Poison (type)

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Template:ElementalTypes Template:TypeNotice Notable trainers that specialize in Poison-type Pokémon include Koga, Aya and Janine of Fuchsia City. 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 Template:Type2 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 Aura Sphere, Megahorn, and Close Combat. Moreover, Poison-types tend to hold potent status and support moves, such as Haze, 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 is not common. These types of moves are only suggested for inflicting the Poison condition, STAB or using support moves. It is only super-effective against Grass, of which many are also Poison-types, making them neutral to Poison attacks. 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 and not 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.


In total, there are 50 Pokémon within the Poison-type; 22 are fully evolved.

Pure Poison-type Pokémon

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

Half Poison-type Pokémon

Primary Poison-type Pokémon

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

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

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

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 55% 40 One target Poisons the target.
PoisonPowder Status Smart 75% 35 One target Poisons the target.
Toxic Status Smart 85% 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.


  • Acid is the only damage dealing Poison-type attack that does not have a chance to poison the opponent.
    • Because Acid instead has a chance of lowering the opponent's Special Defense (Defense in Generations I-III), there is no damage-dealing Poison-type move that does not have a chance of a side effect.
    • Additionally, the three Poison-type moves that cannot poison all have Acid in their names (Acid, Acid Armor, and Gastro Acid).
  • With the exception of Arceus holding a Toxic Plate, there has yet to be a Poison-type legendary Pokémon.
  • Poison is the first type encountered in National Pokédex order, shared with the Template:Type2.
  • Poison is one of three types that can never be doubly super effective against any Pokémon because it is only super effective against one type, the Template:Type2. It shares this trait with the Template:Type2 which is only effective against itself, and the Template:Type2, which isn't super effective against anything.
    • However, back in the first generation, where Poison was also super effective against Template:Type2, Poison was doubly super effective against the Bug/Grass combination of Paras and Parasect.
  • Poison was the most common type in Generation I.
    • Almost two thirds of the Poison-type Pokémon are from Generation I.
  • As of yet, no pure Poison-type Pokémon have been introduced in an even-numbered generation.
  • Gulpin and Seviper are the only pure Poison-type Pokémon not colored blue or purple.
  • 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.
  • Seviper and Qwilfish are currently the only Poison-type Pokémon without evolutionary relatives.
  • Croagunk and Toxicroak are currently the only Poison-types to have any double weakness (to Psychic), due to their Poison/Fighting type combination.
  • 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.
  • Poison Fang is the only non-status move that is capable of badly poisoning the opponent.
    • It is also the only move capable of badly poisoning the foe that does not have the word "Toxic" in its name.
  • There has yet to be a pure Poison-type Pokémon which is the final stage in a three-stage evolutionary line.

In other languages

  • Dutch: Gif
  • Finnish: Myrkky
  • French: Poison
  • German: Gift
  • Hebrew: רעל ra'al
  • Italian: Veleno
  • Korean: dok
  • Polish: Trujący
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): Veneno Poison / Venenoso Poisonous
  • Spanish: Veneno