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Poison (type)

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Types
Normal Fire
Fighting Water
Flying Grass
Poison Electric
Ground Psychic
Rock Ice
Bug Dragon
Ghost Dark
Steel Fairy
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The Poison type (Japanese: どくタイプ Poison type) is one of the eighteen types. Notable Trainers who specialize in Poison-type Pokémon include Koga and Janine of Fuchsia City, who are both related, and Roxie of Virbank City. Some villainous teams, such as Team Rocket, also frequently use Poison-type Pokémon. Prior to changes in Generation IV, all Poison-type moves were physical, but they may now also be special depending on the attack.

Statistical averages

Overall

Stat
HP: 62.47
Attack: 68.40
Defense: 62.26
Sp.Atk: 65.53
Sp.Def: 64.77
Speed: 63.46
Total: 386.89


Fully evolved

Stat
HP: 77.36
Attack: 85.12
Defense: 74.48
Sp.Atk: 78.80
Sp.Def: 78.96
Speed: 77.48
Total: 472.20


Battle properties

Generation I

Poison-type Pokémon are immune to the poisoned and badly poisoned conditions.

Offensive Poison Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Bug
Grass
½× Fighting
Grass
Poison
½× Ghost
Ground
Poison
Rock
Bug
Ground
Psychic
None None

Generation II-V

In Generation II only, Poison-type Pokémon can be poisoned by the Bug move Twineedle.

From Generation IV onward, a grounded Poison-type Pokémon will remove Toxic Spikes on its side when it switches in.

Offensive Poison Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Grass ½× Bug
Fighting
Poison
Grass
½× Ghost
Ground
Poison
Rock
Ground
Psychic
Steel None

Generation VI-onward

Offensive Poison Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Fairy
Grass
½× Bug
Fairy
Fighting
Grass
Poison
½× Ghost
Ground
Poison
Rock
Ground
Psychic
Steel None

Characteristics

Defense

When used defensively, the Poison type is considered one of the best in the game. This is because of its ability to block or cause status conditions and resist common moves. Its obvious weakness, Earthquake, can be mitigated by the variety of dual-type Grass and Bug/Poison Pokémon, as well as the Zubat family's Flying type and the Gastly and Koffing families' Levitate. Additionally, the Poison type resists itself, Bug, Fighting, and Grass, giving it resistances to common moves such as X-Scissor, Close Combat and Grass Knot. Moreover, Poison types tend to hold potent status and support moves, such as Toxic Spikes, and Toxic. Immune to Poison and Toxic Spikes themselves, they have an opportunity to absorb status effects as well. Koga's words of "confusion, sleep, poison" describe the Poison type quite well.

Offense

Offensively, Poison-type moves are mixed to weak. Its first strength, which is against the Grass type, is largely mitigated by the variety of Grass/Poison Pokémon as well as Torterra's Ground, Lileep and Cradily's Rock, and especially Ferroseed and Ferrothorn's Steel. Ice, Fire, Flying, and even Bug (to some extent) are much more useful in countering the Grass type. Poison moves are not very effective on Poison, Rock, Ghost, or Ground, and are completely ineffective against Steel. Hence, resistances to the Poison type are far more common than weaknesses to it. Moreover, Poison moves are statistically poor, with most doing no more than 65 base power in damage. Poison types' stats on average range from mediocre to poor. Poison-type moves are really only useful with STAB or when inflicting normal or bad poison on opponents. Aside from Grass types, another strength of this type is against Fairy types, giving it more coverage in the game (which is slightly mitigated by relative scarcity).

Contest properties

In Contests, Poison-type moves typically become Smart moves. None of them are considered Cute.

Pokémon

As of Generation VI, there are 59 Poison-type Pokémon or 8% of all Pokémon (counting forms and Mega Evolutions that change typing as different Pokémon), making it the 8th most common type, tied with Fire.

Pure Poison-type Pokémon

# Name
023 Ekans Ekans
024 Arbok Arbok
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
030 Nidorina Nidorina
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
033 Nidorino Nidorino
088 Grimer Grimer
089 Muk Muk
109 Koffing Koffing
110 Weezing Weezing
316 Gulpin Gulpin
317 Swalot Swalot
336 Seviper Seviper
568 Trubbish Trubbish
569 Garbodor Garbodor

Half Poison-type Pokémon

Primary Poison-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying
434 Stunky Stunky Poison Dark
435 Skuntank Skuntank Poison Dark
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark
453 Croagunk Croagunk Poison Fighting
454 Toxicroak Toxicroak Poison Fighting
690 Skrelp Skrelp Poison Water
691 Dragalge Dragalge Poison Dragon

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Grass Poison
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur Grass Poison
003 Venusaur Venusaur Grass Poison
003 Venusaur Mega Venusaur Grass Poison
013 Weedle Weedle Bug Poison
014 Kakuna Kakuna Bug Poison
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison
043 Oddish Oddish Grass Poison
044 Gloom Gloom Grass Poison
045 Vileplume Vileplume Grass Poison
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout Grass Poison
070 Weepinbell Weepinbell Grass Poison
071 Victreebel Victreebel Grass Poison
072 Tentacool Tentacool Water Poison
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel Water Poison
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
094 Gengar Mega Gengar Ghost Poison
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish Water Poison
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison
315 Roselia Roselia Grass Poison
406 Budew Budew Grass Poison
407 Roserade Roserade Grass Poison
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison
544 Whirlipede Whirlipede Bug Poison
545 Scolipede Scolipede Bug Poison
590 Foongus Foongus Grass Poison
591 Amoonguss Amoonguss Grass Poison

Moves

Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
I Acid Special Smart 40 100% 30 (max 48)
     
     
All adjacent foes
The opposing team is attacked with a spray of harsh acid. The acid may also lower the targets' Sp.Def stats.
I Acid Armor Status Tough % 20 (max 32)
     
     
Self
The user alters its cellular structure to liquefy itself, sharply raising its Defense stat.
V Acid Spray Special 40 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user spits fluid that works to melt the target. This harshly reduces the target's Sp. Def stat.
VI Belch Special 120 90% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user lets out a damaging belch on the target. The user must eat a Berry to use this move.
V Clear Smog Special 50 % 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks by throwing a clump of special mud. All status changes are returned to normal.
V Coil Status % 20 (max 32)
     
     
Self
The user coils up and concentrates. This raises its Attack and Defense stats as well as its accuracy.
IV Cross Poison Physical Cool 70 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
A slashing attack with a poisonous blade that may also leave the target poisoned. Critical hits land more easily.
IV Gastro Acid Status Beauty 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user hurls up its stomach acids on the target. The fluid eliminates the effect of the target's Ability.
IV Gunk Shot Physical Cool 120 80% 5 (max 8)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user shoots filthy garbage at the target to attack. It may also poison the target.
III Poison Fang Physical Smart 50 100% 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user bites the target with toxic fangs. It may also leave the target badly poisoned.
I Poison Gas Status Smart 90% 40 (max 64)
     
     
All adjacent foes
A cloud of poison gas is sprayed in the face of opposing Pokémon. It may poison those hit.
IV Poison Jab Physical Smart 80 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is stabbed with a tentacle or arm seeped with poison. It may also poison the target.
I Poison Powder Status Smart 75% 35 (max 56)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user scatters a cloud of poisonous dust on the target. It may poison the target.
I Poison Sting Physical Smart 15 100% 35 (max 56)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user stabs the target with a poisonous stinger. This may also poison the target.
III Poison Tail Physical Smart 50 100% 25 (max 40)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user hits the target with its tail. It may also poison the target. Critical hits land more easily.
I Sludge Special Tough 65 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the target. It may also poison the target.
II Sludge Bomb Special Tough 90 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
Unsanitary sludge is hurled at the target. It may also poison the target.
V Sludge Wave Special 95 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
All adjacent Pokémon
It swamps the area around the user with a giant sludge wave. It may also poison those hit.
I Smog Special Tough 30 70% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is attacked with a discharge of filthy gases. It may also poison the target.
I Toxic Status Smart 90% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
A move that leaves the target badly poisoned. Its poison damage worsens every turn.
IV Toxic Spikes Status Smart % 20 (max 32)
     
     
All foes
The user lays a trap of poison spikes at the opponent's feet. They poison opponents that switch into battle.
VI Venom Drench Status % 20 (max 32)
     
     
All adjacent foes
Opposing Pokémon are drenched in an odd poisonous liquid. This lowers the Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats of a poisoned target.
V Venoshock Special 65 100% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user drenches the target in a special poisonous liquid. Its power is doubled if the target is poisoned.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.

Abilities

Interacting with Poison-type

User of Color Change will be changed into Poison-type after it is hit with a Poison-type move. Protean will change its user into Poison-type when it uses a Poison-type move. When a Pokémon with Multitype holds a Toxic Plate, it will become a Poison-type Pokémon. When a Pokémon with Imposter is sent out and its opposite opponent is Poison-type, it will transform into that Pokémon and turn into Poison-type.

Finally, Poison-type Pokémon are immune to Poison Point and Poison Touch. Synchronize and Effect Spore cannot inflict poisoning status condition on Poison-type Pokémon.

Exclusive Abilities

Only Poison-type Pokémon can have these Abilities. This does not include signature Abilities.

Gen Ability Description
III Liquid Ooze Damages attackers using any draining move.
III Stench The stench may cause the target to flinch. It can also repel wild Pokémon if the user is leading the party.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.

Trivia

  • Generation I introduced the most Poison-type Pokémon of any generation, with 33, and Generation VI introduced the fewest Poison-type Pokémon, with two.
    • More than half of the Pokémon who currently have the Poison-type were introduced in Generation I.
    • Poison was also the most common type in Generation I, with 22% of Pokémon having the Poison type.
  • Generation I introduced the most Poison-type moves of any generation, with eight, and Generation II introduced the fewest Poison-type moves, with only one.
  • With the exception of Arceus holding a Toxic Plate, there is no Poison-type Legendary Pokémon. This makes it the only type without any persistent Legendary Pokémon.
  • Only a few Poison-type moves do not have a chance to poison their target (under normal battle conditions).
  • In Generation I, the Poison type is super effective against Bug-type Pokémon, while the Bug type is super effective against Poison-type Pokémon. This trait has never been shared with any other type match-up and is likewise no longer true.
  • The Poison type is the only one of the original 15 types not mentioned in the song 2.B.A. Master. Instead, the "Flame type" (which doesn't exist) is mentioned.
  • A Pokémon of every type except Poison was added to the Sinnoh Pokédex in Pokémon Platinum.
  • Only odd numbered generations have introduced pure Poison-type Pokémon.
    • Also, every such generation has a two stage family of blob-shaped, pure Poison-type Pokémon: Grimer and Muk in Generation I, Gulpin and Swalot in Generation III, and Trubbish and Garbodor in Generation V.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese どく (毒) Doku
Mandarin Chinese
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