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
×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 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
×4
×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

35 Pokémon are pure Psychic type. (41.67% of the Psychic-type Pokémon)

Abra Kadabra Alakazam Galarian Ponyta Galarian Slowpoke Drowzee
Abra
#063
----

Type Psychic.gif

Kadabra
#064
----

Type Psychic.gif

Alakazam
#065
----

Type Psychic.gif

Galarian Ponyta
#077
----

Type Psychic.gif

Galarian Slowpoke
#079
----

Type Psychic.gif

Drowzee
#096
----

Type Psychic.gif

Hypno Mewtwo Mew Espeon Unown Wobbuffet
Hypno
#097
----

Type Psychic.gif

Mewtwo
#150
----

Type Psychic.gif

Mew
#151
----

Type Psychic.gif

Espeon
#196
----

Type Psychic.gif

Unown
#201
----

Type Psychic.gif

Wobbuffet
#202
----

Type Psychic.gif

Spoink Grumpig Chimecho Wynaut Deoxys Chingling
Spoink
#325
----

Type Psychic.gif

Grumpig
#326
----

Type Psychic.gif

Chimecho
#358
----

Type Psychic.gif

Wynaut
#360
----

Type Psychic.gif

Deoxys
#386
----

Type Psychic.gif

Chingling
#433
----

Type Psychic.gif

Uxie Mesprit Azelf Cresselia Munna Musharna
Uxie
#480
----

Type Psychic.gif

Mesprit
#481
----

Type Psychic.gif

Azelf
#482
----

Type Psychic.gif

Cresselia
#488
----

Type Psychic.gif

Munna
#517
----

Type Psychic.gif

Musharna
#518
----

Type Psychic.gif

Gothita Gothorita Gothitelle Solosis Duosion Reuniclus
Gothita
#574
----

Type Psychic.gif

Gothorita
#574
----

Type Psychic.gif

Gothitelle
#576
----

Type Psychic.gif

Solosis
#577
----

Type Psychic.gif

Duosion
#578
----

Type Psychic.gif

Reuniclus
#579
----

Type Psychic.gif

Elgyem Beheeyem Espurr Meowstic Cosmog Cosmoem
Elgyem
#605
----

Type Psychic.gif

Beheeyem
#606
----

Type Psychic.gif

Espurr
#677
----

Type Psychic.gif

Meowstic
#678
----

Type Psychic.gif

Cosmog
#789
----

Type Psychic.gif

Cosmog
#790
----

Type Psychic.gif

Necrozma Hatenna Hattrem
Necrozma
#800
----

Type Psychic.gif

856Hatenna.png
#856
----

Type Psychic.gif

857Hattrem.png
#857
----

Type Psychic.gif

Primary Psychic-type Pokémon

19 Pokémon are primary Psychic type. (22.62% of the Psychic-type Pokémon)

Galarian Rapidash Mr. Mime Galarian Articuno Natu Xatu Lugia Celebi
078ARapidash.png

#078

----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif

Mr. Mime
#122
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif[12]

144AArticuno.png

#144

----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Natu
#177
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Xatu
#178
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Lugia
#249
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Celebi
#251
----

Type Psychic.gifType Grass.gif[12]

Ralts Kirlia Gardevoir Mime Jr. Gallade Victini Woobat
Ralts
#280
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif[12]

Kirlia
#281
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif[12]

Gardevoir
#282
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif[12]

Mime Jr.
#439
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif [12]

Gallade
#475
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fighting.gif

Victini
#494
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fire.gif

Woobat
#527
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Swoobat Sigilyph Hoopa Oricorio Tapu Lele Solgaleo Lunala
Swoobat
#528
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Sigilyph

#561
---- Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif

Hoopa
#720
----

Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif

Oricorio Pa'u Style
#741
----

Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif[13]

Tapu Lele
#786
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif

Solgaleo
#791
----

Type Psychic.gifType Steel.gif

Lunala
#792
----

Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif

Hatterene
858Hatterene.png
#858
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif

Secondary Psychic-type Pokémon

30 Pokémon are secondary Psychic type. (35.71% of the Psychic-type Pokémon)

Alolan Raichu Slowpoke Slowbro Galarian Slowbro Exeggcute Exeggutor Starmie
Alolan Raichu
#026
----

Type Electric.gifType Psychic.gif

Slowpoke
#079
----

Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif

Slowbro
#080
----

Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif

080ASlowbro.png

#080
----

Type Poison.gifType Psychic.gif

Exeggcute
#102
----

Type Grass.gifType Psychic.gif

Exeggutor
#103
----

Type Grass.gifType Psychic.gif

Starmie
#121
----

Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif

Galarian Mr. Mime Jynx Slowking Galarian Slowking Girafarig Smoochum Meditite
122AMr. Mime.png
#122
----

Type Ice.gifType Psychic.gif

Jynx
#124
----

Type Ice.gifType Psychic.gif

Slowking
#199
----

Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif

199ASlowking.png

#199
----

Type Poison.gifType Psychic.gif

Girafarig
#203
----

Type Normal.gifType Psychic.gif

Smoochum
#238
----

Type Ice.gifType Psychic.gif

Meditite
#307
----

Type Fighting.gifType Psychic.gif

Medicham Lunatone Solrock Baltoy Claydol Beldum Metang
Medicham
#308
----

Type Fighting.gifType Psychic.gif

Lunatone
#337
----

Type Rock.gifType Psychic.gif

Solrock
#338
----

Type Rock.gifType Psychic.gif

Baltoy
#343
----

Type Ground.gifType Psychic.gif

Claydol
#344
----

Type Ground.gifType Psychic.gif

Beldum
#374
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Metang
#375
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Metagross Latias Latios Jirachi Bronzor Bronzong Meloetta
Metagross
#376
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Latias
#380
----

Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif

Latios
#381
----

Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif

Jirachi
#385
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Bronzor
#436
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Bronzong
#437
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Meloetta
#648
----

Type Normal.gifType Psychic.gif

Delphox Inkay Malamar Oranguru Bruxish Dottler Orbeetle
Delphox
#655
----

Type Fire.gifType Psychic.gif

Inkay
#686
----

Type Dark.gifType Psychic.gif

Malamar
#687
----

Type Dark.gifType Psychic.gif

Oranguru
#765

--- Type Normal.gifType Psychic.gif

Bruxish
#779
----

Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif

Dottler
#825
----

Type Bug.gifType Psychic.gif

Orbeetle
#826
----

Type Bug.gifType Psychic.gif

Mr. Rime Calyrex
Mr. Rime
#866
----

Type Ice.gifType Psychic.gif

Calyrex
#898
----

Type Grass.gifType Psychic.gif

Pokémon with Psychic-type alternate formes

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

Mega Alakazam Mega Slowbro Mega Mewtwo X Mega Mewtwo Y Mega Gardevoir Mega Medicham
Mega Alakazam
#065
----

Type Psychic.gif

Mega Slowbro
#080
----

Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif

Mega MewtwoX
#150
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fighting.gif

Mega Mewtwo Y
#150
----

Type Psychic.gif

Mega Gardevoir
#282
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif

Mega Medicham
#308
----

Type Fighting.gifType Psychic.gif

Mega Metagross Mega Latias Mega Latios Deoxys Attack Deoxys Defense Deoxys Speed
Mega Metagross
#376
----

Type Steel.gifType Psychic.gif

Mega Latias
#380
----

Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif

Mega Latios
#381
----

Type Dragon.gifType Psychic.gif

Deoxys Attack
#386
----

Type Psychic.gif

Deoxys Defense
#386
----

Type Psychic.gif

Deoxys Speed
#386
----

Type Psychic.gif

Mega Gallade Arceus Darmanitan Hoopa Unbound Silvally Dusk Mane Necrozma
Mega Gallade
#475
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fighting.gif

Arceus
#493
----

Type Psychic.gif[14]

555ADarmanitan.png

#555
----

Type Fire.gifType Psychic.gif[15]

Hoopa Unbound
#720
----

Type Psychic.gifType Dark.gif

Silvally
#773
----

Type Psychic.gif[16]

Dusk Mane Necrozma
#800
----

Type Psychic.gifType Steel.gif[17]

Dawn Wings Necrozma Ultra Necrozma Gigantamax Orbeetle Gigantamax Hatterene Calyrex Glacial Rider Calyrex Spectral Rider
Dawn Wings Necrozma
#800
----

Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif[18]

Ultra Necrozma
#800
----

Type Psychic.gifType Dragon.gif[19]

826GOrbeetle.png
#826
----

Type Bug.gifType Psychic.gif

858GHatterene.png
#858
----

Type Psychic.gifType Fairy.gif

898Calyrex Glacial Rider HOME.png
#898

---

Type Psychic.gifType Ice.gif

898Calyrex Spectral Rider HOME.png
#898

---

Type Psychic.gifType Ghost.gif

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.Curiously, the psychic type doesn't resist them.
  • They're weak against the Bug, Dark and Ghost-types 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 unsusceptible to psychic powers. It can also be because mind readers can't read the minds of people wearing tin foil hats.

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. ^ Thanks to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Mind Plate.
  15. ^ Only in its Zen Mode.
  16. ^ Thanks 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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