Cliff Counters – How to defeat Pokémon GO Rocket Leader Cliff

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 June 2021. We got you covered with 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.

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💡 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.

Cliff’s Pokémon Line-Up

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

Countering Cliff’s Pokémon

Seedot

Seedot

Cliff’s Seedot is an easy opponent given its poor selection of moves and mediocre stats. It’s easily countered by anything that resists Grass and Dark moves, which includes a wide selection of Dragon and Flying types.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Crobat Air Slash
  • Shadow Ball
  • Sludge Bomb
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Goodra Dragon Breath
  • Muddy Water
  • Draco Meteor
Heatran Fire Spin
  • Flamethrower
  • Iron Head


Kingler

Kingler

Cliff’s Kingler is weak to Grass and Electric moves, and is easily defeated by the majority of strong Pokémon of that type. Additionally, Pokémon like Dragonite and Gardevoir perform well against it.

Recommended counters

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Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Stone Edge
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Gardevoir Charm
  • Synchronoise
  • Shadow Ball
Thundurus Volt Switch
  • Thunderbolt
  • Focus Blast
Vileplume Razor Leaf
  • Moonblast
  • Sludge Bomb
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower


Hariyama

Hariyama

Cliff’s Hariyama is your typical Fighting-typed tank, and as such it is easily defeated by Psychic and Fairy types. Whatever has Charm or Confusion is a good choice, especially if it’s a Flying type – Togekiss for the win!

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Gardevoir Charm
  • Synchronoise
  • Shadow Ball
Sylveon Charm
  • Moonblast
  • Last Resort
Victini Confusion
  • V-Create
  • Psychic
Mesprit Confusion
  • Future Sight
  • Blizzard
Clefable Charm
  • Moonblast
  • Meteor Mash


Poliwrath

Poliwrath

Cliff’s Poliwrath can be a doozy to fight, since its wide variety of moves can cause some headaches. Regardless, stick with the typical picks – Togekiss, Torterra, Gardevoir – and you should have little problems.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Togekiss Charm
  • Ancient Power
  • Flamethrower
Torterra Razor Leaf
  • Frenzy Plant
  • Stone Edge
Gardevoir Charm
  • Synchronoise
  • Shadow Ball
Sylveon Charm
  • Moonblast
  • Last Resort
Azelf Confusion
  • Future Sight
  • Fire Blast
Vileplume Razor Leaf
  • Moonblast
  • 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
Lucario Counter
  • Power-Up Punch
  • Close Combat
Sirfetch'd Counter
  • Close Combat
  • Night Slash
Hariyama Counter
  • Close Combat
  • Heavy Slam


Torterra

Torterra

Cliff’s Torterra is fairly easy to counter, especially if you brought along a selection of strong Dragon types. Torterra’s weakness has always been the fact it can’t do much against Flyers, so we’ll use that in part as well.

Recommended counters

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Dialga Dragon Breath
  • Iron Head
  • Draco Meteor
Ho-Oh Incinerate
  • Brave Bird
  • Earthquake
Dragonite Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Claw
  • Hurricane
Reshiram Dragon Breath
  • Crunch
  • Overheat
Genesect Fury Cutter
  • Magnet Bomb
  • X-Scissor


Sharpedo

Sharpedo

Sharpedo can be easily defeated by Fighting and Electric type counters, and even Grass types. We would recommend Fighting types as they can also provide coverage for Tyranitar just in case.

Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Zekrom Charge Beam
  • Wild Charge
  • Outrage
Conkeldurr Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Focus Blast
Lucario Counter
  • Aura Sphere
  • Power-Up Punch
Thundurus Volt Switch
  • Thunderbolt
  • Thunder
Machamp Counter
  • Dynamic Punch
  • Close Combat


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