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 Omanyte as his first Pokémon. Cliff’s second Pokémon can be Shadow Machamp, Shadow Onix or Shadow Electivire. Cliff’s third Pokemon can be Shadow Tyranitar, Shadow Swampert or Shadow Torterra.

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Countering Cliff’s Pokémon

Omanyte

Omanyte

Cliff’s Omanyte uses Ground or Water fast moves, and Rock or Water charge moves. Omanyte is weak to Electric, Fighting, Ground and Grass (2x) moves. As usual, our counters reflect that. Pick those that are available to you, or close the the moveset / stats of the ones listed below.

Recommended Omanyte counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Earthquake
Roserade Razor Leaf
  • Grass Knot
  • Sludge Bomb
Vileplume Razor Leaf
  • Moonblast
  • Sludge Bomb
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Stone Edge


Machamp

Machamp

Machamp uses Steel or Fighting fast move, and Cross Chop, Dynamic Punch, Close Combat, Rock Slide or Heavy Slam as charge move. Machamp is a well known opponent that can be easily countered by strong Psychic, Ghost, Fairy and Flying types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Gardevoir Charm
  • Shadow Ball
  • Synchronoise
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Ball
  • Ominous Wind
Mewtwo (Armored) Confusion
  • Psystrike
  • Dynamic Punch
Giratina (Altered) Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Ball
  • Dragon Claw
Gengar Shadow Claw
  • Shadow Punch
  • Shadow Ball


Onix

Onix

Onix uses Normal and Rock fast moves, and Rock, Ground and Steel charge moves. Onix  has a double weakness to Grass and Water, and normal weakness to Fighting, Ground, Ice and Steel moves.

Recommended counters

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Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Earthquake
Empoleon Waterfall
  • Hydro Cannon
  • Flash Cannon
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • BLizzard
Excadrill Mud Slap
  • Drill Run
  • Rock Slide
Rhyperior Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf
Lucario Counter
  • Power-Up Punch
  • Shadow Ball


Electivire

Electivire

Electivire uses Electric or a Fighting fast moves, 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
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Earthquake
Excadrill Mud Slap
  • Drill Run
  • Rock Slide
Rhyperior Mud Slap
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Surf
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Golurk Mud Slap
  • Earth Power
  • Shadow Punch
Roserade Razor Leaf
  • Grass Knot
  • Sludge Bomb


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


Swampert

Swampert

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
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Earthquake
Roserade Razor Leaf
  • Grass Knot
  • Sludge Bomb
Vileplume Razor Leaf
  • Moonblast
  • Sludge Bomb
Tangrowth Vine Whip
  • Rock Slide
  • Power Whip
Kyogre Waterfall
  • Surf
  • Blizzard
Sceptile Bullet Seed
  • Leaf Blade
  • Dragon Claw


Torterra

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. Ideally, you want to use Ice or Fire counters.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Articuno Ice Shard
  • Icy Wind
  • Hurricane
Genesect Fury Cutter
  • Magnet Bomb
  • X-Scissor
Moltres Fire Spin
  • Sky Attack
  • Overheat
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head


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