Fairy types may be the newest type but have been in Pokemon Go since the game released. Fairy types are known for their effectiveness against Dragon-types but also their fairly limited movepool. Most Meta Relevant Fairy Types are considered to be “glass-cannons” as they can output (in certain scenarios) high damage but take a small number of hits to take down. As Trainer Battles tend to favor defensive behemoths over offensive powerhouses, most Fairy types will have a hard time in certain match-ups. That being said, Azumarill is bulkier than most and can, therefore, have an edge in certain matchups.

Meta Relevant Fairy Types in Offense

Fairy type moves are effective against three individual types; Fighting Dragon and Dark. Among these three, Dragon and Fighting types would be where the Fairies have key advantages; While Dragon types can pack a punch against other Dragon types (as well as others) and while Fighting types give very good coverage, they are less of a threat to the Fairy types due to the ineffectiveness of some of their STAB moves. As mentioned, Fairy types are also super-effective against Dark types, which may be of some use in the Twilight Cup (running until Feb 28th).

Unfortunately, Pokemon Go still has the same issue which has always held the Fairy types back from their full potential; the lack of a Fairy type fast move. That being said, different move types can provide more options for coverage and can give you an edge over your opponent if it isn’t something they expected.

Using as many Charge Moves as possible during PVP matches is also an important strategy as it forces your opponent to use their shields sooner than they’d have perhaps liked. Fast moves with high EPT (energy per turn) but lack STAB are therefore sometimes better than moves that don’t generate energy as quickly but do benefit from STAB. Play Rough is considered to be the better Charge Move of the limited bunch due to its lower energy requirement (allowing you to fire it off more often) but Dazzling Gleam is also not bad where DPS is concerned.

Meta Relevant Fairy Types in Defense

Fairy types are not really known for defense. While there are some that have the bulk to be a decent defensive choice such as Azumarill, most will have trouble with even neutral match-ups. With Fairy types having a weakness to Poison type moves and there being a few prominent Poison types in the Twilight meta, they may have a hard time in the upcoming Twilight Cup.

 

Meta Relevant Fairy Types in Great League

Pokémon ATK
(IV)
DEF
(IV)
HP
(IV)
Fast Move Charge Move(s)
AzumarillAzumarill

1499 CP @ level 40

96
(10)
129
(12)
186
(11)
  • Bubble Water
  • Rock Smash Fighting
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Hydro Pump Water
WigglytuffWigglytuff

1498 CP @ level 28.5

118
(10)
71
(12)
217
(14)
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Pound Normal
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Hyper Beam Normal
TogeticTogetic

1500 CP @ level 35

113
(10)
146
(11)
119
(11)
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Hidden Power Normal
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Ancient Power Rock
ClefableClefable

1499 CP @ level 22.5

119
(10)
109
(11)
144
(12)
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Pound Normal
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
Ninetales (Alola)Ninetales (Alola)

1500 CP @ level 23.5

116
(10)
131
(14)
121
(14)
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Blizzard Ice

*Moves listed in italics are legacy.

Meta Relevant Fairy Types in Ultra League

Pokémon ATK
(IV)
DEF
(IV)
HP
(IV)
Fast Move Charge Move(s)
ClefableClefable

2437 CP @ level 40

152
(15)
139
(15)
182
(15)
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Pound Normal
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Dazzling GleamFairy
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
TogekissTogekiss

2496 CP @ level 27

163
(13)
158
(14)
146
(15)
  • Air Slash Flying
  • Hidden Power Normal
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
GardevoirGardevoir

2475 CP @ level 28

178
(15)
148
(15)
130
(15)
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Psychic Psychic
GranbullGranbull

2497 CP @ level 40

175
(15)
111
(15)
171
(15)
  • Snarl Dark
  • Bite Dark
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Crunch Dark
  • Close Combat Fighting
Ninetales (Alola)Ninetales (Alola)

2309 CP @ level 40

146
(15)
164
(15)
151
(15)
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Blizzard Ice

*Moves listed in italics are legacy.

Meta Relevant Fairy Types in Master League

Pokémon ATK DEF HP Fast Move Charge Move(s)
TogekissTogekiss 189 183 168
  • Air Slash Flying
  • Hidden Power Normal
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Flamethrower Fire
GardevoirGardevoir 199 165 145
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Psychic Psychic
ClefableClefable 152 139 182
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Pound Normal
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
GranbullGranbull 179 115 175
  • Snarl Dark
  • Bite Dark
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Crunch Dark
  • Close Combat Fighting
Ninetales (Alola)Ninetales (Alola)* 146 164 151
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Psyshock Psychic
  • Blizzard Ice

*Moves listed in italics are legacy
*Meta Relevant Fairy Types used the Master League table are all Level 40 with perfect IVs. Refer to detailed sets down below for more information.

Meta Relevant Fairy Types Infographic
Infographic courtesy of CoupleOfGaming

Detailed Sets

Azumarill – Great
  • Bubble Water
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Ice Beam Water

Azumarill is one of the best Pokémon in Great League. It has surprising bulk and enough firepower to threaten would-be counters. Bubble is easily the best Fast move as it has the EPT to quickly fire off Charge Moves. Play Rough should be your go-to attack, and Ice Beam should help fend off any Grass types who dare threaten Azu. It also often forces a switch when matched up against Flygon and other Ground types who plan on spamming Charge Moves with the help of their high EPT Fast move, Mud Shot.

Wigglytuff – Great / Ultra
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Ice Beam Ice

What Wigglytuff lacks in Defense, it makes up for in Stamina giving it the highest HP stat among all of our Meta Relevant Fairy Types in the Great League.

Having dual Normal and Fairy typing gives Wigglytuff a double resistance to Dragon and Ghost type moves. This not only means it will double resist all of Giratina’s moves except Ancient Power, but also that it would be worth considering as a counter for other prominent Ghost and Dragon types. To make things even better, Wigglytuff has access to Ice Beam and Play Rough, both of which will deal super effective damage to Giratina and other Dragons, while Ice Beam would deal double super effective damage to any Flying & Dragon types it faces like Altaria and Dragonite.

Togetic – Great
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Aerial Ace Flying

Togetic’s Fairy and Flying typing gives it double resistances to both Dragon and Ground type moves. This makes Togetic a great counter for Flygon which will also be weak to Togetic’s Charge Move, Dazzling Gleam. Just watch out for Flygon returning Stone Edge as that will hit Togetic for Super Effective damage. Also of note, remember to beware of Blizzard when using Togetic!

While it would be an expensive investment (unless you’ve been lucky enough to find a high level one in the wild), Togetic is one of the few viable Toxicroak counters in The Twilight Cup, as its Fast Move, Extrasensory would deal double super effective damage. If you do decide to invest in Togetic for this niche purpose, you should opt for Aerial Ace as its Charge Move as any non-shielded attacks would also deal Super Effective damage to Toxicroak.

Togekiss – Great / Ultra
  • Air Slash Flying
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Ancient Power Rock

Just like its unevolved form, Togekiss also boasts double resistances to Dragon and Ground type moves, so if you find yourself facing a Flygon in the Ultra League, a Togekiss on your team will go a long way. Again, watch out for Stone Edge though.

We also see Giratina, Dragonite, Latias, Alolan Exeggutor, and Kingdra making waves in the Ultra League, so Togekiss would make an ideal counter to any of these as well. However, look out for them hitting back with Super Effective moves as Giratina can do so with Ancient Power, Latias with Thunder, and Kingdra with Blizzard.

Gardevoir – Ultra / Master
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Shadow Ball Ghost

Confusion as a Fast Move is one of the most neutrally damaging moves in PvP. Additionally,  the facts that it also gets STAB from Gardevoir and generates energy at a reasonable rate, are great bonuses! The only downside to this move though, is that it will deal reduced damage to Psychic types like Mewtwo and the Steel types like Metagross. It would also be almost useless against Tyranitar as Dark types have double resistance to Psychic type moves.

Gardevoir’s ability to learn Dazzling Gleam as a Charge Move holds it in good stead for the Master League as this means it can deal Super Effective damage to the big Dragon types that dominate it while only taking 39% damage in return.

Clefable – Great / Ultra / Master
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Meteor Mash Steel
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy

Clefable recently gained access to the powerful Steel type Charge Move, Meteor Mash, something that no other Meta Relevant Fairy Types have. While this has no particular benefit from a type coverage point of view, it could quite easily take any Rock, Ice, or other Fairy types by surprise and one-hit-KO them with an unshielded Meteor Mash!

As with all of the other Fairy types we’ve discussed so far, Clefable also has that all important double resistance to Dragon type moves, and a Fairy type Charge Move to hit them back with, making it viable for use in all three leagues, but due to its stats, particularly the Ultra League.

Granbull – Ultra / Master
  • Snarl Dark
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Crunch Dark
  • Close Combat Fighting

Granbull has something that all other Meta Relevant Fairy Types lack; a Fighting type move! With 5 type advantages, Close Combat makes Granbull quite diverse. Close Combat does a lot of damage but has a mid-range energy cost and due to Granbull’s low-ish defense stat, you may struggle to get more than one or two of these moves off unless you’re shielding.

Crunch is always handy due to its low energy cost requirement and allowing you to bait shields out of your opponent.

Play Rough is probably the best Charge Move of the three options though due to STAB and being super effective against the Dragon types that we commonly see in PvP, that’s not to say the other two don’t have their uses too.

Oh, and one more thing (we know you know this by now but we’ll say it again) – Fairy types double resist Dragon type moves…

Alolan Ninetales – Great / Ultra / Master
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy
  • Ice Beam Ice

Lastly, we take a look at one of the most majestic Pokémon out there, Alolan Ninetales. As a dual Fairy and Ice type, Ninetales will take double super effective damage from Steel type moves, so be sure to look out for that possibility in your battles.

Move-wise, Alolan Nintales is a dream! In addition to only taking 39% damage from Dragon type moves (yes, we said it again…) it has two great Charge Moves that will hit back with 160% damage (or 256% damage in the case of Ice Beam against Flying Dragons!!)

We’d like to recommend Alolan Ninetales as one of the most essential Meta Relevant Fairy Types for your Ultra League squad.

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