Defensively, the Water type is very strong when combined with high defensive stats. As every Water-type, with the exception of Magikarp, can use Template:Type2 moves to counter Template:Type2s (although Magikarp can learn one Template:Type2 move, Bounce, which can also counter Grass-types), Electric is the only true threat to Water-types. That is not the case if the Pokémon in question are part Ground like Quagsire, Swampert, Whiscash, Gastrodon, and Seismitoad in which their Electric weakness is nullified but their Grass weakness is more effective, or if they are part Electric, like Chinchou and its evolutionary line. Water-types often have the most balanced attributes, usually coming with decent Attack, Special Attack, and Defense stats, but below average Speed.
The Water type is also useful offensively. Water-type Pokémon can learn Ice Beam to deal with Dragon- and Template:Type2s, which would make their resistance to Water-type attacks irrelevant. It can be extremely useful to be super-effective against Ground- and Template:Type2s when traveling through caves, etc. As a result of these advantages, as well as having to get through water routes using Surf, Waterfall, and even Whirlpool or Dive, most Trainers usually have at least one Water-type in their party. Also, double weaknesses to Water are fairly common (largely due to the common Rock/Ground typing) while thereareonlyfivePokémon that have a double resistance to Water (all of which are Water-types themselves).
When used in contests, Water-type moves typically become Beauty moves, but can also be any of the other four Contest types, excluding Cool.
As of Generation V, there are 110 Water-type Pokémon or 16.95% of all Pokémon, making it the most common of the seventeen elemental types.
Water is the most abundant type, with 109 Pokémon species (111 counting Castform and Rotom), comprising nearly 17% of the entire known National Pokédex. This may be a reference to how water is the most abundant substance on Earth, and how the majority of all species of life live in water.
Every generation has introduced Water-type Pokémon whose names begin with the letters P and S.
At least one dual-typed Water/Flying Pokémon has been introduced in each generation.
Every generation has introduced exactly one non-damaging Water-type move.