Posted by Rob Harris @RHarris
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Rob Harris

Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle? Fire, grass or water? Pokémon trainers the world over have weighed in on the various weaknesses and strengths that each elemental type brings to battle, but what's the definitive rule of thumb for choosing the most powerful pocket monster?

Well, there's actually more than one question to answer, since each Pokémon has different defensive and offensive stat bonuses. Thanks to the Pokémon Database's handy chart, we can take a look at how the elemental effects interact with each other and determine which type of Pokémon will be crowned king.

As you can see, the green boxes marked with "2" denote super-effectivity (2x damage), whereas the "0.5" red boxes signify that the damage is 0.5x normal, i.e. not very effective.

With that in mind, here are the winning categories...

Best Defensive Type — Steel

Not only is Steel extra hardy against 10 of the 18 element types, it's also immune to Poison attacks. Sure, it has a weakness against Fire, Fighting and Ground Pokémon, but when you're unsure of what lies inside your opponent's Pokéballs, Steel remains the best defensive option.

Best Attacking Type — Ground

Ground Pokémon are the ultimate weapon in any trainer's belt. Ground is more effective against elements than any other type — 5 in total — making it a force to be reckoned with.

Best Overall Type — Dragon

The ultimate winner, though, is Dragon. Generally endowed with inflated attack stats, Dragon Pokémon pack a serious punch, whoever the opponent. But the best offense is a good defense, and Dragon Pokémon are weak to only three elemental types, all of them particularly rare: Dragon, Fairy and Ice. You'd be unlucky to encounter these types, and even a quick Hyper Beam to the face tends to defuse most situations.

So there you have it. The best Pokémon type is officially Dragon. Now go catch 'em!

What's your personal favorite Pokémon type?

[Source: PokemonDatabase]