Type Poison.gif

The Poison-type (どくタイプ Doku taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

These Pokémon have a natural toxic quality; some directly represent real-world species known for their venom, such as snakes, and some even represent pollution itself. They normally live in caves, marshes or similar places.

Most Poison-type Pokémon are based on poisonous or venomous animals (Pokémon such as Seviper, which is a snake, Drapion, which is a scorpion, and Scolipede, which is a centipede). Some of them are also based on poisonous plants or fungi (Pokémon such as Foongus, which is a mushroom, and Oddish, which is a mandrake root). Most dual Poison-type Pokémon have Bug-type or Grass-type as their other type. This reflects how, in real life, many insects and plants are poisonous. A very curious fact about Poison-type Pokémon is that some of them resemble ninjas. For example, Koffing is like a smoke ball, Crobat has a ninja's speed and secrecy and Toxicroak has paws that make it resemble a ninja. Some Poison-types also resemble types of pollution. Garbodor represents trash pollution, Weezing represents air pollution and Muk represents liquid pollution. Strangely, not all Poison-types are based on poisonous or venomous things (Stunky, which is based on a skunk, and Skrelp, which is based on a leafy sea dragon, are both real-life animals that are not poisonous or venomous).

The Poison type is related to the status effects Poisoned and Badly Poisoned, which are produced mostly by Poison-type moves.

Famous Poison-type Pokémon Trainers include Koga, fifth Gym Leader of Kanto and now second member of the Indigo League; Janine, Koga's daughter who succeeded her father's position in Kanto; Agatha, the then-third member of the Indigo League (her main type is Ghost, but all of her Pokémon are Poison-type as well); and Roxie, second Gym Leader in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Also, most villain teams in the games specialize in Poison-type Pokémon, along with Dark-types.

Poison-type Pokémon that are not Flying-type or have Levitate also remove Toxic Spikes when they switch in.

Poison-type moves

  • There are 23 Poison-type moves.
  • In battles: Special moves stand out.
    • 6 moves are of the Physical type.
    • 9 moves are of the Special type.
    • 8 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Tough moves stand out.
    • 10 moves are of the Tough type.png type.
    • 9 moves are of the Clever type.png type.
    • 3 moves are of the Beautiful type.png type.
    • 1 move is of the Cool type.png type.
    • There are no moves of the Cute type.png type.

List of Poison-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Acid Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation I 40
Acid Armor Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation I -
Acid Spray Special type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation V 40
Baneful Bunker Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation VII -
Belch Special type.gif Tough type.png Generation VI 120
Clear Smog Special type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation V 50
Coil Other type.gif Tough type.png Generation V -
Cross Poison Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation IV 70
Gastro Acid Other type.gif Tough type.png[1] Generation IV -
Gunk Shot Physical type.gif Tough type.png[2] Generation IV 120
Poison Fang Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 50
Poison Gas Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Poison Jab Physical type.gif Tough type.png[3] Generation IV 80
Poison Powder Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Poison Sting Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation I 15
Poison Tail Physical type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 50
Purify Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation VII -
Sludge Special type.gif Tough type.png Generation I 65
Sludge Bomb Special type.gif Tough type.png Generation II 90
Sludge Wave Special type.gif Tough type.png Generation V 95
Smog Special type.gif Tough type.png Generation I 30[4]
Toxic Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Toxic Spikes Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation IV -
Toxic Thread Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation VII -
Venom Drench Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation VI -
Venoshock Special type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation V 65

Effectiveness of Poison-type moves

×2

Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fairy.gif and Type Grass.gif.

½

Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Ghost.gif, Type Ground.gif, Type Poison.gif, and Type Rock.gif.

×0

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

Weaknesses and resistances of the Poison 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
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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 Poison.gif
½
[5]
½
½
½
×2
½
×2
Type Poison.gifType Bug.gif
½
[6]
½
¼
×2
×2
¼
½
×2
×2
Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif
½
½
½
×2
½
×0
Type Poison.gifType Dragon.gif
½
×2
½
½
½
¼
×2
×2
½
×2
½
Type Poison.gifType Fairy.gif
¼
½
×0
¼
½
½
×2
×2
×2
×4
Type Poison.gifType Fighting.gif
¼
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
×4
½
Type Poison.gifType Fire.gif
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¼
½
½
¼
×4
½
½
×2
×2
½
×2
Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif
¼
[7]
×2
½
¼
¼
×0
×2
½
×2
×2
Type Poison.gifType Ghost.gif
¼
[8]
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×0
¼
×2
Type Poison.gifType Psychic.gif
×2
½
×2
×4
Type Poison.gifType Grass.gif [9]
½
½
½
×2
×2
¼
×2
×2
½
Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif
½
[10]
×0
½
½
×2
×2
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×2
½
×2
Type Poison.gifType Rock.gif
½
½
½
½
×4
½
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×2
×2
×2
Type Poison.gifType Water.gif
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[11]
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
½

Poison-type-Pokémon Trainers

Poison-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
Koga Lets go.jpg
Koga[12]
Fuchsia City, Kanto Soul Badge
Soul Badge
VSJanine.png
Janine[13]
Fuchsia City, Kanto Soul Badge
Soul Badge
VSRoxie.png
Roxie
Virbank City, Unova Toxic Badge
Toxic Badge

Poison-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
Agatha(GenIII)Sprite.png
Agatha
Kanto Elite Four
VSKoga.png
Koga[13]
Johto Elite Four

Poison type records

Poison-type Pokémon

67 Pokémon are Poison type. (8.23% of all Pokémon)

Pure Poison-type Pokémon

15 Pokémon are pure Poison type. (22.73% of the Poison-type Pokémon)

Ekans Arbok Nidoran♀ Nidorina Nidoran♂ Nidorino
Ekans
#023
----

Type Poison.gif

Arbok
#024
----

Type Poison.gif

Nidoran♀
#029
----

Type Poison.gif

Nidorina
#030
----

Type Poison.gif

Nidoran♂
#032
----

Type Poison.gif

Nidorino
#033
----

Type Poison.gif

Grimer Muk Koffing Weezing Gulpin Swalot
Grimer
#088
----

Type Poison.gif

Muk
#089
----

Type Poison.gif

Koffing
#109
----

Type Poison.gif

Weezing
#110
----

Type Poison.gif

Gulpin
#316
----

Type Poison.gif

Swalot
#317
----

Type Poison.gif

Seviper Trubbish Garbodor Poipole
Seviper
#336
----

Type Poison.gif

Trubbish
#568
----

Type Poison.gif

Garbodor
#569
----

Type Poison.gif

Poipole
#803
----

Type Poison.gif

Primary Poison-type Pokémon

20 Pokémon are primary Poison type. (28.79% of the Poison-type Pokémon)

Nidoqueen Nidoking Zubat Golbat Galarian Slowbro Alolan Grimer
Nidoqueen
#031
----

Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif

Nidoking
#034
----

Type Poison.gifType Ground.gif

Zubat
#041
----

Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif

Golbat
#042
----

Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif

080ASlowbro.png

#088
----

Type Poison.gifType Psychic.gif

Alolan Grimer
#088
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Alolan Muk Galarian Weezing Crobat Galarian Slowking Stunky Skuntank
Alolan Muk
#089
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Galarian Weezing
#110
----

Type Poison.gifType Fairy.gif

Crobat
#169
----

Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif

199ASlowking.png

#199
----

Type Poison.gifType Psychic.gif

Stunky
#434
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Skuntank
#435
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Skorupi Drapion Croagunk Toxicroak Skrelp Dragalge
Skorupi
#451
----

Type Poison.gifType Bug.gif

Drapion
#452
----

Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif

Croagunk
#453
----

Type Poison.gifType Fighting.gif

Toxicroak
#454
----

Type Poison.gifType Fighting.gif

Skrelp
#690
----

Type Poison.gifType Water.gif

Dragalge
#691
----

Type Poison.gifType Dragon.gif

Mareanie Toxapex Salandit

Salazzle

Naganadel

Eternatus

Mareanie
#747
----

Type Poison.gifType Water.gif

Toxapex
#748
----

Type Poison.gifType Water.gif

Salandit
#757
----

Type Poison.gifType Fire.gif

Salazzle
#758
----

Type Poison.gifType Fire.gif

Naganadel
#804
----

Type Poison.gifType Dragon.gif

890Eternatus.png
#890

----

Type Poison.gifType Dragon.gif

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

32 Pokémon are secondary Poison type. (48.48% of the Poison-type Pokémon)

Bulbasaur Ivysaur Venusaur Weedle Kakuna Beedrill
Bulbasaur
#001
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Ivysaur
#002
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Venusaur
#003
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Weedle
#013
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Kakuna
#014
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Beedrill
#015
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Oddish Gloom Vileplume Venonat Venomoth Bellsprout
Oddish
#043
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Gloom
#044
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Vileplume
#044
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Venonat
#048
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Venomoth
#049
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Bellsprout
#069
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Weepinbell Victreebel Tentacool Tentacruel Gastly Haunter
Weepinbell
#070
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Victreebel
#071
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Tentacool
#072
----

Type Water.gifType Poison.gif

Tentacruel
#073
----

Type Water.gifType Poison.gif

Gastly
#092
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Haunter
#093
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Gengar Spinarak Ariados Qwilfish Dustox Roselia
Gengar
#094
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Spinarak
#167
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Ariados
#168
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Qwilfish
#211
----

Type Water.gifType Poison.gif

Dustox
#269
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Roselia
#315
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Budew Roserade Venipede Whirlipede Scolipede Foongus
Budew
#406
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Roserade
#407
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Venipede
#543
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Whirlipede
#544
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Scolipede
#545
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Foongus
#590
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Amoonguss Nihilego Toxel Toxtricity
Amoonguss
#591
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Nihilego
#793
----

Type Rock.gifType Poison.gif

Toxel
848
----

Type Electric.gifType Poison.gif

Toxtrictiy
#849
----

Type Electric.gifType Poison.gif

Pokémon with Poison-type alternate formes

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

Mega Venusaur Gigantamax Venusaur Mega Beedrill Mega Gengar Gigantamax Gengar Arceus
Mega Venusaur
#003
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

003GVenusaur.png

#003
----

Type Grass.gifType Poison.gif

Mega Beedrill
#015
----

Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif

Mega Gengar
#094
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Gigantamax Gengar
#094
----

Type Ghost.gifType Poison.gif

Arceus
#493
----

Type Poison.gif[14]

Gigantamax Garbodor Silvally Low Key Toxtricity

Gigantamax Toxtricity

Eternamax Eternatus

Gigantamax Garbodor
569
----

Type Poison.gif

Silvally
#773
----

Type Poison.gif[15]

849BToxtricity.png
#849

----

Type Electric.gif

849GToxtricity.png
#849

----

Type Electric.gifType Poison.gif

890Eternatus Eternamax Pokémon HOME.png
#890

----

Type Poison.gifType Dragon.gif

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Fairy-type because fairies represent purity and poison represents pollution, and thus fairies have weak immune systems.
  • They're strong against the Grass-type because trees and plants are damaged by pollution and toxins, such as herbicides.
  • They're weak against the Ground-type because earthen and sandy features neutralize and mitigate the toxicity of poison, making them less effective. Alternatively, it could be because while living organisms and thus the Earth's biosphere may be devastated by pollution, the Earth itself is relatively unchanged by it.
  • They're weak against the Psychic-type because mind can't be poisoned. Poison acts over the body, and the mind is superior to the body, while Psychic-type attacks are mental. Alternatively, it may be because going into a medical field requires a lot of education and knowledge, giving the idea of keeping poisons at bay, hence the term "mind over matter".
  • They resist the Fighting-type because when poisoned, a fighter or deportist loses strength. Fighters try to be healthy as most as they can and poison can make them sick. It could also be said that since some Poison-type Pokémon have a gelatinous body, punches and kicks cushions the impact. Curiously, the Fighting type isn't weak to them.
  • They were strong against the Bug-type in Generation I because of insecticides, which are chemicals used to kill bugs. However, since Generation II, the Bug type takes normal damage from them because many insects have developed resistance to some insecticides and sometimes even carry toxins themselves.
  • The Ghost-type resists them because you can't poison someone who's already dead, besides, the spirit doesn't have a physical form, thus toxins can't pass through.
  • The Rock-type resists them because since rocks aren't live creatures, poison can hardly damage them.
  • The Steel-type is immune to them because poison can't circulate through or penetrate metals, mainly because they're not organic materials.

Trivia

  • Despite being all physical attack moves before Generation IV, there are more Special moves than Physical moves that are Poison type.
  • The only type combination that allows for a double weakness to Poison type is Grass/Fairy.
  • Strangely, the Water-type takes neutral damage from the Poison-type instead of being weak to them, despite the fact that water is very easy to pollute, especially by toxic waste, and aquatic beings have great difficulty surviving in polluted water.

Notes

  1. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type.png-type move.
  2. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type.png-type move.
  3. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type.png-type move.
  4. ^ 20 until Generation V.
  5. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Poison-type Pokémon.
  6. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Poison/Bug-type Pokémon.
  7. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves did normal damage on Poison/Flying-type Pokémon.
  8. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Poison/Ghost-type Pokémon.
  9. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were doubly super effective on Poison/Grass-type Pokémon.
  10. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Poison/Ground-type Pokémon.
  11. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves were super effective on Poison/Water-type Pokémon.
  12. ^ Only in Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
  13. ^ a b Only in Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  14. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Toxic Plate.
  15. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Poison Memory.
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