Ever since the first generation of Pokemon released in North America in 1998, I've always tilted my head at a few strange Pokemon who had extremely unexplainable typings. These Pokemon had types that either made absolutely no sense with their design or just didn't fit with their move pool or habitat whatsoever. Let's take a look at some of the many Pokemon whose typings are just plain weird.
Look at this thing. Gyrados has been terrorizing the seas and sending Team Rocket blasting off again since Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green (in Japan). This Pokemon yields the Water / Flying type.
First off, Gyrados does not learn a single Flying type move (sans Bounce, which it can learn through a Move Tutor). Looking at its design, it has no signs of wings, so what qualifies this Pokemon to be a Flying type? Many fans really wish for a re-typing for Gyrados to Water / Dragon. It can learn three Dragon type moves by leveling up, and, on top of that, this Pokemon strongly resembles a Chinese dragon.
When Gyrados was given its mega evolution, fans crossed their fingers and toes for a re-typing... and there was! Mega Gyrados is Water / Dark. Well, that's close enough!
Flabébé's Entire Evolution Chain
Flabébé is a super cute Fairy type Pokemon who, according to its Pokedex entry, controls the hidden power of flowers. The flower that Flabébé chooses will become one with the Pokemon for its entire life. The flower literally evolves with Flabébé into Floette, and eventually becomes an actual part of its body as Floreges. You would think that this Pokemon would be Fairy / Grass, right? Wrong!
On top of this, Flabébé is dubbed the "Single Bloom" Pokemon and Floreges is the "Garden" Pokemon. It can also learn Grass type moves like Magical Leaf and Petal Dance by leveling up.
Heliolisk and Helioptile
Both of these Pokemon are Electric / Normal types. Being the "Generator" Pokemon, I can understand the Electric typing. They bake in the sun to absorb their power much like a solar generator would, but why is the Normal typing tag-on even necessary? It seems rather weird typing for them to have, as it does nothing but add a weakness to Fighting types and an immunity to Ghost types. Nothing about the Pokemon calls for that.
Another thing to note is Helioptile's Pokedex entry:
They make their home in deserts. They can generate their energy from basking in the sun, so eating food is not a requirement.
If they make their homes in deserts, why not share the Ground type with the other desert-dwelling Pokemon like Sandshrew and Trapinch? Just a thought!
Last but not least, this little cutie is a Steel / Psychic type. Yes, Jirachi has the Steel / Psychic type, and the Steel typing is its primary typing. The only thing that ever hints to Jirachi's Steel typing comes from its Pokedex entry in Pokemon Emerald:
Jirachi is said to make wishes come true. While it sleeps, a tough crystalline shell envelops the body to protect it from enemies.
I'll give this one a "close, but no beans." Jirachi, next to other Steel-type Pokemon, sticks out like a sore thumb. It's small, cute, and has absolutely nothing metallic-looking about its design.
As the Wish Pokemon, I could see Jirachi being Fairy / Psychic. This Pokemon has the power to grant even the deepest desires. That sounds pretty darn magical. I wonder if Game Freak was just trying to be ironic with this one.
And there you have it! These are just some of the Pokemon with super weird typings. What Pokemon typing combos are strange to you? Do you agree with the ones above? With Pokemon Sun and Moon coming out at the end of this year, let's keep our fingers crossed for some re-typings!