Cliff is one of three Team GO Rocket leaders in Pokémon GO. You can find him by picking up Mysterious Components from Team GO Grunts at captured PokéStops. When you have six, you can build a Rocket Radar to locate a Leader Hideout.
Cliff has a new line up of Pokémon to use every month. You won’t have an easy time taking him down, and you’ll want to focus on using durable Pokémon to meet his outstanding collection.
The first Pokémon Cliff will use against you is Pinsir, a Bug-type Pokémon. Pinsir is a relatively difficult first challenge, so you want to be careful how you approach it. Pinsir is weak to Fire, Flying, and Rock-types, so you may want to bring a durable, heavy Pokémon to fight it. Some great choices include Charizard, Moltres, Scyther, Gigalith, Golem, Armaldo, Togekiss, or Darmanitan.
The next choice is a toss-up between three options.
- Omastar a Rock and Water-type
- Marowak a Ground-type
- Electivire an Electric-type
Your best option would likely be to choose a robust Grass-type Pokémon for this encounter. While Electivire is not weak to grass, a Grass-type could reliably withstand their attacks, and cause a severe amount of damage to Marowak and Omastar because they are both weak to that type. For a Grass-type, you might want to use Leafeon, Torterra, Venusaur, Exeggutor, Cacturne, or Carnivine.
Any Electric or Water-type Pokémon would be too big of a risk because if Cliff has Electivire, you could find yourself cornered pretty quick. A Grass-type remains a safe bet with a reliable series of attacks capable of damaging any of these options.
Much like Cliff’s second choice, his third is a toss-up between three options.
- Swampert a Water and Ground-type
- Torterra a Grass and Ground-type
- Tyranitar a Rock and Dark-type
The best option would be another Grass-type against this trio. A Grass-type would be able to damage Tyranitar and Swampert if Cliff uses them severely. It would not do any significant damage against Torterra, but it’d be an excellent choice to fight with during this engagement. You’d be able to use any of the above options mentioned for Cliff’s second choice.
You’ll want to avoid Electric, Fire, or Rock-type Pokémon during this final fight. You’ll find these Pokémon can make short work of them, and you’ll quickly find yourself without a reliable team to withstand Cliff’s attacks. If you need to vary your approach for Pokémon, you can always use a Bug-type, such as Heracross, Scizor, Escavalier, or Armaldo, against this trio. Swampert won’t be weak to them, but Torterra and Tyranitar are going to feel it.
You’ll want a robust line-up of Pokémon to face off against Cliff. While you can focus on out-right damaging his roster, you’ll find it far more useful to come to the fight, ready to have an engagement of endurance. You want to withstand the attacks, while also dealing a reasonable degree of damage to Cliff’s roster. Make sure you’re ready for the long haul.