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Type Poison
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The Poison type (Japanese: どくタイプ, HepburnDoku taipu) 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 or venomous. 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. For instance, 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); Roxie, second Gym Leader in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2; Plumeria, the Team Skull Admin; and Atticus, the boss of Team Star's Navi Squad. 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 36 Poison-type moves.
  • In battles: Other moves stand out.
    • 10 moves are of the Physical type.
    • 11 moves are of the Special type.
    • 12 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Tough moves stand out.
    • 10 moves are of the Tough type type.
    • 9 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 1 move is of the Cool type type.
    • There are no moves of the Cute type type.

List of Poison-type moves[]

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Acid Special type Clever type Generation I 40
Acid Armor Other type Tough type Generation I -
Acid Downpour - - Generation VII -
Acid Spray Special type Beautiful type Generation V 40
Baneful Bunker Other type Clever type Generation VII -
Barb Barrage Physical type - Generation VIII 60
Belch Special type Tough type Generation VI 120
Clear Smog Special type Beautiful type Generation V 50
Coil Other type Tough type Generation V -
Corrosive Gas Other type - Generation VIII -
Cross Poison Physical type Cool type Generation IV 70
Dire Claw Physical type - Generation VIII 80
G-Max Malodor - - Generation VIII -
Gastro Acid Other type Tough type[1] Generation IV -
Gunk Shot Physical type Tough type[2] Generation IV 120
Malignant Chain Special type - Generation IX 100
Max Ooze - - Generation VIII -
Mortal Spin Physical type - Generation IX 30
Noxious Torque Physical type - Generation IX 100
Poison Fang Physical type Clever type Generation III 50
Poison Gas Other type Clever type Generation I -
Poison Jab Physical type Tough type[3] Generation IV 80
Poison Powder Other type Clever type Generation I -
Poison Sting Physical type Clever type Generation I 15
Poison Tail Physical type Clever type Generation III 50
Purify Other type Clever type Generation VII -
Shell Side Arm Special type - Generation VIII 90
Sludge Special type Tough type Generation I 65
Sludge Bomb Special type Tough type Generation II 90
Sludge Wave Special type Tough type Generation V 95
Smog Special type Tough type Generation I 30[4]
Toxic Other type Clever type Generation I -
Toxic Spikes Other type Clever type Generation IV -
Toxic Thread Other type Clever type Generation VII -
Venom Drench Other type Clever type Generation VI -
Venoshock Special type Beautiful type Generation V 65

Effectiveness of Poison-type moves[]

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fairy and Type Grass.
½
Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Ghost, Type Ground, Type Poison, and Type Rock.
×0
Ineffective against Pokémon of the types: Type Steel.

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
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Poison
½
[5]
½
½
½
×2
½
×2
Type PoisonType Bug
½
[6]
½
¼
×2
×2
¼
½
×2
×2
Type PoisonType Dark
½
½
½
×2
½
×0
Type PoisonType Dragon
½
×2
½
½
½
¼
×2
×2
½
×2
½
Type PoisonType Electric
½
½
½
½
½
½
×4
½
×2
½
Type PoisonType Fairy
¼
½
×0
¼
½
½
×2
×2
×2
Type PoisonType Fighting
¼
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
×4
½
Type PoisonType Fire
¼
¼
½
½
¼
×4
½
½
×2
×2
½
×2
Type PoisonType Flying
¼
[7]
×2
½
¼
¼
×0
×2
½
×2
×2
Type PoisonType Ghost
¼
[8]
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×0
¼
×2
Type PoisonType Grass [9]
½
½
½
×2
×2
¼
×2
×2
½
Type PoisonType Ground
½
[10]
×0
½
½
×2
×2
¼
×2
½
×2
Type PoisonType Normal
½
½
×0
½
×2
½
×2
Type PoisonType Psychic
×2
½
¼
×2
½
×2
½
Type PoisonType Rock
½
½
½
½
×4
½
¼
×2
×2
×2
Type PoisonType Steel
¼
½
¼
×2
½
¼
×4
½
½
×0
½
½
Type PoisonType Water
½
[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
Koga[12]
Fuchsia City, Kanto Soul Badge
Soul Badge
VSJanine
Janine[13]
Fuchsia City, Kanto Soul Badge
Soul Badge
VSRoxie
Roxie
Virbank City, Unova Toxic Badge
Toxic Badge

Poison-type-Pokémon Elite Four members[]

Competence Category
Agatha FRLG
Agatha
Kanto Elite Four
VSKoga
Koga[13]
Johto Elite Four

Poison-type-Pokémon Special Trainers[]

Competence Category
VS Plumeria 2 SM
Plumeria
Team Skull Admin
Atticus
Atticus
Leader of Team Star Navi Squad

Poison type records[]

  • Eternatus is the tallest and heaviest Poison type.
  • Foongus is the smallest Poison type.
  • Gastly and Haunter are the lightest Poison types.
  • Weedle evolves at the lowest level (7)
  • Skrelp evolves at the highest level (48)
  • Eternatus has the most HP of all Poison types (255)
  • Clodsire has the highest HP of all non-Legendary Poison types. (130)
  • Mega Beedrill has the most Attack and Speed of all Poison types (150 & 145)
  • Sneasler has the highest Attack of all non-Mega Evolved Poison types (130)
  • Crobat has the highest Speed of all non-Mega Evolved Poison types (130)
  • Eternatus (Eternamax) has the most Defense & Sp. Def of all Poison types (250)
  • Pecharunt has the highest Defense of all obtainable Poison types (160)
  • Toxapex has the highest Special Defense of all obtainable Poison types (142)
    • Also, it has the most Defense of all non-Legendary Poison types (152)
  • Mega Gengar has the most Sp. Atk of all Poison types (170)
  • Glimmora and Munkidori both have the highest Special Attack of all non-Paradox Poison types (130)
  • Iron Moth has the most Special Atk of all non-Mega Evolved, non-Legendary, Poison types (140)
  • Eternatus (Eternamax) has the highest base stat total of all Poison-types (1125)
  • Mega Venusaur has the the highest base stat total of all non-Legendary Poison types (625)

Poison-type Pokémon[]

92 Pokémon are Poison type.

Pure Poison-type Pokémon[]

Primary Poison-type Pokémon[]

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon[]

Pokémon with Poison-type alternate forms[]

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

Relations with other types[]

  • They have no effect against the Steel type because poison can't circulate through or penetrate metals, mainly because they're not organic materials.
  • 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 grass represent nature and poison represents pollution, and nature like trees and plants are damaged thanks to 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, rendering many poison-based bug attacks such as insecticides will be less ineffective, thus making it the reason they resists the Bug type.
  • The Ghost type resists them because the spirit doesn't have a physical form, thus; toxins can't pass through. Additionally, if you try to poison a corpse, the corpse won't be affected because it's already dead.
  • The Rock type resists them because since rocks aren't living creatures so poison can hardly damage them.
  • They resist themselves because venomous animals can't poison each other.

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.
  • Currently, all of the Generation I Pokémon with unique type combinations that are not Regional forms are Poison types.
  • No even-numbered generation has introduced a pure Poison-type Pokémon.
  • The Poison type was the last type to receive the Psychic type with Galarian Slowbro and Galarian Slowking in Generation VIII.
  • As of Generation IX, the only type that hasn't been paired with the Poison-type is the Ice type.

Notes[]

  1. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type-type move.
  2. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type-type move.
  3. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type-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. ^ Due to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Toxic Plate.
  15. ^ Due to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Poison Memory.
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