How to beat Cliff in Pokémon Go for June 2021 – Weaknesses, tactics, counters

Here’s what you need to know about fighting Cliff.

Cliff and the other Team Rocket Leaders have returned to Pokémon Go to cause more trouble. They received a brand new line up during the Luminous Legends Y event in May, and that roster will continue to hold through for part of June 2021. From what we can tell, Giovanni is receiving a new shadow Pokémon on June 17, and because of this change, we can expect that Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra might also receive a small change. Beyond this, it looks like they have the same Pokémon from the Luminous Legends Y event.

Cliff is considered the toughest of the three, but he does not have an Aerodactyl this time around, one of his stronger Pokémon choices. If you’re looking to battle against one of these leaders, you’ll need to use a Rocket Radar to find them. You can receive a Rocket Radar by defeating six Team Rocket grunts and obtaining their mysterious components to find the leaders’ hideouts.

We’re going to list out all of Cliff’s Pokémon, their weaknesses, and the best Pokémon to beat them in the game.

First Pokémon

The first Pokémon Cliff uses in battle will be Seedot, a Grass-type Pokémon. It’s weak against Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison-type attacks, and resistant against Electric, Grass, Ground, and Water-type moves. You’re better off sticking with Fire and Flying-type moves against Seedot, such as using Charizard, Talonflame, Ho-Oh, or Moltres.

Second Pokémon

These are the potential choices for Cliff’s second Pokémon that he could use against you during the battle.

  • Kingler (Water-type)
  • Hariyama (Fighting-type)
  • Poliwrath (Fighting and Water-type)

Based on what we know about Cliff’s current choices, these Pokémon will be weak against Electric, Fairy, Flying, Grass, and Psychic-type attacks. Your best bet is to use Flying, Grass, or Psychic-type Pokémon to hit all of their weaknesses. Because they’re all fairly close to the same typing, Cliff’s second series of Pokémon should be fairly predictable.

Third Pokémon

Here are the final choices for Cliff’s third Pokémon that he might use against you in the battle.

  • Tyranitar (Dark and Rock-type)
  • Torterra (Ground and Grass-type)
  • Sharpedo (Dark and Water-type)

Given the knowledge we have about Cliff’s last choices for Pokémon, these Pokémon will be weak against Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ice, Steel, and Water-types. Your choice is to use a Bug, Fighting, Grass, Ice, Steel, or Water-type against them.

After you defeat Cliff, you’ll have a chance to capture his Seedot, which is much easier than his previous first Pokémon. You’ll have a chance to potentially gain a shiny Pokémon, and evolve it into a Shiftry.

With Cliff defeated, you’ll be one step closer to completing the rest of the Luminous Legends Y event timed research, and several other tasks you can finish during the event.