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What Is Weakness & Resistance in the Pokemon Trading Game?

Learn about Pokemon weakness and resistance from the Pokemon Trading Card Game pros at Comic Cafe in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Joe D'Andrea, a Pokemon professor at Comic Cafe in Warren New Jersey, and we're here to show you how to play the Pokemon trading card game.

Each Pokemon may have a weakness or a resistance to another type of Pokemon. This alters the final amount of damage done to that Pokemon. For instance, a fire type Pokemon may be weak to water because water puts out fire. On the other hand, a water type Pokemon, which can include ice, for example, is weak to grass, metal, or lightning. A weakness on more recent cards tends to be a multiplier, like times two. If there is a weakness, it's usually minus twenty. For example, if a Pokemon attacks with twenty damage, and the opponent's Pokemon has a times two weakness to that Pokemon's type, it actually takes forty damage. Benched Pokemon never take weakness or resistance into account. So if a bench Pokemon is affected, you don't worry about the weakness or the resistance in that case. Dual types of Pokemon like the Pokemon legend cards have two types of weaknesses. Weakness and resistance are always handled after determining an attacks base damage. Some card mechanics eliminate weakness and resistance all together. Finally, some Pokemon have zero resistance and/or weakness. Baby Pokemon have neither.

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