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Type Poison

The Poison type (どくタイプ Doku taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

These Pokémon have a natural toxic quality, maybe they produce venom, are poisonous plants, or even represent pollution. They normally live in caves, marshes or similar places.

A very curious fact about Poison-type Pokémon is that some of them resemble ninjas. For example, Koffing is like a smoke ball, Crobat has a ninja's speed and secrecy and Toxicroak has paws that make it resemble a ninja.

The Poison type is related to the status effects Poisoned and Badly Poisoned, which are produced mostly by Poison-type moves.

Famous Poison-type Pokémon Trainers include Koga, fifth Gym Leader of Kanto and then second member of the Indigo League; Janine, Koga's daughter and new Gym Leader of Kanto; Agatha, the third member of the Indigo League (her main type is Ghost, but all of her Pokémon are Poison-type as well); and Roxie, second Gym Leader in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Also, most villain teams in the videogames have Poison-type Pokémon, along with Dark types.

Poison-type moves

  • There are 23 Poison-type moves.
  • In battles: Special moves stand out.
    • 6 moves are of the Physical type type.
    • 9 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 8 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Tough moves stand out.
    • 10 moves are of the Tough type type.
    • 9 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 1 move is of the Cool type type.
    • There are no moves of the Cute type type.

List of Poison-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Acid Special type Clever type Generation I 40
Acid Armor Other type Tough type Generation I -
Acid Spray Special type Beautiful type Generation V 40
Belch Special type Tough type Generation VI 120
Clear Smog Special type Beautiful type Generation V 50
Coil Other type Tough type Generation V -
Cross Poison Physical type Cool type Generation IV 70
Gastro Acid Other type Tough type[1] Generation IV -
Gunk Shot Physical type Tough type[2] Generation IV 120
Poison Fang Physical type Clever type Generation III 50
Poison Gas Other type Clever type Generation I -
Poison Jab Physical type Tough type[3] Generation IV 80
Poison Powder Other type Clever type Generation I -
Poison Sting Physical type Clever type Generation I 15
Poison Tail Physical type Clever type Generation III 50
Sludge Special type Tough type Generation I 65
Sludge Bomb Special type Tough type Generation II 90
Sludge Wave Special type Tough type Generation V 95
Smog Special type Tough type Generation I 30[4]
Toxic Other type Clever type Generation I -
Toxic Spikes Other type Clever type Generation IV -
Venom Drench Other type Clever type Generation VI -
Venoshock Special type Beautiful type Generation V 65

Effectiveness of Poison-type moves

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fairy and Type Grass.
½
Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Bug, Type Ghost, Type Ground, Type Poison, and Type Rock.
×0
Ineffective against Pokémon of the types: Type Steel.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Poison type

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistances of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
No damage
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Poison
½
½
½
½
×2
½
×2
Type PoisonType Bug
½
½
¼
×2
×2
¼
½
×2
×2
Type PoisonType Dark
½
½
½
×2
½
×0
Type PoisonType Dragon
½
×2
½
½
½
¼
×2
×2
½
×2
½
Type PoisonType Fighting
¼
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
×4
½
Type PoisonType Flying
¼
×2
½
¼
¼
×0
×2
½
×2
×2
Type PoisonType Ghost
¼
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×0
¼
×2
Type PoisonType Grass
½
½
½
×2
×2
¼
×2
×2
½
Type PoisonType Ground
½
×0
½
½
×2
×2
¼
×2
½
×2
Type PoisonType Water
½
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
½

Known Poison-type Pokémon Trainers

HGSS Koga HGSS Janine Roxie Nene pokemon
Kanto Gym Leader/Johto Elite Four Koga Kanto Gym Leader Janine Unova Gym Leader Roxie Viperia Warlord Nene

Poison-type Pokémon

59 Pokémon are Poison type. (8.19% of all Pokémon)

Pure Poison-type Pokémon

15 Pokémon are pure Poison type. (25.42% of the Poison-type Pokémon)

Ekans Arbok Nidoran♀ Nidorina Nidoran♂ Nidorino
023Ekans
#023

Type Poison

024Arbok
#024

Type Poison

029Nidoran♀
#029

Type Poison

030Nidorina
#030

Type Poison

032Nidoran♂
#032

Type Poison

033Nidorino
#033

Type Poison

Grimer Muk Koffing Weezing Gulpin Swalot
088Grimer
#088

Type Poison

089Muk
#089

Type Poison

109Koffing
#109

Type Poison

110Weezing
#110

Type Poison

316Gulpin
#316

Type Poison

317Swalot
#317

Type Poison

Seviper Trubbish Garbodor
336Seviper
#336

Type Poison

568Trubbish
#568

Type Poison

569Garbodor
#569

Type Poison

Primary Poison-type Pokémon

13 Pokémon are primary Poison type. (22.03% of the Poison-type Pokémon)

Nidoqueen Nidoking Zubat Golbat Crobat Stunky
031Nidoqueen
#031

Type PoisonType Ground

034Nidoking
#034

Type PoisonType Ground

041Zubat
#041

Type PoisonType Flying

042Golbat
#042

Type PoisonType Flying

169Crobat
#169

Type PoisonType Flying

434Stunky
#434

Type PoisonType Dark

Skuntank Skorupi Drapion Croagunk Toxicroak Skrelp
435Skuntank
#435

Type PoisonType Dark

451Skorupi
#451

Type PoisonType Bug

452Drapion
#452

Type PoisonType Dark

453Croagunk
#453

Type PoisonType Fighting

454Toxicroak
#454

Type PoisonType Fighting

690Skrelp
#690

Type PoisonType Water

Dragalge
691Dragalge
#691

Type PoisonType Dragon

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

31 Pokémon are secondary Poison type. (52.54% of the Poison-type Pokémon)

Bulbasaur Ivysaur Venusaur Weedle Kakuna Beedrill
001Bulbasaur
#001

Type GrassType Poison

002Ivysaur
#002

Type GrassType Poison

003Venusaur
#003

Type GrassType Poison

013Weedle
#013

Type BugType Poison

014Kakuna
#014

Type BugType Poison

015Beedrill
#015

Type BugType Poison

Oddish Gloom Vileplume Venonat Venomoth Bellsprout
043Oddish
#043

Type GrassType Poison

044Gloom
#044

Type GrassType Poison

045Vileplume
#044

Type GrassType Poison

048Venonat
#048

Type BugType Poison

049Venomoth
#049

Type BugType Poison

069Bellsprout
#069

Type GrassType Poison

Weepinbell Victreebel Tentacool Tentacruel Gastly Haunter
070Weepinbell
#070

Type GrassType Poison

071Victreebel
#071

Type GrassType Poison

072Tentacool
#072

Type WaterType Poison

073Tentacruel
#073

Type WaterType Poison

092Gastly
#092

Type GhostType Poison

093Haunter
#093

Type GhostType Poison

Gengar Spinarak Ariados Qwilfish Dustox Roselia
094Gengar
#094

Type GhostType Poison

167Spinarak
#167

Type BugType Poison

168Ariados
#168

Type BugType Poison

211Qwilfish
#211

Type WaterType Poison

269Dustox
#269

Type BugType Poison

315Roselia
#315

Type GrassType Poison

Budew Roserade Venipede Whirlipede Scolipede Foongus
406Budew
#406

Type GrassType Poison

407Roserade
#407

Type GrassType Poison

543Venipede
#543

Type BugType Poison

544Whirlipede
#544

Type BugType Poison

545Scolipede
#545

Type BugType Poison

590Foongus
#590

Type GrassType Poison

Amoonguss
591Amoonguss
#591

Type GrassType Poison

Pokémon with Poison-type alternate formes

The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Poison type.

Mega Venusaur Mega Beedrill Mega Gengar Arceus
003MVenusaur
#003

Type GrassType Poison

015MBeedrill
#015

Type BugType Poison

094MGengar
#094

Type GhostType Poison

493Arceus Poison Dream
#493

Type Poison[5]

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Fairy type because fairies represent purity and poison the pollution.
  • They're strong against the Grass type because trees and plants are damaged by the pollution and toxins, such as insecticides.
  • They're weak against the Ground type because earthen and sandy features neutralize and mitigate the toxicity of poisons, making them less effective.
  • They're weak against the Psychic type because mind can't be poisoned. Poison acts over the body, and the mind is superior to the body, while Psychic-type attacks are mental.
  • They resist the Fighting type because when poisoned, a fighter or deportist loses strength. Fighters try to be healthy as most as they can and poisons can make them sick. It could also be said that since some Poison-type Pokémon have a gelatinous body, punches and kicks cushions the impact.
  • They were strong against the Bug type in Generation I because of insecticides, toxins that killed bugs. However, since Generation II, the Bug type resists them because many insects have developed resistance to some insecticides.
  • The Ghost type resists them because you can't poison someone who's already dead, besides, the spirit doesn't have a physical form, thus toxins can't pass through.
  • The Rock type resists them because since rocks aren't live creatures, poison can hardly damage them.
  • The Steel type is immune to them because poisons cannot circulate through or penetrate metals, mainly because they're not organic materials.

Trivia

  • There are no Poison-type Legendary Pokémon, excluding Arceus holding a Toxic Plate.
  • Most dual Poison-type Pokémon have Bug or Grass as its other type. This reflects how in real life many insects and plants are poisonous.

Notes

  1. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type-type move.
  2. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type-type move.
  3. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type-type move.
  4. ^ 20 until Generation V.
  5. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Toxic Plate.

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