How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO – April 2022

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Cliff is one of the three team rocket GO leaders in Pokemon Go that you can encounter

In order to find him you’ll need to beat 6 rocket grunts to collect mysterious components to make a rocket radar or alternatively purchase a rocket radar directly from the in-game store for 200 coins.

Once you have the radar you can randomly encounter Cliff or one of the other rocket leaders from both rocket balloons and random pokestops located by activating and clicking on the rocket radar to find.

Its worth noting if you lose to Cliff you can rematch him as many times as needed with the same rocket radar so long as you dont back out from the match

Here is a comprehensive guide to how to beat Cliff and a breakdown of the team he can use. For guides on the other rocket leaders check out Sierra here and Arlo here.

For our guide on the rocket boss Giovanni find that here

Cliff’s potential team

Here is all the possible team combinations Cliff can use

Pokemon 1 Pokemon 2 Pokemon 3
Cubone (Ground)Electivire (Electric)Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)
Luxray (Electric)Charizard (Fire/flying)
Omastar (Rock/Water)Swampert (Water/Ground)

Cliff’s first Pokemon will be Cubone. His second can be any of the Pokemon 2 and his third any of pokemon 3 in the table. All his team will be shadow Pokemon.

Your encounter will be with shadow Cubone when you beat him. There is a chance Cubone can be shiny

Advice to beat Cliff’s team

First and foremost, having something that generates charge moves quickly is essential to burn Cliff’s shields. The first two charge moves you use Cliff will shield.

Dragonite with Dragon breath (fast), Dragone Claw and Draco Meteor/Hurricane (Charged) Melmetal with Thundershock (fast), Rock slide and Superpower (Charged) and Tyranitar with Smackdown (Fast), Stone Edge and Crunch (Charged) is a solid generic team that charges moves fast and does well against all rocket grunts and leaders alike.

If your wanting a type specific team to beat Cliff then here is a good breakdown.

Pokemon 1

Cliff’s first Pokemon is Cubone. This is a pure ground typing making it weak to water, ice and grass typings. Pokemon that would be strong against it include

  • Kyogre – Waterfall (fast) hydro pump (charged)
  • Darmanitan (Galaraian standard) – Ice Fang (fast) Avalanche (charged)
  • Zarude – Vine whip (fast) Power whip (charged)
  • Kingler – Bubble (fast) Crabhammer (charged)

Pokemon 2

The second Pokemon can be one of Electivine, Luxray or Omastar

Electivire and Luxray are both pure electric typing and therefore weak to ground. Pokemon that would be strong against it include

  • Groudon – Mud shot (fast) Earthquake (charged)
  • Landerous (Therian) – Mud shot (fast) Earthquake (charged)
  • Excadrill – Mud slap (fast) Drill run (charged)
  • Garchomp – Mud shot (fast) Earth Power (charged)

Omastar is Rock/water dual typing making grass an effective choice to counter it. Pokemon that would be strong against it include

  • Sceptile – Bullet seed (fast) Leaf blade (charged)
  • Zarude – Vine whip (fast) Power whip (charged)
  • Leafeon – Bullet seed (fast) Leaf blade (charged)
  • Venasaur – Vine whip (fast) Frenzy plant (charged)
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Pokemon 3

The final Pokemon can be one of Tyranitar, Charizard and Swampert

Tyranitar is double weak to fighting, it also has a range of other weaknesses that include Bug, Fairy, Grass, Wter, Ground and Steel so Pokemon that are effective against it include

  • Lucario – Counter (fast) Power up punch/ Aura sphere (charged)
  • Machamp – Counter (fast) Cross chop (charged)
  • Swampert – mud shot (fast) Hydro cannon/ Earthquake (charged)
  • Kyogre – Waterfall (fast) Hydro pump (charged)

Charizard is dual Fire and Flying typing making it weak to water, electric and double weak to rock Pokemon that are effective against it include

  • Tyranitar – Smackdown (fast) Stone edge (charged)
  • Rampardos – Smackdown (fast) Rock Slide (charged)
  • Swampert – Mud shot (fast) Hydro cannon (charged)
  • Kyogre – Waterfall (fast) Hydro pump (charged)

Swampert is dual water and ground typing making it double weak to grass. Pokemon that are effective against it include

  • Zarude – Vine whip (fast) Power whip (charged)
  • Venasaur – Vine whip (fast) Frenzy plant (charged)
  • Leafeon – Bullet seed (fast) Leaf blade (charged)
  • Sceptile – Bullet seed (fast) Leaf blade (charged)

Final words

There is no one set team that is ideal as Pokemon 2 and 3 for Cliff are random so their is no way of knowing what team he will have without battling him first.

Having a team that can burn through his two shields as fast as possible is definitely going to give you the biggest advantage

All rocket battles, leaders and grunts dont hit you for two moves after either they shield, they hit you with a charge attack, you shield or you hit them with a charge move. Use this to your advantage when battling them as a way to store up extra energy on charge hits or avoid being hit two much

If in doubt make sure your Pokemon are powered up as high as you can manage and where possible ensure they have two charge movee unlocked to give you the most variety in battle

Generally this rotation Cliff is quite an easy battle providing you follow the advice above and ensure your Pokemon are powered up

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