Water-type Pokemon weaknesses, counters & resistances

Aakrit Sharma
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Water is one of the strongest Pokemon types due to it including many Dragon-type Pokemon and Legendary beasts. However, with this list of all water-type weaknesses, counters, and resistances, you should be able to beat them easily.

Combat is a major part of Pokemon games and to excel in it, you must learn about the different types. All types have certain strengths and weaknesses, and exploiting the weaknesses of the type of your opponent is key to victory.

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The Water type is no exception as despite being extremely powerful, it has a fair share of weaknesses and counters. Without knowing these details, it can be outrageously hard to beat the likes of Kyogre, Gyarados, Palkia, and Suicine.

On that note, here are all Water-type Pokemon weaknesses, best counters, resistances, and strengths.

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Kyogre is one of the most powerful Water-type Pokemon.

Water-type Pokemon weaknesses explained

Water-type Pokemon are weak against Electric and Grass-type moves. Hence, if you’re battling a Water-type Pokemon, make sure that your Pokemon not only belongs to the Electric or Grass type but also knows the moves that belong to these types.

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Having said that, Electric and Grass moves might not be too effective in situations where your Water-type opponent also has a secondary type. For instance, Swampert, one of the best PvP Pokemon in Pokemon Go, is immune to Electric damage because of its half-ground typing.

water pokemon counter pikachu libre in pokemon goNiantic/The Pokemon Company
Pikachu Libre can only be obtained from the Go Battle League.

Best counters for Water-type Pokemon

Since they are weak against Electric and Grass-types, Venusaur, Electivire, Raikou, Manectric, and Zapdos are some of the best to counter Water-type Pokemon. It is important to reiterate that alongside the type, you must ensure that your Pokemon also knows Electric or Grass moves.

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While Electric Pokemon are more aggressive attackers, Grass-type Pokemon are defensive tanks. Accordingly, use Electric Pokemon to take down Water-types in PvE battles and Grass-types in PvP battles.

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Shiny Gyarados is a sought-after Water-type Pokemon.

Water-type Pokemon resistances & strengths

Water-type Pokemon can resist damage from these types:

  • Fire
  • Steel
  • Water
  • Ice

This means that using Fire, Steel, Water, and Ice-type Pokemon against Water types is basically useless unless they know a Grass/Electric-type move.

Moreover, the following types are vulnerable to Water-type moves:

  • Ground
  • Rock
  • Fire

Hence, refrain from using Ground, Rock, and Fire-type Pokemon against Water types. Unless the secondary types make a difference, the battle will most likely be one-sided.

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That’s all you need to know about Water-type Pokemon. For more Pokemon content, make sure to check our other guides:

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About The Author

Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].