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February TGR Leaders Counters

As reported by the wonderful people on the TSR Reddit, February has brought another series of changes to the Team GO Rocket Leader battles. Cliff will now lead with Pinsir, Sierra with Beldum, and Arlo with Mawile. But, that’s not all that changed, as the pool of Pokémon they have access to has also had a shakeup.

Let’s take a look at which of your Pokémon you should be taking into battle against each possible battle you could face during February. You will notice that Team GO Rocket counters are a little different than Raid counters. The ability to spam out super-effective Charged Moves is extremely important; you have to burn up those shields to take down the TGR leaders!

CLIFF

Willow Report - Cliff

What can we say about Cliff? Lay off the protein powder homie! And maybe don’t shave a ball into your chin? Somewhere out there Will Smith is referring to you as a Ballchinion. Cliff is by far the easiest of the TGR Team Leaders. Here’s an in-depth look at how to defeat everything Cliff can throw at you.

PINSIR
 Stantler 
New for February, Pinsir is weak to Fire-, Flying-, and Rock-typesBecause of this we recommend using Moltres, Rayquaza, and Charizard to take down this bug. 
Fire Spin
Sky Attack
Air Slash
Aerial Ace
Fire Spin
Blast Burn
ELECTIVIRE
Electivire is weak to one thing, and one thing only, Ground-types. Therefore, unsurprisingly, we recommend Garchomp, Excadrill, and Groudon.
Mud Shot Earthquake Mud-Slap Drill Run Mud Shot Earthquake
MAROWAK
Marowak is weak to Grass-, Ice-, and Water-types. Kingler, Kyogre, and Mamoswine should all make short work of it.
Bubble Crabhammer Waterfall Surf Powder Snow Avalanche
OMASTAR
Omanyte is double weak to Grass-types; therefore, we recommend the following three Grass-types to battle it with: Roserade, Torterra, and Sceptile.
Razor Leaf Grass Knot Razor Leaf Frenzy Plant Bullet Seed Frenzy Plant
TYRANITAR
  
Tyranitar REALLY dislikes Fighting-types. Using a Fighting-type that can quickly get off its Charged Move will cut through Tyranitar like a hot knife through butter.
Counter
Aura Sphere
Counter
Dy. Punch
Counter
Dy. Punch
SWAMPERT
  
Swampert HATES Grass-types, as it suffers from a double weakness to them. As you might guess, Grass-types make-up all three top counters.
Razor Leaf
Grass Knot
Vine Whip
Frenzy Plant
Bullet Seed
Frenzy Plant
TORTERRA
  
Torterra is double weak to Ice-type moves. We Recommend either Glaceon, Weavile, or Articuno. Ice Ice Baby!
Frost Breath
Avalanche
Ice Shard
Avalanche
Frost Breath
Blizzard

SIERRA

Willow Report - Sierra

Sierra, girl, you got that sass, but we got sass of our own! Ain’t nobody got time for that whole “Mean Girl” routine! BYE FELICIA! Sierra is probably the 2nd hardest TGR Team Leader. Here’s our breakdown of how to say goodbye to everything Sierra can offer.

BELDUM
 beldum 
The second lead battle addition for February, Beldum, is weak to Dark-, Fire-, Ghost-, and Ground-types. You have a wide choice of Pokémon to choose from for this battle, but we recommend Darkrai, Blaziken, and Origin Giratina. 
Snarl
Dark Pulse
Counter
Blaze Kick
Shadow Claw
Shadow Ball
LAPRAS
  
Lapras is weak to Electric-, Fighting-, Grass-, and Rock-types. Most of them should be able to get the job done, but here are our top three recommendations.
Counter
Aura Sphere
Counter
Dy. Punch
Thunder Shock
Wild Charge
SHARPEDO
  
Sharpedo is weak to Bug-, Electric-, Fairy-, Fighting-, and Grass-types. For this reason, we recommend using Conkeldurr, Lucario, and Raikou. 
Counter
Dy. Punch
Counter
Aura Sphere
Volt Switch
Wild Charge
EXEGGUTOR
  
Exeggutor is DOUBLE weak to Bug-types. For this reason, Yanmega, Scizor, and Pinsir are the top three counters we recommend.
Bug Bite
Bug Buzz
Fury Cutter
X-Scissor
Bug Bit
X-Scissor
HOUNDOOM
  
Houndoom is weak to Fighting-, Ground-, Rock-, and Water-types. Swampert, Kyogre, and Terrakion can all beat it with relative ease.
Water Gun
Hydro Cannon
Waterfall
Surf
Smack Down
Rock Slide
ALAKAZAM
  
Alakazam is weak to Bug-, Dark-, and Ghost-types. We recommend using Origin Giratina, Mewtwo, and Darkrai in this battle.
Shadow Claw
Shadow Ball
Psycho Cut
Shadow Ball
Snarl
Shadow Ball
SHIFTRY
  
Shiftry is double weak to Bug-types, but also has weaknesses to Fairy-, Flying-, Fire-, Fighting-, Ice-, and Poison-types. Our recommendations are Scizor, Yanmega, and Pinsir.
Fury Cutter
X-Scissor
Bug Bite
Bug Buzz
Bug Bite
X-Scissor

ARLO

Willow Report - Arlo

Arlo; poor, misguided, slightly Emo Arlo. You’re angry at Candela; we get it. But, perchaps you’re going about dealing with it poorly? In our view, Arlo is the most difficult of the three TGR Team Leaders, here’s how to deal with him properly.

MAWILE
 Bagon 
Our final lead addition for February, Mawile, is weak to Fire- and Ground-types. Blaziken, Charizard, and Groudon can all make short work of Mawile.
Counter
Blaze Kick
Fire Spin
Blast Burn
Mud Shot
Earthquake
BLASTOISE
  
Blastoise is only weak to Electric- and Grass-types. As such, we recommend using Raikou, Electivire, or Roserade.
Thunder Shock
Wild Charge
Thunder Shock
Wild Charge
Razor Leaf
Grass Knot
CHARIZARD
  
Charizard is double weak to Rock-types and as such, all three top counters fit into this sub-typing.
Smack Down
Stone Edge
Smack Down
Stone Edge
Smack Down
Rock Slide
STEELIX
  
Steelix is weak to Fighting-, Fire-, Ground-, and Water-types. We recommend using either Lucario, Blaziken, or Conkeldurr.
Counter
Aura Sphere
Counter
Blast Burn
Counter
Dy. Punch
SCIZOR
  
Scizor is double weak to Fire-types. Burn it. Burn it until it’s dead! Here are our top three recommendations.
Fire Spin
Overheat
Fire Spin
Blaze Kick
Fire Spin
Blast Burn
SALAMENCE
  
Salamence is double weak to Ice-types but also suffers from weaknesses to Dragon-, Fairy-, and Rock-types. Here are our top three counters.
Psycho Cut
Ice Beam
Powder Snow
Avalanche
Frost Breath
Avalanche
DRAGONITE
  
Dragonite is double weak to Ice-types and also has weaknesses to Dragon-, Fairy-, and Rock-types. The same counters for Salamence also work well here.
Psyco Cut
Ice Beam
Powder Snow
Avalanche
Frost Breath
Avalanche

GIOVANNI

FINALLY! The TGR boss man himself, big daddy G, the evil genius, Giovanni. Unless it isn’t? Decoys aside, Giovanni isn’t all that difficult, you know what the first and last battles will be, and all three Pokémon you could face in the 2nd Battle, have the same weaknesses. Here’s our take on how to lay the beat down on Giovanni and send him back to the shadows.

PERSIAN
  
Persian is only weak to Fighting-types. Do you know what that means? Yup! Lucario time again! Lucario offers a pretty wide range of resistances against Persian’s moves, as well as a rounded fighting type move set. Power-up Punch is generally better for PvP, but Aura Sphere is a good option as well. Conkeldurr and Machamp are also viable.
Counter
PuP
Counter
Dy. Punch
Counter
Dy. Punch
Cloyster
  
Cloyster is weak to Electric-, Fighting-, Grass-, and Rock-types, giving you an array of options to choose from. Against an Ice move set, Grass is not the top priority of counters, but it will resist a Water-type set. Sceptile with Bullet Seed / Frenzy Plant would be your go-to Grass-type.
Smack Down
Rock Slide
Counter
PuP
Thunder Shock
Wild Charge
STEELIX
  
Steelix is dual Steel- and Ground-type and, therefore, weak to Fighting-, Fire-, Ground-, and Water-type moves. Our recommendations to take down Steelix are Lucario, Conkeldurr, and Blaziken.
Counter
Aura Sphere
Counter
Dy. Punch
Counter
Blast Burn
HIPPOWDON
  
Hippowdon is not an awfully difficult battle. It is weak to Grass-, Ice-, and Water-types. Your best bet is using Kyogre, Swampert, or Feraligatr.
Waterfall
Surf
Water Gun
Hydro Cannon
Waterfall
Hydro Cannon
Raikou
  
February brings us the Legendary Pokémon, Raikou. Raikou is weak to Ground-type moves only. Because of this, your choices are somewhat limited. We recommend trying out Excadrill, Groudon, or Rhyperior to take out Raikou.
Mud Slap
Drill Run
Mud Shot
Earthquake
Mud Slap
Earthquake
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