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Normal-Type Pokemon Strengths and Weaknesses

We've compiled a brief guide into everything trainers need to know about Normal-type Pokemon.
We've compiled a brief guide into everything trainers need to know about Normal-type Pokemon. / Nintendo, The Pokemon Company

We've compiled a brief guide into everything trainers need to know about Normal-type Pokemon.

Normal-type Pokemon are sort of an anomaly in the Pokemon universe. They act as a bit of a catch-all and while they may seem weak, this type actually holds some of the most hardy creatures and most powerful moves in the game. Normal-types are also the biggest foil to ghost-types in the game, being completely immune to them while also being unable to affect them.

There are 121 different species of normal-types making up 13.25% of all Pokemon. This type is the second most common after water and grass-types.

What is a Normal-Type Pokemon?

Normal-type Pokemon tend to be the kind trainers encounter when they first start off on their journey. Typically, the flying and grounded species around the starting town share at least one normal-type between them. Examples of normal-types include Pidgey, Furret, Aipom, Ursaring, Slaking, Snorlax, Eevee and Wooloo.

There are no traditional normal-type legendaries, but certain noble species in the Hisui region hav normal-typing such as Wyrdeer and Ursaluna.

Normal-Type Pokemon Weaknesses

Normal-type Pokemon are among the least resistant species in the game as they have no standard type resistance to speak of. They also have the lowest physical and special defense of any Pokemon.

Normal-types receive super-effective damage from fighting-types.

Normal-types do half-damage to:

Normal-Type Pokemon Strengths and Resistances

For normal-types, their primary strength is their bizarre interactions with ghost-types. They are both immune to ghost-type moves and cannot affect ghost-types with their moves. Aside from this, they do not deal super-effective damage to any type and do not receive half damage from anyone.

They are, however, immune to Night Shade as of Generation II.

Best Counters for Normal-Type Pokemon

The best counters for normal-type Pokemon have been rock or fighting-types since Generation II. This decision should depend on whether trainers are trying to withstand a normal-type Pokemon's attack or do damage back to them, respectively. The only Pokemon that shares both these types is the legendary Terrakion.

Fighting-type counters would include the likes of Primeape, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Conkeldurr, Sawk, Throh, and Sirfetch'd. Rock-type counters could be Lycanroc, Kabutops, Rhydon, Relicanth, or Aggron.


Those interested in learning more about Pokemon types should check out our type guides: