Best Pokemon Types

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1
Dragon
Dragon types are so darn powerful in fact the only type that resists it is steel but if you have a move that takes care of them you're practically unstoppable also they have some kick ass moves like Outrage, Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, Dragon Rush, Dragon Claw, Dragon Dance, Dragon Tail, and even Roar Of Time! Also the designs are awesome. Salamence, Dragonite, Flygon, Garchomp, Kingdra, Hydreigon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Giratina, Haxorus, Palkia, Zekrom, Kyurem, THEY'RE SO COOL!
Dragons are simply one of the coolest designs, and draconic-looking Pokemon are typically popular based off of their appearance. Dragons get great resistances, great move pools, far better than average stats, and fantastic match-ups. Fairy and Ice aren't exactly the most popular or powerful types with generally weak defenses and speed, and any good dragon can easily be prepared to deal with them along with Steel types. It's hard not to say dragons are the best, as they are just generally popular Pokemon. They also have a unusually large pool of legendaries as evidence of their ties with legends around the world. Anyone can look at a line up of all types of strong Pokemon and I guarantee they will pick the dragon 1 out 6 times just because dragons resonate with all types of cultures around the world as a symbol of power. Heck, I wish they would do a trio of elemental dragons as starters just so you can always have one throughout the game.
There is NO bad dragon types, extreme stats, only 2 weaknesses, amazing moves, What's bad about this type? Besides that it's hard to capture as it's mainly seen end-game, NOTHING!

Thepenguinking2

[Newest]I think that dragon is one of the best Pokemon types there is but as soon as the fairy type came in, its gotten weaker which is a tiny disappointment.
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2Water
I always love Water-type Pokémon because they have awesome moves such as Hydro Cannon, Aqua Tail, Hydro Pump and Scald. They have a few weaknesses that they can easily take down such as Fire, Rock and Ground. They are one of the five types that aren't weak against Steel, them, Ground, Fighting, Fire, and Electric. Some of my favourites are Feraligatr, Lanturn, Sharpedo, and Kyogre. The weaknesses are Dragon, Electric and Grass but they can easily make up for them! They are great against Steel, Ground, Rock, Fire and Ice. I will always continue to support the Water-type Pokémon!
Water is the best because some of them are fast, power and versatile and some are also good walls. They can just use ice attacks to kill dragons and grass. Some can also learn earthquake to sweep electric pokemon. One more thing, it really has few weakness which can be easily countered. So this type is the best. Some of my favorites are Starmie, Milotic, Gyarados, Kingdra, Kyogre,... I really love all of them.
Unlike Dragon types, they are accessible throughout the adventures. Water-types are dependably tough, rarely frail or underpowered, and nearly all of them can learn Surf, the best HM for use in battle and on the field. The Water-type starters can always learn an Ice-type move or two to cover their Grass-type weakness (they can also wreck Dragons! ), and those with dual types can also often overcome one of their weaknesses.
[Newest]Pretty solid type, with access to a lot of good moves. Important resistances and few weaknesses.
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3Psychic
Psychic Pokemon have huge special attack stats and also very high speed stats. They can just rip apart your team; always be wary for Alakazam, Reuniclus, and Sigilyph!
Before it's nerf, it use to dominate the 1st generation of pokemon.
Psychic Pokemon are the only ones who can claim Mewtwo in their ranks, so hands down, Psychic is THE strongest type, simply because Mewtwo is the strongest Pokemon with his new mega forms. Also helps that some of the best Pokemon in the game are also psychic, such as Gardevoir (who also got a fairy type boost, suck it dragons! ), Alakazam, Reniculus, Espeon, Metagross and many others.
[Newest]Psychic types are the best followed closely by Dark types and Fire types in my opinion.

4Dark
In my opinion dark moves have the best variety of physical and special attacks. You have great moves with 100% accuracy such as crunch and dark pulse with decent power. As for the pokemon, they are typically strikers. Weavile, Absol, Zaurock all great attackers with good speed. My favorite type for sure! I need a damn dark gym leader though. X and Y please and thank you. 👌
Actually I am not against you but your zoroark spelling is wrong. But dark type are actually not stronger than bug and fighting.

kormo

Dark types have amazing defense, speed, and the immunity to Psychic is truly valuable. Moves such as Nasty Plot bring up special attack, while Foul Play undermines the opponent who raised their attack stats. Umbreon, when introduced in Crystal was one of the strongest Pokemon in the game.
Darkrai is my partner, and it has NEVER failed to win me a battle. Since I got it I have only used dark types and I am currently undefeated. Dark types may have weaknesses, but they can be overcome.
[Newest]I greatly agree with most of these

5Steel
Steel type pokemons firstly have resistance to 11 type; secondly if they are dual typed they can have more than even 11 resistances, also can eliminate one of those weaknesses this way. These pokemons even if are pure or dual typed are the only one to resist dragon types besides that confirmed fairy type in gen 6, so are very good to have on your team when facing your opponents dragon pokemons. Having steel types you can have the most defensive pokemons of all and even resist dragon moves, so they are the best. These are great tanks also.
Steel type pokemon. Completely. Awesome. They are defensive monsters that can take down anything. My personal favorites are Aggron and Steelix. Opponent sends out a normal, bug, or rock type. Aggron takes it down without a problem. Same with Steelix. Aggron has 3 resistances that are super not very effective. Completely Awesome!
They can resist 11 OF THE 17 TYPES. Oh my GAWD these defense stats. Steel types r true POWERHOUSES.
[Newest]Steel types are good especially the fact that many people in battle spot have Arceus which is most likely fairy (it's not always gonna be but through my experiences a lot of fairy Arceus) many people like fairy types so bring a meta gross Dialga bisharp anything that's steel

6Fire
Why is this down here?! Fire types are all around good pokemon charizard is great with speed and special attack it defense and special defense is balanced and magmar and infernape are pretty awesome to rapidash is one of the fastest pokemon I sweeped the elite four nuzlocke and all fire types
Fire types are simply the best. Just because dragons are stupidly overrated doesn't mean they're strongest Pokemon type. Besides most fire type Pokemon designs are amazing and there is a heap of amazing Pokemon including: charizard, arcanine, ninetales, houndoom, magmortar, blaziken, infernape, volcarona and so much more. There are an enormous number of fire type moves ranging from the physical to the special, with half of its move with a minimum base power of 100. Some include: blaze kick, blast burn, overheat, inferno, fire blast, flamethrower, eruption and flare blitz. This type is simply the best!
... What why would a very destructive type be down here fire types are very tough having an above average Sp. Atk and speed it could destroy its opponent before it could even attack and even though its weak against water types and you don't want a two turn grass type move with breeding you could soon get a fire type with a water/grass type hidden power and beat any water type it comes across
[Newest]Infernape sorry for incorrect spelling
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7Electric
Electric is simply one of the coolest if not the coolest type available. First off: They are SO fast. Electrode is one of the fastest Pokemon in existence behind only Ninjask and Deoxys. Jolteon follows suit at the base 130 mark, rivaling other speedy 'mons like Mewtwo and Crobat. The ones that aren't fast have their own merits still, such as the Magnemite family, my personal favorite of the electric types. Speed isn't Magnezone's strong suit, but it is the most resistant Pokemon of all with eleven resistances and one immunity. One of its weaknesses can even be turned into an immunity with Magnet Rise. In addition, it packs a hefty Special Attack, an amazing ability in Magnet Pull, and a delightful movepool.

While Grass and Dragon resist Electric moves, most electric types have ways around that. Then there's ground types, which is the real type that will actually give Electric types a hard time. Even then, Electric types have their way around that issue. Take Magneton, Magnezone's younger brother, for example. Many ground types have a Rock type added to them, and since Magneton's base 70 speed outruns most Ground/Rock Pokemon, all it takes is a Magnet Rise and a Flash Cannon and that thing is gone. With the right Trainer, any Electric type can be turned into an unstoppable monster.

Zapdos, Magnezone, Raichu, Pikachu w/Light Ball, Electivire, Zekrom, Jolteon... Electric type is definitely one of the best types.
This is a wonderful type because it has 2 uncommon weaknesses to Grass and Ground-types. You just can't resist Pachirisu, Shinx or Chinchou. When also a Water or Steel-type this is unstoppable! It is one of the five lucky types to not have a weakness of Steel along with Water, Ground, Fighting, or Fire. It has wonderful moves like Thunder Fang, Thunder, Thunderbolt, Thunder Punch, Thundershock, Spark or SolarBeam. It has strong Pokemon like Lanturn, Electivire, Luxray, Elektross, or Rotom. This type is brilliant and miraculous!
There is one weakness for electric:ground, which has moves that do damage badly like earthquake, but with 2 advantages and a weakness, but this type is a little rare and lacks certain move types
[Newest]Very powerful an electric Arceus is good one weakness try calm mind judgement recover and energy ball/surf/ice beam

8Ghost
Personally, I just love Ghost types, and I think they're horribly underrated. They make up the smallest type with only 34 Pokemon (one less than Fairy, the newest), but I like that about them - when you're using a Ghost type, people rarely know what to expect because with the exception of Gengar they're hardly ever seen. Plus, they're not affected by Fighting or Normal types and many have Levitate, granting them immunity to Ground too. Their designs are interesting and original, their applications in battle unpredictable and unique, and overall they just deserve so much more recognition.

Also, Drifloon and Phantump are adorable :3
In my opinion, Ghost types should be number #1. They are literally 3 types. (In Pokémon. ) The 3 types are Ghost; for one, Psychic; Without Ghost, Psychic wouldn't even exist. It is also a variation of Ghost-Types. Plus, it is a variation of Ghost... Psychic is the work of demons and spirits! (Ghost. ) And finally, Dark... All the Ghost must've had a Dark reputation and Ghost are evil... And also, Ghost is another variation...
Ghost type Pokemon can be very strong (eg gengar) with some great moves like shadow ball and night shade. Many ghost types such as chandelure, jellicent and spiritomb are dual types so they can be used in lots of different scenarios. Ghost types can also learn powerful dark and psychic moves, for example, psychic and dark pulse which gives them a wide range of attacks. In a battle, they can also inflict you with all sorts of annoying status conditions and clever moves such as hypnosis and my favourite- destiny bond. With tricks, power and good type coverage, a well trained ghost type Pokemon is hard to beat!
Ghost types are the strongest! I mean, they are literally 3 types: Ghost, Psychic, and Dark! Psychic, please; without Ghost (Hex, Spirits. ), Psychism, Psychics and Psychic-Types wouldn't exist... Ghost create the force known as "Psychic." They produce it! And it is also part Dark... Ghost are evil, vengeful spirits that haunt, scare, and even kill... And, fear is a dominant weakness in RL an in Pokémon. So, that is why they are 3 types. The should be immune to almost all types. (Except for Ghost and Psychic. ) They should also be immune to all physical and status attacks. So, why the hey should Ghost be one of the lowest! I say Ghost should be #1! Who's with me?! (Plus, spirits (Ghost) are the dominant force on earth. Plus, they are so OP in the manga and in the anime! )
[Newest]It is the strongest type

9Fighting
Fighting although isn't my favorite type but is the strongest shouldn't be down here at number ten! It only has one type that it has no effect on and that's ghost, a very rare type that you'll barely even see! Also, it has AMAZING moves such as Focus Punch, Hi Jump Kick, Superpower, Close Combat, Focus Blast, Cross Chop, Hammer Arm, Jump Kick, Brick Break, etc. Fighting is obviously the strongest move type with Water and Dragon as runner - up.
Fighting type pokemon are stong aginst five different pokemon types, more than any other type. Also, they are very useful if they have a dual type.
Fighting is the best because it has 5 type advantages, after the first generation it was clearly the best offensive type. Ground has also 5 type advantages, but flying types are immune and levitate is a very common ability.
[Newest]I love fighting types and can always depend on their strength in battle

10Ice
The ice type is full of cool pokemon that can also be pretty powerful. Lapras, Abamasnow, Glalie, etc all are pretty good. But more importantly I feel that the designs are very casual yet beautiful such as Froslass and Glaceon. If only there weren't any silly ice cream pokemon.
The ice type dudes are all pretty chill, and I personally think they have really cool designs... besides that Delibird guy... and... y'know... the ice cream dudes... yeah. But mostly they look awesome. That said, Ice isn't the best type to use in battle. But the dudes can get by if you're good enough. Some of my favourite Ice types are Walrein, Abomasnow, Froslass, Lapras, and even though Aurorus has a bad typing and does pretty poorly in battle, it's design is simply the best out there. To me, anyway. But yeah, I'd like to see Ice types get a buff in Gen 7, because right now, Ice types' weaknesses can be easily exploited, and they're pretty fragile Pokemon. Game Freak needs to buff Ice types already, and give them a better use than just sitting there looking cool.
Ice is kind of... the worst type. It has a lot of weaknesses. Fire, ICE, steel, and water. Water is the best type (dragon is overrated). Fire is common, and steel has the bulkiest Pokemon. It is super effective against grass, dragon, ground, and flying. Flying, grass, and ground are uncommon. Beating dragons up is its only purpose.
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The Contenders

11Grass
Grass types are my favourite, lots if them have brilliant defense and are very strong. They can learn synthesis and solar beam, plus they are calm and cute. I have always chosen my starters as grass types, apart from pearl and I always have a grass type on my team. My favourite grass types are Leafeon and Bulbasaur. Plus people think Swampert is amazing, but a grass type can take it down with one hit!
Grass Types have always been my favorite type, especially Bulbasaur. I feel like Grass is a good defensive type, and virtually the best type for healing itself. Moves like Giga Drain and Leech Seed make it a powerful Pokemon. That is also why, when you pair Grass with another type, that Pokemon is always strong. The fact that it resists water and Electric, considered some of the best types, along with the fact that it can heal itself on a moments notice while doing a good deal of damage. This makes Grass one of my definite favorites.
They don't need too be healed (as much) with moves such as Giga Drain Drain, Leech Seed and Ingrain. Also they are amazing for catching pokemon with sleep spore. They are also wonderful support pokemon seeing as they can put a pokemon too sleep then switch out too your more powerful pokemon. I have never had a team with out a grass type. My personal faves are Gardevoir and Roserade.
[Newest]Grass is very underrated. Until recently, I would have picked Dragon (because it was overpowered); but now we have the Fairy type.
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12Flying
Aside from my personal preference, what I like about this type is that it can do massive damage to types which are common in the franchise (Grass, Bug, and Fighting). However, even though the Flying-type has weaknesses to Rock, Electric, and Ice types, this can be remedied by Flying-type Poke'MoN being "dual-typed" with other types (such as Ground/Flying - that is Gliscor and Steel/Flying - that is Skarmory). Flying type moves also cover a wide array of effects in battle (Sky Attack, Fly, Air Cutter, Tailwind, Roost, etc. ). Also, the relative difficulty of being a "master" in the use of Flying-Types can really be thrilling.
Where to start. Well staraptor is a monster in combat with brave bird and close comat sky attack and roost meaning can hurt itself for massive damage but then heal it back healing also helps with the defensive decrease from close combat which allows you to do a lot of damage to rock and ice etcetera some of which are super effective against it and the new pokemon talonflame looks like it will be awesome too because it will be a speed demon from what I've heard and honchcrow is literally a boss pokemon what more do you need
Flying is just awesome. And check the speed stats of flying type Pokemon -- most of them are pretty high.

CycloneFang

[Newest]I love this no more walking! Use fly now! Again on of the popular types no more walking! Okay I admit I don't use for every game I have but I do like this type

13Fairy
Fairy may be one of the best competitive types for Gen 6. Poison and steel types aren't ultra common, and Fairy can destroy one of the most used types: Dragon. Plus, Fairy types usually have extremely high special attack making them a force to be reckoned with.
Having resistances to Fighting, Dark, and Bug, while completely immune to Dragon altogether. Super effective against Dragon, Fighting, and Dark, and only weak to Steel and Poison, the two most uncommon attacking types in the game, Fairy type Pokemon are nothing to sneeze at. Especially if they are a dual-type Pokemon.
By far the best. They destroy dragon types which are utterly useless by the way. They are only strong against them selves which is stupid and a waste when you can have a fairy type in your team instead which is strong against fighting, dark and most importantly Dragon
[Newest]Fairy type is just awesome

14Ground
Defensively they're pretty bad, especially as many of them get dual typed with the highly similar rock type. Other dual types (water, fire, grass, steel) can turn this around though. Offensively, ground Pokémon have a saying: when in doubt, earthquake. The type is so strong a lot of supposedly really strong and cool Pokémon got the ability levitate, just so people would stop one hit KO'ing them with ground moves. That's okay though, because a lot of other strong pokémon have a weakness to ground, just so they can be knocked out in half a hit. Design wise they're also pretty cool, a bit standard perhaps, but cool. Rhydon was the first Pokémon designed, and he and his ground brethren are still amongst the best.
I loved Ground type Pokemon. I didn't mind until Sinnoh when I was inspired by Bertha and I love Rhyperior due to his AWESOMENESS! I also collected all 5 of the Rising Rivals SP Bertha's Platinum team and won a card tournament against all my friends 2-3 years ago (making us 13-14) so long story short Ground types are offensive with a fair bit of defense as well making them the best.
It can pile drive fire, electric, steel, poison, and rock. It is also immune to electric attacks. And there are a high amount of cool ground pokemon. Flygon, Marowak, Gliscor, Groudon, Krookodile, Excadrill, and Golurk just to name a few
[Newest]Technically, ground is the best, following type effectiveness charts, and a few calculations on excel, ground has the best overall type effectiveness, however, the table is primarily focused on attack.

15Poison
This type is so under-rated but actually to me it is one of the best types. Poison should at least be in the top ten I could beat a dragon (no. 1 at the moment) Pokemon easily with a poison type, we need to bring back poison type its weakness is ground and psychic (their bad) and resistance is grass fighting poison and bug and poison can beat all the good types. All the unpopular types are better than the popular types
Defensively? Probably the best type ever. Offensively it may be the worst. If one uses confuse ray + bad poisoning + evasiveness moves = unstoppable
Poison is one of the best defensive types out there (second only to steel in my opinion) and although it isn't offensively the best it counters grass and the new fairy type pretty well plus it's neutral to a lot. Poison is by far my favorite type.

16Normal
Personally normal are worthless. They are only good if they are Pokemon like Kecleon, castform, or ditto. But they do have advantages. They do normal damage to all types except, steel, rock and ghost. Also normal types has the highest range of moves (apart from mew). I battled a normal type team and got wrecked. The team had moves like mega horn, thunderbolt, close combat, hydro pump, flare blitz and even EARTHQUAKE. Take this into consideration
Normal type I like the best as it contains the strongest and powerful Pokemon (the Pokemon god) with a base stat of 720 who is arceus who learns each and every moves. Also it contains the strongest non legendary Pokemon with a base stats of 670 and that is slaking and contains many other strong Pokemon like regigigas and snorlax.
Largest move pool in the game with really reliable stats. Not the best type but certainly not bad either.
[Newest]Has a variety of moves and most balanced stats

17Rock
Tyranitar onix badass charizard watch out for these guys
Rock is the best!
Rock type is of the greatest pokemon. My favorite is the TYRANITAR (rock & dark).
His HP is good and attk too.

18???
Too bad it retired, I believe it had so much potential, but right now the only thing defining its power are weather orbs? Or are they called something else
Too OP, Curse is the only? Move and it can do wonders.
Actually, the latest generations changed Curse to Ghost type. I think it was a? Move because it changed its effect depending of the Pokémon type.

FernandoLemon


19Shadow

20Bug
Although bug types were terrible in the first few generations, they came out as almost essential in gen 5 with their advantage over psychic, grass, and dark. DARK AND PSYCHIC WERE TWO OF THE ELITE 4! Bug types also have a great variety of powerful moves, such as X-Scissor and Bug Buzz. Some of the most interesting and powerful pokemon are also bug type, like Scizor, Heracross, and Volcarona. I have never played a game without a bug type on my team, and never plan to.
Why is bug bad?! It has helped me through TONS of battles and in my opinion is better than the top 5 up there because I have beaten all the Johto gym leaders with them. Plus, it evolves at a low level giving them a cutting edge at battling and you get to see them look more epic and powerful. Maybe they are not as well in a cocoon form (medapod, kakuna) but its not my fault you never train them. In conclusion, I'm upset that it has been so underrated that it is in last place.
Usually bug Pokemon are underrated. But come on people! If you have played a Pokemon game you should know that they are weak! But also you should know that not all of them are weak. Heracross, scyther, scizor, volcarona, do these mean anything to you?
[Newest]This type is terribly underrated, but it beats up dark and psychic.

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