Dragon Type Was Overpowered Admits Pokémon Director

By Ishaan . November 4, 2013 . 11:20am

 

The new Fairy-type element in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y was added for the exact reason that players assume—to be able to counter Dragon-types, which were starting to feel overpowered in the game. In a video edition of “Iwata Asks,” director Junichi Masuda touches upon the addition of Fairy-type Pokémon to the new games.

 

“The Dragon type was so strong. It was difficult no matter how we tinkered with it,” Masuda replies, when asked why the decision was made to add a new element type to the game after all these years. “It wouldn’t change. And it would have been sad to make the Dragon type weaker.”

 

“So we thought maybe we should increase the number of types. But we hadn’t really put in a new type since Dark and Steel in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, so I think everyone thought we never would.”

 

Masuda adds that the overall element-type balance for Pokémon had to be remade from scratch due to the introduction of the Fairy-type, but feels it was worth it.

 

You can watch this portion of the Iwata Asks interview above. (Turn captions on for English subtitles.) It’s part 3 of a four-part series, and you can view part 1 here, part 2 here and part 4 here.


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  • Heisst

    Oh man.

    This is gonna create sparks.

    • MrJechgo

      Huh… why?
      If Dark didn’t enrage Psychic fans and Steel didn’t enrage Toxic users, why should Fairy enrage Dragon fans?

      • a real ghost

        you could say… it’s an outrage.

        • MrJechgo

          Where are your sunglasses XD ?

  • urbanscholar

    That’s right the dragon will not be a danger to the fairy. Take that childhood story books!

  • Shady Shariest

    Hmh. I can only imagine just how much time they spent on making sure that they weren’t just making a new OP-type…

  • Silent

    Dragon Type was so cool, and now it has become the slave of this ugly fairy-type. As for the the Dark type.

    Yes, yes, I hate fairy-type, I have no shame! xD

    • Neckbear

      FEAR IN PRESENCE OF MY SYLVEON, YE DRAGON PLEBS

    • JuhRo

      Gardevoir’s a beast. :)

      • Silent

        Hum…. Well, okay for dis one :3

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

      Azumarill takes all kinds.

  • DragKudo

    But now Fairy type is the OP type. At least dragon was weak against itself and everyone either used dragons or had a dragon type move.

    • Revorse

      There aren’t too many fairies though are there? And none of them are very strong are they?

      • sd28

        azumaril and mega marwile say hi

      • Strain42

        I disagree. I think there are too many Fairy types. Of the 72 Gen 6 Pokemon, 13 of them are Fairies (the highest number of any type this Gen) plus it seems like way too many existing Pokemon got retconned to become Fairy. I believe there are…34 Fairy types total now? So basically one Gen of Fairy types brought it up to par with six Gens of Ghost types.

        I was worried Gen 6 would basically become “The Gen of the Fairies” and that worry came true.

        • Time Sage

          Wrong. Oh so wrong. there are 34 Fairy-type Pokémon, or 4.5% of all Pokémon (counting forms and Mega Evoloutions that change typing as different Pokémon), making it tied with ghost for the rarest of the eighteen types.

    • Rasputing

      I disagree. On paper, as a type, Fairy is better than Dragon. However! Dragons tend to have fantastic stats rivaling legendary’s, movepools that look like some of the 1st gen pokemon’s, and abilities that average between good and fantastic.

      If we see a Fairy that possesses these qualities, then yes, it could be OP. But, there is none.

      • Jelly

        That’s why Xerneas is really strong…

        • Rasputing

          Cover legendaries are exceptions. They’re OP by design.

      • DragKudo

        For now. I know they are not that strong but i feel they will become the next op type.

    • MrJechgo

      Fairy is weak against Poison and Steel. While Poison is not the most used type, Steel is, be with Skarmory or Scizor.
      Also, Dragons can learn Steel moves, which is also a good thing to deal with Ice.

    • SirRichard

      It’s not really; most Fairies have rather poor defences and Steel is a very prominent type, moreso now because it both resists Dragons and kills their weakness. The dragons themselves are hardly defenceless either, my Haxorus is packing Poison Jab and I know that some of the others know Steel moves. Even Mawile, which is Steel/Fairy, doesn’t fare at all well because basically every dragon can learn Earthquake.

      • Symbol de Au

        Hahahahahahahahaha. Mawile doesn’t fare at all well. Hahahahahahahaha.

        • SirRichard

          I’ve certainly not had any trouble with them so far, Huge Power doesn’t mean much if they never get to land an attack. Mega Mawile has high Defence, sure, but its Speed and HP are pitiful.

          EDIT: No wait, I have had trouble with one, when someone had the right idea to use Sucker Punch on theirs, but even then it wasn’t as troublesome as some of the dragons or sweepers I’ve faced.

          • Symbol de Au

            In that case they weren’t using it right.

  • Hunts Rattata

    Next stop: Making the Ice type less shitty. Or just stop trying to make defensive Ice types when it has 4 weaknesses and only resists itself.

    • http://blackstar2661.deviantart.com/ SilverSpades

      What about Grass-types!?

      • Hunts Rattata

        Grass got immunity to powder moves, which is practically an immunity to sleep altogether, since sleep moves other than Spore are unreliable. That’s really good. Maybe it still needs more, but since it at least got SOMETHING, I’d think it best if they took a “let’s wait and see” approach to Grass for now.

        • Sardorim

          Sleep Moves unreliable? Than why does Hypnosis and all other Status Effects always hit me in Battle Maison?!

          • Landale

            Because the computer cheats in that. More often and more blatantly the further along you get.

    • Hound

      I always thought that ice types were made for the purpose of dealing with Dragons, but were so weak and poorly balanced that they needed a resistance change. Guess adding a new type made more sense somehow.

      • Virevolte

        Aurorus is such a pain to play ^^… Rock/Ice, six common weaknesses, and two of them are 4x.

    • Kai2591

      Yeah! Ice-types should be more epic! Think Lich King from Warcraft. Or some other powerful ice entity from other places.

    • Khairul Amin

      and don’t forget Poison type as well. so shitty offensively.

      • Hunts Rattata

        They technically buffed Poison’s offense since Fairy gives it another type to be Super Effective against. I guess that’s something.

  • Lynx

    Dragon Type being overpowered makes sense from a character point of view.
    As, they were DRAGONS.

    There’s also the fact that it wasn’t all that frequent in terms of numbers until later.

    • http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_All-Stars_Wiki Sackchief

      Oh man, totally this. Usually only Elite Champions had Dragon types, and they’re pretty much the final bosses of the games so they’re basically nerfing them. They should have just left it. If Dragon types were challenging, we just pushed ourselves to get stronger and beat them. These modern gamers…

      • Bunzi

        Keep in mind that a huge part of Pokemon is its multiplayer facet. It’s all well and good if these were unplayable final bosses in your typical JRPG, but that’s not that case. Anyone can pick up a dragon type and use it on their team, and there are so many with such a blatant advantage over almost every other type that a change like this is for the better.

      • Rafael Luik

        “we just pushed ourselves to get stronger”
        Do you even know the battle places and multiplayer where all Pokémon must be in the same level? There’s no “get stronger” and EVs are limited to Pokémon base stats (exactly where Dragons are overpowered if we don’t look obviously in the type defensiveness).

  • MrJechgo

    Understandable. The Dragon type isn’t getting that many entries per generation, meaning it remains a rare and powerful type, the Dragon moves aren’t that numerous compared to other types and their resistances and weaknesses made them quite a pain to deal with. It also doesn’t help when Dragons have a lot of powehouses like Garchomp and Hydreigon.

    They resist Fire, Water, Grass and Electric, 4 of the most common types in the game, they get KOed by Dragon moves, which are scarce, and Ice moves which are aplenty. However, many Ice-type Pokémons are Water-typed, perfect for a well-placed Thunderbolt, they are weak against Fire, Rock, Fighting and Steel, all can be covered by a Dragon, and they only resist Ice, leaving your Dragon moves unaffected.

    So giving Dragon a weak spot isn’t that game-breaking, especially since Fairy is weak to Poison and Steel, Steel being a relatively good type to get moves from, like Iron Head, Flash Cannon, Steel Wing and Iron Tail, not to mention that Steel breaks Ice as well.

    If there are more types that need a tune-up, there are Poison and Ice.
    - Poison lost its super-effectiveness to Bug… for some reasons. Not only should it regain it back, but it also should be super-effective against Water.
    - Ice is only resistant to Ice. It should be resistant to Grass, Flying and Dragon… or least resistant to another type.

    • Khairul Amin

      Agree! Poison should have more super-effectiveness and Ice should have more resistances!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

    Eh…it wasn’t such a big deal in Gens 1 & 2 since everyone carried ice beam to OHKO Dragonair/Dragonite. Once they started introducing a whole bunch more into the mix, then we started having trouble against a loss of ice coverage.

  • AuraGuyChris

    No wonder most Dragon-types were suspiciously super weak against Ice moves due to having Flying or Ground types mixed in.

  • SirRichard

    Rebalancing the type chart is probably one of the best things about the new generation, because it shook everything up. Now you can do insane things like switch in a Whimsicott on a Dragon Claw and trap it with Encore, and it leads to interesting moments where people forget that Gardevoir isn’t weak to Dark any more. Now you have to consider fitting Poison or Steel moves where you might not have used them before, and suddenly old mons you wrote off are exactly what you want.

    It’s still not perfect, mind you, Ice could still use some considerable buffing defensively and so on, but it’s made the game a lot more interesting as a whole.

    • glenngunnerzero

      Gardevoir isn’t weak to Dark but it is still weak to Ghost, and now Poison and Steel Attacks, as well as having incredible low Physical Defense and only modest speed. I can only use mine in certain situations, not that She isn’t great in those situations but It’s still easy to OHKO a Mega Gardevoir.

      Unfortunately though until Pokemon Bank comes through We’re still dealing with pokemon like Whimsicott being unavailable through legit means. A lot of this stuff can have some great future prospects but at least for the time being My Haxorus still feels overpowered especially in competitive and Battle Facility like areas.

      • Symbol de Au

        I pretty much always OHKO Mega Gengar, Mega Garchomp, Mega Blaziken, and Mega Lucario, but that’s partially because speed doesn’t matter to me. Anyway Fairy type seems to have everyone confused. People are always using fighting moves on my Mawile, Dark Moves on my Gardevoir and Ice/Fire moves on my Floette. It’s crazy.

        • glenngunnerzero

          I think it’s similar to Sudowoodo in that people think it’s this or that, but don’t actually know what type it is unless they look it up or capture it. This stuff is still New to a LOT of people so for the time being it’s mostly the element of surprise or This isn’t what you think it is, Once that settles down everything will mostly be back to meta-gaming fights.

          Although now that Spiritomb and Sableye are actually vulnerable to a type now under normal circumstances it really makes them pretty useless out of all the changes that occurred with this type.

          • Quantum Blue

            Shame about Sableye. Its counterpart got an extremely useful type change and a mega-evo, and Sableye is left out in the cold, and got nerfed on top of that. I just want a good reason to use him again…

          • Fitzkrieg

            I think Mawile needed more love than Sableye did, to be perfectly honest. I mean, at least Sableye got Prankster last gen, which is really useful in conjunction with moves like Will-o-Wisp. Mawile, on the other hand, has been completely useless since it was introduced and now it finally has a niche; and that niche just happens to have (after considering Huge Power) 210 base attack.

        • Masengan

          I don’t know why Floette isn’t Fairy/Grass. It pretty much fuses with the flower.

          • Symbol de Au

            Because grass sucks. Also that would be Florges not Floette.

  • TomSkylark

    It would also help if most of the pseudo legendaries weren’t dragon lines, and if base stats weren’t so ridiculously uneven relative to things that could balance them out. Legendaries and over-powered dragons are why I can never seem to bother getting into the competitive scene. It’s clear they’re making an effort to put things on more even footing with hidden abilities and now fairy-type, but it still seems like the vast majority of monsters are useless in competitive play.

  • HershelLousyton
    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      sylveon: I My Manly skin ribbons/bows. are going to beat you Dragons down to size.

    • http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_All-Stars_Wiki Sackchief

      Sylveon is so damn girly. All of the other Eeveeloutions were at least unisex, Glaceon was a bit on the edge but at least it wasn’t ribbons and rainbows. I feel so bad for any male Sylveons.

      • harmonyworld

        What’s wrong with ribbons and rainbows?
        Where’s it written that a male can’t wear ribbons or enjoy rainbows?
        Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

        • Ultima-X

          Screw the damn fairies! To hell with your rainbows! Bring back the actual badassery in Pokemon you morons!

      • Jettythesunfish

        Hey Sylveon is badass. You can’t beat that Special Defense, mang.

        • Hubert J. Farnsworth

          Florges, ‘nuf said.

          • Jettythesunfish

            Never used one actually. But from what I’ve seen, it’s pretty awesome.

        • Ultima-X

          Apparently you haven’t seen what I can do.

    • Go2hell66

      its funny because most of the dragon’s still wreck sylveon

      • Bobby Jennings

        Yep. That poison Jab.

    • http://people.ign.com/princerevolver Surgeon Of Death

      I love this!

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    I totally disagree with this. It’s not like using ice or dragon moves was hard or anything lol

  • Strain42

    Now how about doing us a favor and give us something to nerf Fairy? They’re insane. At least make one or two more things resist them.

    • Landale

      I fail to see why they need to be nerfed. They’re vulnerable to really common abilities, and there’s only a couple who’s stats and moves leave them really all that viable for higher tiers.
      If anything needs nerfing, it’s Stealth Rock.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Damn. Dragon types aren’t gonna have a chance against Fairy types now…
    http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/They+reveled+a+new+pokemon_3def29_4689822.jpg

  • Krisi92

    “Bugs are OP – make Fairy types resist Bug attacks” – said nobody ever, but GF made it happen anyway. If anything, bugs needed some boost… Now they made my favorite type even weaker… cool.

    • Strain42

      Yeah. I love Bug types but WAY too many things resist them. 7 out of 18 types resist Bug. That’s almost half. It makes me very sad. Plus they’ve got a lot of weaknesses and only a couple strengths that are easily negated.

      • KuroNathan

        bug pokemon are generally not very well used but do offer useful defensive typings in the form of resistance to ground and fighting (the two most common attacking types).

        However its also weak to rock and fire (third and forth most common attacking types) and bug pokemon in general mostly suck with a few choice exceptions.

        Offensively it’s mainly used to hit psychic/dark pokemon but as you pointed its resisted pretty hard and fighting/dark already does its job better without running into so many problems.

        • Strain42

          Exactly! Bug had enough problems, so who thought it was a good idea to go ahead and let Fairy resist them too? :P

    • Virevolte

      Eh, do you like shorts ?

      …don’t mind me. ^^

      • Krisi92

        That’s a Youngster thing, and I would be a Bug Catcher… Or a Bug Maniac. Seriously, is it normal that I’d like to have a Hoenn remake mostly because of the fact that my trainer class could probably be Bug Maniac?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    sylveon: Shhh, you should have stayed a flying/fire type

    • Symbol de Au

      Fire resists fairy though…or do you mean something other than Mega Charizard X?

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        cHILL….LIGHTING UP ITS A JOKE

        • Symbol de Au

          Lighten* Also I couldn’t see the picture when I first posted that.

    • AuraGuyChris

      That Sylveon is so going to die. Fairy isn’t strong against Fire but Dragon only makes it deal normal damage on a MCX.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Its a joke geez…..actually it’s true charizard X can destroy ninfia without problems since it’s a physical sweeper.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          that’s why Charizard X is very OP here, even amongst another starter

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    Yeah but wasn’t that the point? I mean they were hard to catch and only the final boss used them

    • DCBlackbird

      Yeah but that point has become folly now…

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      yeah but now its meh class not boss level anymore

  • DCBlackbird

    You know, I can understand not liking fairy types because they feel a bit forced. What I can’t understand is not liking them because of a bunch of reasons that all sum up “ewww fairies are for girls and not in anyway masculine!” despite fairies existing in may popular and powerful forms(Maleficent being a popular example). I’ve seen outrageous request to have the dragon counterpart be something “worthy” of being able to defeat a dragon i.e. god…. That kind of fan backlash is the most disgusting I’ve seen all year…

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      Wow, you summed up the backlash perfectly. And I perfectly entirely.

    • Pekola

      Adding to that, Xerneas is a Fairy type–further showing that Fairy types aren’t just the ‘girly fairy’ stereotyping we see.

      Fairies in the general sense are more than just pixies and pink cutesy things. The term also encompasses fey creatures and fair folk—which were god-like beings.

      Technically speaking, this is ‘god’ type. Just more kid-friendly. And to be honest, why would it matter if there’s lots of cutesy pink fairies in the game?

      You’re playing a game for kids in the first place, so it’s like, whatever man.

      • DCBlackbird

        I can agree the game is designed to be the most enjoyed by children…. Which is why I’m baffled by the reactions of the older audience.

        • PreyMantis

          Maybe because kids wouldn’t be able to grasp the whole meta game, which can get confusing as heck.

      • Double Cross

        Straight guys apparently just have this sort of reaction when something pink and fluffy and cute is thrown in front of them in a series that’s also designed to cater to girls.

    • Fitzkrieg

      I actually really like the addition of Fairies to the game. But, more than anything else, I like that they’re weak to Steel.
      It’s appropriate, given that cold iron is the primary material used to ward off the fae in folklore

      • Brandon Coley

        Fairy type weak to poison and steel huh they really thought hard on the concept of nature. Which is a great deal especially since if you think about it nature has been poison by waste of people and nature has been torn down and burn and humans take build buildings where forest once stayed. The typing for this type is conceptually really well played out.

    • DeadLineDance

      For me, it’s not “ew Fairies are girly and the Fairy-type shouldn’t exist”… I loved the idea of fey using magic to beat dragons, and I was really excited by the prospect. Sure, *some* of them would be cutesy, but so what? There are cute Pokemon and badass Pokemon, that’s fine. I was hoping for goblins and trolls to be mixed in with the flower sprites and cream puffs, or something.
      However, then it turns out that every. single. one of these (new) Fairy-types is a squishy pink fluffball. Except for Xerneas, who is totally badass and much more in line for what I had hoped. There is no variety other than Xerneas. There are ONLY girly pink fluffballs. Some of the retyped oldmons are cool (Gardevoir, Mawile, Azumarill), but the new ones… ugh.
      It’s not the Fairy-type I dislike. It’s the Fairies they gave us. They give us a Maleficent-like Fairy next gen to at least BALANCE OUT the cutesy/badass ratio, I’m sold. (or Morgan le Fey, or Leanan Sidhe, or a Fomorian… I could go on and on… I’ll just stick to SMT for now…)

    • Ultima-X

      Are you really telling me you don’t get it. I don’t like it because of that, deal with it.

  • The_Superior_Spider-Mon

    Some dragons can learn poison-type moves to counter fairy types (ie haxorus, garchomp can learn poison jab).
    Scizor is still a monster. It kills most fairy pokemon w his bullet punch assuming it has Technician as his ability.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Welp…you have to change some things. Although…my thoughts puts Fire resisting Fairy type into question. Oh well…minor thing.

    • J_Joestar

      Well Fire has had a history of having poor defenses that limited a lot of their usability.
      I’d be more concerned at why Bug needed something else to resist it.

  • Learii

    fairy type need more weakest I think

  • Jettythesunfish

    I don’t mind Fairy type at all. I love my Sylveon. She beats up dragons and doesn’t afraid of anything.

    I’m still a bit confused as to what they were thinking when they decided to make a Mega Evolution for freakin’ GARCHOMP of all things. Really? I mean that’s alright for Pokemon that needed the boost, like Mawile and Manectric. But did Garchomp honestly need one? I mean after realizing that Dragons were overpowered, they decide to make a stronger transformation for one of the said overpowered dragons.

    I’m not that upset, but it’s something that befuddles me.

    • Vanadise

      I’m starting to see a growing consensus that Garchomp’s Mega Evolution actually makes him worse because it lowers his speed. It gives him a big buff to attack power, but he was already strong enough to one-shot anything he was effective against, and the buff to his defense is pretty minor… so if you mega evolve him, you’re running the risk of letting your opponent go first for no consequential benefit.

      • Virevolte

        Yeah, you must be careful when using Mega-Garchomp. I think it’s for special cases only.

      • J_Joestar

        he is definitely in need of having a team build who can support him unlike regular Garchomp.

  • Yan Zhao

    They “rebalanced” the game, yet Ice Pokemon are still worthless and becomes a liability when a decent pokemon happens to be dual-ice type. 4 weakness and only 1 resistance, which is themselves. Great balancing there.

    • J_Joestar

      If only GF could try to make some Ice types that took advantage of their strengths and not slow defensive Ice-types made even more worthless because of their many weaknesses.

  • SlickRoach

    I’m really digging Fairies now (especially Slurpuff and the new and improved Eviolite Togetic thanks to it’s new type replacement). Now Avalugg and Vanilluxe are two of my favorite Pokemon, but like many others have said before me, I wish Ice types were better.

  • GuyAlpha

    If only Fairy type pokemon were stronger. Flogres and Sylveon are pretty good to use, though. I was kind of hoping for a Rock-type buff since it has a million weaknesses.

  • grevlinghore

    Now if we could buff Dark types, the weakest type in the series, that´d be great…

    • 하세요

      Dark can eat through Steel types now, which was a pretty nice buff. Still not as worthless as Ice types.

  • komiko12

    Next time, I hope that there would be buffs to Dark, Bug, Poison and Ice.

    And for future fairies, something based on Sylph, Salamander, Gnome and Undine would be nice.

  • celery

    Dragon as a type wasn’t overpowered, I don’t think. Sure it resisted the starter types + Electric, but it was weak to itself and Ice, and Steel resisted it. Heck, it was even only super-effective against itself!

    The problem with Dragons wasn’t the type, it was that most Dragons have absurd base stat totals.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      then the most overpowered here is electric.. sure it’s only weak against ground.. and when the electric only pokemon have levitate ability, it had become invincible in type..

      • Travis Frazier

        Accept theres only two electric pokemon that have levitate and and only one of them is pure electric. Rotom picks up other weaknesses depending on its second type.

    • Hunts Rattata

      The stats weren’t the crux of the matter (though they certainly played a part), it was Dragon attacks’ great neutral coverage. With only Steel resisting it, your Steel types were the only thing between you and an indiscriminate Outrage sweep, or Draco Meteor hit-and-run.

    • Khairul Amin

      The main problem with them is their hilariously wide move pools

  • Renaldi Saputra

    no wonder why most of legendaries are dragon..

  • Ben Sylvia

    Just wait until the inevitable Fairy/Dragon Pokemon.

    May God have mercy on your soul come that day.

  • C_Diamond
    • 하세요

      And then someone switches in a Fire type. “Scizor? That’s cute.”

    • J_Joestar

      well it isn’t like Fairies were made with countering Scizor in mind.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Dragons are still OP. They can still OHKO Fairies with Poison Jab.

    • Virevolte

      Not all of them (steel/fairy and such), but yeah, that’s precisely what I’m trying to do. ^^

      • Bobby Jennings

        Well against Mawile, just use Flamethrower

        • Symbol de Au

          Not enough for a one hit knock-out unless it’s focused on special attack, or it’s sunny, or the person didn’t train their Mawile’s special defense.

          • Bobby Jennings

            Oh I know. Don’t forget Earthquake too. My only point is, Dragons can pretty much handle any type. They’re that diverse

          • Symbol de Au

            True that.

          • Bobby Jennings

            I like that they made it so fairies can OHKO dragons if they manage to survive. With a Quickclaw, it’s possible

    • 하세요

      Yeah, they needed to look into stats more. Most, if not all, Fairy types are Spec. Def oriented. They can eat a Sludge Bomb but any physical Steel / Poison move will wreck their face.

      With some HP bulkier Pokemon though, the dragon may need to be Banded or Life Orb’d.

  • VenerableSage

    Bullshit.

    Masuda can say whatever he wants, but his actions speak louder. By creating the Dragons to be that strong from the beginning (and making most of them the pseudo-legendaries in the process), they already screwed things up from both a stats and moves perspective.

    As I’ve repeatedly stated since when the new type was first rumored, Dragons just have too large of an available movepool and the stats to back them up. Adding a type that does super effective damage and is immune defensively is great… if Dragons only had access to Dragon moves. Most Dragons can get Fire, Ice, Thunder, Water, Steel, Ground, Rock, Poison, etc. moves, meaning that the only thing that has changed is that they need to read more carefully when using their STAB moves.

    I also call double bullshit here: “Masuda adds that the overall element-type balance for Pokémon had to be remade from scratch due to the introduction of the Fairy-type, but feels it was worth it.”

    The type element balance only shifted in regards to a handful of types, largely centered around Fairy’s addition (and Steel was affected with two resistance drops because of this and to tone them down slightly). If they really wanted to remake the balance from scratch, things like Poison being mostly worthless outside of a second-rate Fairy-killer (if I have the choice between Bullet Punch Scizor and any Poison move, sign me up for the former 10 times out of 10) would have been fixed.

    • Khairul Amin

      and don’t forget Ice-type as well. They need more buffs defensively just as Poison-type need more buffs offensively

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    Bigger concerns in competitive than supposed over-poweredness of Dragon types
    5) Weakness of Poison types
    4) Weakness of Bug Types
    3) Weakness of Dark Types
    2) Weakness of Ice Types
    1) Stealth Rocks

    • J_Joestar

      Well Dark got a very notable minor buff with it’s ability to hit Steel neutrally, although it doesn’t benefit a greatly as Ghost who got the same buff without getting a weakness/resist in Fairy.

      • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

        Dark is a good attack type but not worth anything defensively (as a switch in on a Psychic move)

        • J_Joestar

          well at the very least Bronzong and Metagross aren’t liking the loss of Dark resist on Steel…

    • Khairul Amin

      THIS!

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    No GIFs allowed any more, dood.

  • Guest

    Damn you guys.

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