Adding in new elemental types to the Pokemon has always been a tricky proposition. While something like Steel-Type Pokemon feels like a natural fit, the idea of a Dark-Type (or Evil-Type in Japan) feels like it goes against the series’ general tone.
With the release of Pokemon Sun & Moon, Nintendo introduced the first new elemental type since Generation II: Fairy-Type. For most fans, the announcement was something to get excited about. For the first time in years, players would have an entirely new element to master. However, for some fans, the Fairy-Type felt forced, like Nintendo was trying to cater to the younger demographic and no one else.
Thankfully, since X & Y’s release, Fairy-Type has found its place in the Pokemon pantheon. And, with Sun & Moon introducing a number of new Fairy-Types into the mix, it only seems right to pick out the best of the best. Here are 15 Fairy-Type Pokémon That Are Actually Worth Your Time.
As far as starters go, it was starting to look like Popplio got the short end of the stick in Generation VII. Most fans immediately took to Rowlet’s adorable design, and Litten’s final evolution finally gave players the Fire/Dark hybrid they’d been waiting for. Popplio, on the other hand, was seemingly left in the dust.
Until Nintendo revealed Primarina, that is. As it turns out, what begins as a goofy circus seal eventually evolves into something a bit more graceful. Unsurprisingly, a lot of fans started to reconsider Popplio for their starter. Sure, its first form wasn’t anything to write home about, but once it hits Level 34, everything changes.
Sadly, as much as the Fairy-Type compliments Primarina’s design, it doesn’t inform much of its battle strategy. While Primarina does gain access to a few powerful Fairy-Type moves, these attacks are few and far between. And, considering that there’s only one Fairy-Type TM, it’s not as if players have many outside options to consider. A strong set of base statistics certainly helps, but it’s a shame that there isn’t as much of a focus on Primarina’s Fairy-Type strategies.
14 Ninetails (Alolan Form)
Alolan Pokemon, though widely accepted by fans as a great new feature for Generation VII, have become something of a sticking point for some. Though many view these new designs as a fresh new take on classic Pokemon, others were hoping for more entirely-new monsters...and, admittedly, not all of the remixed Generation I Pokemon are upgrades.
Ninetails, on the other hand, may have gotten the best new design out of the entire lot. While its original form was a beautiful homage to Japanese mythology, Ninetails’ new Alolan Form looks like something out of a classic medieval fairy tale, which may explain at least one part of its huge elemental switch-up.
Obviously, its icy white coat plays into its new Ice-Type abilities, but Ninetails’ new flowing mane and fluffy tail really feels like something out of an old fairy tale -- hence its switch over to Fairy-Type. It’s a shame that Ninetails’ new form features a few extra elemental weaknesses, but it’s hard to complain when it just looks so good.
To put it bluntly, Whimsicott is a bizarre Pokemon. That’s not to say it’s bad, it’s just sort of...weird. Not so much from a design standpoint (let’s be honest, it’s pretty freakin’ cute), but from a battling perspective.
While most Pokemon learn a few dozen moves on their trek to Level 100, Whimsicott only gains access to a total of eight different attacks -- half of which are available at Level 1. Whimsicott does have access to a wide variety of TMs, but there’s not much to distinguish its basic move set from other, more powerful Pokemon.
However, Whimsicott’s value lies in its ability to play some serious mind games. Granted, it’ll mostly be relegated to a supporting role, but a well-trained Whimsicott will catch even the most decorated of trainers off-guard, and that alone can be enough to secure a victory. One-on-one battles probably aren’t the best place for it, but Double Battles are a perfect place for Whimsicott to show off.
One thing that continues to pop up in a lot of Fairy-Type PokeDex entries is a strong desire for the Pokemon to protect its trainer. While that’s not true for every Fairy-Type (just wait until the next entry on this list), many of them share a desire to keep their trainers safe and happy.
Despite the fact that Gardevoir wasn’t categorized as a Fairy-Type for three full Generations after its debut, its PokeDex entries have always centered around one of two things: being able to read the future, and an incredible drive to keep its trainer safe. In fact, in more recent games, Gardevoir’s entire PokeDex entries have been exactly those two traits:
“[Gardevoir] has the power to predict the future. Its power peaks when it is protecting its Trainer.”
While there’s some charm to the swashbuckling ways of Gallade, it’s the caring and gentle nature of Gardevoir that cements it as one of the best Fairy-Type Pokemon out there.
The best thing about Mawile being a Fairy-Type is that, well, Mawile doesn’t seem like much of a Fairy-Type at all.
Let’s start at the beginning: when Mawile made its debut back in Generation III, it was a standard Steel-Type Pokemon. Even then, it seemed more monstrous than anything else, as Mawile’s most defining trait is the ginormous, toothy mouth sticking out of the back of its head. Things continued on as normal (or as normal as Pokemon can get) until Generation VI. At that point, Nintendo added the Fairy-Type to Mawile, along with a Mega Evolution that made a scary-looking Pokemon downright horrific.
In all honesty, that’s really the best part about Mawile. Most of the other Fairy-Type Pokemon on this list are cute, even feminine, but Mawile doesn’t have time for any of that. It’ll be a Fairy-Type regardless of what anyone thinks, monster-skull-mouth-hair and all. Mawile isn’t cute and cuddly like all of the other Fairy-Types...and that’s perfectly fine.
Just...don’t get to close to that giant mouth. It can chew through solid iron.
Snubbull holds a strange, somewhat unique place in Pokemon history. Not because it’s an incredible fighter, or extremely rare, or immensely popular with fans -- but because it was one of the first ‘new’ Pokemon that fans ever got to see.
Let’s head back to 1999. Pokemon was still in its infancy, and the upcoming second generation of games was still a secret to most American fans. The first theatrical Pokemon movie was headed to theaters, and throngs of young fans piled into theaters. And, for the first time, players got their first taste of the new Generation II Pokemon.
Sure, Pikachu’s Vacation hasn’t necessarily held up all that well (it’s mostly a 20-minute montage of cute things being cute), but that didn’t stop Snubbull from stealing the spotlight. Not only was it a strange, completely new Pokemon, but it was unlike anything that fans had ever seen before.
Sadly, Snubbull and its evolved form, Granbull, have faded from the public eye as the series went on, but it’ll always hold the honor of being many American fans’ first Generation II Pokemon.
Speaking of early Generation II Pokemon, Togepi and Snubull fulfilled similar roles in the anime adaption of the series. Both were a way for the show to introduce fans to new Pokemon, though many will remember that Togepi played a big part in the series’ ongoing story. In fact, the mystery surrounding Togepi and its inevitable evolutions was one of the reasons that the show continued to pull in viewers after the original Kanto run came to an end.
Of course, that all took place before Fairy-Type Pokemon ever existed. Once Generation VI was announced, and Nintendo confirmed that it would be going back and re-working older Pokemon into Fairy-Types, there were plenty of fans that simply assumed Togepi would be one of them.
The switch to Fairy-Type makes a lot of sense. Most of Togepi’s PokeDex entries make mention of kindness, friendship and joy -- traits that have always been associated with Fairy-Type Pokemon. Looking back, it’s almost surprising that Togepi was originally a Normal-Type Pokemon at all. It’s almost like Nintendo knew the Fairy-Type was coming years ahead of time.
Alright, alright; admittedly, we’ve talked about Mimikyu before...but it’s hard not to! The Disguise Pokemon quickly became one of Generation VII’s most beloved new species, and even when ignoring its incredibly popularity, Mimikyu is still one of the better fighters from Pokemon Sun & Moon.
Then again, one of Mimikyu’s unique features is that it’s the only Ghost/Fairy hybrid in the entire franchise. That might not sound like much at first, but Mimikyu’s typing means that it’s invulnerable to Fighting, Normal and Dragon-Type attacks.
On top of all that, it only sports a single pair of normal weaknesses (Ghost and Steel-Type) that really aren’t all that hard to plan around. Mimikyu’s stats might not necessarily be all that fantastic, but that hardly matters when some of the most common and powerful species in the franchise can't touch it.
Oh, and have we mentioned that Mimikyu is absolutely adorable? Because it is.
More often than not, the stories of each Pokemon game revolve around their respective Legendary monsters. Ever since the second game in the series, each new entry seems to focus more and more on the mythical beasts. But Pokemon X & Y took a slightly different direction with its narrative.
While a major portion of the plot still revolves around the Legendary Pokemon, much of the backstory revolves around an ancient king and his Flabebe companion. The idea of someone becoming so attached to their Pokemon that they’d sacrifice the lives of others is surprisingly mature for the series (even if it’s handled in Nintendo’s trademark, light-hearted tone).
Sadly, the plot doesn’t really go anywhere -- the king atones for his sins after, what else, a Pokemon battle -- but the focus on something other than a Legendary Pokemon was a nice change of pace from previous games in the series. Flabebe didn’t really catch on with fans after X & Y’s release, but at least it got some time in the spotlight.
Who would have thought that one of the cutest, tiniest new Pokemon would have also been one of the best early-game party members? When Nintendo first showed off Cutiefly, many players thought the same thing: yes, it’s cute, but it probably won’t be able to do much in battle. As it turns out, that sentiment was only half true.
Truth be told, much of the first few islands in Pokemon Sun & Moon can be conquered solely by leveling up the new Bug/Fairy hybrid. Not only do Cutiefly’s Fairy-Type attacks get even better when it evolves into Ribombee, but Draining Kiss is one of the best moves available in the first half of the game. As players advance through the story and the Pokemon become more diverse, it becomes a bit harder. But even so, Ribombee is a solid pick for just about anyone.
Also, it’s kind of shocking that Ribombee is even cuter than its pre-evolution. Cutiefly is one of the most adorable Pokemon ever created -- the word ‘cute’ is literally in its name -- and yet, somehow, Ribombee is even cuter. If that doesn’t make it a candidate for ‘Best Fairy-Type Pokemon’, then what does?
Even before Fairy-Type Pokemon were an actual thing, there were a few different species that felt like they were perfect for it. Pokemon has always been full of cute and colorful critters, but when Nintendo announced that it was going back and retroactively changing some species’ typing, few fans argued. After all, it felt like they were Fairy-Types all along.
Jigglypuff is definitely one of those Pokemon. It may not be as well-known today as Pikachu or Charizard, but back in the Generation I days, Jigglypuff was all over the place. To be fair, it’s easy to see why: the cuddly pink bundle of fluff was one of the cutest Pokemon in the game, and its ability to put its opponents to sleep was a relatively novel thing at the time.
Sure, its evolved form Wigglytuff is the stronger fighter, but there’s no denying that Jigglypuff is most fans’ favorite. Plus, there’s also the fact that Jigglypuff is one of the few Pokemon to regularly show up in Super Smash Bros. -- because keeping it relegated to just one franchise would be a waste.
Speaking of Generation I, the Jigglypuff and Clefairy lines almost feel like part of the same family. Both are pink, fluffy Pokemon with a penchant for Moon Stones, both can learn Sing through leveling up, and both were adored by fans back when the series made its debut.
That being said, whereas Jigglypuff is the signature Pokemon of its evolutionary tree, Clefable is the true star of the Clefairy line. Clefable has become a huge hit with fans over the past several years, and its connection to Gengar is one of the most unique relationships between different species in the entire franchise. Not only that, but it’s the only pure Fairy-Type Pokemon from Generation I, something that not even Jigglypuff can claim to be.
Sadly, the only thing holding Clefable back are its relatively middling stats, but even then, you’d be hard-pressed to find a trainer that doesn’t want one in their party. While all Pokemon are unique in some way, there’s something special about Clefable that players have been latching onto since the ‘90s.
Considering that Nintendo used Generation VI as a way to introduce players to Fairy-Type Pokemon, it only made sense that at least one of Pokemon X & Y’s new Legendary monsters would be a Fairy-Type. That honor landed with Xerneas, the flagship Pokemon X monster and one half of the Mortality Duo.
While some may say that a big deer is nowhere near as cool as a giant flying death bird, the lore behind Xerneas does a lot to inform and explain its design. Some theories hint at Xerneas’ connection with the Great Stags of Norse Mythology. Since the four stags rested at the base of the World Tree Yggdrasil, and Xerneas is found trapped within an ancient, life-giving tree, the connections are definitely there.
Even without the connections to real-life mythology, Xerneas is still one of the strongest Fairy-Type Pokemon in existence. Obviously, as a Legendary Pokemon, Xerneas is going to boast better stats than just about everyone else, but the fact that it’s a Fairy-Type Pokemon gives it a noticeable advantage over a number of its Legendary peers. Fans have figured out a few workarounds for dealing with Xerneas since its debut, but that hasn’t stopped it from being a mainstay in many a player’s party.
2 The Guardian Deities
What’s better than one Fairy-Type Legendary? How about four Fairy-Type Legendaries?
Players were expecting to see new Legendary Pokemon when Sun & Moon made their debut, but few were expecting to see so many at once. The Tapu Legendaries, otherwise known as the Guardian Deities, all represent one of the four islands of Alola, and each comes with a specific elemental typing. There is one thing that they all have in common, however: all of the Guardian Deities are Fairy-Types.
As if that wasn’t enough on its own, the Tapu Legendaries all have access to one of the most powerful moves in the franchise to date: Guardian of Alola. Though the requirements to unlock it are rather tough (don’t expect to learn the move before the end of the game), it’s worth it. The Fairy-Type Z-Move can absolutely devastate even the toughest of opponents.
Oh, and the best part about the Guardian Deities? Unlike Pokemon Sun & Moon’s other Legendary Pokemon, it’s entirely possible to catch them all once the main game has been completed. Just think -- an entire team of Legendary Pokemon, all from the same game!
Back when Fairy-Type Pokemon debuted back in Generation VI, diehard fans had but one question on their minds: will there be a new evolution for Eevee? The fluffy, dog-like Pokemon had received a new form in every other Generation, so it only made sense that Nintendo would debut something new alongside the other Fairy-Types. As it turns out, Eevee did indeed receive a new form, and it is a sight to behold.
Just looking at Sylveon is enough to understand what the Fairy-Type is all about. Bright pink, covered in flowing ribbons, hiding what is sure to be some sort of violent malice behind its eyes -- it’s all there. While some fans complained that Sylveon was Pokemon’s way of jumping the shark, the vast majority of players absolutely loved the design.
And it certainly helps that Sylveon is no slouch when it comes to battling. Like most other Fairy-Types, Sylveon’s focus lies mostly in its Special Attack and Defense stats, and its above-average HP gives Sylveon some extra durability. To be fair, Sylveon won’t be out-battling Legendaries without some help, but that doesn’t stop it from being a bright pink powerhouse.
What other Fairy-Type Pokes are worth holding on to? Let us know in the comments.