The Pokémon universe is chock full of lore, creatures, and elements. Every Pokémon you encounter is assigned a particular type. The type factors into the kind of moves they can learn (to an extent) as well as what they're strong and weak against.
These types are so important to the series that it's one of the primary mechanics in battle. If you send a Pokémon against an opponent who has a type advantage, odds are that you will lose. Because of this, many trainers have taken a lot of time to creating teams that have even typing so that they're not extremely vulnerable to a particular element over another.
Because of this, being good in combat means that you have to have a fundamental understanding of how the types work in the Pokémon world. On top of that, you have to know what a Pokémon's type is just by looking at it. This is where many trainers falter, as just looking at the color isn't always a good indicator.
The only thing that ensures you know every Pokémon's type is through memory. Because of this, not many people can match all of these Pokémon to their types. We won't stop you from trying, though.
What type is Arbok?
Arbok is one of the most terrifying Pokémon in the Kanto Region. Known for being an insane hunter of its prey, it's unlikely that any small Pokémon gets away from this cobra. One of its attacks is Mean Look, which can cause its opponents to be immobilized by fear. Once they're standing still, Arbok will go in for the kill and inject deadly toxin into their body, leading to a painful level of poison or instant death. Whichever comes first.
What type is Chatot?
There aren't many Pokémon who learn to use their voices to soothe people and Pokémon to sleep, but Chatot managed to figure it out. Being known for using its voice in combat, Chatot can either damage your eardrums or lull you to sleep. Found commonly in the Sinnoh Region, you'll notice that its head is shaped like a music note, hinting at its heavenly songs. Chatot have also been known to mock other people by replicating their voices with ease.
What type is Darmanitan?
Darmanitan isn't the most imposing Pokémon in terms of its size. There are other monkey Pokémon like Infernape that are much bigger and more threatening in appearance. However, Darmanitan can still do a lot of damage to anything that gets in its path. Its greatest asset is its fists. One well-timed punch can crush an entire boulder without thinking twice. On top of that, Darmanitan can change into Zen Mode- which means that it becomes immobile and resembles a Daruma doll.
What type is Alolan Marowak?
Marowak is well-known in the Kanto Region for being a run-of-the-mill Pokémon without any moves to make it stand out from the crowd (other than Bonemerang). However, if you travel to the Alola Region, you'll find that Marowak is much more interesting there. More resembling fire dancers, Marowak's bone is entirely on fire and is given a black and white color scheme as opposed to a tan one. It still keeps the trademark skull, but it packs a more damaging punch.
What type is Crabominable?
High in the mountains of the Alola Region lives an intimidating species of Pokémon known as Crabominable. This massive crab Pokémon was used to finding fruit at the surface before it evolved and gained a coat thick enough to withstand the subzero temperatures of the mountains. If you encounter one of these on a bad day, just stay out of range of its large fists. It will often throw flurries of punches without thinking, and those fists can crack through large mounds of ice.
What type is Camerupt?
If you see an eruption in the Hoenn Region, it's likely that it's not just the volcano doing that. Camerupt, being native to that region, are temperamental Pokémon who have small volcanoes on their backs. When agitated, they can unleash a massive eruption that many people mistake for a volcano. Camerupt was later used in Gen VI of the franchise to have a Mega Evolution that turned his two mini volcanoes into one large one. Camerupt is not to be messed with.
What type is Carnivine?
Carnivine is based on a Venus Flytrap and acts just as you'd expect. It attracts prey by standing still with its mouth wide open. Once a small Pokémon gets too close, it will chomp down and instantly devour its prey. Carnivine aren't all bad, though. They are known to be very affectionate Pokémon when their trainers are nice to them. Unfortunately, the way they show affection is by biting. Trainers who have good relationships with their Carnivine will be pulling them off their heads often.
What type is Cofagrigus?
No one is quite sure how Cofagrigus came to be, but many theories suggest that it has something to do with ancient Egypt. Whatever its origin may be, we do know that Cofagrigus is a dangerous and terrifying Pokémon. Having a pair of sharp teeth and soulless eyes, it's not surprising that Cofagrigus can be known to eat people and turn their dead bodies into mummies. If you're going exploring in caves in the Unova Region, it's best to take Pokémon with you.
What type is Alolan Muk?
Muk is known as the big pile of sludge in the Kanto Region. It stinks up everything it touches and is, overall, a Pokémon that one wants around. In the Alola Region, Muk is known as the big pile of garbage who has absorbed the litter of the islanders. Its smell can vary, but at least it's much more colorful than the Kanto variant. This time around, though, Muk has chunks of rocks in its body that are the result of it picking up garbage.
What type is Crawdaunt?
There are several crab Pokémon in the world, but Crawdaunt is one of the scariest. Residing in the Hoenn Region, only the bravest of fishermen would even dare to try and capture one. Crawdaunt are infamous for being extremely territorial and violent. If something gets too close to the pond it calls home, it will either dispose of it with its claws or toss it out. Crawdaunt are also known for picking fights and will often be seen with a set of scars.
What type is Lilligant?
There are elusive Pokémon that live in the forests of the Unova Region, but not quite as interesting as Lilligant. This is a Pokémon that requires interaction with others. If it becomes neglected, then the flower on top of its head will wilt until it gets a proper amount of love again. One of the reasons Lilligant are so difficult to find is because they are only female. They have no male counterparts, meaning they're not as plentiful as a family of Rattata.
What type is Jigglypuff?
Jigglypuff was one of the most popular Pokémon in the first generation. Just under Pikachu, Charizard, and Meowth, Jigglypuff was loved by Game Freak. It even became a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. Every time it showed up, it wanted other people to hear the song that it worked so hard on. However, because people would fall asleep upon hearing it, she would immediately become upset and draw faces on people with a marker that was hidden underneath her microphone.
What type is Heracross?
Heracross is a Pokémon introduced in Gen II. It is essentially the Johto Region's version of Pinsir. That said, Heracross is much friendlier. Feeding on nectar, Heracross is typically a very happy Pokémon. However, a threatened Heracross is a very dangerous one. With the powerful horn on its head, it can deal massive amounts of damage. Heracross was one of the Pokémon to receive a Mega Evolution in Gen VI that made it much stronger and more viable than before.
What type is Heliolisk?
There aren't many Electric Pokémon native to the Kalos Region, and that's why Heliolisk is such a popular choice among trainers of the area. Based on a frilled lizard, it can extend the flap on its neck to threaten others that get too close. On top of that, this allows it to conduct a serious amount of electricity. One Heliolisk with its frills fully extended can power an entire skyscraper. This electricity can then be used to give Heliolisk extra energy.
What type is Doublade?
Of all things, there is a Pokémon based on a sword called Honedge. Native to the Kalos Region, this haunted blade can be trained to fight in battle. Once it's levelled up enough, it evolves into Doublade, which is essentially two Honedges attached together (with a slightly different color palette). That said, Doublade are much better in battle, as each independent sword can communicate with each other to pull off some of the most impressive swordplay that you'll see in your life.
What type is Krookodile?
If you manage to find a small alligator in the Unova Region, you'll want to catch it because it turns into the massive Krookodile with the proper amount of training. At first glance, you'll notice that this Pokémon has a set of large eyes and a large nose. They do more than just look cool- they help Krookodile see and smell at insane distances. Krookodile can also crush just about anything with the power of its jaw. It tends to be a violent Pokémon though.
What type is Incineroar?
Litten, the Fire-type starter of the Alola Region, turns into quite an impressive beast when fully evolved. Incineroar is a popular choice among tropical trainers, and it's easy to see why. Based on a wrestler, Incineroar packs a serious punch with every attack it throws at its opponents. Having a belt made entirely out of flames, it's a warning sign to anyone getting close to it- don't mess with this Pokémon unless you have a really good reason to. You'll regret it.
What type is Elekid?
Elekid was introduced in Gen II as the baby form of Electabuzz. When breeding an Electabuzz, you'll be given an egg that hatches into an Elekid. This little guy has a fiery temper, but doesn't quite have the power level to back it up. However, if you remain faithful to an Elekid and give it a lot of love, then it will evolve into an Electabuzz. Elekid can also learn a lot of powerful moves that will serve it well after it evolves.
What type is Heatran?
If trainers in the Sinnoh Region are brave enough, they'll take on the challenge of braving Stark Mountain. After going through an elaborate maze and dealing with high-levelled wild Pokémon, they'll get to the mountain's heart. It's there that they will come in contact with the elusive and powerful Heatran. This Legendary Pokémon is known to live in the heart of volcanoes and can bathe itself in lava. On top of that, it's also known to cause massive eruptions that can be felt from every corner of the Region.
What type is Ditto?
When hunting for Pokémon, you may want to ensure that the Pokémon you're seeing isn't something else in disguise. It happens once in a blue moon, but it still occurs. Some Pokémon are actually Ditto in disguise. This pile of goo can transform into any other Pokémon it sees, including its moves and typing. It's not quite that good in combat (considering that a single turn has to be taken to transform it), but it's still a fascinating creature to study.
What type is Sneasel?
Be sure to hold on to your food in the Johto Region, or you just may find it swiped by a Pokémon. Odds are that it would be a Sneasel to do this. This sneaky Pokémon is light, nimble, and mischievous. Having a set of sharp claws, it can attack quickly and move out of the way before sustaining any damage. In Gen IV, Sneasel was given an evolution in the form of Weavile, which is much stronger and deadlier.
What type is Relicanth?
In the waters of the Hoenn Region, it's unlikely that you'll ever encounter a Relicanth. It can't be found by fishing or surfing. In order to get one, you have to travel to the depths of the waters (only if one of your Pokémon has the Dive HM). Even then, it's still very elusive. However, if you find one, you'll essentially have a key that can be used to unlock the Regi Cave, which then lets you go on a hunt for the three golem of Hoenn.
What type is Rhyperior?
One of the strongest Pokémon in the Kanto Region is Rhydon. Having a massive build and a drill on its face, there were few who stand up against such an imposing creature. However, Rhydon got even stronger in Gen IV because Game Freak gave it an evolution called Rhyperior. Rhyperior is much bigger and stronger than its predecessor, being able to crush mountains with its fists. It can also shoot boulders out of its hands, ensuring that it won't go down easily.
What type is Sigilyph?
Going with tradition has its advantages and disadvantages, and it's precisely what makes Sigilyph so interesting. Pokémon researchers in the Unova Region discovered that Sigilyph live for thousands of years. They also travel along the same paths in all that time. Because of this, when a Sigilyph is one the move, it's likely because it use to guard that area many years ago. Sigilyph can be easily startled and aren't afraid to attack any intruders that may be looking to interrupt its pattern.
What type is Slurpuff?
If you see this Pokémon lying around, don't try to eat it! Despite the fact that it looks like a delicious cake, Slurpuff is a living, breathing creature. Native to the Kalos Region, it's popular among the locals for its adorable appearance. Slurpuff also has fangs underneath that doofy smile to help it eat its own food. On top of that, Slurpuff have an extremely impressive sense of smell, being able to detect certain scents at 100 times the rate of a human.
What type is Oranguru?
It's not often that you encounter an altruistic Pokémon that lives its life in service of others, but the Alola Region has one. Oranguru is an ape Pokémon that spends most of its days meditating in trees and learning how to better itself. This life of isolation has allowed it be extremely knowledgeable in many types of herbal medicines. When other wild Pokémon are injured, it's usually an Oranguru who will come down from the treetops to provide necessary aid.
What type is Shedinja?
When catching a Nincada, you can evolve it into a Ninjask or a Shedinja. The latter is essentially a moving cocoon that can behave and attack. Where it becomes much more interesting is the fact that most moves can't hurt it. Having the Wonder Guard ability, only attacks that are strong against Shedinja can damage it. However, Shedinja has a mere 1 HP, which means that any successful hit will surely spell its doom. Only the riskiest trainers have a Shedinja.
What type is Pawniard?
Having no hands is probably difficult for doing anything involving dexterity, but Pawniard seems to enjoy having knives in their place. Often spending its days sharpening its blades, Pawniard is a vicious hunter. When finding its prey, it will repeatedly stab it with its blades to ensure a swift kill. What makes them even more dangerous is that Pawniard travel in packs that are led by a Bisharp, who serves as their mentor. Pawniard will almost always know how to use their knives.
What type is Porygon-Z?
There once was a Pokémon who was created artificially with the help of technology. That Pokémon was known as Porygon and has been around since the beginning of the franchise. However, researchers discovered that there are digital add-ons that can be given to Porygon to cause it to evolve. First, there was Porygon-2, which was introduced in Gen II, and then there was Porygon-Z, which was introduced in Gen IV. Porygon-Z is the strongest of the three and the hardest to obtain.
What type is Passimian?
There are two independent ape Pokémon in the Alola Region: Oranguru and Passimian. Oranguru is the calm meditator who heals others. Passimian is a rough Pokémon that travels in groups where only the strongest make it to the top. Passimian work together extremely well and spend their entire lives learning how to better themselves. By throwing different types of berries, they can blind or damage their opponents regardless of size. They tend to be quite a handful for the uninitiated.
What type is Zygarde?
Zygarde is one of the few Legendary Pokémon who lives in the Kalos Region. Residing in a cave of isolation, only the most adventurous trainers will ever see it. However, Zygarde is much more than meets the eye. While its form on first contact is quite imposing, it has a Complete Form which makes it much more powerful along the way. Those who have Pokémon Sun and Moon can acquire this form by collecting all 100 of the Zygarde Cells.
What type is Unown?
In the Johto Region, there exists a mysterious place known as the Ruins of Alph. This long lost city contains strange markings along the wall and only one type of Pokémon: Unown. The Unown have twenty-eight variants, which are based on all of the letters of the English alphabet, as well as a question mark and exclamation point. Finding one of them is easy business, but trying to find all of them can prove to be much more challenging in the end.
What type is Tangela?
Tangela is an odd little Pokémon. Native to the Kanto Region, its entire draw is the fact that its whole body is made up of vines. It keeps its true face hidden behind them and runs around on its small, red feet. However, the vines aren't just for concealment or camouflage. Tangela can extend its vines to attack opponents. Vine Whip, Constrict, and Wrap are just three of the attacks that Tangela can learn with the help of its vines.
What type is Yanma?
Dragonflies are cool insects, and they make for cool Pokémon as well. Yanma was one of the new Pokémon introduced in Gen II and made quite an impact. It's not particularly useful in battle, but it's an adorable companion to have in the long run. Game Freak liked it so much that they gave it an evolution in Gen IV in the form of Yanmega. Yanmega alone makes Yanma a much more viable choice in battle, and even appeared in the anime.
What type is Venusaur?
The least-picked of the original three starters, Bulbasaur doesn't get a lot of love. That said, Venusaur is still an extremely powerful Pokémon to use in battle. With its hidden ability, Chlorophyll, Venusaur can gain speed in extreme sunlight. Just build him to function like a tank and he is an effective wall for any Pokémon team. There are also few Pokémon who have a Solarbeam attack as powerful as a Venusaur's. It doesn't get much love, but it definitely should.
What type is Aerodactyl?
Aerodactyl was a ferocious predator who lived long ago in the Pokémon world. This raptor Pokémon would soar through the skies, scanning the ground for any sign of food. Then, with its massive talons and jaw, it would swoop in and go for the kill. Most trainers are afraid of this Pokémon and few people are brave enough to train one. However, that didn't stop Game Freak from giving this extinct raptor its own Mega Evolution in Gen VI. It gained a beard in the process.
What type is Wobbuffet?
Wobbuffet was a Pokémon introduced in Gen II and not many knew what its purpose was. It was sort of a doofy Pokémon that seemed oblivious of what was transpiring around it. However, that hasn't stopped Wobbuffet from having some dangerous moves in its arsenal, including Counter and Destiny Bond. Wobbuffet can actually take a hit and deal twice as much damage to its opponent. On the other hand, if it's about to fall in battle, it can bind its soul to an opponent, meaning that both Pokémon get knocked out if Wobbuffet is attacked.
What type is Mawile?
Mawile is a cute Pokémon, but it's also an extremely deceiving one. While it looks light it might be cuddly, it actually has the capability to tip you to shreds. What looks like a ponytail on its back is actually a second, much more powerful jaw that can be used to swallow its prey whole. Mawile typically dwell in caves, where they have a better chance of sneaking up on unsuspecting victims and devouring them. Mawile later received a Mega Evolution in Gen VI.
What type is Breloom?
If you were to combine a mushroom and a kangaroo, you would end up with Breloom. This Pokémon, introduced in Gen III, gave a whole new meaning to what Grass-types could do in battle. Breloom has access to a lot of powerful moves that made it quickly jump to a high tier in the metagame. While Breloom has a bit of an awkward design, it's a creature that is meant to be feared on the battlefield. It's very shocking, considering it evolves from the underwhelming Shroomish.
What type is Rapidash?
The Kanto Region has some extremely beautiful Pokémon in its borders, and Rapidash is no exception. This massive horse has bright flames to form its mane. It also happens to be one of the fastest runners of the entire series, leaving burnt footprints wherever it travels. Despite its fiery stature, Rapidash is a popular choice among Pokémon ranchers to ride. A Rapidash can make it so it doesn't burn people who get too close to it. Anyone else better run the other way.
What type is Doduo?
If you see a blur move past you in the Kanto Region, it's possible that you nearly got ran over by a Doduo. This two-headed Pokémon is extremely fast on its legs and can run at breakneck speeds. The two heads function independently from one another and can, at times, be at odds with one another. While Doduo doesn't fly (as its name implies), it has a lot of potential in pure speed alone. It also evolves into Dodrio, a much more capable fighter.
What type is Mantine?
You may be confused when you see a Mantine for the first time. These manta ray Pokémon, often found in the Johto and Sinnoh Regions, have a tendency to swim for long periods of time before launching themselves high above water. Mantine has many useful attacks in its disposal, but it's more a joy to look at than it is to capture. When Gen IV came around, Mantine was one of the Pokémon a baby form in the version of Mantyke.
What type is Lanturn?
The waters of the Johto Region are far from being dim. There are two species of Pokémon there who have lights over their heads to brighten up the seas: Chinchou and Lanturn. After several battles, the tiny Chinchou will involve into Lanturn. Much like the angler fish that it's inspired by, Lanturn will light up its antenna to attract prey. Once they get too close, then Lanturn will go in for the kill. Having no teeth, it will swallow its prey in a single, swift mouthful.
What type is Haunter?
Haunter is every bit as terrifying as its name implies. It is known for two things: licking other living beings and using its Dream Eater attack. Haunter is excellent at lulling its opponents to sleep before using Dream Eater to create nightmares and sap their life force as a result. On top of that, if Haunter is feeling a bit more risky, it will stalk its victims before licking them with its long tongue. Once licked, it usually induces a serious state of paralysis.
What type is Swinub?
Swinub can survive in extremely cold temperatures thanks to its thick layer of fur. Residing in the Johto Region, Swinub are fairly hard to come by, as they aren't often found on commonly traveled roads. In order to get one, you'll have to embark on the path less traveled. However, acquiring a Swinub rewards you with a very capable Pokémon. After enough training, it evolves into the powerful Piloswine. Then, when you train it some more, you're rewarded with the massive Mamoswine.
What type is Togepi?
Togepi had its claim to fame in the Pokémon anime. Being one of the first Gen II showcased in the show, it has since been associated with the first Generation. After Ash and his friends come across a mysterious egg, it hatches into Togepi and latches itself to Misty. Since then, the Cerulean Gym Leader took excellent care of her partner. That said, she eventually had to say goodbye to Togepi after it evolved into Togetic and protected a group of Togepi.
What type is Qwilfish?
When Qwilfish are born, they have a body full of scales. However, as it grows, they slowly turn into dangerous quills. When Qwilfish gets ready to fight, it can inflate its body by sucking in a massive amount of water. Using the built-up pressure, it then shoots out its quills at its opponents. Qwilfish aren't very friendly Pokémon and most people in the Johto Region know better than to go agitating one. Because of this, Corsola ended up being the more loved of the two.
What type is Altaria?
If you see a patch of clouds moving in the skies of the Hoenn Region, you might be mistaking it for an Altaria. This gracious bird Pokémon is one of the rarest and most beautiful Pokémon in the region. Having access to a lot of useful moves, it quickly became one of the best choices for competitive trainers. It was made even more viable when it was given a Mega Evolution for the release of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
What type is Swalot?
Swalot, in a lot of ways, is a revamped version of Muk. Much like its Gen I counterpart, Swalot is little more than a massive pile of sludge. Where it is massively different (apart from that spaghetti noodle mustache) is in its tendency to consume other objects and Pokémon. Swalot, for all intents and purposes, is an endless pit. It will eat just about anything that comes its way, and this serves it will in battle. It's great at paralyzing other Pokémon.
What type is Deoxys?
For many long years, Pokémon researchers have wondered if it's possible that life could exist on other worlds. One fateful day, a mysterious meteor crashed into the Hoenn Region. Out of that rock came the alien Pokémon known as Deoxys. The only confirmed alien Pokémon is insanely powerful. It's also extremely versatile. When touching the meteor that it came from, it can instantly change its form to highlight a different stat. Deoxys has an Attack, Defense, Speed, and Normal form.