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Type Ground.gif

The Ground type (じめんタイプ Jimen taipu) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

Ground-type Pokémon have powers and abilities related to control of ground and earth. Ground-type Pokémon are afraid of water, like Rock-type Pokémon, unless they are Water type. Many Ground Pokémon are also partially Rock type.

These Pokémon are normally found in caves or rocky terrains, with the exceptions of some dual typed Pokémon. One bad thing about them is that they can't normally come off the ground, such as Diglett and Dugtrio, even though they are pretty good combatants when they are below the Earth's surface. They have powerful moves such as Earthquake and Fissure.

Famous Ground-type Pokémon Trainers include Giovanni, the last Gym Leader of the Kanto region (also leader of Team Rocket); Bertha, a member of the Sinnoh Elite Four; Clay, the fifth Gym Leader in Unova; and Hapu, an island Kahuna in Alola.

Ground-type moves

  • There are 19 Ground-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical moves stand out.
    • 12 moves are of the Physical type.
    • 4 moves are of the Special type.
    • 4 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Tough moves stand out.
    • 11 moves are of the Tough type.png type.
    • 4 moves are of the Cute type.png type.
    • 2 moves are of the Beautiful type.png type.
    • 2 moves are of the Clever type.png type.
    • 1 move is of the Cool type.png type.

List of Ground-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Bone Club Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation I 65
Bone Rush Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation II 25 (x2-5)
Bonemerang Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation I 50 (x2)
Bulldoze Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation V 60
Dig Physical type.gif Tough type.png[1] Generation I 80[2]
Drill Run Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation V 80
Earth Power Special type.gif Beautiful type.png[1] Generation IV 90
Earthquake Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation I 100
Fissure Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation I K.O. in one hit
Land's Wrath Physical type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation VI 90
Magnitude Physical type.gif Tough type.png Generation II 10-150
Mud Bomb Special type.gif Cute type.png[1] Generation IV 65
Mud Shot Special type.gif Tough type.png Generation III 55
Mud Sport Other type.gif Cute type.png Generation III -
Mud-Slap Special type.gif Cute type.png Generation II 20
Precipice Blades Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation VI 120
Rototiller Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation VI -
Sand Attack

[3]

Other type.gif Cute type.png Generation I -
Sand Tomb Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 35[4]
Spikes Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation II -

Effectiveness of Ground-type moves

×2

Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Electric.gif, Type Fire.gif, Type Poison.gif, Type Rock.gif and Type Steel.gif.

½

Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Bug.gif and Type Grass.gif.

×0

Ineffective against Pokémon of the types: Type Flying.gif.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Ground type

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistances of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical.gif Dark type vertical.gif Dragon type vertical.gif Electric type vertical.gif Fairy type vertical.gif Fighting type vertical.gif Fire type vertical.gif Flying type vertical.gif Ghost type vertical.gif Grass type vertical.gif Ground type vertical.gif Ice type vertical.gif Normal type vertical.gif Poison type vertical.gif Psychic type vertical.gif Rock type vertical.gif Steel type vertical.gif Water type vertical.gif
Type Ground.gif
×0
×2
×2
½
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Bug.gif
×0
½
×2
×2
½
×2
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Dark.gif
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
½
×2
×2
½
×0
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Dragon.gif
×2
×0
×2
½
×4
½
½
Type Ground.gifType Electric.gif
×0
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Fire.gif
½
×0
½
½
×2
½
½
×4
Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif
½
×0
½
×0
×4
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif
½
×2
×0
×0
×2
×2
×2
×0
¼
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Grass.gif
×2
×0
×2
×2
½
×4
½
Type Ground.gifType Ice.gif
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
×2
×2
Type Ground.gifType Normal.gif
×0
×2
×0
×2
×2
½
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Poison.gif
½
[5]
×0
½
½
×2
×2
¼
×2
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Psychic.gif
×2
×2
×0
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif
×0
×2
½
½
×4
×2
×2
½
¼
½
×2
×4
Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif
½
[6]
½
×0
½
×2
×2
½
[7]
×2
½
×0
½
¼
½
×2
Type Ground.gifType Water.gif
×0
½
×4
½
½
½

Ground-type-Pokémon Trainers

Ground-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
VSGiovanni.png
Giovanni
Viridian City, Kanto Earth Badge
Earth Badge
VSClay.png
Clay
Driftveil City, Unova Quake Badge
Quake Badge

Ground-type-Pokémon Kahunas

Leader Location Z-Crystal
VS Hapu SM.png
Hapu
Poni Island, Alola Groundium Z
Groundium Z

Ground-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
VSBertha.png
Bertha
Sinnoh Elite Four

Ground type records

Ground-type Pokémon

67 Pokémon are Ground type. (8.35% of all Pokémon)

Pure Ground-type Pokémon

15 Pokémon are pure Ground type. (22.39% of the Ground-type Pokémon)

Sandshrew Sandslash Diglett Dugtrio Cubone Marowak
Sandshrew
#027
----

Type Ground.gif

Sandslash
#028
----

Type Ground.gif

Diglett
#050
----

Type Ground.gif

Dugtrio
#051
----

Type Ground.gif

Cubone
#104
----

Type Ground.gif

Marowak
#105
----

Type Ground.gif

Phanpy Donphan Trapinch Groudon Hippopotas Hippowdon
Phanpy
#231
----

Type Ground.gif

Donphan
#232
----

Type Ground.gif

Trapinch
#328
----

Type Ground.gif

Groudon
#383
----

Type Ground.gif

Hippopotas
#449
----

Type Ground.gif

Hippowdon
#450
----

Type Ground.gif

Drilbur Mudbray Mudsdale Silicobra Sandaconda
Drilbur
#529
----

Type Ground.gif

Mudbray
#749
----

Type Ground.gif

Mudsdale
#750
----

Type Ground.gif

Silicobra
#843
----

Type Ground.gif

Sandaconda
#844
----

Type Ground.gif

Primary Ground-type Pokémon

19 Pokémon are primary Ground type. (28.36% of the Ground-type Pokémon)

Alolan Diglett Alolan Dugtrio Rhyhorn Rhydon Gligar Vibrava
Alolan Diglett
#050
----

Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif

Alolan Dugtrio
#051
----

Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif

Rhyhorn
#111
----

Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif

Rhydon
#112
----

Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif

Gligar
#207
----

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif

Vibrava
#329
----

Type Ground.gifType Dragon.gif

Flygon Baltoy Claydol Rhyperior Gliscor Excadrill
Flygon
#330
----

Type Ground.gifType Dragon.gif

Baltoy
#343
----

Type Ground.gifType Psychic.gif

Claydol
#344
----

Type Ground.gifType Psychic.gif

Rhyperior
#464
----

Type Ground.gifType Rock.gif

Gliscor
#472
----

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif

Excadrill
#530
----

Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif

Sandile Krokorok Krookodile Yamask Stunfisk Stunfisk
Sandile
#551
----

Type Ground.gifType Dark.gif

Krokorok
#552
----

Type Ground.gifType Dark.gif

Krookodile
#553
----

Type Ground.gifType Dark.gif

Yamask
562
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Stunfisk
#618
----

Type Ground.gifType Electric.gif

Stunfisk
#618
----

Type Ground.gifType Steel.gif

Golett Golurk Landorus Runerigus
Golett
#622
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Golurk
#623
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Landorus
#645
----

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif

Runerigus
#867
----

Type Ground.gifType Ghost.gif

Secondary Ground-type Pokémon

33 Pokémon are secondary Ground type. (49.25% of the Ground-type Pokémon)

Nidoqueen Nidoking Geodude Graveler Golem Onix
Nidoqueen
#031
----

Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif

Nidoking
#034
----

Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif

Geodude
#074
----

Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif

Graveler
#075
----

Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif

Golem
#076
----

Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif

Onix
#095
----

Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif

Wooper Quagsire Steelix Swinub Piloswine Larvitar
Wooper
#194
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Quagsire
#195
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Steelix
#208
----

Type Steel.gifType Ground.gif

Swinub
#220
----

Type Ice.gifType Ground.gif

Piloswine
#221
----

Type Ice.gifType Ground.gif

Larvitar
#246
----

Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif

Pupitar Marshtomp Swampert Nincada Numel Camerupt
Pupitar
#247
----

Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif

Marshtomp
#259
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Swampert
#260
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Nincada
#290
----

Type Bug.gifType Ground.gif

Numel
#322
----

Type Fire.gifType Ground.gif

Camerupt
#323
----

Type Fire.gifType Ground.gif

Barboach Whiscash Torterra Wormadam Gastrodon Gible
Barboach
#339
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Whiscash
#340
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Torterra
#389
----

Type Grass.gifType Ground.gif

Wormadam
#413
----

Type Bug.gifType Ground.gif[8]

Gastrodon
#423
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Gible
#443
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif

Gabite Garchomp Mamoswine Palpitoad Seismitoad Diggersby
Gabite
#444
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif

Garchomp
#445
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif

Mamoswine
#473
----

Type Ice.gifType Ground.gif

Palpitoad
#536
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Seismitoad
#537
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Diggersby
#660
----

Type Normal.gifType Ground.gif

Zygarde Sandygast Palossand
Zygarde
#718
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif

Sandygast
#769
----

Type Ghost.gifType Ground.gif

Palossand
#770
----

Type Ghost.gifType Ground.gif

Pokémon with Ground-type alternate formes

The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Ground type.

Mega Steelix Mega Swampert Mega Camerupt Primal Groudon Mega Garchomp Arceus
Mega Steelix
#208
----

Type Steel.gifType Ground.gif

Mega Swampert
#260
----

Type Water.gifType Ground.gif

Mega Camerupt
#323
----

Type Fire.gifType Ground.gif

Primal Groudon
#383
----

Type Ground.gifType Fire.gif

Mega Garchomp
#445
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif

Arceus
#493
----

Type Ground.gif[9]

Landorus Zygarde Silvally Gigantamax Sandaconda
Landorus
#645
----

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif[10]

Zygarde 10% Forme
#718
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif[11]

Zygarde Complete Forme
#718
----

Type Dragon.gifType Ground.gif[12]

Silvally
#773
----

Type Ground.gif[13]

Gigantamax Sandaconda
#844
----

Type Ground.gif

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Fire type because ground, mud and sand are usually used to put off a fire, that's because the ground suffocates the fire, letting it without any oxygen.
  • They're strong against the Poison type because if you drop any venom into the ground, this ends by disappearing. Alternatively, it could be because while pollution has devastating effects on organic life, it doesn't really have an effect on the Earth itself.
  • They're strong against the Rock type because a sandstorm can erode rocks, also because an earthquake can break rocks.
  • They're strong against the Steel type because a sandstorm impedes machines like cars, because the oil lubricates their gears and with sand, dirt, or mud, the oil doesn't work. Also, earthquakes destroy metallic structures. Curiously, there are tools made out of steel like shovels, which are used to dig inside the ground.
  • They're weak against the Grass type because plants absorb minerals from it and open through the ground using their roots. Also, buildings made of wood withstands earthquakes.
  • They're weak against the Ice and Water types in reference of erosion. Also because earth becomes weak when it's wet or frozen.
  • They're immune against the Electric type because in real life, the ground is a natural sink of electrons, and electrical appliances don't work when filled with dirt. Also, earthquakes destroy power lines.
  • The Bug type resists them because many bugs like worms live inside the ground and many of them eat it. And burying a bug in sand, dirt, or mud will result in the bug digging its way out. Something curious about this is that they're not weak to the Bug type.
  • The Flying type is immune to them because something that is flying doesn't touch ground, therefore, they don't get affected by earthquakes and Earth shifts.

Trivia

  • The Ground type is tied with the Ghost type and the Ice type for the least Gigantamax forms, each having 1.
  • The Ground type is tied with the Flying type for the least type specialists, both having 4.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type.png-type move.
  2. ^ 60 until Generation IV.
  3. ^ In Generation I, this was a Normal-type move.
  4. ^ 15 until Generation IV.
  5. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Ground/Poison-type Pokémon.
  6. ^ Before Generation VI, Ground/Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  7. ^ Before Generation VI, Ground/Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  8. ^ Only its Sandy Cloak.
  9. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Earth Plate.
  10. ^ In its Therian Forme.
  11. ^ In its 10% Forme.
  12. ^ In its Complete Forme.
  13. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Ground Memory.
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