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Best Pokémon Go Cliff Lineups and Counters (May 2022)

Team Rocket Leader Cliff can be a tough challenge if Trainers are not using the right moves in Pokémon Go, so here are the best Cliff Counters for May 2022.
Best Pokémon Go Cliff Lineups and Counters (May 2022)
Team Rocket is at it again, terrorising the world of Pokémon Go with their Shadow Pokémon. The only way this nefarious group can be stopped is by defeating the various Team Rocket Leaders, including Cliff.

To find the Team Rocket Leader Cliff, players must defeat Team Rocket Grunts and collect Radar Pieces. Once the Radar Pieces are collected, the radar will lead players to one of the Team Rocket Leader's locations, where you'll encounter either Arlo or Sierra.

Pokémon Go Cliff's Pokémon Lineups

To beat Cliff, players must defeat three of his Pokémon. The first Pokémon in his lineup will always be Cubone, but the last two rotate between different Pokémon.

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Team Rocket is ruthless in fighting with their Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon Go. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)
  • 1st Pokémon – Cubone
  • 2nd Pokémon – Electivire, Luxray, or Omastar
  • 3rd Pokémon –Tyranitar, Charizard, or Swampert

Pokémon Go Cliff's First Pokémon and Counters

Cliff's first Pokémon will always be Cubone which is a Ground-type. Make sure to be a strong Grass or Water-type to deal with this Pokémon quickly.

Cubone Counters:

  • Kingler
  • Kyogre
  • Tangrowth
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Cliff’s Cubone always appears for the first fight. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

Pokémon Go Cliff's Second Pokémon and Counters

After defeating Cliff's Cubone, you'll have to face Electivire, Luxray, or Omastar. A good Ground Pokémon will help you counter Cliff's Electivire.

Electivire Counters:

  • Excadrill
  • Groudon
  • Krookodile

Luxray is an Electric-type Pokémon much like Electivire, so similar counters are advised.

Luxray Counters:

  • Excadrill
  • Groudon
  • Landorus
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You can counter Cliff's Luxray with a good Ground-type Pokémon. (Picture: Niantic / The Pokémon Company)

When you face Omastar, a Rock/Water Pokémon, an Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Ground Pokémon will be your best choice.

Omastar Counters:

  • Tangrowth
  • Venusaur
  • Torterra

Pokémon Go Cliff's Third Pokémon and Counters

Cliff's third Pokémon will randomly be selected between Tyranitar, Charizard, or Swampert. Being a Rock/Dark Pokémon, Tyranitar is weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water, giving players many counter options.

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You may have to face Tyranitar, who is a fierce opponent. (Picture: The Pokémon Company)

Tyranitar Counters:

  • Blaziken
  • Conkeldurr
  • Machamp

You may also have to face Charizard, a Fire/Flying Pokémon that's weak against Electric, Rock, and Water moves.

Charizard Counters:

  • Landorus
  • Rhyperior
  • Groudon

If you're matched against Swampert, a Water/Ground-type, you'll want to counter with a strong Grass Pokémon.

Swampert Counters:

  • Tangrowth
  • Venusaur
  • Torterra

That's everything you'll need to set up your best chance to defeat Cliff in Pokémon Go. For more coverage, make sure to check out the rest of our dedicated section for the latest Pokémon news, updates, guides, features and more.

 

Featured image courtesy of Niantic / The Pokémon Company.