Discussion Pokémon which have not appeared as 1 of their types

Grass-Type Farm Owner

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I made a list like this for myself out of curiosity to see if there were any general trends as to which Pokemon never appear as 1 of their types. I've seen other people talk about Pokemon which have never had 1 of their types represented in the TCG, so I figured I'd share this.

Some ground rules:
  • Tag Teams count (i.e. Psychic Solgaleo, Dragon Guzzlord, and Colorless Legendary Birds).
  • Dual-type cards count, so long as the dual-types in that set are based on the Pokemon's actual types.
  • Owner's Pokemon count (e.g. Team Magma's Aron/Lairon/Aggron are the only times those Pokemon have been Fighting-type).
  • Crystal Pokemon do not count as Colorless.
  • Jumbo cards do not count.
  • Forms are counted as 1 Pokemon unless the TCG gives the forms different names.
  • For instance, even though Zygarde 10% Forme has never had a Dragon-type card, it is excluded from this list because all Zygarde forms are just considered "Zygarde." Another example would be Zen Mode Darmanitan, which has never appeared as a Fire-type but both forms are called "Darmanitan."
  • Conversely, even though Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma cards are always Psychic, Necrozma's forms are effectively 4 individual species as far as the TCG is concerned, and therefore Dusk Mane and Ultra Necrozma are included among the missing Psychics. Similar examples include Mega Evolutions and regional variants.
  • Pokemon and forms which do not have a card at all are marked with an asterisk.

Grass and Bug Pokemon lacking Grass cards
Grass
Mega Abomasnow*
Ferroseed
Ferrothorn
Pumpkaboo
Gourgeist
Morelull (post-SWSH)
Shiinotic (post-SWSH)
Calyrex*

Bug
Mega Pinsir*
Mega Scizor
Spinarak (post-SWSH)
Ariados (post-SWSH)
Anorith
Armaldo
Venipede
Whirlipede
Scolipede
Escavalier
Joltik
Charjabug
Vikavolt
Cutiefly
Ribombee
Sizzlipede
Centiskorch
Snom
Frosmoth

Fire Pokemon lacking Fire cards
Fire
Primal Groudon
Carkol
Coalossal

Water and Ice Pokemon lacking Water cards
Water
Mega Sharpedo
Skrelp

Ice
Mega Abomasnow*
Arctozolt
Glastrier*

Electric Pokemon lacking Lightning cards
Electric
Dedenne (post-SWSH)

Psychic, Ghost, and Fairy Pokemon lacking Psychic cards
Psychic
Alolan Raichu
Galarian Slowbro
Galarian Slowking
Galarian Mr. Mime
Galarian Mr. Rime
Mega Medicham*
Mega Metagross
Mega Latias*
Mega Latios
Delphox
Bruxish
Dusk Mane Necrozma
Ultra Necrozma
Calyrex*
Ice Rider Calyrex

Ghost
Mega Sableye
Mega Banette*
Froslass
Galarian Yamask
Galarian Runerigus
Frillish
Jellicent
Decidueye
Spectrier*

Fairy
Alolan Ninetales
Galarian Weezing
Cleffa
Igglybuff
Togepi
Togetic
Togekiss
Azurill
Marill
Azumarill
Mega Mawile
Mega Altaria
Mega Audino
Spritzee
Aromatisse
Carbink
Klefki
Mega Diancie
Primarina
Comfey
Tapu Koko
Tapu Bulu
Tapu Fini
Magearna
Impidimp
Morgrem
Grimmsnarl

Fighting, Ground, and Rock Pokemon lacking Fighting cards
Fighting
Mega Mewtwo
Mega Heracross
Mega Blaziken
Mega Medicham*
Monferno
Mega Lopunny
Croagunk (post-SWSH)
Toxicroak (post-SWSH)
Mega Gallade
Pignite
Emboar
Scraggy
Scrafty
Cobalion
Virizion
Keldeo
Chesnaught
Hakomo-o
Kommo-o
Pheromosa

Ground
Alolan Diglett
Alolan Dugtrio
Mega Swampert
Nincada
Numel
Camerupt
Mega Camerupt
Galarian Stunfisk

Rock
Alolan Geodude
Alolan Graveler
Alolan Golem
Corsola
Mega Tyranitar
Lileep
Cradily
Shieldon
Bastiodon
Tirtouga
Amaura
Aurorus
Diancie (post-SWSH)
Mega Diancie
Nihilego
Drednaw

Dark and Poison Pokemon lacking Darkness cards
Dark
Mega Gyarados
Mega Houndoom
Ash-Greninja
Zarude

Poison
Bulbasaur
Ivysaur
Venusaur
Mega Venusaur
Weedle
Kakuna
Beedrill
Mega Beedrill
Nidoran♀
Nidorina
Nidoqueen
Nidoran♂
Nidorino
Nidoking
Oddish
Gloom
Vileplume
Venonat
Venomoth
Bellsprout
Weepinbell
Victreebel
Tentacool
Tentacruel
Gastly
Haunter
Mega Gengar
Dustox
Budew
Roselia
Roserade
Gulpin
Swalot
Foongus
Amoongus
Skrelp
Dragalge
Mareanie
Toxapex
Salandit
Salazzle
Nihilego
Poipole
Naganadel
Toxel
Toxtricity

Silvally (Dark Memory or Poison Memory)

Steel Pokemon lacking Metal cards
Steel
Mega Mawile
Mega Lucario

Silvally (Steel Memory)

Dragon Pokemon lacking Dragon cards
Dragon
Mega Ampharos
Mega Sceptile
Mega Altaria
Mega Latias*
Tyrunt
Applin
Dracozolt
Dreepy
Drakloak
Dragapult
Eternatus

Silvally (Dragon Memory)

Normal Pokemon lacking Colorless cards
Normal
Alolan Ratatta
Alolan Raticate
Wigglytuff (post-XY)
Galarian Zigzagoon
Galarian Linoone
Galarian Obstagoon
Azurill (post-XY)
Deerling
Sawsbuck
Meloetta
Litleo
Pyroar

Flying Pokemon which lack Colorless cards but have appeared with "Flying properties" (Lightning Weakness/Fighting Resistance)
Flying
Charizard
Butterfree
Zubat
Golbat
Crobat
Scyther
Gyarados
Ledyba
Ledian
Natu
Xatu
Hoppip
Skiploom
Jumpluff
Yanma
Yanmega
Murkrow
Honchkrow
Gligar
Gliscor
Mantyke
Mantine
Beautifly
Masquerain
Ninjask
Tropius
Mothim
Combee
Vespiquen
Drifloon
Drifblim
Woobat
Swoobat
Sigilyph
Archen
Archeops
Emolga
Vullaby
Mandibuzz
Yveltal
Oricorio
Minior

Flying Pokemon which lack Colorless cards and have not appeared with Flying properties
Flying
Mega Charizard
Mega Pinsir*
Galarian Articuno
Galarian Zapdos
Galarian Moltres
Togetic (post-XY)
Mega Salamence
Thundurus
Landorus
Rowlet
Dartrix

Old TCG Typings (Dragon, Poison, & Fairy)
Gen 1-5 Dragon Pokemon which never got Colorless cards
Kingdra
Dialga
Palkia
Giratina
Deino
Zweilous
Hydreigon
Reshiram
Zekrom
Kyurem

Gen 1-3 Poison Pokemon which never got Grass cards
Tentacool
Tentacruel
Gastly
Haunter
Gengar
Qwilfish

Gen 1-7 Poison Pokemon which never got Psychic cards
Bulbasaur
Ivysaur
Venusaur
Mega Venusaur
Weedle
Kakuna
Beedrill
Mega Beedrill
Bellsprout
Weepinbell
Victreebel
Vileplume
Venonat
Venomoth
Spinarak
Ariados
Qwilfish
Stunky
Foongus
Amoonguss

Gen 1-7 Fairy Pokemon which never got Fairy cards
Mime Jr.
Mega Audino
Primarina
Tapu Koko
Tapu Bulu
Magearna
Arceus (however, Arceus XY116/XY197 had an attack that let it become any type on the next turn)
Silvally (Fairy Memory)

I do have a far more detailed list that breaks it down further (such as more forms, Pokemon whose 2 types are 1 type in the TCG but always have the same Weakness/Resistance, oddities like Seel being treated as an Ice-type several times, and other minutiae), but the trimmed version is less of an eyesore. Anyway, let me know if I made a mistake somewhere.
 
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Frost

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Only things I'm seeing are Steelix and Mega Steelix both got dual-typed Fighting/Metal cards in Steam Siege, and Vileplume delta species was Psychic/Metal (but this was before the Poison type change in Gen 4 so it's understandably listed here and splitting hairs on my part).
 

AuraJackle

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Only things I'm seeing are Steelix and Mega Steelix both got dual-typed Fighting/Metal cards in Steam Siege, and Vileplume delta species was Psychic/Metal (but this was before the Poison type change in Gen 4 so it's understandably listed here and splitting hairs on my part).
Steelix EX was not dual typed only the mega
 

Frost

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Oops. Had it marked as both in my database for some reason, but you're right!
 

Pikachu6319

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I had something like this posted a while ago, I don't know what happened to it. I however didn't count Owner's Pokemon (like Team Magma's Aggron) tag team Pokemon or other special Pokemon like Diancie Prism, but that's just me.
 

Grass-Type Farm Owner

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So Unified Minds (or possibly Hidden Fates, as I suspect some cards got pushed into that) is giving us several firsts:

-Water Wimpod
-Water Golisopod
-Fighting Steelix
-Darkness Mega Sableye (debut)
-Dragon Noibat
-Dragon Naganadel
-Colorless Articuno
-Colorless Zapdos
-Colorless Moltres
 

Frost

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The reasons are mostly understandable. Grass, Water, Psychic, Fighting and Colorless are the more bloated types of the card game either due to excess of Pokemon from the main type in the video games or having to combine 2 or more video games into one TCG type. As an example there are plenty of pure Water or Ice-type Pokemon that are already hurting for TCG representation due to Pokemon selection choices, so they're not going to go out of their way to take something like Volcanion, which also represents a far less plentiful typing, and make it Water unless it's a gimmick (like being dual-typed) or some whimsical one-off.

If you look at the most neglected Pokemon in terms of printing, very few of them are Fire, Lightning, Darkness, Metal, Fairy or Dragon, because those are 1:1 video game matches and even in the video games there aren't as many of them. And if you happen to be a Pokemon that has two of these types your value to PCL shoots up exponentially. See also: the frequent appearances for the Magnemite line, Houndour line, Reshiram and Zekrom, etc.
 

Grass-Type Farm Owner

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Cosmic Eclipse brings us a lot of first-timer types!

-Water Sneasel
-Psychic Solgaleo
-Psychic Blacephalon
-Fighting Palpitoad
-Fighting Seismitoad
-Fighting Carracosta (presumably)
-Metal Alolan Sandshrew
-Fairy Igglybuff
-Fairy Azurill
-Dragon Arceus
-Dragon Guzzlord
-Colorless Mega Lopunny (debut)
-Colorless Helioptile
-Colorless Heliolisk

It also marks the first time Vibrava and Flygon have appeared as Fighting-type since Dragon became its own type in the TCG, and the first time Jigglypuff has had a Colorless card since the addition of Fairy.
 

Grass-Type Farm Owner

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Updated for Sword & Shield. Put all the Poison-types lacking Darkness cards in a spoiler within the spoiler since it's such a big list at the moment. Also made a memorial of sorts for Poison Pokemon that never got Grass or Psychic cards and Dragons which never got Colorless cards.
 
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