How to beat Arlo in Pokémon Go for August 2020 – Weaknesses, tactics, counters

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

Beat Arlo in Pokémon GO

Arlo is one of the three Team GO Rocket leaders in Pokémon GO. Traditionally, you can find them by defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts at captured PokéStops. You’ll need to find six mysterious components to create a Rocket Radar. You can equip it from your bag and use it to locate one of the leaders. You can also encounter them by finding them in one of the Team Rocket balloons hanging in the sky. You still need mysterious devices to find them. At first, they only appear to trainers who are level 40.

You need to use robust and durable Pokémon when fighting Arlo. You want to use more defensive options with all-around general attacks to fight against any Pokémon Arlo uses. Arlo’s Pokémon line-up is changing for July 2020, especially with the upcoming Team Rocket takeover event set to happen on July 12 from 11 am to 2 pm in your local time.

These Pokémon rosters carried over into August.

First Pokémon

The first Pokémon will be Pineco, a Bug-type Pokémon, or Mawile, a Steel and Fairy-type. These two are both weak to make it weak to Fire-type attacks. Because of Arlo’s next choice, you likely want to lean towards using a Pokémon with strong Rock-type moves, such as Rhyperior, Tyranitar, Rampardos, Gigalith, Golem, Omastar, or Aerodactyl. Alternatively, you can choose a Fire-type, and then swap this Pokémon to use against Arlo’s final choice, so you may consider using Darmanitan, Entei, Moltres, Heatran, Infernape, Salamence, Palkia, Arcanine, or Chandelure.

Second Pokémon

Arlo’s second Pokémon can be one of these three options:

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

Many potential choices can work against any of these options, such as Electric-types for Blastoise and Charizard, but they’re vulnerable to Steelix. A Water-type would work against Charizard and Steelix, but it wouldn’t do much to anything against Blastoise. You may want to choose a choice in the middle, such as picking a Fighting, Ground, or another Water-type that knows Water and Ground-type attacks, like Swampert. It’s a tough choice, and you may need to battle Arlo twice in a row to know the best combination or reserve your switch after his first Pokémon to bring in a Pokémon capable of damaging a specific choice.

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, but Salamenace and Dragonite are both weak to Dragon, Fairy, and Rock-types, and are extraordinarily vulnerable to Ice-type attacks. You may want to use an Ice-type Pokémonlike Galarian Darmanitan, Mamoswine, Glaceon, Cloyster, Lapras, or Alola Ninetales. Alternatively, to prepare for Charizard and Steelix in the previous fight, a Rock or Ground-type like Rhyperior, Garchomp, Terrakion, or Tyranitar would do exceedingly well.

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.