Rocket Leader Cliff Counters Guide

Cliff Pokemon GO
Cliff is a Team GO Rocket Leader in Pokemon GO

Cliff Pokémon GO counters are Pokémon that will help you defeat him with ease, regardless of which line-up Cliff uses. In this Cliff guide we will go through each Pokémon and explain how to deal with them. 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.

Cliff’s Pokémon Line-Up

Cliff always uses Pinsir as his first Pokémon. Cliff’s second Pokémon can be Marowak, Onix or Electivire. Cliff’s third Pokemon can be Tyranitar, Swampert or Torterra.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Pokemon GO MarowakMarowak Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar
Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert
Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra

Countering Cliff’s Pokémon

Pinsir

Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir

Pinsir uses Bug or Fighting fast and charge moves and is weak to Fire, Flying and Rock

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Fire Spin Overheat
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Fire Spin Blaze Kick
Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Fire Spin Overheat
Pokemon GO VolcaronaVolcarona Fire Spin Overheat

Marowak

Pokemon GO MarowakMarowak

Marowakuses Ground or Fighting fast move, and Ground charge moves. Marowak’s move pool is rather homogeneous, which makes it easy to pick counters against it.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LugiaLugia Extrasensory Sky Attack
Pokemon GO TropiusTropius Razor Leaf Leaf Blade
Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Crunch
Pokemon GO Giratina (Altered)Giratina (Altered) Dragon Breath Dragon Claw

Omastar

Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar

Omastar uses Rock, Water and Ground fast moves, and Rock and Water charge moves. Omastar has a double weakness to Grass and is also weak to Electric, Fighting and Ground.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Vine Whip Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO AbomasnowAbomasnow Razor Leaf Energy Ball
Pokemon GO LeafeonLeafeon Razor Leaf Leaf Blade
Pokemon GO BellossomBellossom Razor Leaf Leaf Blade

Electivire

Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire

Electivire uses an Electric or a Fighting fast move, and Electric or Ice charge moves. Ground types fare excellently against it, as most of Electivire’s moves deal significantly reduced damage.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Mud Shot Sand Tomb
Pokemon GO Giratina (Altered)Giratina (Altered) Dragon Breath Ancient Power
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap Stone Edge
Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball
Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon Mud Shot Earth Power

Tyranitar

Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar

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 Lucario. You can use Swampert, Machamp or Heracross if Lucario is too expensive (Stardust wise).

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross Counter Close Combat
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop
Pokemon GO VirizionVirizion Quick Attack Close Combat
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon

Swampert

Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert

Swampert uses a Ground or Water fast move, and Ground, Water or Poison charge moves. Luckily, Swampert is double weak to Grass moves, which makes picking counters quite easy. Be sure to shield against Sludge Wave.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LeafeonLeafeon Quick Attack Leaf Blade
Pokemon GO RoseradeRoserade Razor Leaf Grass Knot
Pokemon GO MeganiumMeganium Vine Whip Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Vine Whip Frenzy Plant
Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Sand Tomb

Torterra

Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra

Torterra uses Dark or Grass quick moves, and Ground, Grass or Rock charge moves. Torterra is double weak to Ice, which makes the fight a bit easier, but you still want to resist its Fast moves and shield against its charge moves. Ideally, you want to use Ice or Fire counters.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Fire Spin Sky Attack
Pokemon GO ArticunoArticuno Ice Shard Ice Bea,
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Fire Spin Flamethrower
Pokemon GO EnteiEntei Fire Spin Flamethrower
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock On Blizzard