The Ultimate Guide to All Pokemon Types

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Article summary:

  1. Pokemon types are elemental attributes that apply to any Pokemon game, dictating the weaknesses, strengths, and resistances of a Pokemon against another Pokemon’s move.
  2. There are 18 official Pokemon types, with each having its corresponding strengths, weaknesses, and resistances.
  3. The Ice type is considered the rarest type of Pokemon, while the Water-type Pokemon are the most abundant.
  4. The most popular Pokemon is Charizard, followed by Pikachu, which is the most well-known Pokemon species.
  5. Pikachu’s initial design was based on a sweet Japanese dessert and squirrels that store food in their cheeks. The first draft of Pikachu included Raichu and a third evolution, which was eventually scrapped.

All Pokemon Types Names

  • all pokemon types 1 Golurk (#623) Ground|Ghost
  • all pokemon types 2 Houndoom (#229) Dark|Fire
  • all pokemon types 3 Crabominable (#740) Fighting|Ice
  • all pokemon types 4 Skitty (#300) Normal|
  • all pokemon types 5 Jangmo-o (#782) Dragon|
  • all pokemon types 6 Purrloin (#509) Dark|
  • all pokemon types 7 Toxapex (#748) Poison|Water
  • all pokemon types 8 Tauros (#128) Normal|
all pokemon types

Itching to be the next Pokemon Master? There are tons of things you need to know before you reach that spotlight. Whether you are playing on different game versions competitively, Pokemon gameplay remains consistent. There have been a few tweaks in gameplay such as Mega Evolution, Gigantamax, and Terastalizing, but the base gameplay concept of battle remains the same— that there are Pokemon-type weaknesses and strengths!

Introduction to Pokemon Types

Pokemon types are inherent elemental attributes of both the Pokemon and its moves. Pokemon types apply to any Pokemon game, except for non-battle spinoff games such as Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Café ReMix, and a few others. These elemental attributes dictate the weaknesses, strengths, and resistances of a Pokemon against another Pokemon’s move.

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The 18 Pokemon Types: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Resistance

In the first generation Pokemon game, there are only 15 Pokemon types. Today, there are already a total of 18 official Pokemon types existing. There are other released Pokemon types that are unofficial and were only released into specific titles. For example, the bird type is supposed to be a Pokemon type for Gen 1 and Gen 2 versions. This was later on scrapped by the developers. There is also a “???” Pokemon type particular to the move Curse. It was also removed after Gen V. The special Shadow-type Pokemon exists only in Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokemon Go.

Below is the full table of the 18 Pokemon Types including their corresponding strengths, weaknesses, and resistances. Few notes to consider:

  • Strong Against – means that your Pokemon type is Super Effective against the opposing type.
  • Vulnerable Against – means the opposing Pokemon type is Super Effective against your Pokemon type.
  • Weaker Against – means that your Pokemon type is Not Very Effective against the opposing type, or Does Not Affect the opposing type (immune).
  • Immune Against – means that your Pokemon is immune and is not affected by the opposing type.

Pokemon

Type

DescriptionStrong Against

Vulnerable

Against

Weaker

Against

Immune Against
BugBug-type Pokemon are based on animals often found in jungles, forests, and grassy areas such as spiders, scorpions, and insects. Bug-type Pokemon are very accessible and abundant. They are considered the easiest Pokemon type to raise and evolve.

Grass

Psychic

Dark

Flying

Rock

Fire

Fire

Fighting

Poison

Flying

Ghost

Steel

Fairy

DarkDark-type Pokemon are based on gloomy, dire, or feral traits of animals. Most Pokemon with Dark type use sneaky moves and dirty tactics to take advantage and win battles.

Psychic

Ghost

Fighting

Bug

Fairy

Fighting

Dark

Fairy

Psychic
DragonDragon-type Pokemon are mythical creatures that are said to have existed in ancient times. Dragon Pokemon are often hard to find and catch. They are considered to be the hardest Pokemon type to raise because they evolve at late levels, requiring heavy grinding or exp farming.Dragon

Ice

Dragon

Fairy

Steel

Fairy (immune)

ElectricElectric-type Pokemon excel best at controlling the electricity in battle. Most Electric moves deal massive damage and can induce the Paralyzed status effect. Paired with their high speed and high special attack stat, Electric Pokemon are deadly in battle.

Water

Flying

Ground

Grass

Electric

Dragon

Ground (immune)

 
FairyThe Fairy type is the 18th Pokemon type introduced in Gen IV of Pokemon games. Fairy Pokemon are initially created to nerf the Dragon and Dark type which dominates most of the competitive battle due to their type advantage.  Fairy Pokemon are often adorable and elegant looking. Their abilities are often supernatural and magical.

Fighting

Dragon

Dark

Poison

Steel

Fire

Poison

Steel

Dragon
FightingFighting-type Pokemon are hard-hitting melee fighters. They excel with punching and kicking moves and indulge in rigorous mind and body training. Most Fighting Pokemon have immense attack stat, making them deadly hitters in battle. But watch out! They are limited against Pokemons they cannot reach or touch.

Normal

Ice

Rock

Dark

Steel

Flying

Psychic

Fairy

Poison

Flying

Psychic

Bug

Fairy

Ghost (immune)

FireFire type is one of the three basic Pokemon types in the game. Fire-type Pokemon excel with using fire moves that can inflict Burn status to opposing Pokemon. Unlike other types, Fire Pokemon are also rare and only have a few specie due to their environment.

Grass

Ice

Bug

Steel

Water

Ground

Rock

Fire

Water

Rock

Dragon

FlyingFlying-type Pokemon are conquerors of the skies. They dominate the battle by taking advantage of their flight ability and attacking with wings or beaks. Rayquaza and Gyarados are considered unique because they have the Flying-type as well despite not having wings.

Grass

Fighting

Bug

Electric

Ice

Rock

Electric

Rock

Steel

Ground
GhostGhost Pokemon are notable for their use of ominous moves to haunt their enemies. Compare to other types, Ghost Pokemon often have low HP and can be fainted easily.

Psychic

Ghost

Ghost

Dark

Normal (immune)

Dark

Normal
Fighting
GrassGrass type is one of the three basic Pokemon types in the game. Grass Pokemon excel with status-inflicting moves such as Poison, Paralyze, and Sleep. Grass types are easily identified for their greenish color and leaves. They also have moves that steal HP.

Water

Ground

Rock

Fire

Ice

Poison

Flying

Bug

Fire

Grass

Flying

Bug

Poison

Bug

Dragon

Steel

GroundGround-type Pokemon dominate the battlefield by controlling the land itself. They live in mountainous regions, deserts, or caves, avoiding watery and cold areas. Ground-type Pokemon are immune to Electric-type moves, making them a relevant Electric Pokemon counter.

Fire

Electric

Poison

Rock

Steel

Water

Grass

Ice

Grass

Bug

Flying (immune)

Electric
IceIce-type Pokemon are considered the least in numbers in the entire game and series. There are only about 60 Ice-type Pokemon created. Ice Pokemon excel in inflicting the Frozen status, making the opposing Pokemon susceptible to more Ice moves and unable to perform any actions.

Grass

Ground

Flying

Dragon

Fire

Fighting

Rock

Steel

Fire

Water

Ice

Steel

NormalNormal-type Pokemon is the second most common Pokemon type in the game. There are 115 known Normal Pokemon and they are often the first to be encountered when starting your game. Normal-type moves do not have any advantage against any Pokemon type and their only nemesis is the Fighting type.Fighting

Rock

Steel

Ghost (immune)

Ghost
PoisonPoison-type Pokemon are inspired by poisonous animals like snakes and frogs. In Pokemon games, Poison-type Pokemon are associated with environmental pollution and toxins. They can inflict the Poisoned status which deals damage every turn.

Grass

Fairy

Ground

Psychic

Poison

Ground

Rock

Ghost

Steel (immune)

PsychicPsychic-type Pokemon are masters of the mind. They utilize telekinesis and mind powers to inflict damage against opposing Pokemon. Among all other types, Psychic Pokemon tend to have higher Sp.Atk stat but low Atk stat.

Fighting

Poison

Bug

Ghost

Dark

Psychic

Steel

Dark (immune)

RockRock types are known for their high Def stat, making them tanky against physical moves. Rock types are iconic for their rocky looks. They are often found in caves, mountains, and deserts together with Ground Pokemon. Rock types have the most weakness in the entire game. 

Fire

Ice

Flying

Bug

Water

Grass

Fighting

Ground

Steel

Fighting

Ground

Steel

SteelSteel-type Pokemon have high Def stats similar to Rock types. But unlike Rock types, Steel Pokemon are more versatile as they have a wider variety of Steel-type moves and higher Atk stat. Steel types, however, have very low Spd stat due to their heavy bodies.

Ice

Rock

Fairy

Fire

Fighting

Ground

Fire

Water

Electric

Steel

Poison
WaterWater type is one of the three basic Pokemon types in the game. They are considered the most common Pokemon type in the game with 144 known species. Water-type Pokemon represent most aquatic animals that live in any form of water.

Fire

Ground

Rock

Grass

Electric

Water

Grass

Dragon

The Rarest and the Most Common Pokemon Type

The Ice type is considered the rarest type of Pokemon. Of the current 1008 Pokemons today, there are only 58 Ice-type Pokemon in it. This comprises only 5.75% of all Pokemon and is a very small number compared to other types. This is followed by the Fairy type with only 68 species or 6.7% of all Pokemon, and the Dragon type with only 70 known species, or 6.9% of all Pokemon.

All Pokemon Types - Fun Facts About Pikachu

Water-type Pokemon, on the other hand, are the most abundant. Water Pokemon comprise 15.57% of all Pokemon, having 158 known species of it. This is followed by the Normal type with 132 known Pokemon or 13% of all Pokemon. But disregarding secondary types and other forms, the most common type will be the pure Normal type with 101 known Pokemon followed by the pure Water type with only 57 Pokemon. Normal-type moves are the most abundant, with a total of 167 moves.

Most Popular Pokemon in the Entire Series

“Learn about the 18 official Pokemon types, their strengths, and weaknesses, as well as interesting facts about Pikachu’s design and popularity. ”

You are probably thinking that Pikachu is the most popular Pokemon, but you guessed it wrong. While Pikachu is indeed an iconic character of the Pokemon franchise, the widely accepted most popular Pokemon is Charizard. According to analytics, Charizard is the most searched Pokemon with an average of 240,000 searches per month. This is mainly due to the Pokemon game wherein players try to search for ways how they can make use of their Charizard competitively.

But this doesn’t mean that Pikachu is no longer popular. Pikachu does not seem to be a competitive Pokemon in any of the released games of Game Freak. Let’s talk about Pikachu and why it became an icon of the Pokemon franchise in the first place.

Fun Facts About Pikachu

Pikachu is the most well-known Pokemon species. We’ve known Pikachu since the start of the first Pokemon episode where it was chosen as a starter Pokemon of Ash Ketchum. Since then, Pikachu dominated the spotlight and became the promotional icon of the entire Pokemon franchise. Every time we see a Pokemon, we know that there will be a Pikachu drawing next to it.

But how much do you know about this adorable electric mouse? Let’s find out some of the fun facts about our beloved Pikachu.

Pikachu’s Design and Art Concept

Game Freak first developed Pokemon Red and Blue in Japan, in 1996. After the first release by Nintendo, Pikachu was used as a promotional image for the new game. The woman behind the design of Pikachu is none other than Atsuko Nishida. Atsuko Nishida was initially working on the designs of characters for the game Pulseman before the Pokemon project. In her first drawings, she drew Pokemon as scary characters because the creatures are intended to be “monsters” in the first place—thus the term Pocket + Monster.

She then revised her works because scary characters might give a wrong impression to the audience. She revised her initial designs and changed them with adorable characters. This led to the creation of the initial designs of Pikachu and other Pokemon.

The first draft of Pikachu is based on daifuku, a sweet Japanese dessert. But she scrapped the idea and instead based the design on a squirrel. It was also in the squirrels that she found inspiration for the electric cheeks because squirrels store food on their cheeks. After proposing the drafts, a final touch on Pikachu was made by Satoshi Tajiri, one of the creators of Pokemon, who changed Pikachu into a mouse. The first drafted designs of Pikachu included Raichu and a third evolution which was scrapped after the release.

All Pokemon Types - Pikachu’s Design and Art Concept

What is Pikachu’s Original Name?

The name “Pikachu” was derived from the combination of two Japanese onomatopoeia “pikapika”, referring to sparks or electrical sounds, and the word “chuchu”, the sound of mice. In the anime series, Ash never renamed Pikachu with other names. The same with his other Pokemon, calling them by their specie names instead of nicknames. However, in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Ash renamed his Pikachu Jean Luc Pikachu. This can be read in the third chapter of the manga series.  The name “Jean Luc Pikachu” is a direct reference to Hollywood actor Jean Luc Picard. Although this was meant to be a joke on the part of the Pokemon Company, they want us to forget about this embarrassment… entirely!

Why Pikachu is Popular in Japan?

There are many reasons why Pikachu is well-loved, not only in Japan but in every part of the world. In 1999, Pikachu is regarded as the “most loved character since Hello Kitty”. This statement was made through an article in Time Magazine, and a lot of critics and fans both agreed with this verdict. Because of the new game concept Pokemon introduces, it spread like wildfire across Western countries and Asian neighbors of Japan. Pikachu rapidly become more popular, which eventually lead The Pokemon Company to use it as their main figure and icon in all of their promotions.

The Japanese, on the other hand, greatly regarded Pikachu as a direct equivalent of the famous Mickey Mouse character. With its cute design and colors, Pikachu became the greatest character of all time since its creation.

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