Pokemon Sword and Shield relies on taking advantage of type matchups for trainers to progress and win their battles as they aim to concur the Pokemon League.
As you catch 'em all and complete your Pokedex, you'll catch Pokemon of different types. While playing the game, you'll discover certain types have an advantage over others, dealing double damage.
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It's these type advantages that will help you seamlessly win your battles and claim your gym badges.
Pokemon Type Chart
Below you'll find all of the type advantages and disadvantages in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
The first column represents the type, the second column represents the types it has an advantage over and the third column represents the types it has a disadvantage against.
|Type||Advantage Over||Disadvantage To|
|Grass||Water, Ground, Rock||Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug|
|Rock||Fire, Ice, Flying, Bug||Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Steel|
|Ice||Grass, Ground, Flying, Dragon||Fire, Fighting, Rock, Steel|
|Dragon||Dragon||Ice, Dragon, Fairy|
|Dark||Psychic, Ghost||Fighting, Bug, Fairy|
|Psychic||Fighting, Poison||Bug, Ghost, Dark|
|Bug||Grass, Psychic, Dark||Fire, Flying, Rock|
|Flying||Grass, Fighting, Bug||Electric, Ice, Rock|
|Steel||Ice, Rock, Fairy||Fire, Fighting, Ground|
|Fire||Grass, Ice, Bug, Steel||Water, Ground, Rock|
|Fighting||Normal, Ice, Rock, Dark, Steel||Flying, Psychic, Fairy|
|Ground||Fire, Electric, Poison, Rock, Steel||Water, Grass, Ice|
|Ghost||Psychic, Ghost||Ghost, Dark|
|Poison||Grass, Fairy||Ground, Psychic|
|Water||Fire, Ground, Rock||Electric, Grass|
|Fairy||Fight, Dragon, Dark||Poison, Steel|
In Pokemon Sword and Shield, there are eight gyms that need to be concurred. As is tradition, each gym follows a certain type theme. They are as follows:
You'll need to ensure you have the correct types in your gym challenges to ensure you will come out the victor, as you will be coming up against much stronger Pokemon than you would normally face in the wild.
Ideal Team Build
Ideally you'll want to build a team that has the following typings:
This should cover a vast majority of typings and will allow you to be flexible within battles.
Alternatively, you can have your Pokemon learn off type moves. For example, Scorbunny will learn the move Double Kick (a fighting type move) and his third evolution Cinderace will learn Bounce (a flying type move).