We’re still truckin’ through the Pokédex as we try to find the very best of each Pokémon type. This time, it’s the Psychic type under the microscope. For some, these have a reputation for being fearsome thanks to their near-invincibility in gen 1, but now they’re just like every other type. Some are great. Some are decidedly not great. But we’ve picked out the 10 best Psychic type Pokémon so you don’t have to think about it. As always, no Legendaries or Mega Evolutions made the cut.
Reuniclus is a most unusual Psychic Pokémon. Where most Psychic types typically have weak Defense and mediocre HP, Reuniclus can take a hit with its 75 Defense and 105 HP. Even better is Reuniclus’ 125 base Special Attack stat and access to a huge variety of special moves. Reuniclus gets attacks like Psyshock and Shadow Ball, Confuse Ray, Thunderbolt, and plenty of others. And if its snail’s pace (35 Speed stat) bothers you, you can also use Trick Room to turn things around.
Gardevoir is a classic Psychic Pokémon, with high Special Attack and Special Defense, decent Speed, and meh everything else. Except it isn’t anymore. After gen 6, Gardevoir acquired a Fairy dual typing. And it’s one of the best things that could have happened because it gives Gardevoir a measure of resistance to Dark types and attacks like Pursuit.
It also means Gardevoir gets the powerful Dazzling Gleam added to its repertoire, alongside Draining Kiss to help restore health and do some damage too. Gardevoir might be a one-trick pony like many of its ilk, but it’s still one of the best Psychic type Pokémon around.
There’s a reason Alakazam showed up in the original Pokémon games’ final fight. It’s not just one of the best Psychic type Pokémon. It’s one of the best special-oriented Pokémon in general. Alakazam boasts a Special Attack stat of 135, with speed 120. So you won’t just hit hard when it’s your turn; you’ll almost always hit first too. Granted, its low Defense makes Alakazam vulnerable to moves like Sucker Punch and Shadow Sneak. Those are usually more of a competitive threat, though. If you need to bulk up for regular battles, you’ve got the classic Reflect move at your disposal.
Hatterene is a strange Pokémon, even aside from the fact that it apparently rips you open if you make it mad. It’s even bulkier than Reuniclus, slightly stronger than Alakazam, and incredibly slow with a low HP stat of just 57. Unlike other Psychics, it can’t learn Thunderbolt either. But it can learn Mystical Fire, a strong Fire attack that also lowers the foe’s Special Attack. Like Gardevoir, Hatterene is a Psychic/Fairy type, so it doesn’t have all that many common weaknesses.
Most Eevee-lutions sit among the best of their respective type, and Espeon is no different as one of the best Psychic type Pokémon. It’s almost like a sturdier Alakazam, really. Espeon has high Speed and a Special Attack of 130. But it also has higher HP and Defense, so it’s not going to fold after just one hit. Espeon’s move pool is primarily Psychic-oriented, so it’s more of a focused Psychic type than some of the others on our list.
However, it also learns Fake Tears. Fake Tears lowers the foe’s Special Defense, meaning Espeon can really go to town on them. The only drawback here is Espeon’s lack of recovery move, since Morning Sun is close to pointless. But that’s mostly a problem if you’re playing with a specific rule set.
Alolan Raichu has all the benefits of normal Raichu like good Attack, Speed, and Special Attack and wraps it all up in a Psychic bonus. There’s not a lot to see with Alolan Raichu’s level-up moves, true. But the Psychic dual typing means Raichu can learn all the usual Psychic moves like Psychic and Calm Mind on top of its classic Electric moves. High-ish Attack makes Alolan Raichu viable against other special-oriented Pokémon as well, thanks to moves like Slam, Iron Tail, and Giga Impact. While its Static ability might paralyze a foe on contact, don’t expect your Alolan Raichu to fare well in direct combat for too long.
Where Reuniclus stands out for being strong, Gothitelle stands out for being weird. It’s more of a defensive-focused Pokémon, which is definitely unusual for the typing. Its Defense is 95, Special Defense is 110, and HP, while not standout, is decent enough. Gothitelle’s Special Attack is a moderate 95, but the thing that makes Gothitelle interesting over Reuniclus is that it can learn Dark Pulse. That means Gothitelle is a force to be reckoned with if you send it up against Ghosts or other Psychic types, making Gothitelle an excellent choice for a surprise Pokémon.
Musharna is one of the best Psychic type Pokémon if you’re looking for a support Pokémon. It serves just fine as a regular Psychic critter, with good Special Attack and Special Defense. But it’s moves like Wish, Moonlight, and Future Sight that make Musharna stand out, along with the usuals like Dazzling Gleam and Psychic.
You can do a number of things with these. All-out assault is possible, using offensive moves and then Future Sight to set up another. Or you could focus on recovery while relying on Future attacks to do your dirty work. If you know you’ll need to switch out, though, Wish is your best friend.
Bruxish is one of the few Psychic types able to make good use of Psychic Fangs. That’s because Bruxish is more a Sharpedo-style Water Pokémon than a full-on Psychic, though dual typing means it gets the benefits from both. Bruxish’s Attack is a healthy 105, with a good supporting Speed stat of 92. Everything else is decent, though not super impressive. But that’s okay.
Outside Psychic Fangs, you’ve got access to Psywave with Bruxish, a handy attack that does special damage without relying on Special Attack. And there’s Aqua Tail plus the other elemental Fang moves and even moves like Aerial Ace as well. Bruxish is a great surprise Pokémon all around.
Girafarig might seem a strange choice for best Psychic type Pokémon. After all, none of its stats even break 100, even if its Attack and Special Attack come close. But Girafarig is versatile. It can learn Ground, Fairy, and Electric moves, along with the usual Psychic and Ghost moves, plus some handy Normal moves as well thanks to its Normal/Psychic dual typing.
That typing also grants Girafarig immunity to Ghost attacks, meaning its only weaknesses are Dark and Bug. It gives Girafarig one over on Gallade, who has better Attack but no useful resistances. Girafarig is definitely a useful Pokémon, even if it might not take you to the top of the meta-game competitions.
That’s it for our list of the best Psychic type Pokémon. Had better luck with one not on our list? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out our other Pokémon roundups, including: