Worst Pokemon Types


The Top Ten

1 Bug

The only time I've used a bug type effectively is when it has been backed up by another type. Such as Scizor, because it has such defensive abilities with it's steel type. Or another one I prefer is Heracross or Vespiquen, but that's only because Vespiquen can avoid ground moves and has good defensive stats, while Heracross is a fighting type power house. Bug Pokemon grow quickly so they are effective against early game grass trainers and come in handy with psychic opponents. The main problem is that most bug types can't take many hits so while you're trying to fight the elite four pretty much everyone has a move that can over power a bug pokemon in 1-2 hits. Bug Pokemon are pretty unique, but they lack durability. I find Shedinja to be useful, but everyone knows how to beat it and since bug types have so many weaknesses it's special ability wonder guard is deemed completely ineffective. Bug types are interesting and fun to mess with, but they tend to let me down more than succeed in ...more

Bug type moves and Flying type moves were always the best in the games (ooh, Sky Attack and Silver Wind. ), but just check out 99% of Bug type Pokemon's stat totals. All of them were somewhere below 300 or 400, and it would be a miracle to find any Bug type with a stat total higher than 490. (Scyther, Scizor, and Genesect were some good ones) I've just found Bug types incredibly weak and useless, but their moves were amazing

Statistically the weakest type in pokemon.

BRRR this scares me

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2 Normal

One of the weakest types. - PokemonYesTeletubbiesNo

It's funny how arguably the best type in gen 1 eventually became the worst. Normal typing doesn't offer much on the offense as normal moves aren't super effective against anything and are resisted by rock and steel and immune to ghost, not to mention are weak to the common fighting attacks. Ghost immunity is a small niche that rarely is any good since most ghosts have coverage moves including fighting attacks. Granted, some of their attacks are good (extreme speed is one of the best attacks in the entire game) but for the most part they are just used on Normal Pokemons since it offers no coverage

If normal could just play their typing more straight and let them bypass the entire type effectiveness it could be the best type but instead normal is a type made almost entirely out of cons instead of pros.

Why is this type here? It is one of the best! Only one weakness in fighting

No pokemon is weak to normal attacks... Which means that their stab moves pretty much sucks... They are immune to ghost types, which is really cool, but ghost's is immune to normal attacks too, so it dosn't matter. And finally, rock and steel types resist them, and they are weak against fighting, a common attacking type. Most pokemon's has access to a fighting move to kill them with. To sum up: Nothing is more boring than being normal.

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3 Grass

There are a few types in Pokemon that have major flaws, but they usually have some redeeming qualities. Bug Pokemon often have weak stats and a number of weaknesses, but often evolve quickly, have useful strengths against Psychic and Dark types, and works well when paired with types like Steel or Poison. Normal Pokemon are dull, but tend to have varied movepools and some exceptional members, Snorlax being the most famous example. Rock Pokemon have many weaknesses, but also have useful strengths against Ice, Fire, and Flying. Poison Pokemon lack offensive options, but only have two weaknesses and is closely tied to the Poison ailment, which they are immune from.

Grass Pokemon lack this. Their attacks are resisted by seven types and only strong against three. Defensively, Grass Pokemon have five weaknesses and four resistances, including itself. They are immune to specific powder moves, but not any actual ailments. Sunny Day supports many Grass Pokemon who use Solar Beam or ...more

Too many weaknesses, almost grass fully evolve dudes are weak, except for sceptile else are terible

Grass types are resisted by 7 types: Bug, Dragon, Fire, Flying, Grass, Poison and Steel, while it is weak to 5 types defensively, getting potentially OHKOed by Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice and Poison and you see, that grass is only regarded as a defensive type, because they suck a little less at defense, than they do at offense. Yet they still suck defensively, their movepools are limited, so they can't get coverage against many types and the water type they are supposed to counter gets ice moves by leveling up. Their moves are bad too. All their strong moves have ridiculous drawbacks like the prime example: Solar Beam. Their status inflicting moves are the most unreliable and their attack moves without drawback deal too little damage. Grass has lots of disadvantages and its advantages are either unreliable or too easily countered, making Grass the type without any redeeming feature.

The only purpose of this type was to complete the weakness triangle of the starters and find a way to balance the Water starter. But at the start of the game the grass starter lacks STAB moves, while when the grass starter gets a STAB move that can actually damage your water-type starter, you can slam it with Ice Beam. Being weak to Ice and Fire, two of the most common offensive types, just makes it impossible for Grass to wall anything. Not to mention it is resisted by 7 types, and the only role it can play is status support. But Grass types are usually too frail or slow to do anything, so they usually get killed before you can do a thing. The only reason why there are so few Grass Type legendaries is because it's so hard to make one that is worthy of the title!

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4 Poison

The only benefit poison has is five resistances, but other than that, they're TERRIBLE! They're only super effective on fairy and grass. Steel is immune to them. Their average best is the second least. Bug and normal types... Meh, I don't like them either but normal has a lot of good moves, especially Bouffalant. Poison would make a perfect number one.

PS - People who say poison is super effective against dragon are lying!

Barely does anything

Stat effect Pokemon? They usually count on luck to do so and their stats are horrible. Steel is immune to it. Their offensiveness is the worst in the game. At least, bug can be really effective on psychic or dark, but poison? Fairy, yeah... But Grass usually has another type to help and most of the time it's poison, so it cannot be poisoned anyway. If you want to annoy, use a Ghost-type, if you want to stall, use a Steel-type. Eally, there's nothing good about Poison-type, other types do the job better and they have also a better design... - Croquedead

Poison is actually the type with the third most resistances of 5 - MTM3157

Only good against grass and fairy but you can just use steel for fairy and fire for grass because poison deals horrible damage and overall they just suck in my opinion poison should be number 1

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5 Rock

Okay, are people even taking into account things like status moves, common weakness, useless resistances, things like that? For instance, just because something has a lot of weaknesses, doesn't mean it's bad. The weaknesses might not affect it, because, for instance, the moves for that type are rarely used in competitively play. Bug can be a great type, lots of normal type moves are really useful like swords dance and substitute, grass in my opinion is the best type in the game, with a variety of offensive and useful status moves as well as really useful resistances and not many weaknesses which are used often in competitive play, poison... Okay, not a big fan of poison...
Psychic types can learn a wide variety of offensive and useful status moves, fairy based on type advantages is just straight up amazing-
And then there's rock, with the worst defensive type advantages and disadvantages in the game, which just makes all of its offensive potential completely useless. I also hate ...more - datrandomguy

How rock is worst pokemon type?!? They had very powerful attack and very powerful defense and a lot health, but expect for speed. So how they are weak? Let me guess your hater rock. - David39

I did so much math and came to the conclusion rock is way worse than bug types.

Too many weaknesses to common move types (water, grass, ground, fighting, steel) make for rock type to be the most susceptible to getting OHKO'd if they do not have the ability "sturdy"

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6 Fairy

I am just mad that they changed types from the first gen. For design it seems like fairy is an excuse just to make cute pokemon. I think pokemon should be cute on their own, and fairy is too much overstepping the role of types into defining whole personalities. (Kind of like dark, but I'll hold my tongue since dark is established.) - airbb

We didn't need this type. Dark already had balanced weaknesses and effectiveness, but then it became weak because it has more weaknesses now. I don't like Dark, but still, some Dark trainers I met are disappointed. Fighting is balanced out, which is the only good part. And Dragon, it WAS balanced too. It's only super-effective against ONE type, itself, and only weak to itself and Ice. Do we need more? No. Yeah sure it's resistant to some types, but this is silly. Next we have the designs and oh god, are they girly. Fairies were supposed to represent Angels and Valkyries that protect everyone, not some girly pet that would belong to Barbie. I swear Sylveon's design could've had angel wings instead of ribbons and smaller eyes. Same goes with the other Fairies, but M. Altaria and Gardevoir are completely fine. They CAN remind you of Angels from God. And Steel, oh boy, it had too many resistances to even get another type to be vulnerable to it. Yeah it would make it look weak like Dark is ...more - Ohno

This type is so broken. Weak to poison, one of the worst attacking types, and steel, which is fine. Its good on dragon, which is terrible unless it has another type (except overused flying). Its good on fighting which I can deal with, but dark? Why dark? Dark sucks already! Dark SEing fairy would make way more sense.

Most Fairy type Pokemon large just so broken and overpowered. Maybe if it had 1 more weakness I wouldn't mind this type.

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7 Ice

Ice is the epic type. How dare you! That disrespects my articuno, glalie and glaceon. You are obviously a bug type. Weak and foolish. Most Pokemon fans would agree.

It is a decent offensive type, but it only has one resistance... its own type

One resistance and a lot of weaknesses

Glaceon sucks... ice in a nutshell

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8 Fighting

People say is the best offensive type is ice which makes up for its horrible defensive abilities but fighting resists 3 types and is only weak to 3 types while good against 5 types! Come on game freak make the ice type great just like the fighting type!

Fighting is kinda vague and lots of Pokemon that are fighting types are not well thought out. They just aren't original as a whole. - Swaggy11

Ah, but it is supereffective against 5 types

Fighting type is pretty much a twist on normal type...

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9 Flying

Half of the type is useless in a competitive scenario, and half of the rest is banned. Gyarados is the one Water/Flying type that I've seen people use in recent tourneys, and only by having it be the Mega, which means DITCHING the Flying type for Dark.

Probably the most common type next to normal and water, we have the bland type.

I mean the flying type... Now I know what you're thinking, if I'm calling this type bland, why not pick normal types?

Because despite normal types not being super effective, they honestly have very interesting things.

Slaking is made for double battles, castform has weather, Tauros has a neat look, with good stats and a cleaver name, Pyroar is fantastic and is a lion, which we never see in Pokemon. And normal types in general have very good move sets and stats making them do different things. Heck, spinda has skill swap contrary, that's actually an awesome double/triples strategy. But the flying type, oh god. And the normal type is pasted on them a lot, making the normal type seem worse. Let's start off with basic stuff. Flying types usually do the same thing. With a few exception. Compared swellow to staraptor. They literally do the exact same thing. Now all Pokemon with a type can do ...more

So, if you HATE Flying types, why do you have that Talonflame/Crobat in your team? Flying types are great for support, and is an excellent counter to Grass, if you don't have any Fire types in your team. If you think that there is just a bad Normal/Flying typing in all the Pokemon games (which is true, there is at least 1 normal/flying type), there is actually a lot of variety with flying types. Skarmory is one of my favorites, as it is a good set-up pokemon and can do the switcheroo with whirlwind. It also has sturdy, which is just vital for all set-ups/tanks. Although they can be very frail and can get KOed by Stealth Rock alone, Flying types are very fast and agile, with great support movesets. Two words: BRAVE BIRD. This move alone can just destroy everyone. Combined with an ability of Rock Head (which doesn't exist, because that would be too overpowered), would be a dream. Even though, it can still regain its health through roost. So, what do you think now? - MegaZmove

By far my least favourite pokemon type. About 60% of pokemon I hate are flying type and I hate virtually every gen 1 normal/flying types. In heartgold I chose chikorita and forget whitney's miltank I can't even get past the first gym. My chikorita even evolved into bayleef and I still get destroyed. I only beat it because I caught a geodude and it took me 3 turns to beat whitney while it took about 100 for me to beat falkners gym. I hate about 80-90% of flying types of all generations and the only flying type I ever used was charizard in fire red and even then he should be dragon not flying. Seriously I actually like most pokemon but I hate almost every flying type and I refuse to catch every route 1 bird even post game to fill my pokedex. And in pokemon go I'm on level 27 but I still haven't caught a pidgey because how much I hate this type.

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10 Dragon

How dare you! Dragons are the best type

Dragon is a terrible type that happens to have good pokemon and moves. Defensively it is mediocre and offensively it is horrible. - USGC

Dragon is the best it has all the best Pokemon every body has to love dragon type

Defensively, dragon types are quite powerful with resistances to electric, grass, water, and fire, but they also have weaknesses to dragon (fairly common attack type due to normally high base power) ice (probably the most common attacking type for water except water itself) and fairy (the newest type addition, commonly seen in many move sets). Also, a few of these resistances can be factored out once the dragon is fully evolved, as most have a dual-typing. While it isn't too terrible defensively dragons are quite miserable on type match-ups offensively. They are only strong against other dragon types, but are weak to steel and fairy is immune to them. It is hard for a dragon to take full advantage of their STAB bonuses without falling victim to other, faster dragons. While dragons may boast a considerable stat pool, it is next to useless against a faster opponent that can hit you for 2x damage plus STAB (ie. Weaville who with a base speed of 125 outspeeds every dragon type except ...more

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The Contenders

11 Ground

Similar to Grass, Dark, and Fairy, Game Freak only made this type because without it, Electric wouldn't have any weaknesses.

Oh god this type is one of the worst. some of the pokemon that are ground type are really good, but the actual TYPE is so bad. and why is there even a ground type? isn't rock good enough? :/

That moment when you find a shiny Geodude in a horde. Oh. Wait. That Geodude is now dead because another Geodude used Magnitude. Thanks, Nintendo!

I disagree. Ground actually has a type advantage to lots of other types like electric, steel, and poison. And just because flying is immune to it, it doesn't mean that ground is weak against flying. I think it is the only type which does that.

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12 Fire


Fire type are like the best. I mean look at arcanine and flareon they look so fluffy also growlithe is so CUTE

Dude fire the second best type. why do you hate it?

Fire types are cool! They're just like me, misunderstood, short-tempered creatures. Everyone saying they stink are wrong. Fire-type are strong Pokemon that deserve a chance.

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13 Electric

"Name 5 defensive electric types... you can't! "

Eelektross, Ampharos, Lanturn, Raikou, and the rotom forms, except for the normal one.

2 of them have decent speed. Now here's something I want to tell you all. Don't vote this type. I would have done this for normal, but no, this needs to be said. I can respect your opinion, but, I see no other place then here to say my own. Here we go. Electric types are filled with a number of different Pokemon that can do different things. Lanturn can stall, eelektross can be a mixed attacker or a pivot, Zekrom is arguably the best dragon type in users, with a couple exceptions. Raichu is a great special attacker, and it can also be an annoying counter Pokemon. Yes, counter.

There is so much. Now the moves. Nuzzle, a better thunder wave, and plenty of non electric types use thunder wave. Thunderbolt? Highly common. Charge beam? Great stat booster. Wild charge? Good attack, or you can use thunder punch. Or magnet rise, ...more

I love electric types

Who put electric on its so awesome. Electric types are the best. It shouldn't be on this list because it is so awesome! Whoever put electric on this list is stupid

Most electric attacks are special and status affects there like no like defensive moves no physical ones ether and second pikachu an electric type the mascot seriously I think they could something better at least

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14 Steel

Super broken type with shallow movepools and low attack with only good defenses. Annoying type of Pokemon. Easily forgotten type - whattheheckamidoing

They completely unbalanced the type matchups list by being super effective against the two most risky defensive types (ice and rock) and being weak to the most powerful offensive types (fire, ground, and fighting)

I'm only voting for steel, because of how it works out in inverse battles, and not regular battles. In inverse battles, steel has more weaknesses than grass and rock do in NORMAL battles. In conclusion, steel types in inverse battles are the weakest. - WingedOracle

Steel is a good type lucario genesect scizor and all the evolved forms are good!

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15 Dark

Dark-types are tough in their own family. They're strong against Ghost- Psychic-types. But there is one exception. Defensively, they SUCK. Being defensively weak to Bug- Fairy- and Fighting types. Alright, I know Fairy is a type that shouldn't exist (there has to be at least one Pokemon that should be tough against the others, and that type is Dragon. But fairy? How can Mega Garchomp be weak to a Jigglypuff? ) and Fighting-types have a brave personality. But Bug? How can a Zoroark be weak to a Bug? Seriously GameFreak. You have to toughen up this type.

The only upside to dark is they all look cool and dark is statistically the weakest Pokemon type of them all therefore should have its place on the top of the list even though dark may look cool.

Wut this cannot be on this list even. Grimsley and Karen are overpowered (then there's Sidney...)

Darks look cool but in reality I can one shot a dark with a lower level fire type. Why did they make this Pokemon so weak?

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16 Ghost

Ghost type is weakest any type that's weak against it's own type is useless!

What the heck

Ghost is the best type, literally. It has two immunities and only two weaknesses, itself and dark, which other than knock off are seldom used offensively.

When the person who added this to the list realizes Close Combat, Focus Punch, Explosion, and Self-Destruct can't touch a ghost and regrets what they've done. - Ohno

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17 Shadow

This is by far the best type on the list, perfect super effective coverage

Shadow is a Pokemon type it's only in Pokemon Gale of Darkness only. - MEGAMANZEROSTRIDER

Leedle leedle leedle lee

Technically not a type but Shadow Lugia is pretty cool

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18 Water

Lots of nice mono-types and good defensively, take ludicolo and politoed maybe even vaporeon or blastoise will make good type coverages and walls!

I love water Pokemon don't worry about it. Keep this off the list.

Water is a good type, even though they're common, they are good even though they have a few weaknesses

Not actually a bad type, I just need to add it to the list.

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19 Bird

It doesn't even exist... Worst type ever

Bird technically is a type. The glitch Missingno. Is a Normal/Bird type

No, it was a glitch type. flying type was still there

Yes, bird was a glitch type in Generation 1. Missingno., the most famous glitch Pokémon, was Normal/Bird type

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20 Psychic

Surely this is one of the best types alakazam meta gross and lugia are all awesome and effective Pokemon, disgraceful

This is an awesome type why the heck is it no 5

I don't get how Psychic is on the top 10. Psychic is my favorite type and SUPER powerful against many things. Alakazam, Gardevoir, a BUNCH of powerful legendaries (Lugia, Latios and Latias, Mew and Mewtwo, Rayquaza, Deoxys, I could go on forever), and just some of the cutest and best Pokemon ever.

Psychic is actually really powerful. Alakazam, Gardevoir, Lugia, Metagross, Jynx, and also Mew and Mewtwo. Also my favorite and honestly the best type

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21 ???

Nobody uses? Types.
*laughs head off while writing this*

Literally EVERY type is on here because EVERY TYPE HAS ITS HATERS

This type makes no sense it's hardly EVER mentioned


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