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

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Artwork featuring the Pokemon Go logo, Cliff and 'Defeating Cliff'
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Pokemon Go trainers have a difficult battle ahead of them with Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff in July 2022, but he’s much easier to beat with the right counters for the likes of Cubone, 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.

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 Cubone of your own in the process.

Additional reporting by Daniel Megarry.

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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 (July 2022)

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

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

  • Phase 1: Cubone
  • Phase 2: Electivire / Luxray / Omastar
  • Phase 3: Swampert / Charizard / Tyranitar

Cliff’s lineup is expected to change on Saturday, July 9, 2022, as part of the Team Go Rocket Battle Weekend event. We’ll update this guide once that happens, 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

Cubone in Cliff's team in Pokemon Go
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Cliff will always start with Cubone in Phase 1.

Cubone counters

Cubone is a Ground-type, which means it’s weak against Grass, Ice, and Water-type attacks. It’s resistant to Electric, Poison, and Rock-type attacks.

Cubone Counters
Kingler Pokemon Go
Kingler

Bubble (Fast Move) & Crabhammer (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Kyogre
Kyogre

Waterfall (Fast Move) & Surf (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)

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Cliff Pokemon Go counters phase 2

Phase 2 of Cliff's lineup in Pokemon Go
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Cliff’s Phase 2 Pokemon will see Luxray, Electivire, or Omastar appear.

Electivire counters

Electivire is a pure Electric-type Pokemon, which means its only weakness is Ground-type moves. This also means it’s resistant to Electric, Flying, and Steel-type moves.

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
Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter
Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Therian Forme Landorus
Landorus

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earth Power (Charge Move)

Krookodile Pokemon Go
Krookodile

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Luxray counters

Luxray is a pure Electric-type Pokemon, just like Electivire, which means it’s only weak against Ground-type attacks. It’s resistant to Electric, Flying, and Steel-type attacks.

Luxray Counters
Garchomp
Garchomp

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Excadrill Pokemon Go
Excadrill

Mud Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Pokemon Go Groudon
Groudon

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter
Rhyperior

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Rhydon Pokemon Go
Rhydon

Mud-Slap (Fast Move) & Earthquake (Charge Move)

Therian Forme Landorus
Landorus

Mud Shot (Fast Move) & Earth Power (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

Phase 3 of Cliff's lineup in Pokemon Go
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Cliff’s Phase 3 Pokemon can be either Swampert, Tyranitar, or Charizard.

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)

Charizard counters

Charizard is a Fire/Flying-type Pokemon, so it’s weak against Electric, Rock, and Water-type moves. It’s resistant to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground, and Steel-type moves.

Charizard Counters
Rampardos Pokemon Go Dex
Rampardos

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

Terrakion Pokemon Go
Terrakion

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

Therian Forme Landorus
Landorus

Rock Throw (Fast Move) & Rock Slide (Charge Move)

Rhyperior counter
Rhyperior

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

Tyranitar Pokemon Go
Tyranitar

Smack Down (Fast Move) & Stone Edge (Charge Move)

Regirock Pokemon Go
Regirock

Rock Throw (Fast Move) & Stone Edge (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, Garchomp and Rampardos, the best team to defeat Cliff in Pokemon Go
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Garchomp, Zarude, and Rampardos 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 Zarude, Garchomp, and Rampardos.

You’ll need a strong Grass-type to take down Cubone, 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 Ground-type like Garchomp will help you defeat Electivire and Luxray. Finally, a Rock-type Pokemon such as Rampardos is essential for taking out Charizard if Cliff chooses that Pokemon.

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.

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 July 2022.

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 Pokemon in Pokemon Go | 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 a Ditto: Ditto disguises | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes | How to get Sylveon in Pokemon Go | How to evolve Eevee in Pokemon Go

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