Pokémon Go Grunts Guide: Lineup and Counters (May 2022)

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 easy to defeat, 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 Pokémon 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 Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:AbraMetangMetang
Option #2:RaltsAlakazam
Option #3Hypno
Best Counter:Ghost

Battle against my Flying-type Pokémon!

Type: Flying Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Zubat GolbatStaraptor
Option #2:StarlyStaraviaCrobat
Option #3Murkrow
Best Counter:Electric or Ice

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Check out my cute Pokémon!

Type: FairyStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:RaltsKirliaKirlia
Option #2:Snubbull SnubbullGranbull
Option #3
Best Counter:Ghost, Poison, or Steel

Coiled and ready to strike!

Type: PoisonStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Nidoran NidorinoWeezing
Option #2:NidorinaWeezingMuk
Option #3Zubat
Best Counter:Ground

Don't bother—I've already won! / Get ready to be defeated! / Winning is for winners!

Type: NoneStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:ChikoritaBayleef Feraligatr
Option #2:CyndaquilCroconawMeganium
Option #3TotodileQuilavaTyphlosion
Best Counter:Dragon

Don’t tangle with us!

Type: GrassStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:ChikoritaBayleefVenusaur
Option #2:Bulbasaur
Option #3
Best Counter:Fire

Do you know how hot Pokémon fire breath can get?

Type: FireStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:CharmanderQuilavaCharizard
Option #2:Cyndaquil
Option #3
Best Counter:Water or Rock

Get ready to be shocked!

Type: ElectricStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:VoltorbElectrodeElectrode
Option #2:Voltorb
Option #3
Best Counter:Ground

Go, my super bug Pokémon!

Type: Bug Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:VenomothBeedrillForretress
Option #2:Weedle SkorupiPinsir
Option #3Scizor
Best Counter:Fire

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Ke… ke… ke… ke… ke… ke…

Type: GhostStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:Sableye Sableye Sableye
Option #2:MisdreavusShuppetBanette
Option #3
Best Counter:Dark

Let’s rock and roll!

Type: RockStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:LarvitarAnorithPupitar
Option #2:LileepTyranitar
Option #3
Best Counter:Fighting or Water

Normal doesn’t mean weak.

Type: NormalStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:WhismurLoudredExploud
Option #2:Bibarel
Option #3
Best Counter:Fighting

ROAR!…How’d that sound?

Type: DragonStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:DratiniDragonairDragonite
Option #2:FlygonFlygon
Option #3Dragonair
Best Counter:Fairy

These waters are treacherous. (Normal)

Type: WaterStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:TotodileCroconawBlastoise
Option #2:Squirtle
Option #3
Best Counter:Electric or Grass

These waters are treacherous. (Magikarp)

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

Type: WaterStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:MagikarpMagikarpMagikarp
Option #2:Gyarados
Option #3
Best Counter:Electric or Grass

This buff physique isn’t just for show!

Type: FightingStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:HitmonleeMakuhitaHitmonchan
Option #2:HitmonchanMachopHitmonlee
Option #3Hariyama
Best Counter:Psychic

Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.

Type: DarkStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:PoochyenaCacturneSharpedo
Option #2:Houdour SableyeShiftry
Option #3Nuzleaf
Best Counter:Fighting

You’ll be defeated into the ground!

Type: GroundStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:HippopotasSandslashHippowdon
Option #2:SandshrewHippopotas
Option #3
Best Counter:Grass

You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.

Type: IceStage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Option #1:SphealCloysterLapras
Option #2:SwinubSnoverAbomasnow
Option #3
Best Counter:Fire or Steel

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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