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Pokémon Scarlet And Violet: What Is Normal Type's Weakness?

Normal-type Pokémon are a bit of a mystery, considering their type name doesn't directly translate into a tangible thing you can find in real life. They're also one of the most common types players can find in the wild. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most difficult to figure out without a cheat sheet.


"Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" feature one of the only Normal-type gym leaders in the series. Larry — a fan favorite because of his dedication (and dislike) for his 9-5 job — also reappears later in the game as an Elite Four trainer. The player first meets him as one of the mid-game bosses in the Victory Road questline, so he isn't exactly a pushover trainer, even if he isn't the most frustrating one.

If you've been blasting away at Normal-type Pokémon with Water, Fire, Electric, and other elemental types without that "super effective" message appearing, here's why. Normal types only have one weakness: Fighting types.

The only weakness Normal types have

Some type advantages are more of a mystery than others. Water beats fire? Obviously. Rock beats flying? Understandable. But Fighting beating Normal has been a head-scratching question for decades. It's best not to think too hard about it.


There are a few Fighting-type Pokémon gamers can find early on in the game, like Makuhita. Players can also evolve Pawmi into Pawmo, an Electric/Fighting dual type. These aren't the kind of mons you need to work super hard to find, either. Even if you don't use a Fighting-type, you can probably brute force your way through the Medali gym with a high Attack or Special Attack stat Pokémon, so long as it's a high enough level and doesn't have any major weaknesses Larry can take advantage of.

On the bright side, Normal-type Pokémon aren't strong against any particular type. They are immune to Ghost-type moves and can't attack Ghost-type Pokémon, but that's it. It's the other types you have to worry about.