Pokemon GO Cliff Counters January 2021: How To Beat Team Rocket Leader, Best Pokemon To Use, Weaknesses And More

How To Defeat Team Rocket Leader Cliff

Facing off against Cliff in Pokemon GO? You'll need to know the best counter!

Once Pokemon GO trainers have defeated enough Team Go Rocket Grunts and collected six Mysterious Components, they'll be able to craft a Rocket Radar, revealing the locations of the games Team Go Rocket Leaders.

But defeating each of these Rocket Leaders is far more challenging, especially when you're not familiar with their Pokemon line-up.

Even then, a leader's lineup is randomly selected out of a small selection of possible Pokemon.

Therefore, it's important to know the counters and strategies for each potential encounter to maximising your chances of beating them.

This is even more important if you want to get hold of the 12km Strange Eggs or complete the Inter-Egg-Sting Development Quest.

Need Help? Then keep reading for tips and counters on how to defeat Team Rocket Leader Cliff.

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Team Rocket Leader Cliff Line-Up

Cliff will always use Omanyte as his first Pokemon.

For Cliff's second Pokemon, he will either use Machamp, Onix or Electivire.

For his Third Pokemon, it will be Tyranitar, Swampert or Torterra.

Below is a list of counters and the most effective moves against each of Cliff's potential Pokemon, as of January 2021.

Team Rocket Leader Cliff Pokemon Counters

Omanyte Counters

Omanyte is weak to Electric, Ground, Fighting and Grass Moves.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Omanyte.

  • Venusaur - Vine Whip (Fast Move) + Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)
  • Torterra - Razor Leaf ( Fast Move) + Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)
  • Roserade - Razor Leaf (Fast Move) + Grass Knot (Charge Move)
  • Ludicolo - Razor Leaf (Fast Move) + Energy Ball (Charge Move)

Machamp Counters

Machamp is weak to Psychic and Flying types.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Machamp.

  • Mewtwo - Psycho Cut (Fast Move) + Psystrike (Charge Move
  • Lugia - Extrasensory ( Fast Move) + Sky Attack (Charge Move)
  • Togekiss - Charm (Fast Move) + Aerial Ace (Charge Move)
  • Giratina - Shadow Claw (Fast Move) + Shadow Ball (Charge Move)

Onix Counters

Onix is weak against Grass, Water, Fighting, Ground, Ice and Steel moves.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Onix.

  • Torterra - Razor Leaf (Fast Move) + Frenzy Plant (Charge Move
  • Venusaur - Vine Whip ( Fast Move) + Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)
  • Kyogre - Waterfall (Fast Move) + Hydro Pump (Charge Move)
  • Empoleon - Waterfall (Fast Move) + Hydro Pump (Charge Move)
  • Leafeon - Razor Leaf (Fast Move) + Last Resort (Charge Move)

Electivire Counters

Electivire is weak against Ground types.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Electivire.

  • Garchomp - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Sand Tomb (Charge Move
  • Giratina - Dragon Breath ( Fast Move) + Ancient Power (Charge Move)
  • Rhyperior - Mud Slap (Fast Move) + Stone Edge (Charge Move)
  • Flygon - Mud Shot (Fast Move) + Earth Power (Charge Move)

Torterra Counters

Torterra is weak to Ice and Fire.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Torterra.

  • Moltres - Fire Spin (Fast Move) + Sky Attack (Charge Move
  • Articuno - Ice Shard ( Fast Move) + Ice Beam (Charge Move)
  • Heatran - Fire Spin (Fast Move) + Flamethrower (Charge Move)
  • Entei - Fire Spin (Fast Move) + Flamethrower (Charge Move)

Swampert Counters

Swampert is weak to Grass moves.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Swampert.

  • Leafeon - Quick Attack (Fast Move) + Leaf Blade (Charge Move
  • Roserade - Razor Leaf ( Fast Move) + Grass Knot (Charge Move)
  • Meganium - Vine Whip (Fast Move) + Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)
  • Venusaur - Vine Whip (Fast Move) + Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)

Tyranitar Counters

Tyranitar is double weak to Fighting.

Here's a list of Pokemon and their moves that counter Tyranitar.

  • Lucario - Counter (Fast Move) + Power Up Punch (Charge Move
  • Heracross - Counter ( Fast Move) + Close Combat (Charge Move)
  • Machamp - Counter (Fast Move) + Cross Chop (Charge Move)
  • Virizion - Quick Attack (Fast Move) + Close Combat (Charge Move)

Hopefully, this helps you defeat and takedown Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff.


Head back to our main Pokemon category for all the latest news and detailed step-by-step guides. Otherwise, make sure you're up to date on the current Egg pool, Ditto Disguises and Field Research Tasks, including the current Spinda you can catch in the wild. We've also recently learnt about some of the upcoming Pokemon GO January 2021 Events, including the next January 2021 Community Day and a special New Years Eve Event - So there's plenty to look forward too!


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