How to defeat Cliff in Pokemon Go (January 2021)

Published: 4/Jan/2021 21:06

by Brent Koepp


As Pokemon Go celebrates 2021 with the Unova Challenge, Team Rocket will be continuing to cause trouble for Trainers. Here are the best counters to easily defeat Leader Cliff for January.

It’s a new year for Pokemon Go and to celebrate, Niantic is looking back to fifth generation titles Black and White to kick off 2021. Players tackling the Unova Challenge will still face off with Team Rocket.

Making his return this month is Leader Cliff and his Shadow Omanyte. Here is everything you need to know on how to take down his January team of ‘mon in no time at all.

Team Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokemon Go.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Team Rocket foe returns in January 2021.

Team Rocket Leader Cliff’s January Pokemon Go team

Not a lot has changed from previous months as Team Rocket’s lineup seems to be be fairly consistent going into 2021. Players will continue to see balloons in the sky that will either contain grunts or one of the three leaders.

For January, Cliff returns with his lineup of Shadow ‘mon which range from Water to Electric, as well as Dark types.  As per usual he will always start each match with Gen I’s Omanyte.

Trainers will have a range of six different characters that he can choose from. Below are the characters that you might face off this month:

  • Slot 1: Omanyte
  • Slot 2: Electivire (34%), Onix (34%), Machamp (32%)
  • Slot 3: Tyranitar (77%), Swampert (15%), Torterra (9%)
Screenshot of Shadow Omanyte in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players will face off against Cliff’s Shadow Omanyte again in January.

Best Pokemon Go counters

Omanyte is mainly weak to Grass, Fighting, Ground, and Electric types. Its dual-typing makes it fairly weak against a wide variety of monsters. We recommend using a quick move like Vine Whip or Bullet Seed.

  • Omanyte: Shiftry, Lucario, Roserade, Chesnaught, Venusaur

Cliff’s second Pokemon is split between three choices, and each of them have an equal percentage of being picked. Thankfully, Electivire and Onix are both weakened by Ground moves. Machamp is weak to Fairy and Psychic.

  • Electivire/ Onix: Excadrill, Garchomp, Rhyperior
  • Machamp: Mewtwo, Xerneas, Lugia

The vast majority of battles will end with Tyranitar who is overall weak to Fighting, Fairy, and Ground types. It is possible to get Swampert & Torterra, although unlikely.

  • Tyranitar: Lucario, Breloom, Conkeldurr
  • Swampert: Roserade, Sceptile, Breloom, Venusaur
  • Torterra: Weavile, Glaceon, Mamoswine
Screenshot of Lucario battling in Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The popular Gen IV ‘mon is a strong contender against Team Rocket’s Cliff.

Given the majority of Cliff encounters will start with Omanyte and end with Tyranitar, Lucario is one of the best picks to face off against the Leader. The Gen IV character is strong against two of his potential ‘mon.

If you happen to lose to the Team Rocket boss, don’t worry. You can face off against him multiple times and even adjust your team. However, in most scenarios, his lineup is fairly predictable.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce


In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.