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Pokemon strengths and weaknesses: A comprehensive list by Pokemon type

With over 18 different Pokemon types and 324 possible type-combinations, it can be a daunting task to keep track of all the different Pokemon strengths and weaknesses off the top of your head in battle (factor into the equation that there are over 100 new Pokemon added in each generation and you can see how the situation becomes even more complicated).

Which is why we’ve put together this handy Pokemon strengths and weaknesses list to help better ingrain the many type advantages and disadvantages into your head. Remember, the Pokemon League wasn’t built in a day: keep practicing and using our mnemonic list until Pokemon strengths and weaknesses are as easy to remember as the back of your PokeBall.

Normal-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Normal-type attacks are super-effective against: None

Normal-type attacks do not affect: Ghost-type Pokemon

Normal-type attacks are ineffective against: Rock and Steel-type Pokemon

Normal-type Pokemon are immune to Ghost-type attacks

Normal-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Fighting-type attacks

Fire-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Fire-type attacks are super-effective against: Grass, Ice, Bug and Steel-type Pokemon

Fire-type attacks are ineffective against: Fire, Water, Rock and Dragon-type Pokemon

Fire-type Pokemon are resistant to Fire, Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel and Fairy-type Pokemon

Fire-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Water, Ground and Rock-type attacks

Water-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Water-type attacks are super-effective against: Fire, Ground and Rock Pokemon

Water-type attacks are ineffective against: Water, Grass and Dragon Pokemon

Water-type Pokemon are resistant to Fire, Water, Ice and Steel-type attacks

Water-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Electric and Grass-type attacks

Electric-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Electric-type attacks are super-effective against: Water and Flying-type Pokemon

Electric-type attacks do not affect: Ground-type Pokemon

Electric-type attacks are ineffective against: Electric, Grass and Dragon-type Pokemon

Electric-type Pokemon are resistant to Electric, Flying and Steel-type attacks

Electric-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Ground-type attacks

Grass-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Grass-type attacks are super-effective against: Water, Ground and Rock-type Pokemon

Grass-type attacks are ineffective against: Fire, Grass, Poison, Flying, Bug, Dragon and Steel-type Pokemon

Grass-type Pokemon are resistant to Water, Electric, Grass and Ground-type attacks

Grass-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Fire, Ice, Poison, Bug and Flying-type attacks

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Ice-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Ice-type attacks are super-effective against: Grass, Ground, Flying and Dragon-type Pokemon

Ice-type attacks are ineffective against: Fire, Water, Ice and Steel-type Pokemon

Ice-type Pokemon are resistant to Ice-type attacks

Ice-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Fire, Fighting, Rock and Steel-type attacks

Fighting-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Fighting-type attacks are super-effective against: Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark and Steel-type Pokemon

Fighting-type attacks are ineffective against: Poison, Flying, Psychic, Bug and Fairy-type Pokemon

Fighting-type attacks do not affect: Ghost-type Pokemon

Fighting-type Pokemon are resistant to Bug, Rock and Dark-type attacks

Fighting-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Flying, Psychic and Fairy-type attacks

Poison-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Poison-type attacks are super-effective against: Grass and Fairy-type Pokemon

Poison-type attacks are ineffective against: Poison, Ground, Rock and Ghost-type Pokemon

Poison-type attacks do not affect: Steel-type Pokemon

Poison-type Pokemon are resistant to Grass, Fighting, Poison, Bug and Fairy-type attacks

Poison-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Ground and Psychic-type attacks

Ground-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Ground-type attacks are super-effective against: Fire, Electric, Poison, Rock and Steel-type Pokemon

Ground-type attacks are ineffective against: Grass and Bug-type Pokemon

Ground-type attacks do not affect Flying-type Pokemon

Ground-type Pokemon are immune to Electric-type attacks

Ground-type Pokemon are resistant to Poison and Rock-type attacks

Ground-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Water, Grass and Ice-type attacks

Flying-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Flying-type attacks are super-effective against: Grass, Fighting and Bug-type Pokemon

Flying-type attacks are ineffective against: Electric, Rock and Steel-type Pokemon

Flying-type Pokemon are immune to Ground-type attacks

Flying-type Pokemon are resistant to Grass, Fighting and Bug-type attacks

Flying-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Electric, Ice and Rock-type attacks

Psychic-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Psychic-type attacks are super-effective against: Fighting and Poison-type Pokemon

Psychic-type attacks are ineffective against: Psychic and Steel-type Pokemon

Psychic-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Bug, Ghost and Dark-type attacks

Psychic-type Pokemon are resistant to Fighting and Psychic-type attacks

Bug-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Bug-type attacks are super-effective against: Grass, Psychic and Dark-type Pokemon

Bug-type attacks are ineffective against: Fire, Fighting, Poison, Flying, Ghost, Steel and Fairy-type Pokemon

Bug-type Pokemon are resistant to Grass, Fighting and Ground-type attacks

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Bug-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Fire, Flying and Rock-type attacks

Rock-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Rock-type attacks are super-effective against: Fire, Ice, Flying and Bug-type Pokemon

Rock-type attacks are ineffective against: Fighting, Ground and Steel-type Pokemon

Rock-type Pokemon are resistant to Normal, Fire, Poison and Flying-type attacks

Rock-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground and Steel-type attacks

Ghost-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Best Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Gengar

Ghost-type attacks are super-effective against: Psychic and Ghost-type Pokemon

Ghost-type attacks are ineffective against: Dark-type Pokemon

Ghost-type attacks do not affect: Normal-type Pokemon

Ghost-type Pokemon are resistant to Poison and Bug-type attacks

Ghost-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Ghost and Dark-type attacks

Dragon-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Best Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Salamence

Dragon-type attacks are super-effective against: Dragon-type Pokemon

Dragon-type attacks are ineffective against: Steel-type Pokemon

Dragon-type attacks do not affect: Fairy-type Pokemon

Dragon-type Pokemon are resistant to Fire, Water, Electric and Grass-type Pokemon

Dragon-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Ice, Dragon and Fairy-type attacks

Dark-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Best Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Tyranitar

Dark-type attacks are super-effective against: Psychic and Ghost-type Pokemon

Dark-type attacks are ineffective against: Fighting, Dark and Fairy-type Pokemon

Dark-type Pokemon are resistant to Ghost and Dark-type attacks

Dark-type Pokemon are immune to Psychic-type attacks

Dark-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Fighting, Bug and Fairy-type attacks

Steel-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Metagross

Steel-type attacks are super-effective against: Ice, Rock and Fairy-type Pokemon

Steel-type attacks are ineffective against: Fire, Water, Electric and Steel-type Pokemon

Steel-type Pokemon are resistant to Normal, Grass, Ice, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Steel and Fairy-type attacks

Steel-type Pokemon are immune to Poison-type attacks

Steel-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Fire, Fighting and Ground-type attacks

Fairy-type Pokemon strengths and weaknesses

Fairy-type attacks are super-effective against: Fighting, Dragon and Dark-type Pokemon

Fairy-type attacks are ineffective against: Fire, Poison and Steel-type Pokemon

Fairy-type Pokemon are resistant to Fighting, Bug and Dark-type attacks

Fairy-type Pokemon are immune to Dragon-type attacks

Fairy-type Pokemon are dealt super-effective damage by Poison and Steel-type attacks


Did this list help you familiarize yourself with the various Pokemon strengths and weaknesses found in the series? Let us know if our work acted as a Poke-mnemonic device in the comments.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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