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Pokémon Go Cliff counters May 2024

Pokémon Go’s Cliff can use a different team of 'mons each month, so let us give you a rundown of the best party to use, updated for May 2024.

Pokémon Go's Cliff against a dark grey background with the Pocket Tactics logo on it

Want to know the best Pokémon Go Cliff counters for this month? Well, we’re here to help. Cliff can sometimes feel like the toughest Team Rocket Go Leader, so it’s only natural you may need a little bit of extra help working out which Pokémon you should use in a team against him.

With help from our Cliff counters guide, you will soon have a team full of strong Pokémon to take into battle. We have also gone ahead and listed all of the available rewards you can get your hands on by knocking out all three of the Team Rocket Go leaders’ Pokémon. Check out our Pokémon Go Arlo, Pokémon Go Sierra, and Pokémon Go Giovanni guides for even more assistance.

Now, let’s get into the best counters for Pokémon Go’s Cliff.

What are the best counters for Machop?

Currently, Cliff’s first Pokémon is always Machop, it’s weak to psychic-, fairy-, and flying-type moves. It should be fairly easy to take out.

Here are our recommended Machop counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Mewtwo Confusion and Psystrike
Alakazam Psycho Cut and Psychic
Gardevoir Confusion and Synchronoise
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What are the best counters for Kingdra?

Kingdra is weak to dragon and fairy-type moves and can be one of Cliff’s second Pokémon.

Use one of the following Pokémon to counter Kingdra:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Rayquaza Dragon Tail and Outrage
Haxorus Dragon Tail and Breaking Swipe
Gardevoir Charm and Dazzling Gleam

What are the best counters for Gallade?

Cliff can choose Gallade as one of his second Pokémon, it’s weak to flying-, ghost-, and fairy-types.

Here are the Pokémon we recommend using against Gallade:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Gengar Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
Gardevoir Charm and Dazzling Gleam
Togekiss Charm and Dazzling Gleam

What are the best counters for Aerodactyl?

Shadow Aerodactyl is one of the second Pokémon Cliff uses, it is weak to electric-, ice-, rock-, steel-, and water-type attacks.

We recommend you use one of these Aerodactyl counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Metagross Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash
Rhyperior Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
Kyogre Waterfall and Origin Pulse

What are the best counters for Cradily?

Shadow Cradily can be one of Cliff’s final Pokémon, it’s weak to bug-, fighting-, ice-, and steel-type moves.

Here are our recommended Cradily counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Lucario Counter and Power-Up Punch
Galarian Darmanitan Ice Fang and Avalanche
Conkeldurr Counter and Dynamic Punch

What are the best counters for Tyranitar?

Tyranitar is one of Cliff’s final Pokémon, it’s double weak to fighting-type attacks, and you can also use bug-, fairy-, grass-, ground-, steel-, and water-type moves.

Here are our recommended Tyranitar counters:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Machamp Counter and Dynamic Punch or Cross Chop
Lucario Counter and Power-up Punch
Conkeldurr Counter and Power-up Punch

Pokémon Go's Cliff next to a small image of a Tyranitar

What are the best counters for Crobat?

Crobat is weak to electric-, ice-, psychic-, and rock-type attacks, it’s one of three potential final Pokémon Cliff uses.

Here are the Pokémon we recommend using against Crobat:

Sprite Pokémon Moves
Mewtwo Psycho Cut and Psystrike
Gardevoir Confusion and Psychic
Metgross Zen Headbutt and Psychic

Cliff’s team changes up slightly each month, so we’ll update this page frequently.

What rewards do I get for beating Cliff?

When you defeat Cliff, or any other Team Go Rocket Leader, you will receive some handy rewards. You will always get 1,000 Stardust and a random selection of two of the following items:

  • A 12km egg
  • One Revive
  • One Max Revive
  • One Max Potion
  • One Unova Stone
  • One Sinnoh Stone

For more content like this, make sure you check out our Pokémon Go best Pokémon guide. Then, head on over to our Pokédex and Pokémon Go promo codes to pick up some freebies.