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Pokemon Go How to Beat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff, Best Counters, New Lineups Included

Update: Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff lineup has changed and new Shadow Pokemon are now spawning. The list of the new Shadow Pokemon and best counters can be found below.

How to beat Cliff and the new Shadow Pokemon

#1 Cliff lineup and counters

Omanyte (can be shiny)

  • Mega Venusaur with Vine and Frenzy Plant
  • Shadow Porygon-Z with Lock-On and Solar Beam
  • Shadow Exegguto with Bullet Seed and Solar BEam
  • Shadow Venusaru with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
  • Shadow Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant

#2 Cliff lineup and counters


  • Mewtwo with Psychio Cut and Psystrike
  • Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Psystrike
  • Lugia with Extrasensory and Future Sight
  • Giratina with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw
  • Giratina Origin with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball


  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Surf
  • Melmetal with Thunder Shock and Flash Cannon
  • Ferrothron with Bullet Seed and Power Whip
  • Swampert with Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon
  • Empoleon with Metal Claw and Hydro Cannon


  • Garchomp with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Giratina with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw
  • Zekrom with Dragon Breath and Crunch
  • Golurk with Mud Slap and Shadow Punch
  • Giratina Origin with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball

#3 Cliff lineup and counters


  • Mega Venusaru with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
  • Meganium with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
  • Venusaru with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
  • Tangrowth with Vine Whip and Power Whip
  • Sceptile with Bullet Seed and Frenzy Plant


  • Hariyama with Counter and Superpower
  • Shadow Machamp with Counter and Cross Chop
  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch
  • Heracross with Counter and Close Combat
  • SirFetch with Fury Cutter and Close Combat


  • Mega Charizard X with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Mega Charizard Y with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
  • Moltres with Wing Attack and Overheat
  • Regice with Lock-On and Blizzard
  • Reshiram with Dragon Breath and Overheat

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Trainers, the Team Go Rocket Leaders Sierra, Arlo, and Cliff are available to battle in the game and our goal is to use the best Pokemon against them in a battle and show them who’s the real boss.

The Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff is one of the three TGR Leaders and is one of the hardest to beat. However, having the right counters in a battle would definitely make things less stressful.

Just like the rest of the TGR team, Cliff uses three different lineups in battle and different Shadow Pokemon and you can find the list of best counters and movesets below.

Team Go Rocker Leader Cliff Best Counters

#1 Cliff lineup and counters

Shadow Grimer (can be shiny)

  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut/Psystrike
  • Groudon with Mud Shot/Earthquake
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow/Avalanche Bulldoze

#2 Cliff lineup and counters


  • Torterra with Razor Leaf/Frenzy Plant
  • Abomasnow with Razor Leaf/Whatever
  • Ludicolo with Razor Leaf/Whatever
  • Venusaur with Razor Leaf OR Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
  • Roserade with Razor Leaf/Whatever


  • Swampert with Mud Shot/Earthquake or Hydro Cannon
  • Groudon with Mud Shot/Earthquake
  • Garchomp with Mud Shot/Earthquake
  • Rhydon/Rhyperior with Mud Slap/Earthquake
  • Gliscor with Fury Cutter/Earthquake

#3 Cliff lineup and counters


  • Venusaur with Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
  • Meganium with Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
  • Leafeon with Razor Leaf/Leaf Blade
  • Shiftry with Razor Leaf/Leaf Blade


  • Moltres with Fire Spin/Sky Attack
  • Articuno with Ice Shard/Ice Beam
  • Heatran with Fire Spin/Flamethrower
  • Dialga with Dragon Breath/Iron Head
  • Blaziken with Fire Spin/Blaze Kick


  • Lucario with Counter/Power Up Punch
  • Heracross with Counter/Close Combat
  • Machamp with Counter/Cross Chop
  • Virizion with Quick Attack/Close Combat
  • Swampert with Mud Shot/Hydro Cannon

Good luck and let’s beat ’em all!

Dejan Kacurov

Hi, gamers! You can call me Mr. DComplex. I'm a gamer, a hardcore gamer. My favorite genres are Action RPG and MMORPG. At the moment I'm using my PC as my only gaming platform, but soon I might get a new PS4 from Angel. Update - Angel did get me a PS4, oh wait, it's the PS4 PRO 1TB!!! Much love bro!

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