Pokemon Types are the core of battles in Pokemon Go just as in the rest of the series - and to succeed, you'll need to understand Pokemon type strengths, weaknesses and effectiveness.
As hardcore Pokemon fans will already know quite well, each Pokemon has one or two types, and types determine much about how that Pokemon battles. For the Pokemon Trainer, type is important because certain types are strong against others, meaning you can deal or take additional damage, or on the other hand lessen the amount of damage received.
There's 18 different types, and each type is either strong, weak or neutral versus other types. At the most basic level with the starter Pokemon this breaks down to Rock, Paper, Scissors - Charmander (Fire) beats Bulbasaur (Grass) who beats Squirtle (Water) which comes full circle by beating Fire.
That all makes sense and is nice and easy - though things get more complicated when you start introducing more obtuse Pokemon Types types like Fairy or Dragon, or when you consider Pokemon with multiple types. Then you have to consider that moves have types - so a fire-type Pokemon like Charizard can easily come stacked with Dragon and Flying-type moves, meaning its damage output on the type chart is attached to those types rather than its raw type.
This page is our Pokemon Go Type Chart, which lists all of the type strengths and weaknesses in the game so that you can make sense of it all, figuring out the strength, weakness and ideal battle situation for every Pokemon depending on their base type and move types.
Pokemon Go Type Chart: Strengths, Effectiveness, Weaknesses and Resistances explained
In Pokemon Go, Every type of Pokemon has four different relationships with other types any trainer should be aware of. That is:
- Strong Against: represented on our type chart as Strong Vs, attacks from the listed type against the type listed here will deal additional damage to your opponent. This is 'Super Effective'.
- Weak Against: represented here as Weak Vs, attacks from the listed type against these types will do less damage to the enemy. This is 'Not very effective...'
- Resistance: listed as resist, taking attacks from this type will do much less damage to you.
- Vulnerable: your type's weaknesses. Attacks of these types will deal more damage - watch out!
So, for instance, Offensively a Ground-type Pokemon/move is Strong against Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire and Electric types, dealing double damage to them. It only does 50% damage against Flying, Bug and Grass Pokemon. Defensively, that same Ground-type Pokemon will take reduced damage from Poison, Rock and Electric Pokemon but also take double damage from Water, Grass and Ice - which is vulnerable to.
With that explained, let's get into the Pokemon Go type chart in full.
|Type||Strong Vs||Weak Vs||Resist||Vulnerable To|
|Normal||Rock, Steel, Ghost||Ghost||Fighting|
|Fighting||Normal, Rock, Steel, Ice, Dark||Flying, Poison, Bug, Psychic, Ghost (Immune)||Rock, Bug, Dark||Flying, Psychic, Fairy|
|Flying||Fighting, Bug, Grass, Fairy||Rock, Steel, Electric||Ground, Fighting, Bug, Grass||Rock, Electric, Ice|
|Poison||Grass, Fairy||Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost||Fighting, Poison, Bug, Grass, Fairy||Ground, Psychic|
|Ground||Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire, Electric||Bug, Grass||Poison, Rock||Water, Grass, Ice|
|Rock||Flying, Bug, Fire, Ice||Fighting, Ground, Steel||Poison, Rock||Water, Grass, Ice|
|Bug||Grass, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Flying, Poison, Ghost, Steel, Fire, Fairy||Fighting, Ground, Grass||Flying, Rock, Fire|
|Ghost||Ghost, Psychic||Dark||Normal, Fighting, Poison, Bug||Ghost, Dark|
|Steel||Rock, Ice, Fairy||Steel, Fire, Water, Electric||Normal, Flying, Poison, Rock, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, Fairy||Fighting, Fire, Poison|
|Fire||Bug, Steel, Grass, Ice||Rock, Fire, Water, Dragon||Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice, Fairy||Ground, Rock, Water|
|Water||Ground, Rock, Fire||Water, Grass, Dragon||Steel, Fire, Water, Ice||Grass, Electric|
|Grass||Ground, Rock, Water||Flying, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass||Water, Grass, Electric||Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice|
|Electric||Flying, Water||Ground, Grass, Electric||Flying, Steel, Electric||Ground|
|Psychic||Fighting, Poison||Steel, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Psychic||Bug, Ghost, Dark|
|Ice||Flying, Ground, Grass, Dragon||Steel, Fire, Water, Ice||Ice||Fighting, Rock, Steel, Fire|
|Dragon||Dragon||Steel||Fire, Water, Grass, Electric||Ice, Dragon, Fairy|
|Dark||Ghost, Psychic||Fighting, Dark, Fairy||Ghost, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Bug, Fairy|
|Fairy||Fighting, Dragon, Dark||Poison, Steel, Fire||Fighting, Bug, Dark||Poison, Ghost, Dragon|
If a Pokemon is giving you trouble at a gym or during a raid, consider their type and try to structure your team so that you have the correct Pokemon type and the right moves attached to that Pokemon in order to make battles go your way. Remember that both Pokemon moves and Pokemon themselves have types, too!
It can all get a bit complicated - so, yes, you can have a Fire and Dragon type Pokemon who also has a Flying-type move, and all of that might factor in to how effective that move is when you use it.
In the case of Pokemon that can evolve multiple ways type can also influence which you might want - as our page on Eevee Evolution in Pokemon Go explains. Basically, this Pokemon Go Type Chart should be used in conjunction with the Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go to build a formidable team for battling in gyms and raids.