Pokémon GO’s villainous Team GO Rocket has apparently failed at their diabolical plan to steal free items from Pokéstops using grunts alone, because now they have sent in the team leaders. In addition to the big boss Giovanni, three other leaders have invaded Pokémon GO.
One of these leaders is Sierra, a mini-boss who can be quite tough for the unprepared player. Below is a list of the possible Pokémon that might appear in Sierra’s repertoire, and how to counter them effectively.
Round 1: Sneasel
Sierra will always send out Sneasel first. Sneasel will use ice and dark moves for fast and charge attacks, which means that you should use fighting Pokémon against it. Some good choices are Lucario (with a moveset of Counter and Power Up Punch), Blaziken (Counter and Blaze Kick), Poliwrath (Mud Shot and Power Up Punch), and Scizor (Bullet Punch and X Scissor)
Round 2: Hypno, Lapras, or Sableye
Sierra has a chance to send out one of these three Pokémon second, and each of them has different ideal counters.
Hypno will wear down your Pokémon fast, so the best choice to combat it will be Pokémon with good resistance to psychic attacks, namely with Dark, Psychic, or Steel-type Pokémon. Good counters are Darkrai (with a moveset of Snarl and Shadow Ball), Hydreigon (Bite and Dark Pulse), Houndoom (Snarl and Foul Play), and Weavile (Snarl and Foul Play). Psychic type Pokémon are resistant to damage, but psychic moves aren’t very effective, so make sure you use psychic Pokémon with other move types, like Mewtwo with charge attack Shadow Ball.
Sableye’s dark attacks mean that dark type Pokémon will be resistant to it, and its dual dark/ghost type cancels out its dark resistance, so dark type Pokémon are a safe bet. Pokémon with fairy attacks do well against it as well. Good counters are Togekiss (Charm and Dazzling Gleam), Hydreigon (Bite and Dark Pulse), Granbull (Charm and Play Rough), and Clefable (Charm and Dazzling Gleam).
Sierra’s Lapras has a variety of different type move possibilities, so the easiest way to defeat it is to counter its fast move and use protect shields on its charge move. Its fast move can be Frost Breath (an ice type move) or Water Gun (a water type move) so use water Pokémon, which are resistant to both. However, water-type moves aren’t very effective, so try to choose water Pokémon with other move types. This make Poliwrath (Rock Smash and Dynamic Punch) an optimal choice. Other good counters are Machamp (Counter and Dynamic Punch), Magnezone (Spark and Wild Charge), or Lucario (Counter and Power Up Punch).
Round 3: Houndoom, Alakazam, or Gardevoir
During the third round, Sierra has a chance to throw out one of these three Pokémon.
Houndoom has several type weaknesses, namely Water, Fighting, Rock, and Ground. This gives it several good counters, including Poliwrath (Rock Smash and Dynamic Punch), Swampert (Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon), Machamp (Counter and Dynamic Punch), and Kyogre (Waterfall and Hydro Pump).
When facing Alakazam, the key is, again, countering the fast move. For this you want to use Dark Type Pokémon. Tyranitar (Bite and Crunch), Weavile (Snarl and Foul Play), or Darkrai (Snark and Dark Pulse) are all good choices.
The trick to facing Gardevoir is to use powerful steel Pokémon, which resists most of its attacks. Tyranitar is a good choice for resisting psychic attacks, as with Alakazam, but some more specific counters are Metagross (Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash), Melmetal (Thunder Shock and Flash Cannon), and Dialga (Iron Head and Flash Cannon).
With this guide, hopefully players will be able to defeat Sierra, rising above the team leader to challenge the big boss Giovanni.