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Pokemon Sword and Shield type chart – strengths and weaknesses

Published: 18/Nov/2019 20:53

by Paul Cot


Type effectiveness — how strong or weak a Pokemon is against a particular type — has been a core part of the games since the franchise was introduced, and Pokemon Sword and Shield is no different.

The winner of a battle can often be determined by whether you use type effectiveness in an effective manner. There are a few elements to be aware of, though.

Firstly, whether your Pokemon’s attack is super effective is based on the opponent’s type and your species’ move type, not its actual type. For example, grass-types are weak against bug-type moves, but if you have a bug-type that is using a psychic-type move it won’t be super effective.

Particular types of Pokemon are often susceptible and effective against various types. Fire-types are a good example of this whereby they are effective against bug, grass, ice, and steel-types but weak against ground, rock, and water.

Type chart table

A table listing each types strengths and weaknesses can be seen below:

Type Strong against Weak against
Bug Grass, Dark, Psychic Fire, Flying, Rock
Dark Ghost, Psychic Bug, Fairy, Fighting
Dragon Dragon Dragon, Fairy, Ice
Electric Flying, Water Ground
Fairy Fighting, Dark, Dragon Poison, Steel
Fighting Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, Steel Fairy, Flying, Psychic
Fire Bug, Grass, Ice, Steel Ground, Rock, Water
Flying Bug, Fighting, Grass Electric, Ice, Rock
Ghost Ghost, Psychic Dark, Ghost
Grass Ground, Rock, Water Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison
Ground Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel Grass, Ice, Water
Ice Dragon, Flying, Grass, Ground Fighting, Fire, Rock, Steel
Normal Fighting
Poison Fairy, Grass Ground, Psychic
Psychic Fighting, Poison Bug, Dark, Ghost
Rock Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water
Steel Fairy, Ice, Rock Fighting, Fire, Ground
Water Fire, Ground, Rock Electric, Grass

Type effectiveness

There is actually more to type effectiveness than just looking at the above table, however. Super effective moves will deal double the damage whereas ‘weak’ moves will deal half. There are also a few moves that will deal no damage at all, such as normal-type attacks against ghost-types.

That’s not all, though, as dual-types also play an important role. This complicates things a little more but once you get your head around it, it will make more sense.

Dual-type Pokemon, as the name suggests, have two types. If the move you are using is effective against both the opposing Pokemon’s typing then there will be 4x the damage. Conversely, if the move is weak against both then it will be just 1/4 of the damage.

BulbapediaPokemon effectiveness chart: Damage output based on attacking and defending types…

The best example of a super effective attack is water against rock and ground. Geodude is a dual rock and ground-type meaning any water attacks against it will be 4x as effective.

The opposite of this would occur when a fairy-type move is used against Heatran for example, a dual steel and fire-type, resulting in just 1/4 of the damage.

This can appear a lot to learn but once you know all of them you can really use it to your advantage in battles. It also looks Pokemon Sword and Shield will focus on competitive battling between players so learning them could be imperative.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.