oh man its another Type blog salty about Fairy isn't it????
by, 13th September 2013 at 03:13 PM (6282 Views)
After thinking about it enough, I figure there is one single change that alone can, in theory, fix a large portion of the chart:
Grass gains an Immunity to Fairy.
It sounds a bit extreme, but I'd argue that conceptually, it makes sense. (And no, this isn't an "I'd like" thing. There are other changes I'd rather want above this, but that's beside the point.)
In any case, let's look at the main implications of this:
First, Fire gets a resistance to Fairy. Grass getting an immunity and Water getting nothing in a way "levels" the three. Sort of.
Obviously, this inherently makes Fairy hyper-offense no longer a flawless choice. So Fairy offense becomes a little riskier with great benefits, while Ice offense is, rather ironically, a safer bet. (after all, both are resisted by and weak to Steel anyways)
But then it gets better: This increases the usage of Grass types, which discourages Water types. So this gives incentive to finally use Ice moves on things that aren't Water types!
And of course, not only Ice becomes the safer SE to Dragon, but it is also SE on Grass itself. Which while Grass Pokémon are generally conceptually defensive enough to survive non-stab Ice Beams, STAB SE is a different story.
Likewise, thanks to its already existing Fairy resistence, Fire would still make the most of its buff as it naturally takes down Grass types.
And also helping Bug and Flying types, since generally types that deal with an immunity are always useful.
What this doesn't help though is generally Dark. Since while it would benefit from a hinderance to Fairy and a somewhat needed nerf to Fighting, it's still resisted, Bugs would still be okay, and Psychic is a little outclassed beyond a way to deal with Poison.
Along many other specific problems that make this not work that well. Ice-types won't be magically more used than other things that can use Ice Beam with that Steel weakness specially since most of them are slow and useless, there's coverage and the specific pokémon to think about, and of course mere type interactions are nowhere enough to balance things.
Some types would like other resistances added and removed and such, there are definitely much better ways to handle this.
But my point is that I believe this may be the most you could influence the type chart right now with only a single change.
At least in theory, this would be a good start of making the type relationship more fluid, integrating Fairy more naturally into the middle of all of it.
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