Top Ten Pokemon That Were Given the Wrong Types

There are many Pokemon in the games that though, given the tendency of the moves they learn, aren't alloted the types they deserve.

The Top Ten

1 Gyarados (Water/Flying) - Should have been : (Water/Dragon)

In gen 2 replace the flying type with dark. gen 6 mega give it dragon - boltslegend

If gyarados were water/dragon he would have only been weak to dragon and fairy, fairies weren't in gen 5 and below and the only dragon move in gen 1 was dragon rage. Gyarados would've been even stronger than mewtwo, almost like a mega rayquaza on steroids

Always infuriated me to no end. I mean, people would first tell me the evolution line made no sense, and I'd counter with: "It's based off the old Chinese tale of the dragon gate, in which the frail goldfish would swim up a vicious waterfall and becomes a dragon." And then...
It's not even a dragon! It's A... Water bird! It's obviously a dragon, have it happen! - keycha1n

A quick whiff of lightning will bring Gyarados down like a stumbled sack of potatoes.

2 Flygon (Ground/Dragon) - Should have been : (Bug/Dragon)

It looks very much like a DragonFly. It's predecessor even more. Would have been even better if it started as a ground/bug (termite), then bug/dragon (dragonfly) and eventually a dragon/bug or dragon/fly (it's a bit less buggy at the end).

Something to keep it out of the shadows of Garchomp. It's so very clearly a bug/dragon type, and the unique typing could've really given it a spotlight! - keycha1n

I would really like a bug dragon type, immunity to everything a bug failed at.

Should have been bug and flying!

3 Vigoroth (Normal) - Should have been : (Normal/Fighting)

Vigororoth always loves a good fight!

I'm only talking about Vigoroth in particular here. I'm fine with the typing of Slakoth and Slaking because of the lazy personality they have and it kinda makes sense. But the fact that Vigoroth is just polar opposite of the two, both ability wise and personality wise, could have been a perfect excuse of its dual typing. Vigoroth, unlike its predecessor and successor, doesn't have truant and has an awesome ability called Vital Spirit. Its design, its ferocious attacks, all indicate the qualities of an ideal fighting type Pokemon. Maybe it could have been our first Normal/Fighting Pokemon instead of Melotta (Fighting Form) or Mega Lopunny. - Kiteretsunu

4 Charizard (Fire/Flying) - Should have been : (Fire/Dragon)

A dragon starter would be to op waiting for mega was the right call - boltslegend

It would be great if it was fire/dragon in the first place. Charizard looks dragon to me. - Delgia2k

No, just no. In Generation 1, dragons were special because the only dragons were the Dratini family, making a starter a dragon type is incredibly unfair and biased. Charizard X only exists to silence all those Gen 1 fanboys

Dragon wasn't in Gen 1 so it would had to have been added later.

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5 Noctowl (Normal/Flying) - Should have been : (Psychic/Flying)

A flying type Pokemon who learns tons of psychic type moves isn't a psychic type in the first place. Wow! - Kiteretsunu

It's most memorable feature is 'being hypnotic'.

6 Pinsir (Bug) - Should have been : (Bug/Fighting) Pinsir (Bug) - Should have been  : (Bug/Fighting) Pinsir, known in Japan as Kailios, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Hey, yo right. And then Mega Pinsir should be Fighting/Flying? That would be cool.

Pinsir has good fighting skills. How is he NOT a fighting type as well? - EpicJake

There is not a Pincer, is a Pinsir

I agree with this as Pinsir's moveset has a lot of fighting type moves. - kormo

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7 Golduck (Water) - Should have been : (Water/Psychic)

Golduck used to be my favorite water type Pokemon back when I was a Kid. It didn't have the annoying speed of Slowpoke, while at the same time had awesome psychic type moves just like the Slowpoke evolutionary line. But the fact that it wasn't dual typed with psychic always bugged and it still does. - Kiteretsunu

Isn't this guy Psyduck? Anyway, he has psy in the name, so why doesn't he have the Psychic type?

Why? Call him Golduck, he don't even have the color of Gold

Cause Psyduck means kid duck and Golduck means Psychic duck or something like that in Japanese - MrQuaz680

8 Lugia (Flying/Psychic) Should have been: (Water/Flying)

It is considered guardian of the seas meaning it should be water type. - POKEGAMERZ

There is nothing about this that makes it a psychic type.

Lugia is Psychic type so it wouldn't beat Ho-oh every time

9 Dragonair (Dragon) - Should have been : (Dragon/Water)

Yes the whole line should be water - boltslegend

It learns lots of water moves, and, in every game you find it in, it is in a body of WATER? Why nor water type?

Both dratini and dragonair are Pokemon that can only be found in the water, and they can learn plenty of water type moves (at least through TMs) it's natural they should have been typed as Dragon/Water.
Dratini - Dragon/Water
Dragonair - Dragon/Water
Dragonite - Dragon/Flying - Kiteretsunu

10 Rhydon (Ground/Rock) - Should have been : (Ground)

I really hate the Rock/Ground types, firstly because they have awful special defense and have 4x weakness to types that mostly use special moves, and secondly because there are just too many of them (Geodude and Onix are just everywhere).
But for Onix and geodude, it kinda make sense, but for Rhydon I never really understood the logic behind its typing. It was a flat out perfect ground type for the first generation. But no, we had to add the annoying rock type to it. - Kiteretsunu

true - boltslegend

The Contenders

11 Ninetales (Fire) - Should have been : (Fire/Psychic)

It's tails are said to have each it's own 'mystical power'. Not only that, but it's said if you touch/pull? One of it's tails you'll be cursed. Also said to understand human speech easily and said is intelligent all which are characteristics of a lot of psychic Pokemon.

It should say fire-ghost not fire-psychic. Afterall it's based off of a fox SPIRIT aka a fox ghost. - flash101

12 Cinccino (Normal) - Should have been: (Normal/Fairy)
13 Blastoise (Water) - Should have been : (Water/Rock)

The only reason Tirtouga is rock type because it's a fossil Pokemon (All fossil Pokemon have rock)

Because it has its shell just like Tirtouga. - Kiteretsunu

I'm not trying to argue but I personally think Blastoise to be water steel like empoleon because of the cannons - MrQuaz680

14 Gothitelle (Psychic) - Should have been: (Psychic/Dark)

I feel like if they make a cosmic type gothitelle should be that. all of its pokedex entries talk about it predicting the future position of stars

15 Celebi (Grass/Psychic) Should have been: (Grass/Fairy)

True but psychic shows its time travel ability - boltslegend

It looks just like a fairy

16 Jirachi (Psychic/Steel) Should have been: (Psychic/Fairy)
17 Nihilego (Rock/Poison) Should Have Been: (Ice/Poison)

It is based on plants that grow on rocks so it should be poison grass. If triple types existed it would probably be rock poison grass

What poison and rock? Gamefreak!

I MEAN, poison makes a bit more sense but Rock Makes absolutely NO sense. Its an ultra beast if you haven't played gen 7. It even LOOKS like a ice type

18 Florges (Fairy) Should have been: (Fairy, Grass)

Flabebe, Floette and Florges all look like flowers and can also learn plenty of grass type moves. I don't have a problem with the Fairy type but the problem comes from them not receiving a grass type at all.

19 Darkrai (Dark) Should have been: (Dark/Ghost)

It'll be more overpowered in gen 4 and 5. And don't get me started on wonderai hackers.

This would be smart - boltslegend

Why does Sableye and Spiritomb get this typing with no weaknesses and 3 immunities but Darkrai don't? It's obviously a ghost, too!

20 Electivire (Electric) - Should have been: (Electric-Fighting)

It learns quite a few fighting type moves.

21 Bulbasaur (Dragon/Fighting) Should have been: (Electric/Fairy)
22 Lugia (Water) - Should have been: (Water/Psychic)

Lugia is Psychic, but not Water. It should be part water. The list option is wrong.

23 Shuckle (Bug/Rock) - Should have been: (Rock) Shuckle (Bug/Rock) - Should have been: (Rock)

It just doesn't look like a bug

24 Pikachu (Grass) - Should have been: (Dark/Dragon)

Ummm clearly like it's a yellow
electric mouse

25 Solgaleo (Psychic/Steel) Should Have Been: (Fire/Steel)

No psychic represents the dementional aspect - boltslegend

26 Zangoose (Normal) Should have been : (Normal/Fighting)

It knows a lot of fighting type moves.


27 Wobbuffet (Psychic) Should Have Been: (Normal)
28 Horsea (Water) - Should have been: (Water/Dragon)

to early - boltslegend

Come on, it's the dragon pokemon!

29 Greninja (Water/Dark) Should have been: (Water/Fighting)

Dark, ninja hard to see. also the ammount of crap gamefreak would get for 2 fighting type starters in 1 gen - boltslegend

It's a ninja.

30 Luxray (Electric) - Should have been (Electric/Dark)

True but luxeray is a rightious mon - boltslegend

It looks like a dark type and it even learns some dark type moves, but for some reason it's just an electric type

31 Mega Absol (Dark) should have been: (Dark/Fairy)

i agree - boltslegend

I mean... come on man

32 Smeargle (Normal) Should have been: (Normal/Dragon)

Wait what. draco meteor is the only thing backing this one up - boltslegend

Sketch and "can learn any dragon type move" explain normal/dragon

33 Milotic (Water) Should have been: (Water/Electric)

Zap cannon explain it!

34 Haxorus (Dragon) Should have been: (Dragon/Dark)

No maybe dragon steel because the blade face - boltslegend

35 FarFetch'd (Normal/Flying) Should have been: (Dragon/Dark)

It never flew in the anime and it doesn't have a flying evolution like Murkrow. Always on the ground too.

36 Ninetales (Fire) Should Have Been: (Fire/Ghost)

Well cupid has a ghostly Pokedex entry in pokemon sun, and ninetales can take control of people's minds, so I agree

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Pinsir (Bug) - Should have been : (Bug/Fighting)
2. Noctowl (Normal/Flying) - Should have been : (Psychic/Flying)
3. Flygon (Ground/Dragon) - Should have been : (Bug/Dragon)
1. Lugia (Flying/Psychic) Should have been: (Water/Flying)
2. Pinsir (Bug) - Should have been : (Bug/Fighting)
3. Rhydon (Ground/Rock) - Should have been : (Ground)
1. Gyarados (Water/Flying) - Should have been : (Water/Dragon)
2. Vigoroth (Normal) - Should have been : (Normal/Fighting)
3. Flygon (Ground/Dragon) - Should have been : (Bug/Dragon)

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