The Team Go Rocket Leaders are no simple opponents. They’re going to give you a harder time than those lowly grunts, but with the knowledge in this guide, you’ll learn how to beat Cliff in Pokemon Go.
How to Beat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokemon Go
With proper preparation, Cliff’s normally formidable team won’t stand a chance against yours. Luckily his choices aren’t very diverse which makes building your team fairly easy. Here are all of Cliff’s possible Pokemon:
- Pokemon 1
- Grimer (Poison)
- Pokemon 2
- Machamp (Fighting)
- Omastar (Rock/Water)
- Electivire (Electric)
- Pokemon 3
- Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)
- Swampert (Water/Ground)
- Torterra (Grass/Ground)
Mono-type Poison Pokemon like Grimer aren’t too intimidating. They only have two weaknesses, but there are plenty of counters that are ridiculously powerful. Any powerful mon that is strong against Grimer or resists Poison is a solid option.
Best Picks: Lugia, Groudon, Excadrill, Jirachi, Mewtwo
If you’re lucky, then you’ll get Machamp and you might not even need to switch to your next Pokemon. Of course, that’s assuming you started out with a Psychic-type. Fairies and Flying Pokemon are also solid options against Machamp.
Best Picks: Togekiss, Mewtwo, Lugia, Gardevoir, Armored Mewtwo
Cover this fossil in Grass attacks and it’ll faint faster than you’ll believe. Don’t even consider any other type of Pokemon for battling against Omastar. Nothing else will be as strong or resist Omastar’s attacks as well as Grass-types.
Best Picks: Leafeon, Ludicolo, Torterra, Meganium, Abomasnow
Mono-type Electric Pokemon only have one weakness, Ground-type moves. It doesn’t allow for much creativity, but at least tons of easily acquirable Ground Pokemon are hard counters to Electivire. Just be careful with Rhyperior since it gets hit hard by Low Sweep.
Best Picks: Garchomp, Groudon, Flygon, Golurk, Rhyperior
Tyranitar can be a scary opponent to run into when you’re down to your final Pokemon. This Rock/Dark-type Pokemon is very powerful. But if you take advantage of its massive weakness to Fighting-type attacks, then you should be just fine.
Best Picks: Lucario, Hariyama, Machamp, Conkeldurr, Poliwrath
If you get lucky enough to land Swampert right after Omastar, then consider it a blessing. Swampert can easily be taken down by a good Grass-type. Just be careful if you have a Torterra out there since it doesn’t resist this mudboy’s Water-type attacks.
Best Picks: Leafeon, Ludicolo, Torterra, Tropius, Meganium
Torterra will get thoroughly defeated by Ice-types. Just be careful if you want to choose Mamoswine since it’s weak to Torterra’s Grass moves. Brave Bird Ho-Oh is an excellent option too. Any powerful Flying-type Pokemon that has Fire or Ice attacks will be good here.
Best Picks: Ho-Oh, Regice, Articuno, Salamence, Reshiram
Best Pokemon Team
This one is tough. Not because you’ll have a difficult time, but just because there are so many options. The last Pokemon is the hardest choice. You’ll just have to hope you’re going into the battle with what you need and then change accordingly if you lose the first battle.
My ideal team for beating Cliff is:
- Lugia (Extrasensory|Future Sight)
- Leafeon (Razor Leaf|Leaf Blade)
- Reshiram (Dragon Breath|Overheat)
- Rhyperior (Mud-Slap|Earthquake)
- Ludicolo (Razor Leaf|Energy Ball)
- Ho-Oh (Ice Hidden Power|Brave Bird)
If you don’t have all those Pokemon, then most combinations of good Fighting-, Ice-, Water-, Grass-, Fire-, or Flying-types should be able to get the job done.
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