Best Pokemon Types

The Top Ten

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!

Steel fairy and ice, not sure about steel but I'm sure fairy and ice are

Dragon type Pokémon are extremely versatile and even good defensively. It resists the most common attack types, such as Water, Fire, Grass, and Electric, and is only weak to the rarer types, such as Dragon (not many Pokémon can learn Dragon type attacks), Fairy (not many Pokémon can wield Fairy type attacks either), and Ice (many Pokémon that have difficulty beating Dragon types such as Grass, Electric, and Fire, usually can't use any Ice type moves and Hidden Power is too weak to do real damage anyways). Although countered by the Fairy type both offensively and defensively, Dragon types have the luxury of learning many different moves of many different types, such as Poison and Steel to eliminate these Fairy type Pokémon. Also, that doesn't mean Dragons are not the best simply because a Fairy type counters it. There are counters for everything, like Fire versus Water and Ground versus Electric, and neither aforementioned types are considered "weak" because of those weaknesses. ...more

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.

Dragon types are the worst I mean they really suck. They're moves aren't so bad but most in the Pokemon are

Water

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.

Water is literally around 70% of the whole entire planet. They are actually really powerful. You just need to find the right pokemon for you

Water type Pokemon are some of the best both in and out of battle. Defensively, they are weak to only Grass and Electric type Pokemon, of which Grass can be easily countered by the Ice type moves almost all water Pokemon can learn, leaving the only real threat to be Electric type. Offensively, Water type moves aren't spectacular, but, as mentioned above, Water type Pokemon can pretty much all learn ice type moves, making it powerful against 7 types with just those two compared to its 2 defensive weaknesses.

Out of battle, Water type Pokemon only really compete with Flying types for the most useful HM. They win the gold for design as well. In my opinion, Water type Pokemon have the most sleek designs. I'm hard-pressed to come up with an ugly Water Pokemon other than Luvdisc and Tentacool (there are others that aren't great, but they aren't as bad as many Pokemon are).

Best of all, the Water type gets to claim the real god of all Pokemon. Magikarp.

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.

Fire

Good, but a lot of weaknesses. Rock, Water, and More. If your fire pokemon is not a dual type, than it is toast.

Obviously the best type ever! Most of the starter are adorable!

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

... 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

Psychic

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!

I think that in addition to them being powerful, they can also be quite alluring and caring. Most Psychic Pokemon are humanoid and thus can form strong bonds with people in their young stages. I remember when I first saw my Ralts - I was instantly awed by its movements and cuteness/design. Most Psychic types are also able to talk, which makes them even better companions.

if I was a Psychic pokemon, I would be a couch potato and do every thing with psychic. Mewtwo built the battle Gym with Psychic, so yeh. like a lot of legendary pokemon are. Mewtwo, Mew, Latios, Latias, Ect...

Psychic types are one of the most rarest and most pokemon, and really strong..

Before it's nerf, it use to dominate the 1st generation of Pokemon.

Electric

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, ...more

The best time only one weakness. If one has levitate, it's unstoppable.

They are honestly the best type, hands down. Electric Pokemon are beautifully designed and are very speedy. The best Eveeevelotion, Joleteon is an electric type. The cutest Pokemon are electric like Pikachu, Minun, Pichu and more! Their attacks are the coolest, and the best. Very, very beautiful and graceful Pokemon. They definitely deserve to be number one on this list. - Squirrrelflight

Electric types are extremely rare, and especially Boltund. Who almost annihilated my team.

Ghost

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 is the best type, and deserves more attention than those boring Dragons, Dragon is so overrated and I hate it because it should not be at all, Ghost (alongside Fairy and Dark in my opinion) is the best typing and deserves to be number 1

Phantom force is a great way of attacking pokemon and dodging. Ghosts are also scary, which I like.

I love ghost/dark so awesome type my favorite,deserve to be more rank

Steel

It should be number 2 at least. It resists over half of all Pokemon types.

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.

All the way down here? Should be number one! Mega Metagross! No? Mega Mawile! Still not convinced? Dialga. Steel Pokemon have the best movepool, strong against VERY powerful typings, why the heck is this so low? Not to mention, great designs as well. Dragon types may be cool, but steel just beats them.

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!

Dark

Dark is such an awesome typing, it deserves to be much higher on this list, what's better about types like Fire and Dragon over Dark, and also how is Psychic higher than Dark, that doesn't make sense to me, Dark deserves to be above these 3!

Dark types such as Shadow ball are very strong when it comes to toxicroak, a pokemon who has the ability to withstand water type moves.

The secondary type coverage in dark type is so good I run a monotype in competitive

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.

Fighting

Fighting is super effective against a lot of pokemon types, which is why I picked this.

Haters shut up
fighting is good to describe in one word: toxicroak

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.

Actually, ground type also has 5 super effective type combos, and have many less types that are super effective against it. Ground is super-effective against the following: Fire, Electric, Poison, Rock, and Steel, and not very effective against only bug and grass, 2 of the rarer Pokemon types. The fighting type, although with 5 super-effective attacking types, also has 5 types they are not very effective against: Poison, Flying, Psychic, Bug, and Fairy. - EvanCherp

Ice

I think Ice types get a lot of hate because their like the rip off water types but without ice our planet would be a flooded mass of water again so come on guys ice can still be cool (see what I did there). I mean it might not be as good as dragon or something but we should all appreciate how cool the ice types are and how are they can be!

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.

Definitely one of my favorite types, although the Pokemon doesn't offer a lot, competitively.

Weak to fire, weak to fighting, weak to steel, weak to rock (which means stealth rock). Ice types basically die to anything, unless you're an Avalugg or Snow Cloaked. Its signature weather: Hail, is also rarely used, since it almost exclucively only benefits ice-type mons and ice type moves (only Blizzard and Weather Ball, I think). Freeze-dry is a nice addition by gamefreak, as only ice Pokemon can learn it. Coupled with a water attack, it can hit any Pokemon for neutral-effective (for the regular water/ice combo is only resisted by water types).

While poor defensively, in term of offense, ice type is EVERYWHERE. Even if it's just a Hidden Power Ice, it's always nice to have an ice type move up your sleeve, just because of the coverage it has.

Wow! This type is so underrated. I mean, ice doesn't deserve number 10 and why is it even this low? Maybe because it only has one resistance, itself. What bad does THAT do, though? It should at least be in the top 7 as ice will cause dragon, which is in the spot, to pass out after the first hit. Plus, ice can HELP other types to learn their moves, especially water, to take care of dragon, and grass. Lapras is my favorite ice pokemon.

The Contenders

Fairy

Fairy is a typing that is perfect in my opinion, how is it 11th?! Fairy should be in the Top 3 and especially above those damn Dragon types, Fairy is no doubt one of the best and the fact that it's so low on this list is really sad

Fairy types are SO AMAZINGG! They're cute, but they can pack a punch. Don't mess with them! And COME ON! Dragon types can't even TOUCH THEM! Seriously, I don't see why people don't like them.

So many ignorant people voting for other types, like ice...

Fairy types are clearly the best. They have only 2 weaknesses, both of which are uncommon attacking types and have a number of resistances, notably also having an immunity to dragon. It is also quite a good offensive attacking type, only being resisted by three types.

Fairy is only beaten by poison and steel types, which are fairly uncommon. They are also supereffective against dragon types, the most powerful in the game. Fairy types additionally are good against fighting types, and they can do double damage if they are a fairy/psychic dual type, which is the most common out of all of the fairy dual types. Subjectively, I love fairy types and I am always sure to make my Pokemon have some fairy moves. Even though their 1st evolution/baby forms are usually weak and don't have good moves, through training they can become massively killer.

Ground

Bulldoze, lands wrath, magnitude, high horsepower and the list goes on...

Ground is very good against electricity. Also, little types have a resistance to ground. I recommend this type to anyone who needs to battle against an electric type.

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.

The only type to be used specifically by a villainous team leader. The only other gym leader to use it? Clay the sheriff of Unova and his Nuzlocke killing Excadrill. Bertha of the elite four and her team, and... That's about it. But you'll be hard pressed to find a person who hasn't used a Ground type ever. Ground seems to be that perfect type that you can add to something and instantly make it competitive. With STAB Earthquake which is let's face it the best move in the games, And of course some pretty awesome Pokémon. We all know the type and we all fear any Pokemon that can learn Earthquake. But hey Fourteen out of Twenty isn't really that bad.

Flying

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.

Personally I just use flying types for fly, but if you get the starting flying for each gen you should be good, I think the downfall of flying types is that the stronger ones are all dual type. so the flying type only gets half the glory

Flying is just awesome. And check the speed stats of flying type Pokemon -- most of them are pretty high.

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

Grass

Come on people! Grass is what really keeps us alive in the real world. Around 30% of the earth is land, according to Water being around 70% of the earth. You just need to find the right pokemon for you

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!

I disagree because grass has five weaknesses making them not ready for any attack - StormIllusion

Why is this in 13th place?! come on, guys! It has a weakness to fire, sure, but often the pokemon that are grass/leaf types have poison moves, so you can take 'em out that way!

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.

Poison

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

You can beat any type with a pokemon as long as the type isn't super effect to it - germshep24

Defensively? Probably the best type ever. Offensively it may be the worst. If one uses confuse ray + bad poisoning + evasiveness moves = unstoppable

Best combinations: poison/dragon
poison/fighting
poison/fire
poison/dark
poison/ghost

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.

Normal

Normal is mostly a starting type, but if you have some other Pokemon to make them stronger go for it, I did, but if you really want a truly strong team, normal type is only good for really good trainers in late/post game. note this is all my opinion, and the results of my observations, they can get beaten real easy. and arceus is normal type but he created all Pokemon types, if I had my say he would be pure blooded?

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.

I have played many pokemon games and I personally think normals should be on top they have 1 weakness and I always make sure to get a tauros or persian on my team cause with all the good moves they can learn they become very useful

Rock

Rock is strongest type and had very powerful defense and very powerful attack and a lot of health! Who said rocks are weak, they are wrong! Voted us!

Rock is the best!

Rock is solid I don't know how water defeats it one shot but rock is still really cool!

Rock are super strong like geodude and graveler they are super strong!

Bug

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.

Bug is always the last. Yes bug mons had horrible base stats, but Bug type moves were better than any other type's (including Water). Just think of it. 95% of the Bug moves had amazing effects that are far better than any other type for example Fell Stinger, the Vespiquen Orders, Silver Wind, Tail Glow, and Pollen Puff. Also, the bugs are also powerful if you level them to a high level. Overall, Bug type isn't a good type but it definitely isn't a bad type either.

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.

Lol, actually the best type. I can see why you would put it last, but it actually has so many strengths and resistances.

???

To clear up this subject, I believe this was never a type, I think it was a misconception as? had a move, but I think the people at game freak just could not figure out what move type it should be before the release date of Pokemon pearl and diamond, but in platinum they could not just change it in that gen so that is why I think the move curse had the?. besides what would it be called? question mark question mark question mark? no if this was to become a type they would have had it something other than?. hope this cleared some things up

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

This type has some of the all time BEST Pokémon designs out there.

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

Bird

For those who don't know.

In Generation 1, flying type was instead called Bird Type. They changed it's name to flying type in generation 2. So that's why bird type is on this list

Ok, here it is, in Gen 1, GameFreak brainstormed the OG 14, All gen 1 types except Flying (ice came later in development). The Bird type was one of them, but it was scrapped and replaced with the Flying type. There is the origin of the Bird type and why it doesn't exist!

Bird would actually be my favorite type if it actually was a type. I'm not a fan of many of the non-bird flying types (other than Lugia cause Lugia is EPIC)

It is not a type. It is called flying so GET IT RIGHT