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

Artwork featuring the Pokemon Go logo, Cliff and 'Defeating Cliff'Niantic

Pokemon Go trainers have a difficult battle ahead of them with Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff in September 2022, but he’s much easier to beat with the right counters for the likes of Bulbasaur, Crobat, 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.

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 Bulbasaur of your own in the process.

Additional reporting by Daniel Megarry and Philip Trahan.


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

Cliff Pokemon Go lineup & counters (September 2022)

Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff has long been a thorn in the side of Pokemon Go trainers, and that’s no different in September 2022.

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

  • Phase 1: Bulbasaur
  • Phase 2: Crobat / Venusaur / Omastar
  • Phase 3: Swampert / Torterra / Tyranitar

Cliff’s lineup previously changed in July, as part of the Team Go Rocket Battle Weekend event, and currently remains the same in September 2022. We’ll update this guide once the next Rocket Go event is announced, but for now, this is his lineup.

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

pokemon go cliff july 2022 phase 1 lineup bulbasaurThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Cliff will always start with Bulbasaur in Phase 1.

Bulbasaur counters

Cubone is a Grass/Poison-type, which means it’s weak against Fire, Ice, Flying, and Psychic-type attacks. It’s resistant to Grass, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Water-type attacks.

Bulbasaur Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Psycho Cut (Fast Move) & Psychic/Psystrike (Charge Move)

Tornadus Tornadus

Gust (Fast Move) & Hurricane (Charge Move)

Moltres in Pokemon Go Moltres

Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Heat Wave/SkyAttack (Charge Move)

Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan

Incinerate (Fast Move) & Overheat/Psychic (Charge Move)

Blaziken Pokemon Go Blaziken

Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Blast Burn (Charge Move)

Honchkrow Pokemon Go Honchkrow

Peck (Fast Move) & Brave Bird (Charge Move)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Pokemon go cliff july 2022 phase 2 lineup crobat venusaur omastarThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Cliff’s Phase 2 Pokemon will see Crobat, Venusaur, or Omastar appear.

Crobat counters

Crobat is a Poison/Flying-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Electric, Ice, Psychic, and Rock-type moves. This also means it’s resistant to Bug, Fighting, Grass, Fairy, Ground, and Poison-type moves.

Crobat Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Psycho Cut (Fast Move) & Psychic/Psystrike (Charge Move)

Exeggutor, one of Sierra's best counters in Pokemon Go Exeggutor

Confusion/Zen Headbutt (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Alakazam Alakazam

Psycho Cut (Fast Move) & Future Sight/Psychic (Charge Move)

Raikou Raikou

Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Wild Charge(Charge Move)

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan (Standard mode)

Ice Fang (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Avalanche/Ice Beam (Charge Move)

Venusaur counters

Like Bulbasaur, Venusaur is a Grass/Poison-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Fire, Ice, Flying, and Psychic-type attacks. It’s resistant to Grass, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Water-type attacks. All of our above counters for Bulbasaur will work for Venusaur, but here are some alternate recommendations.

Venusaur Counters
Alakazam Alakazam

Psycho Cut (Fast Move) & Future Sight/Psychic (Charge Move)

Pokemon Victini Victini

Confusion (Fast Move) & V-create (Charge Move)

Entei Pokemon Go Entei

Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Chandelure Chandelure

Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Rayquaza Rayquaza

Air Slash (Fast Move) & Aerial Ace/Hurricane (Charge Move)

Weavile Pokemon Go counters Weavile

Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Omastar counters

Omastar is a dual Rock/Water-type, which makes it weak against Electric, Fighting, Grass, and Ground-type attacks. It’s resistant to Fire, Flying, Ice, Normal, and Poison-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

Pokemon go cliff july 2022 phase 3 lineup swampert tyranitar torterraThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Cliff’s Phase 3 Pokemon can be either Swampert, Tyranitar, or Torterra.

Swampert counters

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

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 weak against Bug, Fire, Flying, and Ice-type moves. It’s resistant to Electric, Ground, and Rock-type moves.

Torterra Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Confusion (Fast Move) & Ice Beam (Charge Move)

Lapras Pokemon Go Dex Lapras

Frost Breath/Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Blizzard/Ice Beam (Charge Move)

Glaceon Pokemon counter Glaceon

Ice Shard (Fast Move) & Avalanche/Ice Beam (Charge Move)

Jynx Pokemon Go Jynx

Frost Breath (Fast Move) & Ice Breath (Charge Move)

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan (Standard Mode)

Ice Fang (Fast Move) & Avalanche (Charge Move)

Mamoswine Pokemon Go Mamoswine

Powder Snow (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

Zarude, Mewtwo and Galarian Darmanitan from PokemonThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Mewtwo, Zarude, and Galarian Darmanitan in Standard mode is one of the best teams to use in order to counter Cliff.

One of the best teams to defeat Cliff in Pokemon Go would be Mewtwo, Zarude, and Galarian Darmanitan.

You’ll need a strong Psychic-type to take down Bulbasaur, Venusaur, and Crobat if Cliff sends them out, so we’ve recommended Mewtwo, which has appeared in multiple 5-star raids over the years. Of course, other strong, and more common Psychic-types will do — but Mewtwo is the best.

Next up, a strong Grass-type like Zarude will help you defeat Swampert and Omastar, and many players should have Zarude thanks to its Special Research task. Finally, an Ice-type Pokemon such as Galarian Darmanitan is essential for taking out Torterra if Cliff chooses that Pokemon.

The only Pokemon this team doesn’t cover is Tyranitar. If Cliff sends that one out in phase three, you’ll need a Fighting-type counter like Blaziken, who could fit in nicely with the team as it can easily take on other Pokemon like Bulbasaur and Venusaur as well.

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.


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 in September 2022.

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