Team Rocket has invaded Pokémon Go, and it’s up to you, the trainers, to take them down.
As players take on Team GO Rocket Grunts in Pokémon Go, they’ll receive items called Mysterious Components that piece together to make a tracker used to hunt down Team Rocket’s three captains: Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra.
You will use six of the Mysterious Components to craft an item called the Rocket Radar, which can be equipped from your bag and will lead you to the Rocket leaders.
With all of the Rocket Balloons floating around the overworld, you can also use the Rocket Radar to spawn all three leaders.
Here is how you can counter the brute force of GO Rocket leader Cliff.
While he used to always start out with a Stantler, now he will be sending out a Grimer to try and take you down with toxic fumes.
To counter Grimer, you will want to bring a Pokémon that is either Steel-type and can avoid the Poison damage or one that knows Ground or Psychic-type attacks. Using a Psychic or Ground-type would be your best bet as you move on to the more difficult portion of Cliff’s team.
So, you’ve beaten Cliff’s first Pokémon. Here’s where things start to get a little complicated as the he won’t be using pre-evolutions anymore.
His remaining team is made up of hard hitting Pokémon, with his second options being Machamp, Omastar, and Electivire (the only returning representative from this stage.)
Machamp is a strong Fighting-type, but can be easily shut down by bringing a Psychic-type with decent defenses to tank a few hits and eliminate it. Mewtwo and Giratina are excellent options here because they are not weak to the other two options on Cliff’s roster either.
With a Water/Rock-type spread, all of your best options here will be Grass-types. Torterra and Venusaur can handle themselves against both Machamp and Electivire, while also being easy counters for Omastar.
Electivire is an Electric-type Pokémon who will use Electric and Fighting-type fast moves, as well as Electric and Ice-type charge moves. Consider using Ground-type Pokémon such as Garchomp or Rhyperior to easily defeat your opponent.
Now it’s time to take on Cliff’s final Pokémon, which can be one of these three randomly chosen options: Tyranitar, Swampert, or Torterra. These three are the toughest foes you’ll face in this battle so come prepared with the right Pokémon.
Tyranitar is a Dark and Ground-type Pokémon who uses Dark and Steel-type fast moves, as well as Fire, Rock, and Dark-type moves. Tyranitar might seem rather intimidating at first glance, but he is easily countered by Fighting-type Pokémon. Your best option going into this battle would be to use Lucario, but other strong Fighting-types will work too, such as Machamp or Heracross.
Swampert is a Ground and Water-type Pokémon who will use Ground and Water-type fast moves, as well as Ground, Water and Poison charge moves. Swampert is a bit more difficult than Tyranitar to counter. The best Pokémon to bring against Swampert is a Grass-type, but Swampert is likely to use powerful poison-type moves against them.
Torterra is a Grass and Ground-type Pokémon who uses Dark and Grass-type fast moves, as well as Ground, Rock and Grass-type charge moves. The best Pokémon to bring against Torterra are Fire or Ice-types. Be careful if you bring along an Ice-type, since Torterra can still deal serious damage to your Pokémon with his charge moves.