Fairy Type in Pokemon GO: present and future

Fairy type is the most recent Pokémon type added to the games, as it was introduced in October 2013 upon the release of generation 6 games, Pokémon X and Y. It is a very good offensive and defensive typing overall, generally regarded as the ‘dragon killers’ in the main series games. As of gen 7 there are 50 Fairy type Pokémon, making it the third smallest type just behind Dragon and Ice. So how do these Fairy types size up in Pokémon Go?

There are plenty of fairy types that are not yet released, as a bulk of the fairy types were released in generation 6, already established Pokémon in the earlier gens only receiving the type as an add on to their original type or replacing an original type, such as Clefable. Here is a list of some of the best Fairy Pokémon in the game right now, and in the future generations!

Note: Gen 7 Pokémon are not yet in the database so they have no information or picture for now, but we’re including them for completeness sake.

Status Pokémon Typing Gen. Max CP Atk/Def/Sta
Legendary Pokemon GO XerneasXerneas Fairy 6 3665 250/186/299
Mythical Pokemon GO MagearnaMagearna Fairy/Steel 7 3340 246/225/160
Legendary Pokemon GO Tapu LeleTapu Lele Fairy/Psychic 7 3328 259/229/140
Normal Pokemon GO FlorgesFlorges Fairy 6 3221 212/287/156
Legendary Pokemon GO Tapu BuluTapu Bulu Fairy/Grass 7 3180 249/225/140
Normal Pokemon GO TogekissTogekiss Fairy/Flying 4 3171 225/227/170
Normal Pokemon GO PrimarinaPrimarina Fairy/Water 7 3095 232/215/160
Normal Pokemon GO SylveonSylveon Fairy 6 3094 203/237/190
Normal Pokemon GO GardevoirGardevoir Psychic/Fairy 3 2964 237/220/136
Legendary Pokemon GO Tapu KokoTapu Koko Fairy/Electric 7 2921 250/186/140

Below is a list of more Pokémon in generations 4-7 that will be coming to Pokémon Go, but do not make it in the top 10 (in terms of Max CP).

Status Pokémon Typing Gen Max CP Atk/Def/Sta
Legendary Pokemon GO Tapu FiniTapu Fini Fairy/Water 7 2635 189/261/140
Normal Pokemon GO GranbullGranbull Fairy 2 2440 212/137/180
Mythical Pokemon GO DiancieDiancie Fairy/Rock 6 2378 190/285/100
Normal Pokemon GO ClefableClefable Fairy 1 2353 178/171/190
Normal Pokemon GO AromatisseAromatisse Fairy 6 2275 173/158/202
Normal Pokemon GO SlurpuffSlurpuff Fairy 6 2068 168/168/164
Normal Pokemon GO MimikyuMimikyu Fairy/Ghost 7 2024 177/213/110

Discussion and Move Predictions

Now for a very interesting topic: Move predictions. Some of these Pokémon are very competitively viable in the game, especially the legendary Pokémon toward the top of the list. The interesting thing about Fairy types is that there is no Fairy fast move, so there is no way for any of these Pokémon to have a good, STAB, Fairy type fast move, which hinders a lot of the Fairy types in the game. As seen with Suicune, movesets can make or break a Pokémon, so we hope the best for all of the ones we will list.

Despite this, it is possible they may add a Fairy type fast move at some point in the future, a damaging Fairy move called ‘Fairy Wind’ would make a lot of sense as a fast move and would give many Fairy types a new light, and there is more to read on saving the fairy types here. Because of that, many fast moves may just seem random, especially if they do not have a second typing or if their second typing does not have any compatible fast moves. Other than that, charge moves can hold a good amount of variability, so based mostly on coolness and power factor, we will predict a few fast and/or charge moves for every Pokémon in the above chart.

Take these movesets with a grain of salt, but it is interesting to see what combinations can be made!

Pokémon Possible Fast Moves? Possible Charge Moves?
Xerneas
  •  Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
Magearna
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Flash Cannon Steel
Tapu Lele
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psychic Psychic
Florges
  • Petal Blizzard Grass
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Tapu Bulu
  • Grass Knot Grass
  • Megahorn Bug
Togekiss
  • Air Slash Flying
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Primarina
  •  Water Gun Water
  • Scald Water
  • Surf Water
  • Moonblast Fairy
Sylveon
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
Tapu Koko
  • Volt Switch Electric
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric
  • Brave Bird Flying
Tapu Fini
  • Water Gun Water
  • Surf Water
  • Blizzard Ice
Diancie
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Power Gem Rock
  • Moonblast Fairy
Aromatisse
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Draining Kiss Fairy
  • Psychic Psychic
Slurpuff
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Thunderbolt Electric
  • Flamethrower Fire
Mimikyu
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost

As you can see, tapping a fairy type fast move would be beneficial for all of these Pokémon, as the faries could really benefit from a double Fairy moveset.

Fairy Types in the Meta

Fairy types are an excellent addition to the game, even if they cannot shine to their full potential without their Dragon type immunity; they can still be great for slaying dragons, and even Fighting types.

  • The pure Fairy type resists: Bug, Dragon, Dark and Fighting type moves.
  • Adversely, the pure Fairy type is only weak to Steel and Poison type moves.

Fairy type moves used by these Pokémon will be super effective against Dragon, Dark, and Fighting types, so be sure to use these Pokémon against opponents of these types!

The Fairy type is boosted in Cloudy weather, so in that weather you can expect to see more wild spawns of Fairy types, as well as their Fairy type attacks doing more damage in raids and gym battles.

They do not dominate a single stat, as their ATK and DEF stats vary widely between the different variety of Fairy types, but it seems that across the board, they display a lower end health, or STA, stat.

History of the Fairy Type

Although the Fairy type was released in the more recent years of Pokémon, it has been in Pokémon Go right from the start. However, even though they have been prevalent in the game since the start, they still do not have a fast move, as mentioned a few times in this article (can you tell we really want a fairy fast move yet??). The addition of a fast move, likely Fairy Wind, would change the Fairy type drastically for the better.

Until then, they have a very niched use. Their lack of a high STA makes it hard to use them for the use of just their Fairy type charge moves. With so many new Fairy types coming to the game in the future, it would be foolish not to add a fast move for them. We look forward to seeing how the Fairy type changes and evolves in Pokémon Go, hopefully to give them more justice in the future.