Types refer to different elemental properties associated with both Pokémon and their moves.
There are 18 total official types of Pokémon:
These 18 types apply to both Pokémon and their moves. Prior to Generation V, there used to be a ??? type which was only applied to the move Curse before having its typing changed, and the Shadow type, which was only present in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, most of which are logical setups. Fire-type Pokémon are weak against Water-type Pokémon, Ice-type Pokémon are weak against Fire-type Pokémon, Water-type Pokémon are weak against Electric-type Pokémon, etc. These matchups also apply to the types of moves as well: A Fire-type move such as Ember will be strong against a Grass-type Pokémon such as Bulbasaur. Some types of Pokémon are also immune to a certain type of moves, regardless of its attack power, such as using an offensive Ghost-type move on a Normal-type Pokémon.
Pokémon themselves can have up to two types, making them Dual-Type Pokémon, but moves can only be one type (with the exception of the move Flying Press which is a Fighting/ -type move). Most if not all dual-type Pokémon's types correspond with one another such as a Grass/Poison-type Pokémon such as Bulbasaur, or a Rock/Ground-type Pokémon such as Onix. However, not all dual-type Pokémon's types relate to each other like this. Some Pokémon may be dual-type between two types that don't normally go together such as Water/Electric-types (such as Lanturn) or Grass/Water types (such as Ludicolo) or Grass/ -types (such as Jumpluff), or Fighting/Psychic (such as Medicham). Some dual-type Pokémon lose one of their types and gain a different type upon Evolution such as Scyther (a Bug/ -type) which evolves into Scizor (a Bug/Steel-type). Some singular type Pokémon will change completely to a different type or types upon evolution, such as Azurill (a Normal/Fairy-Type) which evolves into Marill (a Water/Fairy-Type) or Eevee (a Normal-Type) which can evolve into Flareon (a Fire-Type), Jolteon (an Electric-Type), Vaporeon (a Water-Type), Espeon (a Psychic-Type), Umbreon (a Dark-Type), Glaceon (an Ice-Type), Leafeon (a Grass-Type) or Sylveon (a Fairy-Type). One Pokémon also completely lose a type upon evolution, Gloom (a Grass/Poison type) evolves into Bellossom (a Grass type). One Pokémon can also change their type altogether, Cubone (a Ground-type) evolves into Alolan Marowak (a Fire/Ghost-type).
- There are currently 17 unused dual types in Pokémon as of Generation VIII:
- There are currently 57 unique typings as of Generation VIII. Unique types are types that are exclusive to one Pokémon or its evolutionary line.
- Normal/Ground (Diggersby)
- Normal/Grass (Deerling & Sawsbuck)
- Normal/Water (Bibarel)
- Normal/Dragon (Drampa)
- Fighting/Ice (Crabominable)
- Fighting/Ghost (Marshadow)
- Fighting/ (Hawlucha)
- Poison/Fire (Salandit & Salazzle)
- Poison/Fighting (Croagunk & Toxicroak)
- Poison/ (Zubat, Golbat & Crobat)
- Poison/Ground (Nidoking & Nidoqueen)
- Poison/Fairy (Galarian Weezing)
- Ground/Dark (Sandile, Krokorok & Krookodile)
- Ground/Electric (Stunfisk)
- Ground/Psychic (Baltoy & Claydol)
- Rock/Poison (Nihilego)
- Rock/Dark (Tyranitar)
- Rock/Fighting (Terrakion)
- Rock/Electric (Alolan Geodude, Graveler & Golem)
- Rock/Grass (Lileep & Cradily)
- Rock/Ice (Amaura & Aurorus)
- Rock/Dragon (Tyrunt & Tyrantrum)
- Bug/Ghost (Shedinja)
- Bug/Fairy (Cutiefly & Ribombee)
- Bug/Psychic (Dottler & Orbeetle)
- Ghost/Poison (Gastly, Haunter & Gengar)
- Ghost/Fairy (Mimikyu)
- Fire/Normal (Litleo & Pyroar)
- Fire/Water (Volcanion)
- Fire/Steel (Heatran)
- Fire/Ice (Galarian Darmanitan (Zen Mode))
- Water/Grass (Lotad, Lombre & Ludicolo)
- Water/Ghost (Frillish & Jellicent)
- Water/Steel (Empoleon)
- Grass/Ice (Snover & Abomasnow)
- Grass/Ground (Torterra)
- Electric/Normal (Helioptile & Heliolisk)
- Electric/Ghost (Rotom)
- Electric/Fire (Rotom Heat)
- Electric/Grass (Rotom Mow)
- Electric/Psychic (Alolan Raichu)
- Electric/Dark (Morpeko)
- Electric/Poison (Toxel & Toxtricity)
- Ice/Fairy (Alolan Ninetales)
- Ice/Steel (Alolan Sandshrew & Sandslash)
- Ice/Ground (Swinub, Piloswine & Mamoswine)
- Ice/Ghost (Froslass)
- Ice/Bug (Snom & Frosmoth)
- Dragon/Ice (Kyurem)
- Dragon/Fairy (Mega Altaria)
- Dragon/Fighting (Hakamo-o & Kommo-o)
- Dark/Ice (Sneasel & Weavile)
- Dark/Steel (Pawniard & Bisharp)
- Dark/Fairy (Impidimp, Morgrem, & Grimmsnarl)
- Steel/Ghost (Honedge, Doublade & Aegislash)
- Fairy/ (Togetic & Togekiss)
- Though not technically a Pokémon, F-00 from Pokéstar Studios is a Steel/Normal type, a type no other Pokémon has.
- The only exception to the max dual typing is the manga-exclusive "Zapmolcuno" which is an Ice/Electric/Fire/ type (usually shortened to ???/ type).
- So far, the Water, , and Psychic-types have been paired with every type.
- Both Generation II and VI added to the list of types, Gen II adding Dark and Steel and Gen VI adding Fairy.
- Due to this, several Pokémon have been retyped to take advantage of the addition of new types, with the entire Magnemite line retyped to Electric/Steel and many others becoming Fairy-type following its introduction.
- Coincidentally, all of these types have an immunity, with the Dark, Steel, and Fairy-types being immune to the Psychic, Poison, and Dragon-types respectively.
- The only max single typing move is the move Flying Press which is a Fighting/ type move.
- However, in Pokémon Masters, there are Unity Moves which can use three types if all Pokémon on the players side of the field have different typings.
|Only exists within Generation II – IV: · Only exists within Colosseum and XD: Shadow|