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Psychic Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

Psychic Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

In terms of stats, balance, and overall strategy, Psychic Pokemon have undergone a lot of changes over the years.

So we’re here to set the record straight and provide an informative and concise rundown on Psychic Pokemon’s weaknesses, strengths, resistances, and effective strategies.

Scroll down below for our comprehensive guide on Psychic Pokemon!


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

What Are Psychic Pokemon Weak Against?

Psychic type Pokemon are weak against the following types of moves:

  • Bug
  • Dark
  • Ghost

Therefore, Bug, Dark, and Ghost type attacks are super effective against Psychic Pokemon.

That means you should watch out for moves like Megahorn, Crunch, and Shadow Punch, when using a Psychic type.

In addition, Dark type Pokemon cannot be damaged by Psychic type moves.

This means that you can’t even hit back, and moves like Psybeam and Psyblade will have no effect on Dark types, which poses another problem for Psychic Pokemon.

To circumvent Psychic Pokemon’s problem against Dark types, you can use the move Miracle Eye, which can remove Dark type’s immunity to Psychic moves.

Before Gen 6, you could actually avoid all three weaknesses by having Steel as an additional typing to Psychic.

Steel used to be able to neutralize Psychic’s weaknesses, meaning Steel/Psychic Pokemon used to only get normal damage from Bug, Dark, and Ghost.

Unfortunately, the changes introduced in Gen 6 altered that loophole, and now Steel/Psychic can only circumvent Psychic’s Bug weakness.

What Are Psychic Pokemon Strong Against?

Psychic type moves are really strong against Poison and Fighting Pokemon.

For super effective hits, try to use Psychic moves like Psyblade, Zen Headbutt, Future Sight, Psyshock, and the eponymous all-around classic from Gen 1, Psychic.

Poison Pokemon usually have lower Defense stats, meaning Psychic physical moves (Psyblade and Zen Headbutt) are better against them.

On the other hand, Fighting Pokemon have a slightly lower Special Defense, so it’s a good idea to use special moves (Future Sight, Psyshock, and Psychic) when facing them.

What Are Psychic Pokemon Resistant To?

Psychic Pokemon can only resist Fighting and Psychic moves.

With only two resistances, it’s the second least resistant among all the types, right after Ice.

But it’s definitely better than nothing! Psychic Pokemon can resist Fighting moves like Meteor Assault, Focus Punch, and High Jump Kick, to name a few, which are all very strong.

And it can definitely take less damage from its own Psychic moves, too.

Alakazam fighting Scyther
Source: Bulbapedia

Best Counters For Psychic Pokemon

Some of the best Pokemon to use against Psychic Pokemon are Scizor, Bisharp, Sableye, Houndstone, and Blissey.

Not only do these Pokemon have typings that are strong against Psychic Pokemon, but some of them also have high Attack stats too.

Psychic Pokemon have a lower Defense, so it’s good to hit them with physical moves that are boosted by the Attack stat.

In addition, some of these Pokemon only have one weakness.

Scizor (Bug/Steel), Bisharp (Dark/Steel), and Houndstone (Ghost) all have excellent typing and high Attack. Notably, Dark is immune and Steel can resist Psychic moves.

While Sableye’s (Dark/Ghost) Attack stat isn’t as high as the others, the combination of its dual typing is perfect against Psychic Pokemon.

It also boosts its Special Defense in its Mega form, which is a good match-up against Psychic Pokemon’s high Special Attack.

In the same way, pink Pokemon Blissey (Normal) has a very poor Attack stat but very high HP and Special Defense.

It can act as a tank against Psychic Pokemon, heal itself, and can even super effectively attack back if you teach it certain Dark and Ghost moves.

At the end of the day, as long as your Pokemon have physical Bug, Dark, and Ghost moves, you should be good!

Some excellent moves to use are Megahorn, a physical Bug type move with 120 power; Crunch, a physical Dark type move that can also lower the Defense stat of the target; and Shadow Claw, a physical Ghost type move that has a chance of landing a crit!