Charizard

Blaze
Boosts power of Fire-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Solar Power
HP decreases in the sun. Special Attack increases by 50%.
Type Tier
Fire / Flying NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
78
- 297 360 -
Atk
84
183 204 267 293
Def
78
172 192 255 280
SpA
109
228 254 317 348
SpD
85
185 206 269 295
Spe
100
212 236 299 328

Overview

Even in previous generations, Charizard was known as a very threatening Pokemon. Charizard is very versatile with balanced offenses, a large movepool, and great Speed, which all allow it to run a vast variety of sets. For that reason, Charizard is mostly seen on offensive teams, including but not limited to sun teams where its Fire-type attacks are much more powerful. Its 4x weakness to Stealth Rock can hinder its ability to sweep, but it can also work to Charizard's advantage, bringing it into Blaze range quickly. With such great power and versatility, it's safe to say that Charizard is the strongest Fire-type Pokemon in NU.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Blaze Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Fire Blast
~ Air Slash
~ Hidden Power Grass
~ Flamethrower
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

This set truly displays Charizard's raw power, wallbreaking through teams quite easily. Even specially defensive Pokemon, such as Lickilicky and Regice, take severe damage from Charizard's attacks. Fire Blast is Charizard's main STAB move, as it has enough power to defeat specially defensive behemoths such as Probopass. Air Slash is Charizard's secondary STAB, and it hits Pokemon immune to Fire-type attacks, specifically Flash Fire Flareon and Rapidash. Hidden Power Grass offers good coverage against the Water- and Rock-types that resist its Fire STAB. Lastly, Flamethrower cleans up weakened teams well, especially if accuracy is a dire need over power.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Blaze Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Fire Blast
~ Flamethrower
~ Focus Blast
~ Air Slash / Hidden Power Grass
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Charizard already rests at a great Speed tier, but when it's holding a Choice Scarf, it transforms into an excellent revenge killer. It's a great choice when a player is in need of a Pokemon that can clean up weakened teams. Charizard doesn't need to rely on sun support for this set, as it can function solely without it. Fire Blast and Flamethrower are both Fire-type move options; the former is mostly for revenge killing threats while the latter is for cleaning up the weakened adversary. Focus Blast is a great coverage move to KO Pokemon Charizard cannot dent with its other moves, such as Regirock, Golem, Probopass, and Lickilicky. The final moveslot is a filler option based on what threat you wish to cover. Air Slash allows Charizard to check Modest Ludicolo in the rain, as it hits Ludicolo harder than Fire Blast. On the other hand, Hidden Power Grass allows Charizard to dent Seismitoad.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Flying Gem Blaze Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Acrobatics
~ Earthquake
~ Roost
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

While Charizard is usually seen ravaging opponents with its Special Attack, Swords Dance allows Chairzard to take full advantage of its Attack stat. Swords Dance is the center point of the set, as it raises Charizard's attacks to astounishing heights. After a Swords Dance, Charizard has the power to 2HKO Alomomola and OHKO Lickilicky, Regice, and Tangela, all with its STAB Acrobatics. Furthermore, and its power is immediately increased on the first hit due to Charizard's Flying Gem. It doesn't end there: Acrobatics also reaches a phenomenal Base Power of 110 after the Flying Gem is consumed. Earthquake provides great coverage alongside Acrobatics, and Roost allows Charizard to heal itself whenever it seizes the opportunity.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Special Attacker

Life Orb Blaze Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Fire Blast
~ Air Slash
~ Hidden Power Grass / Substitute
~ Roost
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Charizard's high Special Attack and Speed allow it to function as an exceptional sweeper. Its strong STAB moves and good coverage are highlighted in this set. Charizard is a great addition to many teams that struggle against physical walls such as Tangela and Weezing. Fire Blast is one of Charizard's powerful STAB moves, and it guarantees an OHKO against Eviolite Roselia and Braviary. Air Slash is its secondary STAB option; while Fire- and Flying-type moves overlap in type coverage, Air Slash is great against Fire-immune Pokemon and Water-types. Hidden Power Grass offers even more coverage to Water- and Rock-type Pokemon. It specifically hits Seismitoad hard, OHKOing all common variants of it. However, Substitute can be used to avoid status conditions that would otherwise cripple Charizard. Roost is the final move of the set; it enables Charizard to heal itself if it switches into Stealth Rock, as well as allowing it to maintain longevity on the field.

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Other Options

One of Charizard's most interesting alternative options is Belly Drum. It's a great way to maximize Charizard's power, but it leaves Charizard vulnerable to being revenge killed, and it doesn't have many opportunities to set it up safely. Charizard could also be self dependent with setting up Sunny Day instead of relying on a partner, but it wouldn't want to waste a precious moveslot for it. Dragon Dance is an excellent way to boost its Speed and Attack, but since Acrobatics—one of Charizard's best physical moves—is illegal with Dragon Dance, Swords Dance is the preferred option. Flame Charge is another way to boost Charizard's Speed, but it is a weak STAB option.

Heat Wave is a combination of good power and accuracy; however, it is not that much stronger than Flamethrower and has 10% less accuracy than it, making Flamethrower the superior STAB choice of the two. Hone Claws can help with accuracy problems as well as boosting Charizard's Attack; however, most of Charizard's inaccurate moves are special attacks, and Hone Claws boosts physical attacks, making it unnecessary. Toxic and Will-O-Wisp can allow Charizard to support its team, but it doesn't have the moveslots to fit them in. Finally, Charizard has some subpar attacking options, such as Shadow Claw, Rock Slide, and Brick Break, to consider in terms of additional coverage.

Checks and Counters

It is difficult to outright counter Charizard due to the variety of sets it can run and its great coverage. Utilizing Stealth Rock is one of the most effective ways to weaken Charizard, so Pokemon who can successfully lay Stealth Rock on the field, such as Regirock and Golem, are good ways to weaken it. In fact, Rock-types in general are your best bet against Charizard, specifically ones who can take a Hidden Power Grass or Focus Blast. Carracosta, Regirock, and Golem are all great in dealing with Charizard. Carracosta can switch easily in Charizard's dual STABs and threaten it with Aqua Jet or potentially set up a Shell Smash. Regirock can tank any hit from Charizard and it back with either Rock Slide or Stone Edge. Golem can switch into Charizard's dual STABs, but struggles against non-Choice sets that can take a Sucker Punch and OHKO back with either Hidden Power Grass or Focus Blast. Due to their naturally good Defense, all three of them are capable of taking on Swords Dance variants of Charizard without having much to fear.

There are many Pokemon that can only defeat a specific variant of Charizard. Mantine, Flareon, Zweilous, and Dragonair can easily take on any specially offensive set Charizard has with their respective properties, but they all can be easily defeated by the Swords Dance set. Choice Scarf Pokemon have a chance of outspeeding and KOing Charizard, granted it doesn't hold a Choice Scarf itself; Rotom-S and Primeape are examples of such. While it can't take many of Charizard's attacks, Floatzel can outspeed Charizard and attack it with its Water-type moves. In contrast, Samurott cannot outspeed Charizard, but it can tank a hit and OHKO with its Water-type attacks or even go for the priority Aqua Jet. Specially defensive Wartortle can tank any of Charizard's sets bar Swords Dance and use Scald against it. Alomomola can be used as a good pivot against Charizard, taking any hit and switching out to the appropriate Pokemon while recovering HP with Regenerator. If Alomomola happens to switch into a Swords Dance or Choice variant, it can take the opportunity to cripple Charizard with Toxic or set up a Wish as well.

There are also other ways to make it easier to defeat Charizard. Using a rain team against it is an excellent way to weaken its Fire-type moves, and Swift Swim users, such as Ludicolo, Gorebyss, and Armaldo, can then outspeed and KO Charizard with their boosted Water-type attacks. Inflicting status on Charizard is another good way to cripple it; Miltank can outspeed and paralyze a non-Choice Scarf Charizard while Alomomola, who struggles against the specially offensive sets, can take on the Swords Dance set to land a Toxic. Using Liepard to inflict parafusion on Charizard can be risky, but it's highly effective. Finally, it's especially annoying for Charizard to go against priority users due to its Stealth Rock weakness. Kangaskhan is a good example of such, as it can check it with Fake Out and Sucker Punch.