How to Beat Cliff in Pokémon Go: All Cliff Counters (May 2022)

Cliff doesn't stand a chance if you use the right Pokémon. Use our guide below to see which counters are best!

In Pokémon Go, you'll find that to get specific Pokémon, you'll have to defeat the Team GO Rocket grunts and bosses. The leaders (Cliff, Arlo, Sierra, and Giovanni) are often the most difficult, but provide the greatest rewards. In this guide, we will focus on how to defeat Cliff and which counters are best against his new Pokémon.

Quick Notes

  • The counters we include aren't synonymous with weaknesses. Sometimes these counters will be mentioned for things other than being the opponent's weakness. Other examples may include their movesets or the fact that they're naturally resistant to their opponent.
  • These lists are not ranked from best to worst. While we can provide the best counters to use in any match, there is no guarantee which order they should fall. The effectiveness of each Pokémon largely depends on your play style and battle technique. This being the case, we have instead opted to list the counters alphabetically.
  • Best team setup: There are a few Pokémon types that we recommend adding to your team since they do well against many of the Pokémon in Cliff's lineup. It's best to have some combination of the team listed below. Still, if you only have two of them, you should hold fairly well against him.
    • Any Strong Flying Pokémon with Water or Ice attacks.
    • Any Strong Fighting Pokémon
    • Any Strong Ground Pokémon

Related: How to Beat Giovanni in Pokémon Go | All Giovanni Counters - Pro Game Guides

Round 1 Pokémon

The following list has all the options for this gym leader to use as their first Pokémon.


  • Type: Normal
  • Weak Against: Fighting
  • Resistant Against: Ghost
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
ConkeldurrCounterDynamic Punch
LucarioCounterAura Sphere
MachampCounterCross Chop
HariyamaCounterDynamic Punch
BlazikenCounterFocus Blast

Round 2 Pokémon

The following list has all the options for this gym leader to use as their second Pokémon.


  • Type: Electric
  • Weak Against: Ground
  • Resistant Against: Electric, Flying, Steel
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
GarchompMud ShotEarthquake
GroudonMud ShotEarthquake
GolurkMud-SlapEarth Power


  • Type: Ground
  • Weak Against: Grass, Ice, Water
  • Resistant Against: Electric, Poison, Rock
  • Notes: Marowak is the odd one out in Cliff's lineup. It does the least damage to Flying, but has no weakness against Flying attacks. The best Pokémon to use are Flying Pokémon with Grass, Ice, or Water attacks.

Related: How to Beat Arlo in Pokémon Go | All Arlo Counters - Pro Game Guides

PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
ZarudeVine WhipPower Whip
TangrowthVine WhipPower Whip
ExeggutorBullet SeedSolar Beam
GyaradosWaterfallHydro Pump


  • Type: Rock, Water
  • Weak Against: Electric, Fighting, Grass, Ground
  • Resistant Against: Fire, Flying, Ice, Normal, Poison
  • Notes: Rock and Water are both weak against Grass, so Grass attacks will deal the most damage to Omastar.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
ZarudeVine WhipPower Whip
RoseradeRazor LeafLeaf Storm
SceptileBullet SeedFrenzy Plant
Alolan ExeggutorBullet SeedSolar Beam
VenusaurVine WhipFrenzy Plant

Round 3 Pokémon

The following list has all the options for this gym leader to use as their third Pokémon.


  • Type: Grass, Ground
  • Weak Against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice
  • Resistant Against: Electric, Ground, Rock
  • Notes: Grass and Ground are both weak against Ice, so Ice attacks deal massive damage to Torterra. However, only Flying, Bug, and Grass are resistant to Torterra. It's best to use one of those types of Pokémon with the ability to use Ice attacks.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
ArticunoIce ShardIce Beam
Galarian DarmanitanIce FangAvalanche
WeavileIce ShardAvalanche
GlaceonFrost BreathAvalanche
JynxFrost BreathAvalanche

Related: How to Beat Sierra in Pokemon Go | All Sierra Counters - Pro Game Guides


  • Type: Rock, Dark
  • Weak Against: Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water
  • Resistant Against: Psychic, Dark, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Normal, Poison
  • Notes: Fighting Pokémon do the most damage against Tyranitar. A few of Cliff's other Pokémon are weak against Fighting, too. So you won't want to stray from that type.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
ConkeldurrCounterDynamic Punch
LucarioCounterAura Sphere
MachampCounterDynamic Punch
HariyamaCounterDynamic Punch
BlazikenCounterFocus Blast

Once you've found Cliff, you'll now be ready to take on all his Pokémon! Check back with this page for occasional updates when they update Pokémon Go!

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