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The Fighting type (Japanese: かくとうタイプ Fighting type) is one of the seventeen elemental types. Notable Trainers that specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon are Bruno of the Indigo Plateau Elite Four, Chuck of Cianwood City, Brawly of Dewford Town, Maylene of Veilstone City, and Renbu of the Unova Elite Four. The Fighting Dojo of Saffron City is also home to several Trainers of Fighting-type Pokémon, although it is no longer an official Gym. Prior to Generation IV, where moves are designated physical or special based on the move itself rather than its type, all Fighting-type moves were physical.
Note: Although Fighting-type attacks normally have no effect on Template:Type2 Pokémon, the moves Foresight and Odor Sleuth, as well as the ability Scrappy, allow both Normal-type and Fighting-type moves to affect Ghost-type Pokémon.
Defensively, the Fighting type has cons and pros. Fighting-type Pokémon have key resistances to Dark and Rock, but their weaknesses are to the common Flying and Psychic types. They also usually fall to Psychic moves in one turn, due to a low Special Defense. However, several Fighting Pokémon (like Lucario, Gallade, Zuruggu, Zuruzukin, Medicham and Cobalon) have a subtype that rids them of the Psychic weakness. Also, resistance to Bug can sometimes assist Fighting types (Though Bug has that same resistance to Fighting).
Offensively, the Fighting type is one of the most powerful and commonly used types. It hits five different types with super-effective damage, more than any other type except for the Template:Type2, with which it ties. It deals super-effective damage to Rock and Steel, types which generally have high Defense, and is the only type super-effective against Normal. It is super-effective against Ice, a key offensive but low defensive type. It is also one of the two types super-effective against Dark. This is slightly balanced out by the fact that Ghosts are immune to Fighting attacks without the aid of Foresight/Odor Sleuth or the Scrappy ability. In the first three generations, there were very few powerful Fighting-type moves, but this has changed with the introduction of Close Combat and increased availability of moves such as Superpower.It should be noted that the offensive combination Fighting/Ghost is resisted by no Pokémon, as only the theoretical typing of Normal/Ghost will be able to resist it. The Fighting type also pairs up well with the Dark type offensively as only three Pokémon currently resist a Fighting/Dark combination.
When used in contests, Fighting-type moves typically become Cool or Tough, but can also be of the Beauty or Smart Contest catagories. No Fighting-type moves are of the Cute category.
As of Generation V, there are 41 Fighting-type Pokémon or 6.32% of all Pokémon, making it the eleventh most common elemental type.
Pure Fighting-type Pokémon
Half Fighting-type Pokémon
Primary Fighting-type Pokémon
Secondary Fighting-type Pokémon
- As of Generation V, the Fighting type is the only type that has not been paired with the Flying type.
- All of the legendary golems, including Regigigas, are weak to Fighting-type moves.
- No Fighting-type move can hit both foes in a double battle (or, of course, all three in a triple battle).
- Along with the Ground type, Fighting-type moves are super effective against the most Pokémon types: five.
- Fighting is the only type to have two variations of Quick Attack: Mach Punch and Vacuum Wave.
- It is also the only type to have a special variation of Quick Attack.
- All non-damaging moves of the Fighting type involve some form of defense.
- As of Generation II, the pair of the Fighting type and Bug type is one of only two pairs of different types to share the same interaction against each other which isn't neutral (Bug resists Fighting and vice versa). The other pair is Normal and Ghost (Normal is immune to Ghost and vice versa).
- There has been one Elite Four member or Gym Leader specializing in Fighting-type Pokémon in every generation.
- Color representations for the Fighting type have generally been inconsistent in various Pokémon media. While the Fighting type has been associated with the color red in the main Pokémon games since Generation III, it is associated with the color orange in the Pokémon Stadium series and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, and with the color brown in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Fighting is the only formerly all Physical type not to have any of its moves changed into Special moves. All of its Special moves were introduced after the Physical/Special split was retooled.
- They are also the generations to introduce a Fighting-type Elite Four, as Bruno retained his status as an Elite Four member for Generation II.
- Fighting is the most common secondary type for evolutions of starter Pokémon, with three starter lines being paired with it, all of the Template:Type2.
- Generation V is the first Generation to contain Fighting-type legendary Pokémon.
- Lucario is the only non-legendary Fighting-type Pokémon whose Special Attack is greater than its Attack.
- Generation V introduced the most Fighting-type Pokémon, with 16 introduced, including Meloetta's Step Forme.
- Generation II introduced the least Fighting-type Pokémon, with 3 introduced.
- All Fighting-type Pokémon have footprints.
- The Fighting type and the Ground type have more in common with each other than any other pair of types. They are both super effective against five types, are strong against the Rock and the Steel types, are resisted to some degree by the Flying type, and are not very effective against the Bug type.
- Excluding starter and legendary Pokémon, all Generation V fully evolved Fighting-type Pokémon are used by the Unova Elite Four.
- Many Fighting-type Pokémon families are predominently male.
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