Ghost-type Pokemon weaknesses, resistances & best counters

Ghost-type Pokemon weaknesses, resistances & best counters
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry


25th Oct 2023 10:30


Ghost-type Pokemon are some of the creepiest creatures you can come across, but knowing their weaknesses and resistances can make them seem a lot less scary.

There are plenty of ghoulish Ghost-types in the Pokedex, and they’re not the easiest to take down in battle, as their weaknesses and resistances aren’t immediately obvious like Grass-types or Fire-types are.

So whether you’re up against a classic like Gengar or a newcomer like Houndstone, here’s everything you need to know to take down these mischievous menaces in the Pokemon games.

What are Ghost-type Pokemon's weaknesses?

A few Ghost-type Pokemon including Houndstone
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Ghost-type Pokemon are typically weak to Dark-type and Ghost-type attacks.

Because Ghost-types are vulnerable to other Ghost-types, it’s definitely a good idea to focus on Dark-type Pokemon when heading into battle as you’ll have an immediate advantage.

Remember that dual-type Pokemon might not have these same weaknesses. For example, the Fighting/Ghost-type Marshadow is weak to Fairy, Flying, Ghost, and Psychic-type attacks.

Resistances for Ghost-type Pokemon

Ghost-type Pokemon are usually resistant to Bug-type and Poison-type attacks.

They’re also completely immune to Fighting-type and Normal-type attacks, so don’t even try to use those in battle as they’ll have zero impact.

What are Ghost-types super effective against?

The Ghost-type pokemon Drifloon
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Ghost-type Pokemon with Ghost-type attacks will be super effective against Psychic-type Pokemon as well as other Ghost-type Pokemon.

As we mentioned earlier, though, be wary when using Ghost-types against other Ghost-types as it's a bit of a double-edged sword. You'll both be vulnerable to each other's attacks.

What are Ghost-types not effective against?

Ghost-type Pokemon are not very effective against Dark-type Pokemon and will have no effect whatsoever on Normal-type Pokemon.

All of these weaknesses, resistances, and type matchups certainly make Ghost-type Pokemon interesting (and often unpredictable!) opponents in battle, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with their properties.

Best counters to defeat Ghost-type Pokemon

Some of the best counters you can use when battling Ghost-type opponents are Tyranitar, Yveltal, Houndoom, Hydreigon, and Weavile. Remember, they'll need to have Dark-type movesets to really be effective.

The best counter to use will always depend on the specific opponent you're up against, so it's a good idea to look them up specifically. Having said that, focusing on Dark-type Pokemon will usually be a safe option.

Hopefully, we’ve helped you take down whichever mischievous Ghost-type you’ve been battling! Make sure you check out our Pokemon homepage for more guides like this one.

Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].

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