How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO (March 2023)

How to beat Cliff in Pokemon GO (March 2023)
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Ben Williams


8th Mar 2023 11:37

Team Rocket Leaders have always been incredibly powerful enemies in Pokemon GO. Team Rocket Leader Cliff is no exception and is back in the game. Here is all you need to know in this Pokemon GO Cliff March 2023 guide about how to beat this difficult boss.

Cliff Pokemon GO March 2023: How to beat

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Before getting into this "how to beat Pokemon GO Cliff March 2023" strategy, you need to know that each Team Rocket Leader uses three Shadow Pokemon, the latter two of which shift around. The first Pokemon Cliff uses is Magnemite, but the remaining two will each be random amongst three other Pokemon respectively.

You won't know which Pokemon Cliff will use for his final two until you're in battle. Of course, you can battle Cliff as many times as you want after a first attempt. On the other hand, if you're working with limited CP-boosting Stardust and Candies, as well as limited TMs - or simply have limited time - it is far better to pick and optimise a specific line-up beforehand.

Cliff Pokemon #1: Magnemite

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A dual Steel and Electric type, it is better to hone on the former by using Pokemon with Fire, Fighting, Ground, and Steel-type attacks for their Fast Moves and Charge Moves. The best choices would be legendaries like Entei or Landorus, but normal Pokemon like Swampert, Blaziken, or Excadrill are powerful enough choices in their own right.

Cliff Pokemon #2: Omastar, Pinsir, or Venasaur

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You won't know which of the three Pokemon Cliff will use after Magnemite. So, it's ideal if you choose a counter with move types that cover said three as broadly as possible. Thankfully, both Vensaur and Pinsir and Fire and Flying-type weaknesses. However, Omnastar is resistant to both of these.

As a result, you may need to have a backup Pokemon with Grass, Ground, Fighting, or Electric-type attacks to switch out for another attempt. However, Ground-type would be the best option here when considering the options for Cliff's third Pokemon. 

Altogether, the best Pokemon to use here with Fire or Flying-type moves against Pinsir and Vensaur would be those like Darmanitan, Entei, Moltres, or Charizard. Meanwhile, the ideal Ground-type move users to put against Omastar include Swampert, Quagsire, or Torterra - since their second typings won't make them weak to Omastar's Water-type attacks.

Cliff Pokemon #3: Camerupt, Sharpedo, or Tyranitar

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Expectedly, Cliff's third Pokemon is to most difficult to prepare for since all three potential encounters have no weaknesses in common, whilst also being more powerful than the second. However, you can make up for this by utilising one of the other two members of your team used to counter Cliff's other two Pokemon if they haven't already fainted.

Tyranitar and Camerupt have Ground-type weaknesses in common. So, not only are using those like Swampert or Quagsire a safe gamble, but you can also utilise another Ground-type as your second Pokemon if you were also countering against Omastar.

This could make things difficult if Cliff's third Pokemon turns out to be Sharpedo, though, since its weaknesses are quite different to Camerupt and Tyranitar's. On the other hand, Sharpedo has a wide range of weaknesses - Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass. This makes Pokemon like Conkeldurr, Machamp, Blaziken, or Terrakion great contenders.

What's more, if you used a Fighting-type against the weaker Magnemite, it's likely your first Pokemon will still have HP left. In that case, you can switch your Fighting type out after the first battle to bring back later if Cliff's third Pokemon turns out to be Sharpedo.

That's a wrap on this "Cliff Pokemon GO March 2023" how-to-beat guide. For even more Pokemon GO guides, you can be sure to find them right here at GGRecon.

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