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'Pokemon Go' Tips And Tricks: Every Pokemon Type's Strengths And Weaknesses

By Jupiter Isidro , Sep 24, 2016 04:40 AM EDT
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This guide for Pokemon Go will help new trainers as well as remind the veterans on how to choose the right Pokemon during battles. No Pokemon is perfect, that's a given, it's up to the trainers' know-how on each strength and weakness. There are 150 Pokemon in Pokemon Go, that alone is hard to memorize. Fortunately, we have tips for you on how to do it simpler.

Existing players, by the million, that have been playing Pokemon on Nintendo handhelds - and consoles, probably already know the concept of rock-paper-scissors being injected into the game series' combat system. However, the additional 75 million downloads have introduced more people into the game. Most of them don't even know what an IV or a DPS is.

For newcomers, in terms of the Pokemon series - of course, they might think that as long as the CP is higher than the opponent's, they are good to go. Unfoturnately, it doesn't work that way.

For starters, each Pokemon in Pokemon Go has a classification or better termed as 'type' in the game. They can have one or two 'types', in turn, these so called groupings have assigned strengths and weaknesses. For instance, Balbasaur - a grass type Pokemon, will take more damage than usual if hit by a fire-type attack. However, Balbasaur is less damaged when hit by water-type attacks, and so on, and so forth; as gathered from GameRant's report.

Knowing this information is very useful when going out in battles. After all, knowing the rules of the game can give you its advantages and let you avoid its disadvantages.

Here is the complete list of 18 Pokemon types with their strengths and weaknesses. That's 18 types to memorize compared to the total count of 150 Pokemon. Note that some of the Pokemon listed per type may have a secondary type. For complete details you may visit this information source.

Bug Type - Best against: Dark/Grass/Psychic; Not recommended against: Fire/Flying/Rock

Dark Type - Best against: Ghost/Psychic; Not recommended against: Bug/Fairy/Fighting

Dragon Type - Best against: Dragon; Not recommended against: Dragon/Fairy/Ice

Electric Type - Best against: Flying/Water; Not recommended against: Ground

Fairy Type - Best against: Dark/Dragon/Fighting; Not recommended against: Poison/Steel

Fighting Type - Best against: Dark/Normal/Ice/Rock/Steel; Not recommended against: Fairy/Flying/Psychic

Fire Type - Best against: Bug/Grass/Ice/Steel; Not recommended against: Ground/Rock/Water

Flying Type - Best against: Bug/Fighting/Grass; Not recommended against: Electric/Ice/Rock

Ghost Type - Best against: Ghost/Psychic; Not recommended against: Dark/Ghost

Grass Type - Best against: Ground/Rock/Water; Not recommended against: Bug/Fire/Ice/Flying/Poison

Ground Type - Best against: Electric/Fire/Poison/Rock/Steel; Not recommended against: Grass/Ice/Water

Ice Type - Best against: Dragon/Grass/Ground/Flying; Not recommended against: Fighting/Fire/Rock/Steel

Normal Type - Best against: N/A; Not recommended against: Fighting

Poison Type - Best against: Fairy/Grass; Not recommended against: Ground/Psychic

Psychic Type - Best against: Fighting/Poison; Not recommended against: Bug/Dark/Ghost

Rock Type - Best against: Bug/Fire/Flying/Ice; Not recommended against: Fighting/Grass/Ground/Steel/Water

Water Type - Best against: Fire/Ground/Rock; Not recommended against: Electric/Grass

Understanding all the Pokemon types and knowing how they impact one another will give Pokemon GO trainers the upper hand when it comes to battling in gyms and maybe soon on player versus player. Of course, it is important to note that this tip is mainly helpful when evaluating battles on opposing Pokemon with CP's not too far apart from each other. For instance, even though it is not recommended for a Psychic type pokemon to battle against a Bug type, if the Psychic Pokemon's CP is 2000 and its enemy is 120, obviously the Psychic Pokemon wins.

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