Pokemon Sword and Shield Type Chart

Pokemon Sword and Shield Type Chart

We've charted all the different type matchups for Pokemon so you know what's super-effective or weak against other types.

To win battles in Pokemon Sword and Shield you'll need to understand type matchups and how different moves can be super-effective. To help make it easy, we've outlisted all the relationships between types below in our type chart, allowing you to know when you have the advantage.

On this page:

Type Chart for Pokemon Sword and Shield

We’ve built a type chart below featuring all 18 types found in Pokemon Sword and Shield. There have been some new types added in recent years, so keeping track of all of the specific interactions has gotten a little tricky. Alongside each type you’ll find a list of the types it is strong against (super effective) and weak to. We’ll then go into some detail on each type.

TypeSuper Effective Against:Weak to:
BugDark, Grass, PsychicFire, Flying, Rock
DarkGhost, PsychicBug, Fairy, Fighting
DragonDragonDragon, Fairy, Ice
ElectricFlying, WaterGround
FairyDark, Dragon, FightingPoison, Steel
FightingDark, Ice, Normal, Rock, SteelFairy, Flying, Psychic
FireBug, Grass, Ice, SteelGround, Rock, Water
FlyingBug, Fighting, GrassElectric, Ice, Rock
GhostGhost, PsychicDark, Ghost
GrassGround, Rock, WaterBug, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison
GroundElectric, Fire, Poison, Rock, SteelGrass, Ice, Water
IceDragon, Flying, Grass, GroundFighting, Fire, Rock, Steel
PoisonFairy, GrassGround, Psychic
PsychicFighting, PoisonBug, Dark, Ghost
RockBug, Fire, Flying, IceFighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water
SteelFairy, Ice, RockFighting, Fire, Ground
WaterFire, Ground, RockElectric, Grass

Fire-Type Weaknesses

Let’s start by taking a look at what to use against Fire-type Pokemon. Fire Pokemon are weak to Water, Ground, and Rock attacks.

Water-Type Weaknesses

If you’re facing off against Water-type Pokemon, your best bets would be Electric and Grass attacks. This will result in a super-effective damage modifier.

Grass-Type Weaknesses

Grass-type Pokemon like Bulbasaur and Oddish can be tricky to face. You’ll want to have a party filled with Pokemon capable of Fire, Bug, Ice, Poison and Flying moves.

Bug-Type Weaknesses

Bug types are an odd case in the Pokemon world. It’s often easy to forget their place in type matchups, though if you go at them with Fire, Flying, and Rock types you'll come out on top.

Normal-Type Weaknesses

No Pokemon in Sword and Shield are weak to Normal type. You can however, land super-effective attacks on them by using Fighting type moves.

Dark-Type Weaknesses

Dark Pokemon were introduced in Generation II to counteract Psychic Pokemon. If you’re facing down a Dark Pokemon, use Fairy, Bug or Fighting attacks.

Dragon-Type Weaknesses

Dragon Pokemon can be seriously intimidating foes. They are weak to other Dragon attacks as well as Fairy and Ice moves.

Electric-Type Weaknesses

You’ll likely come across Electric-type Pokemon pretty early on in Sword and Shield. Use Ground attacks to land super-effective moves on them.

Fairy-Type Weaknesses

Fairy-types are a recent addition to the Pokemon games. They can be tricky to counter, as they are only weak to Poison and Steel attacks, some of the rarest in the game.

Fighting-Type Weaknesses

Fighting-type Pokemon hit extremely hard, though can easily be countered using Fairy, Flying and Psychic moves. This makes Pokemon like Machop, Clefairy and Corvisquire viable options.

Flying-Type Weaknesses

Sword and Shield has some great Flying-type Pokemon to catch early on. If you’re facing off against one, you should use Electric, Ice and Rock moves.

Ghost-Type Weaknesses

Ghost Pokemon are relatively rare in Sword and Shield, though you will face off against them as part of one of the gym challenges. You’ll need Ghost and Dark attacks to win.

Ground-Type Weaknesses

It’s easy to confuse Ground and Rock-type Pokemon, given they often have similar appearances and moves. For Ground types, use Grass, Ice or Water.

Ice-Type Weaknesses

Ice Pokemon are effective against Dragon, Flying, Grass and Ground. To take them down, use Fighting, Fire, Rock, or Steel attacks.

Poison-Type Weaknesses

If you want to beat Poison-type Pokemon, you’ll need to use Ground or Psychic types. Diglett and Mewtwo would be good options here.

Psychic-Type Weaknesses

Psychic Pokemon used to be seriously overpowered back in Gen I. Now though, you can take them down with Bug, Dark or Ghost-type Pokemon.

Rock-Type Weaknesses

This one’s easy. As many of you Gen I fans will know (thanks to Brock being the very first gym leader) Rock-type Pokemon are weak to Fighting, Grass, Water, and Ground. They are also weak to Steel-type, which was added as part of Gen II.

Steel-Type Weaknesses

Finally, we have Steel-type. These Pokemon can be taken down using Fighting, Fire or Ground Types.

There you have it, every Type matchup you’ll face in Pokemon Sword and Shield. If you need any more help with the game, check out our guides on getting the Rotom Bike, and where to find all of the TM Moves.

If you liked that, there's plenty more great Pokemon content right here at USgamer! See how an artist is resurrecting lost Pokemon, or take a look at one of the mysterious Galar pokemon still to be revealed here.

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

In other news

Nintendo Asks Brands to Keep Politics and Money Out of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Sorry, Nintendo, but Mitzi won't ever be taking down her Bernie 2020 yard sign.

The Last of Us Part 2 and Hades Lead 2020's Game Awards Nominees

Supergiant and Naughty Dog have racked up the nods at this year's Keighley-tastic show.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Finally Getting Save Data Swaps and Storage Expansion

Move your island! Expand your home inventory! Go completely bald for the holidays!

Minecraft’s New Star Wars Add-On Ignores the Prequels and Sequels, Just Like You

Steve isn't into diamonds anymore. He's all about Kyber crystals now.

You may also like

Cuphead's Delicious Last Course Pushed Back Until It's Ready

The final sip will need to steep a while longer.

Super Mario Maker Support on Wii U is Coming to an End Next Year

That means it'll also be removed from the eShop soon.

Microsoft Is Working to "Identify and Resolve" Performance Issues in Xbox Series X Games

A Microsoft spokesperson says that developers are "just now scratching the surface" of what the new Xbox consoles can do.

Metro Exodus Is Getting a Next-Gen Version Next Year

4A Games is also working on the next Metro and exploring potential for multiplayer.