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
- Fire-Type Weaknesses
- Water-Type Weaknesses
- Grass-Type Weaknesses
- Bug-Type Weaknesses
- Normal-Type Weaknesses
- Dark-Type Weaknesses
- Dragon-Type Weaknesses
- Electric-Type Weaknesses
- Fairy-Type Weaknesses
- Fighting-Type Weaknesses
- Flying-Type Weaknesses
- Ghost-Type Weaknesses
- Ground-Type Weaknesses
- Ice-Type Weaknesses
- Poison-Type Weaknesses
- Psychic-Type Weaknesses
- Rock-Type Weaknesses
- Steel-Type Weaknesses
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.
|Type||Super Effective Against:||Weak to:|
|Bug||Dark, Grass, Psychic||Fire, Flying, Rock|
|Dark||Ghost, Psychic||Bug, Fairy, Fighting|
|Dragon||Dragon||Dragon, Fairy, Ice|
|Fairy||Dark, Dragon, Fighting||Poison, Steel|
|Fighting||Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, Steel||Fairy, Flying, Psychic|
|Fire||Bug, Grass, Ice, Steel||Ground, Rock, Water|
|Flying||Bug, Fighting, Grass||Electric, Ice, Rock|
|Ghost||Ghost, Psychic||Dark, Ghost|
|Grass||Ground, Rock, Water||Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison|
|Ground||Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel||Grass, Ice, Water|
|Ice||Dragon, Flying, Grass, Ground||Fighting, Fire, Rock, Steel|
|Poison||Fairy, Grass||Ground, Psychic|
|Psychic||Fighting, Poison||Bug, Dark, Ghost|
|Rock||Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice||Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water|
|Steel||Fairy, Ice, Rock||Fighting, Fire, Ground|
|Water||Fire, Ground, Rock||Electric, Grass|
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 Pokemon can be seriously intimidating foes. They are weak to other Dragon attacks as well as Fairy and Ice moves.
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-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 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.
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 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.
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 Pokemon are effective against Dragon, Flying, Grass and Ground. To take them down, use Fighting, Fire, Rock, or Steel attacks.
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 Pokemon used to be seriously overpowered back in Gen I. Now though, you can take them down with Bug, Dark or Ghost-type Pokemon.
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.
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.
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