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Pokemon GO Arlo July 2022: How to Beat

Arlo has upgraded his team in Pokemon GO, meaning trainers will have to adjust their own accordingly.
Arlo has upgraded his team in Pokemon GO, meaning trainers will have to adjust their own accordingly. / Photo courtesy of The Pokemon Company.

Arlo has upgraded his team in Pokemon GO, meaning trainers will have to adjust their own accordingly.

Like the other Team GO Rocket Executives, Arlo changes his team periodically to keep up with whichever Pokemon Team GO Rocket is currently obsessed with. We've detailed his current team as of July 10 and the counter choices trainers can use against it.

Pokemon GO Arlo July 2022: How to Beat

Arlo will always start with one Pokemon, and then choose his second and third from respective pools of available species.

First Pokemon: Exeggcute

Exeggcute is a Generation I grass and psychic-type and the pre-evolved form of Exeggcutor. It's particularly notable due to its appearance as a sentient clutch of eggs. While it has a long list of weaknesses including fire, dark, ice, and poison, its greatest vulnerability is bug-types, such as:

  • Volacrona (Bug Bite/Fire Spin + Bug Buzz/Overheat)
  • Yanmega (Bug Bite + Bug Buzz)
  • Genesect (Fury Cutter + X-Scissor)
  • Pinsir (Bug Bite + X-Scissor)

Second Pokemon: Salamence, Dragonite, Alolan Exeggcutor

Arlo breaks the mold with his second choices. All share a fairy or ice-type weakness, but unlike Cliff and Sierra, there is no carryover from round one.

All of the second-round Pokemon are a dragon-type of some kind with Salamence and Dragonite sharing a secondary flying-type. Alolan Exeggcutor, on the other hand, is part grass-type, meaning it is especially weak against ice-types like:

  • Glaceon (Frost Breath + Avalanche)
  • Galarian Darmanitan (Ice Fang + Avalanche)
  • Weavile (Ice Shard + Avalanche)
  • Mamoswine (Powder Snow + Avalanche)

Trainers could also use fairy-types like Gardevoir and Sylveon, but ice-types are a but more potent in this fight and, therefore, the safer choice.

Third Pokemon: Steelix, Scizor, Gardevoir

Here's where Arlo falls back into line with his fellow executives.

Steelix and Scizor share a weakness with fire-types, leaving wildcard Gardevoir the only real challenge in this battle. However, trainers can easily overcome this by looking for fire-types with a combination that holds an advantage over it. The safest bet here is ghost-types as both Scizor and Steelix are already steel-type.

Therefore, the best counter-choices here would be:

  • Chandelure (Fire Spin/Incinerate + Shadow Ball)
  • Heatran (Fire Spin + Flamethrower/Iron Head)
  • Salazzle (Incinerate/Poison Jab + Fire Blast)

Best Team for Arlo: Volcarona, Mamoswine, Chandelure

Once again, we want to look for overlap. Arlo doesn't have much, but he does have an opening for fire-types or fire-type hybrids to take advantage. Volcarona and Chandelure shine in this role in this order, respectively, allowing one to sweep the first round and serve as potential back up for the final fight.

Meanwhile, round three is easily dominated with ice-types, making Arlo's battle truly a song of ice and fire.