I am aware than in Pokemon, different types have strengths and weakness to other types.

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But I have noticed that in Pokemon Go, Pokemon can have moves that are not in their type for example this Golbat:

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So does the dark type move count towards the Golbat's strengths/weaknesses or is it the actual poison/flying type of the Pokemon?

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    Possible duplicate of Which generation does Pokemon Go base it's move type effectiveness on? – user106385 Jul 17 '16 at 0:32
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    Flagging for mod attention, your profile picture is not appropriate. – TwentyCharMax Jul 17 '16 at 0:35
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    @Alex, what is inappropriate? – user106385 Jul 17 '16 at 2:39
  • @Timelord64 look at my flag desc. It's not appropriate. Look in the middle circle – TwentyCharMax Jul 17 '16 at 2:54
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    I do not believe this is a duplicate (of the current duplicate target, anyway). The target question asks Which type effectiveness chart is used. This question asks if the type-effectiveness chart applies to the attack's type, or the pokemon's type. (basically, "My pokemon is poison/flying, but it has a dark move, what's up?") – Trent Hawkins Jul 17 '16 at 4:15

Pokémon can have moves that don't match their type(s). You gain a STAB bonus for attacks that match your Pokémon's types, but otherwise it is just the attack's type (not your Pokémon's type) against the defender's type(s) in the type effectiveness chart.

In your specific case, the Dark type attack an your Poison/Flying Golbat does not receive any bonus damage from Golbat's typing, but a Dark typed move may help it against things like Psychic types which would likely have attacks that do extra damage to Poison types.

  • what do you have to go on to say STAB exists? the origi al question asks if STAB is in play, and the current answer is effectively no. – user106385 Jul 17 '16 at 2:41
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    @Timelord64 There is a link in my answer to another question "Does Pokemon Go take into account STAB in gym battles?". The answer there draws from the decoded protobuf file. in it you can see TemplateId: "BATTLE_SETTINGS" and within that block, the entry: "SameTypeAttackBonusMultiplier: 1.25" – Trent Hawkins Jul 17 '16 at 4:02

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