Best Pokémon Type Combinations in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet attempts to change traditional typing mechanics by introducing Terastallization, a method of changing any Pokémon to a singular type and powering up moves of that type. However, certain type combinations remain very powerful in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. They can provide offensive flexibility,and the ability to counter each individual type's weaknesses. Here are some of the best type combinations in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

Best Defensive Type Combinations in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Bug and Steel

Bug-Type Pokémon tend to be known for their general weakness. Early game gym leaders, such as Katy, typically specialize in this type. However, when combined with the Steel-type, Bug-type Pokémon can quickly become difficult to take down without access to Fire-type moves. They possess an immunity to poison type moves, and resist seven other types: Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Psychic, and Steel. One notable Pokémon that can be obtained in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet with a Bug and Steel-Type is Scizor.

Ghost and Dark

While neither the Ghost or the Dark-Type tend to be inherently defensive, together they counter a lot of each type's weaknesses. This type combination gains immunity to three separate types of moves: Fighting, Normal, and Psychic, and it only has one weakness: Fairy-Type moves. It is a rare combination, however, with Sableye being one of the most notable.

Steel and Fairy

This type combination can become a shield against powerful Dragon-type Pokémon, being immune to both Dragon-Type and Poison-Type moves. They also have resistances to a whopping nine other types of moves: Bug, Dark, Fairy, Grass, Flying, Ice, Normal, Psychic, and Rock. Other than having to watch out for Fire and Ground-Types, they don't have very much else to worry about. One fan-favorite Generation IX Pokémon, Tinkaton, has this dual typing.

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Best Offensive Type Combinations in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Water and Ground

This typing combination is traditionally one of the most powerful, particularly against defensive power houses of the Steel and Rock-Type. They have access to super effective moves on four other types as well: Electric, Fire, Ground, and Poison. The main caveat with this type combination is to be careful of its four times weakness to Grass-Type moves, a somewhat common type. In Paldea, you can still obtain Quagsire, a popular Water and Ground-Type staple, by trading a Paldean Wooper for a traditional Wooper at the fountain of Cascarrafa.

Water and Flying

Gyrados remains a powerful Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, in part because of its dual Water and Flying-Type. This typing combination has access to super effective moves on six other Pokémon types: Bug, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground, and Rock. The big, red flag with this type combination, however, is its four times weakness to Electric-Type moves.

Steel and Flying

While they have weakness to Fire and Electric-Types, the combination of Steel and Flying-Type can deal super effective damage to six different types: Bug, Grass, Fairy, Fighting, Ice, and Rock. They also have two immunities and many other resistances to boot. Rookidee is a fairly common Pokémon found in Paldea that fully evolves into the Steel and Flying type, Corviknight.

Looking for more powerful Pokémon in Paldea? Check out Best Dragon Types in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet or Best New Pokémon Scarlet & Violet – Tier List here at Pro Game Guides.

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