Pokémon Go Grunts Guide: Lineup and Counters (July 2021)

Use this guide to easily take down any Team GO Rocket Grunts!

One of the most frequent events in Pokémon Go (second only to catching Pokémon) is crossing paths with a Team GO Rocket Grunt. While these villainous troublemakers are usually easily defeated, sometimes their Pokémon lineup can surprise you with a change that includes a stronger-than-usual Pokémon. In this guide, we cover each possible roster for the Team GO Rocket Grunts and the best way to counter them.

Currently, there is only one way to determine what kind of Pokémon you're going to battle against when you run into a Grunt: their catchphrase. What may surprise you is that no matter what they say, it will determine what kind of Pokémon you should put into your own roster before the battle begins. To make things easy, we've sorted the catchphrases alphabetically below. To go to that list of Pokémon, simply click whichever phrase matches what is said by the Team GO Rocket Grunt you've encountered.

Regarding the lists below: Any Pokemon you see with a A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go. next to its name has a chance to be the Pokémon you rescue when you defeat the Grunt.

Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?

Type: Psychic Pokemon Go Psychic EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Exeggute A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.KadabraExeggutor
Option #2:Slowpoke A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.DrowzeeKirlia
Option #3Wobbuffet A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Hypno
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Dark Emblem Dark

Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!

Type: Flying Pokemon Go Flying EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Zubat A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.GolbatGyarados
Option #2:Starly A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.StaraviaCrobat
Option #3Dragonite
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Electric Emblem. Electric or Pokemon Go Ice Emblem Ice

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Check out my cute Pokémon!

Type: Fairy Pokemon Go Fairy EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Snubbull A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.GranbullGranbull
Option #2:Snubbull
Option #3
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Poison Emblem Poison or Pokemon Go Steel Emblem Steel

Coiled and ready to strike!

Type: Poison Pokemon Go Poison EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Nidoran A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.NidorinoNidorina
Option #2:Nidoran ♀ A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.NidorinaMuk
Option #3Skorupi A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Weezing
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Ground Emblem Ground

Don’t bother – I’ve already won. / Get ready to be defeated! / Winning is for winners.

Note: This is generally considered the most difficult Grunt to defeat. Snorlax has high HP and it's possible for you to get three Snorlaxes in a row with this trainer. Fighting generally holds up the best against them. We recommend also having a Dark Pokémon in case you face Gardevoir, and your choice between Ice or Electric for the final stage in case it's Dragonite or Gyarados.

Type: NoneStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Snorlax A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.GardevoirDragonite
Option #2:PoliwrathGyarados
Option #3SnorlaxSnorlax
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fighting Emblem Fighting, Pokemon Go Ice Emblem Ice or Pokemon Go Electric Emblem. Electric, Pokemon Go Dark Emblem Dark

Don’t tangle with us!

Type: Grass Pokemon Go grass EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Hoppip A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Gloom A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Vileplume
Option #2:Oddish A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Tangela A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Victreebel
Option #3Tangela A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Skiploom A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Shiftry
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fire Emblem Fire

Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?

Type: Fire Pokemon Go Fire EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Houndour A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Ninetales A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Ninetales
Option #2:Vulpix A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Magmar A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Charmeleon
Option #3Houndoom A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Arcanine
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Water Emblem Water or Pokemon Go Rock Emblem Rock

Get ready to be shocked!

Type: Electric Pokemon Go Electric Emblem.Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Electrike A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.ElectabuzzElectabuzz
Option #2:Electabuzz A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.FlaaffyAmpharos
Option #3Mareep A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Ground Emblem Ground

Go, my super bug Pokémon!

Type: Bug Pokemon Go Bug EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Anorith A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.PinsirBeedrill
Option #2:Shuckle A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.VenomothScyther
Option #3Skorupi A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.ScizorScizor
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fire Emblem Fire

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Ke… ke… ke… ke… ke… ke…

Type: Ghost Pokemon Go Ghost EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Duskull A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.BanetteDusknoir
Option #2:Misdreavus A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.DusclopsBanette
Option #3Shuppet A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Sableye
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Dark Emblem Dark

Let’s rock and roll!

Type: Rock Pokemon Go Rock EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Nosepass A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Lairon A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Pupitar
Option #2:Aron A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Larvitar A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Tyranitar
Option #3Pupitar A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fighting Emblem Fighting or Pokemon Go Water Emblem Water

Normal doesn’t mean weak.

Notes: Normal Pokémon don't have any strong weaknesses or strengths. Generally, the best contenders against them are Fighting Pokémon, but any type (except Ghost) will work.

Type: Normal Pokemon Go Normal EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Teddiursa A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Porygon2Snorlax
Option #2:RaticatePorygon-Z
Option #3
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fighting Emblem Fighting

ROAR!…How’d that sound?

Type: Dragon Pokemon Go Dragon EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Dratini A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.DragonairFlygon
Option #2:FlygonDragonite
Option #3Dragonair
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fairy Emblem Fairy, Pokemon Go Ice Emblem Ice, or Pokemon Go Electric Emblem. Electric

These waters are treacherous.

Notes: This is a temporary lineup. Generally the Grut that uses Water Pokémon will use Pokémon that are more difficult to defeat. Regardless, it's still best to use Electric or Grass Pokémon against this Grunt.

Type: Water Pokemon Go Water EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Magikarp A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.MagikarpMagikarp
Option #2:Gyarados
Option #3
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Electric Emblem. Electric or Pokemon Go grass Emblem Grass

This buff physique isn’t just for show!

Type: Fighting Pokemon Go Fighting EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Machop A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.MachokeHitmonchan
Option #2:MakuhitaA Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Hitmonlee
Option #3Hariyama
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Psychic Emblem Psychic or Pokemon Go Fairy Emblem Fairy

Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.

Type: Dark Pokemon Go Dark EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Murkrow A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Mightyena A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Cacturne
Option #2:Poochyena A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Sableye A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Shiftry
Option #3
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fighting Emblem Fighting and Pokemon Go grass Emblem Grass

You’ll be defeated into the ground!

Type: Ground Pokemon Go Ground EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Diglett A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.MarowakGliscor
Option #2:Swinub A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.VibravaFlygon
Option #3
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Water Emblem Water or Pokemon Go Ice Emblem Ice

You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.

Type: Ice Pokemon Go Ice EmblemStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Spheal A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Cloyster A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Lapras
Option #2:Snover A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Swinub A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Abomasnow
Option #3Sealeo A Premier Ball in Pokémon Go.Cloyster
Best Counter:Pokemon Go Fire Emblem Fire, Pokemon Go Rock Emblem Rock, or Pokemon Go Fighting Emblem Fighting

That's all there is to know about the Team Go Rocket Grunts currently in the game! This list has changed before and may change again, so be sure to check back any time there is an update!

Did you know defeating Grunts is the only way to find a Team GO Rocket Leader? You can read all about it in our guide on How to Find a Team GO Rocket Leader in Pokémon Go. Or, once you find them, you can continue using our guides to see How to Defeat ArloHow to Defeat Sierra, and How to Defeat Cliff!

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