How to Beat Cliff in Pokémon Go: All Cliff Counters

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

  • This list is not permanent. Cliff's most recent lineup change was in May 2021. When his roster changes, so do the techniques and Pokémon you need to use to beat him. We strongly recommend you check back to this guide regularly to be up to date on the best ways to win!
  • Cliff's first Pokémon is always the same, but his second and third Pokémon alternate between two or three options. The first Pokémon he uses will always be Seedot. For his second Pokémon, he will use Kingler, Hariyama, or Poliwrath. For his last Pokémon, he will use Tyranitar or Torterra.
  • 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.
  • Cliff changes up his Pokémon. As the most challenging trainers go, Cliff doesn't focus only on one specific type of Pokémon. He also changes his roster with every match. However, there are a few types that show up more than others. While this list doesn't tell you which Pokémon you should use, it helps provide a sense of which Pokémon to keep out of your roster. Cliff commonly uses Fighting, Water, and Grass Pokémon, so be sure to avoid Rock Pokémon.
  • 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 Fighting Pokémon
    • Any Strong Psychic Pokémon
    • Any Strong Dragon 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.

Seedot

  • Type: Grass
  • Weak Against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison
  • Resistant Against: Electric, Grass, Ground, Water
  • Notes: If you don't have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Fire Pokémon against Seedot.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Crobat in Pokemon.
Crobat
Air SlashShadow Ball
Sludge Bomb
Dialga in Pokemon
Dialga
Dragon BreathIron Head
Draco Meteor
Dragonite in Pokemon
Dragonite
Dragon BreathDragon Claw
Hurricane
Goodra in Pokemon.
Goodra
Dragon BreathMuddy Water
Draco Meteor
Heatran in Pokemon.
Heatran
Fire SpinFlamethrower
Iron Head

Round 2 Pokémon

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

Kingler

  • Type: Water
  • Weak Against: Electric, Grass
  • Resistant Against: Fire, Ice, Steel, Water
  • Notes: If you do not have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Grass Pokémon against Kingler since it works better than Electric against Cliff's other Pokémon.

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

PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Dragonite in Pokemon
Dragonite
Dragon BreathHurricane
Dragon Claw
Gardevoir in Pokemon.
Gardevoir
CharmSynchronise
Shadow Ball
Togekiss in Pokemon.
Togekiss
CharmAncient Power
Dazzling Gleam
Torterra in Pokemon.
Torterra
Razor LeafFrenzy Plant
Stone Edge
Vileplume in Pokemon
Vileplum
Razor LeafMoonblast
Slude Bomb

Hariyama

  • Type: Fighting
  • Weak Against: Fairy, Flying, Psychic
  • Resistant Against: Bug, Dark, Rock
  • Notes: If you do not have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Fairy Pokémon against Hariyama since they work well against the rest of his lineup.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Clefable in Pokemon.
Clefable
CharmMoonblast
Meteor Mash
Gardevoir in Pokemon.
Gardevoir
CharmSynchronise
Shadow Ball
Sylveon in Pokemon
Sylveon
CharmMoonblast
Last Resort
Togekiss in Pokemon.
Togekiss
CharmAncient Power
Dazzling Gleam
Victini in Pokemon.
Victini
ConfusionV-Create
Psychic

Poliwrath

  • Type: Fighting, Water
  • Weak Against: Fairy, Flying, Psychic, Grass, Electric
  • Resistant Against: Bug, Dark, Rock, Fire, Ice, Rock, Water
  • Notes: If you do not have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Fairy Pokémon against Poliwrath since they work well against the rest of his lineup.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Gardevoir in Pokemon.
Gardevoir
CharmSynchronise
Shadow Ball
Sylveon in Pokemon
Sylveon
CharmMoonblast
Last Resort
Togekiss in Pokemon.
Togekiss
CharmAncient Power
Dazzling Gleam
Torterra in Pokemon.
Torterra
Razor LeafFrenzy Plant
Stone Edge
Vileplume in Pokemon
Vileplume
Razor LeafMoonblast
Sludge Bomb

Round 3 Pokémon

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

Tyranitar

  • Type: Rock, Dark
  • Weak Against: Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water
  • Resistant Against: Psychic, Dark, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Normal, Poison
  • Notes: If you do not have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using a Fighting Pokémon against Tyranitar
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Conkeldurr in Pokemon.
Conkeldurr
CounterDynamic Punch
Stone Edge
Hariyama in Pokemon.
Hariyama
CounterClose Combat
Heavy Slam
Lucario in Pokemon.
Lucario
CounterPower-Up Punch
Close Combat
Machamp in Pokemon.
Machamp
CounterCross Chop
Rock Slide
Scrafty in Pokemon.
Scrafty
CounterPower-Up Punch
Foul Play

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

Torterra

  • Type: Grass, Ground
  • Weak Against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice
  • Resistant Against: Electric, Ground, Rock
  • Notes: If you don't have any of the Pokémon listed below, we recommend using an Ice Pokémon against Torterra.
PokémonFast AttackCharge Attack
Dialga in Pokemon
Dialga
Dragon BreathIron Head
Draco Meteor
Dragonite in Pokemon
Dragonite
Dragon BreathDragon Claw
Hurricane
Genesect in Pokemon
Genesect
Fury CutterMagnet Bomb
X-Scissor
Ho-Oh in Pokemon.
Ho-Oh
IncinerateBrave Bird
Earthquake
Reshiram in Pokemon.
Reshiram
Dragon BreathCrunch
Overheat

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

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