How to beat Arlo in Pokémon Go for June 2021 – Weaknesses, tactics, counters

Here’s what you need to know when fighting Arlo.

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Arlo returns to Pokémon Go for June 2021 as a regular Team Rocket Leader you can choose to fight against while exploring the game. Last month, during the Luminous Legends Y event, he, Sierra, and Cliff received a new roster of Pokémon to control that also gave them shadow Pokémon that you could potentially capture and receive a shiny version. For the first part of June 2021, it looks like their rosters are going to remain the same, but we can expect them to change with Giovanni receiving a different shadow Pokémon on June 17.

The three Team Rocket leaders don’t switch around their rosters too much, but it’s a good idea to make sure you’re aware of what Pokémon they’re using. If you’re hunting the leaders, make sure you have a Rocket Radar in your inventory, which you can obtain after defeating six Team Rocket grunts and grabbing their mysterious components.

We’re going to break down all of Arlo’s Pokémon, their weaknesses, and the best Pokémon to counter them.

First Pokémon

The first Pokémon will be Venonat, a Bug and Poison-type Pokémon. It’s primarily going to be weak against Fire, Flying, Psychic, or Rock-type Pokémon, but it’s resistant against Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, or Poison-type moves. We highly recommend you use a Fire or Flying-type Pokémon for this first encounter to easily take advantage of Venonat’s weaknesses. You can use Charizard to hit both types pretty easily.

Second Pokémon

These are the potential Pokémon Arlo can call out as his second Pokémon. Arlo will have three to pick from.

  • Ursaring (Normal-type)
  • Crobat (Flying and Poison-type)
  • Manectric (Electric-type)

Given these choices by Arlo, you’ll want to use Pokémon that can use Ice, Psychic, or Rock-type moves. If you need a Pokémon to do a lot of damage, we recommend usng Mamoswine, given it’s one of the best Ice-type Pokémon in the game, or Articuno, Alolan Ninetales, Regice, Lapras, or Weavile.

Third Pokémon

This is the final Pokémon Arlo could use against you in the battle.

  • Scizor (Bug and Steel-type)
  • Magnezone (Electric and Steel-type)
  • Vileplume (Grass and Poison-type)

These three are primarily going to be weak to Fire and Ground-type. Of these two choices, we highly recommend a Fire-type Pokémon. All three of them are going to be weak to these attacks, making them extremely vulnerable to these attacks. We recommend you use Heatran, Darmanitan, Entei, Moltres, Magmortar, or Typhlosion.

You have plenty of choices to use against Arlo. You primarily want to focus on Fire and Ice-type attacks to use against his Pokémon to take them down. After you’ve defeated him, you’ll have a chance to capture his shadow Venonat, which can evolve into Venomoth.