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Water-type Pokemon weaknesses, counters, and resistances

If you’re having trouble beating Water-type Pokemon, check out this guide on their weaknesses, counters, and resistances.



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Many dominant Pokemon belong to Water-type and facing them is undoubtedly a tough challenge for any Trainer. Here’s a guide that covers the weaknesses and resistances of Water-type Pokemon and the best counters to beat them.

From a mouse-like Marill to a dragon-like Gyarados, Water-type contains a wide range of Pokemon. Moreover, many Legendary Pokemon such as Suicune, Palkia, and Kyogre rule the oceans and have helped in solidifying Water’s place as one of the strongest types in the franchise.

Having said that, combat in games like Pokemon Go, Sword and Shield, and Legends: Arceus is largely based on types. With the right counters and proper knowledge of your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, every battle can be won with ease.

Here’s everything to know about Water-type Pokemon including their weaknesses, counters, and resistance.

Legendary Pokemon Kyogre underwater

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 Electric or Grass-type but also knows the moves that belong to these types.

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 Ground typing.

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Best counters for Water-type Pokemon

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

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

Shiny Gyarados in Pokemon anime series

Water-type Pokemon resistances and strengths

Water-type Pokemon 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 Charge 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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With this guide, you should be able to take down Kyogre, Palkia, and literally any Water-type Pokemon. For similar content, check out how to get Revives in Pokemon Go, how to get Galarian Slowpoke and Slowbro in Pokemon Go, and how to earn Battle Points in Sword and Shield.

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