Ground (type)

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Normal Fire
Fighting Water
Flying Grass
Poison Electric
Ground Psychic
Rock Ice
Bug Dragon
Ghost Dark
Steel Fairy
Ground redirects here. For the Egg Group formerly known as the Ground Egg Group, see Field (Egg Group).

The Ground type (Japanese: じめんタイプ Ground type) is one of the eighteen types. Notable Trainers who specialize in Ground-type Pokémon are Giovanni of Viridian City, Bertha of the Sinnoh Elite Four, and Clay of Driftveil City. Prior to changes in Generation IV, all damaging Ground-type moves were physical, but they may now also be special depending on the attack.

Statistical averages


HP: 75.58
Attack: 92.67
Defense: 87.70
Sp.Atk: 61.21
Sp.Def: 64.84
Speed: 59.07
Total: 441.07

Fully evolved

HP: 89.59
Attack: 109.68
Defense: 103.38
Sp.Atk: 77.08
Sp.Def: 80.03
Speed: 67.00
Total: 526.76

Battle properties

Generation I

Offensive Ground Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Poison
½× Bug
Flying Electric

Generation II onwards

Ground-type Pokémon are immune to damage from the sandstorm weather condition.

Offensive Ground Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Poison
½× Bug
Flying Electric



Defensively, Ground-type Pokémon are somewhat risky. Despite having above average HP and Defense, their below average Special Defense and Speed worsens their weakness to common Water, Grass, and Ice types (all of which have generally special movesets). Ground only resists Poison (a type rarely used offensively) and Rock, but it is immune to Electric-type moves, including the crippling Thunder Wave.


Offensively, Ground is one of the most powerful types. It is the only type super effective against Electric, and is super effective against five types in total, a coverage matched only by Fighting, which is also super effective against the Rock and Steel types. The other types are Fire, Rock, Poison, and Steel. Even though Grass- and Bug-type Pokémon resist Ground attacks, many of them lose this resistance due to secondary typings with a weakness to Ground (such as the common Grass/Poison and Bug/Poison types).

Ground-type physical moves are commonly known and have many potent options, most notably Earthquake, which has high attack power and widespread compatibility due to its TM status in every generation. Ground-type special moves pale in comparison, considering the relatively low Special Attack stats of the majority of Ground-type Pokémon. The special Ground-type move with the best mix of utility and power is unquestionably Earth Power, but it is generally considered inferior to Earthquake. While Earth Power has been a tutor move in every generation since its debut, the facts that move tutors tend to be costly and don't appear in all games hurts their utility; even ignoring those issues, Earth Power is still not as widespread as Earthquake. Earth Power's Base Power is also 10 points lower than Earthquake's (though Earth Power does have a 10% chance to lower Special Defense).

Ground's greatest disadvantage is its ineffectiveness against common Flying-type Pokémon and those with Levitate (unless they are grounded). However, most Ground-type Pokémon can learn Rock-type (mainly those available via TM such as Rock Slide) moves to take down Flying-types, Bug-types (which resists Ground), and also Ice-types (which Ground is weak against).

Contest properties

In Contests, Ground-type moves are typically Tough moves.


As of Generation VI, there are 61 Ground-type Pokémon or 8.5% of all Pokémon (counting those that are Ground-type in at least one of their forms, including Mega Evolutions), making it the 7th most common type.

Pure Ground-type Pokémon

# Name
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
028 Sandslash Sandslash
050 Diglett Diglett
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
104 Cubone Cubone
105 Marowak Marowak
231 Phanpy Phanpy
232 Donphan Donphan
328 Trapinch Trapinch
383 Groudon Groudon
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas
450 Hippowdon Hippowdon
529 Drilbur Drilbur
??? Mudbray Mudbray
 ??? Mudsdale Mudsdale

Half Ground-type Pokémon

Primary Ground-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying
329 Vibrava Vibrava Ground Dragon
330 Flygon Flygon Ground Dragon
343 Baltoy Baltoy Ground Psychic
344 Claydol Claydol Ground Psychic
383 Groudon Primal Groudon Ground Fire
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying
530 Excadrill Excadrill Ground Steel
551 Sandile Sandile Ground Dark
552 Krokorok Krokorok Ground Dark
553 Krookodile Krookodile Ground Dark
618 Stunfisk Stunfisk Ground Electric
622 Golett Golett Ground Ghost
623 Golurk Golurk Ground Ghost
645 Landorus Landorus Ground Flying
Landorus Ground Flying

Secondary Ground-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
074 Geodude Geodude Rock Ground
075 Graveler Graveler Rock Ground
076 Golem Golem Rock Ground
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground
194 Wooper Wooper Water Ground
195 Quagsire Quagsire Water Ground
208 Steelix Steelix Steel Ground
Steelix Mega Steelix Steel Ground
220 Swinub Swinub Ice Ground
221 Piloswine Piloswine Ice Ground
246 Larvitar Larvitar Rock Ground
247 Pupitar Pupitar Rock Ground
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp Water Ground
260 Swampert Swampert Water Ground
Swampert Mega Swampert Water Ground
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground
322 Numel Numel Fire Ground
323 Camerupt Camerupt Fire Ground
Camerupt Mega Camerupt Fire Ground
339 Barboach Barboach Water Ground
340 Whiscash Whiscash Water Ground
389 Torterra Torterra Grass Ground
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
Bug Ground
423 Gastrodon Gastrodon Water Ground
Gastrodon Water Ground
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground
444 Gabite Gabite Dragon Ground
445 Garchomp Garchomp Dragon Ground
Garchomp Mega Garchomp Dragon Ground
473 Mamoswine Mamoswine Ice Ground
536 Palpitoad Palpitoad Water Ground
537 Seismitoad Seismitoad Water Ground
660 Diggersby Diggersby Normal Ground
718 Zygarde Zygarde Dragon Ground
??? Sandygast Sandygast Ghost Ground
??? Palossand Palossand Ghost Ground


Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
I Bone Club Physical Tough 65 85% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user clubs the target with a bone. It may also make the target flinch.
II Bone Rush Physical Tough 25 90% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user strikes the target with a hard bone two to five times in a row.
I Bonemerang Physical Tough 50 90% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user throws the bone it holds. The bone loops to hit the target twice, coming and going.
V Bulldoze Physical Tough 60 100% 20 (max 32)
All adjacent Pokémon
The user stomps down on the ground and attacks everything in the area. Hit Pokémon's Speed stat is reduced.
I Dig Physical Clever 80 100% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user burrows, then attacks on the second turn. It can also be used to exit dungeons.
V Drill Run Physical Tough 80 95% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user crashes into its target while rotating its body like a drill. Critical hits land more easily.
IV Earth Power Special Clever 90 100% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user makes the ground under the target erupt with power. It may also lower the target's Sp. Def.
I Earthquake Physical Tough 100 100% 10 (max 16)
All adjacent Pokémon
The user sets off an earthquake that strikes every Pokémon around it.
I Fissure Physical Tough 30% 5 (max 8)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user opens up a fissure in the ground and drops the target in. The target instantly faints if it hits.
VI Land's Wrath Physical Beautiful 90 100% 10 (max 16)
All adjacent foes
The user gathers the energy of the land and focuses that power on opposing Pokémon to damage them.
II Magnitude Physical Tough Varies 100% 30 (max 48)
All adjacent Pokémon
The user looses a ground-shaking quake affecting everyone around the user. Its power varies.
IV Mud Bomb Special Clever 65 85% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user launches a hard-packed mud ball to attack. It may also lower the target's accuracy.
III Mud Shot Special Tough 55 95% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks by hurling a blob of mud at the target. It also reduces the target's Speed.
III Mud Sport Status Cute % 15 (max 24)
All Pokémon
The user covers itself with mud. It weakens Electric-type moves while the user is in the battle.
II Mud-Slap Special Cute 20 100% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user hurls mud in the target's face to inflict damage and lower its accuracy.
VI Precipice Blades Physical Cool 120 85% 10 (max 16)
All adjacent foes
The user attacks opposing Pokémon by manifesting the power of the land in fearsome blades of stone.
VI Rototiller Status Tough % 10 (max 16)
All Pokémon
Tilling the soil, the user makes it easier for plants to grow. This raises the Attack and Sp. Atk stats of Grass-type Pokémon.
III Sand Tomb Physical Clever 35 85% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
I Sand Attack Status Cute 100% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
Sand is hurled in the target's face, reducing its accuracy.
II Spikes Status Clever % 20 (max 32)
All foes
The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team's feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.
VI Thousand Arrows Physical Beautiful 90 100% 10 (max 16)
All adjacent foes
This move also hits opposing Pokémon that are in the air. Those Pokémon are knocked down to the ground.
VI Thousand Waves Physical Tough 90 100% 10 (max 16)
All adjacent foes
The user attacks with a wave that crawls along the ground. Those hit can't flee from battle.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.


Interacting with the Ground type

A Pokémon with Color Change, Protean, Imposter, or Multitype will become a Ground-type Pokémon if (respectively) it is hit with a Ground-type move, uses a Ground-type move, is sent out against a Ground-type opponent, or is holding an Earth Plate.

Gen Ability Description
III Levitate Gives full immunity to all Ground-type moves.
V Sand Force Strengthens Rock, Ground, and Steel moves to 1.3× their power during a sandstorm.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.

Exclusive Abilities

Only Ground-type Pokémon can have these Abilities. This does not include signature Abilities.

Gen Ability Description
III Arena Trap Prevents opposing Pokémon from fleeing.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.


  • Generation I introduced the most Ground-type Pokémon of any Generation, with 14, and Generation VI introduced the fewest, with two.
  • Generation I introduced the most Ground-type moves of any Generation, with six, and Generations IV and V introduced the fewest, with two each.
  • Generation VI is the only Generation to not introduce a pure Ground-type Pokémon.
  • In the anime, Ground-type Pokémon's immunity to Electric-type attacks is treated inconsistently, sometimes upheld and sometimes ignored. The anime (in particular Showdown at Pewter City) also implies that Ground's immunity to Electric has a limit depending on the voltage, as Brock's Onix, when first fighting Pikachu, was completely unaffected by Pikachu's electricity, but in the rematch, Pikachu's electric attacks, having been boosted at an abandoned hydroelectric plant, were giving Onix a noticeable degree of pain, although it still was not enough to completely incapacitate it, as well as environmental factors (such as water being sprayed on it).
  • Each type that resists Flying is weak to Ground, and vice versa.
  • More Pokémon are immune to Ground-type moves than any other type, as both Flying Pokémon and levitating Pokémon are immune to Ground.
  • Ground is the only type in the Generation II games and their remakes that a notable Trainer does not specialize in.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese じめん (地面) Jimen
Chinese Cantonese 地面 Deihmín *
地上 Deihseuhng *
Mandarin 地面 Dìmiàn *
地上 Dìshàng *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Zemní
Denmark Flag.png Danish Jord
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Grond
Finland Flag.png Finnish Maa
France Flag.png French Sol
Germany Flag.png German Boden
Greece Flag.png Greek Εδάφους Edáfous
Israel Flag.png Hebrew אדמה Adama
India Flag.png Hindi ज़मीनी Zameeni
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Föld
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Tanah
Italy Flag.png Italian Terra
South Korea Flag.png Korean Ttang
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Grund
Poland Flag.png Polish Ziemny
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Solo
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Terra
Romania Flag.png Romanian Pământ
Russia Flag.png Russian Земля Zemlya
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tierra
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Mark
Thailand Flag.png Thai ดิน Din
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đất