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Type Psychic

The Psychic-type (エスパータイプ Esupaa taipu in Japanese) 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 type.
    • 16 moves are of the Special type type.
    • 35 moves are of the Other type type.
  • In contests: Clever moves stand out.
    • 32 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 10 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 8 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 5 moves are of the Cute type type.
    • There are no moves of the Tough type type.

List of Psychic-type moves

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

Effectiveness of Psychic-type moves

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fighting and Type Poison.
½

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

×0

Ineffective against Pokémon of the types: Type Dark.

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 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 Psychic
×2
×2
½
×2
[6]
½
Type PsychicType Dark
×4
×2
×0
Type PsychicType Dragon
×2
×2
×2
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
½
Type PsychicType Electric
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
Type PsychicType Fairy
×0
¼
×2
×2
½
×2
Type PsychicType Fighting
×2
½
×2
×2
½
Type PsychicType Fire
×2
½
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
×2
Type PsychicType Flying
×2
×2
¼
×2
½
×0
×2
½
×2
Type PsychicType Ghost
×4
×0
×4
×0
¼
½
Type PsychicType Grass
×4
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
[7]
½
½
×2
×2
½
½
Type PsychicType Ground
×2
×2
×0
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
Type PsychicType Ice
×2
×2
×2
×2
[8]
½
½
×2
×2
Type PsychicType Normal
×2
×2
×0
½
Type PsychicType Rock
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×2
×2
Type PsychicType Steel
×2
[9]
½
½
×2
½
×2
[10]
½
×2
½
½
×0
¼
½
½
Type PsychicType Water
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×2
[11]
×2
½
½
½
½

Psychic-type-Pokémon Trainers

Psychic-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders

Leader Location Badge
VSSabrina
Sabrina
Saffron City, Kanto Marshbadge
Marsh Badge
VSTate & Liza
Tate and Liza
Mossdeep City, Hoenn Mindbadge
Mind Badge
VSOlympia
Olympia
Anistar City, Kalos Psychicbadge
Psychic Badge

Psychic-type-Pokémon Elite Four members

Competence Category
VSWill
Will
Johto Elite Four
VSLucian
Lucian
Sinnoh Elite Four
VSCaitlin
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)

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 Drowzee Hypno Mewtwo
063Abra
#063
----

Type Psychic

064Kadabra
#064
----

Type Psychic

065Alakazam
#065
----

Type Psychic

096Drowzee
#096
----

Type Psychic

097Hypno
#097
----

Type Psychic

150Mewtwo
#150
----

Type Psychic

Mew Espeon Unown Wobbuffet Spoink Grumpig
151Mew
#151
----

Type Psychic

196Espeon
#196
----

Type Psychic

201Unown
#201
----

Type Psychic

202Wobbuffet
#202
----

Type Psychic

325Spoink
#325
----

Type Psychic

326Grumpig
#326
----

Type Psychic

Chimecho Wynaut Deoxys Chingling Uxie Mesprit
358Chimecho
#358
----

Type Psychic

360Wynaut
#360
----

Type Psychic

386Deoxys
#386
----

Type Psychic

433Chingling
#433
----

Type Psychic

480Uxie
#480
----

Type Psychic

481Mesprit
#481
----

Type Psychic

Azelf Cresselia Munna Musharna Gothita Gothorita
482Azelf
#482
----

Type Psychic

488Cresselia
#488
----

Type Psychic

517Munna
#517
----

Type Psychic

518Musharna
#518
----

Type Psychic

574Gothita
#574
----

Type Psychic

575Gothorita
#575
----

Type Psychic

Gothitelle Solosis Duosion Reuniclus Elgyem Beheeyem
576Gothitelle
#576
----

Type Psychic

577Solosis
#577
----

Type Psychic

578Duosion
#578
----

Type Psychic

579Reuniclus
#579
----

Type Psychic

605Elgyem
#605
----

Type Psychic

606Beheeyem
#606
----

Type Psychic

Espurr Meowstic Cosmog Cosmoem Necrozma
677Espurr
#677
----

Type Psychic

678AMeowstic
#678
----

Type Psychic

789Cosmog
#789
----

Type Psychic

790Cosmoem
#790
----

Type Psychic

800Necrozma
#800
----

Type Psychic

Primary Psychic-type Pokémon

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

Mr. Mime Natu Xatu Lugia Celebi Ralts
122Mr. Mime
#122
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[12]

177Natu
#177
----

Type PsychicType Flying

178Xatu
#178
----

Type PsychicType Flying

249Lugia
#249
----

Type PsychicType Flying

251Celebi
#251
----

Type PsychicType Grass

280Ralts
#280
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[12]

Kirlia Gardevoir Mime Jr. Gallade Victini Woobat
281Kirlia
#281
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[12]

282Gardevoir
#282
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[12]

439Mime Jr.
#439
----

Type PsychicType Fairy[12]

475Gallade
#475
----

Type PsychicType Fighting

494Victini
#494
----

Type PsychicType Fire

527Woobat
#527
----

Type PsychicType Flying

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

Type PsychicType Flying

561Sigilyph
#561
----

Type PsychicType Flying

720Hoopa
#720
----

Type PsychicType Ghost

741PaOricorio
#741
----

Type PsychicType Flying[13]

786Tapu Lele
#786
----

Type PsychicType Fairy

791Solgaleo
#791
----

Type PsychicType Steel

Lunala
792Lunala
#792
----

Type PsychicType Ghost

Secondary Psychic-type Pokémon

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

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

Type ElectricType Psychic

079Slowpoke
#079
----

Type WaterType Psychic

080Slowbro
#080
----

Type WaterType Psychic

102Exeggcute
#102
----

Type GrassType Psychic

103Exeggutor
#103
----

Type GrassType Psychic

121Starmie
#121
----

Type WaterType Psychic

Jynx Slowking Girafarig Smoochum Meditite Medicham
124Jynx
#124
----

Type IceType Psychic

199Slowking
#199
----

Type WaterType Psychic

203Girafarig
#203
----

Type NormalType Psychic

238Smoochum
#238
----

Type IceType Psychic

307Meditite
#307
----

Type FightingType Psychic

308Medicham
#308
----

Type FightingType Psychic

Lunatone Solrock Baltoy Claydol Beldum Metang
337Lunatone
#337
----

Type RockType Psychic

338Solrock
#338
----

Type RockType Psychic

343Baltoy
#343
----

Type GroundType Psychic

344Claydol
#344
----

Type GroundType Psychic

374Beldum
#374
----

Type SteelType Psychic

375Metang
#375
----

Type SteelType Psychic

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

Type SteelType Psychic

380Latias
#380
----

Type DragonType Psychic

381Latios
#381
----

Type DragonType Psychic

385Jirachi
#385
----

Type SteelType Psychic

436Bronzor
#436
----

Type SteelType Psychic

437Bronzong
#437
----

Type SteelType Psychic

Meloetta Delphox Inkay Malamar Oranguru Bruxish
648AMeloetta
#648
----

Type NormalType Psychic

655Delphox
#655
----

Type FireType Psychic

686Inkay
#686
----

Type DarkType Psychic

687Malamar
#687
----

Type DarkType Psychic

765Oranguru
#765----

Type NormalType Psychic

779Bruxish
#779
----

Type WaterType Psychic

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
065MAlakazam
#065
----

Type Psychic

080MSlowbro
#080
----

Type WaterType Psychic

150MMewtwo
#150
----

Type PsychicType Fighting

150M2Mewtwo
#150
----

Type Psychic

282MGardevoir
#282
----

Type PsychicType Fairy

308MMedicham
#308
----

Type FightingType Psychic

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

Type SteelType Psychic

380MLatias
#380
----

Type DragonType Psychic

381MLatios
#381
----

Type DragonType Psychic

386BDeoxys
#386
----

Type Psychic

386CDeoxys
#386
----

Type Psychic

386DDeoxys
#386
----

Type Psychic

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

Type PsychicType Fighting

493Arceus Psychic Dream
#493
----

Type Psychic[14]

555Darmanitan Zen Mode Dream
#555
----

Type FireType Psychic[15]

Hoopa Unbound
#720
----

Type PsychicType Dark

773Silvally Psychic Dream
#773
----

Type Psychic[16]

DuskManeNecrozma
#800
----

Type PsychicType Steel[17]

Dawn Wings Necrozma Ultra Necrozma
DawnWingsNecrozma
#800
----

Type PsychicType Ghost[18]

800Necrozma-Ultra
#800
----

Type PsychicType Dragon[19]

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. In addition to this, meditation expels impurities from the mind.
  • 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, unusual and twisted "dark" minds can be unpredictable and incomprehensible, and where ghosts are of a different frequency of existence.
  • 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.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Before Generation VI, this was a Cool type-type move.
  2. ^ 100 until Generation V.
  3. ^ a b c Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type-type move.
  4. ^ a b c d e Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type-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 This Pokémon was a pure Type Psychic-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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