How to Beat Sierra August 2022 Pokemon GO

What are the best counters for the Team Go Rocket leader Sierra in Pokemon GO? Once you assemble a Rocket Radar by defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts and collecting six Mysterious Components, you will be able to take on Team GO Rocket Leaders. There are four of them – Cliff, Arlo, Giovanni, and Sierra – and each has its own unique tactics and Pokemon. This guide will outline the best strategy to beat Sierra in Pokemon GO for August 2022, including the best Pokemon to use, best counters and weaknesses, and more.

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How to Defeat Sierra August 2022 Pokemon GO

How to Beat Sierra in Pokemon GO August 2022

First thing’s first, before understanding how to beat Sierra, you must first know what you’re up against. For the month of August 2022, Sierra will face you with the following lineup of Pokemon, split into three stages:

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  • Stage 1 – Shadow Squirtle
  • Stage 2 – Shadow Blaziken / Shadow Lapras / Shardow Blastoise
  • Stage 3 – Shadow Houndoom / Shadow Drapion / Shadow Nidoqueen

Pokemon games are all about efficient counters, both in terms of your lineup and abilities. Thus, in order to defeat Sierra in August 2022, you’ll need to utilize an efficient mix of Pokemon for each stage of the battle. Now, let’s take a look at what are the best counters for each Pokemon she’ll put in front of you this month.

Pokemon GO Sierra Counters August 2022

For the first phase of the battle against Shadow Squirtle, you will want to use Electric and Grass-type Pokemon, as Squirtle is a Water-type Pokemon, and therefore weak to these types. This is our list of best counters:

Shadow Squirtle Counters

  • Roserade – Razor Leaf [Fast Move] & Grass Knot [Charged Move]
  • Therian Thundurus – Volt Switch [Fast Move] & Thunder [Charged Move]
  • Zarude – Vine Whip [Fast Move] & Power Whip [Charged Move]
  • Zekrom – Charge Beam [Fast Move] & Wild Charge [Charged Move]
  • Decidueye – Razor Leaf [Fast Move] & Return [Charged Move]

Shadow Blaziken Counters

Shadow Blaziken is one of the three possible Pokemon you’ll encounter in phase two. As a dual Fighting/Fire-type, the best counter for him are Flying, Ground, Psychic, and Water-type attacks. Here’s our list of best counters to defeat Shadow Blaziken in a battle against Sierra in August 2022:

  • Mewtwo – Confusion [Fast Move] & Psystrike [Charged Move]
  • Tapu Lele – Confusion [Fast Move] & Psyshock or Moonblast [Charged Move]
  • Latios – Zen Headbutt [Fast Move] & Psychic [Charged Move]
  • Kyogre – Waterfall [Fast Move] & Surf [Charged Move]
  • Espeon – Confusion [Fast Move] & Psychic [Charged Move]

Shadow Lapras Counters

Being a dual Water/Ice-type Pokemon, you want to use Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Rock-type Pokemon as natural counters in this battle. If you randomly get Lapras for stage two, you should use these Pokemon to efficiently beat it:

  • Melmetal – Thunder Shock [Fast Move] & Rock Slide, Superpower [Charged Move]
  • Magnezone – Spark [Fast Move] & Wild Charge [Charged Move]
  • Lucario – Counter [Fast Move] & Aura Sphere [Charged Move]
  • Raikou – Volt Switch [Fast Move] & Wild Charge [Charged Move]
  • Zekrom – Charge Beam [Fast Move] & Wild Charge [Charged Move]

Shadow Blastoise Counters

Finally, if Shadow Blastoise is the Pokemon you have to deal with in the second stage of the battle against Sierra in August 2022, Electric and Grass are Pokemon to go with. As a Water-type, and a relatively powerful one, these are the best counters:

  • Raikou – Volt Switch [Fast Move] & Wild Charge [Charged Move]
  • Magnezone – Spark [Fast Move] & Wild Charge [Charged Move]
  • Zekrom – Charge Beam [Fast Move] & Wild Charge [Charged Move]
  • Roserade – Razor Leaf [Fast Move] & Grass Knot [Charged Move]
  • Zarude – Vine Whip [Fast Move] & Power Whip [Charged Move]

Shadow Houndoom Counters

Now we’re entering the final phase of the battle against Sierra, stage three. Just like in phase two, there are three Pokemon you may encounter here. If your adversary is Shadow Houndoom, who is a dual Dark/Fire-type, the best way to counter him is with Fighting, Ground, Rock, and Water-type Pokemon.

  • Machamp – Counter [Fast Move] & Cross Chop, Rock Slide [Charge Move]
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down [Fast Move] & Surf, Rock Wrecker [Charge Move]
  • Conkeldurr – Counter [Fast Move] & Dynamic Punch [Charge Move]
  • Lucario – Counter [Fast Move] & Aura Sphere [Charged Move]
  • Kyogre – Waterfall [Fast Move] & Surf [Charged Move]

Shadow Nidoqueen Counters

Shadow Nidoqueen is a Ground and Poison-type, thus being particularly weak to Ice, Psychic, Water, and Ground. If Shadow Nidoqueen is the one you need to beat in Sierra’s third phase, we advise using these Pokemon:

  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut [Fast Move] & Psystrike [Charged Move]
  • Hoopa – Confusion [Fast Move] & Psychic [Charged Move]
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down [Fast Move] & Surf, Rock Wrecker [Charged Move]
  • Kyogre – Waterfall [Fast Move] & Surf [Charged Move]
  • Excadrill – Mud-Slap [Fast Move] & Earthquake [Charged Move]

Shadow Drapion Counters

Finally, if you encounter Shadow Drapion as a final stage of the battle against Sierra, only Ground Pokemon are counters that are going to do any significant damage, given that Drapion is a dual Poison/Dark-type Pokemon. To beat Shadow Drapion, we recommend these Pokemon:

  • Excadrill – Mud-Slap [Fast Move] & Earthquake [Charged Move]
  • Landorous – Mud Shot [Fast Move] & Earthquake, Bulldoze [Charged Move]
  • Excadrill – Mud-Slap [Fast Move] & Earthquake, Drill Run[Charged Move]
  • Garchomp – Mud Shot [Fast Move] & Sand Tomb, Earth Power [Charged Move]
  • Rhyperior – Mud-Slap [Fast Move] & Earthquake [Charged Move]
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