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Pokemon Go: How to Beat Sierra – May 2021 Counters


In 2016, Niantic released Pokémon Go released globally. It was launched under the Pokémon franchise in collaboration with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. The game can be played on iOS and Android devices. The game features a world map that uses the player’s real-time locations. It also contains many things that were present in the Pokémon shows like Pokédex, PokéStops, and Pokémon Gyms. The real-life PvP battles received criticism because of the dangerous locations they were sometimes placed in.

An update following this made it possible to fight over online servers. Pokémon Go started with around 150 species of Pokémon but has now reached 600 nearly. Niantic also holds many live events like Pokémon Go Fest, Pokémon Go Safari Zone, and Community Day. These events raised nearly $249M from tourism. Starting 2020, Pokémon Spotlight Hours began, which made a specific Pokémon more commonly spawn between 18:00 to 19:00.


Team GO Rocket leaders are tough nuts to crack, even for high rankers. Sierra is not the toughest among the three, but she is surely a pain. Cliff and Arlo are the other leaders. Sierra now has a changed line-up, so your previous strategies won’t be of any use. With proper knowledge of her Pokémon, it will be easy to beat Sierra.

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How To Challenge Sierra Into A Match?

Niantic introduced Team Go Rocket NPCs in 2019. They invaded PokéStops and corrupted Pokémons, making them more aggressive. The Grunts can be battled for winning Mysterious Components. They also drop Shadow Pokémon, which can be purified and returned to their normal state. They have discolored PokéStops and turn black when approached. Players need to collect six such Mysterious Components to form a Rocket Radar. The player will need space in Item Bag for collecting Mysterious Components. The Rocket Radar can also be bought from the in-game shop using PokéCoins.

This radar helps to locate the Team Go Rocket leaders hideout. The Rocket Radar gets used up once the leader is defeated. The players will get a chance to capture the leader’s Shadow Pokémon from the first round. They will get a Strange Egg which will hatch a Dark or Poison-type after walking 12km. The player will also receive 1000 Stardust.

How to Beat Sierra: What Is The Current Line-up Of Sierra?

When playing to beat Sierra, you will have three rounds to face her. She will choose from a total of seven Shadow Pokémon in battles. Sierra’s first-round choice is Shadow Sneasel (Dark & Ice). She will choose from 3 in the second round. The options are Shadow Gliscor (Ground & Flying), Shadow Granbull (Dark & Fairy), and Shadow Ampharos (Electric). The third round will also have three Pokémon. The choices are Shadow Kingdra (Water & Dragon), Shadow Houndoom (Dark & Fire), and Shadow Drapion (Poison & Dark). After defeating her in the first round, players will get a chance to catch Sneasel. Players will get 5 Premier Balls to capture the Shadow Pokémon. More Premier Balls can be available according to player rankings.

Giovanni with Shadow Pokémon

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Strategies To Beat Sierra

Shadow Pokémon have their hearts corrupted and are always frustrated. They have weaker stats for this reason. Once we understand the weaknesses of these Shadow Pokémon, it will be easy to counter and beat them.

Counter to First Round

Round 1 starts with Sneasel

• Shadow Sneasel: Sneasel is weak to fighting, fairy, fire, steel, and rock types. The best ones to use against it are Lucario, Machamp, Breloom, and Blaziken.

Counter to Second Round

Round 2 Will Be Ampharos, Granbull, or Gliscor (left to right)

• Shadow Gliscor: Gliscor is mostly vulnerable to ice types, but we can use water types too. Players can use Mewtwo, Glaceon, Slowbro, Gyarados, and Mamoswine to beat it.
• Shadow Ampharos: It is weak to only ground-type Pokémons. Landorus is the optimal choice here, but Garchomp, Tyranitar, Groudon, and Krookodile can be used for counter too.
• Shadow Granbull: Granbull’s weaknesses are steel and poison types. Using Diagra, Metagross, Scizor, Roserade, and Genesect will be enough to beat it.

Counter to Third Round

Round 3 will be Houndoom, Drapion, or Kingdra (left to right)

• Shadow Drapion: Drapion is again only vulnerable to ground types. Player can use the same Pokémons used to beat Ampharos to counter Drapion.
• Shadow Houndoom: Houndoom is weak against water, fighting, rock, and ground types. Kingler, Terrakion, Kyogre, Rampardos, and Conkeldurr will easily beat him.
• Shadow Kingdra: Kingdra succumbs to fairy and dragon types. But if the Kingdra has dragon types moves, it can cause some problems. The best choices to counter and beat it are Palkia, Rayquaza, Gardevoir, Haxorus, and Dragonite.

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