Fairy Type Pokémon Explained – Info, Strengths, Weaknesses


What are Fairy Type Pokémon?

Fairy type Pokémon were first introduced with the launch of Generation VI in 2013 and are one of the eighteen elemental types found in the world of Pokémon. All Pokémon are categorized into various types based on their characteristics and abilities. They can be a single type or two different types.


Fairy type Pokémon are generally associated with cuteness, magic and the supernatural. When Fairy types were introduced around 20 earlier Pokémon had their types changed. Some later forms of earlier Generation Pokémon, Alolan, Galarian etc, also have Fairy as their type. The first Pure Fairy Type Pokémon is 0035 Clefairy. 

Clefairy Fairy Type Pokémon

To date there are 69 Fairy type Pokémon including Pure Fairy types that are only Fairy type, and Half Fairy types whose Primary or Secondary type is Fairy.

Complete Fairy Pokémon List


What are Fairy Type Pokémon Strengths and Weaknesses?

When in battle, all Pokémon types have strengths and weaknesses against other Pokémon types. 

Fairy Type Strengths:

When attacking – Fairy type Pokémon moves are strong against Dark, Dragon and Fighting type Pokémon. 

When being attacked – Fairy type Pokémon have a resistance to attacks by Bug, Dark, Dragon and Fighting type Pokémon.

Fairy Type Weaknesses:

When attacking – Fairy type Pokémon moves are weak against Fire, Poison and Steel type Pokémon and will do very little damage.

When being attacked – Fairy type Pokémon are weak to Poison and Steel type Pokémon.


Pokémon Trainers that specialise in Fairy type Pokémon

Throughout the Pokémon game series, players encounter Pokémon Gym Leaders and Trainers that specialise in Fairy Pokémon. 

Fairy Elite Four

Lacey – Blueberry League (Scarlet and Violet expansion – Indigo Disk)

Fairy Gym Leaders

Bede (Succeeds Opal) – Ballonlea City Gym (Sword and Shield)

Opal (until Bede takes over) – Ballonlea City Gym (Sword and Shield)

Valerie – Laverre City Gym (X and Y) 

Named Pokémon Trainers

Blossom – Furisode Girl (X and Y)

Kali – Furisode Girl (X and Y)

Katherine – Furisode Girl (X and Y)

Lillie – (Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon)

Linnea – Furisode Girl (X and Y)

Mina – (Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee)

Mina – Trial Captain (Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon)

Ortega – Team Star Boss (Scarlet and Violet)

Trainer Classes

Café Master – (Sword, Shield, Scarlet)

Fairy Tale Girl – (X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)


Fairy Type Pokémon in the TCG

While there are 18 different Pokémon types in the Pokédex and Video Game series, in the Trading Card Game (TCG) there are only 11 different Pokémon types. This means that in the TCG some categories contain more than one of the Game Pokémon types. 

In the TCG Fairy Type Pokémon were introduced in the 2013 Kalos Starter set and continued to be produced until the end of the Sun and Moon series in 2019 when they were retired. From 2013 to 2019 Fairy Type Pokémon were a stand alone type and had their own cards. From 2020 onwards they have been grouped with Psychic types.

The Fairy type Trading Cards produced from 2013 to 2020 had the Fairy symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

144/236 Clefairy

Cards for the Fairy type Pokémon that are now part of the Psychic type in the TCG, show the Psychic symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

039/091 Dachsbun

To use the Headbutt Bounce move, one Psychic and three Colorless Energy cards are required.  When deciding which cards to include in a deck, players should be aware of the qualities and requirements of their chosen Pokémon cards.

At the bottom of the card is detailed information about that card’s weakness, resistance and retreat cost. 


In the TCG, Psychic type Pokémon generally have a weakness to Darkness types. However, other types that are incorporated into the Psychic type may show different qualities. The Daschbun card shows that this card has a weakness to Steel type Pokémon and attacks from these types do double damage.


Psychic type Pokémon cards generally have a resistance to Fighting type Pokémon. However the Fairy type Daschbun card does not have resistance to a specific type.




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