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Type Flying

The Flying-type (ひこうタイプ Hikou taipu in Japanese) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

Pokémon of this type can fly, many of them live at high altitudes, even. Most of them are birds and insects. Their power is mostly related with aerial and wind-related attacks. Most of them have wings, but there are also some of them that just float without wings, like Rayquaza and Gyarados.

Flying has been paired with every other Pokémon type to create a species; the introduction of Fighting/Flying Hawlucha completed all possible pairings. Until Generation V no species was ever a pure Flying-type; purely Flying-typing could only be obtained in battle by Porygon, Kecleon and Arceus, which all had signature moves or abilities to do so.

Famous Flying-type Pokémon Trainers include Falkner, the first Gym Leader of the Johto region; Winona, the sixth Gym Leader of Hoenn; Skyla, the sixth Unova Gym Leader; and Kahili, a member of the Alola Elite Four.

Flying-type moves

  • There are 25 Flying-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical moves stand out.
    • 12 moves are of the Physical type type.
    • 7 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 5 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Cool moves stand out.
    • 13 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 4 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 3 moves are of the Cute type type.
    • 2 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 2 moves are of the Tough type type.

List of Flying-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Acrobatics Physical type Cool type Generation V 55
Aerial Ace Physical type Cool type Generation III 60
Aeroblast Special type Cool type Generation II 100
Air Cutter Special type Cool type Generation III 60[1]
Air Slash Special type Cool type Generation IV 75
Bounce Physical type Cute type Generation III 85
Brave Bird Physical type Cool type[2] Generation IV 120
Chatter Special type Cute type[3] Generation IV 65[4]
Defog Other type Cool type[5] Generation IV -
Dragon Ascent Physical type Beautiful type Generation VI 120
Drill Peck Physical type Cool type Generation I 80
Feather Dance Other type Beautiful type Generation III -
Floaty Fall Physical type Cool type Generation VII 90
Fly Physical type Clever type Generation I 90
Gust Special type Clever type Generation I 40
Hurricane Special type Tough type Generation V 110[6]
Mirror Move Other type Clever type Generation I -
Oblivion Wing Special type Cool type Generation VI 80
Peck Physical type Cool type Generation I 35
Pluck Physical type Cute type Generation IV 60
Roost Other type Clever type[7] Generation IV -
Sky Attack Physical type Cool type Generation I 140
Sky Drop Physical type Tough type Generation V 60
Tailwind Other type Cool type[3] Generation IV -
Wing Attack Physical type Cool type Generation I 60

Effectiveness of Flying-type moves

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

Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Electric, Type Rock and Type Steel.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Flying 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 Flying
½
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×2
Type FlyingType Bug
½
×2
¼
×2
×2
¼
×0
×2
[8]
×4
Type FlyingType Dark
½
×2
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×0
×2
Type FlyingType Dragon
½
×2
×2
½
½
¼
×0
×4
×2
½
Type FlyingType Electric
½
½
½
½
×0
×2
×2
½
Type FlyingType Fairy
¼
½
×0
×2
¼
½
×0
×2
×2
×2
×2
Type FlyingType Fighting
¼
½
×2
×2
½
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
Type FlyingType Fire
¼
×2
½
½
½
¼
×0
[9]
×4
½
×2
Type FlyingType Ghost
¼
×2
×2
×0
×2
½
×0
×2
×0
½
×2
Type FlyingType Grass
½
×2
×2
¼
×0
×4
×2
×2
½
Type FlyingType Ground
½
×0
½
×0
×4
½
×2
Type FlyingType Ice
½
×2
×2
½
×0
×4
×2
Type FlyingType Normal
½
×2
×0
½
×0
×2
×2
Type FlyingType Poison
½
[10]
×2
½
¼
¼
×0
×2
½
×2
×2
Type FlyingType Psychic
×2
×2
¼
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
Type FlyingType Rock
½
×2
½
½
×0
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
Type FlyingType Steel
¼
[11]
½
×2
½
×2
½
[12]
¼
×0
½
×0
½
½
Type FlyingType Water
½
×4
½
½
×0
×2
½
½

Flying-type-Pokémon Trainers

Flying-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
VSFalkner
Falkner
Violet City, Johto Zephyrbadge
Zephyr Badge
VSWinona
Winona
Fortree City, Hoenn Featherbadge
Feather Badge
VSSkyla
Skyla
Mistralton City, Unova Jetbadge
Jet Badge

Flying-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Leader Category
VS Kahili SM
Kahili
Alola Elite Four

Flying type records

Flying-type Pokémon

There are 102 Flying-type Pokémon . (12.22% of all Pokémon)

Pure Flying-type Pokémon

There are only three pure Flying-type Pokémon. (1.02% of the Flying-type Pokémon)

Tornadus Rookidee Corvisquire
641ATornadus
#641
----

Type Flying

821Rookidee
#821
----

Type Flying

822Corvisquire
#822
----

Type Flying

Primary Flying-type Pokémon

There are 4 primary Flying-type Pokémon. (2.04% of the Flying-type Pokémon)

Noibat Noivern Corviknight Cramorant
714Noibat
#714
----

Type FlyingType Dragon

715Noivern
#715
----

Type FlyingType Dragon

823Corviknight
#823
----

Type FlyingType Steel

845Cramorant
#845
----

Type FlyingType Water

Secondary Flying-type Pokémon

There are 95 secondary Flying-type Pokémon. (96.94% of the Flying-type Pokémon)

Charizard Butterfree Pidgey Pidgeotto Pidgeot Spearow
006Charizard
#006
----

Type FireType Flying

012Butterfree
#012
----

Type BugType Flying

016Pidgey
#016
----

Type NormalType Flying

017Pidgeotto
#017
----

Type NormalType Flying

018Pidgeot
#018
----

Type NormalType Flying

021Spearow
#021
----

Type NormalType Flying

Fearow Zubat Golbat Farfetch'd Doduo Dodrio
022Fearow
#022
----

Type NormalType Flying

041Zubat
#041
----

Type PoisonType Flying

042Golbat
#042
----

Type PoisonType Flying

083Farfetch'd
#083
----

Type NormalType Flying

084Doduo
#084
----

Type NormalType Flying

085Dodrio
#085
----

Type NormalType Flying

Scyther Gyarados Aerodactyl Articuno Galarian Articuno Zapdos
123Scyther
#123
----

Type BugType Flying

130Gyarados
#130
----

Type WaterType Flying

142Aerodactyl
#142
----

Type RockType Flying

144Articuno
#144
----

Type IceType Flying

144AArticuno

#144
----

Type PsychicType Flying

145Zapdos
#145
----

Type ElectricType Flying

Galarian Zapdos Moltres Galarian Moltres Dragonite Hoothoot Noctowl
145AZapdos

#145
----

Type FightingType Flying

146Moltres
#146
----

Type FireType Flying

146AMoltres

#146
----

Type DarkType Flying

149Dragonite
#149
----

Type DragonType Flying

163Hoothoot
#163
----

Type NormalType Flying

164Noctowl
#164
----

Type NormalType Flying

Ledyba Ledian Crobat Togetic Natu Xatu
165Ledyba
#165
----

Type BugType Flying

166Ledian
#166
----

Type BugType Flying

169Crobat
#169
----

Type PoisonType Flying

176Togetic
#176
----

Type FairyType Flying[13]

177Natu
#177
----

Type PsychicType Flying

178Xatu
#178
----

Type PsychicType Flying

Hoppip Skiploom Jumpluff

Yanma

Mantine Gligar
187Hoppip
#187
----

Type GrassType Flying

188Skiploom
#188
----

Type GrassType Flying

189Jumpluff
#187
----

Type GrassType Flying

193Yanma
#193
----

Type BugType Flying

226Mantine
#226
----

Type WaterType Flying

207Gligar
#207
----

Type GroundType Flying

Delibird Mantine Skarmory Lugia Ho-Oh Beautifly
225Delibird
#225
----

Type IceType Flying

226Mantine
#226
----

Type WaterType Flying

227Skarmory
#227
----

Type SteelType Flying

249Lugia
#249
----

Type PsychicType Flying

250Ho-Oh
#250
----

Type FireType Flying

267Beautifly
#267
----

Type BugType Flying

Taillow Swellow Wingull Pelipper Masquerain Ninjask
276Taillow
#276
----

Type NormalType Flying

277Swellow
#277
----

Type NormalType Flying

278Wingull
#278
----

Type WaterType Flying

279Pelipper
#279
----

Type WaterType Flying

284Masquerain
#284
----

Type BugType Flying

291Ninjask
#291
----

Type BugType Flying

Swablu Altaria Tropius Salamence Rayquaza Starly
333Swablu
#333
----

Type NormalType Flying

334Altaria
#334
----

Type DragonType Flying

357Tropius
#357
----

Type GrassType Flying

373Salamence
#373
----

Type DragonType Flying

384Rayquaza
#384
----

Type DragonType Flying

396Starly
#396
----

Type NormalType Flying

Staravia Staraptor Mothim Combee Vespiquen Drifloon
397Staravia
#397
----

Type NormalType Flying

398Staraptor
#398
----

Type NormalType Flying

414Mothim
#414
----

Type BugType Flying

415Combee
#415
----

Type BugType Flying

416Vespiquen
#416
----

Type BugType Flying

425Drifloon
#425
----

Type GhostType Flying

Drifblim Honchkrow Chatot Mantyke Togekiss Yanmega
426Drifblim
#426
----

Type GhostType Flying

430Honchkrow
#430
----

Type DarkType Flying

441Chatot
#441
----

Type NormalType Flying

458Mantyke
#458
----

Type WaterType Flying

468Togekiss
#458
----

Type FairyType Flying[13]

469Yanmega
#469
----

Type BugType Flying

Gliscor Pidove Tranquill Unfezant Woobat Swoobat
472Gliscor
#472
----

Type GroundType Flying

519Pidove
#519
----

Type NormalType Flying

520Tranquill
#520
----

Type NormalType Flying

521Unfezant
#521
----

Type NormalType Flying

527Woobat
#527
----

Type PsychicType Flying

528Swoobat
#528
----

Type PsychicType Flying

Sigilyph Archen Archeops Ducklett Swanna Emolga
561Sigilyph
#561
----

Type PsychicType Flying

566Archen
#566
----

Type RockType Flying

567Archeops
#567
----

Type RockType Flying

580Ducklett
#580
----

Type WaterType Flying

581Swanna
#581
----

Type WaterType Flying

587Emolga
#587
----

Type ElectricType Flying

Rufflet Braviary Vullaby Mandibuzz Thundurus Landorus
627Rufflet
#627
----

Type NormalType Flying

628Braviary
#628
----

Type NormalType Flying

629Vullaby
#629
----

Type DarkType Flying

630Mandibuzz
#630
----

Type DarkType Flying

642AThundurus
#642
----

Type ElectricType Flying

645ALandorus
#645
----

Type GroundType Flying

Fletchling Fletchinder Talonflame Vivillon Hawlucha Yveltal
661Fletchling
#661
----

Type NormalType Flying

662Fletchinder
#662
----

Type FireType Flying

663Talonflame
#663
----

Type FireType Flying

666Vivillon
#666
----

Type BugType Flying

701Hawlucha
#701
----

Type FightingType Flying

717Yveltal
#717
----

Type DarkType Flying

Rowlet Dartrix Pikipek Trumbeak Toucannon Oricorio
722Rowlet
#722
----

Type GrassType Flying

723Dartrix
#723
----

Type GrassType Flying

731Pikipek
#731
----

Type NormalType Flying

732Trumbeak
#741
----

Type NormalType Flying

733Toucannon
#741
----

Type NormalType Flying

741Oricorio
#741
----

Type FireType Flying[14]

Oricorio

Minior

Celesteela

741PoOricorio
#741
----

Type ElectricType Flying[15]

741PaOricorio
#741
----

Type PsychicType Flying[16]

741SeOricorio
#741
----

Type GhostType Flying[17]

774Minior
#774
----

Type RockType Flying

797Celesteela
#797
----

Type SteelType Flying

Pokémon with Flying-type alternate formes

The following alternate forms of some Pokémon are also of the Flying type.

Mega Charizard Y Gigantamax Charizard Gigantamax Butterfree Mega Pidgeot Mega Pinsir
006M2Charizard
#006
----

Type FireType Flying

006GCharizard
#006
----

Type FireType Flying

012GButterfree
#012
----

Type BugType Flying

018MPidgeot
#018
----

Type NormalType Flying

127MPinsir
#127
----

Type BugType Flying

Mega Aerodactyl Mega Salamence Mega Rayquaza Fan Rotom Shaymin
142MAerodactyl
#142
----

Type RockType Flying

373MSalamence
#373
----

Type DragonType Flying

384MRayquaza
#384
----

Type DragonType Flying

479ERotom
#479
----

Type ElectricType Flying[18]

492BShaymin
#492
----

Type GrassType Flying[19]

Arceus Tornadus Thundurus Landorus Silvally
493Arceus Flying Dream
#493
----

Type Flying[20]

641BTornadus
#641
----

Type Flying[21]

642BThundurus
#641
----

Type ElectricType Flying[21]

645BLandorus
#645
----

Type GroundType Flying[21]

773Silvally Flying Dream
#773
----

Type Flying[22]

Minior Gigantamax Corviknight
774CoMinior
#774
----

Type RockType Flying[23]

823GCorviknight
#823
----

Type FlyingType Steel`

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Bug type because, in real life, birds and bats are natural bug predators.
  • They're strong against the Fighting type because it's difficult to hit something that's moving in the air, also because they have the high ground, which plays an important role in wars and battle royale video games. It may also be due to the fact that doves are a symbol of peace.
  • They're strong against the Grass type because, in real life, many birds eat leaves, fruits, roots, seeds or vegetables, and also because many birds live on trees. Besides, tornados and hurricanes destroy crops as well as trees.
  • They're weak against the Electric type because one of the biggest cause of bird death is that they get struck by lightning while flying. And because birds are mostly on the air, they don't connect with the ground, which diverts electricity.
  • They're weak against the Ice type because, in real life, many birds don't resist cold temperatures, and that's the reason they migrate. It can also be because a flying animal has trouble flying when its wings are frozen.
  • They're weak against the Rock type because, in ancient times, people used to hunt birds by throwing rocks to them, making them fall to the ground.
  • They're immune to the Ground type because something that is flying doesn't touch the ground, therefore, they don't get affected by earthquakes and Earth shifts.
  • The Steel type resists them because birds can't cause any damage to steel, hence why bird cages are made of metal. Also, buildings made out of steel materials can withstand strong wind forces.

Trivia

  • In the beta version of Pokémon Red & Green, the Flying type didn't exist. The Bird type existed instead, and it is present in the glitches Missingno and 'M.
    • Interestingly, the Bird type had the same weaknesses and resistances as the Flying type. It is rather likely that it was an early version of the Flying type.
  • The most common combination of types in the Pokémon world is the Normal/Flying typing, having 26 combinations.
  • This type has the least amount of pure types with only 3 Pokémon, with the first one not being introduced until Generation V.
  • Almost every Pokémon with the Flying type can learn Fly and/or Defog.
  • Along with the Water-type and the Psychic-type, the Flying-type has been paired up with every type (excluding types like ??? type and Shadow type).
  • One curious thing is that the Ground type isn't weak to them, despite the fact that birds use their talons and beaks to dig up and scratch the ground, thus causing the ground to be ruined.

Notes

  1. ^ 55 until Generation V.
  2. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type-type move.
  3. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type-type move.
  4. ^ 60 until Generation V.
  5. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type-type move.
  6. ^ 120 in Generation V.
  7. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type-type move.
  8. ^ In Generation I, Flying/Bug-type Pokémon were weak to Poison-type moves.
  9. ^ In Generation I, Ice-type moves were super effective on Flying/Fire-type Pokémon.
  10. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves did normal damage to Flying/Poison-type Pokémon.
  11. ^ Before Generation VI, Flying/Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  12. ^ Before Generation VI, Flying/Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  13. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Type Normal and Type Flying-type Pokémon.
  14. ^ Only in its Baile Style.
  15. ^ Only in its Pom-Pom style.
  16. ^ Only in its Pa'u Style.
  17. ^ Only in its Sensu Style.
  18. ^ In Generation IV, all of Rotom's forms were Type Electric and Type Ghost type.
  19. ^ Only in its Sky Forme.
  20. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Sky Plate.
  21. ^ a b c In its Therian Forme.
  22. ^ Thanks to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Flying Memory.
  23. ^ In its Core Form.
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