Pokemon GO: How to Beat Cliff (February 2023)

Here's the full lineup for Cliff's Pokemon in Pokemon GO, and some of the best potential counters for each of them.
Pokemon GO Cliff: Pokemon lineup and counters, how to beat Cliff
Pokemon GO Cliff (Niantic/The Pokemon Company)

Here’s what you need to know about how to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO. Team GO Rocket is Pokemon GO’s version of Team Rocket from the mainline Pokemon games. In this game, the crime syndicate has a chance to appear at PokeStops randomly throughout the day. A PokeStop with a dark blue color and a spinning cube indicates that a Team GO Rocket member has taken it over. Team GO Rocket balloons may also appear overhead, offering more battles and Rocket Radars.

The Team GO Rocket balloons appear once every six hours. Your first battles will be against grunts, which reward you with a chance to capture their Shadow Pokemon and a Radar Components. If you combine your six Components to make the Rocket Radar and equip it, the balloons will make you battle Leaders instead of grunts. You can combine these Rocket Radars into Super Rocket Radars, which will cause Giovanni or his decoys to battle you instead. 

Here are the possible Team GO Rocket Members you can face:

What is Cliff’s Lineup of Pokemon in Pokemon GO?

Cliff’s lineup of Pokemon is currently:

  1. Cubone
  2. Electivire, Luxray, or Omastar
  3. Charizard, Swampert, or Tyranitar

How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO

Defeating Cliff in Pokemon GO is easy as long as you know the counters of each Pokemon he might throw out. Let’s take a look at the counters for each possible Pokemon.


The best counters against Cliff’s Cubone in Pokemon GO are:


The best counters against Cliff’s Electivire in Pokemon GO are:


The best counters against Cliff’s Luxray in Pokemon GO are:


The best counters against Cliff’s Omastar in Pokemon GO are:


The best counters against Cliff’s Charizard in Pokemon GO are:


The best counters against Cliff’s Swampert in Pokemon GO are:


The best counters against Cliff’s Tyranitar in Pokemon GO are:

What do I get for beating Cliff in Pokemon GO?

Team GO Rocket leaders give you a chance to capture the shadow version of their first summoned Pokemon. For beating Cliff, players can catch Shadow Cubone (with a chance at a shiny).

For more related content, guides, lists, and Pokemon, check out our Pokemon GO section. You may also like our Pokemon GO effectiveness and weakness chart.

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