Pokemon Type Weaknesses Chimchar Vs TurtwigSource: iMore

If you want to be effective while taking down opponents and gym leaders in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, then you really need to take advantage of every Pokémon's strengths and weaknesses. The Pokémon type system has been around since the very first Pokémon games. It follows an almost rock, paper, scissors approach to battling, except that there are 18 Pokémon types total instead of just three options.

Are Fairy types in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

Yes, although the Fairy type hadn't been created yet when the original Diamond and Pearl games released in 2006, this type is included in the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes.

Pokémon Type System Strengths, weaknesses, and immunities

Type Super Effective ( 2X DMG) Not very Effective (½X DMG) Weak Immune
Normal None Rock, Steel None None
Fighting Normal, Rock, Steel, Ice, Dark Flying, Poison, Bug, Psychic, Fairy Flying, Psychic, Fairy None
Flying Fighting, Bug, Grass Rock, Steel, Electric Rock, Electric, Ice Ground
Poison Grass, Fairy Poison, Ground, Rock, Ghost Ground, Psychic None
Ground Poison, Rock, Steel, Fire, Electric Bug, Grass Water, Grass, Ice Electric
Rock Flying, Bug, Fire, Ice Fighting, Ground, Steel Fighting, Ground, Steel, Water, Grass None
Bug Grass, Psychic, Dark Fighting, Flying, Poison, Ghost, Steel, Fire Flying, Rock, Fire None
Ghost Ghost, Psychic Dark Ghost, Dark Normal
Steel Rock, Ice, Fairy Steel, Fire, Water, Electric Fighting, Ground, Fire Poison
Fire Bug, Grass, Steel, Ice Rock, Fire, Water, Dragon Ground, Rock, Water None
Water Ground, Rock, Fire Water, Grass, Dragon Grass, Electric None
Grass Ground, Rock, Water Flying, Poison, Bug, Steel, Fire, Grass Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice None
Electric Flying, Water Grass, Electric, Dragon Ice, Dragon, Fairy None
Psychic Fighting, Poison Steel, Psychic Bug, Ghost, Dark None
Ice Flying, Rock, Grass, Dragon Steel, Fire, Water, Ice Fighting, Rock, Steel, Fire None
Dragon Dragon Steel Ice, Dragon, Fairy None
Dark Ghost, Psychic Fighting, Dark, Fairy Fighting, Bug, Fairy Psychic
Fairy Fighting, Dragon, Dark Poison, Steel, Fire Poison, Steel Dragon

Technically, Fairy types weren't in the original Diamond and Pearl DS games, but we're including them here in case you trade something in or in case the game offers more types once you unlock the national Pokédex near the end of the game.

Pokémon Type System A more visual chart

Pokemon Type System Weaknesses And Strengths ChartSource: @A deleted user on Reddit

If you're like me, then seeing things laid out in a more visual manner helps. A Reddit user who has since deleted their account created this chart eight years ago. It's technically for Gen VI, but it works with Gen IV as well.

The best team is a diverse team

Unless you're doing a Nuzlocke challenge or something to that effect, you're going to want to create a diverse team of Pokémon. If you can cover all of the type bases within your team, you'll be more likely to be successful no matter what opponent you face.

Play to your strengths

Pay attention to the types of Pokémon you go up against and use your Pokémon with the greatest strengths against your opponents to succeed. It can be hard to remember which types beat which other types, but this chart should come in handy.

Beat everyone!

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cooking Poffins

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Assemble a strong team

By capturing Pokémon all around the Sinnoh region, you can train up a diverse and powerful team. Use these creatures to beat opponents on your path and take down gym leaders.

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