Poison (type)

Types
Normal Fire
Fighting Water
Flying Grass
Poison Electric
Ground Psychic
Rock Ice
Bug Dragon
Ghost Dark
Steel Fairy
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The Poison type (Japanese: どくタイプ Poison type) is one of the eighteen types. Prior to changes in Generation IV, all damaging Poison-type moves were physical, but they may now also be special depending on the attack.

Statistical averages

Overall

Stat
HP: 67.55
Attack: 71.86
Defense: 67.96
Sp.Atk: 71.45
Sp.Def: 70.92
Speed: 66.26
Total: 416


Fully evolved

Stat
HP: 83.05
Attack: 87.54
Defense: 82.87
Sp.Atk: 88.10
Sp.Def: 89.56
Speed: 81.72
Total: 512.84


Battle properties

Generation I

Poison-type Pokémon cannot get poisoned.

Offensive   Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
 
 
½×  
 
 
½×  
 
 
 
 
 
 
None None


Generations II to V

In Generation II, Poison-type Pokémon cannot get poisoned by Poison-type moves, but they can get poisoned by Twineedle. Starting in Generation III, Poison-type Pokémon cannot get poisoned.

A grounded Poison-type Pokémon will remove Toxic Spikes from its side when it switches in.

Offensive   Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
  ½×  
 
 
 
½×  
 
 
 
 
 
  None


Generation VI onward

Poison-type Pokémon cannot be poisoned, except by a Pokémon with Corrosion.

A grounded Poison-type Pokémon will remove Toxic Spikes from its side when it switches in.

Offensive   Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
 
 
½×  
 
 
 
 
½×  
 
 
 
 
 
  None


Characteristics

Defense

Poison-type Pokémon are immune to being poisoned (except by a Pokémon with Corrosion), and a grounded Poison-type Pokémon automatically removes Toxic Spikes on its side when it switches in. Although the majority of non-Poison types are able to learn Toxic, as of Generation VI, when a Poison-type uses the move, it cannot miss, bypassing accuracy checks and semi-invulnerable turns from moves such as Fly and Dig.

Offense

Poison-type moves, including the damaging moves, usually are capable of inflicting poison or bad poison. Poison-type attacks pair well with Ground, which covers Rock, Poison, and Steel-type Pokémon while Poison covers Grass.

Contest properties

In Contests, Poison-type moves typically become Clever or Tough moves. None of them are considered Cute.

Pokémon

As of Generation VIII, there are 71 Poison-type Pokémon or 7.88% of all Pokémon (counting those that are Poison-type in at least one of their forms, including Galarian Forms), making it the 8th most common type after Fire and before Ground.

Pure Poison-type Pokémon

# Name
023   Ekans
024   Arbok
029   Nidoran♀
030   Nidorina
032   Nidoran♂
033   Nidorino
088   Grimer
089   Muk
109   Koffing
110   Weezing
316   Gulpin
317   Swalot
336   Seviper
568   Trubbish
569   Garbodor
  Gigantamax
Garbodor
803   Poipole

Half Poison-type Pokémon

Primary Poison-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
031   Nidoqueen Poison Ground
034   Nidoking Poison Ground
041   Zubat Poison Flying
042   Golbat Poison Flying
080   Slowbro
Galarian Form
Poison Psychic
088   Grimer
Alolan Form
Poison Dark
089   Muk
Alolan Form
Poison Dark
110   Weezing
Galarian Form
Poison Fairy
169   Crobat Poison Flying
199   Slowking
Galarian Form
Poison Psychic
434   Stunky Poison Dark
435   Skuntank Poison Dark
451   Skorupi Poison Bug
452   Drapion Poison Dark
453   Croagunk Poison Fighting
454   Toxicroak Poison Fighting
690   Skrelp Poison Water
691   Dragalge Poison Dragon
747   Mareanie Poison Water
748   Toxapex Poison Water
757   Salandit Poison Fire
758   Salazzle Poison Fire
804   Naganadel Poison Dragon
890   Eternatus Poison Dragon
  Eternamax
Eternatus
Poison Dragon

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
001   Bulbasaur Grass Poison
002   Ivysaur Grass Poison
003   Venusaur Grass Poison
  Mega
Venusaur
Grass Poison
  Gigantamax
Venusaur
Grass Poison
013   Weedle Bug Poison
014   Kakuna Bug Poison
015   Beedrill Bug Poison
  Mega
Beedrill
Bug Poison
043   Oddish Grass Poison
044   Gloom Grass Poison
045   Vileplume Grass Poison
048   Venonat Bug Poison
049   Venomoth Bug Poison
069   Bellsprout Grass Poison
070   Weepinbell Grass Poison
071   Victreebel Grass Poison
072   Tentacool Water Poison
073   Tentacruel Water Poison
092   Gastly Ghost Poison
093   Haunter Ghost Poison
094   Gengar Ghost Poison
  Mega
Gengar
Ghost Poison
  Gigantamax
Gengar
Ghost Poison
167   Spinarak Bug Poison
168   Ariados Bug Poison
211   Qwilfish Water Poison
269   Dustox Bug Poison
315   Roselia Grass Poison
406   Budew Grass Poison
407   Roserade Grass Poison
543   Venipede Bug Poison
544   Whirlipede Bug Poison
545   Scolipede Bug Poison
590   Foongus Grass Poison
591   Amoonguss Grass Poison
793   Nihilego Rock Poison
848   Toxel Electric Poison
849   Toxtricity
Amped Form
Electric Poison
  Toxtricity
Low Key Form
Electric Poison
  Gigantamax
Toxtricity
Electric Poison

Moves

Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
I Acid Special Clever 40 100% 30 (max 48)
     
     
All adjacent foes
The opposing Pokémon are attacked with a spray of harsh acid. This may also lower their Sp. Def stat.
I Acid Armor Status Tough % 20 (max 32)
     
     
Self
The user alters its cellular structure to liquefy itself, sharply raising its Defense stat.
VII Acid Downpour Physical % 1 (max 1)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user creates a poisonous swamp using its Z-Power and sinks the target into it at full force. The power varies, depending on the original move.
VII Acid Downpour Special % 1 (max 1)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user creates a poisonous swamp using its Z-Power and sinks the target into it at full force. The power varies, depending on the original move.
V Acid Spray Special Beautiful 40 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user spits fluid that works to melt the target. This harshly lowers the target's Sp. Def stat.
VII Baneful Bunker Status % 10 (max 16)
     
     
Self
In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also poisons any attacker that makes direct contact.
VI Belch Special Tough 120 90% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user lets out a damaging belch at the target. The user must eat a held Berry to use this move.
V Clear Smog Special Beautiful 50 % 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks by throwing a clump of special mud. All stat changes are returned to normal.
V Coil Status Tough % 20 (max 32)
     
     
Self
The user coils up and concentrates. This raises its Attack and Defense stats as well as its accuracy.
VIII Corrosive Gas Status 100% 40 (max 64)
     
     
All adjacent Pokémon
The user surrounds everything around it with highly acidic gas and melts away items they hold.
IV Cross Poison Physical Cool 70 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
A slashing attack with a poisonous blade that may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.
IV Gastro Acid Status Tough 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user hurls up its stomach acids on the target. The fluid eliminates the effect of the target's Ability.
VIII G-Max Malodor Physical % 3 (max 4)
     
     
All adjacent foes
A Poison-type attack that Gigantamax Garbodor use. This move poisons opponents.
VIII G-Max Malodor Special % 3 (max 4)
     
     
All adjacent foes
A Poison-type attack that Gigantamax Garbodor use. This move poisons opponents.
IV Gunk Shot Physical Tough 120 80% 5 (max 8)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user shoots filthy garbage at the target to attack. This may also poison the target.
VIII Max Ooze Physical % 3 (max 4)
     
     
All adjacent foes
This is a Poison-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This raises ally Pokémon's Sp. Atk stats.
VIII Max Ooze Special % 3 (max 4)
     
     
All adjacent foes
This is a Poison-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This raises ally Pokémon's Sp. Atk stats.
III Poison Fang Physical Clever 50 100% 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user bites the target with toxic fangs. This may also leave the target badly poisoned.
I Poison Gas Status Clever 90% 40 (max 64)
     
     
All adjacent foes
A cloud of poison gas is sprayed in the face of opposing Pokémon, poisoning those hit.
IV Poison Jab Physical Tough 80 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is stabbed with a tentacle or arm steeped in poison. This may also poison the target.
I Poison Powder Status Clever 75% 35 (max 56)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user scatters a cloud of poisonous dust that poisons the target.
I Poison Sting Physical Clever 15 100% 35 (max 56)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
III Poison Tail Physical Clever 50 100% 25 (max 40)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user hits the target with its tail. This may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.
VII Purify Status % 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user heals the target's status condition. If the move succeeds, it also restores the user's own HP.
VIII Shell Side Arm Special 90 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
This move inflicts physical or special damage, whichever will be more effective. This may also poison the target.
I Sludge Special Tough 65 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the target. This may also poison the target.
II Sludge Bomb Special Tough 90 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the target. This may also poison the target.
V Sludge Wave Special Tough 95 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
All adjacent Pokémon
The user strikes everything around it by swamping the area with a giant sludge wave. This may also poison those hit.
I Smog Special Tough 30 70% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is attacked with a discharge of filthy gases. This may also poison the target.
I Toxic Status Clever 90% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
A move that leaves the target badly poisoned. Its poison damage worsens every turn.
IV Toxic Spikes Status Clever % 20 (max 32)
     
     
All foes
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the feet of the opposing team. The spikes will poison opposing Pokémon that switch into battle.
VII Toxic Thread Status 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user shoots poisonous threads to poison the target and lower the target's Speed stat.
VI Venom Drench Status Clever 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
All adjacent foes
Opposing Pokémon are drenched in an odd poisonous liquid. This lowers the Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats of a poisoned target.
V Venoshock Special Beautiful 65 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user drenches the target in a special poisonous liquid. This move's power is doubled if the target is poisoned.
All details are accurate to Generation VII games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.

Abilities

Interacting with the Poison type

A Pokémon with Color Change, Protean, Imposter, RKS System, or Multitype will become a Poison-type Pokémon if (respectively) it is hit with a Poison-type move, uses a Poison-type move, is sent out against a Poison-type opponent, is holding a Poison Memory, or is holding a Toxic Plate or Poisonium Z.

Poison-type Pokémon are also immune to becoming poisoned from the Abilities Poison Point, Poison Touch, Synchronize, or Effect Spore.

Gen Ability Description
VII Corrosion Allows Poison-type and Steel-type Pokémon to be poisoned.
All details are accurate to Generation VII games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.

Exclusive Abilities

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

Gen Ability Description
III Liquid Ooze Damages attackers using any draining move.
III Stench The stench may cause the target to flinch. It can also repel wild Pokémon if the user is leading the party.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.

Items

Name Description
  Black Sludge An item to be held by a Pokémon. It gradually restores HP to Poison-type Pokémon. It damages any other type.
  Kebia Berry If held by a Pokémon, this Berry will lessen the damage taken from one supereffective Poison-type attack.
  Poison Barb An item to be held by a Pokémon. This small, poisonous barb boosts the power of Poison-type moves.
  Poison Gem A gem with an essence of poison. When held, it strengthens the power of a Poison-type move one time.
  Poison Memory A memory disc that contains Poison-type data. It changes the type of the holder if held by a certain species of Pokémon.
  Poisonium Z It converts Z-Power into crystals that upgrade Poison-type moves to Poison-type Z-Moves.
  Toxic Plate An item to be held by a Pokémon. It's a stone tablet that boosts the power of Poison-type moves.
  Toxic Orb An item to be held by a Pokémon. It's a bizarre orb that will badly poison the holder during battle.
All details are accurate to Generation VIII games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual item's page.

Cram-o-matic

Name
  Galarica Cuff
  Max Repel
  Oran Berry
  Petaya Berry
  Qualot Berry
  Repel
  Smoke Ball
  Super Repel
  Wishing Piece

Notable Poison-type Trainers

Main article: Category:Poison-type Trainers
Gen Trainer Title Location
I  
Koga
Gym LeaderRBYFRLGPE
Elite FourGSCHGSS
Fuchsia GymRBYFRLGPE
Indigo PlateauGSCHGSS
II  
Janine
Gym LeaderGSCHGSS Fuchsia GymGSCHGSS
V  
RoxieB2W2
Gym Leader Virbank Gym
VII  
Plumeria
Team Skull Admin Shady House
VIII  
KlaraSw
Pokémon Trainer
Gym Leader
Isle of Armor

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In the TCG

See also: Grass (TCG), Psychic (TCG) or Darkness (TCG)

Due to the decreased amount of types in the TCG, Poison-type Pokémon have been listed as three different types. They were listed as Grass-type Pokémon prior to the Diamond & Pearl set and as Psychic-type Pokémon from Diamond & Pearl to Cosmic Eclipse. Starting with Sword & Shield, they are now listed as Darkness-type.

Poison-type Pokémon in the TCG were generally weak to Psychic Pokémon prior to Sword & Shield and are now weak to Fighting. They have no resistances. They were strong against Fighting and Water Pokémon prior to Diamond & Pearl; in later expansions, they were changed to be strong against Grass-, Fighting- and Psychic-types. They can be resisted by Colorless and Darkness, as well as Metal since Diamond & Pearl.

Trivia

  • Generation I introduced the most Poison-type Pokémon of any generation, with 33, and Generation VI introduced the fewest Poison-type Pokémon, with two.
  • Generation I had more Poison-type Pokémon (33) than Water-type Pokémon (32), and it was the only generation where Poison is the most common type.
  • Generation I introduced the most Poison-type moves of any generation, with eight, and Generation II introduced the fewest Poison-type moves, with only one.
  • In Generation I, Poison-type moves are super effective against Bug-type Pokémon, while Bug-type moves are super effective against Poison-type Pokémon. This is the only case in which a pair of distinct types is super effective against each other.
  • A Pokémon of every type except Poison was added to the Sinnoh Pokédex in Pokémon Platinum.
  • The Poison type is the only one of the original 15 types not mentioned in the song 2.B.A. Master. Instead, the "Flame type" (which does not exist) is mentioned.
  • All types that are super effective against the Dark type are resisted by the Poison type.
  • The Poison type is the type that has been represented by the most types in the TCG, with three.
  • Only odd-numbered generations introduced pure Poison-type Pokémon.
  • The Poison type is one of the only two types, the other being Fairy, to not have any moves that cause flinching.
  • The Poison type is tied with the Steel type for being the most common type among Ultra Beasts, with three Ultra Beasts being Poison- or Steel-type each.

In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese どく (毒) Doku
Chinese Cantonese Duhk
Mandarin
  Czech Jedovatý
  Danish Gift
  Dutch Gif
  Finnish Myrkky
  French Poison
  German Gift
  Greek Δηλητηρίου Dilitiríou
  Hebrew רעל Ra'al
  Hindi ज़हर Zahar
  Hungarian Méreg
  Indonesian Racun*
Beracun*
  Italian Veleno
  Korean Dok
  Malaysian Racun
  Norwegian Gift
  Polish Trujący
Portuguese   Brazil Venenoso
Veneno
  Portugal Veneno
  Romanian Otravă
  Russian Яд Yad
  Spanish Veneno
  Swedish Gift
Giftig*
  Thai พิษ Phit
  Turkish Zehir
  Vietnamese Độc