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The 18 Pokémon types.

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 III, there used to be a Bird type which was only applied to Glitch Pokémon such as MissingNo. before they were removed, and prior to Generation V, there used to be a ??? type which was only applied to the move Curse, and the Shadow type, which was only present in Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokémon GO.

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/Flying-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/Flying 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/Flying type) which evolves into Kleavor (a Bug/Rock 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). One Pokémon also completely lose a type upon evolution, Gloom (a Grass/Poison type) evolves into Bellossom (a Grass type). Some Pokémon can also change their type altogether, like Eevee (a Normal type) which can evolve into one of eight different types, or Cubone (a Ground type) which evolves into Marowak (a Fire/Ghost type).

Special Type Interactions

Some types have special interactions with battle effects:

Unused Type Combos

Unique Type Combos


  • The only exception to the max dual typing is the manga-exclusive "Zapmolcuno" which is an Ice/Electric/Fire/Flying type (usually shortened to ???/Flying type).
  • As of Generation VIII, the only types that have been paired with every other type is Water, Flying, and Psychic.
  • 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. For example, the entire Magnemite line was retyped to Electric/Steel and many Pokémon that were previously Normal or mono-type Pokémon became 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 Dark type is currently the only one of the three types introduced after Generation I to not be given to an already introduced Pokémon to retype it.
  • The only max single typing move is the move Flying Press which is a Fighting/Flying-type move.
  • 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.
  • The type that has the most Pokémon classified into it is Water.

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