(image from Pokedream)
If you've played a Pokemon game, you know how important the type matchups are. Dealing super effective hits are key to winning battles fast, and taking down all the type-specific Gym Leaders with them. Some make perfect sense, like why is fire weak to water? Duh, water puts out fire. Why is Rock weak to grass? Plants absorb nutrients from the soil, and drain both rocks and the ground.
Others...meh, not so much. Comment or something if you can enlighten me on how these type alignments actually work.
First up, Poison to Bug. Why the hell isn't Poison super effective against Bug? Isn't that what bug spray/insecticide is for? They're poisons designed to kill INSECTS. Why won't it be effective?
My trusty can of Shieldtox. Roaches be gone.
Next, Poison to...argh, Poison to pretty much just anything. If Poison weren't just super effective to just ONE element it would've been a whole lot more useful. It might make more sense too.
Next is Fighting to Dark. I can't find the relationship between them...how is dark power weak to..say...Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee? Wait. Okay, maybe it does make a little sense.
Another point is Bug to Dark, and Ghost to Dark. Dark-types are weak to Bug types, which I find hard to believe. Does that mean you can take down Ganondorf by shoving a giant stag beetle in his face? The Legend of Zelda: King of Insects. Yeah, sure. Dark-types are resistant to Ghost-types, another matchup that makes little sense to me.
Ice to Dragon? Probably some Ice Age reference....I always think of the Dragon-type Pokemon as dinosaurs- they went extinct when the world froze over, indicating their intense hatred of the cold stuff. But Dragon to Dragon? Why is it super effective? Maybe they couldn't find any other weakness for Dragon-types since they're supposed to be like super awesome and stuff.
Psychic to Bug...I imagine someone meditating and then a mosquito comes by and disturbs him. The dude tries to swat off the bugger and continue with his mental training, but to no avail. He is frustrated and his concentration breaks. That explains it nicely. And then he reaches out for my can of Shieldtox to finish it off.
Fighting to Poison...why is it not very effective? You come into contact with poison and your skin peels off or something, right? Then why doesn't the same rules apply to Normal type moves(which also mostly involve physical contact)? Or most other physical moves, to be more general? Makes no sense for just the Fighting type to be not very effective.
Normal/Fighting to Ghost makes sense, you can't touch a spectre with your hands. But on the same note, I've seen moves of other elements miss completely in the anime simply because the Gastly disappeared right in front of Ash. WTF? They hit perfectly in the game....well, if the anime rules were applied here Ghost-type Pokemon would be broken. As in too good.
Rock to Ground doesn't make much sense either. Why isn't it effective? You smash the ground with a huge rock you expect it to give way a little, right? No? Then what about Pokemon with ten times your strength? Surely they can do that.
Ground attacks don't do a thing to Flying types, which makes sense, but why does Sand Attack hit? It's Ground type too, in case you haven't noticed.
Electric is not very effective against Grass, that I know, because wood doesn't conduct electricity. But when lightning strikes a tree it catches on fire. Effective? I think so, but in a different way.
If you can find ways to make sense of some of these nonsense Pokemon type matchups, do give me a call. I'll be busy destroying the Elite Four with my super effective moves with extreme prejudice.