Pokémon Go type chart: effectiveness and weakness explained

Find where these pokémon sit on the Pokémon Go type chart
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Confused about types? Well, our Pokémon Go type chart is here to save the day. All Pokémon have one or two types, which is vital knowledge when weighing up their potential effectiveness in battle - and this chart makes it easy to work out each one's strengths and weaknesses.

The wait for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is almost over, but there’s still lots to do in the mobile version of the popular video game franchise.

Our Pokémon Go type chart will take the guesswork out of figuring out which types play well against certain others. All Pokémon have special effectivenesses and weaknesses depending on their type - or, sometimes, their duo-type. Matching up types effectively is one of the best ways to ensure a win, whether it be against a Gym or Team Rocket.

The type chart will show which Pokémon are super-effective or have a weakness against other Pokémon. Super-effective attacks will do extra damage, while not-so effective attacks will do less. Similarly, your own Pokémon will take extra damage from attacks that are super effective against their type, and less from attacks that are weak against their type.

Some type confluences are obvious, like those pertaining to the fire versus water type Pokémon, but others can be deceptive. Gyarados, for example, is also a flying (and water) type as well as being a dragon, so what does that mean under battle conditions?

If you’re not sure what type a Pokémon is, you can check its name on the statistics page or in the Pokédex. For now though, let's get to that chart.

Pokémon Go type chart

Pokémon Go type chart: Each type, explained

Pikachu outside in Pokemon Go

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There are 18 types of Pokémon. Here’s a list with an example of each type - and if you're looking for the best Pokémon of each type, click the names for dedicated guides:

Many Pokémon are dual type Pokémon, meaning that they have two of these types at once. They can use super effective moves against a wider variety of Pokémon, but they also have more weaknesses and may even have double weaknesses, exposing them to even more damage.

Pokémon Go type chart: All type matchups

A tree Pokemon walking in a forest

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This type chart will show the effectiveness and weakness of Pokémon type matchups in Pokémon Go. These are not exactly the same as in other Pokémon games, so be careful!

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TypeStrong AgainstWeak AgainstVery Weak AgainstResistant ToVery Resistant ToVulnerable To
BugDark, Grass, PsychicFire, Fighting, Poison, Flying, Ghost, Steel, FairyRow 0 - Cell 3 Grass, Fighting, GroundRow 0 - Cell 5 Fire, Flying, Rock
DarkPsychic, GhostFighting, Dark, FairyRow 1 - Cell 3 Ghost, DarkPsychicFighting, Bug, Fairy
DragonDragonSteelFairyFire, Water, Grass, ElectricRow 2 - Cell 5 Ice, Dragon, Fairy
ElectricWater, FlyingGrass, Electric, DragonGroundElectric, Flying, SteelRow 3 - Cell 5 Ground
FairyFighting, Dragon, DarkFire, Poison, SteelRow 4 - Cell 3 Fighting, Bug, DarkDragonPoison, Steel
FightingNormal, Ice, Rock, Dark, SteelPoison, Flying, Psychic, Bug, FairyGhostBug, Rock, DarkRow 5 - Cell 5 Flying, Psychic, Fairy
FireGrass, Ice, Bug, SteelFire, Water, Rock, DragonRow 6 - Cell 3 Fire, Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel, FairyRow 6 - Cell 5 Water, Rock, Ground
FlyingGrass, Fighting, BugElectric, Rock, SteelRow 7 - Cell 3 Grass, Fighting, BugGroundElectric, Ice, Rock
GhostPsychic, GhostDarkNormalPoison, BugNormal, FightingGhost, Dark
GrassWater, Ground, RockFire, Grass, Poison, Flying, Bug, Dragon, SteelRow 9 - Cell 3 Water, Grass, Electric, GroundRow 9 - Cell 5 Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug
GroundFire, Electric, Poison, Rock, SteelGrass, BugFlyingPoison, RockElectricWater, Grass, Ice
IceGrass, Ground, Flying, DragonFire, Water, Ice, SteelRow 11 - Cell 3 IceRow 11 - Cell 5 Fire, Fighting, Rock, Steel
NormalRow 12 - Cell 1 Rock, SteelGhostRow 12 - Cell 4 GhostFighting
PoisonGrass, FairyPoison, Ground, Rock, GhostSteelGrass, Fighting, Poison, Bug, FairyRow 13 - Cell 5 Ground, Psychic
PsychicFighting, PoisonPsychic, SteelDarkFighting, PsychicRow 14 - Cell 5 Bug, Ghost, Dark
RockFire, Ice, Flying, BugFighting, Ground, SteelRow 15 - Cell 3 Normal, Fire, Poison, FlyingRow 15 - Cell 5 Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Steel
SteelIce, Rock, FairyRow 16 - Cell 2 Row 16 - Cell 3 Normal, Grass, Ice, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Steel, FairyPoisonFire, Fighting, Ground
WaterFire, Ground, RockRow 17 - Cell 2 Row 17 - Cell 3 Fire, Water, Ice, SteelRow 17 - Cell 5 Grass, Electric

Pokémon Go type chart: Effectiveness and weakness

A pocket monster being caught in Pokemon Go

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Pokémon can use moves of various types, usually those that they themselves belong to. From this table you can see whether a move will be strong, weak, or very weak against a Pokémon of a certain type. Very weak attacks are also known as “immunities” but unlike other Pokémon games they will still do some damage.

Conversely, the above table also shows which attacks your Pokémon will be resistant or very resistant to - or weak against, depending upon their type. 

For example, a ground-type attack will be super effective against the best fire type Pokémon, but not very effective against a grass type Pokémon. It will be even less effective against some of the best flying type Pokémon

However, a ground type Pokémon will also be resistant to poison-type attacks, and especially electric-type attacks. On the other hand, it will be weak to water attacks from the best water type Pokémon

By referring to our chart you can make sure that you always use the best Pokémon for the job. 

Don’t forget that many Pokémon have double types, which will give them the advantages and disadvantages of both types!

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