Team Rocket Cliff Counters 2-1-2023

Best Cliff Counters February 2023

The Best Cliff Counters to help with getting to Giovanni.

The Crackling Voltage and Team GO Rocket Takeover events are currently underway in Pokemon Go. During these events, Team Rock minions will spawn in abundance assisting with the Shadowy Skirmishes’ special research task.  The Special Research event will be available until March 1st, 2023. The special research requires trainers to defeat Giovanni in order to capture Shadow Registeel.

Before trainers can do that, they will need to defeat Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra who can only be discovered using a rocket Radar. A Rocket Radar can be purchased either for 200 Pokecoins or by getting six rocket components. Once the three have been defeated, trainers will receive a Super Rocket Radar. With the Super Rocket Radar, trainers will be able to find Giovanni. Defeating Giovanni’s subordinates is no easy task, so here are the best Team Rocket Cliff Counters.


Cliff Counters

Cliff’s Pokemon line-up always consists of Shadow Magnemite. During the Team GO Rocket Takeover event, Cliff can grant shiny shadow Magnemite. Cliff consistently feels like the second strongest of Giovanni’s generals to take down, but we’ve still comprised a list of the best Cliff counters to help you take down his Pokemon team.

Cliff’s first Pokemon is always Shadow Magnemite. His second Pokemon can be one of three Pokemon, Omastar, Pinsir, or Venusaur. His final Pokemon can be either Camerupt, Sharpedo, or Tyranitar.

Trainers can only use three Pokemon to take on any Team Rocket opponent. Make sure to choose your party carefully or else the fight can be exhausting. Below we will be a list of Pokemon with the most well-rounded moves to counter Cliff’s Pokemon.

Magnemite Counters

Magnemite is an Electric, Steel-type Pokemon; it is weak to Fighting, Fire, & Ground-type moves.

  • Rhyperior – Mud Slap & Rock Wrecker
  • Mega Swampert – Mud Shot & Earthquake
  • Excadrill – Mud Shot & Drill Run
  • Golurk – Mud Slap & Shadow Punch or Dynamic Punch
  • Garchomp – Mud Shot & Earth Power
  • Pheromosa – Low Kick & Focus Blast

Omastar Counters

Omastar is a Rock, Water-type Pokemon that is weak to Fighting, Grass, Ground, and Electric-type moves. Below are the best Omastar counters.

  • Kartana – Razor Leaf & Leaf Blade
  • Roserade – Razor Leaf  & Leaf Storm
  • Sirfetch’d – Fury Cutter & Leaf Blade
  • Xurkitree  – Spark & Power Whip
  • Zarude – Vine Whip & Power Whip
  • Probopass – Spark & Rock Slide or Magnet Bomb

Pinsir Counters

Pinsir is the second option trainers may fight when facing Cliff. Pinsir is a Bug-type making it weak to Fire, Flying, and Rock-type moves.

  • Charizard – Fire Spin & Blast Burn or Dragon Claw
  • Ho-Oh – Incinerate & Brave Bird or Sacred Fire
  • Infernape – Fire Spin & Blast Burn
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down & Stone Edge
  • Moltres – Fire Spin & Sky Attack
  • Entei – Fire Spin & Overheat
  • Heatran – Fire Spin & Fire Blast
  • Reshiram – Fire Fang & Overheat
  • Chandelure – Fire Spin & Overheat

Venusaur Counters

The third and final second-round Pokemon is Venusaur. Venusaur is a Posion, Grass-type making it weak to Fire, Ice, Flying, and Psychic-type moves. For this, you will most likely want to stick to either Fire or Psychic-type Pokemon.

  • Hoopa – Confusion & Psychic
  • Gallade – Confusion & Synchronoise
  • Darmanitan – Fire Fang & Overheat

Camerupt Counters

The first of the third round of Cliff’s Pokemon is Camerupt. Camerupt is a Fire Ground-type Pokemon. For this fight, you will need a Pokemon with Ground or Water-type moves

  • Kyogre – Waterfall & Surf
  • Excadrill – Mud Shot & Drill Run or Rock Slide
  • Terrakion – Smackdown & Ancient Power or Rock Slide
  • Vaporeon – Water Gun & Hydro Pump
  • Empoleon – Waterfall & Hydro Cannon
  • Feraligatr – Water Gun & Hydro Pump

Sharpedo Counters

Sharpedo is a Dark Water-type Pokemon; this makes it especially weak to Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-type moves.

  • Blaziken – Counter & Focus Blast
  • Conkeldurr – Counter & Dynamic Punch
  • Lucario – Counter & Aura Sphere or Close Combat

Tyranitar Counters

Tyranitar is a Rock Dark-type Pokemon. This means that Tyranitar is weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Rock, Steel, and Water-type Pokemon.

  • Metagross – Bullet Punch & Meteor Mash
  • Kyogre – Waterfall & Surf
  • Swampert – Water Gun & Hydro Cannon
  • Kingler – Bubble & Crab Hammer
  • Machamp – Counter & Dynamic Punch
  • Alakazam – Counter & Focus Blast
  • Breloom- Counter & Dynamic Punch

Let Us Know!

Will you be actively pursuing Shadow Registeel or will you be hunting each Team Rocket Leader’s Shadow Pokemon? What do you think of the Team GO Rocket Takeover Event? Does our Cliff counter’s list help you?

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