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Conquer Cliff: Your Ultimate Pokémon GO Battle Guide

Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff is really tough to beat in Pokemon Go. So, I’m here to help you with a guide for September 2023 on how to beat him. We’ll talk about his team, what they’re weak against, and which Pokemon you should use.

When you collect all the pieces of the Rocket Radar, you can battle leaders like Cliff, Arlo, or Sierra. They’re super strong and can surprise you with different strong Pokemon, especially after special events.

In this guide, we’ll check out Cliff’s Pokemon team for September 2023. I’ll also tell you which Pokemon you should have on your team to beat him, and which ones work best against his team in the game.

Beating Cliff in Pokemon Go

Cliff is still a big challenge in Pokemon Go, especially with his September 2023 team. He’s got some strong Pokemon!

After the Team Go Rocket event in June, Cliff’s team looks like this:

First Battle: Aerodactyl

Second Battle: Slowking / Gallade / Cradily

Third Battle: Tyranitar / Mamoswine / Dusknoir

To defeat Cliff, you need Pokemon that can handle different types, both for defending and attacking.

How to Beat Cliff’s Aerodactyl in Pokemon Go

Aerodactyl is a Pokemon that’s both Rock and Flying types. That means it’s weak against attacks from Rock, Water, Steel, Electric, and Ice-type Pokemon. But it can resist moves from Ground, Flying, Normal, Fire, Bug, and Poison-type Pokemon. If you want to make it easier to beat Aerodactyl, choose Pokemon with Electric or Water-type moves. But how you battle is your choice. Some players like to use Pokemon with fast Charged Moves to make Cliff use up his shields quickly.

Here are some good Pokemon to use against Aerodactyl:

  • Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge.
  • Magnezone with Charge Beam and Zap Cannon.
  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash.
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge.
  • Lucario with Counter and Power-Up Punch.

How to Beat Cliff’s Slowking, Gallade, and Cradily in Pokemon Go


Slowking is a tricky dual Psychic and Water-type Pokemon. It’s weak against Bug, Ghost, Dark, Grass, and Electric-type moves. But it’s tough against Psychic, Steel, Water, Fire, Fighting, and Ice-type attacks, which makes it a bit of a challenge.

Here are some top choices to take down Cliff’s Slowking:

  • Tyranitar with Bite and Brutal Swing.
  • Gengar with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball.
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball.
  • Hydreigon with Bite and Brutal Swing.


Gallade is both Psychic and Fighting-type. It’s weak against Flying, Ghost, and Fairy-type attacks. The good news is that it’s only resistant to Fighting and Rock-type moves, so you have a bunch of options to deal some decent damage.

If you want to play it smart against Gallade, consider these Pokemon:

  • Togekiss with Charm and Ancient Power.
  • Gardevoir with Charm and Synchronoise.
  • Clefable with Charm and Moon Blast.
  • Gengar with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball.
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball.


Cradily is a tough nut to crack with its dual Rock and Grass types. It’s vulnerable to Bug, Fighting, Steel, and Ice-type moves, but it’s resistant to Electric and Normal-type moves. So, you’ll need a different game plan for this one.

To bring down Cradily, try these counters:

  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash.
  • Lucario with Counter and Power-Up Punch.
  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Focus Blast.
  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche.

Good luck, and may your Pokemon battles be victorious!

How to Take On Cliff’s Tyranitar, Mamoswine, and Dusknoir in Pokemon Go


Tyranitar is a tricky dual Rock and Dark-type Pokemon, making it vulnerable to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water-type moves. It can handle Flying, Poison, Ghost, Fire, Psychic, and Dark-type attacks pretty well.

To beat Tyranitar, you’ll need different Pokemon. Check out these top counters:

  • Lucario with Counter and Power-Up Punch.
  • Machamp with Counter and Close Combat.
  • Conkeldurr with Counter and Dynamic Punch.
  • Terrakion with Double Kick and Sacred Sword.
  • Breloom with Counter and Dynamic Punch.


Mamoswine is a dual Ice and Ground-type Pokemon, which means it’s weak against Fighting, Steel, Fire, Water, and Grass-type moves. It’s only tough against Poison and Electric-type moves, giving you plenty of options.

For Mamoswine, it’s a good idea to choose Pokemon that can handle other threats from Cliff’s team too. Here are some top counters:

  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash.
  • Hydreigon with Bite and Brutal Swing or Flash Cannon.
  • Lucario with Counter and Aura Sphere.
  • Chandelure with Fire Spin and Overheat.


Dusknoir is a pure Ghost-type Pokemon, so it’s only weak against Ghost and Dark-type moves. It can resist Poison, Bug, Normal, and Fighting-type attacks.

While Ghost-types can deal extra damage, it’s usually safer not to use them against a tough Team Go Rocket Leader. Here are some strong counters against Dusknoir:

  • Tyranitar with Bite and Brutal Swing.
  • Hydreigon with Bite and Brutal Swing.
  • Gengar with Sucker Punch and Shadow Ball.
  • Zoroark with Snarl and Foul Play.
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball.

With these Pokemon, you’ll be well-prepared to take on Cliff’s team!

The Best Team to Defeat Cliff in Pokemon Go

When you’re facing Team Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokemon Go, you can only choose three Pokemon. So, it’s important to cover different types to handle whatever Cliff throws at you.

To start, using an Electric-type Pokemon is smart because it can deal with Aerodactyl and Slowking if they appear. Lucario is a strong choice that can handle many of Cliff’s Pokemon, but make sure it has moves that cover various types. Tyranitar is another excellent option as long as it has both Dark and Rock-type moves.

If you want to counter Tyranitar and Gallade, consider adding a Fairy-type Pokemon to your team. For dealing with Gallade, Slowking, and Dusknoir, a Ghost-type Pokemon can be a big help.

A winning team for Cliff’s lineup in September 2023 could be Lucario or Metagross, Gengar, and Togekiss. Having Tyranitar on your team is good, but be cautious against Water-type Pokemon.

That’s all you need to know to defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon Go tips, check out our other guides!

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