- If you were looking for the property of a Pokémon called type in The Official Pokémon Handbook, see Pokémon category.
Types (Japanese: タイプ Type) are properties for Pokémon and their moves. As of Generation VI, there are 18 types, as listed to the right. Most of these were introduced during Generation I, but the Dark and Steel types were introduced in Generation II and the Fairy type was introduced in Generation VI. A unique ??? type also existed from Generations II through IV. During Generation I, types were occasionally referred to as elements. The types are based on the concept of classical elements in popular culture.
A Pokémon may have either one or two types: For instance, Charmander is a Fire type, while Bulbasaur is both a Grass type and a Poison type. With the current 18-type system, there are 324 possible ways to assign types to Pokémon, with 171 unique combinations. As of Generation VII, 146 different type combinations have been used. Similar to Pokémon, Pokéstar Studios opponents also have types.
A move has exactly one type. The type of a damaging move typically defines which types of Pokémon it is super effective against, which types of Pokémon it is not very effective against, and which types of Pokémon it is completely ineffective against. (Uniquely, Flying Press is a Fighting-type move but has the type effectiveness of both a Fighting- and Flying-type move.) If the type of a move matches one of the types of the Pokémon using it, it gains a boost in power.
- "Super effective" redirects here. For the webcomic, see Super Effective (webcomic).
- "It's super effective" redirects here. For the podcast, see It's Super Effective (podcast).
- "Weakness" and "Resistance" redirect here. For the TCG mechanics, see Appendix:Glossary (TCG) → Weakness and Appendix:Glossary (TCG) → Resistance.
Damaging moves typically vary in effectiveness (Japanese: 効果 effectiveness) depending on the move's type and the type(s) of its target.
Type effectiveness greatly influences how much damage moves deal:
- If the type of a move is super effective (Japanese: 効果はバツグン super effective) against a type of its target, the damage done is double the normal amount;
- If the type of a move is not very effective (Japanese: 効果は今一つ not very effective) against a type of its target, the damage done is half the normal amount;
- If the type of a move is not effective (Japanese: 効果がない not effective) against a type of its target, the target is completely immune to it, and the move will deal no damage.
For targets that have two types, overall type effectiveness is the combined effectiveness against each of its types:
- If the type of a move is super effective against both of the opponent's types (such as Dig, a Ground-type move, used against an Aggron, a Steel/Rock Pokémon), then the move does 4 times the damage;
- If the type of a move is not very effective against both of the opponent's types (such as Wake-Up Slap, a Fighting-type move, used against a Sigilyph, a Psychic/Flying Pokémon), then the move only does ¼ of the damage;
- If the type of a move is super effective against one of the opponent's types but not very effective against the other (such as Razor Leaf, a Grass-type move, used against a Gyarados, a Water/Flying Pokémon), then the move deals normal damage;
- If the type of move is completely ineffective against one of the opponent's types, then the move does no damage, even if the opponent has a second type that would be vulnerable to it (as in Thunderbolt, an Electric-type move, used against a Quagsire, a Water/Ground Pokémon).
The moves Flying Press, Freeze-Dry, and Thousand Arrows have custom interactions with defending types that do not strictly match their assigned types. Moves that deal direct damage (including one-hit knockout moves) do not employ effectiveness, although Pokémon may still be immune to them based on type interactions. Certain Abilities, held items, or types of weather (such as Levitate, the Ring Target, or strong winds, respectively) may modify the effectiveness of specific moves against types.
Status moves typically do not employ type effectiveness; however, Ground-type Pokémon are immune to Thunder Wave based on type interactions, and Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to Glare based on type interactions in Generation II and III only. Furthermore, status moves may be unable to affect Pokémon based on type-related interactions other than effectiveness; for example, Poison-type Pokémon cannot be afflicted with poison and are thus unaffected by Poison Gas.
- For type charts from previous generations, see Type/Type chart
A type chart, also known as type matchup chart, shows which modifiers are applied to move types when attacking Pokémon of each type. If the defending Pokémon is dual-typed, the modifier is calculated as the product of the modifiers for both of its types: a Flying-type move would hit for 4× damage on a Bug/Grass Pokémon, while a Ground-type move used against the same would do only a quarter of the normal damage. (A complete ineffectiveness against either type will make the move deal no damage, since 0 multiplied by any number is 0.)
|These matchups are suitable for Generation VI onward.|
In Inverse Battles, a different type chart is used that essentially inverts the normal type chart, turning immunities and resistances into weaknesses, and weaknesses into resistances.
Dual-type damage misinformation glitch
In Generation I only, if a damaging move is used on a Pokémon with two types such that one of its types is weak to the move and the other type resists the move, it will correctly receive neutral damage, but the incorrect message will be displayed on-screen. This does not occur in Pokémon Stadium.
Type-affected game mechanics
Prior to Generation IV, the category of damaging moves only depends on the move's type (except for Shadow moves); for example, all Normal-type damaging moves are physical moves and all Water-type damaging moves are special moves. From Generation IV onward, each individual move has a damage category that is independent of its type.
When the type of a move matches one of the types of the Pokémon using it, the attack power will be increased by 50%. This is referred to as same-type attack bonus, or STAB for short. As an example, an Aron that knows the Steel-type move Metal Claw will have the move's power increased by 50% because one of Aron's types is Steel; the power of Cut would not be increased as Normal is not one of Aron's types.
Some types of field effects, Abilities, and held items affect moves of a certain type. Sunny Day, for example, causes Fire-type moves to increase in power, while Levitate causes Ground-type moves to not work on the Pokémon with this Ability. Likewise, each type has a specific held item that can be given to a Pokémon that will power up one of the specific types by 20% (or 10%, prior to Generation IV), such as the Metal Coat for Steel-type moves.
Some moves can change the type of a Pokémon. For example, Camouflage changes the user's type to a type corresponding to the battlefield terrain. Abilities can also change the type of a Pokémon. These abilities include Color Change, Multitype, Protean, and RKS System.
Additionally, the type of some moves may depend on the circumstances they are used in; for example, Weather Ball may be Fire-, Water-, Ice-, Rock-, or Normal-type depending on the weather it is used in. Additionally, there are Abilities that can modify move types as well as exactly three moves: (Electrify, Ion Deluge, and Plasma Fists).
- Main article: ??? (type)
The ??? type is the only type to have been removed from the core series games. The ??? type only existed from Generation II to Generation IV and was primarily used in the core series as the type of the move Curse. It was removed in Generation V, and Curse became a Ghost-type move. Any damaging moves given the ??? type deal regular damage against all types, and any Pokémon given the ??? type takes regular damage from all moves.
While not generally regarded as an actual type, in Pokémon XD, Shadow moves have their type listed as "------". Shadow Pokémon can be considered to be of this type, but they still retain their regular typing as well. In Pokémon XD, all Shadow moves are not very effective against Shadow Pokémon and super effective against non-Shadow Pokémon.
There are situations where Pokémon or moves behave as if they were typeless, unable to receive STAB and boosts from type-enhancing items or Abilities. Typeless Pokémon take regular damage from all moves, and typeless moves deal regular damage against all Pokémon.
Struggle acts typelessly from Generation II onward. A pure Fire-type Pokémon that uses Burn Up becomes typeless. The move Revelation Dance acts typelessly if used by a typeless user (in which case it does not receive STAB).
A typeless Pokémon has no types displayed on its battle summary.
- Main article: List of glitch types
There are several types which only appear through the use of glitches, such as on the types of glitch Pokémon. Most famously this includes the Bird type, which was intentionally programmed into the code of the Generation I and II games but was not given to any real Pokémon. Other glitch types are the result of the game reading other data as if it were types. Like the ??? type, all glitch types have no special effectiveness (they both inflict normal damage against all types and take normal damage from all types).
In Pokémon GO, icons were introduced to represent each of the types. Very similar icons were later adopted into the core series, starting with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! and then Pokémon Sword and Shield.
In other games
In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
- Main article: Damage modification (Mystery Dungeon)
In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, the type effectiveness chart differs from contemporaneous core series games. Type effectiveness also differs among the series, as does whether effectiveness multipliers stack against dual-typed Pokémon. For example, in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, moves that are ineffective in the core series deal ½× damage instead, not very effective moves deal 0.7× damage instead, and multipliers stack against dual-typed Pokémon. In Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, moves that are ineffective in the core series deal ¼× damage, and multipliers typically do not stack. In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, moves that are ineffective in the core series are ineffective as well (0× damage).
In the Pokémon Ranger series
In the Pokémon Rumble series
In the Pokémon Rumble series, the type effectiveness chart differs from the equivalent type chart in contemporaneous core series games. Moves that are ineffective in the core series deal 0.6× damage instead, moves that would be not very effective against one or both of the target's types deal ~0.8× or ~0.7× damage, respectively, and moves that would be super effective against one or both of the target's types deal ~1.2× and ~1.4× damage, respectively.
In Pokémon Battrio
- Main article: Type (Battrio)
Pokémon Battrio's type effectiveness chart is also unique, with different possible strengths for weaknesses or resistances. For example, while Grass-type Pokémon are weak to both Ice- and Fire-type moves, they are weaker to Fire-type moves than to Ice-type moves.
In Pokémon Shuffle
- Main article: Pokémon Shuffle → Type
Pokémon in Pokémon Shuffle each only have one type. Pokémon Shuffle's type effectiveness chart is also slightly different than the contemporaneous Generation VI chart, with 0× effectivenesses turned into ½× effectiveness.
In Pokémon GO
In Pokémon GO, type effectiveness multipliers differ from the core series games, but using the same type effectiveness chart. Most significantly, an attacking type that would be ineffective against a defending type in the core series is instead doubly resisted.
The multipliers in Pokémon GO are based on 1.6 (1.4 prior to December 12, 2018 and 1.25 prior to June 21, 2017). If a move is super effective, its damage is multiplied by 1.6; if it is resisted, its damage is divided by 1.6 (multiplied by 0.625); if it is doubly resisted (i.e. corresponds to an immunity in the core series), its damage is divided by 1.6² (multiplied by 0.390625). If multiple of the Pokémon's types are weak to or resist the move's type, the product of the multipliers is used.
The possible effective multipliers are as follows.
|Type effectiveness||Effective multiplier|
|Doubly super effective||1.62||×2.56|
In the TCG
- Main article: Type (TCG)
There are eleven types in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, significantly fewer than the in other Pokémon media. Because of the smaller number of types, Pokémon often have different types in the TCG to other Pokémon media. Due to the fact that Pokémon in the TCG can usually only have one type, dual-type Pokémon often have different cards which correspond to the Pokémon's two different types, since type is a property of the individual card and not the species. In the TCG, moves do not have their own type. Instead, for Weakness and Resistance, the type of the Pokémon card is used instead.
In other languages
- Same-type attack bonus
- Type expert
- List of Pokémon with unique type combinations
- List of type combinations by abundance
- Category:Moves that change a Pokémon's type
|This game mechanic article is part of Project Games, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon games.|