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

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

Beat Arlo in Pokémon GO

Arlo, one of the three Team Rocket leaders you can battle in Pokémon Go, only appears after you capture six mysterious components by defeating Team Rocket grunts who are stationed on PokéStops or Rocket balloons. Typically, Arlo, and the two other Team Rocket Leaders, have their roster changing at the start of every month, alongside a new Giovanni event. Shortly after their initial announcement, COVID-19 made it difficult for these Giovanni events to happen, and they were placed on stasis for a time, but have appeared at events every so often.

For January 2021, at the start of the month, it doesn’t look like Arlo, or the others, have had their rosters changed. This might change as the month goes on, but there doesn’t appear to be any upcoming Giovanni events that might alter this. We’ll update this page if this happens, but you do have to fight three of Arlo’s Pokémon to defeat him.

First Pokémon

The first Pokémon will be Growlithe, a Fire-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Ground, Rock, and Water-type Pokémon. Your best choice would be to use a Rock-type Pokémon, especially with the next option Arlo uses also being a Fire-type, so going down this route is probably a better option. You can chooes to go with Rhyperior, Terrakion, Tyranitar, Rampardos, Garchomp, Swampert, or even Mega Blastoise.

Second Pokémon

Arlo’s second choice can be one of these options:

  • Charizard a Fire and Flying-type Pokémon.
  • Blastoise a Water-type Pokémon
  • Steelix a Ground and Steel-type Pokémon

For those who picked a Rock-type Pokémon to use against Growlithe, you can do pretty well to ensure that Charizard will go down pretty fast. However, Blastoise will prove to be a difficult opponent because it can counter most things that you want to use against Charizard. You may want to use an Electric-type, but then Steelix can potentially make the fight extremely difficult. Some options you want to choose include Mewtwo, Alola Golem, Alola Exeggutor, Regigigas, Groudon, Zekrom, or Raikou.

Third Pokémon

These are Arlo’s final options:

  • Scizor a Steel and Bug-type
  • Salamence a Dragon and Flying-type
  • Dragonite a Dragon and Flying-type

Scizor is only weak to Fire-type attacks, making it a good options to have powerful Fire-type Pokémon on reserve to use against it. However, Salamence and Dragonite have the same weaknesses to Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type moves. You have several options, such as Mega Houndoom and Mega Charizard X or Y. You can use an Ice-type Pokémon to take down Salamence or Dragonite, but Scizor is resistant to most Pokémom moves, making it a difficult choice. Would do well to use Galarian Darmanitan, Mewtwo, Weavile, Mamoswine, Articuno, or Cloyster.

Your choices with Arlo are a bit slim, but because you have a good chance of taking out his first Pokémon pretty quick, it’s best to save your shields for the last two fights. You may need to switch your Pokémon choices to accommodate his roster, and having as many shields as possible will make battling him exceedingly easier.