‘Pokemon Go’ Battle Chart: Guide to Effectiveness During Fights

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A Pokemon Go player catches Geodude in Mexico City. (Getty)

Before claiming any gyms for their team, Pokemon Go players must master the art of the battle, and that requires having a varied Pokedex and knowing which type Pokemon are effective against others.

Gamers can choose exactly six Pokemon to take with them into battle. In combat, all you have to do is tap the phone to unleash a normal attack and hold down to deliver a special one once it’s ready.

But before the battle even starts, you can see exactly what Pokemon you’ll be going up against by selecting the gym and swiping left, getting a sense of what lies ahead. This is quite valuable information, as you can then select your six Pokemon based on what is effective against whatever is stationed at this enemy gym.

A lot of this information is simply logical, such as the fact that fire beats ice but is vulnerable to water. Other aspects of it are a bit more random and less easy to figure out without some sort of guide.

Luckily, observant players have put together exactly that guide so that you can go into battle prepared. Here are what types every Pokemon is strong against and vulnerable to, based on information from this Reddit chart.

Type Strong Against Vulnerable To
Normal N/A Fighting
Electric Water, Flying Ground
Fairy Fighting, Dragon, Dark Poison, Steel
Water Fire, Ground, Rock Electric, Grass
Poison Grass, Fairy Ground, Psychic
Ghost Psychic, Ghost Ghost, Dark
Ground Fire, Electric, Poison, Rock, Steel Water, Grass, Ice
Fighting Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark, Steel Flying, Psychic, Fairy
Fire Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel Water, Ground, Rock
Steel Ice, Rock, Fairy Fire, Fighting, Ground
Flying Grass, Fighting, Bug Electric, Ice, Rock
Bug Grass, Psychic, Dark Fire, Flying, Rock
Psychic Fighting, Poison Bug, Ghost, Dark
Dark Psychic, Ghost Fighting, Bug, Fairy
Dragon Dragon Ice, Dragon, Fairy
Ice Grass, Ground, Flying, Dragon Fire, Fighting, Rock, Steel
Rock Fire, Ice, Flying, Bug Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Steel
Grass Water, Ground, Rock Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug

Another helpful guide you may want to make use of is a website called Win the Gym. Simply select the exact Pokemon you want to defeat at a gym, and it will give you a list of Pokemon that are effective against it.

Finally, here’s our breakdown of which normal and special moves are most effective:

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