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)

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.

How can Gyrados fly? - EpicJake

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

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!

Though Flygon was our first Dragon Pokemon that was dual typed with ground, but anyone who played Gen 3 for the first time must have thought of it as bug/dragon before they saw the pokedex typing.
I always considered trapinch evolutionary line as that of a bug type. The fact that they also belong to the bug egg group helps my argument.
Possible typing of the evolutionary line could have have been :
1) Trapinch - Bug/Ground
2) Vibrava - Bug/Dragon
3) Flygon - Bug/Dragon

I always wondered why Gamefreak had to do this thing. Maybe they didn't want a Bug Pokemon to have so many Dragon defenses, or didn't want any dragon Pokemon to have so many Bug weaknesses. I can only guess. - Kiteretsunu

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

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)

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.

Though its Mega evolution X does rectifies the problem. But it's still a MEGA-evolution. Charizard should have been a Fire/Dragon from the beginning, even in its original form. The only reason it wasn't given so as to maintain the balance between the three Kanto starters. - Kiteretsunu

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

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

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

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

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

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 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)

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13 Cinccino (Normal) - Should have been: (Normal/Fairy)
14 Gothitelle (Psychic) - Should have been: (Psychic/Dark)
15 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.

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

It learns quite a few fighting type moves.

17 Lugia (Water) - Should have been: (Water/Psychic)

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

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

It just doesn't look like a bug

19 Pikachu (Grass) - Should Be Dark Dragon Pikachu (Grass) - Should Be Dark Dragon Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

Ummm clearly like it's a yellow
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20 Jirachi (Psychic, Steel) Should Be: (Psychic, Fairy) Type
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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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