Pokémon Sword and Shield: weaknesses and resistances for each type

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Each Pokémon is resistant to certain types of attacks and weak to others based on its "Type". A mechanic present since the dawn of the Game Freak series and that obviously could not be missing in Sword Pokémon e Shield Pokémon.

Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your teammates and opponents will give you a great advantage in clashes and in creating a balanced team. In this Pokémon Sword and Shield guide we will explain everything you need to know about types and how to use Pokemon weaknesses and resistances to your advantage.

"Super effective" and "not very effective" attacks

As in the past, even in Sword and Shield each Pokémon can belong to one or two of the 18 possible types. In turn, the moves also correspond to a type and their damage could increase or decrease based on that of the target hit.

For example, a beetle attack "it is super effective"(double damage) against Pokémon Grass, Dark, and Psycho, but"it's not very effective"(half damage) against ghost, fight, flying, poison, steel, fire, and goblin. Some types are also completely immune to some attacks. For example, a ground move like Earthquake."it has no effect"(no damage) on a flying Pokémon.

Things then get complicated with Pokémon having two types. In this case, in fact, weaknesses and resistances add up. A grass / poison Pokémon will therefore be weak to both fire and ground attacks. Also, if the move's type is super effective against both types of the target (such as a ground move against a steel / rock Pokémon) the damage will be four times the normal. Conversely, if the move is not very effective against both types of the target (such as a grass attack against a grass / poison Pokémon) the damage will only be a quarter of normal.

The complete table with the weaknesses and strengths for each type

The trick to get the better of Pokémon Sword and Shield battles is to land as many "super effective" hits as possible and at the same time avoid getting them from your opponents. For this reason, knowing by heart the relationships of strengths and weaknesses of each type is essential to create an unbeatable team.

Are you a budding coach or do you have a bad memory? Do not worry, we have created for you a practical table with listed strengths and weaknesses of all kinds. Always keep it at hand and you will see that you will have no problems even in the most difficult battles.

Type Weak a Resistant to
Normal Lotta Ghost (immune)
Fire Earth, Rock, Water Beetle, Steel, Fire,
Grass, Ice, Elf
Lotta Flying, Psycho, Elf Rock, Beetle, Dark
Acqua Grass, Electro Steel, Fire, Water, Ice
Defensive Midfielder Rock, Electro, Ice Fight, Beetle, Grass,
Terra (immune)
Erba Flying, Poison, Beetle,
Fire, Ice
Earth, Water, Grass, Electro
Poison Earth, Psycho, Fight, Poison, Beetle, Grass,
Electro Land Steering wheel, Steel, Electro
Land Water, Grass, Ice Poison, Rock, Electric (immune)
Psycho Beetle, Ghost, Dark Fight, Psycho
Rock Fight, Earth, Steel,
Water, Grass
Normal, Flying, Poison,
Ice Fight, Rock, Steel, Fire Ice
Beetle Steering wheel, Rock, Fire Fight, Earth, Grass
Dragon Ice, Dragon, Elf Fire, Water, Grass,
Spectrum Ghost, Dark Poison, Bug, Normal (immune),
Lotta (immune)
Dark Fight, Beetle, Goblin Ghost, Dark, Psychic (immune)
Steel Fight, Earth, Fire Normal, Flying, Rock,
Beetle, Steel, Grass,
Psychic, Ice, Dragon,
Fairy, Poison (immune)
Elf Poison, Steel Fight, Beetle, Dark,
Drago (immune)
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Exit date: November 15, 2019

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