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Psychic Type Pokémon Weaknesses and Good Pokémon to Use Against Them

Psychic Type Pokémon Weaknesses and Good Pokémon to Use Against Them

Dive into the captivating world of Pokémon as we dissect the unique intricacies of Psychic-type Pokémon, their vulnerabilities, and the best counters to them.

Psychic-type Pokémon, renowned for their impressive mental abilities and oftentimes mysterious powers, also harbor specific weaknesses that can be exploited in battles.

This comprehensive guide will provide an in-depth look at these potential Achilles’ heels and the optimum Pokémon to deploy against them.

From understanding the type match-ups to strategizing the ideal battle tactics, we cover it all.

Psychic Type Pokémon Weaknesses

Psychic-type Pokémon are weak against Ghost, Bug, and Dark-type moves. They take double damage from these moves.

WeaknessStrong Against
Ghost, Bug, DarkFighting, Poison

Ghost and Bug-types take normal damage from Psychic Pokémon, but Dark-type Pokémon take no damage from them at all! This is true even if they have a secondary type that is weak to them, such as the Dark/Fighting-type Pokémon Scrafty. 

The Steel-type is not super effective against Psychic Pokémon, but it can resist Psychic-type moves, taking half damage from them. Other Psychic-type Pokémon also takes half damage from Psychic moves, but they’ll also do half damage back to them too!

Psychic Pokémon also often have a low Defense stat. This means that a powerful physical attack move, so long as it is not resisted, can also do heavy damage to them.

Psychic Type Pokémon Strengths and Resistances

Psychic-type Pokémon are super effective against Fighting and Poison-types, inflicting double damage on them. This can spell trouble for some Pokémon who are also strong against them, such as Beedrill (Bug/Poison), and Gengar (Ghost/Poison). 

Fighting-type moves also only do half damage to Psychic Pokémon as they resist them. As stated previously, they also resist moves of the same type as them. 

Psychic-type Pokémon also often have a high Special Attack stat. This means that Pokémon with low Special Defense can get hurt pretty easily if they take a Psychic move. 

Pokémon Good Against Psychic Types

There are plenty of Pokémon that can be good against Psychic-type Pokemon, that either can exploit their weaknesses or resist their moves.

1. Scizor

Scizor Pokemon
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Scizor resists Psychic-type moves and has high attack. This means it can do a lot of damage, especially as its ability Technician allows its moves to have more power.

Bullet Punch can also be used against faster Pokémon, or to quickly finish them off when weakened. 

2. Umbreon

Umbreon Pokemon
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Umbreon has great defensive stats, meaning that a lot of moves barely make a scratch on it. As a result, it can recover damage taken using Wish, while sapping away an opponent’s health using Toxic.

If a Pokémon tries to set up on it, Foul Play is there to punish them.

3. Blissey

Blissey Pokemon
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Blissey may not be a super-effective typing against Psychic-types, but it has 2 great things going for it.

Blissey has great Special Defense, meaning it can tank a lot of special moves. Alongside this, it has a massive HP stat making it hard to take down!

Blissey can heal itself with Softboiled and wear down its opponents with Toxic and Seismic Toss. 

4. Golisopod

Golisopod Pokemon
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First Impression is Golisopod’s move of choice which is super effective against Psychic types and almost always moves first. It also has a great attack stat, meaning it can cause a lot of damage with its other moves.

Emergency Exit helps Golisopod to get out of danger if its HP is lowered to half or less.

5. Gengar

Gengar Pokemon
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Gengar has always been a top choice as a Pokémon who is good against Psychic-types. It has amazing Special Attack and Speed, meaning it can use super-effective moves before the opponent can react.

It does need to be careful, though as Psychic moves are also super effective against it!

There are plenty more Pokémon out there good against Psychic-types. See our list below for some top choices, and some suggested moves. 

ScizorBug/SteelBullet Punch, Swords Dance, Bug Bite, U-Turn
SpiritombGhost/DarkSucker Punch, Will o Wisp, Substitute, Poltergeist
SkuntankPoison/DarkSludge Bomb, Dark Pulse, Flamethrower, Nasty Plot
UmbreonDarkFoul Play, Wish, Toxic, Protect
GengarGhost/PoisonSludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Focus Blast, Substitute
BlisseyNormalSoftboiled, Toxic, Seismic Toss, Reflect
MimikyuGhost/FairySwords Dance, Shadow Sneak, Play Rough, Shadow Claw
BisharpDark/SteelSwords Dance, Sucker Punch, Iron Head, Stealth Rock
VolcaronaFire/BugQuiver Dance, Bug Buzz, Fiery Dance, Roost
MagnezoneElectric/SteelFlash Cannon, Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Body Press
AegislashSteel/GhostSubstitute, Shadow Sneak, Iron Head, Swords Dance
GrimmsnarlDark/FairyThunder Wave, Reflect, Play Rough, Foul Play
RibombeeBug/FairyQuiver Dance, Sticky Web, Bug Buzz, Dazzling Gleam
GolisopodBug/WaterFirst Impression, Knock Off, Liquidation, U-Turn
SharpedoWater/DarkProtect, Crunch, Liquidation, U-Turn

Attacks Super Effective Against Psychic Type Pokémon

As we’ve spoken about, the best moves to go for are ones that are Bug, Dark, or Ghost-type. This is especially true of physical type moves, to take advantage of the low Defense stat of Psychic-types. 

It’s always key to remember that you don’t need a Pokémon that has Bug, Dark, or Ghost typing to use a super effective move. Lots of different Pokémon can learn them and help you out in a pinch. 

Here is a list of some of the top 10 moves to look out for. 

  • Dark Pulse (Dark)
  • Sucker Punch (Dark)
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost)
  • Shadow Sneak (Ghost)
  • Poltergeist (Ghost)
  • U-Turn (Bug)
  • Knock Off (Dark)
  • Crunch (Dark)
  • Bug Bite (Bug)
  • X Scissor (Bug)

Tips on Defeating Psychic Type Pokémon

It is always key to remember that lots of Pokémon can learn super-effective moves against Psychic types and be good against them.

If you can’t find a Bug, Ghost, or Dark-type, then try looking for a Pokémon that learns a move of this type.

If all else fails, a good, powerful physical attack can pack a punch. This is because Psychic-types often have low Defense.

Some Psychic Pokémon are also slow with low Speed. As a result, you should be able to outspeed them before they hit you. 

Remember that some Psychic-types may carry moves to counter your super-effective Pokémon. They may have a Fighting-type move such as Focus Blast for Dark-types, or a Ghost-type move such as Shadow Ball to hit Ghosts.

You can always scout out their moves by using Protect or Substitute to see whether you are in danger.