Pokemon X and Y; Type Changes/Fairy Type Matchups Revealed!

For a while now, people have been wondering what the type chart was going to be like in the sixth gen.  But now that Coro Coro’s latest issue is out, we can finally put all this at rest and reveal how the Fairy type interacts with everything else.

First up, it’s immune to Dragon.  As in, any Dragon attacks will do absolutely nothing to any Fairy types.

It’s also super effect against Dragon, Dark and Fighting types, resists the latter types without being immune to them and is ineffective against Poison, Fire, Bug and Steel types.  It’s also weak to Poison and Steel type attacks.

So that’s something.  But that’s not all!

Nope, now Steel has lost its resistance to Dark and Ghost type moves.  So in other words, Jirachi and Metagross are gonna be a hell of a lot less effective in gen 6 than they were before, since their main ‘useful’ resistance is now less useful.

But now that’s all stated, you’re probably wondering what I’m thinking about this stuff myself, right?

Well to be honest, I suspect the following changes will happen in the metagame (based on reading various forums and thinking about the type chart changes):

  1. Metagross and Jirachi might either become less common or drop out the Overused tier.
  2. Salamence might do likewise, along with Dragonite (since their secondary types do absolutely nothing against their weakness to Fairy attacks).
  3. Hydreigon is as good as gone from the tournament scene, given its double weakness to Fairy types and attacks.
  4. Xerneas is going to absolutely destroy half the current ‘Uber’ Pokemon.  Arceus Dark, Darkrai and Arceus Fighting better watch out and Arceus Dragon, Zekrom, Raquaza, Kyurem, Girantina and Palkia can near enough consider themself countered or potentially walled.   Heck, the only things that can potentially stop this Pokemon are Ho-oh, Arceus Fire, Genesect and Excadrill, given that everything else is either neutral or weak against it.

So that’s the type chart changes and my predictions for the changes to the metagame that’ll likely result from them.  What do you think?  Will these changes make certain older Pokemon damn near useless?  And how about that Xerneas as a potential destroyer of other overpowered Pokemon?



7 thoughts on “Pokemon X and Y; Type Changes/Fairy Type Matchups Revealed!”

  1. I’m assuming Hydreigon will move down to UU, still it’s going to be useful since it has a decent movepool, but having 5 weaknesses with one of them being a 4x weakness isn’t that desirable (I now understand why it was being used as Sylveon’s punching bag). Metagross has decent defense but will probably go down the same route as Hydreigon, Jirachi’s stats and movepool could save it from tier demotion. Specially offensive Dragon types will probably be the ones hit hardest by the tier changes since Sylveon is speculated to be a Special wall (there is exhibition match footage showing one being hit by a Rain, STAB and Life Orb boosted Hydro Pump and only losing half it’s health).

    If a Fairy-type with Mold Breaker is released, Multiscale Dragonites will fall into obscurity, seeing as Mold Break would render the ability useless. I’m assuming with Dragons imminent fall from competitive dominance in XY, we will be seeing a few Steel and Poison types ascending to OU, or at least ascending to a higher tier (suddenly, Klinklang’s not looking so bad eh?). Also you list Ho-oh and Fire!Arceus as if Fire is suppereffective against Fairy, it isn’t. I agree with Xerneas probably being able to destroy half of Uber though, any Dragon fighting it won’t stand a chance against it’s STAB + Fairy Aura boosted Fairy attacks.

    The least we can do now is welcome our Fairy overlords to the competitive scene.

    1. I know fire isn’t good against Fairy types, but they resist attacks from it. Hence Fire Arceus and Ho-oh could theoretically work quite well as ‘walls’ against Fairy types like Xerneas.

      Agreed with the rest though.

  2. Not sure how I feel about the type matchups, for the most part. I am glad that steel is loosing its dark and ghost resistances, though. That never really made sense to me.

  3. Hydreigon should be fine, it’s a fantastic Pokémon, great stats, movepool and versatility as well as two useful immunities and six useful resistances. Salamence, Garchomp and Dragonite are viable in ubers despite a 4 times weakness to Ice; T-Tar has a 4 times weakness to Fighting.

    There’s a real possibility that Fairy will be a lot like Steel (which was specifically designed to make Psychic, Normal and Dragon less OP). There aren’t many great Steel type attacks- only Meteor Mash is really viable. If there are a lack of reliable, powerful Fairy type attacks and Pokemon to use them, then the Fairy type won’t dominate the metagame, except as a defensive type or a counter to specific threats. I imagine Xerneas and its signature move will dominate Ubers (along with Mega Mewtwo) but other than that they could fall flat.

    1. Difference is though… Ice types have a huge amount of weaknesses and drawbacks and Fairy types don’t. Ice types? Weak to fire, rock, steel and fighting attacks and they resist nothing. And Stealth Rock exists.

      Fairy types aren’t weak to fire (fire just resists their attacks), good against fighting types and neutral against rock types, so they don’t have a Stealth Rock weakness or anything else so awkward.

      We also obviously don’t know that there are no good Fairy type attacks. Or Steel ones in gen 6 for that matter.

      And a pseudo legendary with Fairy typing would absolutely destroy anything. You’re right, it depends on the Pokemon/moves with said typing, but I suspect Game Freak will likely make some very useful examples of both just to make Dragons less useful. Heck, even Sylveon is apparently quite potentially viable from demo footage…

      1. You make good points. I do think that GameFreak won’t want to completely destroy the non-legendary dragons, so I doubt whether we’ll see a Fairy move that doesn’t have major drawbacks (other than Xerneas’ signature). It could be the new Grass, in that sense. Sylveon strikes me as a wall first and foremost, and at this point in time I’m hoping that will be the case with most Fairy types- checks rather than counters.

        I think Steel is going to become more viable as an attacking threat as well as a defensive one. Fire and Fighting are going to be less useful attacking types due to Fairy. If another Meteor Mash quality move is added then they could have it easy (given their wealth of resistances).

        (Personally I hope Stealth Rock gets nerfed, like removing its ability to be super effective or something- it currently has way too big an effect on the metagame. Moltres is in RU, Charizard in NU!)

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