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How come usually Pokemon in the anime learn moves that are in it's own type or a normal type?

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asked Aug 14, 2013 by ken22
You are asking why, for example, Machamp learns Fighting and Normal type moves?

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Pokemon learn moves with types that match own because they get STAB (same type attack bonus). Also it would make very little to no sense if a Pokemon didn't have moves that were the same type as itself, otherwise what is the point of a Pokemon having a type at all.

As for Pokemon learning normal type attacks, the moves that they learn are really basic moves, and most basic moves are normal. E.g., Scraggy was born with Headbutt, which is basically another version of Tackle, & Leer. Normal isn't super effective against anything, which is just a good starting point for just hatched Pokemon, like Scraggy and Iris' Axew, so they don't do that much damage to each other when they train.

Then there's stuff like Quick Attack, which just looks cool for the animators to draw.

But I suppose the real reason is because Normal moves are the most common moves, with 167 Normal-type moves available as of Gen V. So essentially, a Pokemon will most likely have a Normal type move in its moveset. Normal is essentially the grab bag type, since a lot of moves that don't fit anywhere else are just tacked into Normal.

answered Aug 14, 2013 by fondant
selected Sep 5, 2013 by Mewderator
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Not really. Stephan's Liepard only used ghost type and Normal type moves. Besides that the anime move sets make no sense most of the time. Many times they make you scream something like "why does that Pokemon still know tackle?!" or "why give up volt tackle for electro ball?!" If anything the movesets are diverse in randomness.

answered Aug 14, 2013 by kyuubi