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    Bug type moves are super effective against Dark, and Psychic.

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    I guess just to make it good against something other than grass.

    But if you wanted to get all serious about it, then you could say that bugs fly around in the dark just as much or more than in the day, or at least stuff like moths do. And maybe their underdeveloped brains aren't easily manipulated so that would explain why it's strong against psycic.

    But to be honest I doubt either of these theories are true.

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    Typings just work out that way.

    Why does Dark not effect Psychic at all? It just works out that way.

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    -Bugs bother you, so they interfere with Psychic's concentration.

    -Bugs like the dark and shade and stuff.

    But most of all, those two needed a second weakness.

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    Default Re: Please explain to me why...

    Quote Originally Posted by B-Rad View Post
    Typings just work out that way.

    Why does Dark not effect Psychic at all? It just works out that way.
    Dark is super-effective against Psychic >_>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibago-Mayfan View Post
    -Bugs bother you, so they interfere with Psychic's concentration.
    That's what I figured as well. If nothing else, it gives it some kind of reason other than it just being arbitrary for the sake of game mechanics.

    Dark's strengths and weaknesses are dodgy no matter how you try to work it out. "Dark" being such an abstract concept, not a "physical" thing with obvious weaknesses like the Fire or Grass types. The same could be said for the Dragon type, really.

    Hell, if you wanted to get really logical, it should be weak to Fire if anything, it being a light source and all...

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    It evens out the metagame

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    Default Re: Please explain to me why...

    To build upon the 'interfering with concentration' theory, I think that the Bug type (and, while we're at it, the Dark type) represent types of common fear. If you're brain's overloaded with fear, rational or otherwise, it can't function psychically at all. At least, that's my take on it.
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    Default Re: Please explain to me why...

    A lot of people are afraid of bugs.

    I already mentioned this but the Psychic type weaknesses correlate to some common fears (Bug, Dark, Ghost).

    As for why Dark is weak against Bug... Cheap shots are really kind of useless against bugs.

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    Default Re: Please explain to me why...

    I was about to joke that Psychics fear pesky bugs but Kibago-Mayfan's reason works. And of course, I just figured that bugs love the dark. I think a better question is why is Dark stong against Ghost when the same logic for bugs can be applied? Even moreso for than in fact since they "hide in the shadows" as it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibago-Mayfan View Post
    -Bugs like the dark and shade and stuff.

    But most of all, those two needed a second weakness.
    Well, since maybe gen II Psychic's been weak against ghost (IMO it could and probably should work both ways or the other way. A ghost could possess a medium, but a ghost can be exorcised by a psychic), but I hadn't even thought about bugs liking darkness, that's true.

    I thought the reason was like Jabberwocky: Circular strength/weakness -

    Fighting < Psychic < Dark < Bug, repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kibago-Mayfan View Post
    -Bugs bother you, so they interfere with Psychic's concentration.
    Actually, Psychic's weaknesses are all based on common fears. People are afraid of bugs, ghosts, and the dark, so that is why.

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    Because Bug had to be Super Effective against something, and i guess Grass is a logical time sice bugs eat plants and often love the dark, which is why they could be super effective against dark types

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacit Giga View Post
    That's what I figured as well. If nothing else, it gives it some kind of reason other than it just being arbitrary for the sake of game mechanics.

    Dark's strengths and weaknesses are dodgy no matter how you try to work it out. "Dark" being such an abstract concept, not a "physical" thing with obvious weaknesses like the Fire or Grass types. The same could be said for the Dragon type, really.

    Hell, if you wanted to get really logical, it should be weak to Fire if anything, it being a light source and all...
    it's an even more abstract concept when you consider its Japanese name: "Evil-type" (Aku-taipu). As such, it wouldn't be weak to light sources, though it certainly is an odd concept to consider for a typing considering all Pokemon, which usually obey human trainers, are capable of being either good or bad (or that shade of gray). Though, the name certainly seems to fit the majority of attacks associated with the type, considering they focus mainly on mischief and underhanded trickery, with Dark Pulse (which also had its name changed from Evil Pulse/Aku no Hadou in the Japanese version), and now Night Burst, being about the only "elemental" sort of attack there is.

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