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Pokémon Go guide: Type strength and weakness chart

Make sure you’re doing max damage

A hand holds up an iPhone with Rayquaza’s Pokémon Go stat screen Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

Just like other Pokémon games, Pokémon Go features many different types of Pokémon, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. In this Pokémon Go guide, we’ll explain how Pokémon types work, what type strengths and weaknesses are, and provides a table to help you learn what is strong against what.

Pokémon Go types, strengths, and weakness

Pokémon also has its own set of weaknesses and strengths. For example, bug-type Pokémon are weak against fire-, flying-, and rock-type moves. Bug-type moves are strong against dark-, grass-, and psychic-type moves. Fire-, flying-, and rock-type moves will do double damage against a bug-type, like Caterpie.

Some Pokémon have two types, which means they can have a doubled weakness or have their strength and weaknesses cancel out to just take normal damage. Rayquaza, a dragon- and flying-type, takes four times the damage from ice-type moves. On the flip side, Shuckle, a rock- and bug-type, takes normal damage from fire-type moves, since rock-type is strong against fire-type.

Strengths and weaknesses also aren’t necessarily just opposites of each other. Though fire-type move deal less damage to water-type Pokémon and water-type moves do doubled damage against fire-type Pokémon, this isn’t the case with every type. For example, fighting-type moves are strong against normal-types, but normal-types just do regular damage against fighting-types, rather than do reduced damage.

Knowing what Pokémon’s strengths and weaknesses are is an important aspect of raiding and battling. To do the most damage you can, you should make sure that your Pokémon’s moves are strong against what it’s battling.

Memorizing all of that can get confusing, so here’s a chart to help you out.

Pokémon Go Type strengths and weaknesses

Type Strong Against Weakness
Type Strong Against Weakness
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