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Pokemon Sword and Shield type chart: Strengths and weaknesses

Published: 8/Aug/2021 13:00 Updated: 6/Oct/2021 15:56

by Paul Cot


Pokemon‘s type effectiveness (weaknesses and strengths) feature impacts just how strong or weak a ‘mon is against another. It’s been a core part of the games since the franchise was introduced back in the 1990s, and Pokemon Sword and Shield’s type chart is no different.

In-game, the winner of a battle can often be determined by whether you correctly use type effectiveness in the best manner. Despite this, there are a few elements to still be aware of.


Whether your Pokemon’s attack is super effective or not is based on the opponent’s and your own species’ move type. For example, grass-types are weak against bug-type moves, but if you have a bug-type that is using the best psychic-type move, it will still be weak.


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Pokemon Sword & Shield type chart

A table listing each type’s particular strengths and weaknesses can be seen below:

Type Strengths Weaknesses
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 / Steel / Ice 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

How many Pokemon types are there?

Throughout all of the Pokemon series, as you can see above, there are a total of 18 types of Pokemon. As also shown above, different ‘mon have strengths and weaknesses 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.


Pokemon type weaknesses and strengths chart explained

Despite the table above, there is actually much more to type effectiveness than meets the eye. For example:

  • 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.
  • Dual-types also play an important role. 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, it will deal 4x the damage. Conversely, if the move is weak against both, then it will be just 1/4 of the overall damage.

The best example of a super-effective type attack is using a water attack against a rock and/or ground type. In this instance, Geodude (a dual rock/ground) would be 4x more susceptible against any water Pokemon attacks directed at it.

Pokemon Sword shield type weakness chartThis chart displays all of the damage output based on attacking and defending types.

The opposite of this would occur when a Fairy-type move is used a ‘mon like Heatran, which is a dual steel/fire-type. This would result in just 1/4 of the damage.

Learning all of these strengths and weaknesses will undoubtedly take time, but utilizing our guide here when in doubt will help you on your way to becoming Galar’s number one trainer in the region!


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