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Pokemon Go Sierra counters November 2021: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

Published: 29/Oct/2021 10:06 Updated: 29/Oct/2021 14:17

by Daniel Megarry

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Beating Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra in Pokemon Go will take skill, so we’ve put together the best counters and weakness tips to lead you straight to victory against the likes of Sneasel, Kingdra, and Gliscor in November 2021.

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.

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

Sierra Pokemon Go counters (November 2021)

Giovanni may have gone missing since the Season of Mischief began, but Trainers can still face off against Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra, who uses a range of powerful Shadow Pokemon in a three-stage battle.

At the start of every match, Sierra will always send out Sneasel, followed by two of six other potential Pokemon. While Sierra’s lineup changes over time, these are the Pokemon she can use in November:

  • Sneasel
  • Ampharos / Granbull / Gliscor
  • Drapion / Houndoom / Kingdra

How to beat Sierra in Pokemon Go

To defeat Sierra, you’ll need to utilize a variety of different Pokemon types. 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.

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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 you should be using to beat her.

Sierra Pokemon Go counters phase 1

Sneasel, the Pokemon in rotation for Sierra's Phase 1
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Sierra will always start with Sneasel.

Sneasel counters

Sneasel is a Dark/Ice-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Fighting, Fairy, Bug, Steel, Fire, and Rock.

Sneasel Counters
Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken

Counter (Fast Move)

Focus Blast (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Machamp Machamp

Karate Chop (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 2

Sierra's Phase 2 Pokemon, Ampharos, Gliscor, and Granbull
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Sierra’s Phase 2 will be Ampharos, Gliscor, or Granbull.

Ampharos counters

Ampharos is an Electric-type, which means it’s weak against Ground-type Pokemon.

Ampharos Counters
Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Garchomp Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Master League Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Krookodile Pokemon Go Krookodile

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhydon Pokemon Go Rhydon

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Gliscor counters

Gliscor is a dual Ground/Flying-type, which means it’s weak against Water and Ice Pokemon.

Gliscor Counters
Abomasnow Pokemon Go Abomasnow

Powder Snow (Fast Move)

Weather Ball (Charge Move)

Gyarados Pokemon Go Gyarados

Waterfall (Fast Move)

Aqua Tail (Charge Move)

Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Piloswine Pokemon Go Piloswine

Ice Shard (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Slowbro Slowbrow

Water Gun (Fast Move)

Ice Bearn (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Walrein counter Walrein

Frost Breath (Fast Move)

Blizzard (Charge Move)

Granbull counters

Granbull is a Fairy-type, which means it’s weak against Steel and Poison Pokemon.

Granbull Counters
Gengar Pokemon Go counters Gengar

Lick (Fast Move)

Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

Heatran Pokemon Go Heatran

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Iron Head (Charge Move)

Metagross Pokemon Go Metagross

Bullet Punch (Fast Move)

Meteor Mash (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Poison Jab (Fast Move)

Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

Scizor Pokemon Go counter Scizor

Bullet Punch (Fast Move)

Iron Head (Charge Move)

Toxicroak Pokemon Go Toxicroak

Poison Jab (Fast Move)

Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

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Sierra Pokemon Go phase 3

Sierra's Phase 3 Pokemon: Houndoom, Kingdra, and Drapion in Go
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Sierra’s Phase 3 will be Houndoom, Kingdra, or Drapion.

Kingdra counters

Kingdra is a dual Water/Dragon-type, which means it’s weak against Fairy and Dragon Pokemon.

Kingdra Counters
Dialga Pokemon counters Dialga

Dragon Breath (Fast Move)

Draco Meteor (Charge Move)

Dragonite Dragonite

Dragon Tail (Fast Move)

Outrage (Charge Move)

Haxorus Pokemon Go counter Haxorus

Dragon Tail (Fast Move)

Dragon Claw (Charge Move)

Garchomp Garchomp

Dragon Tail (Fast Move)

Outrage (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Palkia Master League Palkia

Dragon Tail (Fast Move)

Draco Meteor (Charge Move)

Rayquaza Rayquaza

Dragon Tail (Fast Move)

Outrage (Charge Move)

Drapion counters

Drapion is a dual Poison/Dark-type, which means it’s weak against Ground Pokemon.

Drapion Counters
Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Garchomp Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Golurk counters Golurk

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earth Power (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Master League Groudon

Mud-Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Krookodile Pokemon Go Krookodile

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Houndoom counters

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

Drapion Counters
Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Kingler Pokemon Go Kingler

Bubble (Fast Move)

Crabhammer (Charge Move)

Kyogre Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move)

Surf (Charge Move)

Machamp Machamp

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Tyranitar Pokemon Go Tyranitar

Smack Down (Fast Move)

Crunch (Charge Move)

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Best team to beat Sierra in Pokemon Go

Swampert in Pokemon Go
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Swampert is a great choice for players looking to defeat Sierra.

One of the best potential lineups to defeat Sierra in Pokemon Go would be Magnezone, Garchomp, and Swampert.

Magnezone’s Lightning and Steel-type attacks will help you easily defeat Sneasel and exploit its weaknesses. On top of this, the inclusion of Swampert will allow you to take out the various Pokemon who are weak to Ground attacks in Sierra’s lineup such as Houndoom, Gliscor, and Drapion.

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Finally, make sure you take Garchomp, as you’ll need a Dragon-type as it’ll also provide even more Ground attacks to utilize.

Keep in mind, 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 down 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 Sierra in Pokemon Go in November 2021, and the best counters you need to use.

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

Spotlight Hour guide | Current Raid Bosses | Best ‘mon in Go: Attackers and defenders | Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour | 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