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.

Why is psychic top 10!? People are you insane? Psychic is the most epic type! By the way bugs are kind of useless

A lot of weaknesses and not a lot of good moves.

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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.

Normal only resist one type and that's ghost which also resist normal and every type is neutrel so yeah

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3 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!

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.

Poison is actually really good.

s alazzle. - mattstat716

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4 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.

Its in a nutshell, exploited. Resisted by stuff like Fire, Steel, and the overpowered Dragons, etc. Its also weak to a type that it resists, fire, and its also pummeled by 5 types, that's more weaknesses than pure Ice types! Its STABS have nasty drawbacks like imperfect accuracy, stat drops, and weather dependence.

terrible - socoolmudkip

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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

Rock can be destroyed by Surf. - mattstat716

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6 Fairy

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.

The only reason that this type even exists is to "balance out" Dragon types. However Dragon is still only strong against itself, and Ice was already super-effective. Dragon was not a common type, and now there are as many Fairy pokemon as Dragon and Ice put together. If you actually think Fairy was necessary for competitive play, then stop being such a whiner.

Fairy types are great

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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

There is only one pure playing type and most flying types are paired with normal why game freak? Make flying a type! Normal is already too abundant

Flying types suck

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8 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 is terrible. Being weak to so much and only resisting itself can barely even be considered a type. There's a reason that the only viable Ice types are things like Lapras, Weavile, and Mamoswine: because they have other great offensive or defensive typing. And the only time you see Ice outside of those three is in Hidden Powers and Ice Beams due to the type being able to hit Ground, Dragon, and Flying for super-effective damage.

I love the offense on ice, it's just that it's weak to FOUR THINGS and only resists one: ITSELF. Ice has to be THE WORST TYPE IN POKEMON. Unless snow warning and aurora veil are there, ice cannot stand a chance in pretty much any battle

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9 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!

This type has way too many hurting teammates moves

Disagree with this. Ground is the most resistant of status effects compared to other classes.


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10 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)

Fire sucks

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The Newcomers

? 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

I honestly think this type is way the hell overrated. It's a stupid type! Overpowered? How? It's only strong against itself, only has 4 resistances and most dragon types have a double weakness to Ice! And it makes total sense that dragon is weak to fairy (fairies are not Jigglypuff; believe me. Fairies are demonic creatures waiting to brutally dismember you; lool it up). Though I don't like the Fairy type that much, it's better than some type overrated literally for reasons it should be UNDERRATED.

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The Contenders

11 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!

Ah, but it is supereffective against 5 types

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

No not really annoying (or not with my party )

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12 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

Electricity rocks and fire red zapdos, when trained, is a beast

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13 Gaga

Gaga is the worst type ever. Why would they ever add it? It's super effective against everything, but it's weak to everything too! what! What were they thinking?

Laugh out loud what the heck?

This is a Pokemon type. Gen 7 will be a weird one if this is included.

Gaga? This is hilarious. Gaga is trash.

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14 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

Technically not a type but Shadow Lugia is pretty cool

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15 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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16 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.

I HATE dark it's just like ice so little resistances plus it's weak to fairy, my favorite type which is why I hate dark so much it's bad defensively

Dark is just a worse normal.

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17 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)

Fighting and steel types are very common. The steel type's offensive capabilities are very limited, and even types that steel are good against can learn moves like low kick and grass knot to exploit the heaviness and slowness of this type. Steel type Pokemon have to be the ugliest, too.

Some steel types are good though. Bronzong has levitate therefore immune to ground, has psychic as second ability therefore fighting has normal type damage therefore its only weak to fire due to steel and dark and ghost due to psychic type

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

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18 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

Yes, Bird type is real but only part of a glitch in the 1st generation...

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19 Ghost

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.

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.

"Only 2 strengths! Seriously! "
Haha, no. It's not like Ghost is the only type with 2 Strengths!

"Ghost types are scary ice type Pokemon are the best! "
You are definitely easily scared. Ice are good, but bad defensively.

Ghosts have THE MOST IMMUNITIES of all the Pokemon types there are! - BlastZER0

I'm glad this is low on the list because of the fact normal types can't do to them. - mattstat716

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20 Edgy

Edgy is by far the worst type. It's weak to many common attacking types, such as fairy, fire, water, fighting, electric, ground, ice, dark, ghost and bird. All of the edgy types aren't even the slightest bit defensive and most have lackluster speed, making the choice scarf a must. But sadly, despite the cool designs, edgy type moves such as grope, mud barf, warp lock, eject fist, glitter shot, laser force, optical goo and sheer fear all have lots of base power, but terrible coverage, only being super effective on psychic, normal and rock. all of them tend to have crap abilities too, like truant, slow start and illuminate. It's such a terrible thing game freak did!

Whoever made this is an idiot... Edgy is not a type

HOW DARE YOU! INSOLENT PEASANTS! Edgy Pokemon like gothitelle and cubone could wipe the floor with your mainstream trash team. Moves like Tumblr-smash, self-harm, attention posts, troll comment, victimize, and angst are staples for ANY competitive player. Plus, the ability lgbtqrpi pride grants full immunity against intelligent disagreement, humor, and factual consideration type attacks.

Gaga is super effective against them. - mattstat716

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