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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 Go’s Level 40 cap will be removed beginning 2021

Published: 18/Nov/2020 23:29

by Paul Cot


Trainers have long been awaiting the lifting of the Level 40 cap in Pokemon Go and now it has finally been confirmed. As soon as 2021 strikes, trainers will be able to get to Level 41 all the way through to Level 50.

Since Pokemon Go released in July 2016, the maximum level players could attain was Level 40. While this is a difficult task, reserved for the most dedicated of trainers, many have reached this impressive milestone.

Some have been stuck on Level 40 for years now. Those trainers, or anyone who can achieve Level 40 before 2020 is over, will be able to go even higher.

It won’t be easy though, as these levels will be reserved for trainers completing the most arduous of tasks. It will no longer be based on XP only.

Level 50 Pokemon Go
Pokemon Company
Level 50 is coming to Pokemon Go soon…

Level up details revealed

Niantic haven’t revealed the full details of the level up requirements beyond Level 40 but they have given us some clues.

The Pokemon Go blog shared the following:

  • Level 41: Submit your catching skills to a test of endurance! You’ll be expected to catch a high number of Pokémon in a single day, along with other tasks, in order to reach level 41.
  • Level 42: From evolving Eevee into each of its available Evolutions, to using certain Evolution items on specific Pokémon, reaching level 42 will test your knowledge of Pokémon Evolutions.
  • Level 43: Show us your mastery of Gym battles and Raid Battles! You’ll also need to have earned a certain number of Platinum medals before you can advance to level 43. You might find yourself with a surprise avatar item at the end, too!
  • Level 44: Battling other Trainers has been a fundamental aspect of the Pokémon RPGs since the beginning, but it’s still relatively new to Pokémon GO. Have you been developing your skills in battle? You’ll have to if you want to reach level 44!
  • Level 45: You’ve battled in Gyms, raids, and the GO Battle League, but to reach level 45 you’ll need to focus your efforts on taking down those pesky Team GO Rocket villains! You might find yourself with a surprise avatar item at the end, too!
  • Level 46: Get ready to explore, intrepid Trainers! To reach level 46, you’ll need to complete a number of Field Research tasks, hatch a certain number of Eggs, and document your daily adventures using GO Snapshot!
  • Level 47: You may think you’ve mastered the art of battling in raids, but the requirements to reach level 47 will really test your mettle! For example, one challenge will require you to win raids with teams that meet certain qualifications—and that’s just the beginning!
  • Level 48: The requirements to reach level 48 are focused on one of the most important things in all of Pokémon GO: your friendship with your Buddy Pokémon! From kilometers walked to the number of Souvenirs you’ve collected, reaching level 48 will require you and your buddy to be laser-focused on developing your friendship with one another. You might find yourself with a surprise avatar item at the end, too!
  • Level 49: If there’s one thing that matches the importance of your friendship with your Buddy Pokémon, it’s your friendships with other Trainers. The people we meet on our Pokémon journeys bring so much to our lives, and cultivating those friendships is key to becoming an amazing Pokémon Trainer. Reach level 49 by sending Gifts, acquiring Lucky Pokémon through trades, and more.
  • Level 50: This is it! The home stretch! To reach the highest available level in Pokémon GO, you must master all aspects of the game. Some examples include making Excellent Throws, catching Legendary Pokémon, and defeating Team GO Rocket Leaders with Pokémon under 1,500 CP, so you can tell this will be the ultimate test of whether you’re ready to stand among the most accomplished Trainers in Pokémon GO. And, of course, you might also find yourself with a surprise avatar item at the end!

To reach Level 50 you’ll truly have to master all aspects of Pokemon Go. That’s battling, collecting Pokemon, completing Field Research tasks and more.

If we thought achieving Level 40 was hard, it looks like getting to Level 50 will be the ultimate challenge. Time to find out who’s a Pokemon master.