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# Ghost Type Pokémon

# Single Type Pokémon

# Dual Type Pokémon

# Ghost-Type Moves

Ghost type pokemon is notable for having a few pokemon with low HP and moves. In battles, Ghost type pokemons are useful because it's the only type that has two immunities: Normal and Fighting, both of which are common move types. 




Ghost Type  Pokémon stat averages

66.4 HP Ranked #16

80.6 Attack Ranked #10

79.3 Defense Ranked #6

84.4 Sp. Attack Ranked #5

78.6 Sp. Defense Ranked #5

67.0 Speed Ranked #11

Starting from the VI generation, the types of ghosts are also immune to the movements and abilities that prevent escape from flight, such as blocking signs and ghost signs. Pokémon of this type are generally related to fear, darkness and life after death. They usually live in abandoned houses, cemeteries, funerals and dark and uninhabited places, such as caves. Also, phantom-type Pokémon tend to be extremely bad and make jokes about humans just to see their faces and their reactions. Interestingly, the more a human being is afraid, the more Pokémon Pokémon will have the power to tease. In the worst case scenario, some phantom-type Pokémon can behave relatively deadly, such as attaching Jellicent to ships and their crews or the evolving family of Litwick, draining the vital energy of lost people.

Some of Ghost's famous Pokémon coaches include Agatha, third member of Kanto Elite Four; Morty, the fourth animator of Johto; Phoebe, second member of the Hoenn Elite Four; Fantina, fifth gym manager in the Sinnoh region; Shauntal, a member of Unova Elite Four; and Acerola, a test captain from Ulaula Island, Alola, as well as her third Elite Four member.


  • FirGhost type pokemon attack are super effective against Ghost, Psychic type pokemon

Ghost TYPE Weakness

  • Ghost type pokemon attacks are not effective against the Dark type pokemon.
  • Ghost type pokemon attack are weak against Ghost, Dark type pokemon.
  • Ghost type pokemon are immune to Normal type pokemon.


Agatha - Ghost Type Pokemon

Agatha Elite Four Gen 1, 3, 7


Morty Ecruteak City Gym Leader Gen 2, 4


Phoebe Elite Four Gen 3, 6

Fantina - Ghost Type Pokemon

Fantina Hearthome City Gym Leader Gen 4, 8


Shauntal Elite Four Gen 5

Acerola - Ghost Type Pokemon

Acerola Elite Four Gen 7

Acerolaa - Ghost Type Pokemon

Acerola Trial Captain Gen 7

Allister - Ghost Type Pokemon

Allister Stow-on-Side Gym Leader Gen 8

  • Ghost Type Super Effective Against :  Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel
  • Ghost Type Not very Effective Against:  Fire, water, Rock, Dragon
  • Not effective against Ghost Type:  Fire, Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel, Fairy.
  • Super Effective on Ghost Type:  Water, Ground, Rock.

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Pokemon type chart - strengths, weaknesses, and effectiveness.

This page is part of IGN's Pokemon Sword and Shield Wiki guide and contains information on how a Pokemon 's type influences it in battles, along with a complete Type-chart, which you can reference to see Pokemon Weaknesses, Strengths, and Effectiveness.

Every single Pokemon is based off one or two of eighteen different elemental Types. In the first generation, there were only 15 different types. The  Dark - and  Steel -types were added in the second generation, making 17, and the  Fairy -type was added in the sixth generation, making 18.

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Pokemon Weaknesses, Strengths, and Effectiveness Type Chart

Understanding the pokemon type chart, what happens when a pokemon is two types.

The following chart contains all the strengths, weaknesses, and immunities of all 18 different Types. The left side of the chart is offense. The top of the chart is defense.

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You can see even more details about each type and the Pokemon in Sword and Shield that they correspond to, by clicking on any of the types below.

Types play a role in both a Pokemon's offense and defense. As mentioned earlier, each Pokemon is made up of one or two types. At the same time, each move a Pokemon can learn causes one kind of elemental damage from the same pool of 18 types.

Super Effective

Some types are strong against others and cause twice (2x) the damage compared to neutral types. For example: an  Electric -type move on a  Normal -type Pokemon causes neutral damage (1x), but an  Electric -type move on a  Water -type Pokemon causes twice (2x) the damage. The game will tell you when one type is stronger than another by saying "It's Super Effective" after the move is used. If battling a Pokemon you've battled before, moves that are Super Effective are labeled "Super effective." 

Not Very Effective

Some types are weak against others and cause half (.5x) damage compared to neutral types. For example: a  Fighting -type move attacking a Bug-type Pokemon will cause only half the damage. The game will tell you when one type is weaker than another by saying "It's Not Very Effective" after the move is used.If battling a Pokemon you've battled before, moves that are Not Very Effective are labeled "Not very effective." 

Lastly there are some types that won't even hit another type. The game will tell you "It Doesn't Affect..." if you come across an Immune type. Some types are even immune to certain Moves or Status Conditions . For example: 

  • Normal - and  Fighting -types cannot touch  Ghost -types
  • Ghost -types cannot touch Normal -types
  • Poison -types cannot touch  Steel -types
  • Ground -types cannot touch  Flying -types (unless a move is used to knock it out of the air)
  • Electric -types cannot touch  Ground -types
  • Psychic -types cannot touch  Dark -types
  • Dragon -types cannot touch  Fairy -types.

Status Attacks

Make note, Types may not play a role when using Status Attacks. Sand-Attack (a Ground move) can hit a Flying Pokemon, but Thunder Wave (an Electric move) cannot hit a Ground Pokemon. It can be confusing at times. See each Type page for more information on their immunities, or refer to the chart below.

STAB Attacks

Same-Type-Attack-Bonus, or STAB, is a 1.5x bonus multiplier Pokemon get when using a damaging move that's the same type as them. 

When it comes to Pokemon with two types, you may cause 4x damage, .25x damage, or just break even. By referencing the type chart, if both types are weak, the Pokemon will take 4x damage; if both types are resistant, it will take 1/4 the damage; if one type is resistant and one type is weak, the Pokemon will take neutral damage.

  • Electric -type attacks on a  Water - and Flying -type Pokemon mix for 4x damage. This is because Electric -types are strong against both Water - and  Flying -types.
  • If Vanilluxe (Ice-type) attacks Flygon ( Ground - and Dragon -type) with Ice Beam (Ice-type attack), it will do 4x damage due to Flygon 's Ground - Dragon -type weaknesses to Ice. But that's not all, due to Vanilluxe 's 1.5x Ice STAB, the attack does a total of 6x damage!
  • Fighting -type attacks on a Flying /Poison-type Pokemon mix for .25x damage. This is because Fighting -types moves aren't strong against either Flying - or  Poison -types.
  • Poison -type attacks on a  Grass /Poison-type Pokemon mix for neutral damage. This is because Poison -types are strong against  Grass - and weak against other Poison -types.
  • Ghost -type attacks on a Normal /Psychic-type Pokemon will cause no damage. Even though a Ghost -type is strong against a  Psychic -type, Normal -type Pokemon are immune to Ghost -type attacks.

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Ghost (type).

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The Ghost type (Japanese: ゴーストタイプ Ghost type ) is one of the eighteen types . Ghost-type moves are super effective against Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokémon , while Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Dark - and Ghost-type moves.

  • 1.1 Generation I
  • 1.2 Generations II to V
  • 1.3 Generation VI onwards
  • 1.4 Additional effects
  • 2.1 Pure Ghost-type Pokémon
  • 2.2.1 Primary Ghost-type Pokémon
  • 2.2.2 Secondary Ghost-type Pokémon
  • 2.3 Changed types
  • 2.4 Pokéstar Studios opponents
  • 3.1 Changed types
  • 4.1 Interacting with the Ghost type
  • 4.2 Exclusive Abilities
  • 5.1 Cram-o-matic
  • 6 Notable Ghost-type Trainers
  • 7.1 Core series
  • 7.2 Side series
  • 7.3 Spin-off games
  • 8 In the TCG
  • 9.1 Overall
  • 9.2 Fully evolved
  • 11 In other languages

Battle properties

Note: Type effectiveness multipliers may vary in other games outside the core series .

Generation I

Generations ii to v, generation vi onwards, additional effects.

If the user has the Ability Scrappy or Mind's Eye , or the target is under the effect of the moves Foresight or Odor Sleuth , Normal - and Fighting-type moves will deal ×1 damage to Ghost-type Pokémon .

In Generation I only, Ghost-type Pokémon cannot be paralyzed by Lick , and are affected by Bide , Counter , Seismic Toss , SonicBoom , and Super Fang , despite these moves being Normal- and Fighting-type, which the Ghost type is normally immune to.

The move Curse , introduced in Generation II , functions differently when used by a Ghost-type Pokémon.

In Generations II and III only, Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to Glare .

From Generation VI onwards, Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to effects that prevent recall or escape (such as Mean Look and Shadow Tag ), and they are also guaranteed to flee from any wild battle regardless of Speed .

The move Trick-or-Treat , introduced in Generation VI, adds the Ghost type to the target's types .

As of Generation IX , 73 Pokémon or 7.12% of all Pokémon are Ghost-type (counting those that are Ghost-type in at least one of their forms , including regional forms ), making it the third rarest type among Pokémon after Fairy and before Dragon and Electric .

The Pokémon below are listed by their current types. Some Pokémon have had their types changed.

Pure Ghost-type Pokémon

Half ghost-type pokémon, primary ghost-type pokémon, secondary ghost-type pokémon, changed types.

These Ghost-type Pokémon have had their types changed.

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As of Generation IX , there are 34 Ghost-type moves , which makes up 3.64% of all moves (excluding those that are Ghost-type only under certain circumstances), causing it to tie with Bug as the 4th rarest type among moves after Ice and before Poison .

Prior to changes in Generation IV , all damaging Ghost-type moves were physical , but they may now also be special depending on the attack.

Some moves have had their types changed.

The following Ghost-type moves have had their types changed.

Interacting with the Ghost type

A Pokémon with Protean or Libero will become a Ghost-type Pokémon if it uses a Ghost-type move. A Pokémon with Color Change , Imposter , RKS System , or Multitype will become a Ghost-type Pokémon if (respectively) it is hit with a Ghost-type move, is sent out against a Ghost-type opponent, is holding a Ghost Memory , or is holding a Spooky Plate or Ghostium Z .

Since Generation VI, Ghost-type Pokémon are also immune to Magnet Pull , Arena Trap , and Shadow Tag .

Exclusive Abilities

Only Ghost-type Pokémon have these Abilities. This does not include signature Abilities .


Notable ghost-type trainers, core series, side series, spin-off games.

Due to the decreased amount of types in the TCG compared to the game series, Ghost-type Pokémon fall under the Psychic-type .

Psychic-type Pokémon in the TCG are generally weak to Darkness and other Psychic Pokémon, with resistances to Colorless and Fighting . Psychic-type Pokémon are strong against Grass (until Diamond & Pearl ), Fighting and Psychic Pokémon, whilst Colorless , Darkness , and Metal Pokémon can resist this type.

Statistical averages

Fully evolved.

what type of pokemon is super effective against ghost

  • Despite being introduced in Generation I , there were no pure Ghost-type Pokémon until Generation II introduced Misdreavus.
  • Generation VII introduced the most Ghost-type moves of any generation, with eight. Generation V introduced the fewest Ghost-type moves, with only one, Hex .
  • In Generation I , Ghost-type moves have no effect on Psychic-type Pokémon, though an abundance of evidence suggests that this may have been an error. Multiple sources mention that Ghost-type moves are super-effective on Psychic-type Pokémon: official strategy guides published by Nintendo , two episodes of the anime ( The Tower of Terror and Haunter versus Kadabra ), and even the games themselves, where a Pokémon Trainer in the Saffron Gym mentions that Psychic-type Pokémon "only fear Bugs and Ghosts" (though the reference to Ghost-type Pokémon was removed in Pokémon Yellow ). This was corrected in Generation II to make Ghost-type moves actually be super effective against Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • It is also the only type to have ever been ineffective against two types: Normal and Psychic in Generation I.
  • Ghost and Normal are the only two types to be ineffective against each other.
  • As of Generation VI , Ghost is tied with Dragon for being the least resisted type.
  • While the Ghost-type has an immunity to Normal-type moves, several damaging moves that display as Normal-type can affect them, including Hidden Power (whose actual type varies) and Struggle (which inflicts typeless damage from Generation II onward).
  • Despite not being Ghost-type, Darkrai is also able to walk through walls.
  • The only Pokémon to have ever possessed a double resistance to the Ghost-type naturally were Pawniard and Bisharp , both of which are dual-type Dark / Steel .
  • Kalos is the only region without a notable Ghost-type specialist .
  • In Pokémon Conquest , Ghost-type Pokémon which are not part- Flying-type or have Levitate are shown with an animation of physically passing through enemies, referencing the common belief that real-life ghosts can pass through solid objects. They cannot, however, pass through any other obstacle on the field in-game.
  • Ghost- and Dark-type moves are super effective against the same types. As of Generation VI, the only difference between them is that Dark-type moves are not very effective on Fighting - or Fairy-type Pokémon while Ghost-type moves do not affect Normal-type Pokémon.
  • As shown in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon , some Ghost-type Pokémon, despite their name, can still die . This was first mentioned in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? , where Acerola revealed that her Shiny Mimikyu , Mimikins, is in fact the ghost of a deceased Mimikyu. Later, in A Timeless Encounter! , it is revealed that Professor Kukui had once befriended a Totem Trevenant that he nicknamed Elder. It is later revealed that Elder has since died, its body now a regular tree, though the circumstances of its death weren't revealed. Giratina is another Ghost-type whose life has been in danger, in Giratina and the Sky Warrior . However, despite this, it still appears that many Ghost-type Pokémon, particularly ones who are more similar to traditional ghosts, are indeed immune to the ravages of time and can live on indefinitely; for instance, a Yamask shown in A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! was told to be millennia old.
  • All Ghost-type moves are eligible to be used in Sky Battles .
  • The Ghost type was the last type to have at least one Pokémon officially owned by Ash in the anime, following his capture of a Gengar in A Chilling Curse! .
  • Rock is the only type that has yet to be paired with Ghost.
  • originally had three Pokémon in Generation I, then gained only one more in Generation II.
  • are the only types that are weak to themselves.
  • have one type immune to them and one type resistant to them.
  • Until The Isle of Armor and the introduction of Poltergeist , every Ghost-type move had 100% accuracy or could not miss.
  • In Japanese, the Ghost type shares its name with Haunter , whose Japanese name is ゴースト Ghost .

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Ghost Type Pokémon Weaknesses and Good Pokémon to Use Against Them

By: Author Chloe Parpworth-Reynolds

Posted on Last updated: August 18, 2022

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Ghost Type Pokémon Weaknesses and Good Pokémon to Use Against Them

In Generation I only 3 Pokémon had the Ghost-type. These 3 Pokémon were also part of the same evolutionary chain (Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar)!

Since then, however, the Ghost type has grown in number and popularity in future games.

Many Gym Leaders and Elite Four members have used them, such as Morty, Shauntal, Agatha, and Acerola. 

The Ghost-type has a lot of quirks which can make it tricky to deal with.

For example, it is weak against itself, and it can’t hit Normal-types, while Normal-types also can’t hit it. 

Keep on reading to make sure these Ghost-type Pokémon don’t leave you spooked!

Ghost Type Pokémon Weaknesses & Strengths Chart

Ghost-type pokémon weaknesses.

Ghost-type Pokémon are weak against Dark-type moves and also their own typing of Ghost. These moves do double damage to them.

The Dark type also resists Ghost-type moves, making it a reliable choice for beating Ghost Pokemon. 

Normal-type Pokémon are completely immune to Ghost-type attacks, but they can’t inflict damage in return!

Ghost-Type Pokémon Strengths and Resistances

Ghost-type Pokémon are good against Psychic and Ghost types, being able to deal double damage to them. 

They can also resist moves from Bug and Poison-type Pokémon, taking half damage from them. 

Ghost-types are also completely immune to Fighting and Normal-type moves.

If you use one of these types against them, you’ll do no damage to them at all!

Pokémon Good Against Ghost Types

There are plenty of Pokémon that can be good against Ghost-type Pokemon that either can exploit their weaknesses or resist their moves.

5 of the best Ghost-type counters are:

Bisharp Pokemon

Bisharp is a great choice to use against Ghost-type Pokémon, as it has great typing (Steel/Dark) to resist their moves.

As a bit of Trivia, back in Generation V when it was released, it was the only Pokémon able to have double resistance to Ghost-type moves!

Nowadays, it only has singular resistance as Steel now takes normal damage, but this is still great to have. 

With a great Attack stat that can be easily boosted using Swords Dance, it can dispatch Ghost-types handily. 

By using Sucker Punch, it can attack first for super effective damage if the opponent is using an attacking move. This helps to make up for its lower Speed.

Sableye Pokemon

Sableye is a Ghost/Dark type. This means it takes normal damage from Ghost-type moves thanks to the Dark typing. 

At one point, before Generation VI introduced the Fairy-type, Sableye was the only Pokémon to have no weaknesses at all, thanks to its typing! 

One of the key points about Sableye that makes it super useful is its ability, Prankster. This gives priority to non-attacking moves.

Using this, Sableye can easily act first and weaken its opponents with stat drops and status effects. 

Gengar Pokemon

It might seem odd that we have included Gengar here, as being Ghost/Poison type, it is weak to Ghost-type moves. However, bear with us as there is a good reason why!

You may remember one of the types that Ghosts are weak to is themselves.

Thanks to Gengar’s great Speed and Special Attack stats, it can turn the tides on its opponents, hitting them hard and fast. 

Gengar can also use Dark-type moves such as Dark Pulse for super-effective damage.

Umbreon Pokemon

Umbreon is a Dark-type, making it super-effective against Ghost-type Pokémon.

It also has one of the top Special Defense stats in the game, making it great at taking hits. 

Its ability Synchronize means that any Pokémon that gives it a status effect will get the same status back.

This often makes opponents wary about burning or poisoning it!

Umbreon can also recover HP for itself and allies using the Wish move.

The move Foul Play, also helps it against physically attacking Pokémon as it scales in power with the opponent’s Attack stat.

5. Obstagoon

Obstagoon Pokemon

Obstagoon is Normal/Dark-type. This means that due to its Normal typing, Ghost-type moves won’t hit it at all! 

The Dark-type allows it to deal super-effective damage and hit hard.

It can also use status effects to its advantage with the ability Guts, which increases its Attack stat if it is affected by one. 

With great all-around stats, Obstagoon is a great Pokémon to build how you would like them. 

Attacks Super Effective Against Ghost-Type Pokémon

Ghost and Dark-type attacks will be your moves of choice to defeat Ghost-type Pokémon quickly and easily. 

It’s always key to remember that you don’t need a Pokémon that has Ghost or Dark typing to use a super effective move. Lots of different Pokémon can learn them and help you out in a pinch. 

Here is a list of some of the top 10 moves to look out for. 

  • Shadow Ball (Ghost)
  • Poltergeist (Ghost)
  • Shadow Sneak ( Ghost)
  • Hex (Ghost)
  • Shadow Claw (Ghost)
  • Sucker Punch (Dark)
  • Knock Off (Dark)
  • Darkest Lariat (Dark)
  • Dark Pulse (Dark)
  • Snarl (Dark)

Tips on Defeating Ghost-Type Pokémon

Ghost-type Pokémon as we have said previously, are immune to Normal and Fighting-type attacks. However, this is not always the case!

If a Normal or Fighting-type Pokémon has the ability Scrappy, it can hit Ghost-type Pokémon! 

Even if you don’t have Scrappy as an ability, often switching to a Normal-type Pokémon can disrupt your opponent. This is because if they use a Ghost-type move it will do nothing to you!

Remember most Normal-types have some sort of Dark-type move at their disposal to then hit back with!

The Dark-type move Knock Off is very popular, especially among competitive trainers.

This move gets rid of the held item of the opposing Pokémon. Not only that, but if it removes the item, it also does double the damage!

Due to the fact that Ghost-types are also weak to Dark-type moves, this makes it all the more useful for a Pokémon to know. 

For every other type, if they use the move Curse, it will lower their Speed in order to raise Attack and Defense. However, if a Ghost-type uses it, something more interesting happens!

The Ghost-type will lose half its HP but will curse the opposing Pokémon. This curse will make it lose ¼ of its HP at the end of every turn!

To get around this, switch out your Pokémon to remove the curse. 

Ghost-types are also the only type of Pokémon to have access to the ability Cursed Body.

If a Pokémon with this ability is hit by a damaging move, it has a 30% chance to disable that attack! This means you won’t be able to use that move again for 4 turns.

The remedy for this, though, is exactly the same as for Curse. Simply switch your Pokémon out to get rid of the effect. 

We hope that after reading this guide, you no longer feel scared of Ghost-type Pokémon.

In fact, we hope that they are more scared of you with your newfound know-how!

Are there any other types you are worried about facing? Let us and your fellow trainers know in the comments. 

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All Ghost-type Pokemon weaknesses, explained

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Scattered throughout the lands of Pokémon are hundreds of ‘mon with different abilities, attributes, and properties that determine how they interact with their world. Many of these properties and attributes boil down to a Pokémon’s type.

Pokémon can have one or two types that determine everything about them, from the moves they can use to the Pokémon they’re strong and weak against. Trainers who want to thrive in the competitive world of Pokémon need to understand how these types influence every battle they participate in.

There are 18 unique types, each with various strengths and weaknesses.

One of the most exciting types in the game is Ghost, which has a complex web of advantages and disadvantages. Whether you’re looking to protect your Ghost-types or decimate someone else’s, we’ve outlined everything you need to know about Ghost-type weaknesses.

Here are all of the Ghost-type weaknesses.

All Ghost Type Pokémon weaknesses

All ghost type pokémon resistances, best counters for ghost type pokémon.

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  • Dark; dark type moves deal double damage against ghost-type Pokémon.
  • Ghost; ghost type moves deal double damage against ghost-type Pokémon.

The Psychic-Dark-Ghost triangle of strengths and weaknesses has always been tricky to keep straight. Ghost-types have a standard disadvantage against Dark-types : Ghost-type moves only do half damage to Dark-types, and Dark-type moves are super effective on Ghost-types.

In addition to actual Dark-type Pokémon, plenty of non-Dark-types can learn common Dark-type moves like Bite, Crunch, and Knock Off. This is an excellent way for Normal-type and Fighting-type Pokémon to gain an edge over pesky Ghost-types.

Believe it or not, Ghost is weak to itself . This is different from most other same-type matchups: most types have a resistance to themselves, with the notable exception of Dragon-types. This means that Ghost-types will crumble when faced by other Ghost-types that know moves like Shadow Ball.

Just be careful when fielding a Ghost-type against another Ghost-type: they’re both weak to each other, which could end poorly if your enemy lands a lucky critical hit or high-powered Ghost move. If you’re looking to counter a Ghost-type with Ghost-type moves, it’s best to teach those moves to a non-Ghost-type Pokémon that isn’t weak to Ghost.

  • Poison; poison-type moves are only half as effective when used against ghost-type Pokémon
  • Bug; bug-type moves are only half as effective when used against ghost-type Pokémon
  • Fighting; fighting-type moves will have no effect on ghost-type Pokémon
  • Normal; normal-type moves will have no effect on ghost-type Pokémon

Ghost-type Pokémon are resistant to two types: Bug and Poison. Many Ghost-types are also part Poison, as with the Gastly line, giving them quadruple resistance to Poison-type moves. Avoid using Bug-type or Poison-type moves against any Ghost-types you encounter.

Related: Pokémon type chart: Strengths, weaknesses, and resistances

To make up for its relatively short list of strengths and weaknesse s, Ghost-types have total immunity to two types: Normal and Fighting. Normal-type and Fighting-type moves will have no effect when used against Ghost-type Pokémon. Ghost-type moves do not affect Normal-type Pokémon, either, so keep that in mind.

There is one way to ensure that Normal-type and Fighting-type moves can hit a Ghost-type. Using the move Odor Sleuth, which many early-game Normal-type Pokémon know, will allow a Ghost-type to be hit by Normal-type and Fighting-type moves. The move Foresight will also do the same thing, which can help players who don’t have Ghost-type or Dark-type moves to take even the best Ghost-type Pokémon.

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The best Pokémon to bet on when attempting to counter Ghost-type Pokémon are pure dark types that can also learn Ghost-type moves.

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The Ghost type is one of the 18 elemental Pokémon types .

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This is a complete list of all Ghost moves. This list can be searched and sorted. To sort, click the column names.

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These are the attack types that Ghost Pokémon are weak to, what dual-type Ghost Pokémon are weak to, and what types Ghost Pokémon are strong against.

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  • 1 What are the Pokémon ghost weaknesses?
  • 2 What are dual-type Ghost Pokémon weak against?
  • 3 How many weaknesses does Ghost types have?
  • 4 What moves don’t work against Ghost type Pokémon?
  • 5 What Pokémon are strong against Ghost types?
  • 6 What types are Ghost Pokémon strong against?

Ghost-type Pokémon may not always be among the strongest, but when they come into games, they tend to be tricky to defeat. A core typing for one of the Elite Four in many games, it’s the Ghost-type’s strengths against many popular move types that makes these Pokémon quite formidable.

On this page, you’ll discover the Ghost-type weaknesses, the weaknesses of dual-type Ghost Pokémon, and the move types that aren’t as effective or simply don’t work against Ghost.

What are the Pokémon ghost weaknesses?

Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to:

Both Ghost and Dark-type attacks are super effective against Ghost-type Pokémon, dealing double (x2) the move’s standard amount of damage.

That’s for pure Ghost-type Pokémon weaknesses. You can also find dual-type Ghost Pokémon, which tend to have more weaknesses while being stronger against far more attack types.

For example, a pure Ghost Pokémon like Mismagius is weak to Ghost and Dark-type attacks, strong against Poison and Bug, and immune to Normal and Fighting-type moves. A Ghost-Flying Pokémon like Drifblim, however, is weak against Electric, Ice, Rock, Ghost, and Dark, immune to Normal, Fighting, and Ground, and strong against Grass, Poison, and especially Bug.

What are dual-type Ghost Pokémon weak against?

Here are all of the Pokémon ghost weaknesses.

For the most part, Ghost and Dark-type attacks are super effective, so they are often good choices for exploiting Ghost weaknesses. They’re even doubly super effective (x4) against Ghost-Psychic Pokémon.

How many weaknesses does Ghost types have?

A pure Ghost Pokémon has only two weaknesses: Ghost and Dark. If a Ghost or Dark-type attack hits a Ghost-type Pokémon, it will play to its weaknesses, be super effective, and be twice a powerful as usual.

If you’re up against a dual-type Ghost Pokémon, the second typing can make them stronger against these usual Ghost weaknesses but also open up more super effective threats.

For example, Normal-Ghost Pokémon like Hisuian Zoroark are immune to Ghost-type moves and are strong against Bug and Poison, with only Dark as their weakness.

What moves don’t work against Ghost type Pokémon?

Normal and Fighting-type attacks don’t work against any Ghost Pokémon, regardless of if they’re a pure Ghost or dual-type Ghost. Others like Ghost-Normal, Ghost-Ground, Ghost-Flying, Ghost-Dark, Ghost-Steel, and Ghost-Fairy Pokémon are immune to even more move types.

What Pokémon are strong against Ghost types?

Dark Pokémon are always strong against Ghost in Pokémon. So, pure Dark Pokémon like Umbreon, Darkrai, and Zoroark are all good picks to combat tricky Ghost Pokémon. The only weaker pick among the Dark Pokémon is Spiritomb due to its Ghost-Dark typing.

As they’re strong against and Ghost and Dark attacks and immune to Psychic moves – which can be common among Ghost Pokémon – Dark Pokémon are good picks. With dual-type Dark Pokémon, you can find even more success due to them being strong against more types. These Pokémon are good against Ghost:

  • Umbreon (Dark)
  • Honchkrow (Dark-Flying)
  • Weavile (Dark-Ice)
  • Darkrai (Dark)
  • Zoroark (Dark)

What types are Ghost Pokémon strong against?

Ghost-type Pokémon are strong against Poison and Bug-type attacks while being completely immune to Normal and Fighting-type moves.

Due to the mixed typing, some dual-type Ghost Pokémon will take a regular amount of damage when hit with attacks of some of these types. For example, Ghost-Water Pokémon are also strong against Fire, Grass, Ice, Steel, and Fairy moves.

Here are the attack types that each form of dual-type Ghost Pokémon is strong (½ damage) against:

Now, thanks to our Pokémon ghost weakness guide, when you’re faced with one of these tricky Ghost types, you’ll know the moves that play to Ghost weaknesses, how to best dual-type Ghost Pokémon, and the moves that don’t do much damage if you want to catch the Pokémon.

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Ghost Type Pokemon Strengths and Weaknesses

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Ghost-type Pokemon are rare, with only 73 total Pokémon of this kind. It has changed quite a bit from its introduction, where in Generation 1, Ghost-type moves did not affect Psychic-type Pokémon; all Ghost-type attacks were considered physical until Generation 3. Ghost-type Pokémon are often related to fear and the afterlife, with many Ghost types being scary or spooky.

If you are checking our ghost-type Pokemon, you should know the best ghost-type Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

The Drifloon Pokédex entry is quite popular, which states that it tries to take children away that grab onto it. The newest addition in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Greavard is another Ghost-type that is an extremely friendly Pokémon that follows you if you play with it but slowly also drains the life force out of you, so don’t play with it too long. These Pokémon are fairly interesting to observe and interact with, which is how they fare in the Pokémon world.

Ghost Pokémon Strengths


Ghost-type moves are super effective against:

  • Psychic-type Pokémon
  • Ghost-type Pokémon

Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to:

  • Normal type moves
  • Fighting type moves

Ghost-type Pokémon are resistant to:

  • Poison type moves
  • Bug type moves

Ghost Pokémon Average Stats and Moves

Ghost-type Pokémon have an average Special Attack of 84.4 , Special Defense of 78.6 , and Defense of 79.3 . These Pokémon end up as great Special Attackers who might end up lasting in battles if used correctly; it also helps that they’re immune to two typing, and since Generation 6, Steel-type Pokémon don’t resist Ghost-type moves.

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Ghost-type Pokemon are some of the strongest in most Pokemon games. In recent games, Greavard has become a fan-favorite Pokemon and one of the strongest.

This makes the Ghost type a fascinating one to play with since they also have special moves that are type-specific, like Curse or Trick or Treat. Ghost-type Pokémon can’t be trapped by trapping moves and abilities like mean look or be bound. They learn status condition moves that can be effective in long-term and competitive battles.

Ghost Pokémon Weaknesses


Ghost-type Pokémon are weak against:

  • Ghost-type moves
  • Dark type moves

Ghost-type moves do not affect:

  • Normal type Pokémon

Ghost-type moves are not very effective against:

  • Dark type Pokémon

Ghost-type Pokémon have a low average HP stat of 66.4 and speed stat of 67 ; this ensures that they usually don’t go first in battle and might be at a considerable risk of getting one hit KO’d. They might survive because of their defense stats, but you have to be very technical while using them. This rare type of Pokémon doesn’t have a lot of choices or moves in their arsenal like other types.

Even though their existence is a bit chequered in the Pokémon world , the interesting and mysterious behavior displayed by Ghost-type Pokémon is one to behold. They indeed have a firm place in the Pokémon world and give us unforgettable and creepy Pokédex entries to witness.

Ghost Type Pokemon Strengths and Weaknesses – FAQ

What type of pokemon are ghost-type moves strong against.

Ghost type moves are strong against ghost and psychic-type Pokemon.

What type of Pokemon are ghost-type moves weak against?

Ghost type moves are weak against dark-type Pokemon.

Ghost-Type Pokémon Weaknesses & Resistances

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Ghost-type Pokémon have been around since Generation I, and they are the only type to have more than one immunity.

They are also unique because they have a type-specific attack, Curse, which works differently for Ghost-types.

Whether you’re using this type of Pokémon or need to know how to beat one, there are certain strengths and weaknesses to keep in mind.

Fortunately, we’ve created our own guide to Ghost type Pokémon weaknesses and resistances so that you can learn to handle them effectively!

Ghost Type Pokémon Weaknesses

Ghost-type Pokémon are the third-rarest type in the world of Pokémon, making them something you’re unlikely to come across as often as a grass or fire type.

Due to their rarity, you’re likely going to be asking yourself, “What are Ghost-type Pokémon weak against?” when you come up against one in a battle.

While they have been around since Gen I, not many players can remember their weaknesses, since this type isn’t the most well-known.

That said, they do have a unique set of weaknesses, which are:

Additionally, Ghost-type moves do not affect Normal-type Pokémon, meaning you don’t want to use them if you’re up against a Snorlax , Meowth, or other pure Normal-type.

Though likewise, Normal-type attacks aren’t effective against Ghost-type Pokémon either.

They are also susceptible to same-type damage bonuses, meaning Ghost-type moves will be super effective against Ghost-type Pokémon.

If you’re having trouble fighting a Ghost-type, your best bet would be using something like Poochyena, one of the best dog Pokémon that is a straight dark type.

However, despite these weaknesses, Ghost-type Pokémon have the potential to be incredibly powerful due to their status effect moves.

Ghost Type Pokémon Resistances

Now that you know what Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to, let’s take a look at their particular resistances.

These are important to know since they can help you understand when it is best to use this type of Pokémon.

Ghost-type Pokémon have two specific resistances, which are:

It should also be noted that certain Ghost-type Pokémon, particularly the Gastly ones, are part poison themselves, making them even more poison resistant.

Ghost-types also have complete immunity to Fighting-type moves and Normal-type moves, so you don’t want to go up against them with a Mankey or Dunsparce.

While Ghost types themselves aren’t super effective against Bug or Poison types, due to their resistance, they can be good to use in a fight against these kinds of Pokémon.

These resistances are worth keeping in mind so that you can more effectively fight or use any Ghost-type Pokémon you come across.

Best Counters For Ghost Type Pokémon

If you know you’re going to be battling a Ghost-type Pokémon, you’ll want to prepare beforehand.

There are some specific counters you can use to help give yourself an upper hand.

Having a Dark-type Pokémon on your team is one of the best things you can do to defeat any Ghost Pokémon more easily.

Dark-type moves are super effective against all Ghost-types, so keeping one in reserve can be a smart move.

You can also use dual dark types, like Yveltal, one of the best bird Pokémon , which is a Flying/Dark-type with the Dark Pulse ability, to defeat any Ghost-type with ease.

What Beats Ghost Type Pokémon?

Ghost types have been featured in all of the best Pokémon games of all time , and when it comes time to fight them, you’ll want to have the right team.

The last thing you want to do is go into a battle with a Ghost-type using a Pokémon that is ineffective, or at worst, highly vulnerable to their attacks!

Fortunately, if you’re using the right Pokémon and the right move sets, you can easily defeat any Ghost-type that gets in your way.

Pokémon To Use Against Ghost Types

When it’s time to take down a Ghost-type, these are the Pokémon you’ll want to have on your team.

  • Meowth (Dark-type)
  • Poochyena (Dark-type)
  • Zorua (Dark-type)
  • Nickit (Dark-type)
  • Absol (Dark-type)
  • Maschiff (Dark-type)

Because all pure Dark-types are resistant to Ghost-type attacks, these will be the best to have on your team.

However, you can still use half Dark-types, though they will still be damaged normally by Ghost-type attacks.

On the plus side, Dark-type Pokémon can be relatively easy to come across, especially if you go looking for them at night.

Moves To Use Against Dark Types

While Dark-type Pokémon are the most effective against Ghost-types, there are also some moves you should get to ensure they have the biggest impact possible.

The best offensive moves to use against a Ghost-type include:

  • Brutal Swing

It should be noted that moves like Bite, Crunch, and Knock Off can also be taught to Normal-type and Fighting-type Pokémon to give them a slight edge over Ghost-types.

All Dark-type moves are super effective against Ghost-types, so they will be able to inflict 2x damage compared to other options.

These are the ones you will definitely want to set your Pokémon up with before taking on any Ghost-type Pokémon in a battle.

Ghost-type Pokémon are some of the coolest in the franchise, but they can be devastating to fight if you’re not prepared.

If you find yourself having to fight a Ghost-type, you’ll need to know exactly what it is weak to, so you can set up your team correctly.

Make sure to keep our guide handy if you’re having trouble remembering what is most effective to use against this Pokémon type!

What Ghost type Pokémon weakness is your favorite? Leave a comment below.

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A map of Paldea from Pokémon Scarlet/Violet with the three starters over it. Arrows point from Quaxly to Fuecoco to Sprigatito, signifying their type advantage cycle.

Just like other Pokémon games, Pokémon Violet and Scarlet uses a type system, giving each Pokémon one or two elemental types, with their own strengths and weaknesses. Our Pokémon Violet and Scarlet type guide will table out the type advantages so you don’t have to memorize how things flow.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet type chart — strengths and weaknesses, explained

Each Pokémon has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Attacks that are “ super effective ” (i.e. strong) against a certain type will deal double damage, while attacks that are “ not very effective ” (i.e. weak) against a type will deal half the damage.

Memorizing type advantages can be simple. Water-type moves are strong against the fire-type Charmander, for example. Rock- and ground-type moves are also strong against Charmander. This is fairly easy to remember, as you can use water, rocks, or dirt to put out a fire. However, some of the types get more confusing. Steel- and poison-type moves are strong against fairy-type Pokémon, as knights in armor and poisoned fruit are powerful in fairy tales. Sheesh.

Things get even more complex when a Pokémon has two types. Charizard, which is both fire- and flying-type, has different weaknesses than Charmander. Not only is it weak to water- and rock-type moves, but it’s also weak to electric-type moves. However, its fire-typing prevents it from taking extra damage from ice-type moves (as flying-types usually do). It’s flying-typing also gives it complete immunity against ground-type moves. Nice.

Strengths and weaknesses also aren’t necessarily just opposites of each other. Though fire-type move deal less damage to water-type Pokémon and water-type moves do doubled damage against fire-type Pokémon, this isn’t the case with every type. For example, fighting-type moves are strong against normal-types, but normal-types just do regular damage against fighting-types, rather than reduced damage.

Notably, in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet , you can change a Pokémon’s type in battle by Terastilizing . All Pokémon can Terastilize into one type, changing its typing completely. For example, if a Charizard (typically fire/flying) Terastilizes into a fire-type, it will lose its flying-typing, making it also lose its vulnerability to electric-type moves. You can even have Pokémon that Terastilize into completely different types — a Charizard, for instance, that Terastilizes into a dragon- or water-type. It’s a radical change to the Pokémon type chart for Scarlet and Violet .

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when battling Pokémon in Tera Raids. You should remember to bring a Pokémon who’s strong against the opponent’s tera type, but isn’t weak against its usual typing. Raid Pokémon still retain their original movesets, so you’ll need to look out for moves that counter your Pokémon’s type. For example, if you face off against a dragon Tera Type Charizard, don’t bring any ice-type Pokémon. Yes, ice-type moves are super effective against the dragon Tera Type, but the Charizard will still know plenty of fire-type moves, which will melt down your ice-type Pokémon in an instant.

Knowing what a Pokémon’s strengths and weaknesses are is an important aspect of battling. To do the most damage you can, you should make sure that your Pokémon’s moves are strong against what it’s battling.

Memorizing all of it can get confusing. Here’s a chart to help you out.

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A Pokémon Type Chart Guide

W ith the stacked Pokémon roster now standing at well over 1000 different species, there are now plenty of different matchups to explore through battling. Each Pokémon has a certain type of focus, or in some cases two, and these fare better in matchups against some than others.

While the Pokémon type chart shows a type's super-effective strengths and weaknesses, as well as immunities, they don't always tell the full story. Every type can be broken down into six parts — either looking at how effective the type's moves are against others, or how these other types' moves affect the type in return. These generally come as super effective, not very effective, or with no effect whatsoever.

Updated on November 24, 2023, by Guillermo Kurten: The mainline Pokémon games have greatly expanded the amount of available species now with Scarlet and Violet. While the total list of Types has only marginally increased by comparison, the possible combinations are more than enough to make these species more diverse. This extended guide is being updated to add further context on some of each of the 18 total Types' standout representatives and useful moves.

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As the name suggests, Normal types have an ordinary existence, and as such, don't have any super-effective advantages over other types. Normal-type moves are incredibly common and will crop up in almost every single Pokémon's movepools, from Body Slam and Slash to Hyper Beam. They hit nearly every type for neutral damage, except for the immune Ghosts, and the resistant Rock and Steel types.

As the Pokémon type chart shows, Ghost-type moves can't hit Normal Pokémon in return, giving Normal Pokémon at least some sort of protection. Fighting-type moves are their only real weakness, and should be avoided at all costs. Despite not excelling in any one area, the nature of Normal-Type species also means that they can serve as respectable "jacks of all trades."

Often, the movepools for these kinds of Pokémon are impressively versatile and can therefore fill different niches in battle. Snorlax is a solid example, able to learn a variety of hard-hitting attacks that take advantage of its defensive and offensive stats. From Normal-Type attacks for STAB damage (Same Type Attack Bonus) like Double-Edge, it can also learn moves like Earthquake (Ground-Type), Body Press (Steel-Type), and Fire Punch (Fire-Type).

Fire Pokémon are very deliberate in their offense — namely Special Attack — with high-damage moves like Flamethrower obliterating Grass-, Bug-, Ice- and Steel-type opponents. There are still types that resist Fire-type moves, however, from Fire itself and Dragon to Rock and Water.

Water, Ground, and Rock-type moves are logical counters for Fire types, as they can simply smother and extinguish the flames. While most of Fire's resistances make sense in Fire, Grass, Ice, Bug, and Steel types, a lot of fans aren't aware or have simply forgotten that Fire Pokémon also resist Fairy-type moves. Unsurprisingly, Fire is one of the Pokémon franchises' core typings. There are many excellent species of this Type, and they're even better when paired up for a dual-typing.

Fire/Fighting is a popular dual-typing, as it can help nullify the former Type's inherent Rock weakness, making Pokémon like Blaziken and Infernape incredibly versatile, fast, and deal heavy damage. Mega Charizard X was famous during the Generation VI games when Mega Evolution was supported, as its devastating Fire/Dragon-Type allowed it to hit just as hard Physically as it could with Special attacks. Armarouge and Ceruledge from Scarlet and Violet are recent notable examples, since the Fire/Psychic and Fire/Ghost dual typings make them uniquely capable since these rare combinations grant them access to wider selections of attacks.

Water is an easy enough typing to understand when it comes to most of its type matchups. Water-type moves like Surf, Hydro Pump, and Water Pulse are too much for Fire, Rock, and Ground types to cope with, but Grass, Dragon, and Water itself can resist these moves with no trouble.

The Water Pokémon themselves are especially weak to Electric- and Grass-type moves, but can resist Fire, Water, Ice, and Steel moves with no extra fuss. Water Pokémon are everywhere in each game and region, so fans would do well to learn from the type chart. As another of the series' core elements and the most prominent Types found in the games, these creatures are incredibly reliable to have in a story playthrough or competitive team.

With how many Pokémon species there are after Scarlet and Violet , the typing has been bundled with several dual types over the generations to bolster their strengths, like the defensively bulky Water/Fairy Azumarill. However, even pure Water-Type Pokémon can hold up well in battle. Case in point, Milotic can fill defensive or offensive roles on a team depending on its Ability and chosen moveset.

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Despite Grass being one of the Starter Pokémon types, its weaknesses often keep people from prioritizing it in their parties. While Grass-type moves like Frenzy Plant and Solar Beam are super effective against Water, Ground, and Rock Pokémon, they are easily resisted by Fire, Grass, Poison, Flying, Bug, Dragon, and Steel types.

Grass types don't fare much better defensively either. Fire-, Ice-, Poison-, Flying- and Bug-type moves are all super effective against Grass Pokémon, but they do resist Water, Electric, Ground and Grass itself. But as defensively vulnerable as many of these species might be, plenty still have noteworthy uses in battle.

Dual-Type Grass Pokémon are often the best for this, like the beloved starter Venusaur thanks to its bulky Defense stats and fantastic Special Attack, allowing it longevity in battle, dealing high damage, buffing its already impressive stats, and giving its opponents status afflictions like Poison and Sleep. Roserade is another reliable Grass/Poison-Type. It excels as a support Pokémon with healing moves, setting up stage hazards like Toxic Spikes, and afflicting Poison on its opponents for those who dare make physical contact.

For years, fans have been able to see the Electric typing at work through Ash and Pikachu's adventures in the anime . Although Pikachu has reached some unprecedented heights, the Electric typing only has two super-effective advantages: Water and Flying. Electric moves have no effect Ground types, and they hit Grass, Dragon, and other Electric types for half damage.

Electric types are often celebrated since their sole weakness to Ground-type moves can be simply countered by using Magnet Rise, holding an Air Balloon, or having the Levitate Ability. Electric, Flying, and Steel moves do hit Electric types but meet resistance.

As some might expect from this typing, Electric species are best suited as speedy offensive battlers. They're great for catching opponents off guard and hitting them with powerful moves like Thunderbolt and potentially leaving them with Paralysis. Jolteon is a classic example of this, as it can use the aforementioned attack to decimate foes as well as quickly let players pivot with a teammate using Volt Switch, dealing damage while switching out of battle at the same time.

Ground has emerged from nowhere to become one of Pokémon 's most formidable typings in recent generations. Powerful Ground-type moves like Earthquake may not be very effective against Grass or Bug types, nor do they affect Flying Pokémon. However, they are super effective against Fire-, Electric-, Poison-, Rock- and Steel-type Pokémon.

Ground types even come with an immunity to Electric-type moves, and resistances to dastardly Poison and rough Rock moves. They are susceptible to Water-, Grass- and Ice-type attacks however, but this is a fair price to pay for all their overwhelming strengths. It's an important weakness to keep in mind, since several Ground-Type Pokémon were especially infamous for this, and species like Rhydon and Golem were also dual Ground/Rock-Types.

This exacerbated their already fragile defenses against Water, Grass, and Ice. Pokémon like Excadrill, however, did well to offset some of these weaknesses by being a dual Ground/Steel-Type. Steel is a superb defensive typing, bolstering its resistances and having a diverse pool of attacks. Water with Ground is another useful typing for shoring up defenses, like the Hoenn starter Swampert and Quagsire being popular users.

Ice-type Pokémon often receive a poor reputation for being largely underwhelming. However, with offensive Ice-type moves like Blizzard and Ice Beam that are super effective against Grass, Ground, Flying, and Dragon types, more respect should be put on their name. However, some of the grievances are justified when it comes to those that resist Ice moves, with Fire, Water, Ice, and Steel all coming out on top.

Ice only resists one type , which is Ice itself. Its weaknesses to Fire-, Fighting-, Rock- and Steel-type moves complete Ice's misery, since these are all common types for Pokémon to cover with their moves. Defense is surely not their strong suit, but keeping that in mind and building a team that complements them can make them worthwhile.

Lapras is a solid example of offensive capabilities, making the Ice-Type's defensive weaknesses worth dealing with. Attacks like Hydro Pump, Ice Beam, and even coverage moves like Thunder and Psychic let them deal heavy damage quickly. Meanwhile, Mamoswine is the rare example of a defensively sound Ice-Type. The dual Ice/Ground-Type can tear through foes with moves like Earthquake and Icicle Crash while tanking hits well thanks to its decent Physical Defense and bulky HP stats.

Although the Poison status condition is a scary prospect in the Pokémon games, the type never felt too great simply because of its various type matchups. As the Pokémon type chart shows, Poison-type moves are only super effective against Grass and Fairy, the latter of which was only introduced in Gen VI. Poison is in a better position now than it was before Kalos, but it still has the same types that resist its moves: Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost, and the immune Steel.

Poison types do only have two super-effective weaknesses in Ground and Psychic, and even resist Grass-, Fighting-, Poison-, Bug- and Fairy-type moves. Maybe Poison types deserve more respect, for their defensive type matchups at least. For this reason, these Pokémon species work best when being made into a dual-type and/or playing a support role in a battle.

Clodsire, one of the newest species from Scarlet and Violet , fits this mold as a dual Poison/Ground-Type that specializes in defensive roles. Its immense defensive bulk due to high HP and Special Defense stats make it great in battles of attrition, and even more so with moves like Recover. Likewise, it can deal heavy damage with attacks like Gunk Shot and Earthquake and afflict Poison on its foes with Toxic.

Rock-type Pokémon are often found in and around mountains and caves, and their rough offense and sturdy defense can always come in handy. Devastating Rock-type moves like Rock Slide and Rock Blast are simply too much for Fire, Ice, Flying, and Bug types to handle, even if Fighting-, Ground- and Steel-type Pokémon are resistant.

Where Rock falls, however, is in its super-effective weaknesses. Water-, Grass-, Fighting-, Ground- and Steel-type moves all easily overwhelm Rock Pokémon, despite their tough exterior. That makes the aforementioned Rock/Ground combination poor for defense. However, that exterior does still come in handy by resisting Normal, Fire, Flying, and Poison moves.

There are plenty of Rock-Type Pokémon that make their offensive attributes more than worthwhile, like the Johto region's Tyranitar. The dual Rock/Dark-Type has persevered in competitive formats since its debut in the late '90s, with all-around fantastic offensive and defensive stats using both its Types to their fullest. Attacks like Rock Slide and Stone Edge are menaces in competitive settings when used by Pokémon like this.

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Fighting-type Pokémon are defined by their offensive attributes and moves, from Close Combat and Brick Break to Aura Sphere and Drain Punch. Fighting types are always a formidable foe in battle, especially with their overwhelming super-effective advantage over Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark, and Steel types. However, there are also plenty of types that resist these physically oppressive moves: Poison, Flying, Psychic, Bug, and Fairy Pokémon. Fighting-type moves don't even connect with Ghost types, as they are immune.

Flying, Psychic, and Fairy moves are always going to be tough opposition for Fighting-type Pokémon, especially as many of them are the epitome of the "Glass Cannon." Fighting types do still resist Bug-, Rock- and Dark-type moves, but they will always be best known for their aggressive offense.

This typing has become increasingly flexible over the generations, as countless Pokémon species have made use of its expansive movepool and being combined with other Types. Classics like Machamp demonstrate how good pure Fighting-Types still are, especially with being able to learn moves like Rock Slide, Earth Quake, and Fire/Thunder/Ice Punch for coverage. However, newer examples like the Dragon/Fighting-Type Kommo-o show how two already-powerful Types can combine for overwhelming strength.

Psychic is one of the more mysterious types in Pokémon , and as such, it makes sense that it doesn't have too many type matchups to speak of. As the Pokémon type chart details, Psychic-type moves are super effective against Fighting and Poison, not very effective against Steel and Psychic, and do not affect Dark-type Pokémon.

Psychic Pokémon can resist incoming Fighting- and Psychic-type moves, but don't have answers for the super-effective Bug-, Ghost-, and Dark-type moves. Psychic types are intriguing, but their type matchups can be off-putting if they are pure Psychic and don't have an advantageous secondary typing.

While this Type isn't as insurmountable as in the Gen I and II days, where Alakazam reigned supreme, it's still more than viable for its terrific Special Attack capabilities. There's also no shortage of dual Psychics in the modern games. For example, the dual Psychic/Fairy Gardevior deepens its Special-Attack movepool, and its Hoenn contemporary Metagross is still a powerhouse thanks to being a sturdy Steel/Psychic-Type.

Bugs help to bring the outdoor environment to life in the Pokémon universe, but players and Trainers should never underestimate them. Bug-type moves have never been considered too dangerous beyond U-Turn, Fury Cutter, and Megahorn, and they are naturally resisted by Fire, Fighting, Poison, Flying, Ghost, Steel, and Fairy. Despite these seven resistances, Bug-type moves do still have super-effective matchups against Grass, Psychic, and Dark types, making them an important coverage tool.

Bug types are no match for the incineration that Fire brings, the aerial presence of Flying types, or the brutal smashing of Rocks, but they can resist Grass-, Fighting- and Ground-type moves. Players would do well to keep checking the Pokémon type chart so that they don't underestimate Bug types and pay the consequences.

Some of these species are, admittedly, defensive liabilities, but focusing on the dual-type Bug has its benefits. Scizor is one of the most famous cases, since its Bug/Steel dual-type raises its defenses and is an incredibly hard-hitting Physical attacker. Also from the Johto region, Heracross is another popular pick, with the dual Bug/Fighting-Type adding high-damage moves to its arsenal thanks to its secondary typing.

Flying types are everywhere in the Pokémon universe, especially as land, sea, and air essentially cover all possible dwellings for Pokémon species. Flying Pokémon have an aerial advantage that can work well both in offense and defense. The quickness of Flying moves makes them super effective against Grass, Fighting, and Bug Pokémon, but they are still resisted by Electric, Rock, and Steel types.

Flying-type Pokémon cannot be touched by Ground-type moves while they are still airborne, and Grass-, Fighting- and Bug-type moves don't cause them too much concern either. Electric, Ice, and Rock moves, on the other hand, will bring Flying types crashing back down to earth.

Though not as common as Water-Type species overall, how prevalent they are across all the mainline games also helps diversify players' teams. They're commonly used in dual typings as well, making Pokémon like Staraptor and Corviknight strong early-game picks for a team. Meanwhile, the Flying-Type complements popular Dragons like Dragonite, Salamence, and Noivern.

It took a while for the Ghost-type roster to grow beyond Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar, but as of Gen IX, the type is thriving. As mischievous as they are mysterious, Ghost types can hit hard with super-effective moves against other Ghost types, but also against Psychic Pokémon. Only Dark types can resist Ghost-type moves like Shadow Ball, while Normal types are immune.

In return, Ghost types are immune to Normal-type moves, but also to Fighting. Ghost Pokémon should avoid mirror matchups against other Ghost-types because of the super-effective moves, but also Dark types as well. However, Ghost Pokémon do resist Poison- and Bug-type moves.

Though not as strong as it once was, the Ghost/Poison-Type Gengar still holds its own in battle thanks to its incredibly varied movepool both in and out of the Ghost category. For more recent examples, though, Dragapult took on the rare Dragon/Ghost dual Type to become a force to be reckoned with competitively. Being able to use attacks like Phantom Force and Draco Meteor in equal measure is nothing to scoff at.

10 Strongest Dual-Type Dragon Pokmon

In a similar vein to Ghost types, Dragon Pokémon are incredibly popular but were once limited to a single evolution line in Gen I. Dragon Pokémon are generally bulky, with impressive stats and dangerous moves; but as the Pokémon type chart shows, Dragon-type moves don't have many matchups of note. They are super effective against their own type, while Steel Pokémon are resistant to them and Fairy-type Pokémon are totally immune.

Defensively, however, Dragon types have more type matchups to explore. They are notoriously weak to Ice-, Dragon- and Fairy-type moves, but resist some of the most common types in Pokémon: Fire, Water, Electric, and Grass. Overall, even with the Fairies introducing an understandable check against them, Dragons are still one of the greatest offensive species available.

It also helps that they've become extremely diverse as years passed, taking on dual typings ranging from competitive powerhouses like the Dragon/Ground Garchomp to the previously mentioned Dragapult and jarringly designed Water/Dragon Dracovish. Dragons were already partly known for having wide movepools, but adopting more unique secondary Types has only added to their strengths.

Introduced in Gen II, Dark-Type Pokémon are often used by villainous organizations since they generally embody evil, mischief, or other dark themes. Dark types were primarily introduced to provide a super-effective weakness for Psychic types, but these Dark moves can also get rid of pesky Ghost Pokémon. Unfortunately, these dangerous Pokémon come up short when they attack Fighting, Dark, or Fairy types.

Dark Pokémon may be immune to Psychic-Type moves and resistant to Ghost and Dark moves, but Fighting, Bug, and Fairy pose a different level of threat altogether. Dark's lack of real weaknesses before Fairy's introduction in Gen VI made it one of the most-feared typings for a long time.

Dark species are another type that benefited from subsequent mainline games, because the original Johto titles they debuted in gave them fairly limited movepools. They've grown to be increasingly versatile with new moves and dual types. Case in point, the Kalos-region Water starter Greninja still ranks high in the Dark-Type hierarchy. Its blistering Speed combined with a high Special Attack stat makes attacks like Dark Pulse even more fearsome.

It took the Steel typing a while to settle into Pokémon with a formidable roster, but now well into Gen IX, it has dominated the franchise for several years now. Steel-Type Pokémon aren't always known for their offensive capabilities, but they do still have impressive super-effective advantages over Ice, Rock, and Fairy Pokémon. Fire-, Water-, Electric- and Steel-Type Pokémon resist Steel moves pretty easily, but the main attraction is Steel's defensive strengths.

Pure Steel-Type Pokémon resist an incredible ten different types: Normal, Grass, Ice, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Fairy, and Steel itself. They are even immune to Poison-Type moves as well. The Electric/Steel Pokémon Magnemite and its evolutions even up this further thanks to their resistance to Electric moves. With the move Magnet Rise, these Pokémon can even become temporally immune to one of the three Steel-Type weaknesses, Ground. There is little to no escape from Fire or Fighting moves, however, as they join Ground as Steel's super-effective weaknesses.

The Steel typing is the best defensive Type in the mainline games, and it's hard to counter that considering the sheer amount of resistances these Pokémon boast and the unique ways it can combine with other Types. Their strengths against Fairy species are particularly important in modern games. In particular, the Steel/Ghost Aegislash and Fighting/Steel Lucario prove how well these Pokémon can perform, both defensively and offensively.

The Fairy typing was introduced to the franchise in Gen VI, primarily as a counter to Dark and Dragon Pokémon. Powerful Fairy-type moves like Moonblast, Dazzling Gleam, and Play Rough don't just stop at super-effective advantages over Dragon and Dark types. They can also quickly defeat Fighting types. Fire-, Poison- and Steel-type Pokémon resist Fairy moves , but all in all, it is a fair trade.

Fairy Pokémon only have two major weaknesses to Poison and Steel Pokémon, but resist Fighting, Bug, and Dark moves. Fairy types are even immune to Dragon Pokémon, which immediately gives them serious competitive and battling viability, especially at higher levels.

It makes the increasing amount of Dragons introduced reasonable, since species like Sylveon — essentially the Fairy mascot — level the playing field. This is a famously powerful creature for this Type thanks to its Pixilate Ability turning Normal moves into Fairy-Type, making techniques like Hyper Voice especially dangerous.

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Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses, resistances & best counters

Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses, resistances & best counters

Written by 

Daniel Megarry


27th Nov 2023 16:16

Dark-type Pokemon are cool, calm, and collected, which is exactly how you'll feel in battle once you know their weaknesses and the best counters to defeat them in no time at all.

Just like the creepy Ghost-types , it's not always easy to figure out what Dark-type Pokemon are weak against or resistant to. Whether you're facing off against a shifty Zoroark or a foreboding Absol , here's everything you need to know to beat them.

Dark-type Pokemon weaknesses

Dark-type Pokemon are typically weak to Bug-type, Fairy-type, and Fighting-type attacks .

Having said that, it's important to remember that dual-type Pokemon don't always have the weaknesses you expect them to have. For example, the Ghost/Dark-type Sableye is only vulnerable to Fairy-type attacks.

Dark-type Pokemon resistances

Dark-type Pokemon are usually resistant to Dark-type and Ghost-type attacks . 

They are also immune to Psychic-type attacks , so there's no point trying to use those as they won't do any damage whatsoever.

Darkrai in Pokemon GO

What are Dark-types super effective against?

Dark-type Pokemon with Dark-type attacks will be super effective against Ghost-type and Psychic-type Pokemon .

The exception to this rule would be if your opponent's Pokemon has a secondary typing that cancels out this weakness, such as the Psychic/Fairy-type Gardevoir which takes normal damage from Dark-type attacks.

What are Dark-types not effective against?

Dark-type Pokemon with Dark-type attacks are not very effective against Dark-type, Fairy-type, and Fighting-type Pokemon . They can still deal a little bit of damage, but it won't be a lot.

Best counters to defeat Dark-type Pokemon

Some of the top counters you can use to defeat Dark-type Pokemon are Gardevoir, Sylveon, Pheromosa, Lucario, Volcarona, and Terrakion . Remember they'll need to have movesets that target your Dark-type opponent's weaknesses to be truly effective.

As always, the best counter to use will vary depending on the specific Pokemon you're fighting, which is especially true if they have a dual typing. For the most part, though, using a Bug-type, Fairy-type, or Fighting-type counter is a good idea.

That's everything you need to know about Dark-type Pokemon! Check out our roundup of all the events taking place this month as well as the upcoming Raid Boss schedule and the Spotlight Hour schedule .

About the author 

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Ghost (type)

The Ghost type is one of the seventeen types found in PokeMMO .

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Many Ghost-type moves are status moves , such as Confuse Ray , Curse , and Destiny Bond . There is also a hard-hitting special Ghost-type move , Shadow Ball , and a few weaker physical Ghost-type moves .

Ghost-type moves are super effective against Ghost and Psychic-type Pokémon . Ghost-type moves are not very effective against Steel and Dark-type Pokémon . Ghost-type moves cannot directly damage Normal-type Pokémon .

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Pokémon with the Ghost type gain a 50% same-type attack bonus ( STAB ) with most damaging Ghost-type moves , immunity to trapping effects, and the ability to escape from wild battles without fail. Ghost and Dark-type moves are super effective against Ghost-type Pokémon . Poison and Bug-type moves are not very effective against Ghost-type Pokémon . Normal and Fighting-type moves cannot directly damage Ghost-type Pokémon .

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Why is Dark immune to Psychic?


The Dark type, along with the Steel type, was introduced in Generation II in order to balance against the Psychic type, so it is immune to Psychic attacks. This was done to create a more balanced and strategic gameplay experience.

Why was Psychic immune to Ghost?

None of this is helped by the fact the Generation I games had a glitch that caused Psychic Type Pokémon to be immune to Ghost Type moves, when they should’ve taken super effective damage from them. This glitch was fixed in later generations.

Why is Dark weak to Bug?

Reason: Many insects are most active at night, and are therefore more adept at fighting during the dark hours. In the game, this is represented by the Bug type being super effective against Dark types.

Are Psychic types immune to anything?

Many types have certain perks or immunities, such as Fire-types being immune to burns, Dark-types being immune to Prankster, and Ghost-types not being affected by Shadow Tag. However, Psychic types do not have any specific immunities.

Which type is better Dark or Psychic?

Dark types have a huge advantage and their attacks are super effective against Psychic types. This makes Dark types a strong counter to Psychic types in battles.

Are dark types immune to psychic?

No, Dark types are not immune to Psychic attacks. However, they do have an advantage against Psychic types as their attacks are super effective against them.

Is Psychic immune to Dark?

Defense. The Dark type, along with the Steel type, was introduced in Generation II to balance against the Psychic type, so it is immune to Psychic attacks. However, this immunity can be nullified by use of the move Miracle Eye.

What type is immune to Dark?

Bug-types are immune to Dark-type moves. This means that Dark type moves will not do any damage to Bug type Pokemon.

Why doesn’t Psychic work on Dark?

One possible explanation is that Dark types have higher visual perception, making them harder to read and manipulate with Psychic abilities. This makes them naturally resistant to Psychic attacks.

Why are Psychic types weak to Dark types?

Because Ghosts, Darkness, and Bugs are human fears, Psychic types are supposed to be like the psyche hence the name Psychic type. This is further indicated by the ability “Rattle” where if a psychic type is hit by a ghost, dark or bug move then it will increase in speed meaning that it was startled by the attack.

What type is Dark weak too?

Dark-Type Pokemon are weak to Bug, Fairy, and Fighting-type Pokemon. These types have moves that are super effective against Dark types and can deal more damage to them.

Why is fairy strong against Dark?

Just like how water is super effective against fire which makes sense. Fighting: The cuteness and timid nature of Fairies quell the tempered and strong spirits of Fighting Pokemon, causing them to be weak and impudent. Dark: Fairies are of the light. Where there is light, darkness cannot exist. This creates a natural advantage for Fairy types against Dark types.

Are Dark types immune to taunt?

Dark types are not immune to taunt. However, since Generation 7, Dark types are immune to moves affected by Prankster.

Why was Psychic so strong in Gen 1?

Back in the first gen, though, it was a dominating type because it effectively had no weaknesses. It was immune to Ghost due to an oversight, Dark didn’t exist, and Bug moves were generally weak.

Is Fairy weak to Ghost?

Pure Fairy Type Pokémon Have Two Weaknesses in Scarlet and Violet. Fairy types are weak to the Ghost type, meaning that Ghost type moves will deal more damage to Fairy type Pokémon.

Is Dark immune to Ghost?

Dark types are not immune to Ghost-type moves, but they do have an advantage against Ghost types as their attacks are super effective against them.

Why is Ghost effective against Ghost?

Ghost and Dark are the only attack types that are super effective against Ghost type Pokemon. In standard mythology, ghosts are able to interact with other ghosts much more easily than with anything on the living plane.

Why is Dragon weak to Dragon?

Dragon is weak to Dragon because European dragons are traditionally depicted as solitary creatures, typically because they were greedy and didn’t want to lose their treasure and power to another dragon.

Is Dark immune to poison?

No, Dark types are not immune to poison. However, they are not affected by the move Prankster, which allows Dark types to effectively bypass certain strategies involving status moves.

Why is fairy weak to steel?

Fairies are weak to steel because fairies in many stories have a weakness to cold iron, and steel is the closest we’ve got to an iron-type in the game.

Why does Ghost resist poison?

It makes sense that ghosts resist poison because poison is meant to kill by poisoning and theoretically ghosts cannot be killed because they are already dead. In storytelling and folklore, ghosts are often depicted as immune to poisons.

What is immune to Psychic?

Dark types are immune to Psychic attacks. This immunity was introduced in Generation II to balance the Psychic type, giving Dark types an advantage in battles against Psychic types.

What is the strongest pure dark-type?

Some of the strongest pure Dark-type Pokémon include Darkrai, Liepard, Umbreon, Zoroark, and Absol. These Pokémon have high base stats and powerful movepools, making them formidable opponents in battle.

Is Dark immune to prankster?

As of Generation VII, Dark types are immune to moves affected by Prankster. This means that Dark type Pokémon cannot be affected by priority moves used by Prankster Pokémon.

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Palworld Type chart: How strengths and weaknesses work

Take advantage of a Type's element weakness in combat.

Palworld Type chart - a character is standing in front of a waterfall with two Pals walking behind her

The Type chart in Palworld is a flowchart that shows which elements—or Types—are weak or strong against others. This is particularly useful if you're planning your party and want to make sure you have the strongest team composition available.

As well as capturing Pals, you can hatch eggs to help fill out your roster. In fact, it's probably the safest bet until you get a more reliable party together or have acquired some of the best Pals to fill out your squad. For now though, here's the Palworld Type chart, and how that translates into element weaknesses and strengths. 

Palworld Type chart: How it works 

Each Pal has a Type and this helps determine what it's strong against, as well as its element weakness. This helps you to figure out which pals you want in your party so you can easily take down specific enemies. 

There are nine Types in Palworld, and these are: 

You can find the Type chart in the Survival Guide section of the menu—see the screenshot of it above—though it's a little difficult to read if you're not sure what you're looking at.  

Remember, Types are essentially the same as elements, so the chart shows which Types are strong against other Types, and by association, which ones they are weak to. The information contained in the Type chart is written out in the table below.

As you can see, it makes sense to aim for at least one Pal of every Type, that way you should be prepared for anything an enemy throws your way. Of course, something like Neutral might be less desirable because, while it should do the same damage to every type as nothing is strong against it, nothing is weak against it either and it does have its own element weakness in the form of Dark.

Experiment with different party set-ups and Type combinations based on the information in the table above, and you should have a winning team—or teams—in no time.


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