Fairy-type Pokemon weaknesses & resistances explained

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Fairy-type Pokemon were introduced in Gen 6, and while they might win you over with their endearing designs, they’re also battle powerhouses. Our comprehensive guide outlines their strengths, weak points, and optimal counters to ensure you’re never caught off guard with the elusive fairies.

Introduced in Gen 6, Fairy-types have swiftly carved a niche for themselves. These are some of the cutest Pokemon that have gained admiration for their efficacy against Dragon-types.

Don’t be fooled by these cute, fluffy Pokemon, though. In the right hands, they can be deadly. It’s great to have a Fairy-type on your team, but if you find yourself facing off against one, you’ll need to know their weaknesses and resistances to have a chance at winning.

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Fairy-types might look cute, but they can be difficult to defeat.

Fairy-type Pokemon weaknesses

Fairy-type Pokemon are weak to Poison and Steel-type attacks, which makes these types the perfect offensive choices to take into battle.

It’s not enough to just have Poison and Steel-type Pokemon on your team, though, as they’ll also need to have strong movesets that match their type to be effective.

Fairy-type Pokemon strengths and resistances

Fairy-type Pokemon are strong against Dark, Dragon, and Fighting-type opponents, so it’s best to avoid taking these into battle wherever possible.

When it comes to resistances, Fairy-type Pokemon are totally immune to Dragon-type attacks and resistant to Bug, Dark, and Fighting-type attacks.

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Knowing every Fairy-type Pokemon weakness will make defeating them a breeze.

Best counters for Fairy-type Pokemon

Some of the best counters to use against Fairy-type Pokemon are powerful Steel-types like Metagross, Melmetal, and Dialga. Paired with Steel-type moves, they’ll make light work of Fairy-types.

As well as being super-effective against Fairy-types, Steel-type Pokemon don’t have any major weaknesses or vulnerabilities that Fairy-types can easily exploit, which makes them very reliable counters.

There are also loads of Poison-type Pokemon like Roserade, Gengar, and Salazzle that can take down Fairy-types. Again, they’ll need a set of Poison-type moves to be effective.

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If you’re going to use Poison-types, though, it’s important to consider that many Fairy-type Pokemon can learn Psychic-type attacks, which are super-effective against Poison-types, so be careful.

What is a Fairy-type Pokemon?

Fairy-type Pokemon were introduced in Gen 6 with X & Y, making them the newest type in the franchise. It’s usually quite easy to recognize a Fairy, as they often feature cute appearances and pink color schemes.

This isn’t always the case, though, as there are some Pokemon like Galarian Weezing and Grimmsnarl that have a scarier appearance that’s more likely inspired by ‘evil’ fairies from traditional fables and folklore.

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There also aren’t that many pure Fairy-type Pokemon, which is partly because a lot of Pokemon released prior to Gen 6 were revisited and given Fairy as a secondary typing, like the Water/Fairy-type Azumarill.

This means you’ll often need to take a second type into account when fighting a lot of Fairy-type Pokemon, which can affect their weaknesses and the best counters you’ll need to take them down.

That’s everything you need to know about Fairy-type Pokemon and their weaknesses! While you’re here, check out some of our other guides below:

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