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Pokemon Go Cliff counters January 2022: Best Pokemon to use & weaknesses

Published: 24/Jan/2022 14:01

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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Pokemon Go Trainers have a difficult battle ahead of them with Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff in January 2022, but he is much easier to beat with the right counters for the likes of Teddiursa, Electivire, and Swampert.

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 Teddiursa of your own in the process.


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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 (January 2022)

Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff has long been a thorn in the side of many Pokemon Go trainers, and that’s no different in January 2022, where his lineup has changed slightly as part of the Power Plant event.

Cliff will now always send out Teddiursa at the beginning of a battle, followed by two out of five potential Pokemon. His current lineup to beat is:

  • Phase 1: Teddiursa
  • Phase 2: Electivire / Marowak / Omastar
  • Phase 3: Swampert / 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.

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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

Teddiursa in Pokemon Go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Cliff will always start with Teddiursa in Phase 1.

Teddiursa counters

Teddiursa is a Normal-type Pokemon, which means it’s vulnerable to Fighting-type attacks.

Teddiursa Counters
Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Conkeldurr Conkeldurr

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Machamp Machamp

Counter (Fast Move)

Dynamic Punch (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Sirfetch'd Sirfetch’d

Counter (Fast Move)

Close Combat (Charge Move)

Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Confusion (Fast Move)

Focus Blast (Charge Move)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Marowak, Electivire, and Omastar in Cliff's Lineup in Pokemon GO
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Cliff’s Phase 2 Pokemon will see Marowak, Electivire, or Omastar appear.

Electivire counters

Electivire is a pure Electric-type Pokemon, which means its only weakness is Ground-type attacks.

Electivire Counters
Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill

Mud Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Garchomp Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon Master League Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Landorus Pokemon Go Landorus

Mud Shot (Fast Move)

Earth Power (Charge Move)

Krookodile Pokemon Go Krookodile

Mud-Slap (Fast Move)

Earthquake (Charge Move)

Marowak counters

Marowak is a Ground-type, which means it’s weak against Grass, Ice, and Water-type Pokemon.

Marowak Counters
Kingler Pokemon Go Kingler

Bubble (Fast Move)

Crabhammer (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Kyogre Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move)

Hydro Pump (Charge Move)

Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Tangrowth Pokemon Go Tangrowth

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile

Ice Shard (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Zarude Zarude

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Omastar counters

Omastar is a dual Rock/Water-type, which makes it weak against Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Ground-type attacks.

Omastar Counters
Zarude Zarude

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Leaf Storm (Charge Move)

Tangrowth Pokemon Go Tangrowth

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Venusaur counters Venusaur

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)

Lucario Lucario

Counter (Fast Move)

Aura Sphere (Charge Move)

Torterra Torterra

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 3

Torterra, Tyranitar, and Swampert appearing in Cliff's Pokemon GO lineup
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Cliff’s Phase 3 Pokemon can be either Torterra, Tyranitar, or Swampert.

Swampert counters

Swampert is a dual Water/Ground-type Pokemon, which means its only weakness is Grass-type attacks.

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Swampert Counters
Zarude Zarude

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Roserade Roserade

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Leaf Storm (Charge Move)

Tangrowth Pokemon Go Tangrowth

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Power Whip (Charge Move)

Venusaur counters Venusaur

Vine Whip (Fast Move)

Frenzy Plant (Charge Move)

Leafeon in Pokemon Go Leafeon

Razor Leaf (Fast Move)

Leaf Blade (Charge Move)

Breloom Pokenon Go Breloom

Bullet Seed (Fast Move)

Grass Knot (Charge Move)

Torterra counters

Torterra is a Grass/Ground-type Pokemon, so it’s very weak against Ice-type moves and also vulnerable to Bug, Fire, and Flying-type attacks.

Torterra Counters
Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile

Ice Shard (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Frost Breath (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan

Ice Fang (Fast Move)

Avalanche (Charge Move)

Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Psycho Cut (Fast Move)

Ice Beam (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Fire Fang (Fast Move)

Overheat (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

One of the best teams to defeat Cliff in Pokemon Go would be Zarude, Lucario, and Garchomp.

You’ll need a strong Grass-type to take down Marowak, Omastar, and Swampert if Cliff sends them out, so we’ve recommended Zarude, which a lot of Trainers will own after completing its Special Research story.

Next up, a strong Fighting-type like Lucario will help you defeat Teddiursa and Tyranitar. Finally, a Ground-type Pokemon such as Garchomp is essential for taking out Electivire (and Tyranitar at a push).

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The only Pokemon this team doesn’t cover is Torterra. If Cliff sends that one out in phase three, you’ll need an Ice-type counter like Weavile or Mamoswine, so adjust your team slightly to fit around that.

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.

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, defeat Giovanni, and take down Sierra.

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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