapras Counters
Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd
Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move) & Close Combat (Charge Move)

Lucario
Lucario

Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Zekrom Pokemon Go
Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Raikou
Raikou

Volt Switch (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Pokemon Go
Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex
Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Sharpedo counters

Slowbro is a dual Water/Dark-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-type attacks.

Sharpedo Counters
Conkeldurr Pokemon Go
Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Lucario
Lucario

Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Roserade
Roserade

Razor Leaf (Fast Move) & Grass Knot (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd
Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move) & Close Combat (Charge Move)

Yanmega

Bug Bite (Fast Move) & Bug Buzz (Charge Move)

Zekrom Pokemon Go
Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move) & Wild Charge (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 3

Sierra's phase 3 lineup in Pokemon Go
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Sierra can send out Houndoom, Nidoquen, or Shiftry in Phase 3.

Houndoom counters

Houndoom is a dual Dark/Fire-type, which means it’s weak against Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water-type Pokemon.

Houndoom Counters
Conkeldurr Pokemon Go
Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon
Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Kyogre
Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move) & Hydro Pump (Charge Move)

Lucario
Lucario

Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Machamp
Machamp

Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Rampardos
Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Shiftry counters

Shiftry is a dual Grass/Dark-type Pokemon, making it vulnerable to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison-type attacks.

Shiftry Counters
Conkeldurr Pokemon Go
Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move) & Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go
Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Lucario
Lucario

Counter (Fast Move) & Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Moltres in Pokemon Go
Moltres

Wing Attack (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Reshiram counter
Reshiram

Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Yanmega

Bug Bite (Fast Move) & Bug Buzz (Charge Move)

Nidoqueen counters

Nidoqueen is a dual Ground/Poison-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Ground, Ice, Psychic, and Water-type attacks.

Nidoqueen Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go
Mewtwo

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psystrike (Charge Move)

Hoopa
Hoopa

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Excadrill
Excadrill

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter
Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Kyogre
Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)

Espeon, one of Crobat's best counters for leader Cliff in Pokemon Go
Espeon

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

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Best team to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go

Conkeldurr, Mewtwo, and Gengar on the best team to defeat Sierra
These three Pokemon will help you beat Sierra in no time.

One of the best teams to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go would be Gengar, Mewtwo, and Conkeldurr.

Now that Sierra sends out Drowzee first, you’ll want a solid Ghost-type like Gengar to defeat it. Then, a powerful Psychic-type like Mewtwo will be able to take down Blaziken and Nidoqueen if Sierra chooses them.

Finally, make sure you have a strong Fighting-type like Conkeldurr, as the majority of Sierra’s Pokemon – Lapras, Sharpedo, Houndoom, and Shiftry – can be countered with this, so it could end up doing the bulk of the work.

Keep in mind that Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra is a difficult battle for almost any trainer, but if you take advantage of each Pokemon’s weaknesses with the counters we’ve listed above, you should be able to defeat her eventually.

How to beat Team Leaders in Pokemon Go

As well as Sierra, you’ll need to go head to head with the other Team Go Rocket Leaders, so check out our guides to beat Arlo, defeat Cliff, and finally, take down Giovanni.

So, there you have it. All you need to know about beating Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go in July 2022, and the best counters you need to use.

For more tips and tricks to become the very best, make sure you check out our other guides:

Spotlight Hour schedule | Current Raid Bosses | Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | Arlo counters guide | How to defeat Cliff | Giovanni counters | How to get free Remote Raid Passes | How to catch Ditto | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes | Pokemon Go promo codes | Rocket Grunt counters

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