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Type Poison

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 (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 represent sewer 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 type.
    • 9 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 8 moves are of the Other type 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 Spray Special type Beautiful type Generation V 40
Baneful Bunker Other type Clever type Generation VII -
Belch Special type Tough type Generation VI 120
Clear Smog Special type Beautiful type Generation V 50
Coil Other type Tough type Generation V -
Cross Poison Physical type Cool type Generation IV 70
Gastro Acid Other type Tough type[1] Generation IV -
Gunk Shot Physical type Tough type[2] Generation IV 120
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 -
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 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 Rock
½
½
½
½
×4
½
¼
×2
×2
×2
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
VSKoga
Koga[12]
Fuchsia City, Kanto Soulbadge
Soul Badge
VSJanine
Janine[13]
Fuchsia City, Kanto Soulbadge
Soul Badge
VSRoxie
Roxie
Virbank City, Unova Toxicbadge
Toxic Badge

Poison-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
Agatha(GenIII)Sprite
Agatha
Kanto Elite Four
VSKoga
Koga[14]
Johto Elite Four

Poison type records

  • Naganadel is the tallest Poison type.
  • Foongus is the smallest Poison type.
  • Scolipede is the heaviest Poison type.
  • Gastly and Haunter are the lightest Poison types.
  • Weedle evolves at the lowest level (7)
  • Skrelp evolves at the highest level (48)
  • Amoonguss has the most HP of all Poison types (114)
  • Mega Beedrill has the most Attack and Speed of all Poison types (150)
  • Toxapex has the most Defense & Sp. Def of all Poison types (152)
  • Mega Gengar has the most Sp. Atk of all Poison types (170)

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
023Ekans
#023
----

Type Poison

024Arbok
#024
----

Type Poison

029Nidoran♀
#029
----

Type Poison

030Nidorina
#030
----

Type Poison

032Nidoran♂
#032
----

Type Poison

033Nidorino
#033
----

Type Poison

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

Type Poison

089Muk
#089
----

Type Poison

109Koffing
#109
----

Type Poison

110Weezing
#110
----

Type Poison

316Gulpin
#316
----

Type Poison

317Swalot
#317
----

Type Poison

Seviper Trubbish Garbodor Poipole
336Seviper
#336
----

Type Poison

568Trubbish
#568
----

Type Poison

569Garbodor
#569
----

Type Poison

803Poipole
#803
----

Type Poison

Primary Poison-type Pokémon

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

Nidoqueen Nidoking Zubat Golbat Alolan Grimer Alolan Muk
031Nidoqueen
#031
----

Type PoisonType Ground

034Nidoking
#034
----

Type PoisonType Ground

041Zubat
#041
----

Type PoisonType Flying

042Golbat
#042
----

Type PoisonType Flying

088AGrimer
#088
----

Type PoisonType Dark

089AMuk
#089
----

Type PoisonType Dark

Crobat Stunky Skuntank Skorupi Drapion Croagunk
169Crobat
#169
----

Type PoisonType Flying

434Stunky
#434
----

Type PoisonType Dark

435Skuntank
#435
----

Type PoisonType Dark

451Skorupi
#451
----

Type PoisonType Bug

452Drapion
#452
----

Type PoisonType Dark

453Croagunk
#453
----

Type PoisonType Fighting

Toxicroak Skrelp Dragalge Mareanie Toxapex Salandit
454Toxicroak
#454
----

Type PoisonType Fighting

690Skrelp
#690
----

Type PoisonType Water

691Dragalge
#691
----

Type PoisonType Dragon

747Mareanie
#747
----

Type PoisonType Water

748Toxapex
#748
----

Type PoisonType Water

757Salandit
#757
----

Type PoisonType Fire

Salazzle Naganadel
758Salazzle
#758
----

Type PoisonType Fire

804Naganadel
#804
----

Type PoisonType Dragon

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

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

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

Type GrassType Poison

002Ivysaur
#002
----

Type GrassType Poison

003Venusaur
#003
----

Type GrassType Poison

013Weedle
#013
----

Type BugType Poison

014Kakuna
#014
----

Type BugType Poison

015Beedrill
#015
----

Type BugType Poison

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

Type GrassType Poison

044Gloom
#044
----

Type GrassType Poison

045Vileplume
#044
----

Type GrassType Poison

048Venonat
#048
----

Type BugType Poison

049Venomoth
#049
----

Type BugType Poison

069Bellsprout
#069
----

Type GrassType Poison

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

Type GrassType Poison

071Victreebel
#071
----

Type GrassType Poison

072Tentacool
#072
----

Type WaterType Poison

073Tentacruel
#073
----

Type WaterType Poison

092Gastly
#092
----

Type GhostType Poison

093Haunter
#093
----

Type GhostType Poison

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

Type GhostType Poison

167Spinarak
#167
----

Type BugType Poison

168Ariados
#168
----

Type BugType Poison

211Qwilfish
#211
----

Type WaterType Poison

269Dustox
#269
----

Type BugType Poison

315Roselia
#315
----

Type GrassType Poison

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

Type GrassType Poison

407Roserade
#407
----

Type GrassType Poison

543Venipede
#543
----

Type BugType Poison

544Whirlipede
#544
----

Type BugType Poison

545Scolipede
#545
----

Type BugType Poison

590Foongus
#590
----

Type GrassType Poison

Amoonguss Nihilego
591Amoonguss
#591
----

Type GrassType Poison

793Nihilego
#793
----

Type RockType Poison

Pokémon with Poison-type alternate formes

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

Mega Venusaur Mega Beedrill Mega Gengar Arceus Silvally
003MVenusaur
#003
----

Type GrassType Poison

015MBeedrill
#015
----

Type BugType Poison

094MGengar
#094
----

Type GhostType Poison

493Arceus Poison Dream
#493
----

Type Poison[15]

773Silvally Poison Dream
#773
----

Type Poison[16]

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Fairy-type because fairies represent purity and poison the pollution.
  • They're strong against the Grass-type because trees and plants are damaged by the pollution and toxins, such as insecticides.
  • They're weak against the Ground-type because earthen and sandy features neutralize and mitigate the toxicity of poisons, making them less effective.
  • 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.
  • 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 poisons 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, toxins that killed 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 poisons cannot circulate through or penetrate metals, mainly because they're not organic materials.

Trivia

  • There are no Poison-type Legendary Pokémon that aren't an alternate form.
  • Despite being all physical attack moves before Generation IV, there are more Special moves than Physical moves that are Poison 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. ^ Only in Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  14. ^ Only in Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  15. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Toxic Plate.
  16. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Poison Memory.
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