Pokemon Go Cliff counters November 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 November 2022, but he’s much easier to beat with the right counters for the likes of Machop, Crobat, and Tyranitar.

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 Machop of your own in the process.


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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 (November 2022)

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

Cliff’s lineup changed on November 14, 2022, as part of the Team GO Rocket Takeover, and while some of the ‘mon he utilizes remain the same, there are a whole host of new additions you’ll need to battle.

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

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  • Phase 1: Machop
  • Phase 2: Amoonguss / Crobat / Pinsir
  • Phase 3: Aerodactyl / Camerupt / 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 various 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

Machop artwork with a Pokemon Go backgroundThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Cliff will always start with Machop in Phase 1.

Machop counters

Machop is a Fighting-type, which means it’s weak against FairyFlying, and Psychic-type attacks. It’s resistant to Bug, Dark, and Rock-type attacks.

Machop Counters
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Hoopa Hoopa Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Metagross Pokemon GO Metagross Zen Headbutt (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Gardevoir Pokemon Go Gardevoir Charm (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Alakazam Alakazam Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Espeon, one of Crobat's best counters for leader Cliff in Pokemon Go Espeon Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Amoonguss, Crobat & Pinsir art with a Pokemon Go background, Cliff's Phase 2 lineupThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Cliff’s Phase 2 Pokemon will see Amoonguss, Crobat, or Pinsir 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) & Psystrike (Charge Move)

Hoopa Hoopa

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Alakazam Alakazam

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree

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

Espeon, one of Crobat's best counters for leader Cliff in Pokemon Go Espeon

Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Amoonguss counters

Amoonguss 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.

Amoonguss Counters
Alakazam Alakazam

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

Hoopa Hoopa Confusion (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)
Mewtwo Pokemon Go Mewtwo Confusion (Fast Move) & Psystrike (Charge Move)
Chandelure Chandelure

Incinerate (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

Moltres in Pokemon Go Moltres Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Sky Attack (Charge Move)
Metagross Pokemon Go Metagross Zen Headbutt (Fast Move) & Psychic (Charge Move)

Pinsir counters

Pinsir is a Bug-type Pokemon, which makes it weak against Fire, Flying, and Rock-type attacks. It’s resistant to Fighting, Grass, and Ground-type attacks.

Pinsir Counters
Chandelure Chandelure Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)
Moltres in Pokemon Go Moltres Fire Spin (Fast Move) & Sky Attack (Charge Move)
Tyranitar Pokemon Go Tyranitar Smack Down (Fast Move) & Stone Edge (Charge Move)
Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)
Darmanitan Pokemon Go Darmanitan Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)
Pokemon Go Reshiram Reshiram Fire Fang (Fast Move) & Overheat (Charge Move)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 3

Camerupt, Aerodactyl and Tyranitar art on a Pokemon Go background, Cliff's phase 3 lineupThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Cliff’s Phase 3 Pokemon can be either Camerupt, Aerodactyl, or Tyranitar.

Camerupt counters

Camerupt is a dual Fire/Ground-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Ground and Water-type attacks. However, it does have many resistances to the following types: Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fire, Poison, and Steel.

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Camerupt Counters
Kyogre Kyogre Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)
Vaporeon Vaporeon Water Gun (Fast Move) & Hydro Pump (Charge Move)
Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Gun (Fast Move) & Hydro Pump (Charge Move)
Empoleon Pokemon Go Empoleon Waterfall (Fast Move) & Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)
Excadrill Pokemon Go Excadrill Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)
Swampert Swampert Water Gun (Fast Move) & Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)

Aerodactyl counters

Aerodactyl is a dual Rock/Flying-type Pokemon, so it’s weak against Electric, Ice, Rock, Steel, and Water-type moves. It’s resistant to Bug, Fire, Flying, Ground, Normal, and Poison-type moves.

Aerodactyl Counters
Metagross Pokemon GO Metagross Bullet Punch (Fast Move) & Meteor Mash (Charge Move)
Kyogre Kyogre Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (Charge Move)
Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex Rampardos Smack Down (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)
Empoleon Pokemon Go Empoleon Waterfall (Fast Move) & Hydro Cannon (Charge Move)
Tyranitar Pokemon Go Tyranitar Smack Down (Fast Move) & Stone Edge (Charge Move)
Xurkitree in Pokemon Go Raids Xurkitree Thunder Shock (Fast Move) & Discharge (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)

Alakazam Alakazam

Counter (Fast Move) & Focus Blast (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

The best counters team against Cliff in Pokemon Go, featuring Alakazam, Kyogre, and TyranitarThe Pokemon Company / Niantic
Alakazam, Tyranitar, and Kyogre are one of the best team combinations to use in order to counter Cliff.

One of the best teams to defeat Cliff in Pokemon Go would be Alakazam, Kyogre, and Tyranitar.

You’ll need a strong Psychic-type to take down Machop, Crobat, and Amoonguss if Cliff sends them out, so we’ve recommended Alakazam, which also has the benefit of being effective against Tyranitar if you equip it with a Fighting-type move.

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Next up, a strong Water-type like Kyogre will help you defeat Camerupt and Aerodactyl. Finally, a Pokemon with Rock-type moves, such as Tyranitar, is essential for taking out Pinsir alongside Aerodactyl if your Kyogre goes down during the fight.

While these recommendations will help give you a good chance at taking down Cliff, 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 November 2022.

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