Why the Fairy-type is a terrible idea.
by, 12th October 2013 at 06:52 AM (1192 Views)
I know what you're thinking. "Oh look, it's another nostalgia-ridden fanboy!" It's a sentiment I'm all too familiar with. So let me get two things straight:
- I think that what GameFreak did to the Dragon-type was a really good idea. Honestly, Dragons were getting too numerous and too overpowered.
- I'm probably going to love the shit out of X and Y. I like every generation so far to some extent, and I don't see that changing now.
But here's the thing. The Fairy-type's a terrible idea in every other aspect. Why is that so?
Okay, let's take the Dark-type (the "predecessor" to the Fairy-type) into consideration. Both types were made under similar metagame circumstances, so comparisons are, in fact, completely valid. What does the Dark-type beat? Psychic. Fair enough, that was its purpose in the first place.
But what else does it beat? It beats Ghost. Why? Because if it didn't resist Ghost, then the Ghost type would be overpowered. The Ghost-type is really only resisted by two types: Normal (and that is not used often) and Steel. If there was no counter to Ghost, it would create a scenario similar to why Dragon was so overpowered in Gens IV-V.
Now, it's all but confirmed that the Fairy-type resists and is super-effective against Fighting and Dark. Fighting, well, it's very debatable if it's overpowered. But Dark is not overpowered in the slightest. It's resisted by Steel and Fighting (two common types) and is already checked by Fighting and Bug moves (common in the metagame).
But that's just one of the problems I have with the Fairy-type.
It's also all but confirmed that Fire resists Fairy. But the thing is, the Fire-type is already one of the most fearsome offensive STAB typings a Pokemon can have. Look at how powerful Infernape and Heatran are. Do they really need another bonus? Fire's already the most commonly used Steel-type check.
Poison and Steel, super effective against Fairy? That defeats the point. Poison and Steel are clearly geared towards being defensive types. Poison is a valuable Fighting resistor, and I doubt that Steel's defensive capabilities need to be discussed here in-depth.
I have a big issue with Steel in particular. Three words: Technician Bullet Punch. With the inevitable dearth of Fairy Pokemon (there would have to be a lot, otherwise Dragon wouldn't really be countered), teams are going to want to have more and more Scizors on their team. That would skew the metagame in Scizor's favor, and it's not like we haven't had two generations of that already.
tl;dr Fairy-type has poorly thought out type matchups
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