Pokémon Weaknesses and Strengths in Pokémon Sword and Shield

As with any Pokémon game, the trick to winning battles is by using the right Pokémon for the job, and by that I mean using a Pokémon which is a direct counter for your enemies. For example, it’s obvious that Water Pokémon beat Fire Pokémon and Grass Pokémon beat Water Pokémon, but now there are 18 different classes/types of Pokémon in the game it can be easy to get lost. Fear not though, because the table below shows you exactly what Pokémon you should use in each situation:

Type Strong Against Weak Against
Water Fire, Ground, and Rock Electric and Grass
Steel Fairy, Ice, and Rock Fighting, Fire, Ground
Psychic Fighting and Poison Bug, Dark, and Ghost
Rock Bug, Flying, Fire, and Ice Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water
Ice Dragon, Flying, Grass, and Ground Fighting, Fire, Rock, and Steel
Normal All (apart from fighting) Fighting
Poison Fairy and Grass Ground and Psychic
Ghost Ghost and Psychic Dark and Ghost
Grass Ground, Rock, and Water Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison
Ground Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, and Steel Grass, Ice, and Water
Fighting Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, and Steel Fairy, Flying, and Psychic
Fire Bug, Grass, Ice, and Steel Ground, Rock, and Water
Flying Bug, Fighting, and Grass Electric, Ice, and Rock
Bug Grass, Psychic, and Dark Fire, Flying, and Rock
Dark Ghost and Psychic Bug, Fairy, Fighting
Dragon Dragon Dragon, Fairy, and Ice
Fairy Dragon, Dark, and Fighting Poison and Steel
Electric Water and Flying Ground


If a type isn’t mentioned in either the ‘Strong Against’ or ‘Weak Against’ columns, that means that the Pokémon is neither weak or strong against that type, so in theory you’re safe to play that Pokémon as you shouldn’t take ‘super effective’ damage, but likewise you won’t be dealing very much damage either.

It’s interesting to note that both Fighting and Ground Pokémon seem like the most powerful since they are both strong against five other types, and Dragon type Pokémon are arguably the worst as they are only strong against one type of Pokémon. For all of you struggling to take down Fairy Pokémon (for the gym challenge), you should deck out your team with Steel and Poison Pokémon.



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