Understanding types is the first step toward becoming a great Pokemon trainer. Every Pokemon belongs to at least one type and every type has a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses. This guide will reveal the total number of Pokemon types and each type’s strengths and weaknesses.
Ever wondered why a tiny Sylveon can beat a ferocious Dragon-type Pokemon in seconds? Well, the answer to that is Pokemon types. Every creature in the history of the franchise belongs to a certain type which makes it stronger and weaker against some opponents.
If you’re new to Pokemon games, check out this guide on Pokemon types and win battles easily.
List of all Pokemon types
There are 18 types of Pokemon which include:
Pokemon can belong to a single type as well as multiple types. For example, Type: Null is a Legendary Normal Pokemon while Dragonite is a Dragon-Flying Pokemon.
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Evolutions can change the type of a Pokemon as well. The best example of this is Eevee which is a Normal Pokemon that can evolve into eight different types.
Pokemon-type chart of strengths, weaknesses, and resistance
This chart will help you understand how different Pokemon types perform against each other during combat:
|Type||Super Effective against||Not Every Effective against||Resist Damage from||Weak against|
|Normal||–||Rock, Steel, Ghost (immune)||Ghost||Fighting|
|Fairy||Fighting, Dragon, Dark||Poison, Steel, Fire||Fighting, Bug, Dark, Dragon||Poison, Steel|
|Dark||Ghost, Psychic||Fighting, Dark, Fairy||Ghost, Dark, Psychic||Fighting, Bug, Fairy|
|Dragon||Dragon||Steel||Fire, Water, Grass, Electric||Ice, Dragon, Fairy|
|Ice||Flying, Ground, Grass, Dragon||Steel, Fire, Water, Ice||Ice||Fighting, Rock,|
|Psychic||Fighting, Poison||Steel, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Psychic||Bug, Ghost, Dark|
|Electric||Flying, Water||Grass, Electric, Dragon, Ground||Flying, Steel, Electric||Ground|
|Flying||Fighting, Bug, Grass||Electric, Rock, Steel||Fighting, Bug, Grass, Ground (immune)||Rock, Electric, Ice|
|Fighting||Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark, Steel||Flying, Poison, Bug, Psychic, Ghost (immune)||Rock, Bug, Dark||Flying, Psychic, Fairy|
|Poison||Grass, Fairy||Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost, Steel (immune)||Fighting, Poison, Bug, Grass, Fairy||Ground, Psychic|
|Ground||Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire, Electric||Bug, Grass, Flying (immune)||Poison, Rock, Electric (immune)||Water, Grass, Ice|
|Rock||Flying, Bug, Fire, Ice||Fighting, Ground, Steel||Normal, Fire, Poison, Flying||Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Steel|
|Bug||Grass, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Flying, Poison, Ghost, Steel, Fire, Fairy||Fighting, Ground, Grass||Flying, Rock, Fire|
|Grass||Ground, Rock, Water||Flying, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Dragon||Water, Grass, Electric, Ground||Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice|
|Water||Ground, Rock, Fire||Water, Grass, Dragon||Fire, Water, Ice, Steel||Electric, Grass|
|Fire||Bug, Steel, Grass, Ice||Rock, Fire, Water, Dragon||Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice, Fairy||Ground, Rock, Water|
|Ghost||Ghost, Psychic||Dark, Normal (immune)||Poison, Bug, Normal (immune), Fighting (immune)||Ghost, Dark|
|Steel||Ice, Rock, Fairy||Steel, Fire, Water, Electric||Normal, Grass, Ice, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Steel, Fairy, Poison (immune)||Fire, Fighting, Ground|
It is worth noting that this chart reveals how different moves affect Pokemon during battles. This basically means that a Water-type Pokemon will resist damage from Fire, Water, Ice, and Steel moves but it will deal increased (2x) damage to a Ground, Rock, and Fire-type Pokemon only if it performs a Water move.
Understanding this becomes important when playing games like Pokemon Go in which Pokemon can learn attacks outside of their types.
Even though the combat mechanics might vary slightly in Pokemon games, the basic type-based weaknesses and strengths remain the same. There are some exceptions to this such as Pokemon Masters where every Pokemon only has one weakness and the goal is to make solid sync pairs.
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