Pokemon GO Cliff November 2020: Notable Battle Changes

Pokemon GO Team Rocket Executive Cliff has made a few changes to his team in November 2020.
Pokemon GO Team Rocket Executive Cliff has made a few changes to his team in November 2020. / Niantic Labs

Pokemon GO Team Rocket Executive Cliff has made a few changes to his team in November 2020.

Since their release into the game, Team GO Rocket has been causing trouble for trainers left, right, and center. From capturing PokeStops and holding items captive to monopolizing mysterious Pokemon, Niantic Labs’ antagonists have become quite the focal point of Pokemon GO. The Executives, especially, are guilty of this—often taking the front stage of recent events with new Pokemon in tow.

Here’s the latest on Team GO Rocket’s Cliff this November.

Pokemon GO Cliff November 2020

As with other Executives, Cliff has a small pool of Pokemon he will choose from for each slot on his team.

Cliff’s first Pokemon will always be Omanyte.

For his second Pokemon, Cliff will choose from Onix, Machamp, and Electivire.

His third Pokemon will be either Swampert, Tyranitar, or Torterra.

Right off the bat, trainers will want a solid grass-type on their team. Not only is Omanyte weak to grass, but Onix and Swampert are, as well. A choice like this potentially covers all three slots in Cliff’s team with ease. We recommend Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant or Roserade with Razor Leaf and Grass Knot.

Popular fighting-type Machamp is weak against flying, fairy, and psychic-types. Most of its top choices for counters include legendaries like Mewtwo with Confusion or Lugia with Extrasensory. However, any proper psychic-type will do, such as Delphox or Alakazam.

Electric-type Electivire’s greatest weakness lies in the ground. Obviously, top choices include Excadrill with Mud-Slap and Drill Run alongside Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake. Landorus and Rhyperior also make this list with a mix-up of the two previous quick-moves and either Earthquake or Earth Power.

Tyranitar, while boasting a horde of resistances, also contains some serious weaknesses—primarily to fighting types. The two best choices here would be, of course, Machamp with Counter and Dynamic Punch or Lucario with Aura Sphere. Conkeldurr with the previous set would also be an acceptable choice.

Finally, Torterra—a Pokemon who can give players quite a headache. Like Swampert and Quagsire, Torterra offers a dual-typing that covers one of its essential weaknesses. This means there’s only one true way to put this Pokemon on ice—with ice-types. Galarian Zen Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche, Mamoswine with Powder Snow, or Glaceon with Frost Breath are a trainer’s best bet here.