Water Type Pokémon Explained – Info, Strengths, Weaknesses


What are Water Type Pokémon?

Water 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.


Water type Pokémon are generally associated with lakes, rivers and seas. They are most often found in areas where there is water such as harbours, beaches, lakes, rivers and canals. They can also be found when there is heavy rain. The first Water Type Pokémon in the Pokédex is 0007 Squirtle. 

Squirtle Pokémon

To date there are 158 Water Pokémon including Pure Water types that are only Water type, and Half Water types that are those Pokémon whose Primary or Secondary type is Water.

Complete Water Pokémon List


What are Water Type Pokémon Strengths and Weaknesses?

When in battle, all Pokémon types have strengths and weaknesses against other Pokémon types. Their strengths and weaknesses can be reflected in the real world.

Water Type Strengths:

When attacking – Water type Pokémon moves are strong against Fire type, Ground type and Rock type. Just as in the real world water can put out fire break down ground and erode rock.  

When being attacked – Water type Pokémon have a resistance to Fire, Ice, Steel and Water type Pokémon. In the real world, none of these elements would be able to destroy water.

Water Type Weaknesses:

When attacking – Water type Pokémon moves are weak against Dragon, Grass and Water type Pokémon and will do very little damage.

When being attacked – Water type Pokémon are weak to Electric and Grass type Pokémon. This can be likened to real world situations – where electricity and water can be a deadly mix and grass pollutes water.


Starter Pokémon – Water Type

With the exception of Pokémon Yellow and Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee, video game players are able to choose their first partner Pokémon, known as a Starter Pokémon. Players are given a choice of a Grass type, Fire type or Water type Pokémon. The Pokémon that have been the Water starter Pokémon are:

Pokémon Red, Blue, Green and FireRed, LeafGreen
Squirtle PokémonSquirtle

Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal and HeartGold, Soulsilver
Totodile PokémonTotodile

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Mudkip PokémonMudkip

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Piplup PokémonPiplup

Black and White, Black 2 and White 2, Legends Arceus
Oshawott PokemonOshawott

Pokémon X and Y
Froakie PokémonFroakie

Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Popplio PokémonPopplio

Pokémon Sword and Shield
Sobble PokémonSobble

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Quaxly PokémonQuaxly


Pokémon Trainers that specialise in Water type Pokémon

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

Water Elite Four

Siebold – Kalos League (X and Y)

Water Gym Leaders

Crasher Wake – Pastoria City Gym (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black 2, White 2, Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl)

Cress – Striaton City Gym (Black & White)

Juan – Sootopolis Gym (Pokémon Emerald)

Kofu – Cascarrafa Gym (Scarlet & Violet)

Marlon – Humilau City Gym (Black 2, White 2)

Misty – Cerulean City Gym (Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee)

Nessa – Hulbury Gym (Sword & Shield)

Wallace – Sootopolis Gym (Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)

Trial Captain

Lana – Trial Captain of Brooklet Hill (Sun & Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon)

Trainer Classes

Firefighters – Various games

Fishermen – Various games

Sailors – Various games

Scuba Divers – Various games

Surfers – Various games

Swimmers – Various games

Tubers – Various games

Team Aqua – (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)


Water 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. 

Water Type Pokémon in the TCG includes all Water and Ice type Pokémon. The Trading Cards for these Pokémon have the Water symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

009/165 Blastoise ex

To use the Twin Cannons attack associated with this card, the player must attach two Basic Water Energy cards. 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, Water type Pokémon generally have a weakness to Grass and Lightning types (known as Electric types in the games). The Blastoise ex card above has a weakness to Lightning type Pokémon and attacks from these types do double damage.  


Since Water type Pokémon cards include all Water and Ice type Pokémon, and given that many of these Pokémon are dual types in the Pokémon games, the resistance of these cards varies from character to character.




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