How to Beat Arlo in Pokémon Go (August 2021) | All Arlo Counters

Arlo's lineup has a lot of resistance! Check out the list below to see which counters are most effective.

In Pokémon Go, you'll find that to get specific Pokémon, you'll have to defeat the Team GO Rocket grunts and bosses. The leaders (Cliff, Arlo, Sierra, and Giovanni) are often the most difficult, but provide the greatest rewards. In this guide, we will focus on how to defeat Arlo and which counters are best against his new Pokémon.

Quick Notes

  • This list is not permanent. Arlo's most recent lineup change was in May 2021. When his roster changes, so do the techniques and Pokémon you need to use to beat him. We strongly recommend you check back to this guide regularly to be up to date on the best ways to win!
  • Arlo's first Pokémon is always the same, but his second and third Pokémon alternate between two or three options. The first Pokémon he uses will always be Venonat. For his second Pokémon, he will use either Manectric or Crobat. For his last Pokémon, he will use one of these three: Scizor, Magnezone, Vileplume.
  • The counters we include aren't synonymous with weaknesses. Sometimes these counters will be mentioned for things other than being the opponent's weakness. Other examples may include their movesets or the fact that they're naturally resistant to their opponent.
  • These lists are not ranked from best to worst. While we can provide the best counters to use in any match, there is no guarantee which order they should fall. The effectiveness of each Pokémon largely depends on your play style and battle technique. This being the case, we have instead opted to list the counters alphabetically.
  • Arlo has multiple types. As the most challenging trainers go, Arlo doesn't focus on only one type of Pokémon. Still, the Pokémon he uses all fall under one of the following categories, listed from most common to least common:
    • Poison
    • Electric
    • Steel
    • Grass
    • Bug
  • Best team setup: There are a few Pokémon types that we recommend adding to your team since they do well against many of the Pokémon in Arlo's lineup. It's best to have a some combination of the team listed below. Still, if you only have two of them, you should hold fairly well against Arlo.
    • Any Strong Ground Pokémon
    • Any Strong Fire Pokémon
    • Any Strong Rock Pokémon

Related: How to Beat Giovanni in Pokémon Go | All Giovanni Counters - Pro Game Guides

Round 1 Pokémon

The following list has all the options for this gym leader to use as their first Pokémon.

Venonat

  • Type: Bug, Poison
  • Weak Against: Fire, Flying, Psychic, Rock
  • Resistant Against: Fighting, Grass, Bug, Fairy, Poison
  • Notes: The most effective Pokemon against Venonat are usually of the type Fire or Flying. Still, Dragon Pokémon are surprisingly effective, seeing as how they're not on the list of weaknesses.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Dialga in Pokemon
Dialga
Dragon BreathIron Head
Draco Meteor
Dragonite in Pokemon
Dragonite
Dragon BreathDragon Claw
Hurricane
Genesect in Pokemon
Genesect
Fury CutterMagnet Bomb
X-Scissor
Ho-Oh in Pokemon.
Ho-Oh
IncinerateBrave Bird
Earthquake
Reshiram in Pokemon.
Reshiram
Dragon BreathCrunch
Overheat

Round 2 Pokémon

The following list has all the options for this gym leader to use as their second Pokémon.

Manectric

  • Type: Electric
  • Weak Against: Ground
  • Resistant Against: Electric, Flying, Steel
  • Notes: If you do not have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Ground Pokémon to counter Manectric.

Related: How to Beat Cliff in Pokémon Go | All Cliff Counters - Pro Game Guides

PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Rhyperior in Pokemon
Rhyperior
Mud SlapRock Wrecker
Surf
Scrafty in Pokemon.
Scrafty
CounterFoul Play
Power-Up Punch
Togekiss in Pokemon.
Togekiss
CharmAncient Power
Flamethrower
Tyranitar in Pokemon.
Tyranitar
Smack DownCrunch
Stone Edge
Virizion in Pokemon
Virizion
Quick AttackLeaf Blade
Close Combat

Crobat

  • Type: Poison, Flying
  • Weak Against: Electric, Ice, Psychic, Rock
  • Resistant Against: Bug, Fighting, Grass, Fairy, Ground, Poison
  • Notes: If you do not have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Rock Pokémon against Crobat, since they are resistant to both Flying and Poison attacks.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Aggron in Pokemon
Aggron
Smack DownHeavy Slam
Stone Edge
Melmetal in Pokemon.
Melmetal
Smack DownCrunch
Stone Edge
Regirock in Pokemon.
Regirock
Thunder ShockSuperpower
Rock Slide
Probopass in Pokemon.
Probopass
Lock OnFocus Blast
Stone Edge
Tyranitar in Pokemon.
Tyranitar
SparkRock Slide
Magnet Bomb

Round 3 Pokémon

The following list has all the options for this gym leader to use as their third Pokémon.

Scizor

  • Type: Steel, Bug
  • Weak Against: Fire
  • Resistant Against: Poison, Normal, Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Ice, Psychic, Grass, Steel
  • Notes: If you do not have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Fire Pokémon against Scizor.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Chandelure in Pokemon.
Chandelure
IncinerateShadow Ball
Flame Charge
Charizard in Pokemon
Charizard
Fire SpinBlast Burn
Dragon Claw
Heatran in Pokemon.
Heatran
Fire SpinFlamethrower
Iron Head
Ho-Oh in Pokemon.
Ho-Oh
IncinerateBrave Bird
Earthquake
Moltres in Pokemon
Moltres
Fire SpinSky Attack
Overheat

Magnezone

  • Type: Electric, Steel
  • Weak Against: Fighting, Fire, Ground
  • Resistant Against: Flying, Poison, Steel, Bug, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Normal, Psychic, Rock
  • Notes: Magnezone is extremely tough to counter. If you do not use a weakness, it will be resistant to your attacks. If you don't have any of the Pokémon listed below, we strongly recommend you use a Ground Pokémon to counter Magnezone.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Garchomp in Pokemon.
Garchomp
Mud ShotOutrage
Earthquake
Gastrodon in Pokemon.
Gastrodon
Mud SlapBody Slam
Earth Power
Garchomp in Pokemon.
Groudon
Mud ShotEarthquake
Fire Punch
Landorus in Pokemon.
Landorus
Mud ShotSuperpower
Stone Edge
Rhyperior in Pokemon
Rhyperior
Mud SlapRock Wrecker
Surf

Related: How to Beat Sierra in Pokemon Go | All Sierra Counters - Pro Game Guides

Vileplume

  • Type: Grass, Poison
  • Weak Against: Fire, Flying, Ice, Psychic
  • Resistant Against: Grass, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Water
  • Notes: If you don't have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Fire Pokémon to counter Vileplume since it would suit well against many of the other Pokémon Arlo uses.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Dialga in Pokemon
Dialga
Dragon BreathIron Head
Draco Meteor
Dragonite in Pokemon
Dragonite
Dragon BreathDragon Claw
Hurricane
Heatran in Pokemon.
Heatran
Fire SpinFlamethrower
Iron Head
Ho-Oh in Pokemon.
Ho-Oh
IncinerateBrave Bird
Earthquake
Reshiram in Pokemon.
Reshiram
Dragon BreathCrunch
Overheat

Once you've found Arlo, you'll now be ready to take on all their Pokémon! Check back with this page for occasional updates when they update Pokémon Go!

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