How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO October 2023 - Upcomer
Close Menu

Hit enter to search or ESC to close

In Pokémon GO, players earn Mysterious Components by defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts at occupied Pokéstops. Once you acquire six of them, you construct the Rocket Radar which leads you to one Team Go Rocket Leaders.

Unlike the weaker Grunts, the Team GO Rocket Leaders are much tougher to defeat. There are three Team GO Rocket Leaders: Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra, each wielding their own team of powerful shadow Pokémon.

Here we’ll show you how to defeat Cliff, detailing his current team for October 2023 and the best way to counter it.

Cliff’s Team (October 2023)

Cliff’s lineup changes frequently, and recently changed as part of the Team Go Rocket Takeover event. His current lineup in Pokémon GO is as follows:

  • Aerodactyl
  • Slowking/ Gallade / Cradily
  • Tyranitar / Mamoswine / Dusknoir

Cliff’s lineup changes every time there’s a Team Go Rocket Takeover, and he will always send out his Pokémon in this order.

how to beat cliff pokemon go
Players can catch Cliff’s Shadow Aerodactyl upon defeating him | Image: Pokémon GO/The Pokemon Company/Niantic

Aerodactyl is a Flying and Rock-type Pokémon, which means it’s weak to Water, Electric, Rock, Ice, Steel-type attacks. This gives the player plenty of solid choices to take on Aerodactyl, but ideally a Pokemon that can burn shields quickly and still be around for later in the fight would be best:

  • Tyranitar – Smack Down (Fast Move), Stone Edge (Charged Move)
  • Lucario – Counter (Fast Move), Flash Cannon (Charged Move)
  • Raikou – Thundershock (Fast Move), Wild Charge (Charged Move)

Pokemon #2: Slowking/Gallade/Cradily

This is where the battle starts to get tougher, as the second Pokémon can be one of Slowking, Gallade or Cradily. Here are some of the best Pokémon to take on each of them:

how to beat cliff pokemon go
Slowking in Pokémon GO | Image: Pokémon GO/The Pokemon Company/Niantic

Slowking Best Counters:

  • Hydreigon – Bite (Fast Move), Brutal Swing (Charged Move)
  • Tyranitar – Bite (Fast Move), Brutal Swing (Charged Move)

Gallade Best Counters:

  • Gengar – Shadow Claw (Fast Move), Shadow Ball (Charged Move)
  • Giratina – Shadow Claw (Fast Move), Shadow Force (Charged Move)

Cradily Best Counters:

  • Metagross – Bullet Punch (Fast Move), Meteor Mash (Charged Move)
  • Lucario – Counter (Fast Move), Power Up Punch (Charged Move)

Pokemon #3: Tyranitar/Mamoswine/Dusknoir

The final Pokémon of Cliff’s team will be his strongest, so its best to save your strongest Pokémon for the end to finish the fight.

how to beat cliff pokemon go
Shadow Tyranitar in Pokémon GO | Image: Pokémon GO/The Pokemon Company/Niantic

Tyranitar Best Counters:

  • Machamp – Counter (Fast Move), Cross Chop (Charged Move)
  • Terrakion – Double Kick (Fast Move), Sacred Sword (Charged Move)

Mamoswine Best Counters:

  • Kartana – Razor Leaf (Fast Move), Leaf Blade (Charged Move)
  • Reshiram – Fire Fang (Fast Move), Fusion Flare (Charged Move)

Dusknoir Best Counters:

  • Hydreigon – Bite (Fast Move), Brutal Swing (Charged Move)
  • Chandelure – Hex (Fast Move), Shadow Ball (Charged Move)

Eric Bartlett is a seasoned writer, player and content creator for Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.