Rocket Leader Cliff Counters

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 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.

This guide is heavily based on LanAkou’s excellent write up on reddit.

Cliff’s Pokémon Line-Up

Cliff always uses a Meowth as his first Pokémon. Cliff’s second Pokémon can be a Sandslash, a Snorlax or a Flygon. His third Pokémon can be a Tyranitar, an Infernape or a Torterra.

Pokemon #1 Pokemon #2 Pokemon #3
Pokemon GO MeowthMeowth Pokemon GO SnorlaxSnorlax Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar
Pokemon GO SandslashSandslash Pokemon GO InfernapeInfernape
Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra

Counters recommendation

The following Pokemon are good Cliff counters, no matter which line-up he has:

Slot #1 Slot #2 Slot #3
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert
Counter Lock On Mud Shot
Power Up Punch Blizzard Hydro Cannon
Shadow Ball Focus Blast Earthquake

  • Lucario counters Meowth, Snorlax and Tyranitar
  • Regice counters Flygon, Sandslash and Torterra
  • Swampert counters Sandslash, Infernape and Tyranitar

Countering Cliff’s Pokémon

Meowth

Meowth is the first Pokémon Cliff uses in every fight. Meowth uses Normal and (primarily) Dark attacks. Both types deal reduced damage to Fighting types. You should use Fighting types with counter and easy-to-charge Charge moves to burn Cliff’s shields.

Recommended Meowth counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blaze Kick
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Mud Shot Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop

Sandslash

Sandslash uses Ground, Steel and Rock moves. Sandslash is weak to Grass, Ice and Water attacks, which makes picking counters easy. Swampert is often the best choice here, but your mileage depends on Sandlash’s moves.

Recommended Sandslash counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Ice Beam
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock On Blizzard
Pokemon GO VaporeonVaporeon Waterfall Aqua Tail

Snorlax

Snorlax uses Ghost and Psychic quick moves and Dragon, Normal, Steel and Ground charge. Snorlax is by far the most difficult second Pokémon Cliff can have, and is usually a problem to deal with. A good strategy to counter Cliff’s Snorlax is to resist it’s Fast moves, as they are the bulk of its damage, and Shield against its charge moves. Machamp takes increased damage from Psychic, which makes him a bad pick here.

Recommended Snorlax counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psystrike  / Focus Blast
Pokemon GO MelmetalMelmetal Thundershock Rock Slide

Flygon

Flygon uses Ground, Dragon and Rock moves. Flygon is double weak to Ice, which is a weakness you will want to exploit and get through this fight easily. As with Snorlax, you will want to resist Flygon’s fast attack and shield against a potential charge move.

Recommended Flygon counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock On Blizzard
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Ice Beam
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor

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 Lucario. You can even use a Swampert.

Recommended Tyranitar counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO PoliwrathPoliwrath Mud Shot Power Up Punch
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Cross Chop
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blaze Kick
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon

Torterra

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.

Recommended Torterra counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Lock On Blizzard
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche
Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Dragon Breath Dark Pulse

Infernape

Infernape uses Fire fast moves and Fire, Grass or Fighting charge moves. Water and Ground counter Fire, while Flying and Psychic counter Fighting and Grass. With that being said, Lugia should be a priority pick here, followed by a Swampert in case you don’t have a Lugia.

Recommended Infernape counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO LugiaLugia Extrasensory Sky Attack
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Hydro Cannon
Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psystrike