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 types are not horrible. They only have 3 weaknesses, which is average. Types like Fire and Dragon have 3 weaknesses, but are they this high on the list. They are super effective against three types, grass, psychic, and dark, and they were the only way to counter the OP Psychic type in Gen 1. You may be mixing up Bug types with Grass types. You see, Grass types have an astounding 5 weaknesses and are super effective against 3 types. That is a terrible type, offensively and defensively.

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

Bug is easily the most recognizably useless Pokémon type EVER. What's the use for Kricketune? Or Silcoon? how about Burmy? Easily defeated in a battle. It's like a human fighting a raisin-the human obviously wins, and the raisin (bug) loses - galaxyfox

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2 Normal

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.

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.

Bug can be useful as a type, most bug Pokemon are weak though. Normal is just bad, it is strong against nothing, even thought it only has one weakness, and ghost haas no effect, it gets toyed around by every other type. I wish the flying types like Pidgey or Starly were only flying, or maybe replace normal with fighting.

One of the weakest types. - PokemonYesTeletubbiesNo

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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

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!

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

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4 Poison

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

The worst type offensively. They only hit super effectively against 2 types. Most of their moves have 65 base power or less. And their designs are HORRIBLE!

The ubiquitous fairy type says hi. Super-effective against these dragon killers. Oh yeah, totally horrible. - ActuallySensible

I already made a post is the first one on top but I'm going to have to make my point you want to know why poison is the best type because it can it can poison somebody it can weaken the Pokemon you're using it against hey come on it's not so cool my favorite poison type personally would have to be I can't think of one I like them all except for one next week too I don't like coughing I don't like slow typer a lot of tipeos are happening those are the only ones I don't like the Viper and coughing deal with it.

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!

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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

Okay so their are so many toes I could have voted for but rock is defiantly the worst. Reason why: Alright rock has pretty awesome defense I have to say but that can be countered by special attacks, because its special defense on average is else than bug type. Also all of its weakness either break though its defense like butter or just basically kill rock with super effective special attacks like energy ball and more. I apologise to all those rock type lovers but seriously there is no other type combination that can save these Pokemon. The one thing you have is your super efective against fire types that is if you get the first hit which is very unlikely.

My graveler can take anything and it has ground moves that are super effective against rock and electric, rock type moves that super effective against electric and bird, and normal moves good. Bugs of course don't stand a chance, and I know that if I suspect a coming self-destruct move I can switch to graveler and the most it takes away is 8 hp, even for ones much higher in level than me

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

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6 Fairy

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.

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

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7 Flying

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.

Forgot to say something, the thing that bugs me about this type is that it's called "Flying" instead of "Air" - Ohno

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8 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.

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?

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

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9 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.

Ice is a great type for offensiveness but the worst defensive type.

Ice types are GREAT! How dare you disrespect them! That's an insult to the mighty Articuno, Kyruem and Lapras! They're an awesome type!

Okay... they may have a problem with type defences, but that's nothing! What they lack in type advantages, they make up for in decent stats. Their average HP stats is amazing, only being topped by the Dragon Type! Also, their total stats never fall below 300, with the exception of Spheal, with 290. And most Ice-Types have stats going above 400! And Kyruem, whenever it's either in its Black or White forme, has a stat total of 700, which is higher than a normal Mewtwo, and is up there with Arceus, who has a stat total of 720!

They have cool moves that can be taught to Water-Types so those Water-Types can make up for their weaknesses, and these moves are quite cool. There's Mist, which makes negative stat-changing moves (like Growl or Leer) have no effect, Freeze-Dry, which is SUPER-EFFECTIVE against Water-Types and or course, SHEER COLD, ...more

Glaceon sucks... ice in a nutshell

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10 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

I don't mind this type to be honest but it can get awkward at times - Ohno

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The Contenders

11 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.

My delphox Beat mew - BraixenBreak

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12 Dragon

How dare you! Dragons are the best 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

I think I'm the only trainer who doesn't actually use this type in battle, It's not bad, but if I had to pick Dragon would definitely get my vote, EVERYONE uses a dragon type and it makes competitive battle dry and predictable. The only Dragon Type I've ever used was my Flygon in Black Two and he may have been my Ace in that game but when making a team I never reserve a place for a Dragon. Plus until Fairy type came along Dragon was Overpowered and darn near impossible to counter forcing you to use a dragon and making competitive play once again boring and predictable. I love every type of Pokemon but Geez was Dragon an overkill in competitive. - Gronk27

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

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13 Ground

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.

This type has way too many hurting teammates moves

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? :/

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14 Fire

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.

What? Dragon is the best.. Fairy typing was literally made because dragons were too strong and they wanted to nerf them. Fairy typing was clearly made with competitive Pokemon in mind. Fire typing is usually a hinderance, bringing on a weakness to stealth rock, weakness to water (one of the most common defensive types)


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15 Ghost

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

Ghost types are the best types in my opinion because have you ever tried using Rotom? Rotom's awesome and (well at least my Rotom) has very good speed and special attack. Also Rotom has the levitate ability which cancels out one of elecktric's weaknesses.

What the heck

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16 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

Yeah Shadow is definitely a type.What, Ghost? What's that? - Ohno

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17 Bird

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

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

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18 ???

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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19 Steel

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!

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

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20 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

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

I love electric types

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21 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

It has ash greninja in this catagory so water is the strongest type

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