Type Flying.gif

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.
    • 7 moves are of the Special type.
    • 5 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Cool moves stand out.
    • 13 moves are of the Cool type.png type.
    • 4 moves are of the Clever type.png type.
    • 3 moves are of the Cute type.png type.
    • 2 moves are of the Beautiful type.png type.
    • 2 moves are of the Tough type.png type.

List of Flying-type moves

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

Effectiveness of Flying-type moves

×2

Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Bug.gif, Type Fighting.gif and Type Grass.gif.

½

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

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.gif Dark type vertical.gif Dragon type vertical.gif Electric type vertical.gif Fairy type vertical.gif Fighting type vertical.gif Fire type vertical.gif Flying type vertical.gif Ghost type vertical.gif Grass type vertical.gif Ground type vertical.gif Ice type vertical.gif Normal type vertical.gif Poison type vertical.gif Psychic type vertical.gif Rock type vertical.gif Steel type vertical.gif Water type vertical.gif
Type Flying.gif
½
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×2
Type Flying.gifType Bug.gif
½
×2
¼
×2
×2
¼
×0
×2
[8]
×4
Type Flying.gifType Dark.gif
½
×2
×2
½
½
×0
×2
×0
×2
Type Flying.gifType Dragon.gif
½
×2
×2
½
½
¼
×0
×4
×2
½
Type Flying.gifType Electric.gif
½
½
½
½
×0
×2
×2
½
Type Flying.gifType Fairy.gif
¼
½
×0
×2
¼
½
×0
×2
×2
×2
×2
Type Flying.gifType Fighting.gif
¼
½
×2
×2
½
×2
½
×0
×2
×2
Type Flying.gifType Fire.gif
¼
×2
½
½
½
¼
×0
[9]
×4
½
×2
Type Flying.gifType Ghost.gif
¼
×2
×2
×0
×2
½
×0
×2
×0
½
×2
Type Flying.gifType Grass.gif
½
×2
×2
¼
×0
×4
×2
×2
½
Type Flying.gifType Ground.gif
½
×0
½
×0
×4
½
×2
Type Flying.gifType Ice.gif
½
×2
×2
½
×0
×4
×2
Type Flying.gifType Normal.gif
½
×2
×0
½
×0
×2
×2
Type Flying.gifType Poison.gif
½
[10]
×2
½
¼
¼
×0
×2
½
×2
×2
Type Flying.gifType Psychic.gif
×2
×2
¼
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
Type Flying.gifType Rock.gif
½
×2
½
½
×0
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
Type Flying.gifType Steel.gif
¼
[11]
½
×2
½
×2
½
[12]
¼
×0
½
×0
½
½
Type Flying.gifType Water.gif
½
×4
½
½
×0
×2
½
½

Flying-type-Pokémon Trainers

Flying-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

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

Flying-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Leader Category
VS Kahili SM.png
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
Tornadus
#641
----

Type Flying.gif

Rookidee
#821
----

Type Flying.gif

Corvisquire
#822
----

Type Flying.gif

Primary Flying-type Pokémon

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

Noibat Noivern Corviknight Cramorant
Noibat
#714
----

Type Flying.gifType Dragon.gif

Noivern
#715
----

Type Flying.gifType Dragon.gif

Corviknight
#823
----

Type Flying.gifType Steel.gif

Cramorant
#845
----

Type Flying.gifType Water.gif

Secondary Flying-type Pokémon

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

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

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif

Butterfree
#012
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Pidgey
#016
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Pidgeotto
#017
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Pidgeot
#018
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Spearow
#021
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Zubat
#041
----

Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif

Golbat
#042
----

Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif

Farfetch'd
#083
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Doduo
#084
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Dodrio
#085
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Gyarados
#130
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Aerodactyl
#142
----

Type Rock.gifType Flying.gif

Articuno
#144
----

Type Ice.gifType Flying.gif

144AArticuno.png

#144
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Zapdos
#145
----

Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif

Galarian Zapdos Moltres Galarian Moltres Dragonite Hoothoot Noctowl
145AZapdos.png

#145
----

Type Fighting.gifType Flying.gif

Moltres
#146
----

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif

146AMoltres.png

#146
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Dragonite
#149
----

Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif

Hoothoot
#163
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Noctowl
#164
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Ledian
#166
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Crobat
#169
----

Type Poison.gifType Flying.gif

Togetic
#176
----

Type Fairy.gifType Flying.gif[13]

Natu
#177
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Xatu
#178
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Hoppip Skiploom Jumpluff

Yanma

Mantine Gligar
Hoppip
#187
----

Type Grass.gifType Flying.gif

Skiploom
#188
----

Type Grass.gifType Flying.gif

Hoppip
#187
----

Type Grass.gifType Flying.gif

Yanma
#193
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Mantine
#226
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Gligar
#207
----

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Ice.gifType Flying.gif

Mantine
#226
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Skarmory
#227
----

Type Steel.gifType Flying.gif

Lugia
#249
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Ho-Oh
#250
----

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif

Beautifly
#267
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Swellow
#277
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Wingull
#278
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Pelipper
#279
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Masquerain
#284
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Ninjask
#291
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Altaria
#334
----

Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif

Tropius
#357
----

Type Grass.gifType Flying.gif

Salamence
#373
----

Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif

Rayquaza
#384
----

Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif

Starly
#396
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Staraptor
#398
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Mothim
#414
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Combee
#415
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Combee
#416
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Drifloon
#425
----

Type Ghost.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Ghost.gifType Flying.gif

Honchkrow
#430
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Chatot
#441
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Mantyke
#458
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Togekiss
#458
----

Type Fairy.gifType Flying.gif[13]

Yanmega
#469
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif

Pidove
#519
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Tranquill
#520
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Unfezant
#521
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Woobat
#527
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Swoobat
#528
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Archen
#566
----

Type Rock.gifType Flying.gif

Archeops
#567
----

Type Rock.gifType Flying.gif

Ducklett
#580
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Swanna
#581
----

Type Water.gifType Flying.gif

Emolga
#587
----

Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Braviary
#628
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Vullaby
#629
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Mandibuzz
#630
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

Thundurus
#642
----

Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif

Landorus
#645
----

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Fletchinder
#662
----

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif

Talonflame
#663
----

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif

Vivillon
#666
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Hawlucha
#701
----

Type Fighting.gifType Flying.gif

Yveltal
#717
----

Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Grass.gifType Flying.gif

Dartrix
#723
----

Type Grass.gifType Flying.gif

Pikipek
#731
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Trumbeak
#741
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Toucannon
#741
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Oricorio Baile Style
#741
----

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif[14]

Oricorio

Minior

Celesteela

Oricorio Pom-Pom Style
#741
----

Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif[15]

Oricorio Pa'u Style
#741
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif[16]

Oricorio Sensu Style
#741
----

Type Ghost.gifType Flying.gif[17]

Minior
#774
----

Type Rock.gifType Flying.gif

Celesteela
#797
----

Type Steel.gifType Flying.gif

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
Mega Charizard Y
#006
----

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif

Charizard
#006
----

Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif

Butterfree
#012
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

Mega Pidgeot
#018
----

Type Normal.gifType Flying.gif

Mega Pinsir
#127
----

Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif

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

Type Rock.gifType Flying.gif

Mega Salamence
#373
----

Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif

Mega Rayquaza
#384
----

Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif

Rotom
#479
----

Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif[18]

Shaymin
#492
----

Type Grass.gifType Flying.gif[19]

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

Type Flying.gif[20]

Tornadus
#641
----

Type Flying.gif[21]

Thundurus
#641
----

Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif[21]

Landorus
#645
----

Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif[21]

Silvally
#773
----

Type Flying.gif[22]

Minior Gigantamax Corviknight
Minior
#774
----

Type Rock.gifType Flying.gif[23]

Corviknight
#823
----

Type Flying.gifType Steel.gif`

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.
  • The Flying-type is tied with the Ground-type for the least type specialists, both having 4.

Notes

  1. ^ 55 until Generation V.
  2. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type.png-type move.
  3. ^ a b Before Generation VI, this was a Clever type.png-type move.
  4. ^ 60 until Generation V.
  5. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type.png-type move.
  6. ^ 120 in Generation V.
  7. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type.png-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.gif and Type Flying.gif-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.gif and Type Ghost.gif 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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