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Top 10 Weak Pokémon With Great Types

In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.

Pokémon Stats and Types

Pokémon have so many different statistics that it's challenging to rate any individual creature with a quick glance. Juggling base stat totals, possible abilities, elemental typings, available moves, and more shades the line between good and bad.

That said, the most obvious boons are high stat totals and durable elemental duos. Many type pairings resist an astounding number of attacks, and since ineffective moves only deal half damage (or 1/4 if doubly resisted), these advantages can really turn the tide of a battle. Sadly, many of the best duos fall onto lackluster creatures whose failings will lag behind other monsters despite their favorable duets. To see what I mean, let's examine the ten best elemental Pokémon matches—on lukewarm monsters!

Skarmory

Skarmory

10. Skarmory

Type: Steel/Flying

This Johto avian bears two weaknesses but an astounding eight resistances and two entire immunities! Steel and Flying are good defensive types on their own, and pair well since Flying's ground negation covers Steel's normal weakness to it.

However, Skarmory bears 465 as a stat total, not atrocious but just not enough to defeat most competitive foes. Its outstanding Defense score is offset by mediocre HP, Special Defense, Speed, and a dreadful Special Attack. Lackluster abilities like Keen Eye don't add much, and Skarmory's only real hope is to use Toxic and/or Sandstorm and hope your opponent is relying on physical attacks. In these cases, its impressive Defense and several resistances might let it stall out a foe while the effect damage takes place, but if they have even a single indirect move, your minuscule HP and Special Defense reserves won't last long.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Fire

Normal

Poison

Electric

Flying

Ground

 

Bug

 

Steel

Grass

Psychic

Dragon

Fairy

Azumarill

Azumarill

9. Azumarill

Type: Water/Fairy

For each one of its three weaknesses, Azumarill wields two resistances, totaling six, and it also enjoys a complete immunity to Dragon! Plus, you can often disregard the Poison vulnerability since it's not a common offensive attribute, while fortifications against abundant Fighting, Ice, and Water attacks offer helpful barricades.

Sadly, Azumarill simply lags in stats, wielding only 420 despite being a third-stage Pokémon (410 prior to generation 6). Its distribution leans towards HP, Defense, and Special Defense, so it can take a hit okay (but not great), but you're almost always attacking second and barely nicking your foe. Azumarill would rank even higher thanks to these hefty limitations except for its excellent array of abilities: Thick Fat further weakens Fire and Ice, Huge Power doubles Attack, and Sap Sipper blocks all Grass attacks!

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Poison

Fighting

Dragon

Grass

Bug

 

Electric

Fire

 

Water

Ice

Dark

Rotom (Normal Form)

Rotom (Normal Form)

8. Rotom (Normal Form)

Type: Electric/Ghost

Rotom's interesting appliance transformations alter its type and increase its base stats, but its default form is what we're most interested in. Factoring in Rotom's helpful Levitate ability, which negates the Ground attacks that would otherwise strike for twice the pain thanks to its Electric nature, Rotom bears only two weaknesses but five resistances and three entire immunities!

Sadly, its base form's stats only reach 440 and favor Special Attack and Speed, making it a poor man's indirect sweeper. Admittedly, Rotom's various machine forms grant it a better total of 520, but you're often gaining a less desirable type duo along the way.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Ghost

Flying

Normal

Dark

Poison

Fighting

 

Bug

Ground

Steel

Electric

Pelipper

Pelipper

7. Pelipper

Type: Water/Flying

True, the Water/Flying duo bears an Achilles heel in the form of Electric, whose attacks deal a whopping quadruple damage against Pelipper. Rock is also commonly seen offensively and can present another challenge, but even these drawbacks can't dent the sturdy barrier of five resistances and an immunity.

However, Pelipper wields a negligible 440 base stat total (430 prior to generation 6). With slight focuses on Defense and Special Attack, Pelipper still manages to fall far behind other physical defenders or indirect sweepers. Its Keen Eye and Rain Dish abilities don't help matters, and while the Drizzle ability can be useful (it's a free Rainy Day weather condition to strengthen your Water moves), it'll let opposing Thunder attacks hit with 100% accuracy, something that will almost definitely one-shot your ocean-dwelling bird.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Electric (x4)

Fighting

Ground

Rock

Bug

 

 

Fire

 

Water

Steel

Oricorio's Baile, Pom-Pom, Pa'u, and Sensu Styles

Oricorio's Baile, Pom-Pom, Pa'u, and Sensu Styles

6. Oricorio

Type Options: Fire/Flying (Baile), Electric/Flying (Pom-Pom), Psychic/Flying (Pa'u), Ghost/Flying (Sensu)

You can free alter Oricorio's style by giving it different varieties of the Nectar item. Its most tempting duos are its Baile and especially Pom-Pom forms, where Oricorio covers for its Fire and Electric weaknesses to Ground with its aerial prowess. In fact, Pom-Pom only bears two weaknesses while enjoying five resistances and an immunity!

No matter which mode you opt for, Oricorio retains its 476 base stat total, distributed to favor Special Attack and Speed. Not the worst sum, but far from ideal. Additionally, a situational ability, Dancer, only helps in Multi Battles and only if your other Pokémon wield the rare dance-category moves, hardly picking up the slack. But you could do worse when it comes to static-charged avians . . .

Emolga

Emolga

5. Emolga

Type: Electric/Flying

Admittedly, Rock and Ice are both bountiful offensive types, but Emolga compensates for its vulnerabilities with five great resistances and an appreciated Ground immunity. Unfortunately, this mouse harbors a pitiful stat total of 428. It's moderately fast and weak in everything else, particularly its defenses, so even Emolga's abundant resistances can't help it survive long.

Static's not a bad ability, but nowhere near enough to male up the lacking stat difference. Emolga is one of Pokémon's many oddly-neglected Electic rodents (Plusle, Minun, Dedenne, etc.) screaming for a stronger evolution. I guess it makes Pikachu and Raichi look better in comparison, but geez Nintendo, throw these mammals a bone.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Rock

Fighting

Ground

Ice

Flying

 

 

Bug

 

Grass

Steel

4. Sableye

Type: Dark/Ghost

Before the advent of X and Y, Dark/Ghost was regarded by many as type perfection, bearing no weaknesses and a slew of great defenses. Even after Fairy's introduction, one chink is a small price for a resistance and three entire type negations!

Great elemental blend or not, Sableye suffers from an astoundingly low 380 base stat total. Now, it does bear a good secret ability, Prankster, but only trainers who take the effort to unlock the hidden ability will prosper; regular Sableye are stuck with the disappointing Keen Eye or Stall traits. Despite its terrible stats and default abilities, Sableye slightly redeems itself with its mega evolution, as Mega Sableye bears much better defenses (albeit even lower speed) and one of the best abilities in the game: Magic Bounce, which reflects non-damaging moves. Still, even Mega Sableye only totals 480, a comparatively low score that often doesn't warrant your single mega slot.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Fairy

Poison

Normal

 

 

Fighting

 

 

Psychic

3. Mawile

Type: Steel/Fairy

Combining the best defensive types in the game, Mawile harbors an incredible eleven resistances, including a double resistance to Bug! And that's not even factoring in its entire immunities to Dragon and Poison, all for the low price of just two weaknesses.

Mawile shares Sableye's horrendous 380 stat total, slightly favoring Attack and Defense. Its useful Intimidate and Sheer Force abilities help matter, but they can't remove all the dead weight. Thankfully, Mega Mawile enjoys the excellent Huge Power ability (which doubles its Attack stat), but its 480 total still lags behind many competitive non-mega Pokémon. While Mega Mawile drastically improves upon its original form, what's ultimately more helpful with your only mega slot: making a bad Pokémon good or making a good Pokémon great? To most trainers, that's an easy, Mawile-excluding answer.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Ground

Normal

Poison

Fire

Flying

Dragon

 

Rock

 

Bug (1/4)

Grass

Psychic

Grass

Psychic

Ice

Dark

Fairy

Qwilfish

Qwilfish

2. Qwilfish

Type: Water/Poison

Original Water/Poison Pokémon Tentacool can upgrade into the fierce Tentacruel, but generation 2's Qwilfish has no advanced form. Still, Water/Poison remains an impressive type with eight resistances and only three weaknesses. No immunities, but remember that all Poison Pokémon are immune to the poison status condition, granting yet another fortification.

Still, it's hard to get past Qwilfish's 440 base stat total, and if you're playing before generation 6, you're dealing with an even worse 430. These points oddly skew towards Attack, and since most Water moves are indirect, Qwilfish has few options to utilize its best stat. Even then, there are much better physical aggressors to pick from, rendering this spiky dud one of the most forgettable Pokémon yet.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Ground

Fighting

N/A

Electric

Poison

 

Psychic

Bug

 

Fire

Water

Ice

Steel

Fairy

Dedenne

Dedenne

1. Dedenne

Type: Electric/Fairy

Electric/Fairy presents one of the absolute best duos in the game. With only two weaknesses, one being the rarely-seen Poison, you won't suffer double damage often, especially considering your five resistances and Dragon immunity!

However, Dedenne just can't hold a torch next to better sweepers. Its 431 stats lean towards Speed and Special Attack, but still fail to impress, especially when combined with lukewarm abilities. We've seen many Electric rodents throughout the years, and while Dedenne bears the best typing of the bunch, its other shortcomings leave it at a mere placeholder in your PC and Pokédex, never to actually join your team.

WeaknessesResistancesImmunities

Poison

Fighting

Dragon

Ground

Flying

 

 

Bug

 

Electric

Dark

Future for Weak Pokémon

Although these misfits brandish useful elements, their poor traits severely hinder them in battle. However, Nintendo periodically grants its weaker units stronger forms (Sableye and Mawile at least offer a mega evolution); perhaps one day, runts like Emolga and Dedenne will actually hold their own with permanent evolutions.

But for now, as these pipsqueaks stay benched, vote for your favorite oddball and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!

Questions & Answers

Question: Can't all Pokemon get stronger with training?

Answer: Yes, but in video game terms, they max out at level 100, and each Pokemon bears an individual base stat total. You can slightly adjust these stats with things like natures and EV points, but a Caterpie's base stats just aren't ever going to equal a Mewtwo's of the same level.

If you're playing competitively, everyone's probably required to use Pokemon of the same level, meaning some creatures just won't be as powerful as others.

© 2018 Jeremy Gill

Comments

Luna on July 19, 2020:

Dedenne must be weak but is adorable ♥️♥️, Specially when it does " Nuzzle"

Pokètoons on February 22, 2019:

Am I the first to add a comment? Well I like Mawile better! She looks cool.