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How many Pokemon types are there? Strengths, weaknesses, and resistance explained

Types are usually the deciding factor in a Pokemon battle. Here’s how many Pokemon types are there and a chart of strengths and weaknesses.



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Understanding types is the first step toward becoming a great Pokemon trainer. Every Pokemon belongs to at least one type and every type has a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses. This guide will reveal the total number of Pokemon types and each type’s strengths and weaknesses.

Ever wondered why a tiny Sylveon can beat a ferocious Dragon-type Pokemon in seconds? Well, the answer to that is Pokemon types. Every creature in the history of the franchise belongs to a certain type which makes it stronger and weaker against some opponents.

Knowledge of types is pivotal for winning battles in a wide range of games such as Pokemon Go and Pokemon Masters EX.

If you’re new to Pokemon games, check out this guide on Pokemon types and win battles easily.

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List of all Pokemon types

There are 18 types of Pokemon which include:

  • Normal
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Grass
  • Electric
  • Ice
  • Fighting
  • Poison
  • Ground
  • Flying
  • Psychic
  • Bug
  • Rock
  • Ghost
  • Dark
  • Dragon
  • Steel
  • Fairy

Pokemon can belong to a single type as well as multiple types. For example, Type: Null is a Legendary Normal Pokemon while Dragonite is a Dragon-Flying Pokemon.

Evolutions can change the type of a Pokemon as well. The best example of this is Eevee which is a Normal Pokemon that can evolve into eight different types.

Pokemon-type chart of strengths, weaknesses, and resistance

This chart will help you understand how different Pokemon types perform against each other during combat:

TypeSuper Effective againstNot Every Effective againstResist Damage fromWeak against
NormalRock, Steel, Ghost (immune)Ghost Fighting
FairyFighting, Dragon, DarkPoison, Steel, FireFighting, Bug, Dark, DragonPoison, Steel
DarkGhost, PsychicFighting, Dark, FairyGhost, Dark, PsychicFighting, Bug, Fairy
DragonDragonSteelFire, Water, Grass, Electric
Ice, Dragon, Fairy
IceFlying, Ground, Grass, DragonSteel, Fire, Water, IceIceFighting, Rock,
Steel, Fire
PsychicFighting, PoisonSteel, Psychic, Dark Fighting, Psychic
Bug, Ghost, Dark
Flying, Water
Grass, Electric, Dragon, GroundFlying, Steel, ElectricGround
Fighting, Bug, GrassElectric, Rock, SteelFighting, Bug, Grass, Ground (immune)Rock, Electric, Ice
FightingNormal, Ice, Rock, Dark, SteelFlying, Poison, Bug, Psychic, Ghost (immune)Rock, Bug, Dark
Flying, Psychic, Fairy
PoisonGrass, Fairy
Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost, Steel (immune)Fighting, Poison, Bug, Grass, FairyGround, Psychic
Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire, ElectricBug, Grass, Flying (immune)Poison, Rock, Electric (immune)Water, Grass, Ice
RockFlying, Bug, Fire, Ice
Fighting, Ground, Steel
Normal, Fire, Poison, Flying
Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Steel
BugGrass, Psychic, Dark
Fighting, Flying, Poison, Ghost, Steel, Fire, FairyFighting, Ground, Grass
Flying, Rock, Fire
GrassGround, Rock, Water
Flying, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, DragonWater, Grass, Electric, GroundFlying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice
WaterGround, Rock, FireWater, Grass, DragonFire, Water, Ice, SteelElectric, Grass
FireBug, Steel, Grass, IceRock, Fire, Water, DragonBug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice, FairyGround, Rock, Water
GhostGhost, Psychic
Dark, Normal (immune)
Poison, Bug, Normal (immune), Fighting (immune)Ghost, Dark

SteelIce, Rock, Fairy
Steel, Fire, Water, Electric
Normal, Grass, Ice, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Steel, Fairy, Poison (immune)Fire, Fighting, Ground

It is worth noting that this chart reveals how different moves affect Pokemon during battles. This basically means that a Water-type Pokemon will resist damage from Fire, Water, Ice, and Steel moves but it will deal increased (2x) damage to a Ground, Rock, and Fire-type Pokemon only if it performs a Water move.

Understanding this becomes important when playing games like Pokemon Go in which Pokemon can learn attacks outside of their types.

Even though the combat mechanics might vary slightly in Pokemon games, the basic type-based weaknesses and strengths remain the same. There are some exceptions to this such as Pokemon Masters where every Pokemon only has one weakness and the goal is to make solid sync pairs.

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Image Credits: The Pokemon Company