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Ground type is one of the 18 Pokémon elemental types. Many Ground-type Pokémon have high Physical Defense but have a low Special Defense and Speed, very similar to Rock-type Pokémon. They are commonly known to have a major advantage over Electric-type Pokémon, having an immunity to their attacks as well as hitting them super effectively. In addition, their attacks have wide coverage, being super effective against 5 different types, tying with the Fighting-type. Despite this, they have common weaknesses to Water, Grass and Ice-type moves, which is made worse by the fact that most moves from these types target their weaker Special Defense. Aredia Gym Leader Prince Ryan specializes in Ground-type Pokémon.

Battle Properties


This table shows the effectiveness of Ground-type moves against other types of Pokémon.

Effectiveness Type
Super-effective against: (Damage x2) Electric Fire Poison Rock Steel
Not very effective against: (Damage x1/2) Bug Grass
No effect against: (Damage x0) Flying


This table shows the effectiveness of other types of moves against Ground-type Pokémon.

Effectiveness Type
Immune to: (Damage x0) Electric
Resists: (Damage x1/2) Poison Rock
Weak to: (Damage x2) Grass Ice Water

Ground-Type Pokémon

Here is a list of currently obtainable Pokémon that belong to this type.

Pure Ground-Type Pokémon

Pokédex no. Name Image Obtaining Method
27 Sandshrew
Kanto Form
Sandshrew-Kanto XY
Breed with a female Sandslash in the Lagoona Lake Daycare
28 Sandslash
Kanto Form
Sandslash-Kanto XY
Catch on Route 11
Evolve Sandshrew at Lv. 22 or above
50 Diglett
Kanto Form
Diglett-Kanto XY
Catch in Cragonos Mines
51 Dugtrio
Kanto Form
Dugtrio-Kanto XY
Evolve Diglett at Lv. 26 or above
104 Cubone
Cubone XY
Catch at Old Graveyard
105 Marowak
Kanto Form
Marowak-Kanto XY
Evolve Cubone at Lv. 28 or above
231 Phanpy
Phanpy XY
Catch on Route 5
232 Donphan
Donphan-M XY


Donphan-F XY


Evolve Phanpy at Lv. 25 or above
328 Trapinch
Trapinch XY
Catch on Route 11
449 Hippopotas
Hippopotas-M XY


Hippopotas-F XY


Catch on Route 5
450 Hippowdon
Hippowdon-M XY


Hippowdon-F XY


Evolve Hippopatas at Lv. 34 or above
529 Drilbur
Drilbur XY
Catch in Cragonos Mines

Partly Ground-Type Pokémon

Pokédex no. Name Type Image Obtaining Method
31 Nidoqueen PoisonGround
Nidoqueen XY
Evolve Nidorina by using a Moon Stone
34 Nidoking PoisonGround
Nidoking XY
Evolve Nidorino by using a Moon Stone
74 Geodude
Kanto Form
Geodude-Kanto XY
Catch in Cragonos Mines
75 Graveler
Kanto Form
Graveler-Kanto XY
Evolve Geodude at Lv. 25 or above
76 Golem
Kanto Form
Golem-Kanto XY
Evolve Graveler by trading
95 Onix RockGround
Onix XY
Catch in Cragonos Mines
Onix-Crystal XY

Crystal Onix

Catch on Route 14
208 Steelix SteelGround
Steelix-M XY


Steelix-F XY


Evolve Onix by trading while holding a Metal Coat
Buy Metal Coat at the 'BP Shop in the Colosseum Marketplace

Crystal Steelix

Evolve Crystal Onix by trading while holding a Metal Coat

Buy Metal Coat at the BP shop in the Colosseum Marketplace

Steelix-Mega ORAS

Mega Steelix

Win Steelixite from Hobo's Lucky Lotto in Anthian City and equip it on Steelix

Mega Crystal Steelix

Win Steelixite from Hobo's Lucky Lotto in Anthian City and equip it on Crystal Steelix
111 Rhyhorn GroundRock
Rhyhorn-M XY


Rhyhorn-F XY


Catch on Route 6
112 Rhydon GroundRock
Rhydon-M XY


Rhydon-F XY


Evolve Rhyhorn at Lv. 42 or above
464 Rhyperior GroundRock
Rhyperior-M XY


Rhyperior-F XY


Evolve Rhydon by trading while holding a Protector
194 Wooper WaterGround
Wooper-M XY


Wooper-F XY


Catch on Route 7
195 Quagsire WaterGround
Quagsire XY
Evolve Wooper at Lv. 20 or above
207 Gligar GroundFlying
Gligar-M XY
Catch on Cragonos Cliffs
472 Gliscor GroundFlying
Gliscor XY
Evolve Gligar by holding a Razor Fang and level up overnight
Buy Razor Fang at the BP Shop in the Colosseum Marketplace
220 Swinub IceGround
Swinub XY
Catch on Route 15
221 Piloswine IceGround
Piloswine-M XY


Piloswine-F XY


Evolve Swinub at Lv. 33 or above
473 Mamoswine IceGround
Mamoswine-M XY


Mamoswine-F XY


Evolve Piloswine after learning Ancient Power
Piloswine relearns Ancient Power via Move Reminder in the Colosseum Marketplace
246 Larvitar RockGround
Larvitar XY
Catch in Cragonos Mines
247 Pupitar RockGround
Pupitar XY
Evolve Larvitar at Lv. 30 or above
259 Marshtomp WaterGround
Marshtomp XY
Evolve Mudkip at Lv. 16 or above
260 Swampert WaterGround
Swampert XY
Evolve Marshtomp at Lv. 36 or above
Swampert-Mega ORAS

Mega Swampert

Purchase Swampertite from the Colosseum Marketplace and equip it on Swampert
290 Nincada BugGround
Nincada XY
Catch on Route 3
322 Numel FireGround
Numel-M XY


Numel-F XY


Catch in Mt. Igneus
323 Camerupt FireGround
Camerupt-M XY


Camerupt-F XY


Evolve Numel at Lv. 33 or above
Camerupt-Mega ORAS

Mega Camerupt

Purchase Cameruptite from the Stone Shop and equip it on Camerupt
329 Vibrava GroundDragon
Vibrava XY
Evolve Trapinch at Lv. 35 or above
330 Flygon GroundDragon
Flygon XY
Evolve Vibrava at Lv. 45 or above
339 Barboach WaterGround
Barboach XY
Catch by fishing on Route 2
340 Whiscash WaterGround
Whiscash XY
Evolve Barboach at Lv. 30 or above
343 Baltoy GroundPsychic
Baltoy XY
Catch in Aredia Ruins
344 Claydol GroundPsychic
Claydol XY
Evolve Baltoy at Lv. 36 or above
389 Torterra GrassGround
Torterra XY
Evolve Grotle at Lv. 32 or above
423 Gastrodon WaterGround
Gastrodon-West XY

West Sea

Gastrodon-East XY

East Sea

Evolve Shellos in respective forms at Lv. 30 or above
443 Gible DragonGround
Gible-M XY


Gible-F XY


Catch at Old Aredia
444 Gabite DragonGround
Gabite-M XY


Gabite-F XY


Evolve Gible at Lv. 24 or above
445 Garchomp DragonGround
Garchomp-M XY


Garchomp-F XY


Evolve Gabite at Lv. 48 or above
Garchomp-Mega XY

Mega Garchomp

Purchase Garchompite from the Stone Shop and equip it on Garchomp
530 Excadrill GroundSteel
Excadrill XY
Evolve Drilbur at Lv. 31 or above
536 Palpitoad WaterGround
Palpitoad XY
Evolve Tympole at Lv. 25 or above
537 Seismitoad WaterGround
Seismitoad XY
Evolve Palpitoad at Lv. 36 or above
551 Sandile GroundDark
Sandile XY
Breed with a female Krokorok or Krookodile in the Lagoona Lake Daycare
552 Krokorok GroundDark
Krokorok XY
Catch on Route 11
Evolve Sandile at Lv. 29 or above
553 Krookodile GroundDark
Krookodile XY
Evolve Krokorok at Lv. 40 or above
622 Golett GroundGhost
Golett XY
Catch at Fortulose Manor
623 Golurk GroundGhost
Golurk XY
Evolve Golett at Lv. 43 or above
645 Landorus GroundFlying
Landorus-Incarnate XY

Incarnate Form

Catch in Nature's Den by having both Tornadus and Thundurus in party
Warning: One chance only! Save beforehand and turn off Auto Save.
660 Diggersby NormalGround
Diggersby XY
Evolve Bunnelby at Lv. 20 or above

Ground Type Moves

Move Category Power Accuracy PP (Max PP) Description
Bone Club
Physical Category
65 85% 20 (32) The user clubs the target with a bone. This may also make the target flinch.
Bone Rush
Physical Category
25 90% 10 (16) The user strikes the target with a hard bone two to five times in a row.
Physical Category
50 90% 10 (16) The user throws the bone it holds. The bone loops around to hit the target twice—coming and going.
Physical Category
60 100% 20 (32) The user strikes everything around it by stomping down on the ground. This lowers the Speed stat of those hit.
Physical Category
80 100% 10 (16) The user burrows, then attacks on the next turn.
Drill Run
Physical Category
80 95% 10 (16) The user crashes into its target while rotating its body like a drill. Critical hits land more easily.
Earth Power
Special Category
90 100% 10 (16) The user makes the ground under the target erupt with power. This may also lower the target’s Sp. Def stat.
Physical Category
100 100% 10 (16) The user sets off an earthquake that strikes every Pokémon around it.
Physical Category
--- ---% 5 (8) The user opens up a fissure in the ground and drops the target in. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.
High Horsepower
Physical Category
95 95% 10 (16) The user fiercely attacks the target using its entire body.
Land's Wrath
Physical Category
90 100% 10 (16) The user gathers the energy of the land and focuses that power on opposing Pokémon to damage them.
Physical Category
--- 100% 30 (48) The user attacks everything around it with a ground-shaking quake. Its power varies.
Mud Bomb
Special Category
65 85% 10 (16) The user launches a hard-packed mud ball to attack. This may also lower the target’s accuracy.
Mud Shot
Special Category
55 95% 15 (24) The user attacks by hurling a blob of mud at the target. This also lowers the target’s Speed stat.
Mud Sport
Status Category
--- ---% 15 (24) The user kicks up mud on the battlefield. This weakens Electric-type moves for five turns.
Special Category
20 100% 10 (16) The user hurls mud in the target’s face to inflict damage and lower its accuracy.
Precipice Blades
Physical Category
120 85% 10 (16) The user attacks opposing Pokémon by manifesting the power of the land in fearsome blades of stone.
Status Category
--- ---% 10 (16) Tilling the soil, the user makes it easier for plants to grow. This raises the Attack and Sp. Atk stats of Grass-type Pokémon.
Sand Attack
Status Category
--- 100% 15 (24) Sand is hurled in the target’s face, reducing the target’s accuracy.
Sand Tomb
Physical Category
35 85% 15 (24) The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
Shore Up
Status Category
--- ---% 10 (16) The user regains up to half of its max HP. It restores more HP in a sandstorm.
Status Category
--- ---% 20 (32) The user lays a trap of spikes at the opposing team’s feet. The trap hurts Pokémon that switch into battle.
Stomping Tantrum
Physical Category
75 100% 10 (16) Driven by frustration, the user attacks the target. If the user’s previous move has failed, the power of this move doubles.
Thousand Arrows
Physical Category
90 100% 10 (16) This move also hits opposing Pokémon that are in the air. Those Pokémon are knocked down to the ground.
Thousand Waves
Physical Category
90 100% 10 (16) The user attacks with a wave that crawls along the ground. Those hit can’t flee from battle.