Pokémon Go, just like any other Pokémon game, revolves around a system of Pokémon Types, where one Type is either strong or weak - super effective or not very effective - against another, dealing additional or reduced damage as a result.
The standard Type chart that has evolved through the different generations will be like a second language to long-term Pokémon fans, but to newcomers it can appear too daunting to even know where to begin.
Type chart, effectiveness and weakness explained in Pokémon Go
Reddit user zehipp0 on The Silph Road was the first to transcribe the new Pokémon Go-specific Type chart, from the data mining of that game that was dumped to Github, so thanks go to both sources for their work.
|Type||Strong Against||Weak Against||Resistant To||Vulnerable To|
|Normal||None||Rock, Ghost, Steel||Ghost||Fighting|
|Fighting||Normal||Flying, Poison, Psychic, Bug, Ghost, Fairy||Rock, Bug, Dark||Flying, Psychic, Fairy|
|Flying||Fighting, Bug, Grass||Rock, Steel, Electric||Fighting, Ground, Grass||Rock, Electric, Ice|
|Poison||Grass, Fairy||Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost, Steel||Poison, Grass, Fairy||Ground, Psychic|
|Ground||Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire, Electric||Flying, Bug, Grass||Poison, Rock, Electric||Water, Grass, Ice|
|Rock||Flying, Bug, Fire, Ice||Fighting, Ground, Steel||Normal, Flying, Poison, Fire||Fighting, Ground, Steel, Water, Grass|
|Bug||Grass, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Flying, Poison, Ghost, Steel, Fire, Fairy||Fighting, Ground, Grass||Flying, Rock, Fire|
|Ghost||Ghost, Psychic||Normal, Dark||Normal, Fighting, Poison, Bug||Ghost, Dark|
|Steel||Rock, Ice, Fairy||Steel, Fire, Water, Electric||Normal, Flying, Poison, Rock, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, Fairy||Fighting, Ground, Fire|
|Fire||Bug, Steel, Grass, Ice||Rock, Fire, Water, Dragon||Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Ice||Ground, Rock, Water|
|Water||Ground, Rock, Fire||Water, Grass, Dragon||Steel, Fire, Water, Ice||Grass, Electric|
|Grass||Ground, Rock, Water||Flying, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass, Dragon||Ground, Water, Grass, Electric||Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice|
|Electric||Flying, Water||Ground, Grass, Electric, Dragon||Flying, Steel, Electric||Ground|
|Psychic||Fighting, Poison||Steel, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Psychic||Bug, Ghost, Dark|
|Ice||Flying, Ground, Grass, Dragon||Steel, Fire, Water, Ice||Ice||Fighting, Rock, Steel, Fire|
|Dragon||Dragon||Steel, Fairy||Fire, Water, Grass, Electric||Ice, Dragon, Fairy|
|Fairy||Fighting, Dragon, Dark||Poison, Steel, Fire||Fighting, Bug, Dragon, Dark||Poison, Steel|
|Dark||Ghost, Psychic||Fighting, Dark, Fairy||Ghost, Psychic, Dark||Fighting, Bug, Fairy|
Changes to Types in Pokémon Go compared to other Pokémon games
As you may have noticed, there are also no Type immunities in Pokémon Go, unlike in the main series. The immunities removed are:
- Ground immune to Electric
- Flying immune to Ground
- Ghost immune to Normal and Fighting
- Normal and Fighting immune to Ghost
- Steel immune to Poison
- Psychic immune to Dark
- Fairy immune to Dragon
Want more help with Pokémon Go? Read our Pokémon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides for insights on how to improve your skills, how to choose your Eevee evolution, and how CP works. Plus details of Pokémon Go's secrets and Easter Eggs, how to get the new baby Pokémon, a guide to Egg groups, charts, and Egg hatching, details on the Daily Bonuses, finding Ditto, and even which team to join from Team Valor, Mystic, and Instinct.
Finally, it's also worth quickly pointing out that in Pokémon Go specifically, there are a few noteworthy changes to the traditional Type chart you'll see from the main series:
- Not very effective and super effective moves do 0.8x and 1.25x damage, instead of the 0.5x and 2x damage done in the main series.
- Dark-type Pokémon are not in the game - simply because none of the original 151 Pokémon were retrospectively given the Dark type when it was introduced - but Dark-type moves, such as Bite, are.
Generally, Typing will have a smaller effect on the game than it does in the main series. That's mainly due to the reduced role that Pokémon battles currently play in Go, but also because of the reduced effect of a strong or weak Type matchup on the damage dealt. You also have less control over the Pokémon you can find for your team in Pokémon Go - although we do have a guide for how to find Pokémon as easily as possible which is likely part of the reason why those damage modifiers have been toned down.