Poison (type)

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

Statistical averages

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 62
122 - 169 234 - 328
Attack: 68
65 - 132 126 - 258
Defense: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Sp.Atk: 68
65 - 132 126 - 258
Sp.Def: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Speed: 62
60 - 125 116 - 245
Total: 385   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.

Battle properties

Generation I

Poison-type moves:

  • Are super-effective against: Bug, Grass
  • Are not very effective against: Ghost, Ground, Poison, Rock
  • Have no effect against: None (Steel wasn't introduced until Generation II)

Poison-type Pokémon:

Generation II-onward

Poison-type moves:

Poison-type Pokémon:


The Poison-type is considered one of the worst in the game. Defensively, it is destroyed by Ground-type attacks, including Earthquake, one of the most common attacks. However, most Poison-type Pokémon have a second type that cancels the weakness to Ground, or Levitate. Having a weakness to Psychic also makes it extremely easy to defeat Poison-types, usually in a single turn due to mediocre defenses. However if the Pokémon in question has Dark as a second type like Stunky, Skuntank and Drapion, Psychic moves would have no effect on the Pokémon. The Poison-type's only useful resistances are to Fighting and, at times, Bug.

Offensively, the Poison-type isn't much better. It is only super effective against one type, Grass, many of which are half Poison, which makes it do damage as if it were a Pokémon of a type that Poison neither weakens or does weakly against. On the other hand, it is resisted by Ground, Rock, and Ghost and completely ineffective against Steel. The only advantage of Poison type moves is that many of them may poison the opponent, unless the foe is also Poison-type or Steel-type, in which case it will not be able to be poisoned, although it is possible to poison a Steel-type through Twineedle.


Pure Poison-type Pokémon

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

Half Poison-type Pokémon

Primary Poison-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
031 File:031MS.gif Nidoqueen PoisonIC.gif GroundIC.gif
034 File:034MS.gif Nidoking PoisonIC.gif GroundIC.gif
041 File:041MS.gif Zubat PoisonIC.gif FlyingIC.gif
042 File:042MS.gif Golbat PoisonIC.gif FlyingIC.gif
169 File:169MS.gif Crobat PoisonIC.gif FlyingIC.gif
434 434MS.png Stunky PoisonIC.gif DarkIC.gif
435 435MS.png Skuntank PoisonIC.gif DarkIC.gif
451 451MS.png Skorupi PoisonIC.gif BugIC.gif
452 452MS.png Drapion PoisonIC.gif DarkIC.gif
453 453MS.png Croagunk PoisonIC.gif FightingIC.gif
454 454MS.png Toxicroak PoisonIC.gif FightingIC.gif

Secondary Poison-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
001 File:001MS.gif Bulbasaur GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
002 File:002MS.gif Ivysaur GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
003 File:003MS.gif Venusaur GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
013 File:013MS.gif Weedle BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
014 File:014MS.gif Kakuna BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
015 File:015MS.gif Beedrill BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
043 File:043MS.gif Oddish GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
044 File:044MS.gif Gloom GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
045 File:045MS.gif Vileplume GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
048 File:048MS.gif Venonat BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
049 File:049MS.gif Venomoth BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
069 File:069MS.gif Bellsprout GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
070 File:070MS.gif Weepinbell GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
071 File:071MS.gif Victreebel GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
072 File:072MS.gif Tentacool WaterIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
073 File:073MS.gif Tentacruel WaterIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
092 File:092MS.gif Gastly GhostIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
093 File:093MS.gif Haunter GhostIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
094 File:094MS.gif Gengar GhostIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
167 File:167MS.gif Spinarak BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
168 File:168MS.gif Ariados BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
211 File:211MS.gif Qwilfish WaterIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
269 File:269MS.gif Dustox BugIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
315 File:315MS.gif Roselia GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
406 406MS.png Budew GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif
407 407MS.png Roserade GrassIC.gif PoisonIC.gif


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 the opponent's Special Defense.
Cross Poison Physical Cool 70 100% 20 One foe Has a high critical hit ratio and a 10% chance of poisoning the target.
Gunk Shot Physical Cool 120 70% 5 One foe Has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.
Poison Fang Physical Smart 50 100% 15 One foe Has a 30% chance of poisoning the target.
Poison Jab Physical Smart 80 100% 20 One foe Has 30% chance to poisoning the target.
Poison Sting Physical Smart 15 100% 35 One foe Has a 20% chance of poisoning the opponent. Strikes from 2 to 5 times.
Poison Tail Physical Smart 50 100% 25 One foe Has a high critical hit ratio and a 10% chance of poisoning the target.
Sludge Special Tough 65 100% 20 One foe Has a 30% chance of poisoning the opponent.
Sludge Bomb Special Tough 90 100% 10 One foe Has 30% a chance of poisoning the opponent.
Smog Special Tough 20 70% 20 One foe Has a 40% chance of poisoning the opponent.

Non-damaging moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Acid Armor Status Tough —% 40 User Increases the user's Defense by 2 levels.
Gastro Acid Status Beauty 100% 10 One foe Cancels the foe's ability.
Poison Gas Status Smart 55% 40 One foe Poisons the target.
PoisonPowder Status Smart 75% 35 One foe Poisons the target.
Toxic Status Smart 85% 10 One foe 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.


  • Acid is the only damage dealing Poison-type attack that does not poison the opponent.

In other languages

  • French: Poison
  • German: Gift
  • Italian: Veleno
  • Spanish: Veneno
  • Korean: dok