Cliff is one of three Team GO Rocket leaders in Pokémon GO. If you’re going to take on the Rockets, you’ll likely face this leader at some point. 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 this time around. 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 new first Pokémon Cliff will use against you is Pinsir a Bug-type Pokémon. Pinsir is a fairly 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, or Darmanitan.
The next choice is a toss-up between three options. Cliff might throw Electivire an Electric-type, Marowak a Ground-Type, or Omastar a Rock and Water-type Pokémon against you. All three of these choices vary, making your next roster choice a bit difficult.
Your best option would likely be to choose a robust Grass-type Pokémon into 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, 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.
The final choice might place your roster to the test and strain your skills. Cliff could have Swampert a Water and Ground-type, Torterra Grass and Ground-type, or Tyranitar a Rock and Dark-type Pokémon. You have a handful of options available to you.
The best option would be another Grass-type against this trio. A Grass-type would be able to severly damage Tyranitar and Swampert if Cliff uses them. 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 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.