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Normal-type Pokemon are seen as somewhat of the "standard" typing in Pokemon, even though starter Pokemon are usually Fire, Water, or Grass. This is because almost all Pokemon games start with Normal-types being the first Pokemon encountered in the wild. They have some key advantages in battle, such as an immunity to Ghost-types, and their sole weakness is Fighting-type moves.

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Competitively, Normal-types usually have many strong Physical moves to choose from. Some makeup for their average stats by taking advantage of dual-typing. They're versatile and can be molded to fit whatever role players need them to without having to worry about multiple weaknesses. These are the best Normal-types for competitive Pokemon.

Updated May 9, 2023, by Taylor Pittman: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet include many new faces and some familiar ones regarding Normal-type Pokemon. Many of them are getting a chance to shine in the 2023 Pokemon VGC Formats, or Regulations, since the season started. Normal-types are also being used in ways never before seen due to the Terastallizing phenomenon that was introduced in Generation 9. The meta-game has some surprising picks seen time and time again on winning teams, as evidenced by the best Normal-type Pokemon for competitive play in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.


Maushold sparkling after evolving in a cave
  • HP: 74
  • Attack: 75
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Atk: 65
  • Sp. Def: 75
  • Speed: 111

Maushold is a surprisingly competitive Pokemon from Generation 9 that has stirred up the scene in Pokemon VGC tournaments. It has two forms, a group of three or a group of four. They work in tandem as one Pokemon with an almost familial dynamic.

Maushold can play a reliable support role in battle due to its high-Speed stats and moveset. Tidy Up removes all entry hazards from the field, so players don't have to worry about sending their Pokemon out. It can follow up with its signature move, Population Bomb, which has a chance to land 10 times in a row. Its ability Friend Guard is another fantastic support option on a team to protect allies from taking as much damage as possible.


  • HP: 120
  • Attack: 90
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Atk: 110
  • Sp. Def: 70
  • Speed: 60

Farigiraf is a dual Normal/Psychic-type Pokemon that was introduced in Generation 9. Its appearance finally gave Girafarig a long overdue evolution form and significantly beefed up its stats. Psychic-type moves are great offensively, and its Sp. Atk makes them even stronger against most foes. So, Pokemon VGC competitors can get some damage out of it, although they should account for its low Speed.

Like some of the other great Normal-type Pokemon, Farigiaf's ability makes it a shoo-in for defensive strategies. Armor Tail blocks all priority moves from it and its allies while still causing the opponent to lose move PP. Mold Breakers and moves that target all Pokemon on the field are the exception to this ability. A somewhat niche strategy is using Farigiaf as a Trick Room Setter to flip the speed priority and give slower Pokemon a chance to move first.


You Must Catch This New Pokemon in Pokemon GO - Slaking Pokemon anime
  • HP: 150
  • Attack: 160
  • Defense: 100
  • Sp. Atk: 95
  • Sp. Def: 65
  • Speed: 100

Even though Slaking is a Generation 3 Pokemon, it has risen back into popularity with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet in solo and competitive play. Slaking's stats are stacked up with excellent physical damage, decent speed, and undeniable bulk, but its main hindrance is its ability, Truant. Truant guarantees that Slaking will only attack every other time.

Despite Truant, Slaking is hard to beat when its moveset is focused on attack moves, especially Fighting-type moves. In the times it isn't able to move, players can rest easy knowing its HP and Defense are more than enough for it to soak up most attacks. Slaking makes for a great wall on competitive teams to help set up speedier allies and to give players time to adjust their strategy if needed.


  • HP: 120
  • Attack: 125
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Atk: 55
  • Sp. Def: 60
  • Speed: 60

Bewear, the evolved form of Stufful, is a dual-type Normal/Fighting Pokemon from Generation VI. It's relatively tanky, as its HP and Attack stats are both in the 120s, but it could use some support in the speed department. Normal-types are immune to Ghost-type moves, but Bewear is still weak to pretty common types such as Fighting, Flying, and Psychic.

Its ability Fluffy protects it from contact moves by halving their damage; however, it will take double damage from Fire-type moves. Bewear's strong attack can be its downfall when it uses moves like Hammer Arm and Superpower, which deal recoil damage. These moves fall under the Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) category, so they deal extra damage. Players who use TMs will also have access to standard Normal-type moves like Taunt, Substitute, and Swords Dance. Bewear has a diverse movepool and solid bulk to hold its own on the field.


Pokemon Journeys Ash's Snorlax Kanto
  • HP: 160
  • Attack: 110
  • Defense: 65
  • Sp. Atk: 65
  • Sp. Def: 110
  • Speed: 30

Snorlax has been a popular Pokemon since Generation 1 and is one of the most well-known Normal-type Pokemon. Snorlax is an absolute wall, with an HP stat that causes problems for even the hardest hitter. Its Attack stat also is pretty solid, so it can dish out damage in tandem with surviving on the field. Additionally, while its Defense seems lacking, its Sp. Def. more than compensates and its huge HP stat lets it tank most physical attacks.

The elephant in the room may seem like its speed, but Snorlax doesn't have to move first to do what it needs to. One of Snorlax's best moves is Giga Impact, which can be set up with Belly Drum to devastate its target. However, Snorlax is still vulnerable to fighting types, so players should take advantage of recovery moves like Rest to maintain their position.


The player is fighting against a giant Regigigas in Pokemon Sword and Shield
  • HP: 110
  • Attack: 160
  • Defense: 110
  • Sp. Atk: 80
  • Sp. Def: 110
  • Speed: 100

Regigigas is a Legendary Pokemon from Generation IV that looks like a plant but is a Normal-type. It has some well-balanced stats and doesn't seem to lack anything. It's pretty bulky, so taking it out is not going to be an easy feat for opponents. As long as it's on the field, it's got the offensive movepool to take on anything.

Regigigas is a contact hitter. Some of its standard moves are Zen Headbutt, Heavy Slam, Hammer Arm, Giga Impact, and the interesting Crush Grip. Crush Grip deals power based on the target's HP, using a mathematical equation. It can have surprising results for players who choose to use it. Unfortunately, Regigigas' ability Slow Start doesn't have any obvious perks, other than it can be used to control the turn order.


pokemon legends arceus porygon-z feature
  • HP: 85
  • Attack: 80
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Atk: 135
  • Sp. Def: 75
  • Speed: 90

Porygon-Z is the evolved form of Porygon2, which can only be obtained when the latter is traded and holding a Dubious Disc. It's a rather abstract Pokemon for a Normal-type, but it finds a place as a Special Attacker. Porygon-Z has quite an arsenal of Electric-type moves, both offensive and defensive. One of its more unique Normal-types moves is Lock On. Lock On makes the target vulnerable to being hit regardless of moves like Fly and Dig, but it doesn't affect protection moves like Detect, Protect, or Obstruct.

One of Porygon-Z's best STAB moves is Hyper Beam, but it also can learn Giga Impact via TM. STAB moves are boosted if it has the ability Adaptability, but there is the chance that this Pokemon will have the ability Download instead, which raises Porygon-Z's Attack or Sp. Atk stat based on its opponent's lowest defense stat. Overall, Porygon-Z is a versatile Pokemon with great move coverage.


Pokemon Sword Shield Obstagoon
  • HP: 93
  • Attack: 90
  • Defense: 101
  • Sp. Atk: 60
  • Sp. Def: 81
  • Speed: 95

Obstagoon is part of the bad boy club as far as Normal-types go. Its secondary Dark-typing, of course, gives it an offensive boost and an added immunity to Psychic Pokemon. Dark STAB moves like Night Slash and Throat Chop go a long way in the Pokemon VGC. Obstagoon should not be underestimated as a wall-like Pokemon with its high Defense, even if the rest of its stats don't stand out as anything special.

Still, this Pokemon give players a chance to get into some damage and give it some good move coverage. Obstagoon can learn Fire, Ice, or Thunder Punch with TMs. In addition, its ability, Guts, means that whenever it is under a status condition, its attack is boosted by 50%. This and its high Defense means that entry hazards like Toxic Spikes aren't as detrimental for it in the long run and instead benefit it.

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