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Pokemon Go Cliff counters November 2021: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

Published: 29/Oct/2021 10:34 Updated: 29/Oct/2021 13:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Pokemon Go Trainers have a difficult battle ahead of them with Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff in November 2021, but he is much easier to beat with the right counters for the likes of Seedot, Hariyama, and Sharpedo.

After defeating six Team Go Rocket Grunts in Pokemon Go and collecting their Mysterious Components as the reward, trainers will be able to form a Rocket Radar and face off against one of Team Go Rocket’s Leaders: Cliff, Arlo, or Sierra.

These leaders are far more difficult to take down when compared to the Team Go Rocket Grunts you’ll find at PokeStops, and to make matters worse, you won’t know which set of Pokemon they’re going to send out in the game until you enter the battle.

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Here, you’ll find all the information you need to take down Cliff, earn some sweet rewards, and get a chance to catch a Shadow Seedot of your own in the process.

Additional reporting by Ava Thompson-Powell.


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Team GO Rocket in Pokemon GO
Niantic
Team Go Rocket Leaders put up a good fight in Pokemon Go.

Cliff Pokemon Go lineup & counters (November 2021)

Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff has long been a thorn in the side of many Pokemon Go trainers, and that’s no different in November 2021. With the Season of Mischief’s debut, he still commands a difficult and diverse line-up of Pokemon, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

Cliff will always send out Seedot at the beginning of a battle, followed by 6 other potential ‘mon encounters to take on. His current lineup of Pokemon to beat is:

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  • Phase 1: Seedot
  • Phase 2: Hariyama / Kingler / Poliwrath
  • Phase 3: Sharpedo / Torterra / Tyranitar

How to beat Cliff in Pokemon Go

To take down Cliff, you’ll need to make sure you’re taking different ‘mon into battle to cover a variety of Pokemon types. Our guide below includes a mix of rare and more accessible counters, so every Trainer should be able to stand a decent chance against him.

Let’s take a look at the weaknesses of all the Pokemon that Cliff can use in battle, and the best counters to bring home the win!

Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 1

Seedot in Pokemon Go
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Cliff will always start with Seedot.

Seedot counters

Seedot is a Grass-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison.

Seedot Counters
Crobat Pokemon Go character model Crobat

Air Slash (Fast Move)

Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Flareon Pokemon Go Flareon

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Honchkrow Pokemon Go Honchkrow

Peck (Fast Move)

Sky Attack (Charge Move)

Infernape Pokemon Go counters Infernape

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Blast Burn (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Poison Jab (Fast Move)

Sludge Bomb (Charge Move)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Hariyama, Kingler and Poliwrath in Cliff's Phase 2 in Pokemon Go.
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Cliff’s Phase 2 Pokemon will be Hariyama, Kingler, or Poliwrath.

Hariyama counters

Hariyama is a bulky Fighting-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Fairy, Flying, and Psychic.

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Hariyama Counters
Clfeable Pokemon counter Clefable

Charm (Fast Move)

Meteor Mash (Charge Move)

Gardevoir Pokemon Go Gardevoir

Charm (Fast Move)

Psychic (Charge Move)

Rayquaza Rayquaza

Air Slash (Fast Move)

Aerial Ace (Charge Move)

Sylveon Pokemon Go counters Sylveon

Charm (Fast Move)

Moonblast (Charge Move)

Togekiss Togekiss

Charm (Fast Move)

Dazzling Gleam (Charge Move)

Pokemon Victini Victini

Confusion (Fast Move)

Psychic (Charge Move)

Kingler counters

Kingler is a Water-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Electric and Grass.

Kingler Counters
Electivire Electivire

Thunder Shock (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Magnezone Magnezone

Spark (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Solar Beam (Charge Move)

Tangrowth Pokemon Go Tangrowth

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Solar Beam (Charge Move)

Venusaur counters Venusaur

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)

Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Poliwrath counters

Poliwrath is a dual Water/Fighting-type, which makes it weak against Electric, Fairy, Flying, Grass, and Psychic.

Poliwrath Counters
Electivire Electivire

Thunder Shock (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Gardevoir Pokemon Go Gardevoir

Charm (Fast Move)

Psychic (Charge Move)

Sylveon Pokemon Go counters Sylveon

Charm (Fast Move)

Moonblast (Charge Move)

Togekiss counters Pokemon Go Togekiss

Charm (Fast Move)

Ancient Power (Charge Move)

Vileplume Pokemon Go Dex Vileplume

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Moonblast (Charge Move)

Zekrom Pokemon Go Zekrom

Charge Beam (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 3

Torterra, Sharpedo and Tyranitar, Cliff's Phase 3 in Pokemon Go.
Pokemon
Cliff’s Phase 3 Pokemon can be Torterra, Sharpedo, or Tyranitar

Sharpedo counters

Sharpedo is a Water/Dark-type pokemon, so it’s weak against Fairy, Bug, Electric, Grass, and Fighting.

Sharpedo Counters
Machamp Machamp

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Raikou Raikou

Volt Switch (Fast Move)

Wild Charge (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Bullet Seed (Fast Move)

Grass Knot (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

Thundurus Therian Thundurus Therian

Thunder Shock (Fast Move)

Thunderbolt (Charge Move)

Zapdos Zapdos

Thunder Shock (Fast Move)

Thunderbolt (Charge Move)

Torterra counters

Torterra is a Grass/Ground-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Bug, Fire, Flying, and Ice.

Torterra Counters
Articuno counters Articuno

Ice Shard (Fast Move)

Blizzard (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Ice Shard (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Heatran Pokemon Go Heatran

Fire Spin (Fast Move)

Flamethrower (Charge Move)

Ho-Oh Ho-Oh

Incinerate (Fast Move)

Brave Bird (Charge Move)

Reshiram counter Reshiram

Dragon Breath (Fast Move)

Overheat (Charge Move)

Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile

Ice Shard (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Tyranitar counters

Tyranitar is a Rock/Dark-type Pokemon, so it’s weak against Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water.

Tyranitar Counters
Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken

Counter (Fast Move)

Focus Blast (Charge Move)

Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Machamp Machamp

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

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Best team to beat Cliff in Pokemon Go

A screenshot of Togekiss in Pokemon Go
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Togekiss would be a perfect addition to your team to take on Cliff in Pokemon Go.

One of the best – and easily accessible – lineups to defeat Cliff in Pokemon Go would be Togekiss, Magnezone, and Mamoswine (with Ice-type moves).

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Togekiss, with its Flying and Fairy moves, takes care of Hariyama, Poliwrath, and Seedot. Magnezone, with an Electric and Steel moveset, will be strong against Kingler and Tyranitar. Finally, Mamoswine can take advantage of Torterra’s extreme Ice weakness.

As with all Team Go Rocker battles, you won’t know what Cliff is going to send out in the second and third rounds until you enter the battle, so it can be hard to plan ahead. Fortunately, you can choose to rematch if you lose, allowing you to bring a better lineup with you.

Don’t worry too much if you don’t have any of the counters we’ve listed. Focus on the weaknesses of each of Cliff’s Pokemon, and take your strongest of those types into battle for a good chance of emerging victoriously.

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How to beat Team Go Rocket Leaders in Pokemon Go

As well as Cliff, there are a few other Team Go Rocket Leaders you can battle against, so check out our guides to beat Arlo and take down Sierra. Unfortunately, Giovanni is currently unavailable in Pokemon Go.


So, there you have it. All you need to know about defeating Cliff in Pokemon Go, and the best counters to use alongside their weaknesses.

For all of the best tips and tricks to become the very best, make sure to check out our other guides:

Spotlight Hour guide | Current Raid Bosses | Best ‘mon in Go: Attackers and defenders | Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour | Arlo counters guide | Team Rocket Grunt guide | Giovanni counters | How to get free Remote Raid Passes | Sierra counters guide | How to catch Ditto | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes