Water-Type Pokémon Weakness and Resistances

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Water-type Pokémon are some of the most iconic in the game. They have been around since Generation I, and feature plenty of fan favorites like Squirtle, Gyarados, Lugia, Kyogre, and more.

What is a Water-Type Pokémon?

They are typically based on animals that live in and around water. In nearly every main franchise game, you have the opportunity to pick a water-type Pokémon as your starting companion. Water-type Pokémon are typically defensively solid and pack a decent punch as well.

Water-Type Pokémon Weaknesses

There are only two type weaknesses for water-type Pokémon, one of the reasons they are so strong in defense. The only downside is that they are quite common types in most games you play. Electric and Grass-type moves are the ones to watch out for if your water-type is in.

Water-type Pokémon Strengths and Resistances

Water-type Pokémon can tank many different types of moves due to their strong set of resistances as well. Steel, Fire, Water, and Ice moves will not do very much damage to your Pokémon. Additionally, Water-type moves will do super-effective damage to three types of Pokémon, Fire, Ground, and Rock-types.

Best Counters for Water Type Pokémon

Fortunately, if you're looking to counter a Water-type Pokémon, you should have plenty of good encounters to choose from. In most main franchise games, many early encounter areas will be full of Grass-types just waiting to hit your Water-typed foes pretty hard. The likely better option however would be to look for a good Electric-type Pokémon, or another Water-type that has access to Electric-type moves (like a Gyarados) because Electric moves like Thunder and Thunderbolt hit incredibly hard and can sweep Water-type teams.

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