Pokemon Go type chart: Strengths, weaknesses, resistance, vulnerability

Paul Cot
The Pokemon Company / Niantic

Pokemon Go is full of different ‘mon each with their own strengths and weaknesses. If you want to become the very best, you’ll need to know the game mechanics inside and out, from the type chart of all Pokemon to their resistances, strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities.

Any Pokemon trainer who has battled in Game Freak’s monster battling series will know that certain types hold an advantage over others. For example, fire is strong against grass, psychic against fighting, and electric against water. These are just a few classic examples of how Pokemon’s historic type advantages and disadvantages work, and they apply in Pokemon Go too!

However, many trainers often overlook the full picture when it comes to type effectiveness. This is particularly true when Niantic add new creatures to Pokemon Go. Our Pokemon Go Type chart should help to clear up any confusion and help you win more competitive battles in no time, particularly with the Spotlight Hour event.


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Pokemon GO Shiny Kadabra and AlakazamNiantic
With the addition of ‘mon like Shiny Kadabra and Alakazam, knowing your types is paramount.

Pokemon Go battle definitions

Before you check out the Pokemon Go strength and weakness type chart below, make sure you’re aware of the following definitions. It may seem complicated at first but it will certainly help you understand the mechanics of Pokemon Go in the long run.

Here’s the full list:

  • Strengths: Which type of Pokemon an attack of x type is strong against (e.g. electric against water).
  • Weaknesses: Which type of Pokemon an attack of x type is weak against (e.g. grass against fire).
  • Resistances: What types will receive less damage from what (e.g. dragon against fairy).
  • Vulnerabilities: What types receive more damage from what (e.g. steel against ice).

Pokemon Go type chart: Weaknesses and strengths chart

Here is the full table showing what each Pokemon Go type is strong against, weak against, resistant to, and vulnerable to:

Type Strong Against Weak Against Resistant To Vulnerable to
Bug  Grass / Dark / Psychic Fairy / Fighting / Fire / Flying / Ghost / Poison / Steel Fighting / Grass / Ground Fire / Flying / Rock
Dark Ghost / Psychic Dark / Fairy / Fighting Dark / Ghost / Psychic Bug / Fairy / Fighting
Dragon Dragon Fairy / Steel Electric / Fire / Grass / Water Dragon / Fairy / Ice
Electric Flying / Water Dragon / Electric / Grass / Ground Electric / Flying / Steel Ground
Fairy  Fighting / Dark / Dragon Fire / Poison / Steel Bug / Dark / Dragon / Fighting Poison, Steel
Fighting Dark / Ice / Normal / Rock / Steel Bug / Fairy / Flying / Ghost / Poison / Psychic Bug / Dark / Rock Fairy / Flying / Psychic
Fire Bug / Grass / Steel / Ice Dragon / Fire / Rock / Water Bug / Fire / Grass / Ice / Steel Ground / Rock / Water
Flying Bug / Fighting / Grass Electric / Rock / Steel Bug / Fighting / Grass / Ground Electric / Ice / Rock
Ghost Ghost / Psychic Dark / Normal Bug / Fighting / Normal / Poison Dark / Ghost
Grass Ground / Rock / Water Bug / Dragon / Fire / Flying / Grass / Poison / Steel Electric / Grass / Ground / Water Bug / Fire / Flying / Ice / Poison
Ground Electric / Fire / Poison / Rock / Steel Bug / Flying / Grass Electric / Poison / Rock Grass / Ice / Water
Ice Dragon / Flying / Grass / Ground Fire / Ice / Steel / Water Ice Fighting / Fire / Rock / Steel
Normal Ghost / Rock / Steel Ghost Fighting
Poison Fairy / Grass Ghost / Ground / Poison / Rock / Steel Fairy / Fighting / Grass / Poison Ground / Psychic
Psychic Fighting / Poison Dark / Psychic / Steel Fighting / Psychic Bug / Dark / Ghost
Rock Bug / Fire / Flying / Ice Fighting / Ground / Steel Fire / Flying / Normal / Poison Fighting / Grass / Ground / Steel / Water
Steel Fairy / Ice / Rock Electric / Fire / Steel / Water Bug / Dragon / Fairy / Flying / Grass / Ice / Poison / Psychic / Rock / Steel Fighting / Fire / Ground
Water Fire / Ground / Rock Dragon / Grass / Water Fire / Ice / Steel / Water Electric / Grass

Interestingly, Niantic opted to include no type immunities in Pokemon Go. For example, in the mainline games, ghost-types are immune to normal-type attacks – this isn’t the case in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go type effectiveness multiplier

Just how effective a Pokemon’s move is actually depends entirely on the game itself. Type advantages in Pokemon Sword and Shield are generally more pronounced, with effective attacks being twice as strong.

Pokemon Go has a smaller multiplier when it comes to typings. However, this does not discount how important the selection of your Pokemon is before a battle. You can gain a massive advantage if you’re aware of the weaknesses and strengths of certain types.

List of Pokemon Go multipliers

The multipliers for Pokemon Go are as follows:

  • Super effective against two types: 2.56x
  • Super effective attacks: 1.6x
  • Not very effective attacks: 0.625x
  • Not very effective against two types: 0.391x

Here’s a visualization chart of the type matchup for all of these:

pokestgo.clChart showing how effective each type of Pokemon is against each other in Pokemon Go…

Another difference between Pokemon Go and other games is multiple typings affect damage even further. If a species is weak to two of an opponent’s types then the multiplier effect would be halved again, as seen by the 0.391 multipliers.

The same applies to a Pokemon being effective against both species’ types. An example of this is an electric-type versus Gyarados as it is dual water and flying-type – two types which are weak against electric.

Taking the time to learn which Pokemon are strong and weak against other types can often give you the edge needed to swing even the toughest fights in your favor. On top of this, familiarizing yourself with Pokemon Go’s types will help you in Raid Battles, while also speeding up the process of acquiring those all-important PokeCoins.


So, there you have it! The full Pokemon Go type chart with strengths and weaknesses. Make sure to check out other guides and tips:

Spotlight Hour guide | Current Raid Bosses | Best ‘mon in Go: Attackers and defenders | Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour | Arlo counters guide | Cliff counters guide | Rocket Grunt guide | How to get free Remote Raid Passes | Sierra counters guide | How to catch Ditto | Shop: Items list, prices, box changes | How to get a Sun Stone in Pokemon Go | Pokemon Go Orange Incense: What is different about it?

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