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Type Fairy
Fairy type artwork

Fairy vs. Dragon, artwork by Ken Sugimori.

The Fairy-type (フェアリータイプ Fearii taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

The Fairy-type was introduced in Generation VI to balance the Dragon and Dark-types. It was super-effective against both types and also resisted most types that were introduced in the past Generation (mostly Bug, Fighting, and Dark-types). Another reason why the Fairy-type was introduced was to give offensive advantages to the Steel and Poison-types. Prior to Generation VI, the Dark/Ghost-types Sableye and Spiritomb had no weaknesses, so the Fairy-type was added to give them a weakness.

Fairy-type Pokémon are generally considered "cute" and tend to be at least partially pink in color and are feminine in appearance overall (such Pokémon such as Igglybuff and Swirlix have these traits). However, Fairy-types can be incredibly powerful. Fairy-types also have some magical appeal to them. As opposed to Psychic-type Pokémon, Fairy-type Pokémon have powers related to magic and the supernatural as opposed to mental power. Fairy-types are also known for their powers of purity and rejuvenation (Pokémon such as Gardevoir, Xerneas, and Galarian Weezing are shown to have special powers that can purify objects). Other Fairy-types with non-Psychic powers are still given the Fairy-type for certain magical abilities (Jigglypuff can put people to sleep by singing and the Tapu Guardians are seen as gods). They could also be based on others types of powers or mysterious origins and being based on folktale creatures (Pokémon such as Clefairy, which come from the moon, and Diancie, which is a mutated form of Carbink). Many Fairy-types are also known for their almost sweet nature, metaphorically and literally (Pokémon like Spritzee, Slurpuff & Flabébé are usually based on sweet smelling things like perfume, candy, or flowers). However, others are more dangerous and tricky (such as Mawile and its huge jaws, or Shiinotic who lures prey with lights), which are more befitting of fairies seen in folklore as opposed to popular culture.

The known famous Fairy-type Pokémon Trainers are Valerie, the sixth Gym Leader of the Kalos region; Mina, the Fairy-type Trial Captain of the Alola region; and Opal, the fifth Gym Leader of the Galar region.

Fairy-type moves

  • There are 20 Fairy-type moves.
  • In battles: Other moves stand out.
    • 1 move is of the Physical type type.
    • 6 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 10 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Beautiful moves stand out.
    • 9 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 6 moves are of the Cute type type.
    • 2 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • There are no moves of the Cool type and Tough type types.

List of Fairy-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Aromatic Mist Other type Beautiful type Generation VI -
Baby-Doll Eyes Other type Cute type Generation VI -
Charm

[1]

Other type Cute type Generation II -
Crafty Shield Other type Clever type Generation VI -
Dazzling Gleam Special type Beautiful type Generation VI 80
Decorate Other type - Generation VIII -
Disarming Voice Special type Cute type Generation VI 40
Draining Kiss Special type Cute type Generation VI 50
Fairy Lock Other type Clever type Generation VI -
Fairy Wind Special type Beautiful type Generation VI 40
Floral Healing Other type Generation VII -
Flower Shield Other type Beautiful type Generation VI -
Fleur Cannon Special type Generation VII 130
Geomancy Other type Beautiful type Generation VI -
Light of Ruin Special type Beautiful type Generation VI 140
Misty Terrain Other type Beautiful type Generation VI -
Moonblast Special type Beautiful type Generation VI 95
Moonlight

[1]

Other type Beautiful type Generation II -
Nature's Madness Special type Generation VII Half the resting HP
Play Rough Physical type Cute type Generation VI 90
Sparkly Swirl Special type Beautiful type Generation VII 90
Spirit Break Physical type - Generation VIII 75
Strange Steam Special type - Generation VIII 90
Sweet Kiss

[1]

Other type Cute type Generation II -

Effectiveness of Fairy-type moves

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Dark, Type Dragon and Type Fighting.
½

Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fire, Type Poison and Type Steel.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Fairy type

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistances of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Fairy
½
½
×0
½
×2
×2
Type FairyType Bug
½
½
×0
¼
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
Type FairyType Dragon
½
½
×0
½
×2
½
½
½
×2
×2
×2
½
Type FairyType Electric
½
½
×0
½
½
½
×2
×2
Type FairyType Flying
¼
½
×0
×2
¼
½
×0
×2
×2
×2
×2
Type FairyType Ghost
¼
×0
×0
×2
×0
×2
Type FairyType Grass
½
×0
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×4
×2
½
Type FairyType Ice
½
½
×0
×2
½
×2
×2
×4
Type FairyType Normal
½
½
×0
×0
×2
×2
Type FairyType Psychic
×0
¼
×2
×2
½
×2
Type FairyType Rock
½
½
×0
½
½
×2
×2
½
×4
×2
Type FairyType Steel
¼
½
×0
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
½
×0
½
½
Type FairyType Water
½
½
×0
×2
½
½
×2
½
×2
½

Fairy-type-Pokémon Trainers

Fairy-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
VSValerie
Valerie
Laverre City, Kalos Fairy Badge
Fairy Badge
Opal league card
Opal
Ballonlea,Galar FairyBadge
Fairy Badge
Bede league card gym
Bede
Ballonlea,Galar FairyBadge
Fairy Badge

Fairy-type-Pokémon Trial Captains

Leader Location Z-Crystal
VS Mina SM
Mina
Poni Island, Alola Fairium Z Dream
Fairium Z

Fairy-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

There are no Elite Four members that specialize in the Fairy type.

Fairy type records

Fairy-type Pokémon

48 Pokémon are Fairy type. (5.99% of all Pokémon)

Pure Fairy-type Pokémon

16 Pokémon are pure Fairy type. (33.33% of the Fairy-type Pokémon)

Clefairy Clefable Cleffa Togepi Snubbull Granbull
035Clefairy
#035
----

Type Fairy[2]

036Clefable
#036
----

Type Fairy[2]

173Cleffa
#173
----

Type Fairy[2]

175Togepi
#175
----

Type Fairy[2]

209Snubbull
#209
----

Type Fairy[2]

210Granbull
#210
----

Type Fairy[2]

Flabébé Floette Florges Spritzee Aromatisse Swirlix
669Flabébé
#669
----

Type Fairy

670Floette
#670
----

Type Fairy

671Florges
#671
----

Type Fairy

682Spritzee
#682
----

Type Fairy

683Aromatisse
#683
----

Type Fairy

684Swirlix
#684
----

Type Fairy

Slurpuff Sylveon Xerneas Comfey Milcery Alcremie
685Slurpuff
#685
----

Type Fairy

700Sylveon
#700
----

Type Fairy

716Xerneas
#716
----

Type Fairy

764Comfey
#764
----

Type Fairy

Zacian

Primary Fairy-type Pokémon

2 Pokémon are primary Fairy type. (4.17% of the Fairy-type Pokémon)

Togetic Togekiss
176Togetic
#176
----

Type FairyType Flying[3]

468Togekiss
#468
----

Type FairyType Flying[3]

Secondary Fairy-type Pokémon

30 Pokémon are secondary Fairy type. (62.50% of the Fairy-type Pokémon)

Alolan Ninetales Jigglypuff Wigglytuff Galarian Weezing Mr. Mime Igglybuff
038ANinetales
#038
----

Type IceType Fairy

039Jigglypuff
#039
----

Type NormalType Fairy[4]

040Wigglytuff
#040
----

Type NormalType Fairy[4]

110AWeezing
#110
----

Type PoisonType Fairy

122Mr. Mime
#122
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[4]

174Igglybuff
#174
----

Type NormalType Fairy[4]

Marill Azumarill Ralts Kirlia Gardevoir Azurill
183Marill
#183
----

Type WaterType Fairy[4]

184Azumarill
#184
----

Type WaterType Fairy[4]

280Ralts
#280
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[4]

281Kirlia
#281
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[4]

282Gardevoir
#282
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[4]

298Azurill
#298
----

Type NormalType Fairy[4]

Mawile Mime Jr. Cottonee Whimsicott Dedenne Carbink
303Mawile
#303
----

Type SteelType Fairy[4]

439Mime Jr.
#439
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[4]

546Cottonee
#546
----

Type GrassType Fairy[4]

547Whimsicott
#547
----

Type GrassType Fairy[4]

702Dedenne
#702
----

Type ElectricType Fairy

703Carbink
#703
----

Type RockType Fairy

Klefki Diancie Primarina Cutiefly Ribombee Morelull
707Klefki
#707
----

Type SteelType Fairy

719Diancie
#719
----

Type RockType Fairy

730Primarina
#730
----

Type WaterType Fairy

742Cutiefly
#742
----

Type BugType Fairy

743Ribombee
#743
----

Type BugType Fairy

755Morelull
#755
----

Type GrassType Fairy

Shiinotic Mimikyu Tapu Koko Tapu Lele Tapu Bulu Tapu Fini
756Shiinotic
#756
----

Type GrassType Fairy

778Mimikyu
#778
----

Type GhostType Fairy

785Tapu Koko
#785
----

Type ElectricType Fairy

786Tapu Lele
#786
----

Type PsychicType Fairy

787Tapu Bulu
#787
----

Type GrassType Fairy

788Tapu Fini
#788
----

Type WaterType Fairy

Magearna Impidimp Morgrem Grimmsnarl Hatterene
801Magearna
#801
----

Type SteelType Fairy


#???
----

Type DarkType Fairy

Pokémon with Fairy-type alternate formes

The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Fairy type.

Mega Gardevoir Mega Mawile Mega Altaria Arceus Mega Audino Mega Diancie
282MGardevoir
#282
----

Type PsychicType Fairy

303MMawile
#303
----

Type SteelType Fairy

334MAltaria
#334
----

Type DragonType Fairy

493Arceus Fairy Dream
#493
----

Type Fairy[5]

531MAudino
#531
----

Type NormalType Fairy

719MDiancie
#719
----

Type RockType Fairy

Silvally Gigantamax Alcremie Zacian
773Silvally Fairy Dream
#773
----

Type Fairy

869GAlcremie
#???
----

Type Fairy[6]

Relations with other types

  • They're weak against the Steel type because according to European legends and traditions, fairies could be killed with iron due to it being man-made and manufactured, which is opposite to the natural affinity of fairies. Also, in some stories, fairies could not touch steel because it burned them when touched. Alternatively, it could be due to Clarke's Law, "any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
  • They're weak against the Poison type because fairies represent purity and poison can represent pollution. Also, in some stories, villains gave fairies poison to weaken them.
  • They're strong against the Dragon type because in certain mythologies, fairies' magic could dominate oriental dragons, even though in European legends dragons were immune to magic.
  • They're strong against the Dark type because fairies represent light and goodness, which always wins against evil.
  • They're strong against the Fighting type because physical strength is virtually useless against magic.
  • They resist the Bug type because in many forms of popular culture, fairies live among insects and bugs. It is also said that fairies carry weapons that weld magic, something bugs lack. Additionally, fairytales also tell of fairies that control bugs for transportation, thus having authority over such creatures.
  • The Fire type resists them because traditionally, fairies live in forests, which fire can easily destroy. However Fairy types are neutral to the Fire type.

Trivia

  • The Fairy-type is the only type to not have a Pokémon with gender differences in it.
  • Play Rough is the only physical Fairy type move.
  • No Pokémon with the Protean ability can become Fairy-type due to the lack of a Fairy-type move that Greninja or Kecleon can learn.
  • The Impidimp line are the only Fairy type Pokémon to be exclusively male.
  • Zacian is the first Fairy type Pokémon that was originally a primarily Fairy type, since Togetic and Togekiss were originally Normal type.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Normal-type move.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Before Generation VI, this was a Type Normal-type Pokémon.
  3. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Type Normal and Type Flying-type Pokémon.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n This Pokémon wasn't a Type Fairy-type Pokémon until Generation VI.
  5. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Pixie Plate.
  6. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Fairy Memory.

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