The best Pokemon Go Cliff counters change whenever the Team Rocket leader alters his team of Pokemon, so don't rely on your previous lineup to take him down once more. Cliff is arguably the toughest Team Rocket leader in Pokemon Go (other than Giovanni, of course) so whether this is your first time fighting him or you're taking him down for the umpteenth time, keep reading for all the best Pokemon Go Cliff counters for May 2021.
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Pokemon Go Cliff counters
#1: Aerodactyl counters
Aerodactyl is Cliff's current first offering, and it's a Rock/Flying-type. This is a difficult Pokemon to deal with in battles because the two don't share any type weaknesses. Your best bet will be to see which Pokemon Cliff has for his second and third in your encounter, then pick the best Aerodactyl counter based on who will do the best against his other choices too.
|Tyranitar||Smack Down/Stone Edge|
|Cobalion||Metal Claw/Sacred Sword|
#2: Gallade counters
The first option for the second Pokemon Cliff can throw at you is Gallade, a Psychic/Fighting-type. Gallade is weak to Fighting, Fairy, and Ghost-type moves, but it's not advised to use Fighting-types because they are inherently weak to Gallade's moves too. You also need to be careful if the opposing Gallade knows Charm, because it's a powerful move that can end your battle quickly. Try some of the following Gallade counters:
|Lugia||Dragon Tail/Sky Attack|
#2: Cradily counters
Cradily is a Rock/Grass-type Pokemon with a varied move pool, which makes it somewhat tricky to counter. The following counters will perform well against Cradily, but if one doesn't work for you because you take too much damage, try one of the others.
|Galarian Stunfisk||Mud Shot/Rock Slide|
|Giratina||Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball|
#2: Slowking counters
Of Cliff's second Pokemon options, Slowking is the easiest to counter because it is outright weak to Dark and Ghost-type moves. It does have a wide range of moves like Psychic, Blizzard, and Fire Blast, but all of the below counters should be able to withstand them.
|Metagross||Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash|
|Palkia||Dragon Breath/Draco Meteor|
#3: Tyranitar counters
Cliff can also use one of three Pokemon for his final choice. First up is Tyranitar, infamously one of the strongest Pokemon in the game. Fighting-types are undoubtedly the best choice here since they deal 4x damage to Tyranitar.
#3: Dusknoir counters
Since all of Dusknoir's possible moves are Dark-type, the best counters are all Normal or Dark-types thanks to the resistance. You could opt for other Ghost-type Pokemon because Ghost is strong against (and weak to) Ghost, but it's a dangerous game to play.
|Porygon2||Lock On/Tri Attack|
#3: Mamoswine counters
As an Ice/Ground-type Pokemon, Mamoswine is weak to Fire, Fighting, Grass, Steel, and Water-type moves, which gives you a wide range of possible Pokemon to counter it. Mamoswine can possess a bunch of different move types though, so just pick one of the counters below that isn't weak to the Mamoswine you're facing.
|Dragonite||Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw|
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