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How to beat Cliff in Pokemon Go February 2021: best counters

Published: 9/Feb/2021 5:01 Updated: 9/Feb/2021 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Pokémon Go’s Team Go Rocket Celebration Event is in full swing and trainers have been trying to take on the organization’s leader, Cliff, but he’s no walk in the park. If you’re having a hard time, here’s a quick guide that highlights some of the best counters to use against him.

Pokemon Go is drawing closer to the exciting Pokemon Go: Kanto Tour Event, which kicks off on February 20. But in the meantime, trainers are still busy trying to work their way through the Team Go Rocket Celebration Event.

However, Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff has been a roadblock of sorts.

He commands a difficult and diverse line-up of Pokemon, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. But if you know how to counter them correctly, you’ll beat him in no time. Let’s take a look at what he uses, and what counters them.

Pokemon GO Cliff Guide
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff is a tough opponent, but he can be beaten with the right counters.

Phase 1: Aerodactyl

In the first phase, Cliff calls forth his trusty Aerodactyl. It’s a Rock and Flying-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Water, Ice, and Lightning. Here’s a list of some of the best counters and their moves. 

  • Electivire – Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Mega Blastoise – Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Raikou – Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Kyogre – Waterfall and Surf
  • Rampardos – SmackDown and Rock Slide
Pokemon GO Cliff Guide
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff always starts off using Aerodactyl.

Phase 2: Cradily/Gallade/Slowking

In the second phase, Cliff uses one of three Pokemon; Cradily, Gallade, and Slowking.

Cradily is weak to Bug, Ice, Fighting, and Steel Pokemon. Gallade, on the other hand, is weak to Fairy, Flying, and Ghost Pokemon. Last but not least, Slowking is weak to Bug, Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Grass Pokemon.

Here are some of the best counters to use against them:

Cradily

  • Breloom – Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Conkeldurr – Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Lucario – Counter and Aura Sphere
  • Machamp – Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Weavile – Ice Shard and Avalanche

Gallade

  • Chandelure – Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Gengar – Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
  • Ho-Oh – Hidden Power and Brave Bird
  • Moltres – Wing Attack and Sky Attack
  • Rayquaza – Air Slash and Hurricane

Slowking

  • Chandelure – Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Electivire – Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Gengar – Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
  • Raikou – Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
Pokemon GO Cliff Guide
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Slowking is vulnerable to Bug, Dark, Electric, Ghost, and Grass Pokemon.

Phase 3: Dusknoir/Mamoswine/Tyranitar

In the third phase, Cliff uses either Dusknoir, Mamoswine, or Tyranitar. Dusknoir is weak to Dark and Ghost Pokemon.

Mamoswine is weak to Fighting, Fire, Grass, Steel, and Water Pokemon. And of course, Tyranintar is weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water Pokemon.

Here are some of the best counters to use against them:

Dusknoir

  • Chandelure – Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Darkrai – Snarl and Shadow Ball
  • Gengar – Lick and Shadow Ball
  • Weavile – Snarl and Foul Play

Mamoswine

  • Conkeldurr – Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Kyogre – Waterfall and Surf
  • Lucario – Counter and Aura Sphere
  • Machamp – Karate Chop and Dynamic Punch
  • Mega Blastoise – Water Gun and Hydro Cannon

Tyranintar

  • Breloom – Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Conkeldurr – Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Lucario – Counter and Aura Sphere
  • Machamp – Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Sirfetch’d – Counter and Close Combat
Pokemon GO Cliff Guide
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Tyranintar is vulnerable against Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water Pokemon.

When it’s all said and done, Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff is one of the most formidable opponents in Pokemon Go.

However, if you follow this guide and pick the right counter picks and move sets, he’ll be a breeze.

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re struggling with him, try using some of the Pokemon on this list and see how you go.

Call of Duty

Warzone Season 2 early patch notes: Ship POI, 2 new weapons, map changes, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 1:10 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 1:18

by Calum Patterson

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Not long left until Season Two of Warzone kicks off later tonight, so we’ve got everything you need to know about the new update, including new points of interest on the Verdansk map, two weapons, modes, and more.

A new season means new content for Call of Duty’s prized battle royale game. Warzone is set to receive a brand new POI in the shape of a large cargo tanker, along with other undisclosed changes to Verdansk. A couple of new modes will also be making their debut, as well as the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG.

On top of all this new stuff, Raven Software are also making changes to the game and adding in fixes for several bugs. All of the details can be found in the official Season 2 patch notes below.

New Warzone locations in Season 2: Ship POI & map changes

Tanker ship POI in Warzone Season 2.
Activision
New cargo tanker ship POI coming to Warzone in Season 2!

First and foremost, Verdansk is getting some major new points of interest in what feels like forever, starting with the Vodianoy cargo tanker ship that’s approaching the Port. The tanker is said to be carrying “unknown cargo,” so players will be able to access it for loot, although it could end up being a hot spot early in the season.

That’s not the only new POI in Season 2, but it’s the only one we know of right now. Activision said that “something major is beginning to rumble deep underground” within Verdansk and that players can explore these areas at their own risk since further intel is currently “classified.”

New Warzone weapons in Season 2: FARA 83 & LC-10

FARA 83 in Season 2
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The FARA 83 assault rifle can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Black Ops Cold War is set to receive six new weapons in Season 2, which means that they’ll all be available in Warzone as well due to the two games’ integration within each other.

Two of those weapons will be released right at the launch of S2 – the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG. The FARA 83 is a remake of the iconic Galil AR from previous Black Ops titles, while the LC-10 is a brand new addition to the series.

The FARA can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the S2 Battle Pass while the LC-10 is available after Tier 31.

LC-10 SMG in Season 2
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The brand new LC-10 SMG is available at Tier 31 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

New Warzone modes in Season 2

Rebirth Island Resurgence Extreme

Activision
Rebirth Island is about to get wild in Season 2!

Rebirth Island’s new Resurgence Extreme mode will be available right away when Season 2 launches. This is essentially the current Resurgence mode but on steroids, increasing the player count up to 90!

“The high-octane, respawn-enabled Resurgence mode on Rebirth Island will be taken to the extreme during Season Two, upping the max player count in the limited-time Rebirth Island Resurgence Extreme mode. Up to 90 players can drop onto Rebirth Island for an incredibly frenetic fight for supremacy, as they look to eliminate every last member of enemy squads to prevent them from getting a second, third, or even forth chance at revenge.

Just like Resurgence, squad members can spawn back in if their Rebirth Countdown hits zero and at least one of their allies is still alive, and specific Caches around the map will refresh their items frequently to ensure there is no shortage of firepower around the island.”

Exfiltration

Activision
Warzone Season 2’s new Exfiltration mode will be played on Verdansk.

Exfiltration is a new mode that will be played on Verdansk. It will be added in-season, meaning it won’t be available at the start of Season 2.

“It’s about time that the exfil chopper arrives before the Circle Collapse fully closes in. During an Exfiltration Battle Royale, a portable radio crackles into life, coming online somewhere in Verdansk. The Operator who secures this radio and holds onto it for a sufficient period of time automatically wins the game for them (or their squad, in non-Solo modes). To ensure their exfil isn’t by the book, anyone holding the radio is marked on the Tac Map as if they were under a Most Wanted Contract (also known as an HVT or High Value Target) with all Operators also receiving intel on how much longer the current radio holder has until they win. Other than this new win condition, the same Battle Royale rules apply. Expect a circle collapse and a winner to be determined by last Operator or squad standing, should nobody receive an early exfil with the radio.”

When is Warzone Season 2? Update release date & time

Both the Warzone Season 2 update and all of the new Season 2 content will be hitting live servers at the same time: February 24 at 9PM PT.

Here are the release times around the world:

  • February 24
    • 9:00 PM PT
    • 11:00 PM CT
  • February 25
    • 12:00 AM ET
    • 5:00 AM GMT (UK)
    • 6:00 AM CET (EU)
    • 4:00 PM AEDT (Australia)

For more details about the new content for Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and Zombies, make sure to check out the BOCW Season 2 Patch Notes and our “What’s new in Black Ops Cold War Season 2” page.