There are eighteen types in the Pokemon world, and they all related to one another differently. As a result, it can be difficult to remember all of the matchups and combinations. Throw in the fact that many Pokemon are dual-types, and it gets even more complicated.

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Never fear, though, as this article has you covered. This post will look at every type and its weaknesses, resistances, immunities, and more. In alphabetical order, here's every Pokemon type and how it relates to the others.

Updated on September 13, 2021 by Michael Christopher: We've updated this list to give it a new format and make it easier to read. Each type's interactions are now in a much more readable table.

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Bug

caterpie

Bug's relation to other types has changed as new ones have been added over the years, though that's true for most types. Unfortunately, it is resisted by many types, but, luckily, only has a few weaknesses. As of Generation VI, here's what you need to know about the Bug-type, defensively.

Bug-type
Weaknesses
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Rock
Resistances
  • Fighting
  • Grass
  • Ground

Offensively, Bug isn't great, but it does do well against some common types, making it useful in some situations. For the early years, it was one of the only threats to the dominant Psychic-type, and it retains that effectiveness today.

Bug-type
Super Effective Against
  • Dark
  • Grass
  • Psychic
Not Very Effective Against
  • Fairy
  • Fighting
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Ghost
  • Poison
  • Steel

Dark

Alolan Meowth

The Dark-type was added in Generation II and has also seen some changes in type matchup since then. Until Generation VI, Dark was resisted by Steel, but this is no longer the case.

Dark-type
Weaknesses
  • Bug
  • Fairy
  • Fighting
Resistances
  • Dark
  • Ghost
Immunities
  • Psychic

Offensively, Dark is pretty useful, being created to balance out the powerful Psychic Pokemon that were dominating at the time.

Dark-type
Super Effective Against
  • Ghost
  • Psychic
Not Very Effective Against
  • Dark
  • Fairy
  • Fighting

Dragon

shelgon

The Dragon-type is really interesting when it comes to type matchups. The Fairy-type was added in Generation VI and posed a serious threat to Dragon Pokemon, changing the latter's role in the meta forever.

Dragon-type
Weaknesses
  • Dragon
  • Ice
  • Fairy
Resistances
  • Electric
  • Fire
  • Grass
  • Water

Offensively, Dragon is even more interesting, being only good against itself. Additionally, only one type resists Dragon-type moves and only one is immune to them. Because of this, Dragon has to rely on sheer power, unless it's going up against other Dragon-types, who are the only ones weak to it.

Dragon-type
Super Effective Against
  • Dragon
Not Very Effective Against
  • Steel
No Effect At All Against
  • Fairy

Electric

zebstrika elesa

Electric is one of only two types that can boast having a single weakness. The other one with this characteristic is the Normal-type. If a pure Electric-type can become airborne through the use of the ability Levitate or other methods, it actually has no weaknesses. It's also worth noting that Electric-type Pokemon are immune to paralysis.

Electric-type
Weaknesses
  • Ground
Resistances
  • Electric
  • Flying
  • Steel

Offensively, Electric can be very useful. It's good against some common types, but Ground-types are immune to it, so one must be careful.

Electric-type
Super Effective Against
  • Flying
  • Water
Not Very Effective Against
  • Dragon
  • Electric
  • Grass
No Effect At All Against
  • Ground

Fairy

Pokemon Swirlix

Fairy is the most recent type added to the series, debuting in Generation VI and shaking up the meta. Fairy is now considered by many to be one of the best types, and may perhaps see its own rebalancing. But, as of now, some popular powerful types can remain scared of these cute pink Pokemon.

Fairy-type
Weaknesses
  • Steel
  • Poison
Resistances
  • Bug
  • Dark
  • Fighting
Immunities
  • Dragon

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Offensively is where Fairy shines. It's great against some popular types and is only resisted by a few.

Fairy-type
Super Effective Against
  • Dark
  • Dragon
  • Fighting
Not Very Effective Against
  • Fire
  • Poison
  • Steel

Fighting

hitmonlee and hitmonchan

Fighting has an interesting property that it shares with Bug, as they're the only types that resist each other. In terms of weaknesses, Fighting has a few that are pretty common and powerful. Sadly, Fighting is one of the types that does not resist itself.

Fighting-type
Weaknesses
  • Fairy
  • Flying
  • Psychic
Resistances
  • Bug
  • Dark
  • Rock

Offensively, Fighting stands out. It's good against a decent number of types but sadly resisted by a bunch as well. It's worth noting that Fighting is one of the few things not resisted by Steel, and it is actually good against it. It's also worth noting that Fighting is the only weakness of the ever-present Normal-type.

Fighting-type
Super Effective Against
  • Dark
  • Ice
  • Normal
  • Rock
  • Steel
Not Very Effective Against
  • Bug
  • Fairy
  • Flying
  • Poison
  • Psychic
No Effect At All Against
  • Ghost

Fire

Ash's Quilava from the Pokemon anime

Many people know that Steel has the most resistances, but it's not as widely known that Fire has the second-most. However, it also has some pretty common weaknesses, so it sort of balances out in a way. It's worth noting, too, that Fire-types cannot be burned.

Fire-type
Weaknesses
  • Ground
  • Rock
  • Water
Resistances
  • Bug
  • Fire
  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Steel

Offensively, Fire is pretty decent. It's good against a nice four types but also resisted by a few common ones, too.

Fire-type
Super Effective Against
  • Bug
  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Steel
Not Very Effective Against
  • Dragon
  • Fire
  • Rock
  • Water

Flying

rookidee

Flying has an interesting set of weaknesses and resistances but is most notable for its complete immunity to Ground-type moves, grounded effects like entry hazards, and terrains. However, they don't benefit from effects due to being airborne as well, like terrain bonuses.

Flying-type
Weaknesses
  • Electric
  • Ice
  • Rock
Resistances
  • Bug
  • Fighting
  • Grass
Immunities:
  • Ground

Offensively, Flying is pretty popular in the meta. These Pokemon have the same number of types that they are good against and not so good against.

Flying-type
Super Effective Against
  • Bug
  • Grass
  • Fighting
Not Very Effective Against
  • Electric
  • Rock
  • Steel

Ghost

Ghost-type Pokémon Gen 4

Ghost-type Pokemon are very interesting in terms of type matchups. Defensively, they're the only type with two immunities, which is very nice. They also cannot be trapped by moves like Mean Look, and they're able to flee from any wild encounter regardless of speed.

Ghost-type
Weaknesses
  • Dark
  • Ghost
Resistances
  • Bug
  • Poison
Immunities
  • Normal
  • Fighting

Offensively, Ghost is interesting again. It joins Dragon as the only type good against itself. However, Ghost is good against Psychic, too, which is one type better than Dragon, which is only good against itself. While Ghost-types are immune to Normal-types, the same also holds true in reverse. Until the change in Generation VI, Steel also resists Ghost, but it no longer does.

Ghost-type
Super Effective Against
  • Ghost
  • Psychic
Not Very Effective Against
  • Dark
No Effect At All Against
  • Normal

Grass

Pokemon Sword Shield Switch Grass Type

Both offensively and defensively, Grass has a lot of matchups. It's good against a decent number of types, but also weak to a lot too; in fact, Grass ties with Rock for having the most weaknesses. Sadly, it is resisted by a ton of types, too. However, don't let that sour you, as Grass resists some types that are very common. Grass-types are immune to Leech Seed, as well.

Grass-type
Weaknesses
  • Bug
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Ice
  • Poison
Resistances
  • Electric
  • Grass
  • Ground
  • Water

Offensively, Grass is OK. It's good against some types that you see quite a bit, but it's resisted by a lot.

Grass-type
Super Effective Against
  • Ground
  • Rock
  • Water
Not Very Effective Against
  • Bug
  • Dragon
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Grass
  • Poison
  • Steel

Ground

silicobra

Ground is a pretty nice type, with some interesting matchups. It has its own immunity in Electric, but Flying is, in turn, immune to Ground. Ground-types also have immunity to both Thunder Wave and damage from sandstorm conditions.

Ground-type
Weaknesses
  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Water
Resistances
  • Poison
  • Rock
Immunities:
  • Electric

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Offensively, Ground is pretty good, being super-effective against five types, which is nothing to sneer at. It also boasts being the only weakness for Electric-types.

Ground-type
Super Effective Against
  • Electric
  • Fire
  • Poison
  • Rock
  • Steel
Not Very Effective Against
  • Bug
  • Grass
No Effect At All Against
  • Flying

Ice

regice in the anime

Ice is, sadly, often considered the worst type. It's weak to three very common types and only resists itself. However, Ice-types are immune to being frozen, Sheer Cold, and damage from hail conditions.

Ice-type
Weaknesses
  • Fire
  • Fighting
  • Rock
Resistances
  • Ice

Offensively, Ice isn't fantastic. However, it is notable as one of Dragon's only weaknesses, especially before Fairy was introduced in Gen VI.

Ice-type
Super Effective Against
  • Dragon
  • Flying
  • Grass
  • Ground
Not Very Effective Against
  • Ice
  • Water

Normal

rattata

Normal is fascinating in terms of type matchups. It doesn't resist any types, but it also only has one weakness, a quality it shares only with the Electric-type. However, it's immune to Ghost-type moves, which is definitely something worth remembering.

Normal-type
Weaknesses
  • Fighting
Resistances
  • none
Immunities
  • Ghost

Offensively, Normal is not great. However, there are many Normal-type moves that are great, giving it some role offensively.

Normal-type
Super Effective Against
  • nothing
Not Very Effective Against
  • Steel
  • Rock
No Effect At All Against
  • Ghost

Poison

trubbish
via Pokemon Wiki

Poison-types are pretty useful, especially given their long list of resistances. Additionally, Poison-types cannot be poisoned and will remove Toxic Spikes from their side of the battlefield when they switch in.

Poison-type
Weaknesses
  • Ground
  • Psychic
Resistances
  • Fighting
  • Poison
  • Bug
  • Grass
  • Fairy

Offensively, Poison-types are decent. Their proficiency against Fairy-types is definitely worth noting. However, Steel-types are immune to Poison-type moves.

Poison-type
Super Effective Against
  • Fairy
  • Grass
Not Very Effective Against
  • Poison
  • Ground
  • Rock
  • Ghost
No Effect At All Against
  • Steel

Psychic

Pokemon Mewtwo Strikes Back Mewtwo 3D Model

Psychic once reigned as the dominant, overpowered type, a title solidified by its lack of great weaknesses. It's no longer as broken as it once was, but it is still pretty good.

Psychic-type
Weaknesses
  • Bug
  • Dark
  • Ghost
Resistances
  • Fighting
  • Psychic

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Offensively, Psychic-types are still pretty great. However, Dark's immunity to Psychic moves poses problems at times.

Psychic-type
Super Effective Against
  • Fighting
  • Poison
Not Very Effective Against
  • Psychic
  • Steel
No Effect At All Against
  • Dark

Rock

gigalith

Rock-type Pokemon, alongside Grass-types, have the most weaknesses. However, Rock-types also have a good number of resistances. Defensively, they also benefit from having a special defense boost during sandstorm effects while also being immune to its damaging effects.

Rock-type
Weaknesses
  • Fighting
  • Grass
  • Ground
  • Steel
  • Water
Resistances
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Normal
  • Poison

Offensively, Rock is pretty solid. It's good against a decent four types but is also resisted by three.

Rock-type
Super Effective Against
  • Bug
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Ice
Not Very Effective Against
  • Fighting
  • Ground
  • Steel

Steel

klinklang

Steel Pokemon are arguably one of the best types defensively, with a whopping ten resistances and an immunity. However, they also have three weaknesses. It should be noted that Steel-types are immune to being poisoned and the damage from sandstorm effects. Additionally, prior to Gen VI, Steel-types could also resist Dark and Ghost. They no longer do this.

Steel-type
Weaknesses
  • Fighting
  • Fire
  • Ground
Resistances
  • Bug
  • Fairy
  • Dragon
  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Flying
  • Normal
  • Psychic
  • Rock
  • Steel
Immunities
  • Poison

Offensively, Steel is pretty good. It joins Poison as the only threats to the Fairy-type, and it's also pretty good at taking down Ice-types and Rock-types.

Steel-type
Super Effective Against
  • Fairy
  • Ice
  • Rock
Not Very Effective Against
  • Electric
  • Fire
  • Steel
  • Water

Water

A Wailord

The final type in alphabetical order is Water, which is one of the first many people will use given its status as one of the three Starter Pokemon options in most games. Defensively, Water is respectable, but its real use is often offensive.

Water-type
Weaknesses
  • Electric
  • Grass
Resistances
  • Fire
  • Ice
  • Steel
  • Water

Offensively, Water excels. It's great against a few common types and has access to some great moves.

Water-type
Super Effective Against
  • Fire
  • Ground
  • Rock
Not Very Effective Against
  • Dragon
  • Grass
  • Water

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