Just like other Pokémon games, Pokémon Violet and Scarlet uses a type system, giving each Pokémon one or two elemental types, with their own strengths and weaknesses. Our Pokémon Violet and Scarlet type guide will table out the type advantages so you don’t have to memorize how things flow.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet type chart — strengths and weaknesses, explained
Each Pokémon has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Attacks that are “super effective” (i.e. strong) against a certain type will deal double damage, while attacks that are “not very effective” (i.e. weak) against a type will deal half the damage.
Memorizing type advantages can be simple. Water-type moves are strong against the fire-type Charmander, for example. Rock- and ground-type moves are also strong against Charmander. This is fairly easy to remember, as you can use water, rocks, or dirt to put out a fire. However, some of the types get more confusing. Steel- and poison-type moves are strong against fairy-type Pokémon, as knights in armor and poisoned fruit are powerful in fairy tales. Sheesh.
Things get even more complex when a Pokémon has two types. Charizard, which is both fire- and flying-type, has different weaknesses than Charmander. Not only is it weak to water- and rock-type moves, but it’s also weak to electric-type moves. However, its fire-typing prevents it from taking extra damage from ice-type moves (as flying-types usually do). It’s flying-typing also gives it complete immunity against ground-type moves. Nice.
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 reduced damage.
Notably, in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you can change a Pokémon’s type in battle by Terastilizing. All Pokémon can Terastilize into one type, changing its typing completely. For example, if a Charizard (typically fire/flying) Terastilizes into a fire-type, it will lose its flying-typing, making it also lose its vulnerability to electric-type moves. You can even have Pokémon that Terastilize into completely different types — a Charizard, for instance, that Terastilizes into a dragon- or water-type. It’s a radical change to the Pokémon type chart for Scarlet and Violet.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when battling Pokémon in Tera Raids. You should remember to bring a Pokémon who’s strong against the opponent’s tera type, but isn’t weak against its usual typing. Raid Pokémon still retain their original movesets, so you’ll need to look out for moves that counter your Pokémon’s type. For example, if you face off against a dragon Tera Type Charizard, don’t bring any ice-type Pokémon. Yes, ice-type moves are super effective against the dragon Tera Type, but the Charizard will still know plenty of fire-type moves, which will melt down your ice-type Pokémon in an instant.
Knowing what a Pokémon’s strengths and weaknesses are is an important aspect of 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 it can get confusing. Here’s a chart to help you out.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet type strength and weakness chart
|Bug||Grass, Dark, Psychic||Fire, Flying, Rock|
|Dark||Ghost, Psychic||Bug, Fairy, Fighting|
|Dragon||Dragon||Dragon, Fairy, Ice|
|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|
|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|