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Poison Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

Poison Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

While Poison type Pokemon aren’t too popular in both casual and competitive scenes, they definitely have their own merits and venomous charm!

With cool new Poison Pokemon additions, such as Toxtricity, Sneasler, Revavroom, Iron Moth, and Grafaiai, and new Poison type moves introduced, like Dire Claw and Noxious Torque, it’s nice to see Poison types getting a bit of live in the later generations.

Here we discuss Poison Pokemon’s strengths, weaknesses, resistances, and immunity.


Poison Pokemon Weakness Strengths
Infographic showing Poison Pokemon’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Resistances and Vulnerabilities

What Pokemon Are Good Against Poison?

Psychic and Ground Pokemon are super effective against Poison Pokemon.

Some excellent moves to use against Poison Pokemon are Psychic and Psyblade from Psychic Pokemon, and Earthquake and Earth Power from Ground Pokemon.

Also, Steel Pokemon are immune to Poison type moves. Furthermore, Poison, Rock, Ground, and Ghost Pokemon can also resist Poison Pokemon’s moves.

You can also try to target Poison Pokemon’s slightly lower Defense and Speed.

What Are Poison Pokemon Strong Against?

Poison type moves are super effective against Fairy and Grass Pokemon.

Some excellent Poison type moves to use are Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb, and Gunk Shot.

And when you pair Poison type moves with Ground type moves, you can target some types that are immune or resist Poison moves, like Rock and Steel.

In addition, when Poison Pokemon use Poison type moves like Toxic, it can bypass accuracy checks and won’t ever miss.

When there are already Toxic Spikes on the ground, a grounded Poison Pokemon can remove the ones in its area when it enters the battle.

And, of course, Poison Pokemon have a higher chance of inflicting poison as well. These are some of Poison Pokemon’s additional strengths!

What Are Poison Pokemon Resistant To?

Poison Pokemon are resistant to these types of moves:

  • Bug
  • Fairy
  • Fighting
  • Grass
  • Poison

That means moves like Vine Whip and Petal Dance from Grass Pokemon, Bug Buzz and Megahorn from Bug Pokemon, Aura Sphere and Body Press from Fighting Pokemon, Moonblast and Play Rough from Fairy Pokemon, and even its very own Poison moves deal less damage on Poison Pokemon.

Poison Pokemon do not have any immunity to other types, but they are immune to poison effects.

Aside from the Corrosion ability that can poison Steel and Poison Pokemon, they cannot otherwise be poisoned!

Trubbish and Ekans in a battle using Poison type moves
Source: Bulbapedia

Best Counters For Poison Pokemon

Some excellent Pokemon to use against Poison Pokemon are Espeon (Psychic), Alakazam (Psychic), Claydol (Ground/Psychic), Excadrill (Ground/Steel), and Metagross (Steel/Psychic).

Both Espeon and Alakazam have amazing Special Attack and Speed, which makes them take advantage of a lot of their special Psychic moves.

Plus, Alakazam is one of the best among Psychic Pokemon, while Espeon is an excellent Eeveelution!

Claydol’s unique dual typing are both strong against Poison Pokemon. It also has high Special Defense and Defense, which makes it competent to face any hits from Poison Pokemon.

Meanwhile, Excadrill is very good with its Attack stat and has numerous resistances from its Steel typing.

Lastly, Metagross is a pseudo-legendary juggernaut with its very high Attack and Defense, amazing Clear Body ability, and 10 resistances.