Top 10 Best Pokemon Types

With a Pokédex boasting over 800 unique Pokémon, from Charizard's blazing fire to Pikachu's shocking Electric abilities, the choices are as endless as a Hyper Beam! Feeling overwhelmed? No worries, because the community has got your back. Thousands of fans like you have cast their votes to craft the ultimate tier list of Pokémon types! Whether you're into fearsome Dragons or versatile Water-types, this list has got you covered.
The Top Ten
1 Dragon Dragons are legendary creatures with formidable power and resilience. In the world of Pokemon, Dragon-types are known for their high attack power and often possess a range of elemental abilities. Some of the most famous Dragon-types include Charizard, Dragonite, and Garchomp.

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. They also 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 by far the best type. For one, they have massively high special and physical attack high speed to compliment this. A prime example is a Garchomp with Adamant nature with max EVs in speed and attack.

Ice types rarely outspeed Dragons and generally have low physical defense and a low number of Pokemon can learn Fairy type moves. They have stats that average over 510, making them highly reliable.

A good few of these Dragons are pseudo-legendary, meaning their stats don't dip below 600 on a fully evolved form. These pseudos being Dragonite, Salamence, Garchomp, Hydreigon, and Goodra, all of these are extremely popular and powerful sweepers.

2 Water Water-type Pokemon are known for their affinity for aquatic environments and their ability to manipulate water. They are often found near bodies of water, such as lakes and oceans, and can be powerful allies in battle. Some notable Water-types include Gyarados, Lapras, and Blastoise.

Water type Pokémon are some of the best both in and out of battle. Defensively, they are weak to only Grass and Electric type Pokémon, of which Grass can be easily countered by the Ice type moves almost all Water Pokémon can learn, leaving the only real threat to be Electric type. Offensively, Water type moves aren't spectacular, but, as mentioned above, Water type Pokémon 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 Pokémon only really compete with Flying types for the most useful HM. They win the gold for design as well. In my opinion, Water type Pokémon have the most sleek designs. I'm hard-pressed to come up with an ugly Water Pokémon other than Luvdisc and Tentacool (there are others that aren't great, but they aren't as bad as many Pokémon are).

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

3 Psychic Psychic-type Pokemon have powerful mental abilities and can manipulate thoughts, energy, and even time. They are often very intelligent and have a natural affinity for psychic energy. Some notable Psychic-types include Mewtwo, Alakazam, and Espeon.

Psychic controls EVERYTHING. If I got to choose, then I would rather be a Psychic type and control everyone and everything. I will just sit there and rest while I'm working. And it's just so lucky to control everything, you don't have to do it yourself. But first, it's hard to control, but later you will be the GOD or GODDESS of everything and you can control them however you like.

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. It 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, Reuniclus, Espeon, Metagross and many others.

4 Fire Fire-type Pokemon possess incredible heat-based powers and are often associated with speed and aggression. They are particularly effective against Grass, Ice, Bug, and Steel types, but are weak against Water, Ground, and Rock types. Famous Fire-types include Charmander, Arcanine, and Charizard.

Fire types are simply the best. Just because Dragons are stupidly overrated doesn't mean they're the 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!

5 Electric Electric-type Pokemon possess incredible electrical abilities and are often associated with speed and agility. They are particularly effective against Water and Flying types, but are weak against Ground types. Some notable Electric-types include Pikachu, Raichu, and Zapdos.

Electric is simply one of the coolest, if not the coolest, types available. First off: They are so fast. Electrode is one of the fastest Pokemon in existence, behind only Ninjask and Deoxys. Jolteon follows suit with a base speed of 130, rivaling other speedy 'mons like Mewtwo and Crobat. The ones that aren't fast still have their own merits, 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 are the real challenge for Electric types. 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 with Light Ball, Electivire, Zekrom, Jolteon... Electric type is definitely one of the best types.

6 Ghost Ghost-type Pokemon are known for their ethereal and often spooky qualities. They are often associated with the supernatural and have a range of abilities related to ghosts and phantoms. Some famous Ghost-types include Gengar, Banette, and Chandelure.

Are you serious? This should be number 1. Even if it's only effective and weak against 2 types, it's resistant to Fighting and Normal. Ghosts are so good, not even Close Combat, a powerful Fighting move, Self Destruct, or even Explosion can harm it.

They are only weak to dark and itself, and they get cover-ups like Brick Break to help them deal with Dark Pokemon. They also have Levitate (Well, most) which makes them resistant to THREE types.

And why is Dragon, Water, and Psychic above this? Dragon is only effective against 1 type, and vulnerable to three that being Ice, Fairy and itself. Water is ok I guess, good against 3 types and vulnerable to 2, but not resistant to anything like Ghost, and Psychic is just… bad. Good against 2 types but vulnerable to 3.

7 Steel Steel-type Pokemon are known for their incredible strength and durability. They are particularly effective against Fairy, Ice, and Rock types, but are weak against Fire, Ground, and Fighting types. Some notable Steel-types include Steelix, Metagross, and Lucario.

I don't know how this isn't higher up. Steel is absolutely phenomenal. It can tank so much damage, and its only real threat is fire. Ground and Fighting attacks are usually physical, but they can never one-hit KO the best Steel types because of their insane defensive power. Leaving Fire attacks as the most reliable option, but it better not be a Fire type Pokémon because most Steel types can also learn Earthquake/Stone Edge/Ancient Power, and one-hit KO just about every Fire type out there if they're able to withstand the first attack.

I've played this game since Gen 3, and Steel is the only type so far that hasn't let me down. Dragons and Psychics were on this list too, but then Fairy type got introduced, and by now it's way too easy to manipulate typical Psychic types.

8 Dark Dark-type Pokemon are often associated with shadows, deception, and underhanded tactics. They are particularly effective against Psychic and Ghost types, but are weak against Fighting, Bug, and Fairy types. Some famous Dark-types include Umbreon, Houndoom, and Tyranitar.

Dark is one of my favorite types, if not my absolute favorite. It's definitely in my top 5 and should be in the top 5 here.

1. Psychic is considered to be number 3, but when battling with a Dark type against it, you won't be affected, and then take it down with one simple hit.

2. Less than half of all types are resisted or ineffective against the Steel type, and Dark is one of them.

3. A lot of their trainers were from the Elite Four of their generation.

4. In the fourth generation, ALL of the damaging Dark-type moves were special!

5. They have BSTs in the top third of all types! Even Fire is lower!

6. They may only be super effective against two types, but they're STRONG types!

My favorite Dark type Pokemon are Sandile, Murkrow, Hydreigon, and Incineroar.

9 Fighting Fighting-type Pokemon are known for their incredible physical strength and martial arts skills. They are particularly effective against Normal, Ice, Rock, and Steel types, but are weak against Flying, Psychic, and Fairy types. Some notable Fighting-types include Machamp, Hitmonlee, and Lucario.

Fighting, although isn't my favorite type, is the strongest and 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.

By itself, it's kinda great, being super-effective against 5 kinda common types, and having 3 great resistances. Although it hits awfully 5 other types and doesn't even hit the Ghost one, they have a niche: most of Fighting types can be covered by powerful Rock and Dark-type moves, such as Rock Slide and Sucker Punch / Knock Off, then, it hits super-effectively Bug, Psychic, Flying and Ghost types. My favorite type, by far.

10 Ice Ice-type Pokemon have the ability to control and manipulate ice, snow, and other frozen elements. They are often found in cold environments and are particularly effective against Grass, Ground, Flying, and Dragon types, but are weak against Fire, Fighting, Rock, and Steel types. Some notable Ice-types include Articuno, Lapras, and Glalie.

The Ice type Pokémon 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 favorite Ice types are Walrein, Abomasnow, Froslass, Lapras, and even though Aurorus has a bad typing and does pretty poorly in battle, its 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 Pokémon. Game Freak needs to buff Ice types already, and give them a better use than just sitting there looking cool.

The Contenders
11 Flying Flying-type Pokemon are known for their ability to fly and their high speed and mobility. They are often associated with the sky and air and are particularly effective against Grass, Bug, and Fighting types, but are weak against Electric, Ice, and Rock types. Some notable Flying-types include Pidgeot, Charizard, and Dragonite.

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 Pokemon 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.

12 Ground Ground-type Pokemon are known for their affinity for the earth and their ability to manipulate the ground. They are particularly effective against Fire, Electric, Poison, Rock, and Steel types, but are weak against Water, Grass, and Ice types. Some famous Ground-types include Sandshrew, Groudon, and Excadrill.

This type is so underrated it's ridiculous. Ground types are immune to Electric, super-effective against 5 different types (Steel, Rock, Electric, Fire, Poison). Although Flying types are immune to ground-based moves, there is a move called "Smack Down" which brings the Flying type to the ground, enabling you to hit it.

Ground is also currently the *only* type that is super effective against Electric. Not to mention there are some really awesome Ground and semi-Ground types such as Sandslash, Krookodile, Donaphan, Hippowdon, and not to mention Groudon, one of the legendaries from Gen 3.

All in all, Ground is a great secondary type, and is a fantastic defensive and offensive type. Ground types are my favorite!

13 Fairy Fairy-type Pokemon are known for their magical and enchanting qualities. They are often associated with nature and the power of love and are particularly effective against Dragon, Fighting, and Dark types, but are weak against Poison and Steel types. Some famous Fairy-types include Clefairy, Gardevoir, and Togekiss.

Fairy is only beaten by Poison and Steel types, which are fairly uncommon. They are also super effective 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.

14 Grass Grass-type Pokemon are known for their ability to harness the power of plants and nature. They are often associated with healing and support abilities and are particularly effective against Water, Ground, and Rock types, but are weak against Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, and Bug types. Some famous Grass-types include Bulbasaur, Venusaur, and Sceptile.

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 moment's notice while doing a good deal of damage. This makes Grass one of my definite favorites.

15 Poison Poison-type Pokemon are known for their ability to inflict status conditions, such as poisoning and paralysis, on their opponents. They are particularly effective against Grass and Fairy types, but are weak against Ground, Psychic, and Steel types. Some notable Poison-types include Bulbasaur, Nidoking, and Gengar.

I have always loved Poison types, and I think it is the top contender for the most underrated type. It is a valuable asset to most teams and brings a lot of utility.

As well as being immune to poisoning itself and coming with some very helpful resistances, it is also (obviously) the best at spreading the Poison status effect to chip away at teams. It brings some great offensive power as well as being able to be an unstoppable wall and essential on most stall teams.

It also comes with some very strong and well-rounded Pokemon as well as some cool designs. It can also pair greatly with most types, including Normal and Bug, which usually don't help a lot in a dual type combo (usually).

16 Rock Rock-type Pokemon are known for their incredible strength and durability. They are particularly effective against Fire, Ice, Flying, and Bug types, but are weak against Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, and Steel types. Some famous Rock-types include Onix, Golem, and Tyranitar.

Rock is solid. I don't know how Water defeats it in one shot, but Rock is still really cool!

I love Rock types. Who cares if they are slow? They can take a hit better than an Ice type! So if you love Rock types… VOTE FOR US.

Rock types are super strong like Geodude and Graveler. They are super strong!

17 Normal Normal-type Pokemon are often seen as the most basic and versatile type, with no particular strengths or weaknesses. They are often associated with common animals, such as rats and birds, and can learn a wide variety of moves. Some notable Normal-types include Pikachu, Eevee, and Snorlax.

Personally, Normal types 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 have 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 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. Arceus is a Normal type but he created all Pokemon types. If I had my say, he would be pure-blooded?

18 Bug Bug-type Pokemon are often associated with insects and are known for their speed and agility. They are particularly effective against Grass, Psychic, and Dark types, but are weak against Fire, Flying, and Rock types. Some famous Bug-types include Caterpie, Scyther, and Heracross.

Bug is always the last. Yes, Bugmons 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 considered 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 (Metapod, Kakuna) but it's not my fault you never train them. In conclusion, I'm upset that it has been so underrated that it is in last place.

19 ???

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 generation, 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 '???'. I hope this cleared some things up.