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 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 a good special defense. It's typing consist of water & flying, or from its mega evolution form, it has... read more

The same as the Charizard argument. A Pokemon who is based on water dragon isn't actually a Water/Dragon, wow. And dragon type trainers in soulsilver and heartgold freely use this one as if they don't care what the Pokedex has to say.
Also I for one can't understand why it was given the flying type as its dual typing. If it didn't have to be dragon, it should have been monotyped as water alone.
And its mega-evolution really disappointed me in that respect.

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!

Believe it or not you guys, but I think Gyarados actually works better as a Water/Dark type than Water/Dragon. Gyarados is known for being super-violent, vicious and easily enraged and the Dark-type is known as the "Evil-type" in Japan. Gyarados even becomes a Dark-type when it Mega-Evolves. It fits so well, honestly.

2 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 the 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.

3 Flygon, Ground/Dragon, should have been Bug/Dragon Flygon, known in Japan as Flygon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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.

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).

4 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.

Pinsir's moveset is pretty similar to that of Heracross and he learns tons of fighting type moves too. The only reason it wasn't dual typed with fighting maybe because gamefreak didn't want two bug/fighting types in the same region (which is Johto).

Pinsir honestly feels much more like a Bug/Dark type than a Bug/Fighting one. Pinsir's Pokédex entries state that it never lets go of it's prey until the prey is SHREDDED IN HALF.

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

5 Lugia, Flying/Psychic, should have been Water/Flying

Fun Fact: The reason Game Freak made Lugia Psychic/Flying instead of Water/Flying is because they believe that the Psychic-Type is "a symbol" of a powerful Pokémon. And they wanted to make Lugia give an impression of being a powerful Pokémon

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

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

6 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.

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

7 Charizard, Fire/Flying, should have been Fire/Dragon 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 and printed adaptations of the franchise. Shin-ichiro Miki, the actor who voices James in the original... read more

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.

I think Fire/Dragon is a bit overrated for Charizard, honestly. I can't believe I'm typing this but Charizard should've been retconned from being Fire/Flying in Gen 1 to Fire/Dark in Gen 2. Just look at Ash's Charizard before "Charizard Chills" and you'll see why.

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

8 Noctowl, Normal/Flying, should have been Psychic/Flying Noctowl is a dual-type Normal/Flying Pokémon introduced in Generation II. It evolves from Hoothoot starting at level 20.

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

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

9 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.

10 Ninetales, Fire, should have been Fire/Psychic Ninetales, known in Japan as Kyukon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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.

The Contenders
11 Dragonair, Dragon, should have been Dragon/Water

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

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?

12 Cinccino, Normal, should have been Normal/Fairy
13 Bulbasaur, Grass/Poison, should have been Electric/Fairy

Bulbasaur is not a dragon/fighting, it's a poison/grass and is a good combo so er-

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

Gothitelle looks scary

15 Celebi, Grass/Psychic, should have been Grass/Fairy

It looks like a fairy

16 Florges, Fairy, should have been Fairy/Grass Florges, known in Japan as the same name, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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.

Looks like a flower

17 Jirachi, Psychic/Steel, should have been Psychic/Fairy
18 Luxray, Electric, should have been Electric/Dark Luxray, known in Japan as Rentorar, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Luxray was such a fantastic-looking Pokemon when it was introduced but despite being the kind you want for a playthrough, it's overall stat distribution and level-up movepool made it a huge disappointment. It needed way more physical Electric moves for a physical attacker, and it should've learned those moves at better levels. But I think the best way they could've made Luxray great was by making it a dual Dark type. I mean, it gets Bite and Crunch and even LOOKED Dark. Taking advantage of the physical Dark moves with STAB would have given it a lot more playability. For shame.

I always think that Luxray, my favourite pokemon, is a dark type. It looks like a dangerous pokemon but when it is released, I don't like it's typing on pure electric.

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

19 Electivire, Electric, should have been Electric/Fighting

Maybe Game Freak will take notice and genuinely think that giving Electivire a secondary Fighting-type is actually a pretty great idea.

It learns quite a few fighting type moves.

20 Wobbuffet, Psychic, should have been Normal
21 Pikachu, Electric, should have been Dark/Dragon
22 Darkrai, Dark, should have been Dark/Ghost Darkrai, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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

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

This would be smart

23 Nihilego, Rock/Poison Should Have Been Ice/Poison

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

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

24 Blastoise, Water, should have been Water/Rock
25 Mega Absol, Dark, should have been Dark/Fairy

I mean... come on man

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