As of July 7, 2020 Team Go Rocket balloons started hitting Pokemon GO, spawning randomly on the map and allowing the players to safely challenge the grunts and leaders, including Giovanni. For this they created a system of collecting “mysterious components” which when combined grants you a “Rocket Radar”. Once you have this Rocket Radar equipped, you can encounter one of the three Team Go Rocket leaders: Sierra, Arlo and Cliff. This works the same way as in PokeStops; only you cannot choose which Leader you will encounter in Balloons. In this article, we will focus on beating the three Team Go Rocket leaders.

The battles with the leaders are similar to battling the grunts, with the exception that they have the ability to use Protect Shields. Also, their Pokemons are much more powerful and varied- they don’t use Pokemons of a single typing, unlike the grunts. So, you will need to have a varied team and a good strategy beforehand, otherwise the battle might become tricky.

Content

How to find Cliff In Pokemon Go

Cliff Pokemon Go Irisguardian

To find any of the three Team Leaders, you would need a Rocket Radar. Once you defeat a Team Go Rocket grunt, they drop a mysterious component. Once you defeat six grunts, you will have six of these mysterious components- provided you have enough item storage. Combine these six mysterious components to assemble a Rocket Radar, and equip it. This Radar gives you the location of the Leaders in your vicinity, if any.

Once you have the Rocket Radar equipped, you can find any of the three Team Leaders, including Sierra, near various Pokestops. If you are in a location with less or distant Pokestops, you can find a Team Go Rocket ballon with a random leader. Since the Leader in balloons are completely random, your best option would be visting nearby Pokestops marked by the Rocket Radar. Although you cannot know which Go Rocket Leader you shall find, you can find plenty of Pokestops with the leaders. Therefore, look around for a bit, and you can easily spot Cliff.

Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff Pokemon Line-up

First PokemonSecond PokemonThird Pokemon
Gallade (Psychic, Fighting)Tyranitar (Rock, Dark)
Aerodactyl (Rock, Flying)Cradily (Rock, Grass)Dusknoir (Ghost)
Slowking (Psychic, Water)Mamoswine (Ground, Ice)

Cliff Counters in Pokemon Go

Aerodactyl

Aerodactyl Pokemon Go Irisguardian
Weakness: Ice, Rock, Steel, Water, Electric

Shadow Aerodactyl is a Rock and Flying-type Pokemon which can use Water and Ground type Fast moves, and Rock or Water-type Charged moves. It’s dual Rock and Flying-typing makes it vulnerable to Ice, Rock, Steel, Water, Electric-types. Shadow Aerodactyl is the first Pokemon you have to fight, and this is same for all the players. Upon beating Cliff, you get a chance to catch a Shadow Aerodactyl. Below are the list of counters for Cliff’s Shadow Aerodactyl, including the ideal Fast and Charged moves.

  • Electivire
    • Fast Attack: Thunder Shock
    • Charged Attack: Wild Charge
  • Tyranitar
    • Fast Attack: Smack Down
    • Charged Attack: Crunch / Stone Edge
  • Empoleon
    • Fast Attack: Waterfall
    • Charged Attack: Hydro Cannon / Flash Cannon
  • Cobalion
    • Fast Attack: Metal Claw
    • Charged Attack: Sacred Sword / Stone Edge
  • Raikou
    • Fast Attack: Thunder Shock
    • Charged Attack: Wild Charge
  • Other Counters: Melmetal, Togekiss, Kyogre, Mamoswine, Blastoise

Gallade

Gallade Pokemon Go Irisguardian
Weakness: Fairy, Flying, Ghost

Shadow Machamp is a fighting type Pokemon which can useFairy, Psychic or Fighting-type fast moves, and Psychic or Grass-type Charged moves. It is vulnerable to Fairy, Flying and Ghost-type moves. Below are the list of counters for Cliff’s Shadow Gallade, including the ideal Fast and Charged moves.

Fast Move: Charm
  • Heatran
    • Fast Attack: Fire Spin
    • Charged Attack: Flame Thrower
  • Ho-Oh
    • Fast Attack: Incinerate
    • Charged Attack: Brave Bird
  • Jirachi
    • Fast Attack: Confusion
    • Charged Attack: Doom Desire / Confusion
  • Lugia
    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail
    • Charged Attack: Sky Attack / Aeroblast
Fast Move: Confusion / Low Kick
  • Darkrai
    • Fast Attack: Snarl
    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse / Shadow Ball
  • Tyranitar
    • Fast Attack: Smack Down
    • Charged Attack: Crunch
  • Lugia
    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail
    • Charged Attack: Sky Attack / Aeroblast
  • Jirachi
    • Fast Attack: Confusion
    • Charged Attack: Doom Desire / Confusion
  • Giratina
    • Fast Attack: Shadow Claw
    • Charged Attack: Shadow Sneak / Ancient Power

Cradily

Cradily Pokemon Go Irisguardian
Weakness: Fighting, Ice, Bug, Steel

Shadow Cradily is a Rock and Grass type Pokemon, whose fast moves can be Grass, Bug or Poison, while the charged moves can be Rock, Grass and Ground. It is vulnerable to Fighting, Ice, Bug and Steel type attack. Below are the list of counters for Cliff’s Shadow Cradily, including the ideal Fast and Charged moves.

  • Ho-Oh
    • Fast Attack: Incinerate
    • Charged Attack: Brave Bird
  • Machamp
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch
  • Melmetal
    • Fast Attack: Thundershock
    • Charged Attack: Superpower
  • Breloom
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch
  • Giratina Origin
    • Fast Attack: Shadow Claw
    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball / Omnious Wind
  • Other Counters: Genesect, Mamoswine, Lucario, Conkeldurr

Slowking

Slowking Pokemon Go Irisguardian
Weakness: Ghost, Dark, Electric, Grass, Bug

Shadow Slowking is a dual Psychic and Water-type Pokemon which can use Psychic or Water-type fast moves, and Psychic, Fire or Ice-type charged moves. It’s vulnerable to Ghost, Dark, Electric, Grass, Bug-types. Below are the list of counters for Cliff’s Shadow Slowking, including the ideal Fast and Charged moves.

  • Electivire
    • Fast Attack: Thunder Shock
    • Charged Attack: Wild Charge
  • Metagross
    • Fast Attack: Bullet Punch
    • Charged Attack: Meteor Mash
  • Palkia
    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath
    • Charged Attack: Aqua tail / Draco Meteor
  • Raikou
    • Fast Attack: Thunder Shock
    • Charged Attack: Wild Charge
  • Magnezone
    • Fast Attack: Spark
    • Charged Attack: Wild Charge
  • Other Counters: Umbreon, gengar, Chandelure, Bisharp

Tyranitar

Tyraniatr Pokemon Go Irisguardian
Weakness: Fighting, Bug, Fairy, Grass, Water, Steel

Shadow Tyranitar is a Rock and Dark-type Pokemon whose Fast moves can be Dark and Steel, while the Charged moves can be either Fire, Rock and Dark type. It is vulnerable to a variety of moves- Fighting, Bug, Fairy, Grass, Water and Steel. Below are the list of counters for Cliff’s Shadow Tyranitar, including the ideal Fast and Charged moves.

  • Conkeldurr
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch / Stone Edge
  • Lucario
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Power Up Punch
  • Scrafty
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Power-Up Punch / Foul Play
  • Machamp
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Cross Chop
  • Heracross
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Close Combat / Megahorn
  • Other Counters: Virizion, Hariyama, Sirfetch’d

Dusknoir

Dusknoir Pokemon Go Irisguardian
Weakness: Ice, Bug, Fire, Fighting

Shadow Dusknoir is a Ghost-type Pokemon which uses mostly Ghost-type moves. Dark and Ghost-type moves can counter it, but Ghost-type isn’t recommendded, due to it’s weakness to Ghost. Below are the list of counters for Cliff’s Shadow Dusknoir, including the ideal Fast and Charged moves.

  • Obstagoon
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Night Slash / Cross Chop
  • Snorlax
    • Fast Attack: Lick
    • Charged Attack: Body Slam
  • Gengar
    • Fast Attack: Lick
    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball
  • Chandelure
    • Fast Attack: Hex
    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball
  • Darkrai
    • Fast Attack: Snarl
    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball
  • Other Counters: Weavile, Porygon-2, Lickylicky

Also Read: How To Catch Spinda In Pokemon Go 2020

Mamoswine

Mamoswine Pokemon Go Irisguardian
Weakness: Fire, Fighting, Grass, Water, Steel

Shadow Mamoswine is a Ice and Ground-type Pokemon which is vulnerable to Fire, Fighting, Grass, Water, Steel. It can use Dark and Grass-type fast moves, and Ground, Grass and Rock-type charge moves. Below are the list of counters for Cliff’s Shadow Mamoswine, including the ideal Fast and Charged moves.

  • Conkeldurr
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Dynamic Punch
  • Lucario
    • Fast Attack: Counter
    • Charged Attack: Aura Sphere
  • Empoleon
    • Fast Attack: Waterfall
    • Charged Attack: Hydro Cannon
  • Wailren
    • Fast Attack: Waterfall
    • Charged Attack: Blizzard / Earthquake
  • Kyogre
    • Fast Attack: Waterfall
    • Charged Attack: Surf / Blizzard
  • Other Counters: Lapras, Togekiss, Machamp, Blastoise

Tips and Tricks To Fight Team Go Rocket Leaders

  • The Team Go Rocket leaders use Protect Shields, unlike standard Grunts. So, your first Pokemon should ideally be one having a fast move with low energy requirement. This will ensure that they will exhaust their shields quickly, and you can safely attack with your Charge moves of higher energy.
  • If you are not able to beat the leaders in the first go, your Rocket Radar will remain intact, and the balloon will continue hovering over you. You can revive your Pokemons, and try again until you win. The team composition and movesets won’t chanhge, therefore it might be easier for you to counter them this time.
  • The Go Rocket Leaders or any NPC in game including Team Leaders and Grunts will stop attacking for short intervals in some situation. These pauses are quite viable, for you can overcharge your Charged move, to use on the next Pokemon. This not only saves shields, but also your HP by preventing them from attacking. These are-
    • After any shield is used (either yours or theirs)
    • After any Charged attack is used (can be used by either you, or them)
    • After switching of any Pokemon (by you or them)