Pokémon GO Cliff Guide: August 2021

The best Pokémon to defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokémon GO.

Cliff Counters
Cliff Counters

A comprehensive guide on how to defeat Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokémon GO, updated for August 2021. We got you covered with the best Pokémon to use against Cliff, regardless of which line-up Cliff uses.

Remember that you can rematch Cliff if you lose the first time. Use this guide in combination with knowing Cliff’s Pokémon to ensure a victory. While Cliff is not the most difficult Team Go Rocket Leader, he is often the most unpredictable.

💡 Note: In Trainer Battles, counters need not always be Pokémon that do super-effective damage. We include Pokémon that are more viable to defeat Cliff, rather than those who do maximum damage.

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Cliff’s Pokémon Line-Up

Cliff uses Shadow Seedot as his first Pokémon. Arlo’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Hariyama, Shadow Poliwrath or Shadow Kingler. His third Pokémon can be Shadow Tyranitar, Shadow Torterra or Shadow Sharpedo.

Countering Cliff’s Shadow Pokémon

Seedot

Seedot

Arlo’s Shadow Venonat is a pure Grass type opponent that is easily countered by strong Fire, Flying, Ice, Bug and Poison types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Charizard
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Blast Burn Fire
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
Pidgeot
  • Gust Flying
  • Brave Bird Flying
Moltres
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Overheat Fire
  • Sky Attack Flying
Abomasnow
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Weather Ball Ice
  • Energy Ball Grass


Hariyama

Hariyama

The Flying type counters with saved energy can do heavy damage to Hariyama with their super-effective attack(s). However, Hariyama can be easily countered by strong Psychic and Fairy types. The Fairy types should be wary of Heavy Slam though.

Recommended counters

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Pokémon Moves
Mewtwo
  • Psycho Cut or Confusion Psychic
  • Psystrike Psychic
Lugia
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Sky Attack Flying
Latios
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
Togekiss
  • Charm Fairy
  • Aerial Ace Flying


Poliwrath

Poliwrath

Arlo’s Shadow Poliwrath can be a little tricky but you are good to go with your Psychic, Grass, Electric, Flying and Fairy type attackers.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move
Mewtwo
  • Psycho Cut or Confusion Psychic
  • Psystrike Psychic
Latios
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
Venusaur
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Frenzy Plant Grass
Zapdos
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric
  • Drill Peck Flying


Kingler

Kingler

Arlo’s Shadow Kingler is extremely glassy and is the easiest to take down with your Grass and Electric type counters.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Moves
Venusaur
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Frenzy Plant Grass
Sceptile
  • Bullet Seed Grass
  • Leaf Blade Grass
Roserade
  • Bullet Seed or Razor Leaf Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass
Magnezone
  • Spark Electric
  • Wil Charge Electric
Zapdos
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric


Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Arlo’s Shadow Tyranitar is 2x weak to the Fighting type, among other weaknesses. While Tyranitar is strong, you can beat it with little effort by taking advantage of its various weaknesses that include the Fighting, Bug, Fairy, Grass, Ground, Steel and Water types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Lucario Counter Fighting
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Aura Sphere Fighting
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Machamp Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop[ Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Swampert Mud Shot Ground or Water Gun Water
  • Hydro Cannon Water
  • Earthquake Ground
Excadrill Mud Shot Ground
  • Drill Run Ground


Torterra

Torterra

Arlo’s Shadow Torterra has a 2x weakness to the Ice type apart from other weaknesses that include the Bug Fire and Flying types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
Darmanitan (Galarian) Ice Fang Ice
  • Ice Punch Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Ice
  • Ice Beam Ice
Charizard Fire Spin Fire or Air Slash Flying
  • Blast Burn Fire
Pidgeot Gust Flying
  • Brave Bird Flying
Moltres Fire Spin Flying
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Overheat Fire


Sharpedo

Sharpedo

Arlo’s Shadow Sharpedo is mean, hits hard but has paper-thin defenses. Counter, Charm or Razor Leaf would be more than enough to take it down. Basically, you are going to use Fighting, Fairy, Grass and Electric types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Lucario Counter Fighting
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Aura Sphere Fighting
Machamp Counter Fighting
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
Togekiss Charm Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Aerial Ace Flying
Venusaur Vine Whip Grass or Razor Leaf Grass
  • Frenzy Plant Grass
Roserade Bullet Seed Grass or Razor Leaf Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass
Raikou Volt Switch Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric


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