Every Pokémon Type, Ranked From Lamest To Strongest

When Pokémon first premiered in 1996, the type-matchup chart looked a lot different. Generation II introduced the Dark and immensely useful Steel-type and nothing was ever the same. Fifteen years passed before a new addition came, with Fairy arriving to balance out the seemingly overpowered Dragon-type.

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Nowadays, eighteen types dominate the Pokémon world. Some definitely rank higher, especially those with the coolest Pokémon on their ranks or the most resistances and immunities. Others are stuck at the bottom of the barrel, whether because of their frailty or lack of memorable mons. All of them create the perfect balance, though, providing color and variety to the 898 Pokémon species that currently exist, but which of these is really the strongest Pokémon type?

18 Bug

Top 15 Bug-Type Pokemon

The Bug-type gets a bad reputation and it kind of deserves it. Except for some really noteworthy members that considerably elevate the type’s stat average, most of its Pokémon are quite weak. Indeed, Bug has the lowest average stat total of fully evolved Pokémon, with a meager 471.

It’s also the only type that hasn’t been assigned to a Legendary Pokémon so far. Weak to three types and resisted by a whopping seven, Bug certainly isn’t the strongest Pokémon type in the game.

17 Ice

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Ice moves are super effective against four different types, including the overpowered Dragon. Ice Pokémon, however, are weak against four types and are only capable of resisting themselves. They are resisted by four different types, putting them in quite an unbalanced situation.

Ice-types remain inaccessible for most of the main series games, becoming available past the plot’s mid-point and thus limiting their usage. Ice-types also have some of the strangest and most divisive designs in the series, which further adds to their lack of popularity.

16 Normal

Chansey Pokemon

Normal Pokémon, as their name suggests, aren’t the most interesting, though they can be quite cute. They aren’t super effective against anything, are resisted by Rock and Steel, are weak to Fighting, and share a mutual immunity to Ghost. In short, they are the personification of averageness within the Pokémon World.

There are some truly great Normal-type Pokémon, like Tauros, Miltank, Staraptor, Bewear, or the bestial Slaking. However, most playthrough teams don’t include them, although some Normal-types are quite useful in the competitive scene, mostly as tanks.

15 Grass

Pokemon Sword and Shield Best Grass Types

Grass is in a similar situation to Bug when discussing the strongest Pokémon types. It is also resisted by seven types and it is actually weak to five instead of three. Unlike Bug, however, Grass-types are given more versatility, being paired with nearly every type in existence.

Its place as one of the three Starter types also gives it a considerable boost when it comes to reputation. Almost all teams have at least one Grass-type, though, cementing its importance within the franchise, despite its numerous disadvantages.

14 Rock

Onix from the Pokémon series

Rock-types are among the most intimidating in the games. They are tough, aggressive, and imposing. As a type, however, Rock is not the best. Although it’s super effective against four types and able to resist four more, it’s also weak against a whopping five and resisted by another three.

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Additionally, four-times weaknesses are common among Rock-types because they’re usually paired with Ground. At least they’re super accessible in nearly every region, which makes them rather popular.

13 Flying

Pidgey Pokemon Eat

Flying-types are the definition of balance. They have three weaknesses, three resistances, are super effective against three types, and resisted by another three. They’re also immune to Ground, which is a nice plus. Flying-types generally have above-average Attack and Speed but are also quite frail.

Despite being the fourth most common type in the games, most of them are dual-types and there are currently only four pure Flying-types. Most playthrough teams before Gen VII have at least one Flying-type because of how necessary the HM Fly is in-game contributing to their role in the argument surrounding the best Pokémon types.

12 Fighting

Despite being super effective against five different types, Fighting is also resisted by the same amount. It resists three types and is weak to the same amount. Finally, it is entirely useless against Ghost-types, giving it an extra disadvantage.

Still, Fighting-types are as ferocious as their name would suggest. They are strong Physical attackers who compensate for their average stats with high Attack. So far, every generation has included a Fighting-type Specialist, whether as a Gym Leader or Elite Four member.

11 Poison

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The most common type in the Generation I games, Poison-types have surprisingly balanced stats. They have the privilege of being super effective against the still overpowered Fairy type, making them particularly useful in later games.

Poison moves, however, are resisted by five different types and ineffective against Steel. They can usually be found early on in the games, although the most powerful ones are usually reserved until after the player has at least a couple of badges.

10 Psychic

Damon's Reuniclus using Psychic, Pokemon Black & White

One of two overpowered types in Generation I, Psychic suffered quite a depowering in Generation II. And yet, they remain some of the most powerful and strongest Pokémon types in the games. They are not without their flaws, though.

They are weak to three types, resisted by two, and completely ineffective against one. They are super effective against two and able to resist the same amount. The type is considerably elevated by the many Psychic Mythical and Legendary Pokémon and many League Champions have at least one of these in their teams.

9 Dark

Promo for Darkrai in Pokémon GO

Introduced in Generation II as a way to balance out the extremely overpowered Psychic-type, Dark Pokémon are fierce, angry-looking, and somewhat scary. They’re strong Physical attackers with balanced stats and tie with Fighting as the eighth rarest type in the franchise.

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They’re immune to and super effective against Psychic, making them a valuable addition to any team. They are weak to the common Bug-type, as well as Fairy and Fighting, which does make them slightly less cool. Until Generation VIII, the Dark-type was the only one with no Gym Leader representation, although it did have three Elite Four specialists.

8 Fire

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Another of the Stater types, Fire is consistent and reliable. With a nice balance between Physical and Special attacks, Fire-types represent 8% of all Pokémon and have been paired up with most of the existing types. They are super effective against four different types – including the powerful Steel – and can resist a further six.

Fire is weak to three types, including the common Water and Rock, and is resisted by four. Fire-type specialists are present in every region except Johto, making it a popular and respected type in the Pokémon world.

7 Water

Pokemon Only One Weakness Water Ground Types

The most common type in the games, Water is one of the most useful to have. Super effective against three types and capable of resisting four, including itself, Water only has two weaknesses and is resisted by three types. However, most Water-types can learn a strong Ice move to deal with Grass and Dragon, giving it a significant edge.

All other types have been paired with Water at least once, giving it ample variety and dynamism. With some of the most popular Pokémon in its ranks, Water certainly ranks as one of the best Pokémon types.

6 Ghost

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Ghost-type Pokémon rank as some of the most visually interesting in the games. They also have a lot of lore behind them, making them extra appealing. Ghosts are mostly Special Attackers that have somewhat low HP and Speed.

They are the only type with more than one immunity, being invulnerable to Normal and Fighting-type moves and super effective against Psychic and themselves. All regions except for Kalos have at least one Ghost-type specialist as a Gym Leader or Elite Four Member.

5 Ground

4 Ground-type Pokémon: Nidoqueen, Gliscor, Donphan, and Golurk

Bulky, tough, and rugged, Ground-types are among the coolest. Immune to Electric attacks, Ground-types have three weaknesses and are resisted by two types. However, they are super effective against five types, including the all-powerful Steel and Electric.

Flying-types are immune to Ground, which does represent a slight inconvenience. They are still ideal to provide good coverage, especially when paired with Ice or Fairy. Ground Pokémon are staples in many competitive teams thanks to their high Attack and Defense stats.

4 Fairy

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The newest addition to the type chart, Fairy might not seem like the most threatening type, which makes it even more dangerous. Fairies are not only strong in the Special Attack and Defense departments but they also have some incredibly powerful attacks, most of them Special.

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Super effective against three types including Dragon, to which they are also immune, Fairy is only weak against Steel and Poison. Fairy-types are still rare, but each of the last three generations had at least one Fairy-type specialist.

3 Electric

A collage of electric type Pokemon

Electric-types are the very definition of “cool.” Vibrant and dynamic, these creatures are as energetic as possible. They’re mostly Special Attackers with high Speed but low HP. They are only weak to Ground, which is also immune to them, and are super effective against the two most common types in the games, Water and Flying.

Pure Electric-type Pokémon can also get rid of their Ground weakness by becoming airborne via moves like Magnet Rise, thus making them the only Pokémon with no weaknesses. So far, Electric has been paired with everyone except Fighting, making them one of the best Pokémon types.

2 Dragon

Dragon Type Pokemon featured image

Despite the numerous depowers it received over the years, the Dragon-type is still one of the most, if not the most powerful in the game. It has the highest Base Stat Total of all fully evolved Pokémon, thanks in large part to the many Legendaries that share the type.

Dragons have very high stats, especially HP, and Attack and Defense, both Physical and Special. They are only super effective against themselves, though, and have two more weaknesses, to Ice and Fairy. Still, these creatures are among the most inaccessible in the games, signifying just how special they are.

1 Steel

Pokemon Only One Weakness Bug Steel Types

When speaking of overpowered types, none come to mind faster than Steel. Introduced in Generation II, ironically to balance out the then overpowered Psychic-type, Steel quickly became the ultimate threat. Steel-types have high Physical Attack and Defense.

They make up for their below-average Speed by boasting a ridiculous ten resistances to some of the strongest types including Dragon, Psychic, and Fairy, against which they’re also super effective. Immune to Poison and with only three weaknesses, Steel ranks as the undisputed champion and therefore the strongest Pokémon type.

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