Team Go Rocket: Grunts Dialogues and Counters (August 2021)

Pokemon Go: Team Go Rocket Grunts Dialogues and Counters

Team Go Rocket Grunts battles in Pokemon Go can be quite difficult and tricky. You need to have a team that is a good counter to the type of Pokemon those grunts will use in the battle.

Pokemon uses by grunts can be identified by the dialogue they use before the battle. Grunts taunting you with”this buff physique isn’t just for show” will always use Fighting-type Pokemon.

Team Go Rocket randomly and independently selects one Pokemon from each of the lists below to build a team, which are sent in the same order.

Pokemon in Green Box has a chance of being captured after the battle.

Addition Info:

  • Grunts never use their Protect Sheild but leaders will always try to use their Protect Shields.
  • Pokemon dropped by leaders can be shiny.

The Team Go Rocket grunts dialogue indicates the strongest Pokemon, not the one you can catch.

As of August 2021, there are 20 different Grunts that you can encounter.

Team Go Rocket Grunts Dialogues

Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?

Grunts who taunt you with “Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power?” will use Psychic-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Ghost, Dark, and Bug-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
ExeggcuteDrowzeeExeggutor
SlowpokeKadabraHypno
WobbuffetKirlia

Possible counters:

  • Tyranitar
  • Weavile
  • Houndoom
  • Haunter

Battle against my Flying-type Pokemon!

Grunts who taunt you with “Battle against my Flying-type Pokemon!?” will use Flying-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Rock, Electric, or Ice-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
StarlyGolbatCrobat
ZubatStaraviaDragonite
Gyarados

Possible counters:

  • Tyranitar
  • Electivire
  • Abomasnow

Check out my cute Pokemon!

Grunts who taunt you with “Check out my cute Pokemon!?” will use Fairy-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Poison and Steel-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
SnubbullGranbullGranbull
Snubbull

Possible counters:

  • Matagross
  • Roserade
  • Gengar
  • Victreebel

Coiled and ready to strike!

Grunts who taunt you with “Coiled and ready to strike!” will use Poison-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Psychic and Ground-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
Nidoran ♂NidorinaMuk
Nidoran ♀NidorinoNidorina
SkorupiWeezing

Possible counters:

  • Espeon
  • Mewtwo
  • Tyranitar
  • Groundon

Don’t tangle with us!

Grunts who taunt you with “Don’t tangle with us!” will use Grass-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Fire-types. Bug, Ice, Flying, and Poison-types are solid backups.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
HoppipGloomShiftry
OddishSkiploomVictreebel
TangelaTangelaVileplume

Possible counters:

  • Charizard
  • Moltres
  • Entei
  • Pyroar

Get ready to be shocked!

Grunts who taunt you with “Get ready to be shocked!” will use Electric-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Ground-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
ElectabuzzElectabuzzAmpharos
ElectrikeFlaaffyElectabuzz
Mareep

Possible counters:

  • Groundon
  • Rhyperior
  • Hippowdon
  • Golem

Do you know how hot Pokemon fire breath can get?

Grunts who taunt you with “Do you know how hot Pokemon fire breath can get?” will use Fire-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Water, Rock, and Ground-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
HoundourHoundoomArcanine
VulpixMagmarCharmeleon
NinetalesNinetails

Possible counters:

  • Tyranitar
  • Blastoise
  • Vaporeon
  • Rhydon

Go, my super bug Pokemon!

Grunts who taunt you with the “Go, my super bug Pokemon!” will use Bug-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Fire-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
AnorithPinsirBeedril
ShuckleScizorScizor
SkorupiVenomothScyther

Possible counters:

  • Charizard
  • Moltres
  • Entei
  • Pyroar

Ke… ke… ke… ke… ke… ke…

Grunts who taunt you with the “Ke… ke… ke… ke… ke… ke…” will use Ghost-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Dark and Ghost-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
DuskullBanetteBanette
MisdreavusDusclopsDusknoir
ShuppetSableye

Possible counters:

  • Weavile
  • Gengar
  • Haunter
  • Darkrai

Let’s rock and roll!

Grunts who taunt you with the “Let’s rock and roll!” will use Rock-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Fighting and Water, Grass, Ground, and Steel-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
AronLaironPupitar
NosepassLarvitarTyranitar
Pupitar

Possible counters:

  • Machamp
  • Blastoise

Normal doesn’t mean weak.

Grunts who taunt you with the “Normal doesn’t mean weak” will use Normal-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Fighting-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
TeddiursaPorygon2Porygon-Z
RaticateSnorlax

Possible counters:

  • Machamp
  • Conkeldurr
  • Sirfetch’d
  • Sawk

ROAR! … How’d that sound?

Grunts who taunt you with the “ROAR! … How’d that sound?” will use Dragon-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Ice and Fairy-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
DratiniDragonairDragonite
FlygonFlygon
Gyarados

Possible counters:

  • Weavile
  • Glaceon
  • Sylveon
  • Electabuzz

These waters are treacherous

Grunts who taunt you with the “These waters are treacherous” will use Water-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Grass or Electric-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
HorseaQuagsirePolitoed
PoliwagMarshtompPoliwrath
Spheal

Possible counters:

  • Sceptile
  • Leafeon
  • Raikou
  • Magnezone

This buff physique isn’t just for show!

Grunts who taunt you with the “This buff physique isn’t just for show!” will use Fighting-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Psychic, Flying, and Fairy-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
MachopMachokeHitmonchan
MakuhitaHitmonlee
Hariyama

Possible counters:

  • Alakazam
  • Gardevoir
  • Togekiss
  • Lugia

You’ll be defeated into the ground!

Grunts who taunt you with the “You’ll be defeated into the ground!” will use Ground-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Water, Grass, and Ice-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
DiglettMarowakFlygon
SwinubPupitarGliscor
Vibrava

Possible counters:

  • Gyarados
  • Venusaur
  • Mamoswine
  • Weavile

You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.

Grunts who taunt you with the “You’re gonna be frozen in your tracks.” will use Ice-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Fire, Steel, Fighting, and Rock-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
SnoverCloysterAbomasnow
SphealSealeoCloyster
SwinubLapras

Possible counters:

  • Charizard
  • Aggron
  • Machamp
  • Tyranitar

Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.

Grunts who taunt you with the “Wherever there is light, there is also shadow.” will use Dark-type Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using strong Fighting, Bug, and Fairy-types.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
MurkrowMightyenaCacturne

Possible counters:

  • Rhyperior
  • Lucario
  • Heracross
  • Gardevoir

Don’t bother, I’ve already won / Get ready to be defeated! / Winning is for winners

Grunts who taunt you with the “Don’t bother, I’ve already won / Get ready to be defeated! / Winning is for winners” will use a mix of different types of Pokemon. So it’s best to counter by using Fighting-type like Machamp, an Electric-type like Raikou, and an Ice-type like Abomasnow.

Possible Encounters:

Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
SnorlaxGardevoirDragonite
PoliwrathGyarados
SnorlaxSnorlax

Pokemon Go Grunt Counters

TypeCounters
BugCharizard, Moltres, Entei, Rampardos
DragonGardevoir, Metagross, Togekiss, Dialga
NormalMachamp, Tyranitar, Metagross, Dialga
FireGyarados, Tyranitar, Swampert, Kyogre
WaterVenusaur, Raikou, Roserade, Palkia
GrassCharizard, Moltres, Mewtwo, Rayquaza
PoisonMewtwo, Tyranitar, Groudon, Garchomp
GroundGyarados, Sceptile, Swampert, Kyogre
FlyingRaikou, Tyranitar, Magnezone, Dialga
PsychicMewtwo, Scizor, Tyranitar, Metagross

Team GO Rocket Leader Counters

You can find the detailed guide here.

Rocket Leader Cliff

LucarioRegiceSwampert
Meowth, Snorlax, and TyranitarFlygon, Sandslash, and TorterraSandslash, Infernape, and Tyranitar
CounterLock OnMud Shot
Power Up PunchBlizzardHydro Cannon
Shadow BallFocus BlastEarthquake

Rocket Leader Sierra

LucarioMelmetalTyranitar
Sneasel, Lapras and Hypno / Alakazam (Shadow Ball)Gardevoir, Lapras, Hypno, and AlakazamHypno, Sableye, Houndoom, and Alakazam
CounterThunder ShockBite
Power Up PunchRock SlideCrunch
Shadow BallFlash CannonStone Edge

Rocket Leader Arlo

MelmetalMewtwoBlaziken
Scyther, Gyarados, Crobat, and DragoniteCrobat and Dragonite (Ice Beam)Magnezone and Scizor
Thunder ShockPsycho CutCounter
Rock SlidePsytrikeBlaze Kick
ThunderBoltIce BeamFocus Blast
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