Cliff Counters Guide

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

Cliff Counters
Cliff Counters

A complete guide on how to defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokémon GO. Cliff counters are Pokémon that are specialized in defeating her line-up with ease. Use this Cliff guide in combination with knowing Cliff’s Pokémon to ensure a victory. Remember that you can rematch Cliff if you lose the first time.

Cliff’s Pokémon Line-Up

Cliff uses Shadow Aerodactyl as his first Pokémon. Cliff’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Gallade, Shadow Cradily or Shadow Slowking. Cliff’s third Pokemon can be Shadow Tyranitar, Shadow Mamoswine or Shadow Dusknoir.

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Countering Cliff’s Pokémon

Aerodactyl

Aerodactyl

Cliff’s Aerodactyl can be a surprising opponent given its move pool diversity – Bite, Rock Throw and Steel Wing as fast moves do complicate things significantly. In majority of cases, the counters listed below will do the work just fine.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
Cobalion Metal Claw
  • Sacred Sword
  • Stone Edge
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Superpower
  • Rock Slide
Empoleon Waterfall
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Flash Cannon
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard


Gallade

Gallade

Cliff’s Gallade is weak to Fairy, Fighting and Ghost moves. Gallade can have Low Kick, Confusion or Charm as its fast move, and Close Combat, Psychic and Leaf Blade as charge moves. Unsurprisingly, Charm is the most dangerous move to be faced against.

Recommended counters

Versus Charm

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head
Jirachi Confusion
  • Doom Desire
  • Psychic
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Lugia Dragon Tail
  • Sky Attack
  • Aeroblast

Versus Confusion

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Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Jirachi Confusion
  • Doom Desire
  • Psychic
Lugia Dragon Tail
  • Sky Attack
  • Aeroblast
Darkrai Snarl
  • Dark Pulse
  • Shadow Ball
Tyranitar Smack Down
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge

Versus Low-Kick

  • Lugia, Ho-Oh and other flyers + Altered and Origin Form Giratina

Cradily

Cradily

Cliff’s Cradily has a wide move pool as well, with Bullet Seed, Infestation and Acid available as fast moves, and Stone Edge, Grass Knot and Bulldoze as charge moves. Naturally, Cradily is complicated to counter due to this.

The counters below include Pokémon that are strong against Cradily, but pay attention not to get hurt by super effective damage from its fast move.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Genesect Fury Cutter
  • X-Scissor
  • Magnet Bomb
Melmetal Thunder Shock
  • Superpower
  • Rock Slide
Stunfisk (Galarian) Mud Shot
  • Rock Slide
  • Earthquake
Jirachi Confusion
  • Doom Desire
  • Psychic
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Ball
  • Ominous Wind


Slowking

Slowking

Cliff’s Slowking has Confusion or Water Gun as fast move, and Psychic, Blizzard and Fire Blast as charge move. Luckily, it can be easily countered by strong Dark and Ghost types throughout all of its move sets.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Umbreon Snarl
  • Dark Pulse
  • X-Scissor
Metagross Bullet Punch
  • Meteor Mash
  • Earthquake
Palkia Dragon Breath
  • Aqua Tail
  • Draco Meteor
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw
  • Dragon Claw
  • Shadow Sneak
Magnezone Spark
  • Wild Charge
  • Mirror Shot
Bisharp Snarl
  • Dark Pulse
  • X-Scissor


Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Tyranitar uses Dark and Steel quick moves, and Fire, Rock and Dark charge moves. Tyranitar is double weak to Fighting, which is a feast for Conkeldurr, Machamp and Lucario. You can use Swampert or Heracross if powering up those Pokémon is too expensive (Stardust wise).

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Stone Edge
Scrafty Counter
  • Power-Up Punch
  • Foul Play
Machamp Counter
  • Cross Chop
  • Rock Slide
Heracross Counter
  • Close Combat
  • Megahorn
Sirfetch'd Counter
  • Close Combat
  • Night Slash
Hariyama Counter
  • Close Combat
  • Heavy Slam


Dusknoir

Dusknoir

Cliff’s Dusknoir is really easy to counter, as the majority of its moves are Ghost moves which deal reduced damage to Normal and Dark types. TLDR: Snorlax eats it for breakfast.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Snorlax Lick
  • Body Slam
  • Earthquake
Obstagoon Counter
  • Night Slash
  • Cross Chop
Slaking Yawn
  • Body Slam
  • Earthquake
Lickilicky Lick
  • Body Slam
  • Shadow Ball
Porygon2 Lock On
  • Tri Attack
  • Zap Cannon


Mamoswine

Mamoswine

Mamoswine can have Powder Snow or Mud Slap as fast moves, and Stone Edge, Avalanche or Bulldoze as charge moves. Mamoswine is weak to Fire, Fighting, Grass, Steel and Water, meaning you can use a wide variety of Pokémon to counter it.

Depends on the fast move really. Powder Snow? Don’t use anything that dies to Ice. Mud Slap? Don’t use Steel types. Check out the table below and pick ones that work for the given fast move.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Walrein Waterfall
  • Blizzard
  • Earthquake
Empoleon Waterfall
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Flash Cannon
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Lapras Ice Shard
  • Surf
  • Ice Beam
Dragonite (only vs Mud Slap) Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Togekiss (only vs Mud Slap) Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower


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