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Knowing that Fighting type moves are super effective against Snorlax, we might choose them. But since Fighting type Pokemons have low HP, we might choose other type of Pokemons with Fighting moves.

However, is it true that, even though with Type Effectiveness considered, say, for a Rhydon:

Rock Smash     DPS 10.6 x 1.25 = 13.25    (x 1.25 for type effectiveness)
Mud Slap       DPS 13.9 (with STAB)

So it really is not so useful to choose fast fighting moves to fight against Snorlax. I checked all 3 fast fighting moves: Karate Chop, Low Kick, and Rock Smash, and Rock Smash is already the most powerful of all 3. So in the case of Rhydon, it really is more effective to choose a Rhydon with Mud Slap than Rock Smash to fight against a Snorlax.

Actually, to have a good fighting charge move, we need Cross Chop (the other two fighting charge moves Brick Break and Low Sweep have low DPS). But for Cross Chop, it is only for: Primeape, Machamp, Machop, Machoke, Mankey, and Psyduck. So if we can't choose fighting type Pokemons due to low HP, and Psyduck has low HP and we can't choose it either, so we can really just forget about fighting type moves altogether?

Is the logic / reasoning mentioned above correct or is anything missing?

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    As far as I can tell, your logic seems complete. And further the more I completely agree with you that it is one huge joke... It is still very unbalanced, especially if you remember that type advantages used to have a huge impact on a fight in the original versions and since this factor has been scaled down to this hilarious 1,25 it is actually really worthwile it to make those thoughts you just did above. – GrizZ Oct 31 '16 at 9:59
  • This is a huge part as of why electric pokemon are so bad. Most of their usage is from their super effectiveness into a good Volt Switch or U-Turn after the opponent swapped out but before they could attack you. So in pokemon go, well since there aren't any quick swap and that "super effectiveness" have been drastically reduced, they are left out in this state. – Karlyr Oct 31 '16 at 12:48
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As other users have pointed out in the comments, your logic is sound here. Your example with Rhydon is good, as it shows that, without STAB, fighting-type moves are largely ineffective in the current state of the game.

However, Machamp, for example, would not be a bad matchup against Snorlax. Machamp actually does not have a low Stamina stat (180, which, according to the site you linked, places Machamp at #17 overall for Stamina). Thus, a Machamp with Karate Chop and Cross Chop would be a very good contender against a Snorlax, or even a Lapras, as Fighting is super-effective against Ice.

Additionally, despite its low Stamina, I'd be likely to take a Primeape into a fight against a defensive wall like Snorlax. Even if it was unable to defeat it, a Low Kick/Cross Chop Primeape would very likely take out a large chunk of HP from Snorlax (or Lapras).

Based on this, I would say that unless you are getting a Same Type Attack Bonus as well as a type effectiveness boost, Fighting moves are relatively underpowered, though it would be incorrect to say that Fighting types are not feasible at the moment.

  • ah, yes, I noticed that Machamp can have a high HP... one catch is, if the Snorlax has Zen Headbutt, then it is a Psychic move and is super effective against a fighter type Pokemon (sort of like, when a warrior encounters a monk (the Zen), the warrior usually be enlightened by the monk and listen to what the monk says). So, it looks like a fighter type Pokemon is only good to fight a Snorlax with Lick – nopole Nov 20 '16 at 21:42

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