Top Ten Best Flying Type Pokemon

The Top Ten
1 Staraptor Staraptor, known in Japan as Mukuhawk, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Close combat = dead rock & ice types. Oh no it's defense dropped... it defense sucks anyways & outspeeds most other Pokemon (expcally most rock types). Actually dead pretty much anything because it's high attack stat as long as it's at least normal effective

He learn close combat aerial ace, sword dance, and u-turn. Use sword dance to higher attack, then hit hard aerial ace and close combat. Then if needed switch out with u-turn of replace for take down

Staraptor is a and I quote from Ash himself "Staraptor is my best friend and I wouldn't trade him for all the pokemon in the world" Plus the fact that it looks like a boss hair stiles.

Plus he gets Reckless as a hidden ability, so Brave Bird has another +20% power. That's 120 +40%(20% STAB 20% Reckless). 40% of 120 is 48, so a Staraptor with Reckless can deal 168 damage in one move.

2 Dragonite Dragonite, known in Japan as Kairyu, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

When I went through Pokemon Silver/Soul Silver I used him. And he was just a wall, nothing destroyed it except for ice types. But if you just teach it FlameThrower it knocks them out easily

This Pokemon is the strongest Pokemon in my list. It was superb Pokemon in the world. I love this Pokemon because it speed is more than a bullet train

Dragonite is probably one of the best Pokemon you can get, it's not just the best flying type, it's the best Pokemon. I've defeated legendaries with it, and it's never failed me.

Why is he 5th? This pokemon beat two of trainer Reds pokemon (level 80+) when I used him, just at level 50. In the anime it destroyed most of ash's pokemon!

3 Charizard Charizard, known in Japan as Lizardon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Charizard first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated more.

This pokemon is one of the only two who have more than one mega evolution forms, with the other being Mewto. It's special attack is insane, and it's speed isn't bad either. It's design is an epic fire dragon. What's not to love?

Come on, charizard should be on top of this list, people talk like its bad cause of the rocks, then why don't you lead with the zard? Mega zard Y is just pure death and destruction. 159 Base SpA Stat with 100 Speed stat? Also flamethrower gets the bonus of drought AND the stab bonus which is pretty op, Also solarbeam and focus blast are really good coverage moves so you are unkillable if you don't get outspeeded.

This pokemon is a monster if it become Mega Charizard Y. It have Drought which allow it to use Solar Beam. It also halves the damage of water moves and kill the waters type with Solar Beam. It have an insane special attack of 157, more than Mewtwo. But becareful with rocks and stealth rock. I reccomended a rapid spinner to wipe out Stealth Rock

Because it is fire type it can defeat grass bugs easily because it is flying type it can defeat fighting types easily. You should keep charizard in your team

4 Rayquaza Rayquaza is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. It lives in the ozone layer, and frequently stops battles with Kyogre and Groudon, two other Legendaries.

Rayquaza number 1 it's legendaric and very very powerful! And it can mega evolve! Salamence number 2 it's also very powerful! It can also mega evolve and it's pseudo legendaric!

This is crazy Rayquaza is actually the most powerful Pokemon why is staraptor first? Plus Rayquaza is part dragon type with a mega evolution Rayquaza seems like the best Pokemon EVER

Why isn't it in #1?! It has the highest base stat of all pokemon, access to one of the best flying type move in dragon ascent, AND can MEGA EVOLVE! How is this not in #1?!

Because of this Pokémon's ability in its mega form it is no longer 4x weak to anything and its only 2x weaknesses are dragon, ice, and fairy. It has the same stat total as mega mewtwo except that this Pokémon doesn't need a mega stone to mega evolve which means that he could still hold another item to further boost his stats. Mega rayquaza is the best Pokémon in the game which also means that it is the best flying type.

5 Salamence Salamence, known in Japan as Bohmander, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

People, people, I will admit that Salamence (non-mega) is not that great, but since ORAS, smogon rated it in their viability rankings as best mega Pokemon in ubers! (besides rayquaza) Aerilate is amazing, he has an amazing movepool. But, it's not all about skill, it's about swag, Salamence is so awesome, that wings though, that body though, in a coolness contest, who would you pick? Dragonite with its baby wings and beer belly, or the awesome Salamence. Also, Salamence's pokedex is cool,"As a result of its long held dream of flying, its cellular structure changed, and wings grew out" -Salamence

Alright, with Legendaries excluded (because Mega Rayquaza) Salamence is EASILY the best Flying-Type. He is one of two Psuedo-Legendaries to EVER be relegated to UBERS. The other being Garchomp at the beginning of Gen 4. With that aside, Salamence was good on its own, right? High speed, high SpAtk and attack, decent bulk. But then OR/AS comes along and makes this 'mon BROKEN. It got a Mega Evolution which gives a substantial boost to ALL stats, but here's the most broken part about this 'mon: it got Aerilate. For those of you that don't know, Aerilate changes any Normal-type move into a FLYING-type move. That doesn't sound big, but Flying-type STAB is what was holding this 'mon back before, but now he has a FLYING-TYPE DOUBLE EDGE. The only move's you'll EVER need on this Pokemon are Double Edge, Earthquake, and Roost. Dragon STAB isn't even needed anymore.

Mega Salamence, this thing got banned by the Smgon Community and is used a lot in VGC gameplay. Salamence can either be a special attacker or a physical attacker. With one dragon dance with the ability aerilate a double edge will destroy a lot of Pokemon as long as the Mega Salamence has a good nature good Ivs and a good EV spread. Go on YouTube right now and watch the comparison of Salamence in any battle compared to a stataptor or an aerodactyle. If anything talk inflame should be in 2nd and not stataptor. Vote for Salamence we are in the rein of 6th gen stataptor is out of its prime, as well as aerodactyle. Mega Salamence has higher usage and base stats and a better ability. I don't see why nobody would vote for the all might Salamence it can take the Mega Rayquaza with ease. Now that is something...

If u hate this pokemon then I don't know wut to say lol but it's a good teamsweeper if u give it the right item and good moves and has an epic design

6 Crobat

Almost guaranteed first strike. Confuse ray + poison fang until badly poisoned. Then switch with a resistant Pokemon and the match is yours. Give him a kings rock to make the opponent flinch and you got a winning formula.

Having played loads of pokemon I only started using crobat recently and man confuse ray, mean look and poison fang can destroy pokemon especially if you swap out to a tank. Plus it has god like speed

Really? I mean crobat has flying type attacks and you can even mix it with poison type attacks, and he is 8th in the list, what? Not saying that he owns superb speed which render all his of his enemy up.

The best Pokemon, almost didn't evolve the Golbat. He is a beast with Venoshock and Poison Fang then throw two flying moves in there and bam. You could sweep the Elite Four with one of these.

7 Lugia Lugia, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

It is the lord of the sea, which covers over two-thirds of the world. If it wants, it can just flood the world and kill everyone. Surely that's better than Staraptor?

Lugia is literally the lord/guardian of the sea (it's actually not kyogre) AKA:over80%of the world! and he is so boss he doesn't even need to be a water type not only that he has the power to destroy acues with his silver water and he controls the 3 legendary birds and that's why he is the best flying type

Bein one of the most strongest flying types ever is awesome, not to mention intelligence, speed, and leader of the three legendary birds to be considered...

Lugia is good competitively having access to moves like Calm Mind and Extrasensory. Good Legendary and Pokemon overall

8 Talonflame

It has access to powerful moves like Brave Bird, looks awesome, and is the final evolution of Fletchling, who is the cutest bird in pokemon.

Sweeps every nearly every single pokemon in competitive battle because of gale wings. The only flaw of talonflame is that it gets destroyed by stealth rock just like charizard.

Talonflame is SO awesome! It's got Me First, so you can use whatever move your opponent is going to use, and first! It's also got Fly, which is awesome, and he is like my #3 best Pokemon on my team, besides Flame (Delphox) and Vines (Venosaurous). It also looks really cool too!

The best bird Pokemon in my opinion. Gale Wings is just so awesome, allowing it to outspeed ANY non priority move and also it gets priority with Brave Bird and even Roost! Only flaw I see is the lack of bulk and a 4x Rock weakness.

9 Gyarados Gyarados is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. It evolves from one of the weakest Pokemon, Magikarp. But Gyarados has a high attack power (as of gen VII, mega Gyarados is ranking #19 for highest attack stat & would rank #10 if legendary Pokemon aren't included), and more.

It's attack stat is really good, but becomes even better when it mega evolves. Also, I love how Magikarp, who is the weakest pokemon ever, evolves into this raging water snake/dragon.

Totally rips though everything. Earthquake & auqa tail get rid of its weaknesses & if u think 'waah 4x weakness 2 electric moves' u can mega evolve it (ok then it won't b flying anymore but still). And let's look @ some good things about this typing. Got rid of ice weakness for flying type & grass weakness 4 water (mega evolve it & u ruin that + give more weaknesses �"). Oh, but then pelper... peliper sucks. It can't murder things like Gyarados. & ice fang can take care of its other flying friends. It's attack is one of the strongest non-legendary practally 1 hit KO-ing most in its path & his pretty good speed & intimate is pretty useful too

This is like a cross between a dragon and a serpent, one that has water and flying powers

It's the best man. This powerful type is domination of the seas

10 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl, known in Japan as Ptera, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Why is it number1..the comments say"he's just awesome", please that is not a reason, "it's got mega evolution, is sort of resistance to rock and electric attacks and it is very awesome", it is not the only Pokemon who can mega evolve and some non mega evolved Pokemon are better than the ones that mega evolved, it is weak to rock and electric and you need to prove it is awesome.

Aerodactyl is awesome I mean it with its mega evolution in x and y its even better it can also learn a couple dragon moves and best of all you don't have to reach the post game to get the mega stone. So you fan show off your mega aerodactyl fairly early.

@person who said "why is it number 1...", I can prove why Aerodactyl is so good. This thing is fast. Even though it's weak to rock, steel, water, electric, and ice, with Earthquake, Iron Head, Thunder Fang, and Rock Slide, it'll crush almost all resistance. Among the other rock types, I think only Rhyperior can knock this guy down (and I say Rhyperior only because of its Solid Rock ability).

It's a rock pokemon, so electric isn't that effective. He is also a flying/ground, so he can kill almost anything that's on the ground except for water and grass.

The Contenders
11 Articuno Articuno, known in Japan as Freezer, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Based on some flying creature of some sort (Of Iranian origin)

It's the coolest w water bird ever

One of the only ice flying types

Most Competitive battles do not allow "OHKO" moves, but Articuno is one of the few Pokémon that can learn one (Sheer Cold) and a move such as "Mind Reader" that allows the next move to never fail. That, and She (intended as Articuno is a beautiful Pokémon) is a great Pokémon. (...and my favorite...)

12 Gliscor Gliscor, known in Japan as Glion, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Gliscor, the Fang Scorpion Pokemon, and the evolved form of Gligar. Gliscor hangs upside down from trees, watching for its chance to attack. At the right moment, it silently swoops, with its tail ready to seize its opponent.

At the sound it is as silent as a hunting orca

Not to mention poison heal + toxic orb access to roost and facade boosted by status effects in this case poisoned. Also substitute compatible. Unless you re OHKO'd then you'll be stalling however long you want. I wouldn't go into battle without one.

Ever since I used gliscor in battle, he was a battle god for me. He was able to KO a cacturne with acrobatics.

Gliscor is a bat scorpion breed that's amazing but I see why staraptor is first.

13 Togekiss

Oh my God. It's so hard to explain how amazing Togekiss is, because there's so many great things about it. It's a fairy type, and we already know if you train them right fairy types are OP to the MAX. Then Togekiss is also the evolution of our main man Togepi, A.K.A. that Pokemon we all love. And don't even get me started on Paraflinch. There's also Togekiss's great design! And those are only a few great things I can name about Togekiss. Its just so strong and loveable! In short, out of all the flying types, Togekiss is and will always be my #1.

Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you.

Serene grace + access to tri-attack, air slash, aura sphere, thunder wave, nasty plot, dazzling gleam, psychic and psyshock + fairy/flying dual typing. this thing is your worst nightmare in OU battles.

It was already a good Pokemon, and the fairy type addition only made it better! And metronome works me wonders

By far the second best bird pokémon out there that isn't legendary, I'd even put this on par with Staraptor. This thing could easily knock down a Dragonite.

14 Hawlucha Hawlucha, known in Japan as Luchabull, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

He is obviously the best, flying press=K.O. not to mention high jump kick is boss, and sky attack is awesome. Sum it up Hawlucha=best flying type

Hawlucha is very strong. As long as it survives one hit with Unburden, using a Sitrus Berry, and Sword Dance, it can sweep most of your team.

Hawlucha is suuuuuuupppeeeeeerrr cool its even a flying and fighting where could I find it I wanna catch it with a pokeball and its gonna be my buddy along the adventure and I am gonna use it every battle

I can agree with this lucha libre hawk being above rayquaza. Well only if you count design, but rayquaza kills when in its mega form - mathyfox441

15 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh, known in Japan as Houou, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

The ultimate bird Pokemon! My personal favourite, with his legendary stats and access to Scared Fire, it deserves to be much higher on this list.

Ho-oh is on of the most powerful pokemon and the most powerful bird type pokemon, deserves no. 1

In my opinion this guy is pretty first, he should be at least in the teens, not at no. 20

Ho oh is better than staraptor, so I don't know how it's not in first place or the top 5

16 Drifblim

Now let me explain why having Drifblim instead of staraptor is abetter choice for your team. First of all Staraptor may have speed but his move pool takes forever to consistantly be good. It's also hard for staraptor to face the Elite four which is an even greater pitt fall. Drifblim though has a pretty good mach up with any other pokemon trainer and gym leader out there.

Why does everyone keep forgetting this one? It's just so cool! A unique Ghost/Flying typing, stats that, while not tournament worthy, can still get the job done and a great concept. Drifblim deserves more attention.

This thing deserves to be low because of its vulnerability to taunt and entire strategies being forced to offer under the power of a single move.

Ok, so his design is maybe a little weird, but don't let that distract from just how good a tank he can be. Couple that with Calm Mind, and sir, you got yo self a killer.

17 Yveltal Yveltal is a fictional creature in the Pokemon Franchise. Introduced in the 6th gen, Yveltal is a legendary Dark/Flying type Pokemon, and is the mascot of Pokemon Y. It is classified as the Destruction Pokemon. Yveltal has the ability to absorb life energy, and when its life comes to an end, it steals more.

It's design is amazing, it's a legendary and it can beat most of the other pokemon on this list. What's not to love?

The god of destruction is 28 while one of the weak regional birds is at 1 (staraptor). Don't forget that pidgeot is 11.

My yveltal destroyed my friend's ho oh, and volcanion in a fire vs flying battle

Yveltal is awesome. I think he should be in the top five.

18 Pidgeot

THE BEST DESIGN among all the birds in the game. Designed like the aviator it is. It's a real shame GF refuses to fix its stat distribution. Sort of does with Mega Pidgeot, but Pidgeot deserves so much more.

It's a flying type, so it should be in the top five. There weren't too many good bird pokemon (excluding legendary birds) in the first generation to choose from other than Pidgey-Pidgeotto-Pidgeot. I'm sure 8/10 used Pidgeot as their flying-type pokemon: I most-certainly did. Has good moves too. Excellent attack and speed stats. Looks really cool too.

It's literally bird Jesus. It has 100% accurate hurricanes when mega, as well as heat wave. The only reason he doesn't have focus blast ( which is why he's not in OU ) is because it would make him the ultimate bird of all. His design is awesome and he just happens to be my all time favorite Pokemon. He his truly bird Jesus.

Pidgeot should be top 5! It has incredible speed and attacks! Like wing attack, mirror move and aerial ace! And it can fly at Mach 2 speed!

19 Noivern Noivern, known in Japan as Onvern, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Noivern is without a doubt one of my most favourite pokemon. Not only can it use boomburst which is extremely powerful it can also use supersonic to detect things or help people not to get lost in places

Noivern is really strong

As fast as Crobat, but with a much better moveset

Noivern is cool. 'enough said.

20 Braviary Braviary, known in Japan as Warrgle, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Why people why. Why did you not put him on the list.
He is AMERICA THE Pokemon. He owns the face of every other Pokemon on this list (well maybe not Salamence and Dragonite, but come on people, they're pseudo-legendaries).
With Brave Bird, Super Power, Crush Claw, and Arial Ace, he totally owns. Plus, in White and Black 2, you can find one with the hidden ability Defiant.
I got a Braviary with Defiant, and it owns. Defiant means that whenever one of his stats is lowered, his Attack raises by TWO STAGES. Intimidate? Yeah, thanks for the Attack Boost. I used him to own Clay's Gym. Including his Excadrill, who just couldn't hack it and missed with Rock Slide all the ' time.

Braviary is my personal favorite flying type, plus it is extremely hard to get (except in gen 5) and it evolves from rufflet at a later level, so it's an all around great pokemon. Plus, it's great move set combined with its hard to top attack stat and HP stat makes it a great coverage pokemon for any team.

How this Pokemon didn't get higher I don't know. With Tailwind, Roost Brave Bird and Air Slash and a Weakness policy if it doesn't have Defiant, this Pokemon OWNS almost anything in the skies!

This pokemon is absolutely epic! This is my favorite pokemon because of 1. It's stats, attack, and speed and 2. I love eagles. GO BRAVIARY!

21 Zapdos Zapdos, known in Japan as Thunder, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

He was my first shiny and I didn't even try to get him shiny because he's godly as it is

He is the coolest Pokemon ever and the strongest it's like pikachu's father bird

It's an electric and flying type. It is its own weakness. Therefore it has none.

This guy can live an ice type attack and it has like 100 speed.

22 Moltres Moltres, known in Japan as Fire, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

How is he last that would mean he is one of the worst flying types ever? I don't think he is the best but like guys he can wreck a lot of other flying Pokemon. Like really bruh

I don't think Moltres is that good, but it;s better thean Rowlet who is somehow ahead of Moltres ;/

Why is he number 48! he is the second best lengendary bird in kanto only to zapdos

23 Altaria Altaria, known in Japan as Tyltalis, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

I vote for Altaria because it's one of my pokemon and it's really strong! From altaria, heliolisk, Starmie, and Scizor, I think Starmie and Altaria is one of my strongest pokemons

Reason it's Dragon/Flying because it's based on the Chinese legendary creature

I used it on my team on my team and with its mega it could wreck every dragon type

Altaria is a beast, and levels up quickly, due to its erratic experience rate.

24 Swablu Swablu, known in Japan as Tyltto, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
25 Scyther

Cool pokemon, but I think scizor could be better, but they also have the same stats... so it does not really madder.

He should be number one because he can eventually evolve into scizor, ad also because he has false swipe.

He's my 1 of my best Pokemon at lest M Scizor is the best to unlock in Super Smash Bothers ultamite.

This thing has sythes for arms that makes it the best

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