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# Ghost Type Pokémon
# Single Type Pokémon
# Dual Type Pokémon
# Ghost-Type Moves
Ghost type pokemon is notable for having a few pokemon with low HP and moves. In battles, Ghost type pokemons are useful because it's the only type that has two immunities: Normal and Fighting, both of which are common move types.
Ghost Type Pokémon stat averages
66.4 HP Ranked #16
80.6 Attack Ranked #10
79.3 Defense Ranked #6
84.4 Sp. Attack Ranked #5
78.6 Sp. Defense Ranked #5
67.0 Speed Ranked #11
Starting from the VI generation, the types of ghosts are also immune to the movements and abilities that prevent escape from flight, such as blocking signs and ghost signs. Pokémon of this type are generally related to fear, darkness and life after death. They usually live in abandoned houses, cemeteries, funerals and dark and uninhabited places, such as caves. Also, phantom-type Pokémon tend to be extremely bad and make jokes about humans just to see their faces and their reactions. Interestingly, the more a human being is afraid, the more Pokémon Pokémon will have the power to tease. In the worst case scenario, some phantom-type Pokémon can behave relatively deadly, such as attaching Jellicent to ships and their crews or the evolving family of Litwick, draining the vital energy of lost people.
Some of Ghost's famous Pokémon coaches include Agatha, third member of Kanto Elite Four; Morty, the fourth animator of Johto; Phoebe, second member of the Hoenn Elite Four; Fantina, fifth gym manager in the Sinnoh region; Shauntal, a member of Unova Elite Four; and Acerola, a test captain from Ulaula Island, Alola, as well as her third Elite Four member.
Ghost TYPE STRENGTH
- FirGhost type pokemon attack are super effective against Ghost, Psychic type pokemon
Ghost TYPE Weakness
- Ghost type pokemon attacks are not effective against the Dark type pokemon.
- Ghost type pokemon attack are weak against Ghost, Dark type pokemon.
- Ghost type pokemon are immune to Normal type pokemon.
GHOST TYPE POKÉMON NOTABLE TRAINERS
Agatha Elite Four Gen 1, 3, 7
Morty Ecruteak City Gym Leader Gen 2, 4
Phoebe Elite Four Gen 3, 6
Fantina Hearthome City Gym Leader Gen 4, 8
Shauntal Elite Four Gen 5
Acerola Elite Four Gen 7
Acerola Trial Captain Gen 7
Allister Stow-on-Side Gym Leader Gen 8
- Ghost Type Super Effective Against : Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel
- Ghost Type Not very Effective Against: Fire, water, Rock, Dragon
- Not effective against Ghost Type: Fire, Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel, Fairy.
- Super Effective on Ghost Type: Water, Ground, Rock.
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Pokemon Type Chart - Strengths, Weaknesses, Effectiveness
This guide includes the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl type chart, which details every Pokemon type's weaknesses, strengths, and effectiveness. With 18 Pokemon types available, this Pokemon type chart includes the Fairy type, as well as the changes made to both Ghost and Dark-type attacks, which now do neutral damage against Steel-type Pokemon instead of the original 1/2.
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D E F E N S E — If a Pokemon type is listed as Immune against , it will take no damage from attacks of that type. If a Pokemon type is listed as Strong Defense Against , the Pokemon will only take half damage from attacks of that type. If a Pokemon type is listed as Weak Defense Against , the Pokemon will sustain double damage from attacks of that type.
O F F E N S E — If a Pokemon attack type is listed as Strong Attack Against , its attacks will deal double damage to the specified Pokemon type. If a Pokemon attack type is listed as Weak Attack Against , its attacks will only deal half damage to the specified Pokemon type. If a Pokemon attack type is listed as No Effect Against , its attacks will deal no damage to the specified Pokemon type.
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Pokémon type chart: Strengths, weaknesses, and resistances
While the Pokémon franchise has evolved significantly since the release of Red and Blue , the franchise will never lose its most important mechanic: type advantages. This rock-paper-scissors style of combat is responsible for much of the series’ depth and strategy, especially in competitive play.
Each Pokémon has its own type—or two—that affects the amount of damage it will deal or take when facing an opposing Pokémon.
Each move also has an assigned type. If a Pokémon uses a move whose type matches its own, it will receive a damage bonus. Moves that are effective against an opposing Pokémon’s type result in increased, super effective damage, while moves that aren’t very effective against the same Pokémon result in decreased damage.
If you’re looking for a quick reference guide to Pokémon types, here is a complete list of type matchups, including each type’s strengths and weaknesses—as well as some helpful hints for those looking to use types to their advantage.
How do Pokémon types work?
Many Pokémon types are based on real-world elements or concepts, and most of them function the way you’d expect. Water-type moves are super effective against Fire-type Pokémon, but Grass-type moves are super effective on Water-type Pokémon, and so on. If you use a Water-type move against a Fire-type Pokémon, the Water-type move will do double damage. On the flip side, if you use a Water-type move against a Grass-type Pokémon, it will only do half its usual damage.
Not all Pokémon types are resistant to the types they’re super effective against or vice versa. For example, Fairy-type moves only do half the damage to Fire-types because they resist them, but Fire-type moves are not super effective on Fairy-type Pokémon.
Some Pokémon have more than one type, like the Rock and Ground-type Geodude. Because both of these types are weak to Water-types, a Water-type move would deal quadruple damage to Geodude.
Occasionally, a Pokémon’s dual types will cancel out certain weaknesses. For example, the Water and Poison-type Tentacruel receives normal damage from Grass-type moves. Water-types are normally weak to Grass-type moves, but Poison-types are resistant to them, resulting in normal damage (with all other conditions, like stat changes, terrain, and other effects, being equal).
In addition, Pokémon are almost always resistant to their own type, but there are a few exceptions: Fairy-types and Normal-types, among others, are not resistant to Fairy-type moves and Normal-type moves, respectively.
You can check out a full list of type advantages and disadvantages in this handy chart, which was shared by Reddit user Tsimmz . The data was meant for Generation VI ( Pokémon X and Y ), but type matchups haven’t changed since then as Fairy-types were the latest addition to the formula.
Notable Pokémon matchups
Because type advantage mechanics function partially as balancing tools in Pokémon , there are a few especially helpful matchups to keep in mind that go beyond the usual halved or doubled damage.
As previously mentioned, dual-type Pokémon can be weak or resistant to the usual matchups from both of their types. If a Pokémon uses a Water-type move against Charizard, a Fire and Flying-type, Charizard will take double damage rather than quadruple since Flying-types aren’t weak to Water-type moves. Charizard would take quadruple damage from Rock-type moves, which are super effective against both Fire-types and Flying-types.
The Psychic-Dark-Ghost triangle of advantages is tricky. Psychic-type moves have no effect on Dark-type Pokémon, which were introduced in Generation II specifically to counter Generation I’s overpowered Psychic-type Pokémon. Dark-type moves are super effective on both Psychic and Ghost-types. Ghost-type moves are super effective on Psychic-types but deal only half damage to Dark-types.
Like Psychic-type moves against Dark-type Pokémon, certain move types have no effect on other types. Normal-type moves and Fighting-type moves have no effect on Ghost-type Pokémon, but Ghost-type moves also have no effect on Normal-type Pokémon. In a similar fashion, Dragon-type moves have no effect on Fairy-type Pokémon and Poison-type moves have no effect on Steel-type Pokémon.
More realistically, Electric-type moves have no effect on Ground-type Pokémon and Ground-type moves have no effect on Flying-type Pokémon. These combinations, which function as hard counters to certain types (particularly the Dragon-Fairy and Dark-Psychic interactions), prevent any one type from becoming too powerful.
Most moves are less effective against Pokémon of the same type. Electric-type Pokémon, for example, take reduced damage from Electric-type moves. A few types function the opposite way: Dragon-type moves are super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon and Ghost-type moves are super effective against Ghost-type Pokémon.
Normal-type moves are unique in that they aren’t super effective against any other type. To balance this out, Normal-types only have one weakness—Fighting-type moves—and are immune to Ghost-type moves.
We’ll keep our list of matchups updated if Game Freak reveals any new types or adjusts any interactions.
Every Pokemon Type And What It's Weak To
Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each Pokemon type is crucial for crafting a balanced team. What is each type weak against?
There are 18 types in the Pokemon world, and they all relate to one another differently. As a result, it can be difficult to remember all the matchups and combinations. Throw in the fact that many Pokemon are dual-types, and it gets even more complicated.
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Every Pokemon type has its strengths and weaknesses, as well as immunities and resistances. If you need to refresh your memory on how the Pokemon types gel together or are looking for how a specific type fairs against others, you can use this handy chart as a reference.
Updated November 4, 2023, by Sean Murray: The Pokemon Type Chart hasn't changed much over the years, but that doesn't mean it still isn't a helpful guide for those seeking advantages in their quest to become the Pokemon champion. That's why we've refreshed this guide with improved formatting and links to other helpful Pokemon topics.
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Super effective against means attacks of that type will do two times damage to the listed types .
Weak to means Pokemon of that type will receive two times damage to the listed types .
Resists means Pokemon of that type will take half damage from attacks of the listed types .
Weak against means attacks of that Pokemon type will inflict half as much damage to Pokemon of the listed types .
Multipliers are used when a Pokemon has two types that are weak to the same type . For example, Swampert, a Ground and Water-type Pokemon, would receive four times damage from Grass-type moves .
If a Pokemon's type means it is completely immune to moves of another type (for example, Normal-type Pokemon are immune to Ghost-type moves), an additional typing doesn't negate this immunity . E.g. A Normal and Electric-type Pokemon will still be immune to Ghost-type moves, despite also being an Electric type.
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Ghost Type Pokemon Strengths and Weaknesses
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Ghost-type Pokemon are rare, with only 73 total Pokémon of this kind. It has changed quite a bit from its introduction, where in Generation 1, Ghost-type moves did not affect Psychic-type Pokémon; all Ghost-type attacks were considered physical until Generation 3. Ghost-type Pokémon are often related to fear and the afterlife, with many Ghost types being scary or spooky.
If you are checking our ghost-type Pokemon, you should know the best ghost-type Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
The Drifloon Pokédex entry is quite popular, which states that it tries to take children away that grab onto it. The newest addition in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Greavard is another Ghost-type that is an extremely friendly Pokémon that follows you if you play with it but slowly also drains the life force out of you, so don’t play with it too long. These Pokémon are fairly interesting to observe and interact with, which is how they fare in the Pokémon world.
Ghost Pokémon Strengths
Ghost-type moves are super effective against:
- Psychic-type Pokémon
- Ghost-type Pokémon
Ghost-type Pokémon are immune to:
- Normal type moves
- Fighting type moves
Ghost-type Pokémon are resistant to:
- Poison type moves
- Bug type moves
Ghost Pokémon Average Stats and Moves
Ghost-type Pokémon have an average Special Attack of 84.4 , Special Defense of 78.6 , and Defense of 79.3 . These Pokémon end up as great Special Attackers who might end up lasting in battles if used correctly; it also helps that they’re immune to two typing, and since Generation 6, Steel-type Pokémon don’t resist Ghost-type moves.
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Ghost-type Pokemon are some of the strongest in most Pokemon games. In recent games, Greavard has become a fan-favorite Pokemon and one of the strongest.
This makes the Ghost type a fascinating one to play with since they also have special moves that are type-specific, like Curse or Trick or Treat. Ghost-type Pokémon can’t be trapped by trapping moves and abilities like mean look or be bound. They learn status condition moves that can be effective in long-term and competitive battles.
Ghost Pokémon Weaknesses
Ghost-type Pokémon are weak against:
- Ghost-type moves
- Dark type moves
Ghost-type moves do not affect:
- Normal type Pokémon
Ghost-type moves are not very effective against:
- Dark type Pokémon
Ghost-type Pokémon have a low average HP stat of 66.4 and speed stat of 67 ; this ensures that they usually don’t go first in battle and might be at a considerable risk of getting one hit KO’d. They might survive because of their defense stats, but you have to be very technical while using them. This rare type of Pokémon doesn’t have a lot of choices or moves in their arsenal like other types.
Even though their existence is a bit chequered in the Pokémon world , the interesting and mysterious behavior displayed by Ghost-type Pokémon is one to behold. They indeed have a firm place in the Pokémon world and give us unforgettable and creepy Pokédex entries to witness.
Ghost Type Pokemon Strengths and Weaknesses – FAQ
What type of pokemon are ghost-type moves strong against.
Ghost type moves are strong against ghost and psychic-type Pokemon.
What type of Pokemon are ghost-type moves weak against?
Ghost type moves are weak against dark-type Pokemon.
Ghost-Type Pokémon Weaknesses & Resistances
Ghost-type Pokémon have been around since Generation I, and they are the only type to have more than one immunity.
They are also unique because they have a type-specific attack, Curse, which works differently for Ghost-types.
Whether you’re using this type of Pokémon or need to know how to beat one, there are certain strengths and weaknesses to keep in mind.
Fortunately, we’ve created our own guide to Ghost type Pokémon weaknesses and resistances so that you can learn to handle them effectively!
Ghost Type Pokémon Weaknesses
Ghost-type Pokémon are the third-rarest type in the world of Pokémon, making them something you’re unlikely to come across as often as a grass or fire type.
Due to their rarity, you’re likely going to be asking yourself, “What are Ghost-type Pokémon weak against?” when you come up against one in a battle.
While they have been around since Gen I, not many players can remember their weaknesses, since this type isn’t the most well-known.
That said, they do have a unique set of weaknesses, which are:
Additionally, Ghost-type moves do not affect Normal-type Pokémon, meaning you don’t want to use them if you’re up against a Snorlax , Meowth, or other pure Normal-type.
Though likewise, Normal-type attacks aren’t effective against Ghost-type Pokémon either.
They are also susceptible to same-type damage bonuses, meaning Ghost-type moves will be super effective against Ghost-type Pokémon.
If you’re having trouble fighting a Ghost-type, your best bet would be using something like Poochyena, one of the best dog Pokémon that is a straight dark type.
However, despite these weaknesses, Ghost-type Pokémon have the potential to be incredibly powerful due to their status effect moves.
Ghost Type Pokémon Resistances
Now that you know what Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to, let’s take a look at their particular resistances.
These are important to know since they can help you understand when it is best to use this type of Pokémon.
Ghost-type Pokémon have two specific resistances, which are:
It should also be noted that certain Ghost-type Pokémon, particularly the Gastly ones, are part poison themselves, making them even more poison resistant.
Ghost-types also have complete immunity to Fighting-type moves and Normal-type moves, so you don’t want to go up against them with a Mankey or Dunsparce.
While Ghost types themselves aren’t super effective against Bug or Poison types, due to their resistance, they can be good to use in a fight against these kinds of Pokémon.
These resistances are worth keeping in mind so that you can more effectively fight or use any Ghost-type Pokémon you come across.
Best Counters For Ghost Type Pokémon
If you know you’re going to be battling a Ghost-type Pokémon, you’ll want to prepare beforehand.
There are some specific counters you can use to help give yourself an upper hand.
Having a Dark-type Pokémon on your team is one of the best things you can do to defeat any Ghost Pokémon more easily.
Dark-type moves are super effective against all Ghost-types, so keeping one in reserve can be a smart move.
You can also use dual dark types, like Yveltal, one of the best bird Pokémon , which is a Flying/Dark-type with the Dark Pulse ability, to defeat any Ghost-type with ease.
What Beats Ghost Type Pokémon?
Ghost types have been featured in all of the best Pokémon games of all time , and when it comes time to fight them, you’ll want to have the right team.
The last thing you want to do is go into a battle with a Ghost-type using a Pokémon that is ineffective, or at worst, highly vulnerable to their attacks!
Fortunately, if you’re using the right Pokémon and the right move sets, you can easily defeat any Ghost-type that gets in your way.
Pokémon To Use Against Ghost Types
When it’s time to take down a Ghost-type, these are the Pokémon you’ll want to have on your team.
- Meowth (Dark-type)
- Poochyena (Dark-type)
- Zorua (Dark-type)
- Nickit (Dark-type)
- Absol (Dark-type)
- Maschiff (Dark-type)
Because all pure Dark-types are resistant to Ghost-type attacks, these will be the best to have on your team.
However, you can still use half Dark-types, though they will still be damaged normally by Ghost-type attacks.
On the plus side, Dark-type Pokémon can be relatively easy to come across, especially if you go looking for them at night.
Moves To Use Against Dark Types
While Dark-type Pokémon are the most effective against Ghost-types, there are also some moves you should get to ensure they have the biggest impact possible.
The best offensive moves to use against a Ghost-type include:
- Brutal Swing
It should be noted that moves like Bite, Crunch, and Knock Off can also be taught to Normal-type and Fighting-type Pokémon to give them a slight edge over Ghost-types.
All Dark-type moves are super effective against Ghost-types, so they will be able to inflict 2x damage compared to other options.
These are the ones you will definitely want to set your Pokémon up with before taking on any Ghost-type Pokémon in a battle.
Ghost-type Pokémon are some of the coolest in the franchise, but they can be devastating to fight if you’re not prepared.
If you find yourself having to fight a Ghost-type, you’ll need to know exactly what it is weak to, so you can set up your team correctly.
Make sure to keep our guide handy if you’re having trouble remembering what is most effective to use against this Pokémon type!
What Ghost type Pokémon weakness is your favorite? Leave a comment below.
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Ghost-type Pokemon weaknesses, resistances & best counters
25th Oct 2023 10:30
Ghost-type Pokemon are some of the creepiest creatures you can come across, but knowing their weaknesses and resistances can make them seem a lot less scary.
There are plenty of ghoulish Ghost-types in the Pokedex , and they’re not the easiest to take down in battle, as their weaknesses and resistances aren’t immediately obvious like Grass-types or Fire-types are.
So whether you’re up against a classic like Gengar or a newcomer like Houndstone, here’s everything you need to know to take down these mischievous menaces in the Pokemon games.
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What are Ghost-type Pokemon's weaknesses?
Ghost-type Pokemon are typically weak to Dark-type and Ghost-type attacks .
Because Ghost-types are vulnerable to other Ghost-types, it’s definitely a good idea to focus on Dark-type Pokemon when heading into battle as you’ll have an immediate advantage.
Remember that dual-type Pokemon might not have these same weaknesses. For example, the Fighting/Ghost-type Marshadow is weak to Fairy, Flying, Ghost, and Psychic-type attacks.
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Resistances for Ghost-type Pokemon
Ghost-type Pokemon are usually resistant to Bug-type and Poison-type attacks .
They’re also completely immune to Fighting-type and Normal-type attacks , so don’t even try to use those in battle as they’ll have zero impact.
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What are Ghost-types super effective against?
Ghost-type Pokemon with Ghost-type attacks will be super effective against Psychic-type Pokemon as well as other Ghost-type Pokemon .
As we mentioned earlier, though, be wary when using Ghost-types against other Ghost-types as it's a bit of a double-edged sword. You'll both be vulnerable to each other's attacks.
What are Ghost-types not effective against?
Ghost-type Pokemon are not very effective against Dark-type Pokemon and will have no effect whatsoever on Normal-type Pokemon .
All of these weaknesses, resistances, and type matchups certainly make Ghost-type Pokemon interesting (and often unpredictable!) opponents in battle, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with their properties.
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Best counters to defeat Ghost-type Pokemon
Some of the best counters you can use when battling Ghost-type opponents are Tyranitar, Yveltal, Houndoom, Hydreigon, and Weavile . Remember, they'll need to have Dark-type movesets to really be effective.
The best counter to use will always depend on the specific opponent you're up against, so it's a good idea to look them up specifically. Having said that, focusing on Dark-type Pokemon will usually be a safe option.
Hopefully, we’ve helped you take down whichever mischievous Ghost-type you’ve been battling! Make sure you check out our Pokemon homepage for more guides like this one.
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Ghost Type Pokémon Weaknesses and Good Pokémon to Use Against Them
By: Author Chloe Parpworth-Reynolds
Posted on Last updated: August 18, 2022
In Generation I only 3 Pokémon had the Ghost-type. These 3 Pokémon were also part of the same evolutionary chain (Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar)!
Since then, however, the Ghost type has grown in number and popularity in future games.
Many Gym Leaders and Elite Four members have used them, such as Morty, Shauntal, Agatha, and Acerola.
The Ghost-type has a lot of quirks which can make it tricky to deal with.
For example, it is weak against itself, and it can’t hit Normal-types, while Normal-types also can’t hit it.
Keep on reading to make sure these Ghost-type Pokémon don’t leave you spooked!
Ghost Type Pokémon Weaknesses & Strengths Chart
Ghost-type pokémon weaknesses.
Ghost-type Pokémon are weak against Dark-type moves and also their own typing of Ghost. These moves do double damage to them.
The Dark type also resists Ghost-type moves, making it a reliable choice for beating Ghost Pokemon.
Normal-type Pokémon are completely immune to Ghost-type attacks, but they can’t inflict damage in return!
Ghost-Type Pokémon Strengths and Resistances
Ghost-type Pokémon are good against Psychic and Ghost types, being able to deal double damage to them.
They can also resist moves from Bug and Poison-type Pokémon, taking half damage from them.
Ghost-types are also completely immune to Fighting and Normal-type moves.
If you use one of these types against them, you’ll do no damage to them at all!
Pokémon Good Against Ghost Types
There are plenty of Pokémon that can be good against Ghost-type Pokemon that either can exploit their weaknesses or resist their moves.
5 of the best Ghost-type counters are:
Bisharp is a great choice to use against Ghost-type Pokémon, as it has great typing (Steel/Dark) to resist their moves.
As a bit of Trivia, back in Generation V when it was released, it was the only Pokémon able to have double resistance to Ghost-type moves!
Nowadays, it only has singular resistance as Steel now takes normal damage, but this is still great to have.
With a great Attack stat that can be easily boosted using Swords Dance, it can dispatch Ghost-types handily.
By using Sucker Punch, it can attack first for super effective damage if the opponent is using an attacking move. This helps to make up for its lower Speed.
Sableye is a Ghost/Dark type. This means it takes normal damage from Ghost-type moves thanks to the Dark typing.
At one point, before Generation VI introduced the Fairy-type, Sableye was the only Pokémon to have no weaknesses at all, thanks to its typing!
One of the key points about Sableye that makes it super useful is its ability, Prankster. This gives priority to non-attacking moves.
Using this, Sableye can easily act first and weaken its opponents with stat drops and status effects.
It might seem odd that we have included Gengar here, as being Ghost/Poison type, it is weak to Ghost-type moves. However, bear with us as there is a good reason why!
You may remember one of the types that Ghosts are weak to is themselves.
Thanks to Gengar’s great Speed and Special Attack stats, it can turn the tides on its opponents, hitting them hard and fast.
Gengar can also use Dark-type moves such as Dark Pulse for super-effective damage.
Umbreon is a Dark-type, making it super-effective against Ghost-type Pokémon.
It also has one of the top Special Defense stats in the game, making it great at taking hits.
Its ability Synchronize means that any Pokémon that gives it a status effect will get the same status back.
This often makes opponents wary about burning or poisoning it!
Umbreon can also recover HP for itself and allies using the Wish move.
The move Foul Play, also helps it against physically attacking Pokémon as it scales in power with the opponent’s Attack stat.
Obstagoon is Normal/Dark-type. This means that due to its Normal typing, Ghost-type moves won’t hit it at all!
The Dark-type allows it to deal super-effective damage and hit hard.
It can also use status effects to its advantage with the ability Guts, which increases its Attack stat if it is affected by one.
With great all-around stats, Obstagoon is a great Pokémon to build how you would like them.
Attacks Super Effective Against Ghost-Type Pokémon
Ghost and Dark-type attacks will be your moves of choice to defeat Ghost-type Pokémon quickly and easily.
It’s always key to remember that you don’t need a Pokémon that has Ghost or Dark typing to use a super effective move. Lots of different Pokémon can learn them and help you out in a pinch.
Here is a list of some of the top 10 moves to look out for.
- Shadow Ball (Ghost)
- Poltergeist (Ghost)
- Shadow Sneak ( Ghost)
- Hex (Ghost)
- Shadow Claw (Ghost)
- Sucker Punch (Dark)
- Knock Off (Dark)
- Darkest Lariat (Dark)
- Dark Pulse (Dark)
- Snarl (Dark)
Tips on Defeating Ghost-Type Pokémon
Ghost-type Pokémon as we have said previously, are immune to Normal and Fighting-type attacks. However, this is not always the case!
If a Normal or Fighting-type Pokémon has the ability Scrappy, it can hit Ghost-type Pokémon!
Even if you don’t have Scrappy as an ability, often switching to a Normal-type Pokémon can disrupt your opponent. This is because if they use a Ghost-type move it will do nothing to you!
Remember most Normal-types have some sort of Dark-type move at their disposal to then hit back with!
The Dark-type move Knock Off is very popular, especially among competitive trainers.
This move gets rid of the held item of the opposing Pokémon. Not only that, but if it removes the item, it also does double the damage!
Due to the fact that Ghost-types are also weak to Dark-type moves, this makes it all the more useful for a Pokémon to know.
For every other type, if they use the move Curse, it will lower their Speed in order to raise Attack and Defense. However, if a Ghost-type uses it, something more interesting happens!
The Ghost-type will lose half its HP but will curse the opposing Pokémon. This curse will make it lose ¼ of its HP at the end of every turn!
To get around this, switch out your Pokémon to remove the curse.
Ghost-types are also the only type of Pokémon to have access to the ability Cursed Body.
If a Pokémon with this ability is hit by a damaging move, it has a 30% chance to disable that attack! This means you won’t be able to use that move again for 4 turns.
The remedy for this, though, is exactly the same as for Curse. Simply switch your Pokémon out to get rid of the effect.
We hope that after reading this guide, you no longer feel scared of Ghost-type Pokémon.
In fact, we hope that they are more scared of you with your newfound know-how!
Are there any other types you are worried about facing? Let us and your fellow trainers know in the comments.
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Just like other Pokémon games, Pokémon Violet and Scarlet uses a type system, giving each Pokémon one or two elemental types, with their own strengths and weaknesses. Our Pokémon Violet and Scarlet type guide will table out the type advantages so you don’t have to memorize how things flow.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet type chart — strengths and weaknesses, explained
Each Pokémon has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Attacks that are “ super effective ” (i.e. strong) against a certain type will deal double damage, while attacks that are “ not very effective ” (i.e. weak) against a type will deal half the damage.
Memorizing type advantages can be simple. Water-type moves are strong against the fire-type Charmander, for example. Rock- and ground-type moves are also strong against Charmander. This is fairly easy to remember, as you can use water, rocks, or dirt to put out a fire. However, some of the types get more confusing. Steel- and poison-type moves are strong against fairy-type Pokémon, as knights in armor and poisoned fruit are powerful in fairy tales. Sheesh.
Things get even more complex when a Pokémon has two types. Charizard, which is both fire- and flying-type, has different weaknesses than Charmander. Not only is it weak to water- and rock-type moves, but it’s also weak to electric-type moves. However, its fire-typing prevents it from taking extra damage from ice-type moves (as flying-types usually do). It’s flying-typing also gives it complete immunity against ground-type moves. Nice.
Strengths and weaknesses also aren’t necessarily just opposites of each other. Though fire-type move deal less damage to water-type Pokémon and water-type moves do doubled damage against fire-type Pokémon, this isn’t the case with every type. For example, fighting-type moves are strong against normal-types, but normal-types just do regular damage against fighting-types, rather than reduced damage.
Notably, in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet , you can change a Pokémon’s type in battle by Terastilizing . All Pokémon can Terastilize into one type, changing its typing completely. For example, if a Charizard (typically fire/flying) Terastilizes into a fire-type, it will lose its flying-typing, making it also lose its vulnerability to electric-type moves. You can even have Pokémon that Terastilize into completely different types — a Charizard, for instance, that Terastilizes into a dragon- or water-type. It’s a radical change to the Pokémon type chart for Scarlet and Violet .
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when battling Pokémon in Tera Raids. You should remember to bring a Pokémon who’s strong against the opponent’s tera type, but isn’t weak against its usual typing. Raid Pokémon still retain their original movesets, so you’ll need to look out for moves that counter your Pokémon’s type. For example, if you face off against a dragon Tera Type Charizard, don’t bring any ice-type Pokémon. Yes, ice-type moves are super effective against the dragon Tera Type, but the Charizard will still know plenty of fire-type moves, which will melt down your ice-type Pokémon in an instant.
Knowing what a Pokémon’s strengths and weaknesses are is an important aspect of battling. To do the most damage you can, you should make sure that your Pokémon’s moves are strong against what it’s battling.
Memorizing all of it can get confusing. Here’s a chart to help you out.
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Why is Dark strong against Ghost?
Are Dark types evil?
According to the game lore, Dark-type Pokémon are often associated with sinister or evil characteristics. In fact, the Japanese name for the Dark type is the “Evil Type.” This suggests that Dark-type Pokémon have a natural advantage against Ghost-type Pokémon.
Is Dark immune to Ghost?
No, Dark-type Pokémon are not immune to Ghost-type moves. However, Dark-type Pokémon do have the advantage of being resistant to Ghost-type moves, which gives them an edge in battles against Ghost-type Pokémon.
What beats Dark?
Bug, Fairy, and Fighting-type Pokémon are particularly effective against Dark-type Pokémon. These types have moves that deal extra damage to Dark-type Pokémon, making them strong counter options.
Is Ghost weak to Dark?
Yes, Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Dark-type moves. This means that Dark-type Pokémon can deal more damage to Ghost-type Pokémon compared to other types of moves.
What is super effective against Ghost?
Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Dark and Ghost-type moves. If you have a Pokémon with these moves, it will have an advantage over Ghost-type Pokémon in battle.
Is Psychic immune to Ghost?
Psychic-type Pokémon are not immune to Ghost-type moves. In fact, Psychic-type moves are not very effective against Ghost-type Pokémon. This means that Ghost-type Pokémon have the upper hand in battles against Psychic-type Pokémon.
What are ghosts weak to?
Ghosts have weaknesses to Ghost, Dark, and Bug-type moves. These types of moves can deal more damage to Ghost-type Pokémon compared to other types.
Why was psychic immune to Ghost?
In the original Pokémon games, there was a glitch that caused Psychic-type Pokémon to be immune to Ghost-type moves. This glitch was later fixed, and now Psychic-type Pokémon take normal damage from Ghost-type moves.
Why is Dark weak to Fighting?
Thematically, the weakness of Dark-type Pokémon to Fighting-type moves can be seen as a representation of the idea that darkness or deceit can be overcome by strength and righteousness. Fighting-type moves are effective against Dark-type Pokémon, giving Fighting-type Pokémon an advantage in battles against them.
Is Grass Psychic bad?
Grass/Psychic-type Pokémon have several weaknesses, including a 4x weakness to Bug-type moves. While they may have some weaknesses, Grass/Psychic-type Pokémon also have their strengths and can be powerful in certain situations.
Is Fairy weak to Ghost?
Fairy-type Pokémon are not weak to Ghost-type moves. In fact, Fairy-type Pokémon are actually resistant to Ghost-type moves. This means that Ghost-type moves will deal less damage to Fairy-type Pokémon compared to other types of moves.
Is Dark type stronger than Ghost?
Both Dark-type and Ghost-type Pokémon have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, Dark-type Pokémon do have the advantage of being strong against Ghost-type Pokémon. It’s important to consider other factors such as movesets, abilities, and overall team compositions when determining the outcome of battles between Dark-type and Ghost-type Pokémon.
What is fairy weak against?
Fairy-type Pokémon are weak to Poison and Steel-type moves. These types of moves are particularly effective against Fairy-type Pokémon and can deal more damage to them.
Is Ghost weak to Fighting?
Yes, Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Fighting-type moves. This means that Fighting-type moves can deal more damage to Ghost-type Pokémon compared to other types of moves.
What is psychic Dark weak to?
Psychic/Dark-type Pokémon have weaknesses to Bug, Ghost, and Fairy-type moves. These types of moves can deal more damage to Psychic/Dark-type Pokémon compared to other types.
Why is Bug good against Dark?
Bug-type moves are effective against Dark-type Pokémon as they can exploit their weaknesses. Thematically, Bug-type Pokémon can be seen as representing common fears and insecurities, which can counteract the darkness or deceit often associated with Dark-type Pokémon.
No, Fairy-type Pokémon are not weak to Ghost-type moves. In fact, Fairy-type Pokémon are actually resistant to Ghost-type moves. This means that Ghost-type moves will deal less damage to Fairy-type Pokémon compared to other types of moves.
What beats Dark type Pokemon?
Bug, Fairy, and Fighting-type Pokémon are particularly effective against Dark-type Pokémon and can deal more damage to them. These types have moves that exploit the weaknesses of Dark-type Pokémon, giving them an advantage in battles.
What is immune to Dark?
Bug-type Pokémon are immune to Dark-type moves. This means that Bug-type Pokémon will not take any damage from Dark-type moves, giving them a significant advantage in battles against Dark-type Pokémon.
Why doesn’t psychic affect Gengar?
Gengar is a Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon, which makes it immune to Psychic-type moves. This immunity is due to Gengar’s Ghost typing, which allows it to be unaffected by Psychic-type moves.
Why does Ghost resist poison?
The resistance of Ghost-type Pokémon to Poison-type moves can be explained thematically. Ghost-type Pokémon are often associated with the spirit or afterlife, which can be seen as incorporeal and immune to certain forms of physical harm, such as poison.
Why is Ghost weak against normal?
The weakness of Ghost-type Pokémon to Normal-type moves can be seen thematically. Normal-type moves represent everyday actions and objects, which have no effect on or can counteract supernatural phenomena associated with Ghost-type Pokémon. Thus, Ghost-type Pokémon are weak against Normal-type moves.
What type is immune to Dark?
Bug-type Pokémon is immune to Dark-type moves. This means that Bug-type Pokémon will not take any damage from Dark-type moves, giving them a significant advantage in battles against Dark-type Pokémon.
Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Ghost and Dark-type moves. This means that if you have a Pokémon with these types of moves, it will deal extra damage to Ghost-type Pokémon.
Grass/Psychic-type Pokémon have their strengths and weaknesses. While they may have some weaknesses, Grass/Psychic-type Pokémon also have access to a variety of moves that can be effective against certain types of Pokémon.
Dark-type Pokémon are often associated with sinister or evil characteristics in the game lore. However, it is important to remember that Pokémon are fictional creatures and their alignment or nature is determined by the game’s storyline and world-building.
Both Dark-type and Ghost-type Pokémon have their own strengths and weaknesses. While Dark-type Pokémon do have an advantage over Ghost-type Pokémon, it ultimately depends on the specific Pokémon and their movesets, abilities, and overall team compositions.
Fairy-type Pokémon are weak against Poison and Steel-type moves. These types of moves can deal more damage to Fairy-type Pokémon compared to other types.
Both Dark-type and Ghost-type Pokémon have their own strengths and weaknesses. While Dark-type Pokémon do have the advantage of being strong against Ghost-type Pokémon, it ultimately depends on the specific Pokémon and their movesets, abilities, and overall team compositions.
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