I know the title might sound a little confusing, so let me give a couple of examples.

If a pokemon is a poison type, can it be poisoned? If a pokemon is a fire type, can it be burned? This also goes for the other types; electric > paralyzed, ice > frozen. And of course if I'm missing any others.

In my experience of playing the games, I don't recall a time this ever happened to me.


there are various rules concerning that the bulbapedia has the full list

  • poison types cannot be poisoned (like steel and the immunity ability)
  • paralyzed is not electric specific (glare and stun spore causes paralysis as well) and all types can be paralyzed
  • freeze can also happen on all types but ice types are immune to ice caused freeze (the only other moves which can freeze are tri-attack and secret power)

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