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How is it applied? Is it just by common sense like how Fire would beat Grass. Or is it something else?

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...Whaddaya mean?? :3
Yeah, explain more
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Are you asking what the logic behind weaknesses/ resistances is?
Thanks Indigo, sorry 'bout that.

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Most of the time it is like common sense. Ex water puts out fire, water conducts electricity, etc.
but sometimes, it is to even out the number of resistence and weaknesses such as Fairy. in real life, if there were fairys, they wouldnt have steel as a weakness or poison, how are they weak to Ground?

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In myth iron is often the downfall of fairys. Also, fairy+grass= nature, poison = natures destruction so yeah.
It's just the way Nintendo made pokemon typing some of it makes sence like water beats fire and others like dark beats ghost and steel beats fairy don't
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Well... in most cases, it is, I guess. xD

Like, there's Fire can burn Grass to a crisp in real life, but how can a bird (Flying) defeat a karate dude? (Fighting)

This question was previously asked on the PokeBase, and the answerer thoroughly explains why each weakness and resistance is somewhat logical. Credit to Aeternis for making the answer. :3

Hope I helped. :)
Source: Experience

Birds can defeat karate dudes with speed and height, as karate dudes cannot fly