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Pokemon Type Combinations: Best, Worst, Unused and Rarest

Pokemon Type Combinations: Best, Worst, Unused and Rarest

At its core, Pokemon is a strategy game that keeps on evolving, in more ways than one. With new features added in almost every generation, like regional forms and Dynamaxing, it can be a bit difficult to keep up. 

And with 18 types and combinations? It’s understandable if you get overwhelmed.

To help you become one of the very best Pokemon trainers, here’s a detailed guide on what you need to know about Pokemon typing and type combinations.

How Many Pokemon Types Are There?

Several cute Pokemon on the beach
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At the moment, there are 18 types of Pokemon.

The types are Bug, Dark, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, Steel, and Water.

Most Common Type

Pokemon, including Exeggutor, Gyarados and Alolan Raichu, looking happy on the beach
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As of Generation 9, Water type Pokemon is the most common out of all the types. There are currently 157 Pokemon under this type or 16% of the total number of Pokemon.

This includes Pokemon that has a Water type in one of its forms, like Castform and Rotom.

In fact, it’s the second type to be paired with every other type. Water is pretty abundant in the games!

For type combinations, Normal / Flying is the most common, with 31 Pokemon having this combination. Flying Type is the most paired type in the games.

Rarest Type of Pokemon

Snorunt smiling in the snow
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Based on the current generation, Gen 9, Ice Pokemon is the rarest type of all.

Out of the 900+ Pokemon we have now, only 58 are Ice types. This already includes Pokemon with Ice forms, like Vulpix’s Alolan Form and Darumaka’s Galarian Form.

For type combinations, there are actually a lot of rare dual types due to how the games are set up. Some can only be found in certain games, are Mythical, or are chance or limited encounters.

And due to special features locked in on certain games, some dual type Pokemon are almost impossible to get. A very notable example is Dragon / Fairy, which is Mega Altaria’s Pokemon typing.

Pokemon Types by Generation

Originally, Pokemon did not have all the 18 types it has now, but over time the games added new ones in later generations. Here’s a quick breakdown of the types introduced in every generation.

Gen 1

Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle with Professor Oak looking on
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The original set of elemental types during the first generation of Pokemon are these 15 types: Bug, Dragon, Electric, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, and Water.

Gen 2

Umbreon with an expressionless face
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With the success of the first generation of games, Generation 2 expanded its Pokemon and types. Not only did it add 100 new Pokemon, but it also added Dark and Steel to its list of elemental types.

The addition of these two types gave the new games a way to balance out the combat between the types.

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Psychic types had quite the advantage in the first games, and so Dark type’s resistance to its attacks cut down Psychic’s upper hand considerably.

With the introduction of Steel, it became the type with a very strong defense, with a lot of types having not very effective attacks against it.

Gen 6

Sylveon smiling
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After more than 12 years, the Pokemon games finally added a new elemental type. Fairy type was added during this generation, with the plan to balance the types by giving Dragon types a weakness and boosting both Steel and Poison types.

Some Pokemon had to change their types to Fairy, and new Pokemon with this new typing were introduced. There are now a total of 60 Fairy type Pokemon in the series.

Unique Pokemon Types

Mimikyu staring in a spooky forest
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As mentioned earlier, some Pokemon dual types are quite rare.

The Pokemon games love to have new gimmicks and features in almost every gen, and while that’s fun and fresh for a lot of players it makes some Pokemon difficult to get in later games.

The following Pokemon have a unique dual typing:

PokemonTyping
Nymble, LokixBug Dark
Cutiefly, RibombeeBug Fairy
ShedinjaBug Ghost
Dottler, OrbeetleBug Psychic
Impidimp, Morgrem, GrimmsnarlDark Fairy
Sneasel, WeavileDark Ice
Pawniard, BisharpDark Steel
Altaria (Mega Evolution)Dragon Fairy
Hakamo-o, Kommo-oDragon Fighting
Kyurem, Black Kyurem, White KyuremDragon Ice
MorpekoElectric Dark
Heat RotomElectric Fire
Fan RotomElectric Flying
RotomElectric Ghost
Mow RotomElectric Grass
Frost RotomElectric Ice
Raichu (Alolan Form)Electric Psychic
Helioptile, HelioliskElectric Normal
Toxel, ToxtricityElectric Poison
Wash RotomElectric Water
Iron ValiantFairy Fighting
CrabominableFighting Ice
MarshadowFighting Ghost
Litleo, PyroarFire Normal
HeatranFire Steel
VolcanionFire Water
MimikyuGhost Fairy
Ghastly, Haunter, Gengar, Mega GengarGhost Poison
ScovillainGrass Fire
TorterraGrass Ground
Snover, Abomasnow, Mega AbomasnowGrass Ice
Sandile, Krokorok, KrookodileGround Dark
StunfiskGround Electric
Great TuskGround Fighting
Baltoy, ClaydolGround Psychic
Snom, FrosmothIce Bug
Ninetales (Alolan Form)Ice Fairy
Darmanitan (Galar Zen Mode)Ice Fire
FroslassIce Ghost
Swinub, Piloswine, MamoswineIce Ground
Sandshrew, Sandslash (Alolan Form)Ice Steel
DrampaNormal Dragon
Zorua, Zoroark (Hisui Form)Normal Ghost
BibarelNormal Water
Weezing (Galarian Form)Poison Fairy
Salandit, SalazzlePoison Fire
Zubat, Golbat, CrobatPoison Flying
Nidoqueen, NidokingPoison Ground
Shroodle, GrafaiaiPoison Normal
Slowbro, Slowking (Galarian Form)Poison Psychic
Tyranitar, Mega TyranitarRock Dark
Tyrunt, TyrantrumRock Dragon
Geodude, Graveler, Golem (Alolan Form)Rock Electric
TerrakionRock Fighting
Lileep, CradilyRock Grass
NihilegoRock Poison
Honedge, Doublade, AegislashSteel Ghost
Varoom, RevavroomSteel Poison
Lotad, Lombre, LudicoloWater Grass
EmpoleonWater Steel

Let’s get a closer look at some of these unique Pokemon from the list above.

Mamoswine

Mamoswine battling in a stadium
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While at first glance an Ice / Ground type matchup might not be that impressive, Mamoswine can actually give you one of the best offensive combos in the series.

Both Ice and Ground can hit more than half of the Pokemon out there super effectively. With strong moves like Ice Beam, Icicle Crash, Blizzard, Earthquake, and Earth Power, it’s hard to pass up Mamoswine.

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In fact, if you love Ice and Ground types, Mamoswine is the only fully evolved Pokemon with this combo type.

Volcanion

Ash's Volcanion battling with Pikachu looking on
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With its Fire and Water type combo, Volcanion is one of the most unique Fire type Pokemon in the entire series. 

Its dual type combination complements each other very well, making its defense decent with only three weaknesses and resisting five types, all while covering for each other’s weaknesses.

Water is weak against Grass, which Volcanion’s Fire side can deal with, and its Rock and Ground weakness from Fire can be dealt with by Water.

Empoleon

Empoleon standing over Piplup
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From pure Water Pokemon Piplup and Prinplup, Empoleon evolves into a Water / Steel dual type. It has wings so sharp thanks to its Steel side that it can help cut against its Ice enemies!

Defense-wise, watch out for Fire attacks. Even though it’s a Water type, it won’t be resistant to Fire moves due to its Steel side. Still, being resistant to 10 types is a pretty good look for Empoleon!

Marshadow

Marshadow in the Alola region
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This is another unique dual type to consider if you’re looking for offensive combos. Marshadow is a Mythical Pokemon from the Sun and Moon games with a Fighting and Ghost type combo. 

Defense-wise, it gets a few weaknesses, resistances, and immunities. However, this Pokemon shines on the offensive, with its Fighting type covering for Ghost’s inability to hit Normal types and hitting back on Dark, and Ghost taking care of fellow Ghost types and Psychics.

Galarian Darmanitan

Galarian Darmanitan battling in Pokemon Sword Shield
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Not only is its Ice and Fire combination unique, you can only get it when Galarian Darmanitan has the Zen Mode ability. This makes it one of the rarest Pokemon type combinations in all of the games.

Normally, a Darmanitan is a Fire type, and in Galar it gets an Ice-type regional form instead. But when it enters Zen Mode through its ability, it gets both types and boosts its attacks by dealing super effective hits against seven types.

Its defense suffers a bit, however. Because of the combination, it becomes vulnerable to four types and most especially to Rock. Keep this in mind if you’re shooting for Galarian Darmanitan.

Not Used Pokemon Types

Who's that Pokemon?
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The Pokemon world keeps expanding, and with 900+ Pokemon in the games now you probably expect that all type combinations have been explored already.

However, there are still type combinations that remain unused!

Here’s a list of type combinations that are currently unused:

Unused Type Combinations:

  • Normal / Ice
  • Normal / Rock
  • Normal / Bug
  • Normal / Steel
  • Fire / Fairy
  • Ice / Poison
  • Ground / Fairy
  • Bug / Dragon
  • Rock / Ghost

Type Combinations Only Used by Legendary Pokemon:

  • Fire / Water
  • Fire / Steel
  • Fighting / Rock
  • Psychic / Ghost
  • Psychic / Dragon

Type Combinations Only Used by Mega Evolutions:

  • Psychic / Dragon
  • Dragon / Fairy

Pokemon Type Combination With Most Resistances

Magnemite with Ash, Brock and Misty
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TypePokemonResistances
Water / SteelEmpoleon10 – Normal, Water, Ice, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Steel, Fairy
Electric / SteelMagnemite, Magneton, Magnezone, Togedemaru11 – Normal, Electric, Grass, Ice, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Dragon, Steel, Fairy

Some combinations in Pokemon can yield great results in terms of resistances. While some dual typing result in cool and interesting new Pokemon, only a couple can really say they have the most resistances against other types.

Empoleon

Empoleon flying
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Aside from being a cool bird with sharp flippers, Empoleon can easily resist attacks from 10 other types. Additionally, it is immune to Poison attacks and only has three weaknesses.

Magnemite, Magneton, Magnezone Line

Magnemite looking angry in battle
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This Magne evolution line boasts of a grand total of 11 resistances! Currently, they are the Pokemon that have the most resistances, with one type – Poison – that they’re immune against.

Pokemon Type Combinations With Least Weaknesses

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If you’re looking for a Pokemon that has no weaknesses due to its typing, you won’t find any – not anymore, at least. Before Generation 6, Ghost / Dark had no weaknesses at all, but this got countered with the addition of Fairy types.

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Still, there are a fair amount of Pokemon with really good type combinations that give them only one weakness.

TypePokemonWeakness
Bug / SteelForretress, Scizor, Mega Scizor,
Wormadam (Trash Cloak), Escavalier,
Durant, Genesect
Fire
Ghost / DarkSpiritomb, Sableye, Mega SableyeFairy
Normal / GhostZorua and Zorark (Hisui Form)Dark
Poison / DarkQwilfish (Hisui Form), Overqwil,
Grimer and Muk (Alolan Form),
Stunky, Skuntank, Drapion, 
Ground
Water / GroundWooper, Quagsire, Marshtomp,
Swampert, Mega Swampert, Barboach,
Whiscash, Gastrodon (West Sea),
Gastrodon (East Sea), Palpitoad, Seismitoad
Grass

Most of these dual type Pokemon won’t be that difficult to obtain, and as long as you can mitigate its one weakness you should be good to go. 

Normal types and Electric types, like the humble Ratata and the franchise’s beloved Pikachu, only have one weakness too. But for a notable dual type Pokemon that you can turn into an invincible juggernaut, feast your eyes on Alolan Muk with an Air Balloon and/or Minimize.

Alolan Muk

Alolan Muk sitting on grass
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As a Poison / Dark dual type Pokemon, Alolan Muk’s greatest type enemy is Ground. However, a held item called Air Balloon can make it ungrounded, which makes it avoid Ground type attacks.

Add in the Minimize move, which can raise its evasion stat after every use, and Alolan Muk can now stand a chance against its one weakness.

Muk also features in the 25 ugliest Pokemon, too, so it’s certainly a prominent character in the Pokemon world!

This has been Release Gaming’s comprehensive guide to Pokemon type combinations! Did you come up with a new team for your upcoming Pokemon journey?

Keep in mind the different dual type’s strengths and weaknesses, and you should be good to go. Let us know in the comment section below about your new team!