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Fairy Type Pokémon Weaknesses and Good Pokémon to Use Against Them

Fairy Type Pokémon Weaknesses and Good Pokémon to Use Against Them

The Fairy type is the newest type to be introduced into the world of Pokémon, in the games X and Y back in 2013. Since then, it has had an appearance in all of the main games. 

Notable characters that use Fairy types include the gym leaders Valerie and Opal, the rival Bede, and the trial captain Mina. 

As it is a new type, some older Pokémon had their type changed to Fairy, or it was added as a secondary type.

Examples include Gardevoir (Psychic/Fairy), Clefable (changed from Normal to Fairy), and Mawile (Steel/Fairy). 

You may still be unfamiliar with how to beat this type effectively, so stay tuned for our guide on how to battle against Fairy Pokémon!

Fairy Type Pokémon Weaknesses & Strengths Chart

WeaknessStrong Against
Poison, SteelDark, Dragon, Fighting

Fairy Type Pokémon Weaknesses

Fairy type Pokémon have two main weaknesses: Poison and Steel. Fairy Pokemon and take double damage from them. Although Steel types can be tricky to come by, you should be able to find a Poison type pretty easily in your adventure. 

If you aren’t able to track down a decent enough Poison or Steel type, Fire type Pokémon take half damage from Fairy types, so they can be good in a pinch. 

As you’d expect from a type based on magical tales, Fairy Pokémon often have a high Special Defense.

This means that their Defense is usually lower, so you can take advantage of this using physical moves. 

Fairy Type Pokémon Strengths and Resistances

Fairy types are super effective against Dragon, Dark, and Fighting types. They can hit them for double damage. 

As an added bonus, Fairy Pokémon take no damage at all from Dragon type moves. The Dragon type was often feared due to its power and resistance to many types, so Fairy Pokémon help reset the odds. 

Fairy Pokémon also resists Fighting, Dark, and Bug type moves, taking half damage from them.

Fairy Pokémon often excel in their Special Attack and Defense stats, so can prove a worthy opponent. Their HP is not too bad either, allowing them to tank a good number of hits. 

Pokémon Good Against Fairy Types

There are plenty of Pokémon that can be good against Fairy type Pokémon that either can exploit their weaknesses or resist their moves. The five best Pokemon good again Fairy type are:


Aegislash Pokemon
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Aegislash is a Steel/Ghost type, meaning that it takes half-damage from Fairy type attacks.

Alongside this, it can be a physical or a special attacker with its stats and move pool. This means you can customize it to suit the Pokémon you are having trouble with pretty easily.

Its Swords Dance move also allows it to double its attack, meaning it can easily cut through teams.


Amoonguss Pokemon
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Amoonguss is Grass/Poison type, which gives it super effective damage against Fairy types.

Although it might not have the best offensive stats in the world, it can stop Pokémon in their tracks by using Spore to put them to sleep.

It can restore HP using Giga Drain, and also get back even more HP when switching out using the Regenerator ability.

Use this Pokémon to keep your opponent on their toes!


Crobat Pokemon
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Crobat is a Poison/Flying type with great speed and a decent Attack stat. Its Poison type moves do good damage and can also be a heavy hitter with Brave Bird.

As a Flying type, access to Roost also allows it to heal back any damage it takes. Access to U Turn also allows it to get out of trouble easily.


Magnezone Pokemon
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Magnezone is a special attacking Steel/Electric type.

We know we just spoke about the fact that Fairy types often have a good Special Defense stat, but Magnezone doesn’t care.

Thanks to its massive Special Attack stat, it can easily blitz through Fairy opponents, with super-effective Steel type moves as an added bonus. 


Metagross Pokemon
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Metagross is a Steel/Psychic type and, as a result, is good against Fairy Pokémon.

Like Aegislash, it has good Special Attack and Attack, meaning that it can change its move set depending upon what you need it for.

Having access to the Clear Body ability also means that its stats can’t be lowered, so it will be trickier for your opponents to wear you down. 

There are plenty more Pokémon out there, good against Fairy types. See our list below for some top choices with some recommended movesets. 

AegislashSteel/GhostSwords Dance
Iron Head
Kings Shield
Shadow Sneak
Giga Drain
Foul Play
Sludge Bomb
Brave Bird
MagnezoneSteel/ElectricFlash Cannon
Body Press
Volt Switch
MetagrossSteel/PsychicMeteor Mash
Zen Headbutt
MawileSteel/FairySwords Dance
Sucker Punch
Iron Head
Play Rough
ScizorBug/SteelBullet Punch
Bug Bite
Swords Dance
GengarGhost/PoisonNasty Plot
Focus Blast
Sludge Bomb
Shadow Ball
NidokingPoison/GroundSludge Wave
Earth Power
Ice Beam
Sludge Bomb
Leech Seed
Sludge Bomb
Giga Drain
Knock Off
BisharpSteel/DarkStealth Rock
Iron Head
Sucker Punch
Swords Dance
EmpoleonWater/SteelFlash Cannon
Ice Beam
Poison Jab

Attacks Super Effective Against Fairy Type Pokémon

Poison, and Steel type attacks will be your moves of choice to defeat Fairy type Pokémon quickly and easily. 

It’s always key to remember that you don’t need a Pokémon that has Poison or Steel typing to use a super effective move.

Lots of different Pokémon can learn them and help you out in a bind. 

Here is a list of some of the top 10 moves to look out for. 

  • Iron Head (Steel)
  • Sludge Bomb (Poison)
  • Poison Jab (Poison)
  • Meteor Mash (Steel)
  • Flash Cannon (Steel)
  • Sludge Wave (Poison)
  • Poison Fang (Poison)
  • Metal Claw (Steel)
  • Steel Wing (Steel)
  • Iron Tail (Steel)

Tips on Defeating Fairy Type Pokémon

The first and surefire way to take down a Fairy type Pokémon quickly is to use a Steel or Poison type that has access to a Steel or Poison type move, respectively.

Due to what is referred to as STAB (same type attack boost), if a Pokémon uses an attack of the same type as it, it gets a 1.5x multiplier.

If you then pair this with the super effective move type, the damage multiplier looks like this:

  • Aegislash (Steel/Ghost) faces a Clefable (Fairy).
  • Aegislash uses Iron Head (80 base power) which is the same type as it, giving it the STAB multiplier 1.5x. This move is also super effective, adding a 2x multiplier. So…

80 x 1.5 (STAB) = 120

120 x 2 (super effective) = 240

That’s a lot of damage!

That’s not to say that it isn’t worth having a Pokémon that is not Poison or Steel but knows a super-effective move.

Sometimes this can even work to your advantage and be something that your opponent does not expect!

Having a Steel of Poison type move on a Pokémon can also help to protect them if they are weak to Fairy types.

For example, Scrafty (Dark/Fighting) is super weak to Fairies, but it can learn Iron Head to give it an edge in a tough situation. 

As the Fairy type was a recent addition to the series, many Pokémon who had different types previously may now have the Fairy typing, which may catch you by surprise!

Examples include Clefable (was Normal, now Fairy), Mr. Mime (now Psychic/Fairy), Azumarill (now Water/Fairy), and Gardevoir (now Psychic/Fairy). 

As a rule of thumb, if it looks cutesy, it’s likely a Fairy type!

We hope you enjoyed our Fairy type guide. Hopefully, this new type won’t mystify you any longer!

Are there any other types you are worried about facing? Let us and your fellow trainers know in the comments.