The National Football League – American football’s NFL – says that if you know the rules, you’ll enjoy the game more. In the world of Pokemon, it’s not so much the rules that you should worry about since there aren’t very many rules anyway. What really matters is the PokeFight.
Wonder why your beloved Pikachu isn’t doing diddly-squat to that Geodude? Frustrated that your Pinsir faints at the sight of a Charmeleon? Wondering how to knock-out that Magnemite (hint: don’t choose your Arbok)? The answers to all these questions lies in the fact that Pokemon types are essential in determining the outcome of match-ups. Some types do smashingly well against particular kinds of Pokemon, others are about as effective as Magikarp’s Splash.
There are eighteen types of Pokemon. Normal, Fire, Water, Electric, Grass, Ice, Fighting, Poison, Ground, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Steel, and Fairy. You’re going to have to pay attention to which Type your Pokemon actually falls under.Once you know that, the chart below will be a good general guide as to what kinds of match-ups you should be looking for.
Remember though that not all Pokemon belong to a single type. Some are compound types, like how an Exeggcute is both Grass and Psychic. So this chart is by no means comprehensive. But, like I said, it’s good enough for most battles.
Study the chart, and try to keep it in mind next time you go to a Gym. It ought to keep you from sending that mighty dragon of yours against a Clefairy.