How to Beat Arlo (August 2022)

Trainers can beat Arlo, one of the Team GO Rocket leaders, in Pokémon GO by using effective counters against his various Shadow Pokémon.

One of the Team GO Rocket Leaders named Arlo in Pokémon GO is ready to receive another challenge from trainers in August 2022, and only those with exceptional teams will be able to beat him on their way to Giovanni. For now, Arlo uses the same team in August 2022 as he did following the beginning of the Team GO Rocket Battle weekend event that began on July 9. Arlo’s team will likely change during the next event, but players will have to defeat his team of Shadow Pokémon while preparing for one of three options he may use as his second and third team members.


Like Giovanni’s team in Pokémon GO and the other Team GO Rocket Leaders, Arlo’s Shadow Pokémon are more challenging than the standard and purified versions of the same species. Arlo’s lead Pokémon is his Shadow Charmander, and trainers will have the opportunity to catch it if they manage to defeat him. However, although Shadow Charmander is more powerful than a standard one, trainers will likely have an easier time beating it using a counter such as a Water-type or Rock-type Pokémon. His final two Pokémon are final-evolved forms and are stronger than Shadow Charmander.

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In addition to Shadow Charmander, Arlo will use either Charizard, Mawile, or Salamance for his second member and Gardevoir, Scizor, or Steelix. Each of these options is a Shadow Pokémon, further improving their power. Unfortunately, players cannot catch these Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO after defeating Arlo, but it is possible to catch a Shiny Shadow Charmander.

How To Beat Arlo In Pokémon GO (August 2022)

Arlo’s Charmander, Charizard, and Steelix are all weak against Water-type attacks. Because all three of these options can appear in Arlo’s party, it is a good idea to use at least one Water-type Pokémon such as Kyogre, Swampert, or Feraligatr. Arlo’s Mawile, Scizor, and Steelix are weak against Fire-type attacks, and Salamance is weak against Dragon-type attacks, so Reshiram is another great option to use. Alternatively, trainers may want to consider using a Fire-type Pokémon regardless and keep an Ice-type Pokémon ready to deal with Salamance.

Despite weaknesses to Poison-, Steel-, and Ghost-type attacks, Gardevoir may be Arlo’s most challenging Pokémon to plan for. Trainers can use Gengar in Pokémon GO to counter Arlo’s Gardevoir, and having a Fire-type Pokémon ready ensures that Steelix and Scizor can be defeated if his Gardevoir is not present. Despite not having any super-effective moves against Salamance or Charizard, Gengar can prove to be useful against both of those Pokémon as well if Arlo chooses either option.

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Pokémon GO is available on iOS and Android.

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