Pokémon Type Strengths & Weaknesses in Scarlet & Violet

In a game with so many layers like Pokémon, it is probably a good idea to understand how your party members’ resistances and vulnerabilities work.

Some of these weaknesses and strengths work logically. Fire Types are weak against Water Types, and Ground Types are Strong against Electric Types.

However, some advantages are not as obvious. Ghost is immune to Normal, Fighting is weak against Flying, and Steel is immune to Poison.

If you’re a bit confused, rest assured we can help. Here, you’ll find all Pokémon Type Strengths & Weaknesses in Scarlet & Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Matchups

Running the risk of stating the obvious and being far from giving you one of the best tips for this game, Pokémon is a turn-based JRPG with a strong strategy element based on party composition.

Depending on the attack type you’re using and the type of the targeted Pokémon, the damage dealt will vary.

Therefore, it would be best if you considered types, strengths, and weaknesses when putting together your Pokémon party.

The amount of damage your pocket monster can withstand will significantly change depending on whether it is resistant or vulnerable to an attack. On top of that, the amount of damage they can dish out will also be affected.

Some Pokémon might take more damage if they are vulnerable to an attack or half damage if they are resistant. There are even Pokémon that suffer no effect at all from certain attack types.

For instance, Ember, a Fire type attack, deals double damage against Glaceon, an Ice type Pokémon.

Similarly, Water Pump, a Water type attack, deals twice as much damage when used against Cyndaquil, a Fire type Pokémon.

When it comes to immunity, a good example is how Ghost type Pokémon can’t be affected by Normal type attacks.

When you are battling a Pokémon, you can see which of your attacks are effective against the enemy.

  • Ineffective: doesn’t deal any damage and doesn’t cause any status effect
  • Effective: deals damage and causes status effects normally
  • Not very effective: causes half as much damage to the target
  • Very Effective: causes twice as much damage, or more, to the target

Below, you can check a table with all 18 attack types and how Pokémon of many types react to them.

Pokémon Attack Type Chart

Attack TypeDouble Damage toHalf Damage toNothing Against
BugGrass, Psychic, DarkFighting, Flying, Poison, Ghost, Steel, Fire, Fairy 
DarkGhost, PsychicFighting, Dark, Fairy 
ElectricFlying, WaterGrass, Electric, DragonGround
FairyFighting, Dragon, DarkPoison, Steel, Fire 
FightingNormal, Ice, Rock, Dark, SteelFlying, Poison, Bug, PsychicGhost
FireBug, Steel, Grass, IceRock, Fire, Water, Dragon 
FlyingFighting, Bug, GrassElectric, Rock, Steel 
GhostGhost, PsychicDarkNormal
GrassGround, Rock, WaterFlying, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Dragon 
GroundPoison, Rock, Steel, Fire, ElectricBug, GrassFlying
IceFlying, Ground, Grass, DragonSteel, Fire, Water, Ice 
Normal Rock, SteelGhost
PoisonGrass, FairyPoison, Ground, Rock, GhostSteel
PsychicFighting, PoisonSteel, PsychicDark
RockFlying, Bug, Fire, IceFighting, Ground, Steel 
SteelIce, Rock, FairySteel, Fire, Water, ElectricPoison
WaterGround, Rock, FireWater, Grass, Dragon 

To simplify things for you, we put together a defense table as well. That way, you can look for your Pokemon’s type and see what kind of damage it can resist.

Pokémon Type Defense Chart

Pokémon’s TypeTakes Double DamageTakes Half DamageImmune
BugFlying, Fire, RockFighting, Grass, Ground 
DarkBug, Fairy, FightingDark, Ghost Psychic
DragonDragon, Fairy, IceElectric, Fire, Grass, Water 
ElectricGroundElectric, Flying, Steel
FairyPoison, SteelBug, Dark, FightingDragon 
FightingFairy, Flying, PsychicBug, Dark, Rock
FireGround, Rock, WaterBug, Fairy, Fire, Grass, Ice, Steel 
FlyingElectric, Ice, RockBug, Grass, Fighting Ground
GhostDark, GhostBug, PoisonNormal, Fighting
GrassBug, Fire, Flying, Ice, PoisonElectric, Grass, Ground, Water 
GroundGrass, Ice, WaterPoison, RockElectric
IceFighting, Fire, Rock, SteelIce 
Normal Fighting
PoisonGround, PsychicBug, Fairy, Grass, PoisonSteel
PsychicBug, Dark, GhostFighting, Psychic
RockGrass, Ground, Fighting, Steel, WaterFire, Flying, Normal, Poison 
SteelFire, Fighting, GroundBug, Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, Normal, Psychic, Rock, SteelPoison
WaterElectric, GrassFire, Ice, Water 

The Terastal Phenomenom

Things get even more complicated when it comes to Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. We can thank the game’s new mechanic, the Terastal Phenomenom, for this extra layer of complexity.

The Terastal phenomenon, or just Terastal in the Japanese version, is a temporary transformation. It was first introduced in Pokémon Violet & Scarlet and is a unique aspect of the game when compared to previous traditional titles of the franchise.

This transformation changes a Pokémon’s type to their Tera Type. Some Pokémon have the same Tera Type as their inherent type, while others can be completely different.

For instance, as weird as that sounds, you might find a Pikachu with a Flying Tera Type. Although that Pikachu will be a regular Pikachu most of the time, it will have the strengths and weaknesses of a Flying Type pokemon when you Terastalize it.

Another important thing is to notice that some Pokémon have more than one type, but only one Tera Type.

For instance, Fletchinder is a Flying/Fire Type Pokémon, but its Tera Type can’t be Flying/Fire. It will most likely be Flying or Fire or something else entirely, but never two types.

With all that information, you should be ready to be a Pokémon Master.

Make a good Pokémon team considering counter types, and become the very best that no one ever was.

Be sure to check how to fix Pokémon Violet & Scarlet frame rate issue if your Switch is not running the game smoothly.


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