It used to be practically a necessity to have a flying type on your team – you needed one if you wanted to be able to use HM02 (fly) to get around quickly. But Gen 7 got rid of HMs and introduced methods like pokéride to get around without them. So flying types aren’t quite as necessary, and I wonder how that’s changed people’s teams.
Fun fact: there are only 3 pure flying type pokémon. Most of the ones we think of as flying type are normal/flying. Which brings me to an important point – because of dual typing, some of my favorite pokémon might not appear on a post because I’ve decided to include them with a different type – just because a flying type doesn’t appear here doesn’t mean it won’t appear in another post. With that note, here are my favorite flying types!
Gen 1 – Kanto – Pidgeotto
My Gen 1 team was the same as Ash’s original team. I had pikachu, bulbasaur, squirtle, charmander, butterfree, and pidgey. While I many not have included pidgeotto on my let’s go team, I will always have a special place in my heart for it.
Gen 2 – Johto – Noctowl
Owls are so cool, so I love this Gen 2 pokémon. I can’t remember if I used noctowl on my team – I really need to get out some of the pokémon games I haven’t played in awhile and see what I’ve got.
Gen 3 – Hoenn – Altaria
This was a tough pick because I’m very fond of taillow and swellow. But I adore altaria’s design, with its sky blue color and fluffy cloud wings, it just looks like a chunk of the sky became a pokémon.
Gen 4 – Sinnoh – Staraptor
Staraptor was one of the flying types that made it on my team by necessity and I don’t know if it will be on my team when we get Gen 4 remakes (you need quite a lot of HMs in Sinnoh and I hope they aren’t necessary in the remakes).
Gen 5 – Unova – Archeops
It’s a super colorful fossil bird. What more do I need to say?
Gen 6 – Kalos – Fletchling
I love that fletchling becomes a fire/flying type when it evolves. Fire is one of my favorite types and its rare that you get a fire type so early in the game unless you choose the fire starter. And it’s such a cutie.
Gen 7 – Alola – Minior
I had to pick one flying type that doesn’t look like a bird. I don’t know too much about minior, other than that it’s a meteor pokémon whose diet determines its core color, but I sure would love to see a minior shower.
Gen 8 – Galar – Corviknight
I practically had my Pokémon Shield team picked out before the game even released. I wasn’t expecting to have a flying type on my team, but then I saw corviknight, and corviknight is awesome!
Let me know what your favorite flying type pokémon are!