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

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:


Defensively, Poison is one of the better types to use. With Psychic-type moves dwindeling in usage in the D/P/Pt mategame, its only common weakness is Earthquake, and even that weakness is easily mitigated by the variety of dual-typed Grass and Bug/Poison Pokémon. Additionally, the Poison-type resists itself, Bug, Fighting, and Grass, giving it many common resistances, such as Aura Sphere, Megahorn, and Close Combat. Moreover, Poison-types tend to hold great status and support moves, such as Haze, Toxic Spikes, and Toxic. Immune to Poison and Toxic Spikes, they have an opportunity to absorb status effects as well. Thus, Koga's words of "confusion, sleep, poison" describe the Poison-type very well.

Offensively, Poison is one the least useful types. 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 to Poison, Rock, Ghost, Ground, and completely ineffective against Steel. Hence, resistances to Poison are far more common than weaknesses to it. Despite STAB, even many Poison-types, such as Weezing, regularly do not use their STAB Poison attacks, and insted use moves of a different type (such as in Weezing's case, Fire Blast).

When used in contests, Poison-type moves typically become Smart-type, 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.
    • 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, an honor it shares with the Template:Type2.
  • Posion has the dubious honor of being one of three types that isn't 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. It should also be noted that in Generation I, Poison was super effective against Template:Type2s, making Paras and Parasect doubly weak to Poison.
  • 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.

In other languages

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