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Pokemon Go: How to Beat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff (March 2021)

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Pokemon Go: How to Beat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff (March 2021)

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, some of his choices aren’t very diverse which can make building your team fairly easy. Here are all of Cliff’s possible Pokemon:

  • Pokemon 1
    • Aerodactyl (Rock/Flying)
  • Pokemon 2
    • Cradily (Rock/Grass)
    • Gallade (Psychic/Fighting)
    • Slowking (Psychic/Water)
  • Pokemon 3
    • Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)
    • Dusknoir (Ghost)
    • Mamoswine (Ice/Ground)

Cliff Battle 1

Aerodactyl is one of the most disappointing Pokemon in the game. It had a cool simplistic design and it’s one of the original fossil Pokemon. But dousing this Flying Rock in Water attacks will quickly KO it.

Best Picks: Mega Gyarados, Kyogre, Empoleon, Mega Blastoise, Milotic

Cliff Battle 2

Another fossil has come back to life on Cliff’s team. Fortunately for you, it’s another one that can be dispatched fairly easily. It has many weaknesses, but Steel, Fighting, and Bug are the ones you’ll want to exploit. Mega Gengar also hits it hard because it’s a great general glass cannon.

Best Picks: Lucario, Dialga, Heatran, Mega Gengar, Heracross

If you run into the less impressive half of the Ralts evolutionary line, then consider yourself lucky. gardevoir is going to be your best option for taking on Gallade. Other Fairy- and Ghost-type Pokemon also perform extremely well against this Psychic/Fighting-type ‘mon.

Best Picks: Gardevoir, Togekiss, Mega Gengar, Latias, Giratina


It might not be a bad idea to load your team with Ghosts depending upon what Cliff’s lineup is. Slowking is definitely one of those Pokemon that you’ll want to use Ghost-types against. Dark- and Grass-type attacks are also exceptionally powerful for this battle.

Best Picks: Mega Gyarados, Hydreigon, Tyranitar, Mega Abomasnow, Origin Forme Giratina

Cliff Battle 3

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: Heracross, Hariyama, Machamp, Conkeldurr, Sirfetch’d

Remember what I said about Ghost-types? You can deal a massive amount of damage with Pokemon like Mega Gengar and Origin Forme Giratina here. But Dark-type Pokemon are going to be the most formidable since they’re not weak to Ghost-type attacks.

Best Picks: Mega Gyarados, Obstagoon, Tyranitar, Darkrai, Mega Houndoom

Mamoswine is very powerful and one of the best Ice-type attackers in the game. But it has a ton of weaknesses to common types that you can take advantage of. Fire, Water, Fighting, and Grass moves all deal super effective damage against Mamoswine, just take your pick.

Best Picks: Mega Charizard Y, Mega Gyarados, Mega Blastoise, Mega Venusaur, Heracross

Best Pokemon Team

Cliff always has some bulky Pokemon. But if you just pick a team that hits their weaknesses, then you should sail through this battle. Just use your shields wisely.

My ideal team for beating Cliff is:

  1. Mega Gyarados (Bite|Aqua Tail)
  2. Origin Forme Giratina (Shadow Claw|Shadow Ball)
  3. Conkeldurr (Counter|Dynamic Punch)

Secondary Team:

  1. Mega Blastoise (Water Gun|Hydro Cannon)
  2. Gardevoir (Charm|Psychic)
  3. Tyranitar (Bite|Crunch)

If you don’t have all those Pokemon, then most combinations of good Fighting-, Ghost-, Dark-, Water-, Grass-, or Fire-types should be able to get the job done.

That’s all there is to know about how to beat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokemon Go. Now it’s time to take on Arlo and Sierra so you can face Giovanni.

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