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Template:ElementalTypes Template:TypeNotice Notable Trainers that specialize in Poison-type Pokémon include Koga, Aya and Janine of Fuchsia City, all of whom are related. Some villainous teams, such as Team Rocket, also frequently use Poison-type Pokémon.

Statistical averages


HP: 62
Attack: 68
Defense: 60
Sp.Atk: 68
Sp.Def: 65
Speed: 62
Total: 0

Fully evolved

HP: 76
Attack: 84
Defense: 74
Sp.Atk: 80
Sp.Def: 79
Speed: 78
Total: 0

Battle properties

Generation I

Offensive Poison Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Fighting
½× Ghost
None None

Generation II-onward

Offensive Poison Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Grass ½× Bug
½× Ghost
Steel None



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 ailments and resist common moves. Its obvious weakness, Earthquake, can be mitigated by the variety of dual-typed 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 Grass Knot, X-Scissor, and Close Combat. 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 very well.


Offensively, Poison moves are only suggested for inflicting the Poison condition, STAB or using support moves. Its only 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 Tesshido and Nattorei's Steel. Ice, Fire and Flying are much more useful in countering the Grass-type. Also, Poison moves are not very effective on Poison, Rock, Ghost, Ground, and completely ineffective against Steel. Hence, resistances to Poison are far more common than weaknesses to it. Poison moves are better off used for longer battles than they are for attempting to defeat an opponent with one blow.

When used in contests, Poison-type moves typically become Smart moves, but can also be of the other four Contest types, excluding Cute.


As of Generation V, there are 57 Poison-type Pokémon or 8.78% of all Pokémon, making it the eighth most common elemental type.

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
493 Arceus Arceus*
568 Yabukuron Yabukuron
569 Dasutodasu Dasutodasu

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

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Grass Poison
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur Grass Poison
003 Venusaur 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
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 Fushide Fushide Bug Poison
544 Hoiiga Hoiiga Bug Poison
545 Pendra Pendra Bug Poison
590 Tamagetake Tamagetake Grass Poison
591 Morobareru Morobareru Grass Poison


Damage-dealing moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Acid Special Smart 40 100% 30 Both foes Has a 10% chance of lowering opponents' Special Defense.
Acid Bomb Special ??? 40 100% 20 One foe Lowers the target's Special Defense.
Clear Smog Special ??? 50 —% 15 One foe Resets stat changes of target Pokémon.
Cross Poison Physical Cool 70 100% 20 One target Has a high critical hit ratio and a 10% chance of poisoning the target.
Gunk Shot Physical Cool 120 70% 5 One target Has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.
Poison Fang Physical Smart 50 100% 15 One target Has a 30% chance of badly poisoning the target.
Poison Jab Physical Smart 80 100% 20 One target Has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.
Poison Sting Physical Smart 15 100% 35 One target Has a 20% chance of poisoning the target.
Poison Tail Physical Smart 50 100% 25 One target Has a high critical hit ratio and a 10% chance of poisoning the target.
Slime Wave Special ??? 95 100% 10 One target Has a 10% chance of poisoning the target.
Sludge Special Tough 65 100% 20 One target Has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.
Sludge Bomb Special Tough 90 100% 10 One target Has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.
Smog Special Tough 20 70% 20 One target Has a 40% chance of poisoning the target.
Venom Shock Special ??? 65 100% 10 One target Deals double damage if the target is poisoned.

Non-damaging moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Acid Armor Status Tough —% 40 User Increases the user's Defense by 2 stages.
Gastro Acid Status Beauty 100% 10 One target Cancels the foe's ability.
Poison Gas Status Smart 85% * 40 One target Poisons the target.
PoisonPowder Status Smart 75% 35 One target Poisons the target.
Coil Around Status ??? —% 20 User Raises the user's Attack, Defense, and Accuracy one level each.
Toxic Status Smart 90% * 10 One target Badly poisons the target. Its poison damage worsens every turn.
Toxic Spikes Status Smart —% 20 Both foes Lays poisonous spikes that poison opponents who switch into battle. If used twice, a switched-in foe will become badly poisoned.


  • With the exception of Arceus holding a Toxic Plate, there has yet to be a Poison-type legendary Pokémon.
    • As of Generation V, the Poison type is the only type that remains not to have another Legendary Pokémon of its type in existence.
  • Since Generation II, Poison is one of three types (aside from Dragon and Normal) that can never be doubly super effective against any Pokémon because it is only super effective against one type, the Template:Type2. However, back in the first generation, where Poison was also super effective against Bug, Poison was doubly super effective against the Bug/Grass combination of Paras and Parasect.
  • Poison was the most common type in Generation I; even as of Generation V, over half of the Poison-type Pokémon currently known were introduced in the first generation.
    • Ironically, there were only four Poison type Pokémon introduced in Generation II, equal to the Steel type and higher than the Fighting, Ghost and Dragon types, which received three, one and one respectively.
  • In Generation I Poison was super effective against the Template:Type2, while the Bug-type was super effective against Poison. 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 so far.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese どく (毒) doku
Mandarin Chinese
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Gif
Finland Flag.png Finnish Myrkky
French Canada Flag.png Canada Poison
France Flag.png Europe Poison
Germany Flag.png German Gift
Greece Flag.png Greek Διλητήριο - Dilitirio
Israel Flag.png Hebrew רעל ra'al
Italy Flag.png Italian Veleno
South Korea Flag.png Korean dok
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Gift
Poland Flag.png Polish Trujący
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Veneno Poison / Venenoso Poisonous
Russia Flag.png Russian Ядовитый yadovityi
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Veneno
Spain Flag.png Spain Veneno