"Pokemon Go" Type Strengths & Weaknesses Guide

Updated on January 19, 2019
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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Pokemon Go Type Strengths & Weaknesses Guide

Type Effectiveness

Any Pokemon fan will know that Pokemon have types that have various strengths and weaknesses to various types of attacks. Most easy to understand would be the starter Pokemon. Charmander, a fire type, uses fire type attacks that would do extra damage to Bulbasaur, a grass type. Similarly, if Bulbasaur used a grass type attack against Charmander, the attack would do less damage.

Pokemon can be 1 or 2 types, and each attack has its own type. Because each Pokemon can have 2 attacks (now 3 with an unlocked Charge Move) each Pokemon in theory could attack with up to 3 types. But the number of different types of moves a Pokemon can learn is often very limited. Furthermore, spreading attacks across different types may not be the best idea if you want to hard counter a single type. Plus, you need to consider STAB, which I will cover later.

Super Effective, Not Very Effective, and Immune

  • Using a type that is strong is consider "super effective" and deals 140% damage.
  • Using a type that is countered is considered "not very effective" and deals 71.4% damage.
  • The most damage reduction interaction would be an "immune" interaction, dealing 51% damage.

Immune is a few special cases such as fighting Pokemon attacking a ghost Pokemon and is actually 0% damage in the regular Pokemon games.

It's also important to note you can double the effect if both types occur. For example, a Charizard is both Flying and Fire and is thus double weak against Rock and would take 196% damage from Rock. Another example is using fighting against Butterfree, who is both flying and bug and thus double resistant. That would net out to the Butterfree taking 51% damage from attacks.

Refer to the table below for details on damage.

Type Effectiveness Damage Chart

Super Effective
140% Damage
Not Very Effective
71.4% Damage
51% Damage

Same Type Attack Bonus - STAB

A Pokemon using an attack of its own type will benefit from an additional 20% damage. That means a Charmander using a fire type attack will do 20% extra damage. If Charmander were to learn a different attack, for example a normal attack, it would not benefit from an additional 20% because Charmander is only a Fire type, not a Normal and Fire type.

In most situations, you want your Pokemon to know moves that match their type to benefit from this extra damage. However, you may run into specific instances where it can be useful, such as when your Pokemon's type resists your opponents attacks, but your opponents attacks also resist your type. In this instance it can be useful to use attacks outside of STAB.

Type Strengths and Weaknesses Chart

Good Offensive Pokemon by Type

If you're on the hunt for Pokemon of certain types, here are a handful of options to consider:

  • Normal
    Slaking, Snorlax, Ursaring, Blissey
  • Fire
    Entei, Flareon, Arcanine, Moltres, Charizard
  • Fighting
    Machamp, Hariyama, Breloom, Poliwrath
  • Flying
    Ho-Oh, Rayquaza, Lugia, Aerodactyle, Charizard
  • Poison
    Gengar, Muk, Venusaur, Nidoking, Vileplume
  • Ground
    Rhydon, Donphan, Golem, Groudon
  • Rock
    Tyranitar, Rhydon, Golem, Aggron
  • Bug
    Heracross, Scizor, Pinsir, Armaldo
  • Ghost
    Gengar, Banette, Giratina, Mismagius
  • Steel
    Metagross, Scizor, Aggron, Magneton
  • Water
    Kyogre, Gyarados, Vaporeon, Suicine
  • Grass
    Exeggutor, Venusaur, Sceptile, Celebi
  • Electric
    Zapdos, Raikou, Jolteon, Electivire
  • Psychic
    Mewtwo, Espeon, Alakazam, Deoxys
  • Ice
    Articuno, Lapras, Walrein, Jynx, Cloyster
  • Dragon
    Rayquaza, Dragonite, Latios, Salamence
  • Dark
    Tyranitar, Houndoom, Absol, Umbreon
  • Fairy
    Gardevoir, Granbull, Clefable, Wigglytuff

Obviously some of them are quite difficult to get or are raid exclusives but there are plenty of viable, and even top tier options that are completely grind-able. Machamps and Golems are definitely a must have for any avid raider.

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