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Pokémon Sun and Moon are just one week away from launch, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ launch, we’ll be revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! Psychic seems to be Game Freak’s go-to Type for Mythical and Legendary Pokémon, giving us a ton of amazing competitors for this round, but we still managed to sort through them all and select the ones we love the most!
Without further ado, let’s get started with our Top Ten Psychic-Type Pokémon!
“It has enough psychic energy to blast everything within 300 feet of itself, but it has no control over its power.”
— Pokémon Y
One of a handful of new Psychic-Types introduced in the latest generation, Espurr is a bipedal creature designed after kittens. It has an intense amount of psychic energy at its disposal, and as it is just a little thing, it cannot yet control it very well; it keeps its ears folded up, as otherwise that immense power would leak out, to potentially devastating effect. The folded ears thing is a trait shared with its evolution, Meowstic, but several of our members advocated for Espurr on account of its cuteness, so that’s the form that made our list.
“Usually docile, a Wobbuffet strikes back ferociously if its black tail is attacked. It makes its lair in caves where it waits for nightfall.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version
Wobbuffet is an interesting Pokémon which was basically born to serve as a champion for the moves Counter and Mirror Coat, the only two damaging moves that it is capable of learning. When attacked, these two moves deal double the amount of damage which was received, with Counter only working with physical attacks and Mirror Coat bouncing back special attacks. It’s a neat little gimmick, and while it may end up being more a bit more risk than reward in the games, in the anime Jessie’s Wobbuffet is a powerful companion for them, practically serving as a fourth member of Team Rocket. It’s a humorous creature, but it can be just as powerful as it is funny when battling Pikachu and the other Pokémon.
“Gardevoir has the psychokinetic power to distort the dimensions and create a small black hole. This Pokémon will try to protect its Trainer even at the risk of its own life.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version
Gardevoir is known as the Embrace Pokémon, and it serves as one of the final evolutions of Ralts and Kirlia. Capable of predicting the future and seeing impending disasters, Gardevoir will risk even its life to protect a trainer with which it has forged a strong connection, often gaining access to its greatest level of strength in these moments of danger. Such power allows it to distort reality so much that a black hole is formed, though this usually exhausts all its mental energies in the process. Gardevoir’s elegant appearance is already something we love, and the enhancements to its look and its power via Mega Evolution only makes us adore this Pokémon all the more.
“This Pokémon wanders across time. Grass and trees flourish in the forests in which it has appeared.”
— Pokémon Gold Version
Dialga may have created and been placed in control of time, it is hardly the only creature capable of wandering through it at will. Celebi was introduced as one such creature way back in Generation II, and the Time Travel Pokémon is as fascinating as it is cute. The games’ lore reveals that it only appears in times of peace, and forests flourish whenever it does so; people also believe that its continued appearances serve as a sign that the world has a bright future ahead of it. It being a Psychic/Grass-Type also affords it a number of great moves, though we wish we’d gotten more chances to try it out over the years; alas, Celebi being an Event Pokémon does have some major drawbacks.
“It slumbers at the bottom of a deep trench. If it flaps its wings, it is said to cause a 40-day storm.”
— Pokémon Black & White Versions
One of the Legendary birds introduced in Generation II, Lugia is the mascot of Pokémon Silver and serves as the master of Gen I’s Legendary trio, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. It holds power over the weather, able to summon massive storms that last for weeks with a single flap of its wings, and because of the great destruction it is capable of causing, it often hides itself away deep in the ocean and sleeps there alone. But when it awakens, it is a powerful foe, wielding its signature Aeroblast, which is either depicted as a destructive beam of power a hurricane-like vortex depending on the Generation—regardless of how it looks, though, it’s a mighty attack, and one of our favorite things about the Legendary Lugia.
“An alien virus that fell to earth on a meteor underwent a DNA mutation to become this Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions
Appearing most recently as the final boss of
ORAS‘ post-game Delta Episode, Deoxys is the extraterrestrial DNA Pokémon, an alien virus that evolved into a powerful Psychic creature. Its design is especially noteworthy, with its arms spiraling around one another in the same fashion as DNA—at least, they do in its Normal Forme. Deoxys has three other Formes it can switch between, Attack Forme, Speed Forme, and Defense Forme, each of which boosts their Forme’s titular stats immensely. Each one also alters the Pokémon’s appearance greatly, remaking its body to better reflect its new focus. Deoxys is a fascinating, well-designed creature with a wide variety of options available to it, and, oh yeah, it can fire laser beams from its brain. That’s pretty freaking awesome too.
“Its brain cells multiply continually until it dies. As a result, it remembers everything.”
— Pokémon Silver Version
With a brain that outperforms a supercomputer and is capable of remembering everything it ever sees or experiences, Alakazam is the final evolution of Abra and Kadabra, serving as a powerful Psychic-Type in the first generation of games. Referred to as the Psi Pokémon, Alakazam’s brain is actually so large that its neck cannot support its head, and its muscles in general are said to be rather weak, forcing it to use its psychic powers to support itself and to move. This doesn’t seem to slow it down in combat at all, however, as it has plenty of mental energy left to devote to taking down its enemies. And if that wasn’t enough, it also gained a mighty Mega Evolution in Gen VI that strengthens its powers even further.
“Its fur is so sensitive, it can feel minute shifts in the air and predict the weather… and its foes’ thoughts.”
— Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions
It’s been a little while since our last Type with an Eeveelution, hasn’t it? Don’t think that our love for Eevee and its many paths has diminished over the course of this series, though, as Espeon is one of our top contenders for favorite Psychic-Type. Known as the Sun Pokémon, Eevee can only evolve into Espeon during the day, and in doing so it gains precognitive abilities, a power which stems from its desire to better protect the trainer it loves so dearly. Complimenting these psychic strengths is the fine hairs covering its body, which can detect even the smallest shifts in the air, letting it predict the weather as well as its opponents’ next moves.
Design-wise, Espeon isn’t all that impressive, but it still sets itself apart from other Eeveelutions with its forked tail—which is said to twitch as it predicts its opponent’s moves—and the gem on its forehead—a jewel which serves to boost its Psychic powers even further. With all of this thrown together with our already-established
adoration of Eevee, it’s no surprise to see our staff loving Espeon so dearly.
“Because it can learn any move, some people began research to see if it is the ancestor of all Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version
The original Mythical Pokémon which was unobtainable through normal gameplay, Mew is referred to as the “New Species Pokémon” in reference to how, in the day and age of the first generation of games, it was the newest creature to have been discovered. It is also thought to be the original Pokémon, from which every other species had descended from, and while the introduction of creatures like Arceus throw a wrench in a possibility that’s that all-encompassing, it certainly seems to be related to a number of Pokémon. Of course, as a brand new species that is also the ancestor of all Pokémon, and therefore must’ve been around for a long time, Mew is skilled at hiding itself; it is said to be capable of turning itself invisible, and it only shows itself to people who have both pure hearts and a strong desire to meet this rare Pokémon.
Mew’s lore as the origin of all Pokémon is reflected excellently in its ability to learn any TM or HM, regardless of Typing or the usual reliance on a certain body part like wings, and it also gains access to Transform and Metronome through leveling up, which only further enhances its variety of options. While it could theoretically, then, fill any role on your team that you want, failing to make use of its enormous Psychic potential feels like a bit of a waste. It’s a powerful little guy, to be certain.
We love Mew, and the fact that it has appeared so often over the years has only served to increase its renown. Really, there’s only one Psychic Pokémon that we could ever find ourselves more drawn to:
“It was created by a scientist after years of horrific gene splicing and DNA engineering experiments.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions
The original final boss of the
Pokémon franchise, Mewtwo is the result of a series of terrible experiments done by scientists on recovered DNA of Mew. While secrets concerning its creation and struggles are scattered about the first generation’s titles, and its battle in Cerulean Cave will likely always be a high point in our memories, the thing that really pushed Mewtwo over the top for us would have to be its role in the first Pokémon movie. The Genetic Pokémon’s almighty power was on full display for all to see, its backstory was revealed in a terrifying manner, and its questions about its purpose in life is one that every one of us could relate to on some level. The games state that Mewtwo has “the most savage heart of all Pokémon,” but we all want to believe that, like in the movies, it learns to be compassionate and trusting as time goes on.
Mewtwo has gotten plenty of respect in the games as well, of course, being one of the most powerful creatures in the original titles and later returning in the Kalos region with not one, but two mighty Mega Evolutions at its disposal. Mega Mewtwo Y bolsters its Psychic abilities even further than it always was, while Mega Mewtwo X gains a partial Fighting-Typing and becomes a powerful physical attacker as well. It’s one of the mightiest Pokémon of all time, at least in the minds and perception of fans, and it was amazing to see Game Freak bring it back again in such an epic way.
While a number of Psychic Types have caught our attention and gained our devotion, Mewtwo will always be one of the best—not only for its design, its abilities, and its Mega forms, but indeed for the sheer power of the story and development that so many of us experienced this Pokémon going through. Mewtwo is more than a creature in many of our minds; it is a character all its own. How could we not make such a Pokémon our number one choice for Psychic-Types?
That does it for our list of the superior Psychics! Who all was missing from our list that you thought deserved to be there, and which creatures did you agree with us on? Let us see your lists and thoughts in the comments, and drop by again tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon Type!
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