Talk:Element Pokédex (books)

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Effectiveness explanations

Curious: The page for the Flying Pokedex makes mention that these books contain 'explanations' of why types are effect against others, i.e., water puts out fire and whatnot. Seems this would be great info to have on each element's page if possible; does anyone have these books? Jmccurdy 18:37, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

My little brother has the Fire one; I don't have any chance of getting ahold of it anytime soon, though, as I'm away at college, and the book is back home. --AndyPKMN (talk) 19:10, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
Appreciate the feedback, Andy; no worries, no need to make a special trip to pick up the book or anything. It's really only a few specific instances that have always puzzled me, maybe some folks can help: For example, why are Fighting-type moves super-effective against Normal-type Pokemon? Why would Bug be good against Dark? Ice over Ground? Jmccurdy 12:42, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
I actually own all of these books. The reasoning is generally only given for obvious type matchups. For example, from the Fire Pokédex:

Fire Types Are Good Against:

  • Grass Types such as Treecko. Fire burns grass.
  • Ice Types such as Snowrunt. Fire melts ice.
  • Bug Types such as Ledyba and Wurmple.
  • Steel Types such as Steelix. Hot flames can melt metal.

Fire Types Are Bad Against:

  • Water Types such as Mudkip. Water puts out fire of course!
  • Ground Types such as Sandslash. It's not easy to burn dirt!
  • Rock Types such as Geodude. It's pretty hard to melt a rock!


For the record, the books make no mention of why Bug types are strong against Psychic or Dark, just that they are. I don't think these justifications belong on the type pages. --SnorlaxMonster 12:54, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
SM, thanks for the feedback. Interesting that they 'dodge' the harder ones. Maybe sometime I'll just browse the forums to see what discussions on the weirder advantages have said... Jmccurdy 12:35, 16 April 2011 (UTC)