Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: The best Pokémon of each type

One of the most important strategies in Pokémon is knowing your types’ pairings, and to use that knowledge you need a team of different types.

The same-type attack bonus, or STAB, is one of the most powerful mechanics in the game, giving all moves a 50% buff for same-type Pokemon.

There is only one choice of starters.


There is only one choice of starters.Credit: The Pokemon Company

When a Pokemon Terastallates into one of these types, it doubles your Attack, which means choosing a team with a variety of types is crucial for strong teams.

There are a number of great options for each type in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Here are our recommendations.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Normal Type – Dudunsparce

We have waited over 20 years for Dunsparce to get justice and Dudunsparce has delivered.

It’s a physical tank with one of the best HP stats in the game and a not-so-bad attack stat.

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The Serene Grace ability gives moves like Body Slam a 60% chance to Stun, and her signature move Hyper Drill can break Protect.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Grass Type – Meowscarada

We are Sprigatito Truther here and Meowscarada is the main reason for that.

It has both speed and physical attack stats that are out of this world, meaning it can one-shot most Pokemon before they can even move.

Combine this with his signature Move Flower Trick, which always crits, and you have a winner.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Fire Type – Claw Flame

For some reason, Game Freak thought giving you a fletchling on Route 1 was nice and balanced, and after that the rest of the early game was a breeze.

The middle evolution, Fletchinder, gives you Flaming Body that burns enemies and halves their attacks.

Combine this with acrobatics, a move I like to call “the delete key,” and you can easily take on the level 45 Ground Titan at level 30.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Water Type – Palafin

One of the weirder Pokemon of the new generation, Palafin doesn’t really evolve until you switch it in and out in battle.

Its Zero to Hero ability means it switches to Hero form on swaps in and out, giving it stats to rival Arceus.

Doing this successfully can be a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a good choice.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Electric Type – Iron Hands

All of the Paradox Pokémon have amazing stats that put them on par with Legendaries, but that’s not why we love Iron Hands.

Iron Hands has Belly Drum and with its Electric/Fighting typing it resists most moves used against it.

This means that after one round of deploying, Iron Hands is ready to sweep. And that includes those tricky five-star raids.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Flight Type – Hawlucha

There is a hatred of Hawlucha in Pokémon speedrunning because it has been used in almost every run since its introduction in Generation 6.

That’s because it’s good. It’s fast, hits hard, has strong abilities and typing, and a bunch of good coverage moves.

It also learns acrobatics, which is known to wipe all other Pokémon off the field.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Battle Type – Lucario

It’s an old favorite but Lucario remains one of the strongest options in Paldea.

The Steel/Fighting type is a great defensive type, and you can choose to do it either physically or specifically.

It also has great range and there is a level 75 static encounter making it a strong raid partner.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Best Venom Type – Glimmora

Glimmora is one of the best newly introduced Pokémon and is interesting not only in design but also in strength.

It has a good defensive combo of types in Rock/Poison and an amazing Special Attack to take down the competition.

Glimmora’s Toxic Debris ability sets off Toxic Spikes on a single hit and Toxic Spikes on a double hit, which can really turn the tide of combat.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Ground Type – Gastrodon

The world champion Gastrodon is back in this generation and it’s only fitting that he remains the top soil type.

While it doesn’t hit too hard, it has one of the game’s best abilities, Storm Drain, which can redirect water-type attacks to boost attack.

Despite his incredible speed, Gastrodon feels impossible to kill, and that’s why he’s a world champion.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Rock Type – Coalossal

We’ve mentioned Glimmora before, and Paldea isn’t rich in good rock dudes, but Coalossal definitely has its uses.

It has abysmal speed, which is countered by its Steam Engine ability, which quadruples its speed when hit by Fire- or Water-type attacks.

Strong defensively in both areas, watch out before it rolls over you.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Psychic Type – Espeon

With the amount of showtime the Eeveelutions have been given, we would be remiss not to include one on the list.

While all Eeveelutions are impressive in their own way, Espeon has arguably the best stat distribution of the bunch.

It’s fast, it hits hard, and Psychic is a great solo tap. If you must use an Eevee, we recommend this one.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Ice Type – Baxcalibur

There are many Ice-types in Paldea, but few are as powerful as the pseudo-legendary Pokémon Baxcalibur.

Ice is one of the worst defense types, and the Dragon/Ice dual typing makes up for it.

Glaive Rush is his signature move, which is incredibly tough and also risky.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Bug Type – Volcarona

Bugs aren’t known for being the best Pokemon, but Paldea does have a few good options in Scizor, Scyther, and Heracross.

Volcarona is characterized by its fire typing, which eliminates many weaknesses, as well as its strong speed and attack power.

While it doesn’t look like much on the surface, Volcarona can bring the pain.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Ghost Type – Annihilape

Primeape’s latest evolution has become one of the best in the game as a rare physically attacking Ghost-type.

His signature move, Rage Fist, deals 50 damage with each hit and can take quite a few hits.

That means you have to do it in one fell swoop, be a regular guy, or never live to tell the story.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Steel Type – Gholdengo

Yes, we know it looks like a string of cheese on a surfboard and it’s incredibly annoying to even get hold of, but it’s worth it.

It has a great special attack, overall stats, and its ability, as good as gold, prevents all status changes and status conditions.

The Ghost/Steel type has a shocking three immunities, making it an excellent type.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Dark Type – Kingambit

Kingambit has two abilities that are extremely enviable.

Defiant doubles Attack every time another stat goes down, while Supreme Overlord increases Attack by one level for each previously defeated Pokémon.

This means if you send out your Kingambit last, it will get five attack boosts to its already impressive stats, making it game over for your enemies.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Dragon Type – Roaring Moon

One of our favorite new Paradox Pokémon, Roaring Moon somehow improves on the already impressive Salamence.

It boasts an impressive attack and speed that can be boosted by Dragon Dance and now Booster Energy or Sunny Day.

Overall, it’s just a very snazzy design, and we’re glad it’s in our Pokédex.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Fairy Type – Tinkaton

Tinkaton can’t read. This is one of its strengths, as it means its signature move, Gigaton Hammer, will defeat all other Pokemon, even if it’s not very effective.

In one of the most ambitious crossovers of all time, Tinkaton answers the question, “What if Amy Rose really hated birds?”

If you’re wondering, Gigaton Hammer is 100% accuracy and 160 power boosted to 320 by STAB and Tera-type with no downsides. Please Tinkaton, spare us. We hate Corviknight too.

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