In Pokemon Sword, when you use a move sometimes it tells you under the move is "effective" or "super effective" under the move:


Super effective I know doubles damage for every type that it's super effective against (4x if super effective on a dual Pokemon). However, regular effective doesn't actually seem to do anything.

Is this a bug?

  • What made you think it's doing nothing?
    – Skye-AT
    Commented Mar 25 at 8:28
  • @Skye-AT because the move does the same damage as if nothing was below the move.
    – limaosprey
    Commented Mar 26 at 4:42

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"Effective" just means it will take regular effect, and do normal damage.

The levels are:

  • Super effective (4x), if super effective against both types
  • Super effective (2x)
  • Effective (1x)
  • Not very effective (0.5x)
  • Not very effective (0.25x), if not very effective against both types
  • No effect (0x)
  • 5
    Since the question title mentions "gen 8" and not "sword/shield" specifically, it might be worth noting that the multipliers are different in Legends Arceus: they're 2.5×, 2×, 1×, 0.5×, 0.4×, and 0× respectively. It's also possible, with the move Forest's Curse, to have a triple weakness in sword/shield, which works out to 8× damage. I believe--though I haven't worked out the exact type combo needed--that Forest's Curse and Trick-or-Treat can also give a triple resistance, which likewise works out to 0.125× damage.
    – Hearth
    Commented Mar 25 at 15:54
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    @Hearth Sizzlipede is fire/bug and Snom is ice/bug and both get x0.25 against grass, adding grass type will make a x0.125 modifier
    – pinckerman
    Commented Mar 25 at 23:14

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