When you really think about it, the battle system in the Pokemon games is just an elaborate version of a rock-paper-scissors game. In place of the rock, the paper, and the scissors are 18 Pokemon types that are strong against others and weak against others. Pokemon Go has mostly kept the type attributes intact, except for the extremely useful type immunities. The reason for this omission probably stems from the fact that Pokemon Go only allows two unchangeable moves for each Pokemon, so it would be unfair if one or both of those moves are completely nullified by some Pokemon. Originally, there were 15 types, but two new types – Dark and Steel – were introduced in the second-gen games (Gold & Silver) and another one – Fairy – made its debut in the sixth-gen games (X & Y).
Like the Steel type when it made its debut, the Fairy type was also retroactively given to five Pokemon from the original 151 – in two cases, the new type completely replaced their then-current type. But before you get acquainted with these Pokemon, check out the attributes of the Fairy type first.
The ultimate Dragon counter?
Fairy-type moves are super effective on Dark, Fighting, and Dragon Pokemon, while Fairy Pokemon are weak against Poison and Steel moves, but these moves aren’t exactly the most common, so it can be argued that there’s really no significant threat to Fairy Pokemon. Additionally, Fairy Pokemon resist Bug-type moves and Fire-type Pokemon resist Fairy-type moves. If all of these seem confusing, you can simply check out the Pokemon type chart for an easier time understanding them.
In the main Pokemon games, Fairy Pokemon also takes zero damage from Dragon-type moves, one of the most powerful offensive types. Combined with Fairy-type moves being super effective on Dragon Pokemon, it’s easy to assume that a Fairy Pokemon is a Dragon’s worst nightmare. But, like mentioned, type immunities were stripped from Pokemon Go, which makes Fairy Pokemon now dangerously vulnerable to Dragonite – despite a good type coverage, defense-wise, Fairy Pokemon aren’t exactly the most physically durable Pokemon, and you only need to check out these five Fairy Pokemon in Pokemon Go as proof.
Clefairy and Clefable
Clefairy and Clefable were originally pure Normal-type Pokemon, but they were turned to pure Fairy-type when the sixth-gen games rolled around. This one’s actually a no-brainer: Clefairy and Clefable ARE fairy Pokemon. In the original games – Red & Blue – Clefairy can be primarily found in Mt. Moon, the games’ very first dungeon, while Clefable can only be acquired if you evolve Clefairy using a Moon Stone. Clefable has access to a large set of moves in the main games, which makes it a bit unpredictable during battle.
In Pokemon Go, Fairy-type Pokemon can reportedly be found near beaches and places of interests, like PokeStops. Clefairy and Clefable, however, have a higher chance of appearing at night because, as pointed out by the second-gen games, they like to play around under the moonlight. But if you don’t want hanging around during night, you can simply have someone else catch them for you. Similar to other evolved Pokemon, Clefable can also be acquired in Pokemon Go by the use of Candies.
Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff
Jigglypuff is one of the most popular Pokemon, thanks to its notorious antics in the Pokemon TV show. In the TV show, Jigglypuff has a modus of lulling people to sleep with its cute singing voice. But when people have fallen asleep, Jigglypuff will get pissed off and use its microphone – which hides a marker – to draw things on the faces of its sleeping audience. Jigglypuff can be found in select patches of grass in the original games, while Wigglytuff can be encountered in the famed Cerulean Cave which houses the legendary Mewtwo. Alternatively, Wigglytuff can be acquired if Jigglypuff is exposed to the Moon Stone, similar to Clefairy.
Like other Fairy-type Pokemon, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff can be found near beaches and places of interests in Pokemon Go, although their encounter rate doesn’t go up during nighttime, unlike Clefairy and Clefable. And, of course, Wigglytuff can be evolved from Jigglypuff via Candies. These two Pokemon were also originally pure Normal-type, but were given the Fairy subtype starting with the sixth-gen games – yes, they’re a Normal-Fairy combo instead of pure Fairy like Clefairy and Clefable. This takes away their advantage against Fighting-type Pokemon, and the lack of immunities in Pokemon Go nullifies their would-be immunity to Ghost-type moves.
In case you don’t know yet, Mr. Mime is one the region-exclusive Pokemon in Pokemon Go. It’s a Psychic-Fairy hybrid that can only be found across Europe – mostly in populated areas similar to a real mime artist. Mr. Mime can be acquired in the original games via an in-game trade only. Unlike the other four Fairy-type Pokemon, Mr. Mime is more prevalent in city centers instead of beaches. This is probably due to its humanoid form and because, well, it’s a mime. Although it’s still unconfirmed, it’s theoretically possible to get Mr. Mime in Pokemon Go through Pokemon eggs, regardless of your location. (Clefairy, Clefable, Jigglypuff, and Wigglytuff can also be acquired similarly, by the way.) Due to its region-exclusivity, Mr. Mime is the most difficult to get your hands on in Pokemon Go, compared to its other Fairy-type kin.
Fit for the Gym?
Thanks to its defensive type coverage and effectiveness against Fighting and Dragon Pokemon – two offensive powerhouses – Fairy-type Pokemon would make good Gym defenders. And nothing is funnier than the cute pink-ness of Clefable taking down more fearsome-looking Pokemon. Although the lack of the traditional Pokemon stats in Pokemon Go further nerfs Fairy Pokemon – in the main games, Fairy Pokemon have high Special Defense stats to make up for their fragility, physical-wise. On the flip side, they don’t exactly pack a powerful punch, so don’t expect them to sweep Gym challengers like the almighty Gyarados would. As they say, there’s always a more fitting character for every situation. And this couldn’t be truer when you buy a League of Legends account and find out there are champions born to defend the mid lane or top lane.