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

Who says Rock and Ground-type Pokémon are one and the same? There are some key differentiators between the two types, although it can get a bit confusing. Which is better, Ground or Rock? We’ve got you covered as you read on below!

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Ground Pokémon Strengths

Ground-type Pokémon have an advantage over Electric, Fire, Poison, Steel and even Rock-type Pokémon. This means almost double damage against Pokémon opponents of these types. If a Ground Pokémon uses a Ground-type move against these foes, you get an additional bonus on your moves, going up to triple the damage (READ: What is STAB or Same Type Attack Bonus).

Ground Pokémon can also resist Poison and Rock-type moves, where the damage dealt by opponents of these types are cut in half.

In addition, Electric Pokémon and Electric-type moves don’t affect Ground Pokémon.

Ground Pokémon Weaknesses

On one hand, Ground Pokémon and their Ground-based moves are not too effective against Bug and Grass Pokémon. Damage only goes up to 0.5x the normal power.

Ground Pokémon are also weak against Water, Grass and Ice-type moves. A well-placed powerful elemental attack can one-hit KO your Ground Pokémon, especially if you don’t have great Special Defenses.

Ground moves also don’t work against Flying-type Pokémon, so battling against them will be a long battle unless you use other move types available to Ground Pokémon such as Normal or physical moves.

Dual-type Ground Pokémon

Pure Ground Pokémon exist in the game. Examples include Sandshrew and Sandslash, Diglett and Dugtrio, Cubone and Marowak, and Phanpy and Donphan, to name a few (READ: Where to Get Phanpy in Pokémon FRLG).

The most common dual-type for Ground Pokémon is the combination of Rock and Ground. Rhyhorn and Rhydon is the best example of primarily Ground Pokémon who’s also part-Rock.

Then there are secondary Ground-type Pokémon. Nidoking and Nidoqueen are Poison-types first, Ground-type second.

Geodude and all its evolutions are Rock Pokémon first, Ground-type being their second classification.

Wooper and its evolution, Quagsire are primarily Water Pokémon, but are also part-Ground.

Swinub and Piloswine form the unique combination of Ice and Ground.

Lastly, Larvitar, Pupitar (and depending on your game generation, Tyranitar) are also part-Rock and part-Ground.

Exclusive Abilities

Ground Pokémon have one ability exclusive to them – Arena Trap.

Arena Trap prevents Pokémon from fleeing and it goes both ways – wild Pokémon cannot run away from your Ground Pokémon. You also can’t escape a wild Ground Pokémon that has Arena Trap regardless if you’re on a higher level.

Rock vs. Ground Type

Rock and Ground can get confusing, as the two are very similar, even in name. In simpler terms and in real life, “Rock” is solidified ground, forming into rocks themselves (and any other solid variation), while “Ground” is anything loose and unformed: dirt, mud, sand, etc.

These play into the Pokemon type and their moves. Most Rock Pokemon moves involve using boulders, stones, (e.g. Rock Throw). While Ground Pokemon use sand and others unsolid (e.g. Sand Tomb, Earthquake)

Rock types also mostly excel in Defense as they’re hardier, while Ground has a good mixture of defense and offense.

One type being better than the other really depends on how you play the game, and how you approach your battles. But one thing is for sure, having both Rock and Ground Pokémon in your party will pretty much cover your bases in terms of strength and weaknesses (READ: All About Rock Pokémon).

That’s all there is to know about Ground Pokémon! Now that you know more about them, check out which are the best Ground-types to add to your Pokémon party in our article here.

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