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Notable Pokémon Trainers that specialize in Flying-type Pokémon are Gym Leaders Falkner of Violet City, Winona of Fortree City, and Fuuro of Fukiyose City.
Prior to Generation V, this type was the only one of the seventeen that was never seen as a pure type; Tornelos is the first pure Flying-type. Each other type, besides the Template:Type2, has also been paired with the Flying type on at least one Pokémon.
Defensively, the Flying type is useful for its immunity to the common Template:Type2 move Earthquake and its resistance to Fighting. However, the Flying type's weaknesses aren't uncommon and can often offset the benefits of immunity to Ground, especially due to many dual-type Rock/Ground Pokémon. However, most Flying-types have access to Roost, allowing them to restore their health. Flying-types usually have below average defense stats, making them vulnerable to most physical attacks, super effective or not.
Offensively, Flying-type moves are usually only useful when benefited by same-type attack bonus and for their strength against Template:Type2. The types Flying is super effective against aren't common. In their favor though, most fully evolved Flying-types have above-average Attack and Speed stats. However, having below average Special Attack makes such moves as Air Cutter and Air Slash almost useless, unless used by Flying-type outliers with high Special Attack such as Togekiss or Yanmega. Flying-type attacks are useful for being able to hit any opponent in a triple battle.
Flying-type Pokémon that use the move Roost will temporarily lose their Flying-type. If a pure-Flying-type Pokémon uses Roost, then it will become a Template:Type2 in Generation IV and a Template:Type2 in Generation V.
When used in Contests, Flying-type moves typically become Cool moves, but can also be of the other four Contest types, excluding Tough.
As of Generation V, there are 84 Flying-type Pokémon or 12.94% of all Pokémon, making it the third most common elemental type.
Pure Flying-type Pokémon
Half Flying-type Pokémon
Primary Flying-type Pokémon
Secondary Flying-type Pokémon
- The Flying-type has been paired with every other type, except the Template:Type2.
- Although Normal is not typically paired up with other types, it is the most common type paired with Flying.
- Every dual-typed Flying Pokémon has Flying as its secondary type.
- At least two Normal/Flying evolutionary lines and at least one Water/Flying Pokémon have been introduced in every generation so far.
- Strangely, all types that resist Flying (Electric, Rock and Steel) are weak to Ground and all types that resist Ground (Bug and Grass) are weak to Flying.
- However, because Flying-types are both immune to Ground and are not weak to Flying-types themselves, Ground and Flying do not create perfect type coverage (As all Electric/Flying, Rock/Flying, and Steel/Flying Pokémon resist them.)
- With the introduction of Shaymin's Sky Forme, each generation has introduced at least one part-Flying legendary Pokémon.
- There has been a Flying-type Pokémon introduced in every generation whose name begins with the letters M and S.
- For each possible type combination with a double weakness to Flying, there is at least one Pokémon with that type combination. Bug/Grass consist of Paras and Parasect, which are in the same evolutionary line, Wormadam Plant Cloak, and Sewaddle, Kurumayu, and Hahakomori which are also in the same evolutionary line, while Grass/Fighting and Bug/Fighting consist of Heracross, Breloom, and Virizion
- Some Flying-type moves have nothing to do with the action of flying, but rather things that a bird can do such as peck things with its beak or pluck things with its feet.
- Prior to Generation V, there were no pure Flying Pokémon, excluding Arceus holding a Sky Plate. Even with Generation V, there is only one, Tornelos.
- All damage-dealing Flying-type moves can hit non-adjacent Pokémon in triple battles.
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