How to Beat Cliff in Pokemon GO

How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO is a common question for those looking to defeat the nefarious Team Rocket leader.
How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO is a common question for those looking to defeat the nefarious Team Rocket leader. / Photo by Niantic Labs

How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO is a common question for those looking to defeat the nefarious Team Rocket leader.

To battle Giovanni in Pokemon GO, players need to know how to beat Cliff. Players must defeat Cliff or his counterparts, Sierra and Arlo, to collect the components needed to build a super rocket radar. Cliff is a tough fight, his Pokemon have insanely high cp and he will use protect shields, unlike the Team GO Rocket grunts you fought before, but the challenge of beating him is not insurmountable.

How to Beat Cliff in Pokemon GO

First, you need to assemble a rocket radar by defeating team rocket grunts and collecting six mysterious components. Once the radar has been assembled, you can find Cliff in balloons in the overworld as well as at Pokestops that have been taken over by team rocket. You can rematch him if he's not beaten the first time.

Cliff's Team and Some Solid Counters

If Cliff is encountered at a Pokestop, his first Pokemon will always be Pinsir. If he's encountered in a balloon, his first Pokemon will always be Grimer. His second Pokemon will be either Machamp, Omastar, or Electivire and his third will be Tyranitar, Swampert, or Torterra. Togekiss is helpful against Pinsir, Machamp, and Torterra and its fairy-type helps against dark-type moves. Torterra, being grass and ground will have good coverage for Electivire, Tyranitar, and Grimer. Articuno can provide great damage against Toterra, Swampert, and Pinsir. Mewtwo is always solid and can help with Grimer and Machamp. Virizion will also perform well against Omastar and Tyranitar.