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Type Psychic.gif

The Psychic type (エスパータイプ, Esupaa taipu) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

Many Pokémon are of this type, and, being the type with most Legendary Pokémon, for many, the Psychic-type is the most powerful. Psychic-type Pokémon tend to be very intelligent. It's also interesting to note that, many Psychic-type Pokémon are based/related to real scientific or mythological discoveries such as DNA and Psychokinesis.

To attack, they use their mind power, thus many tend to have high special stats and low physical stats. In particular, every Psychic-type attack introduced before Generation IV remained a special attack, with physical Psychic attacks only being introduced from Generation IV onwards.

Famous Psychic-type Pokémon Trainers include Sabrina, the sixth Gym Leader in Kanto; Will, the first member of the Johto Elite Four; Tate and Liza, the seventh Gym Leaders in Hoenn; Lucian, the fourth member of the Sinnoh Elite Four; Caitlin, a member of the Unova Elite Four; and Olympia, the seventh Gym Leader in Kalos.

Psychic-type moves

  • There are 53 Psychic-type moves.
  • In battles: Other moves stand out.
    • 3 moves are of the Physical type.
    • 16 moves are of the Special type.
    • 35 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Clever moves stand out.
    • 32 moves are of the Clever type.png type.
    • 10 moves are of the Beautiful type.png type.
    • 8 moves are of the Cool type.png type.
    • 5 moves are of the Cute type.png type.
    • There are no moves of the Tough type.png type.

List of Psychic-type moves

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Agility Other type.gif Cool type.png Generation I -
Ally Switch Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Amnesia Other type.gif Cute type.png Generation I -
Barrier Other type.gif Cool type.png Generation I -
Calm Mind Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Confusion Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation I 50
Cosmic Power Other type.gif Beautiful type.png[1] Generation III -
Dream Eater Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation I 100
Extrasensory Special type.gif Cool type.png Generation III 80
Future Sight Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation II 120[2]
Glitzy Glow Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation VII 90
Gravity Other type.gif Clever type.png[3] Generation IV -
Guard Split Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Guard Swap Other type.gif Clever type.png[4] Generation IV -
Heal Block Other type.gif Clever type.png[4] Generation IV -
Heal Pulse Other type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation V -
Healing Wish Other type.gif Beautiful type.png[4] Generation IV -
Heart Stamp Physical type.gif Cute type.png Generation V 60
Heart Swap Other type.gif Clever type.png[1] Generation IV -
Hypnosis Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Imprison Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Kinesis Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Light Screen Other type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation I -
Lunar Dance Other type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation IV -
Luster Purge Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 70
Magic Coat Other type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation III -
Magic Powder Other type.gif - Generation VIII -
Magic Room Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Meditate Other type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation I -
Miracle Eye Other type.gif Clever type.png[4] Generation IV -
Mirror Coat Other type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation II -
Mist Ball Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 70
Power Split Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Power Swap Other type.gif Clever type.png[3] Generation IV -
Power Trick Other type.gif Clever type.png[1] Generation IV -
Psybeam Special type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation I 65
Psychic Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation I 90
Psychic Fangs Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation VII -
Psychic Terrain Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation VII -
Psycho Boost Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation III 140
Psycho Cut Physical type.gif Cool type.png Generation IV 70
Psycho Shift Other type.gif Clever type.png[1] Generation IV -
Psyshock Special type.gif Beautiful type.png Generation V 80
Psystrike Special type.gif Cool type.png Generation V 100
Psywave Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Reflect Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation I -
Rest Other type.gif Cute type.png Generation I -
Role Play Other type.gif Cute type.png Generation III -
Skill Swap Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Stored Power Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation V 20
Synchronoise Special type.gif Clever type.png Generation V 120[5]
Telekinesis Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Teleport Other type.gif Cool type.png Generation I -
Trick Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation III -
Trick Room Other type.gif Clever type.png[4] Generation IV -
Wonder Room Other type.gif Clever type.png Generation V -
Zen Headbutt Physical type.gif Clever type.png[3] Generation IV 80

Effectiveness of Psychic-type moves

×2

Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fighting.gif and Type Poison.gif.

½

Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Psychic.gif and Type Steel.gif.

×0

Ineffective against Pokémon of the types: Type Dark.gif.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Psychic 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
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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 Psychic.gif
×2
×2
½
×2
[6]
½
Type Psychic.gifType Dark.gif
×4
×2
×0
Type Psychic.gifType Dragon.gif
×2
×2
×2
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
½
Type Psychic.gifType Electric.gif
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif
×0
¼
×2
×2
½
×2
Type Psychic.gifType Fighting.gif
×2
½
×2
×2
½
Type Psychic.gifType Fire.gif
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
×2
Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif
×2
×2
¼
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif
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×0
×4
×0
¼
½
Type Psychic.gifType Grass.gif
×4
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
[7]
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
Type Psychic.gifType Ground.gif
×2
×2
×0
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
Type Psychic.gifType Ice.gif
×2
×2
×2
×2
[8]
½
½
×2
×2
Type Psychic.gifType Normal.gif
×2
×2
×0
½
Type Psychic.gifType Poison.gif
×2
×2
×2
½
×4
Type Psychic.gifType Rock.gif
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
×2
Type Psychic.gifType Steel.gif
×2
[9]
½
½
×2
½
×2
[10]
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
½
Type Psychic.gifType Water.gif
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
[11]
×2
½
½
½
½

Psychic-type-Pokémon Trainers

Psychic-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
Sabrina lets go.jpg
Sabrina
Saffron City, Kanto Marsh Badge
Marsh Badge
VSTate & Liza.png
Tate and Liza
Mossdeep City, Hoenn Mind Badge
Mind Badge
VSOlympia.png
Olympia
Anistar City, Kalos Psychic Badge
Psychic Badge

Psychic-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
VSWill.png
Will
Johto Elite Four
VSLucian.png
Lucian
Sinnoh Elite Four
VSCaitlin.png
Caitlin
Unova Elite Four

Psychic type records

  • Ultra Necrozma is the tallest Psychic type.
  • Cosmoem is the smallest and heaviest Psychic type.
  • Cosmog is the lightest Psychic type.
  • Wynaut evolves at the lowest level (15)
  • Cosmoem evolves at the highest level (53)
  • Wobbuffet has the most HP of all Psychic types (190)
  • Mega Mewtwo X has the most Attack of all Psychic types (190)
  • Mega Slowbro has the most Defense of all Psychic types (180)
  • Mega Mewtwo Y has the most Sp. Atk of all Psychic types (194)
  • Defense Deoxys has the most Sp. Def of all Psychic types (160)
  • Speed Deoxys has the most Speed of all Psychic types (180)
  • Mega Mewtwo X & Y tie for the highest base stat total of all Psychic-types (780)

Psychic-type Pokémon

84 Pokémon are Psychic type. (10.47% of all Pokémon)

Pure Psychic-type Pokémon

Primary Psychic-type Pokémon

Secondary Psychic-type Pokémon

Pokémon with Psychic-type alternate forms

Relations with other types

  • They're strong against the Fighting type because there are sayings regarding the mind's superiority over the body ("Brain beats Brawn", "Mind over Matter," etc.). In addition, the brain also regulates all muscle functions. Without the brain, the body cannot properly function. And skilled masterminds can overpower even the strongest fighters; within the realm of fighting, especially street fighting, it is often considered key to read the opponent and react appropriately in turn with how one defends themselves, regardless of strength.
  • They're strong against the Poison type because psychic concentration can at times ignore the body's physical pain. Also, while a person's body can be poisoned, their mind cannot (at least not in the literal sense). In addition to this, meditation expels impurities from the mind. This may also be because going into a medical field requires a lot of education and knowledge.
  • They're weak against the Bug and Ghost types and have no effect against the Dark type because these represent fears, which can take over the mind and affect one's concentration, and of beings of different and hard to read psyches; insects have a much different mental process than vertebrates, and swarms of insects can kill concentration, unusual and twisted "dark" minds can be unpredictable and incomprehensible and evil can corrupt the mind, and where ghosts are of a different frequency of existence and can annoy or play pranks.
  • The Steel type resists them because some of them are based on machines, which don't have thoughts or feelings. As a whole they lack any mental capacity whatsoever, so thus are highly insusceptible to psychic powers. It may also be a play on the belief that tin foil hats can protect one's mind from psychic abilities such as mind reading or control.
  • They resist themselves because psychic people have trouble reading other psychics' minds.

Trivia

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type.png-type move.
  2. ^ 100 until Generation V.
  3. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type.png-type move.
  4. ^ a b c d e Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type.png-type move.
  5. ^ 70 in Generation V.
  6. ^ In Generation I, Psychic-type Pokémon were immune to Ghost-type moves.
  7. ^ In Generation I, Psychic/Grass-type Pokémon were immune to Ghost-type moves.
  8. ^ In Generation I, Psychic/Ice-type Pokémon were immune to Ghost-type moves.
  9. ^ Before Generation VI, Dark-type moves did normal damage on Psychic/Steel-type Pokémon.
  10. ^ Before Generation VI, Ghost-type moves did normal damage on Psychic/Steel-type Pokémon.
  11. ^ In Generation I, Psychic/Water-type Pokémon were immune to Ghost-type moves.
  12. ^ a b c d e f This Pokémon was a pure Type Psychic.gif-type Pokémon until Generation VI.
  13. ^ Only in its Pa'u style.
  14. ^ Due to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Mind Plate.
  15. ^ Only in its Zen Mode.
  16. ^ Due to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Psychic Memory.
  17. ^ In its Dusk Mane Forme when fused with Solgaleo.
  18. ^ In its Dawn Wings Forme when fused with Lunala.
  19. ^ In its Ultra Forme.
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