All About Fighting-Type Pokémon: Strengths, Weaknesses and Strategies in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

It goes without saying that Fighting Pokémon pack a lot of punch! Sometimes underutilized, Fighting Pokémon can be pretty useful once you know all there is about them. Bruno from the Elite Four even specializes in Fighting-type Pokémon, which says a lot about their versatility! Read more about Fighting

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Fighting Pokémon Strengths

Fighting Pokémon have a type advantage against Dark, Ice, Normal, Rock and Steel-type Pokémon. This makes any Fighting-type move deal double the damage against these foes.

With STAB (READ: What is Same Type Attack Bonus), the Fighting move can dish out up to three times the power.

Fighting Pokémon are also known for their really high Attack stat, since most Fighting-types and their moves are physical and offensive.

Fighting Pokémon are also resistant against Rock, Bug and Dark-type Pokémon. This means that damage dealt by these Pokémon is halved against Fighting types.

Fighting Pokémon Weaknesses

On the other hand, Fighting Pokémon are at a disadvantage against Flying and Psychic Pokémon. These opponents deal double damage to Fighting-types as they are weak against these types.

This can be remedied by beefing up your Fighting Pokémon’s defenses, since most Fighting-types favor their Attack stat over Defense. EV training can help improve a Pokémon’s baseline defense stat. You can read more about EV training here.

Like other physical attacks, Ghost Pokémon are unaffected by Fighting Pokémon moves.

Fighting-Type Strenght and Weakness

Fighting Pokémon moves are also not effective against Poison and Bug Pokémon, alongside Flying and Psychic types who are strong against Fighting.

Fighting-type Pokémon also do not have any activities exclusive only for them.

Dual-type Fighting Pokémon

Most Fighting Pokémon in the game are pure Fighting-types, like Mankey and Primeape.

Machop and all its evolutions are also pure Fighting Pokémon, as well as Tyrogue and all the Hitmon Pokémon.

While there aren’t any dual type Pokémon whose primary classification is Fighting in these versions of the game, we still have Pokémon whose secondary type is Fighting.

Poliwrath is a good example of a primarily Water-type Pokémon that’s also part-Fighting.

Once you’ve finished the Sevii Islands quest and Johto Pokémon start appearing in-game, Heracross is also counted as part-Bug and part-Fighting Pokémon (READ: Where and How to Get Heracross in Pokémon FRLG).

Fighting Pokémon are some of the hardiest Pokémon you can have in your party. Their excellent Attack stats work best for a pure offensive playstyle, although bear in mind their limitations against Pokémon types unaffected by physical moves. Not sure which Fighting-type Pokémon you will give a slot to in your party? Here’s our list of Top 5 Recommended Fighting Pokémon in the Kanto region.

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