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Cliff Pokemon Go June 2021: Shadow Pokemon and Counters

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.

Cliff lineups and Best Counters

#1 Cliff lineup and counters

Aerodactyl (can be shiny)

  • Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge
  • Melmetal with Thunder Shock and Flash Cannon
  • Raikou with Volt Switch and Wild Charge
  • Shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Shadow Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge

#2 Cliff lineup and counters


  • Ho-Oh with Incinerate and Brave Bird
  • Giratina Origin with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
  • Mega Gengar with Shadow Claw and Sludge Bomb
  • Mega Charizard Y with Wing Attack and Blast Burn
  • Lugia with Etrasensory and Sky Attack


  • Zekrom with Dragon Breath and Wild Charge
  • Mega Ampharos with Volt Switch and Thunder
  • Darkrai with Feint Attack and Dark Pulse
  • Shadow Raikou with Volt Switch and Wild Charge
  • Giratina Origin with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball


  • Lucario with Counter and Close Combat
  • Heracross with COunter and Close Combat
  • Shadow Machamp with Karate Chop and CLose Combat
  • Machamp with Counter and Close Combat
  • SirFetchd with Counter and Close Combat

#3 Cliff lineup and counters


  • Hydreigon with Dragon Breath and Dark Pulse
  • Obstagoon with lick and Night Stash
  • Tyranitar with Smack down and Crunch
  • Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Crunch
  • Darkrai with Snarl and Shadow Ball


  • 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’d with Fury Cutter and Close Combat


  • Mega Ampharos with Volt Switch and Zap Cannon
  • Alolan Muk with Snarl and Gunk Shot
  • Drapion with Ice Fang and Crunch
  • Hippowdon with Thunder Fang and Earth Power
  • Ampharos with Charge Beam and Dragon Pulse

Good luck and let’s beat ’em all!

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