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. Now, you can also find them by interacting with one of the Team Rocket balloons hanging in the sky. You still need mysterious devices to find them. At first, they only appear to trainers who are level 40.
You need to use robust and durable Pokémon when fighting Cliff. You want to use more defensive options with all-around general attacks to fight against any Pokémon Cliff uses. Cliff’s Pokémon line-up is changing for July 2020, especially with the upcoming Team Rocket takeover event set to happen on July 12 from 11 am to 2 pm in your local time.
These Pokémon rosters carried over into August.
The first Pokémon Cliff will use against you is Grimer, a Poison-type, or Pinsir, a Bug-type. These Pokémon both have different weaknesses, but a Groudon that knows mud shot for its fast attack and knows fire blast or fire punch for its charge attack could do well against them. However, you may want to think about using Charizard, Rhyperior, Darmanitan, Salamence, Flareon, or Ramprados.
You will face one of these three options:
- Omastar a Rock and Water-type
- Electivire an Electric-type
- Machamp a Fighting-type
The variety of choices makes Cliff a difficult fight. You may want to use Pokémon, such as Metagross, Alakazam, Gallade, Exeggutor, Torterra, or Venusaur. Exeggutor might be the best option because it can have a Grass-type fast attack and a Psychic-type charge to use against Machamp. Preparing to fight a Machamp might be a better choice because many options to counter a Machamp work fine against Omastar and Electivire. They won’t be great, but they can get the job done.
These are the final choices Cliff may use against you:
- Tyranitar a Dark and Rock-type
- Torterra a Grass and Ground-type
- Swampert a Water and Ground-type
Swampert is a nasty fight, being only weak to Grass-type Pokémon, but that might be your saving grace. While Torterra is not weak to Grass-types, both Swampert and Tyranitar are, making it the best option to use during this fight. You want to consider picking Venusaur, Exeggutor, Maganium, Vilplume, Victreebel, Shiftry, Tangrowth, Torterra, or Alola Exeggutor. Any of these options will prove useful at this stage of the battle.
Cliff’s fighting pattern becomes a bit muddled when fighting his second choice, but his first and third Pokémon choices should prove no problem for trainers who are prepared. You want to make sure you reserve your shields for the second fight, but if you need to ensure your first Pokémon is safe, it’s a good bet.