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How to beat Arlo in Pokemon Go (March 2023): Best counters and weaknesses for Arlo line-up

Team Rocket has multiple Leaders in Pokemon Go, and Arlo is one of them. Here’s how to beat Arlo and his fierce squad during March 2023.



Pokemon Go Arlo and Salamence

Team Rocket Leader Arlo is still awaiting the challenge of Pokemon Go trainers in March 2023. As with all Pokemon though, Team Rocket Leader Arlo’s troop of terror has weaknesses to exploit, and we’ll walk you through the best options for the job.

Pokemon Go enters March 2023 and there are still millions of trainers around the world, veterans and newcomers alike, desperately trying to conquer Team Rocket’s Arlo. Doing so will require a solid bunch of Pokemon with high Combat Power levels to do so.

Even though CP seems like the ideal parameter to judge a Pokemon in Pokemon Go, the game’s combat system incorporates several other mechanics that can influence the damage inflicted and received.

This is why players should not feel intimidated when Team Rocket Go leaders like Arlo attack them with fearsome Pokemon that have over 5,000 CP. When it comes down to it, Pokemon with inferior CP can easily overcome Pokemon that appear stronger on paper.

Team Rocket Leader Arlo is no exception, and here’s a list of all the weaknesses and counters that will help you take down his March 2023 Pokemon Go lineup that can include Shadow Nidoran, Steelix, and Charizard.

Arlo in Pokemon Go
Team Rocket Leader Arlo can be beaten with a strategy.

How to beat Arlo’s Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Arlo will attack you with any three of the following in Pokemon Go during March 2023:

  • Shadow Nidoran
  • Cradily
  • Crobat
  • Steelix
  • Armaldo
  • Charizard
  • Scizor

Shaodw Nidoran is guaranteed to be the first Pokemon Arlo uses, so you can always prepare for this opening fight with complete consistency.

For the second battle, he can choose Cradily, Crobat, or Steelix, giving Arlo some serious wiggle room, and a potential headache for yourself if you’re unprepared for any of them.

Finally, the third Pokemon is yet again a random choice, this time between Armaldo, Charizard, or Scizor. Again, as long as you know which three foes you could come up against then it gives you ample planning time.

How to counter Arlo’s Shadow Nidoran in Pokemon Go

Shadow Nidoran is weak against Ground and Psychic moves in Pokemon Go. In contrast, being a Posion-type Pokemon, you will struggle to knock its health down if you use Bug, Fairy, Fighting, or Grass Pokemon against it.

So here are some of the best Ground and Psychic-type Pokemon to deal with Shadow Nidoran:

  • Deoxys with Zen Headbutt and Dark Pulse.
  • Espeon with Confusion and Psychic.
  • Excadrill with Mud-Slap and Drill Run.
  • Garchomp Mud Shot and Earth Power.

How to counter Arlo’s Cradily, Crobat, or Steelix in Pokemon Go

cradily crobat and steelix together in pokemon go
A testing second phase awaits you.


Cradily is a Rock-Grass-type Pokemon that is weak against Bug, Fighting, Ice, and Steel attacks.

Here are the best ways to deal with Cradily against Arlo:

  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche.
  • Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere.
  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash.
  • Weavile with Ice Shard and Avalanche.


Favoring a poison/flying type, Crobat is weak against multiple sets of Pokemon types including Electric, Ice, Psychic, and Rock.

So we’ve gone for a full line-up that concentrates on these types and is capable of dropping big-time elemental moves to test Arlo’s Crobat early.

  • Espeon with Confusion and Psychic.
  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche.
  • Mewtwo with Confusion and Psystrike.
  • Tyranitar with Rock Throw and Stone Edge.


Steelix is weak against Fighting, Fire, Ground, and Water attacks. So check out a few of the best options for you to consider against Arlo’s Steelix.

  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Garchomp Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere.
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker.

How to counter Arlo’s Armaldo, Charizard, or Scizor in Pokemon Go

armaldo charizard and scizor together in pokemon go
It doesn’t matter who you get for the final portion of the fight, if you bring the right counter, you might survive.


If you come head-on with Armaldo it is certain to pose a problem. This is why you need to focus on its weaknesses as a Rock-Bug-type – Rock, Steel, and Water moves.

We recommend the following Pokemon and moves to take it on:

  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash.
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide.
  • Swampert with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon.
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge.


Charizard is weak against Rock, Water, and Electric attacks with Rock actually being its biggest weakness in Pokemon Go – not water as most players think. Fans of the game can expect a double super-effective impact while using Rock against Charizard because it belongs to the Fire and Flying categories.

Check out a few of the best options for you to consider against Arlo.

  • Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge.
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide.
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker.
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge.


Fire is Scizor’s biggest and only weakness in Pokemon Go and none of its attacks are effective against the type. Poison and Grass are basically useless against Scizor because it belongs to Steel and Bug types and players must refrain from using them against it.

As for Fire-type Pokemon, there are many great prospects in the game:

  • Arcanine with Fire Fang and Flamethrower.
  • Charizard with Fire Spin and Blast Burn.
  • Darmanitan with Fire Fang and Overheat.
  • Entei with Fire Fang and Overheat.
  • Moltres with Fire Spin and Overheat.

Best team to defeat Arlo in Pokemon Go

Some teams that should be able to beat Arlo’s lineup in almost every situation should feature some of the following: Lucario, Garchomp, Metagross, Tyranitar, and Rampardos.

Having a Rock-Type and a Fighting-Type Pokemon is a great play to defeat Arlo.

How to beat Team Rocket Leaders in Pokemon Go

It’s not just Arlo that you’ll have to fight in Pokemon Go as there are other Team Rocket Pokemon Go Leaders for you to tackle head-on, and this includes other tough foes in Cliff and Sierra.

After defeating them, the ultimate challenge is to defeat Giovanni, and here’s how you can beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go.

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