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Pokemon type chart: All the Sword and Shield type matchups in Galar

Pokemon type chart: All the Sword and Shield type matchups in Galar
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A Pokemon type chart will help any player understand weaknesses and strength match-ups. This Pokemon Sword and Shield type chart will help you to understand exactly which Pokemon types are strong against others, and vice versa. It's the interplay between these strengths and weaknesses that make or break some matches, with good choices making battles a breeze. Struggling to defeat a gym leader in Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab)? Make sure you've got the type matchup you need with our complete Pokemon Sword and Shield type chart, which is also applicable to most previous Pokemon games too.

Pokemon type chart: Sword and Shield

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The Pokemon Sword and Shield type chart above explains all of the possible type advantages you can gain in Galar. Along the left-hand side is the attacking type, while the types across the top are defending. Green indicates double effectiveness, red means it only deals half the damage, and black means it's not effective whatsoever. Grey simply means it deals the normal amount of damage.

You also need to remember that quadruple effectiveness exists. For example, if you're facing off against a dual-type Pokemon where both types are weak to the move you use, the attack will deal four times the damage. Snom, the new gen eight Ice/Bug-type is a prime example of this, as both Ice and Bug are weak to Fire. Seismitoad is another example, as it's Water/Ground-type, which are both weak to Grass-type moves. This Pokemon Sword and Shield type chart is applicable to all future Pokemon games too, until they add in another type at some point. Light-type, anyone?

Just in case, here's a physical breakdown of the Pokemon type chart:

Bug type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Grass, Dark, Psychic
Weak against: Fire, Flying, Rock

Dark type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Ghost, Psychic
Weak against: Bug, Fairy, Fighting

Dragon type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Dragon
Weak against: Dragon, Fairy, Ice

Electric type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Flying, Water
Weak against: Ground

Fairy type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Fighting, Dark, Dragon
Weak against: Poison, Steel

Fighting type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock, Steel
Weak against: Fairy, Flying, Psychic

Fire type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Bug, Grass, Ice, Steel
Weak against: Ground, Rock, Water

Flying type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Bug, Fighting, Grass
Weak against: Ground, Rock, Water

Ghost type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Ghost, Psychic
Weak against: Dark, Ghost

Grass type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Ground, Rock, Water
Weak against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison

Ground type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock, Steel
Weak against: Grass, Ice, Water

Ice type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Dragon, Flying, Grass, Ground
Weak against
: Fighting, Fire, Rock, Steel

Normal type weakness and strength

Super effective against: None
Weak against: Fighting

Poison type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Fairy, Grass
Weak against: Ground, Psychic

Psychic type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Fighting, Poison
Weak against: Bug, Dark, Ghost

Rock Type

Super effective against: Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice
Weak against: Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water

Steel type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Fairy, Ice, Rock
Weak against: Fighting, Fire, Ground

Water type weakness and strength

Super effective against: Fire, Ground, Rock
Weak against: Electric, Grass

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