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Water Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

Water Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

With its well-rounded stats, finding a weakness to poke through Water Pokemon’s defenses might seem tricky.

Water Pokemon are also the most common type among all Pokemon in the games, and have been paired up or dual-typed with all types so far.

Here’s our quick guide on Water type Pokemon’s strengths, weaknesses, resistances, and counters. Ready? Let’s dive in!


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

What Pokemon Are Good Against Water?

Electric and Grass Pokemon are the only types that are strong against Water Pokemon.

If you have a choice, Grass Pokemon are preferable because Water type moves are weak against them, too.

Some excellent Electric and Grass type moves to use are Volt Switch, Thunderbolt, Power Whip, and Leaf Storm.

What Are Water Pokemon Strong Against?

Water type moves are strong against Fire, Ground, and Rock Pokemon.

Fire is a particularly good matchup because Fire moves are ineffective, as opposed to Ground and Rock moves which deal normal damage to Water types.

Make Water Attacks Even Stronger

Weather can also alter the effects of Water type moves. So if you want to make your Water Pokemon way stronger, make it rain!

Rain Dance and Max Geyser are two moves that can induce rain. Rain Dance can be learned by almost all Water type Pokemon. Meanwhile, Max Geyser is a Dynamax move in Gen 8.

Only two abilities can induce rain: Drizzle and Primordial Sea.

Drizzle was Kyogre’s signature ability, but is now Politoed’s Hidden Ability and Pelipper’s Second Ability. Primordial Sea remains to be Primal Kyogre’s signature ability.

You can also check out the best Legendary Water Pokemon to use.

What Are Water Pokemon Resistant To?

Water Pokemon resist moves from Fire, Ice, Steel and fellow Water types.

As a refresher for some readers, resistance means that attacks from these types will be less effective than normal.

Water Pokemon can resist its own moves, which is all well and good because they are the most common among all the types, thus encountering it is more likely.

Source: Bulbapedia

Best Counters For Water Pokemon

Some of the best Pokemon to use to counter Water types are Ferrothorn (Grass/Steel), Rillaboom (Grass), Pawmot (Electric/Fighting), and Magnezone (Electric/Steel).

Ferrothorn has high Defense and Special Defense stats, which makes it quite a tank against Water type attacks. Water Pokemon have a lot of special moves, so it’s good to have decent Special Defense.

Rillaboom with its Hidden Ability Grassy Surge can heal itself a little every turn and can even boost its Grass type moves.

Pawmot may be new to the games, having just been added in Gen 9, but this strong and speedy Pokemon can hit hard and quick!

Lastly, Magnezone can deliver strong special attacks, defend itself with its high Defense, and has a whopping 12 Resistances. Just make sure not to use Steel moves!

The Ice type move Freeze Dry is also super effective against Water Pokemon. Although Water Pokemon aren’t weak to Ice and can even resist it, this move is unique in its effect.

While rainy weather can make Water Pokemon’s attacks stronger, Harsh Sunlight or Sunny weather can weaken it and Extremely Harsh Sunlight can even make it fail.