Ground Type Pokémon Explained – Info, Strengths, Weaknesses


What are Ground Type Pokémon?

Ground type Pokémon are one of the eighteen elemental types found in the world of Pokémon. All Pokémon are categorized into various types based on their characteristics and abilities. They can be a single type or two different types.


Ground type Pokémon are generally associated with soil, earth and the ground. The first Ground Type Pokémon in the Pokédex is 0027 Sandshrew. 

Ground Type Pokémon - Sandshrew

To date there are 79 Ground type Pokémon including Pure Ground types that are only Ground type, and Half Ground types whose Primary or Secondary type is Ground.

Complete Ground Pokémon List


What are Ground Type Pokémon Strengths and Weaknesses?

When in battle, all Pokémon types have strengths and weaknesses against other Pokémon types. 

Ground Type Strengths:

When attacking – Ground type Pokémon moves are strong against Electric, Fire, Poison, Rock and Steel type Pokémon. 

When being attacked – Ground type Pokémon have a resistance to attacks by Electric, Poison and Rock type Pokémon.

Ground Type Weaknesses:

When attacking – Ground type Pokémon moves are weak against Bug, Flying and Grass type Pokémon and will do very little damage.

When being attacked – Ground type Pokémon are weak to Grass, Ice and Water type Pokémon.


Pokémon Trainers that specialise in Ground type Pokémon

Throughout the Pokémon game series, players encounter Pokémon Gym Leaders and Trainers that specialise in Ground type Pokémon. 

Ground Elite Four

Bertha – Pokémon League (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl)

Rika – Pokémon League (Scarlet and Violet)

Ground Gym Leaders

Clay – Driftvale City (Black, White, Black 2, Whtie 2)

Giovanni – Viridian City Gym (Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee)

Pokémon Trainers

Hapu – (Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon)

Trainer Classes

Hiker – (Various Games)

Muddy Boy – (Various Games)

Rail Staff – (Various Games)

Ruin Maniac – (Various Games)

Team Magma Grunt – (Various Games)

Worker – (Various Games)


Ground Type Pokémon in the TCG

While there are 18 different Pokémon types in the Pokédex and Video Game series, in the Trading Card Game (TCG) there are only 11 different Pokémon types. This means that in the TCG some categories contain more than one of the Game Pokémon types. 

In the TCG, Ground Type Pokémon are included in the Fighting Type group along with Rock Type Pokémon. The Trading Cards for these Pokémon have the fighting symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

093/182 Groudon

To use the Swelling Power ability associated with this card, the player must attach one Colorless Energy card. To use the Magma Ourge attack, Two Fighting Energy and one Colorless Energy cards are required. When deciding which cards to include in a deck, players should be aware of the qualities and requirements of their chosen Pokémon cards.

At the bottom of the card is detailed information about that card’s weakness, resistance and retreat cost. 


In the TCG, Ground / Fighting type Pokémon generally have a weakness to Grass types. The Groudon card shows this weakness to Grass type Pokémon and attacks from these types do double damage.  


Ground / Rock / Fighting type Pokémon cards have no common resistance across the TCG. However, some Pokémon cards that are Ground types may have a resistance to Electric types. Where a resistance is indicated on a card, attacks from those types have their damage reduced. 




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