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

Water Pokémon are a must-have in any Pokémon lineup! Aside from maximizing their type advantage in battle, you need your aquatic friends to get you across bodies of water throughout the game! Don’t think you know all it takes about Water Pokémon? Read on below!

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Water Pokémon Strengths

Water-type Pokémon are super effective against Fire, Ground and Rock-type Pokémon. This means they deal double damage to Pokémon of these types, while they deal normal damage to types not listed above.


There’s also an additional bonus for when a Water Pokémon uses a Water-based attack. The Same Type Attack Bonus grants an additional 1.5x damage to the enemy’s HP, meaning you can dole out up to triple the damage against Pokémon weak to water.

Water Pokémon are also pretty resistant to Fire, Ice, Steel and Water, only taking in half damage against them compared to regular types.

On average, Water Type Pokémon have balanced stats when it comes to Attack and Defense, making them good all-rounders. Of course, some Pokémon will have better stats than others, like how Blastoise has a great Defense stat.

Water Pokémon Weaknesses

Water-type Pokémon only have two general weaknesses – Electric and Grass-type moves. That said, since most Water Pokémon don’t have defenses that stand out, they’re more prone to getting KO’d by these type advantages.

Your best bet to mitigate weaknesses is to specifically train your defense through EV training, or use a Water Pokémon with a secondary type that can even out or nullify its weakness. Take for example Gyarados who is part-Water and part-Flying – it can take out Grass Pokémon easily before it can hit you with their elemental moves.

The only caveat is that Flying types, while strong against Grass, are also weak to electricity. Be prepared to switch out your Gyarados if your opponent is an Electric-type, or else you suffer 4x damage from electrical attacks.

Dual-type Water Pokémon

We’ve already listed Gyarados as a Water Pokémon with a secondary type. There are a number of other aquatic Pokémon in the Kanto region who are also dual-types.

Poliwrath is a part-Water and part-Fighting type Pokémon. This means you deal with an additional weakness – Psychic attacks are effective against fighting Pokémon.

Tentacool and Tentacruel are part-Poison Pokémon, which can be an added advantage since they learn Poison-type moves that are effective against Grass, one of Water’s weaknesses.

Part-Psychic and part-Water Pokémon are also abundant: there’s Slowpoke, Slowbro and  Starmie to name a few.

Lastly and maybe the most common are part-Water and part-Ice Pokémon. Lapras is a great example of a Water Pokémon capable of learning Ice-type moves. Dewgong and Cloyster also come to mind.

Exclusive Abilities

Like other types, Water Pokémon have abilities exclusive only to their element.

Water Absorb enables Pokémon to regain HP when they’re hit with water-based attacks.

The Torrent ability is exclusive to Squirtle in the game – all of its water type move’s power will be doubled when HP is lower than half.

Lastly, Pokémon with Swift Swim have their Speed stat doubled during rain.

Learning HM Moves

Only Water-type Pokémon can learn the following Hidden Machine moves or HMs: HM 03 Surf and HM 07 Waterfall. Aside from these moves being great assets in battle, they are also used throughout your journey in the game map.

Surf, as per its name, enables the trainer to cross bodies of water as the Pokémon will learn to ferry you on its back. This is crucial in the game as you gain access to new places only when you’ve learned how to Surf.

Waterfall also has you sitting on the back of your aquatic Pokémon, only this time, they climb waterfalls with you.

Interestingly, only Pokémon big enough to carry trainers can learn these moves. Large Pokémon like Lapras, Dewgong, Blastoise are a great fit to learn Surf and Waterfall, while smaller Water Pokémon like Magikarp or Poliwag are not likely to learn them at all.

Catching Water-Type Pokémon

Another unique thing about Water types are the varied ways you can catch them. While most other types are found in the game either in the tallgrass, on the ground, in caves or in buildings, Water Pokémon can only be found on bodies of water.

This means you can catch Water Pokémon either by surfing across the water and encountering them, or by fishing for them.

Fishing for Water Pokémon also involves the use of different kinds of rods. Different rods catch different Pokémon. In FRLG, there are three rods available: Old Rod, Good Rod and Super Rod. Click on the links to find out more about each rod, where to get them and which kinds of Water Pokémon they catch.

Water Pokémon are definitely great additions to your party, and you should consider adding any of these top 5 best Water-types should you plan to give them a slot in your line up. Hope you learned a lot about Water Pokémon in this article!

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