All of the weaknesses and strategies of Water-type Pokémon

Fighting sea monsters is not an easy task

Water-types have been one of the most common types since the first generation. In the beginning, hulking Water-types like Blastoise and Lapras were powerful members of the team, and Gyarados, the menacing water dragon, remains popular today. Now we get the duality of Palafin, adorable one turn and superhero buff the next, and the added power of Dondozo plus Tatsugiri. Whoever you choose to keep on your team, most Water-types tend to be versatile with many strengths and few weaknesses.

In fact, they are only weak against two types: Grass and Electric. Fire, Water, Ice, and Steel aren’t very effective against them, and Water-types are very effective against Fire, Ground, and Rock-types. Considering how many there are and how difficult it is to injure them, tripping them may seem daunting. Luckily, there are a few ways to win!

What to expect from them

First you need to understand what to expect from this type of Pokemon. Though each will have specific strengths and weaknesses, most Water-types will be strong defenders overall. Pokemon like Vaporeon, Dondozo, and Slowbro will be around for a long time because they have high defense and can slowly heal themselves. It takes a long time to smash their defenses. In fact, you can iterate over a few members of your own team before managing it. For example, Dondozo has a defense value of 115 and HP of 150. It can also be equipped with the Leftovers item to heal itself. Trying to move this huge fish won’t be easy.

In addition, Water-type Pokémon can use the Rain weather effect. It only takes a Pokemon with the Drizzle ability like Pelipper to make it rain for the next five turns. Then each water type has enhanced abilities. Golduck and Floatzel have the Swift Swim ability, which makes them faster when it’s raining. Once you know these strategies, here are some ways you can counter them.

Option 1: Undermine their defenses with status effects

They’re already difficult to damage, but when they start backing up, your Pokémon will likely faint first. Using status effects to put them to sleep, poison, or paralyze them can help you get them off the field faster. The Toxic attack of Pokemon like Breloom, Toxicroak, and Clodsire can heavily poison a Water-type with a compound effect. Toxicroak and Clodsire are even more useful here, because even if they get hit before they can use their Toxic attack, they both have the Water Absorb ability, which helps them heal themselves from the water attack.

If you don’t have a way to poison, paralyze, or lull them to sleep, moves like Arboliva’s Leech Seed and Giga Drain can at least drain their HP so you can stay on the field longer. The main point here is to keep them from backtracking while you fend off their defenses.

Option 2: bring in the harsh sunlight effect

Water types like to make it rain, but you can counteract this by making it sunny instead. There are two ways to cast the Harsh Sunlight effect: the sunny day move and the drought ability. The Fire-type Torkoal has good defense and the Drought ability, allowing it to stay on the field long enough to activate the five-turn Harsh Sunlight effect. Then you can use Grass-types with the Cholophyll ability to take advantage of the sunshine. Lilligant, Scovillain, and Leafeon all speed up with the Chlorophyll ability, allowing them to attack first. And as an extra measure, Lilligant can use a status effect to put the Water-type opponent to sleep before they can attack. Each of these Pokemon also have the Sunny Day ability if you want to forgo Torkoal altogether.

Option 3: Strike first and strike hard

The first two strategies focus on the Grass-type weakness, but don’t forget the other ace up your sleeve. Electric-type Pokémon can be fast, and they usually have strong attack stats. For example, Pawmot and Raichu can strike first and use the Nuzzle ability to paralyze their opponent. Then they can follow up with powerful electric attacks. The only thing better than a strong defense is an even stronger attack, right?

While the Water-type Pokémon seem difficult to defeat, there are ways to bypass their defenses. Despite that, they are some of the cutest Pokemon out there and will always be one of my favorite types. For more examples of adorable pocket monsters, check out our list of the 10 cutest Pokémon of all time.

Sam Arthurs

Sam is a fan of spooky metroidvanias and elaborate platformers. When she’s not writing about video games, she writes scary stories and is currently working on a horror novel. She probably admires Hannibal Lecter a little too much.


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