Cliff (GO)

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クリフ Cliff
"The Bighearted Ruffian"
GO Cliff.png
Art from Pokémon GO
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Trainer class Team GO Rocket Leader
Generation VII
Games Pokémon GO
Specializes in Rock types
Member of Team GO Rocket
Rank Leader

Cliff (Japanese: クリフ Cliff) is one of the Leaders of Team GO Rocket in Pokémon GO.

Cliff was the first Team GO Rocket Leader encountered by one of Professor Willow's assistants. Blanche and Professor Willow, while testing an unsuccessful prototype of the Rocket Radar, were suddenly approached by Cliff, warning them that they were "encroaching on Team GO Rocket territory." Cliff told the two to retreat in a surprisingly gentle tone. Professor Willow and Blanche, unprepared for a battle, decided to return to the lab.[1]

He has a short temper, and he is feared for his strength and his intolerance to disloyalty. However, he's also renowned at the same time for his big heart and kind soul.[2]

On November 5, 2019[3], Cliff sent the following message to Blanche:

"Blanche. You overthink.
You overcalculate.
You overcomplicate.
But can’t you see? It’s pretty simple. Your time as a leader is OVER!!!"

On July 26, 2020, during Pokémon GO Fest 2020, Cliff battled Blanche. Blanche initiated the battle by sending out a Lapras, while Cliff sent a Shadow Tyranitar.[4] Tyranitar used Stone Edge but Lapras retaliated with Hydro Pump.[5] In the end, Blanche won the battle when Giovanni recalled Cliff to him along with the other Team GO Rocket Leaders.[6]


Cliff uses a team of three Shadow Pokémon in a Trainer Battle, each independently and randomly selected from separate pools. Green-colored cells denote the Pokémon that will be encountered during the bonus challenge. The Shadow Pokémon left by Cliff have a chance of becoming Shiny, as denoted by the Shiny icon.

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
SeedotShinyShadow PoliwrathShadowKinglerShadowHariyamaShadow TyranitarShadowSharpedoShadowTorterraShadow

February 2 - May 18, 2021

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
AerodactylShinyShadow SlowkingShadowCradilyShadowGalladeShadow TyranitarShadowMamoswineShadowDusknoirShadow

October 12, 2020 - February 2, 2021

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
OmanyteShinyShadow MachampShadowOnixShadowElectivireShadow TyranitarShadowSwampertShadowTorterraShadow

GO Fest 2020, Day 2

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
PinsirShinyShadow TyranitarShadow ArticunoShadow

July 10 - October 12, 2020

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
GrimerShinyShadow MachampShadowOmastarShadowElectivireShadow TyranitarShadowSwampertShadowTorterraShadow

February 3 - July 11, 2020

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
PinsirShinyShadow MarowakShadowOmastarShadowElectivireShadow TyranitarShadowSwampertShadowTorterraShadow

December 24, 2019 - February 3, 2020

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
StantlerShinyShadow OnixShadowMarowakShadowElectivireShadow TyranitarShadowSwampertShadowTorterraShadow

November 5 - December 24, 2019

Leader Cliff
Team GO Rocket Leader
#1 #2 #3
MeowthShinyShadow SandslashShadowSnorlaxShadowFlygonShadow TyranitarShadowTorterraShadowInfernapeShadow


"Cliff’s my name. Battling’s my game."
"Do you really wanna fight?"
"What do you want—a battle?"
"A loser like you can’t beat Team GO Rocket."
"You got a lot of nerve for a loser!"
"Pfft... You wanna fight?"
"Do you think you can beat me?"
"Why stop the inevitable? Team GO Rocket will always win!"
"Why do you fight us? Team GO Rocket gave so many of us a community—a purpose. What’s wrong with that?"
"The boss has ordered that we crush all of you, and the boss’s order is above all!"
  • GO Fest 2020:
"Enjoying your little festival? Well, it’s a Team GO Rocket festival now!"
"Hahaha! I’m in a good mood today. This event is ours!"
"Team GO Rocket has come so far. We’ve finally taken over your big celebration!"
Before battle
"I won’t let Giovanni down!"
"You’re nothing more than a weak distraction."
"I won’t let the boss down."
"This’ll be a lesson you won’t soon forget."
"This hero thing you’re trying? It’s about to come crashing down on you."
"You’re a pest, and I’m gonna give you the boot."
"Anyone who gets in my way gets destroyed."
"This is for Team GO Rocket."
"My loyalty gives me strength. I won’t lose!"
"You? Defeat me? Not gonna happen."
  • GO Fest 2020:
"I bet the boss is so proud of us for taking over this event! Don’t take this from us—I need this."
"We’ve already taken over this event—now it’s time for the muscle to take you down!"
"Let’s finish this quick so I can join the other leaders and celebrate the take-over!"
Prebattle screen
"My strength comes from my loyalty to Team GO Rocket."
"I will do anything and everything for Team GO Rocket."
"I owe the boss my life. I’d do anything for him."
"Team GO Rocket saved me. It’s time to return the favor!"
"Add my name to your list of weaknesses."
Upon victory
"Hahaha! What’d I tell ya? Of course I’d win!"
"Yes! I hope you’re proud of me, Boss."
"Heh heh... That’s right. I beat you!"
"I’d never let the boss down!"
"That’s right! Team GO Rocket never loses!"
  • GO Fest 2020:
"Hahaha, what a great battle! Happy Team GO Rocket festival! Time to celebrate with my Grunts!"
"First we take over this big event, and now I win a battle? Best day ever!"
"Winning a battle is a great feeling. It’s even better after a take-over!"
Upon being defeated
"You’ll pay for this!"
"This...this can’t be!"
"Us Team GO Rocket Leaders will get you next time!"
"What? But I can’t lose! Boss, I’m so sorry!"
"This defeat only fuels my anger!"
  • GO Fest 2020:
"NO! We can’t lose our Team GO Rocket festival—we’ve come so far!"
"What just happened? Are we going to lose the event?"
"I can’t believe I failed the team."


Spr GO Cliff.png
Icon from
Pokémon GO


Language Name Origin
Japanese クリフ Cliff From cliff
English, German, Spanish, French,
Italian, Brazilian Portuguese
Cliff Same as his Japanese name
Korean 클리프 Cliff Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 克里夫 Kèlǐfū Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 克里夫 Hākléihfū
Thai คลิฟ Cliff Transcription of his Japanese name


Boss: Giovanni
Leaders: CliffSierraArlo
Lower members: Team GO Rocket Grunts
Pokémon: Shadow Pokémon
Items: Mysterious Component
Rocket RadarSuper Rocket Radar

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