Psychic (type)

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Template:ElementalTypes Template:TypeNotice Some notable Psychic trainers include Sabrina of Saffron City, Will of the Kanto/Johto Elite Four, Tate and Liza of Mossdeep City, and Lucian of the Sinnoh Elite Four.

Psychic type Pokémon are at the center of a balance issue in the Generation I games. The issue arose from the lack of an effective countermeasure against Psychic types caused by the absence of powerful Ghost and Bug type (the only elemental weaknesses of Psychic types) attacks. Additionally the only three Ghost type Pokémon in Generation I were weak to Psychic attacks due to their secondary Poison type. The issue was rectified in later generations with the addition of more powerful Ghost and Bug type attacks, pure Ghost type Pokémon, and Steel type Pokémon (which are resistant to Psychic attacks) and Dark type Pokémon (which are both immune to Psychic attacks, and powerful against Psychic Pokémon).

Statistical averages

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 69
129 - 176 248 - 342
Attack: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Defense: 68
65 - 132 126 - 258
Sp.Atk: 86
81 - 151 159 - 298
Sp.Def: 81
77 - 146 150 - 287
Speed: 74
71 - 138 137 - 271
Total: 443   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.

Battle properties

Generation I

Psychic-type attacks:

  • Are super-effective against: Fighting, Poison
  • Are not very effective against: Psychic
  • Have no effect against: None (Dark wasn't introduced until Generation II)

Psychic-type Pokémon:

Generation II-onward

Psychic-type attacks:

  • Are super-effective against: Fighting, Poison
  • Are not very effective against: Psychic, Steel
  • Have no effect against: Dark

Psychic-type Pokémon:


Psychic-types remain a fairly popular type today. Offensively speaking, they often have great Special Attack meaning they can deal damage quickly using STAB-moves. Furthermore, Psychic-type Pokémon can often learn other elemental types, to deal with a multitude of types. As a special sweeper, they are one of the best types in the game as a Psychic Pokémon's speed is also usually quite high.

Their defensive capabilities are often weak, however. They have usually great Special Defense, but very low Defense and HP. Because of this, they can really only take Special hits, and can easily be defeated by a single Earthquake, despite not being weak to it. Psychic Pokémon also often fall to a single Crunch. There are exceptions to his, such as Bronzong or Metagross, who have great defense, but that is probably due to its second type, Steel. It does help that its weaknesses aren't very common, but as previously stated, physical attacks can usually easily KO a Psychic Pokémon.


Pure Psychic-type Pokémon

# Name
063 File:063MS.gif Abra
064 File:064MS.gif Kadabra
065 File:065MS.gif Alakazam
096 File:096MS.gif Drowzee
097 File:097MS.gif Hypno
122 File:122MS.gif Mr. Mime
150 File:150MS.gif Mewtwo
151 File:151MS.gif Mew
196 File:196MS.gif Espeon
201 File:201MS.gif Unown
202 File:202MS.gif Wobbuffet
280 File:280MS.gif Ralts
281 File:281MS.gif Kirlia
282 File:282MS.gif Gardevoir
325 File:325MS.gif Spoink
326 File:326MS.gif Grumpig
358 File:358MS.gif Chimecho
360 File:360MS.gif Wynaut
386 File:386MS.gif Deoxys
433 433MS.png Chingling
439 439MS.png Mime Jr.
480 480MS.png Uxie
481 481MS.png Mesprit
482 482MS.png Azelf
488 488MS.png Cresselia

Half Psychic-type Pokémon

Primary Psychic-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
177 File:177MS.gif Natu PsychicIC.gif FlyingIC.gif
178 File:178MS.gif Xatu PsychicIC.gif FlyingIC.gif
249 File:249MS.gif Lugia PsychicIC.gif FlyingIC.gif
251 File:251MS.gif Celebi PsychicIC.gif GrassIC.gif
475 475MS.png Gallade PsychicIC.gif FightingIC.gif

Secondary Psychic-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
079 File:079MS.gif Slowpoke WaterIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
080 File:080MS.gif Slowbro WaterIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
102 File:102MS.gif Exeggcute GrassIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
103 File:103MS.gif Exeggutor GrassIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
121 File:121MS.gif Starmie WaterIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
124 File:124MS.gif Jynx IceIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
199 File:199MS.gif Slowking WaterIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
203 File:203MS.gif Girafarig NormalIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
238 File:238MS.gif Smoochum IceIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
307 File:307MS.gif Meditite FightingIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
308 File:308MS.gif Medicham FightingIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
337 File:337MS.gif Lunatone RockIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
338 File:338MS.gif Solrock RockIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
343 File:343MS.gif Baltoy GroundIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
344 File:344MS.gif Claydol GroundIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
374 File:374MS.gif Beldum SteelIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
375 File:375MS.gif Metang SteelIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
376 File:376MS.gif Metagross SteelIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
380 File:380MS.gif Latias DragonIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
381 File:381MS.gif Latios DragonIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
385 File:385MS.gif Jirachi SteelIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
436 436MS.png Bronzor SteelIC.gif PsychicIC.gif
437 437MS.png Bronzong SteelIC.gif PsychicIC.gif


Damage-dealing moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Confusion SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif 50 100% 25 One foe The foe is hit by a weak telekinetic force. It may also leave the foe confused.
Dream Eater SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif 100 100% 15 One foe An attack that works only on a sleeping foe. It absorbs half the damage caused to heal the user's HP.
Extrasensory SpecialIC.gif CoolIC.gif 80 100% 30 One foe The user attacks with an odd, unseeable power. It may also make the foe flinch.
Future Sight SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif 80 90% 15 One foe Two turns after this move is used, the foe is attacked with a hunk of psychic energy.
Luster Purge SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif 70 100% 5 One foe The user looses a damaging burst of light. It may also reduce the target's Sp. Def stat.
Mirror Coat SpecialIC.gif BeautyIC.gif Varies 100% 20 Reaction A retaliation move that counters any special attack, inflicting double the damage taken.
Mist Ball SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif 70 100% 5 One foe A mistlike flurry of down envelops and damages the foe. It may also lower the target's Sp. Atk.
Psybeam SpecialIC.gif BeautyIC.gif 65 100% 20 One foe The foe is attacked with a peculiar ray. It may also leave the target confused.
Psychic SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif 90 100% 10 One foe The foe is hit by a strong telekinetic force. It may also reduce the foe's Sp. Def stat.
Psycho Boost SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif 140 90% 5 One foe The user attacks the foe at full power. The attack's recoil sharply reduces the user's Sp. Atk stat.
Psycho Cut PhysicalIC.gif CoolIC.gif 70 100% 20 One foe The user tears at the foe with blades formed by psychic power. It has a high critical-hit ratio.
Psywave SpecialIC.gif SmartIC.gif Varies 80% 15 One foe The foe is attacked with an odd, hot energy wave. The attack varies in intensity.
Zen Headbutt PhysicalIC.gif BeautyIC.gif 80 90% 15 One foe The user focuses its willpower to its head and rams the foe. It may also make the target flinch.

Non-damaging moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Agility StatusIC.gif CoolIC.gif - -% 30 User The user relaxes and lightens its body to move faster. It sharply boosts the Speed stat.
Amnesia StatusIC.gif CuteIC.gif - -% 20 User The user temporarily empties its mind to forget its concerns. It sharply raises the user's Sp. Def stat.
Barrier StatusIC.gif CoolIC.gif - -% 30 User The user throws up a sturdy wall that sharply raises its Defense stat.
Calm Mind StatusIC.gif SmartIC.gif - -% 20 User The user quietly focuses its mind and calms its spirit to raise its Sp. Atk and Sp. Def stats.
Cosmic Power StatusIC.gif CoolIC.gif - -% 20 User The user absorbs a mystical power from space to raise its Defense and Sp. Def stats.
Gravity StatusIC.gif BeautyIC.gif - -% 5 All Active Gravity is intensified for five turns, making moves involving flying unusable and negating Levitation.
Guard Swap StatusIC.gif CuteIC.gif - -% 10 User/Foe The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Defense and Sp. Def with the foe.
Heal Block StatusIC.gif CuteIC.gif - 100% 15 Foe The user prevents the foe from using any HP-recovery moves for five turns.
Healing Wish StatusIC.gif CuteIC.gif - -% 10 User The user faints. In return, the Pokémon taking its place will have its HP restored and its status cured.
Heart Swap StatusIC.gif CoolIC.gif - -% 10 User/Foe The user employs its psychic power to switch stat changes with the foe.

In other languages

  • Japanese: エスパー ESPer
  • French: psy
  • German: psycho
  • Italian: psico
  • Spanish: psiquico
  • Dutch: psycho
  • Portuguese: psíquico
  • Russian: Психический
  • Hebrew: על-חושי al-hushi
  • Swedish: psykisk
  • Danish: psykisk
  • Norwegian: psykisk
  • Finnish: meedio
  • Polish: psychiczny
  • Hungarian: pszicho
  • Catalan: psíquic
  • Arabic: ذهني