How to beat Arlo in Pokemon Go (June 2023): Best counters & weaknesses

Team Go Rocket Leader ArloNiantic/The Pokemon Company

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

Pokemon Go enters June 2023 with its Hidden Gems season, and there are still millions of trainers around the world, veterans and newcomers alike, desperately trying to conquer Team Rocket Leader Arlo. Doing so will require a powerful team of Pokemon with high Combat Power levels.

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Here’s a list of all the weaknesses and counters that will help you take down Team Rocket Leader Arlo’s June 2023 Pokemon Go lineup that includes Shadow Teddiursa, Blaziken, and Scizor.

Team Go Rocket Leaders in Pokemon GoNiantic/The Pokemon Company
Arlo is considered the toughest Team Rocket Leader.

How to beat Arlo’s Pokemon in Pokemon Go

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

  • Teddiursa
  • Blaziken
  • Hypno
  • Golurk
  • Banette
  • Luxray
  • Scizor

Shadow Teddiursa 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 Blaziken, Hypno, or Golurk, giving Arlo some serious wiggle room, and a potential headache for yourself if you’re unprepared for any of them.

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Finally, the third Pokemon is yet again a random choice, this time between Banette, Luxray, 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 Teddiursa in Pokemon Go

Teddiursa in a Pokemon Go battle arenaNiantic/The Pokemon Company
Teddiursa is Arlo’s pick to open the battle and the reward players can get after defeating him.

Shadow Teddiursa is a Normal-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Fighting-type moves. While it’s not much to work with, the list of resistances is also slim as Teddiursa can only resist Ghost-type attacks.

So here are some of the best Pokemon to deal with Arlo’s Shadow Teddiursa:

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  • Terrakion with Double Kick and Sacred Sword.
  • Lucario with Counter and Power Up Punch.
  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch.
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch/Stone Edge.
  • Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch.

How to counter Arlo’s Blaziken, Hypno, or Golurk in Pokemon Go

Blaziken, Hypno, and Golurk in a Pokemon Go battle arenaNiantic/The Pokemon Company
A testing second phase awaits you.


Blaziken is a dual Fire and Fighting-type Pokemon that is weak against Flying, Ground, Psychic, and Water-type attacks. It will resist Dark, Fire, Grass, Ice, Steel, and Bug-type moves, making it a tough opponent.

Here are the best counters to deal with Blaziken when battling Arlo in Pokemon Go:

  • Kyogre with Waterfall and Surf.
  • Tapu Lele with Confusion and Psyshock.
  • Hoopa with Confusion and Psychic.
  • Alakazam with Confusion and Psychic.
  • Espeon with Confusion and Psychic.


As a pure Psychic-type Pokemon Hypno is weak against Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type moves. Its typing makes it resistant to Fighting and Psychic-type attacks, so the same counters for Blaziken won’t work well here.

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You’ll find some of the best counters to take down Hypno listed below:

  • Houndoom with Snarl and Crunch.
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball.
  • Pheromosa with Bug Bite and Bug Buzz.
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch/Stone Edge.


Golurk is weak against Dark, Ghost, Grass, Ice, and Water-type attacks. While focusing on those types, keep in mind that it’s also resistant to Bug, Rock, Electric, Fighting, Normal, and Poison-type moves.

That said, here are some of the best counters to take down Arlo’s Golurk:

  • Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant.
  • Gengar with Hex and Shadow Ball.
  • Dragapult with Hex and Shadow Ball.
  • Hydreigon with Bite and Brutal Swing.

How to counter Arlo’s Banette, Luxray, or Scizor in Pokemon Go

Luxray, Banette, and Scizor in a Pokemon Go battle arenaNiantic/The Pokemon Company
It doesn’t matter who you get for the final portion of the fight, if you bring the right counter, you might survive.


Banette might seem like a tough challenge, but it can be taken down by some of the counters mentioned above. As a pure Ghost-type Pokemon, it’s weak to Dark and Ghost-type moves and can resist Bug, Poison, Fighting, and Normal-type attacks with ease.

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

  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch/Stone Edge.
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball.
  • Zoroark with Snarl and Foul Play.
  • Houndoom with Snarl and Crunch.


Luxray is a pure Electric-type Pokemon weak only against Ground-type attacks. On the other hand, it can resist Electric, Flying, and Steel-type moves, so you should avoid those categories altogether.

While it’s ideal to exploit Pokemon weaknesses when fighting, you should also try to pick Pokemon that work best in more than one battle.

With that in mind, here are some of the best counters to defeat Arlo’s Luxray:

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  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earth Power/Outrage.
  • Rhyperior with Mud Slap and Rock Wrecker.
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and High Horsepower.
  • Excadrill with Mud Slap and Earthquake.
  • Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake.


Fire is Scizor’s biggest and only weakness in Pokemon Go and none of its attacks are effective against that type. Poison, Grass, Steel, Bug, Dragon, Psychic, Ice, Fairy, and Normal-type attacks won’t be very effective against Scizor because it’s a dual Steel and Bug-type Pokemon.

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: Torterra, Chandelure, Pheromosa, Tyranitar, and Darmanitan.

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Having a Dark-type and a Ground-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.

Not only that, but we have plenty of other Pokemon guides for you to browse:

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