Emboar

Blaze
Boosts power of Fire-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Reckless
Increases the power of recoil moves by 20%.
Type Tier
Fire / Fighting RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
110
- 361 424 -
Atk
123
253 282 345 379
Def
65
149 166 229 251
SpA
100
212 236 299 328
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
65
149 166 229 251

Overview

Considered the unloved cousin of its fellow Fire / Fighting type starters, Emboar finds its place in NU as one of the best wallbreakers available. It has an amazing offensive typing, achieving superb coverage with its STAB moves alone. This typing is backed up by great offensive stats: base 123 Attack is among the highest in NU, and base 100 Special Attack is nothing to laugh at. Powerful coverage moves enable Emboar to 2HKO nearly the entire tier, giving it all the attributes it needs to shine in NU. A decent special movepool also lets Emboar run a variety of sets, ranging from physical or mixed all the way to a fully special set. Despite all these qualities, life is not all smooth sailing for Emboar. It is very slow, even by NU standards, and thus can be revenged killed easily, especially when its distinctly average defensive stats are taken into account. Luckily, a good HP stat somewhat mitigates this, and the flaming boar still has all the tools it needs to be incredibly dangerous.

Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Flare Blitz
~ Superpower
~ Wild Charge
~ Head Smash
128 HP / 252 Atk / 128 Spe

When equipped with a Choice Band, there is no single wall in NU that enjoys switching into Emboar. Its raw power is astounding, and often Emboar simply needs to use its STAB moves to break down the opposing team. Flare Blitz is the best physical STAB move Emboar gets and is generally the move it uses most. It deals huge damage to any Pokemon that does not resist it (and even some that do), while the recoil damage will eventually bring Emboar's HP to below one-third, at which point Blaze is activated and Emboar can fire off one incredibly powerful last-ditch attack. Superpower complements Flare Blitz very well, as it destroys Regirock and most Flash Fire Pokemon. While the stat drops may seem troublesome, Emboar is often too slow to use more than one attack before needing to switch out anyway, so Superpower fits it perfectly. These two STAB moves provide excellent coverage by themselves, but there are still a select few Pokemon that Emboar needs to hit. Wild Charge allows Emboar to 2HKO Alomomola, which would otherwise wall it, provided Stealth Rock or one layer of Spikes is on the field. It is also the best option Emboar has against Frillish. Head Smash is very useful to guarantee an OHKO on Armaldo, preventing it from setting up Stealth Rock, and it also prevents Altaria and Lampent from walling Emboar.

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Name Item Nature

Mixed

Expert Belt / Life Orb Rash
Moveset EVs
~ Fire Blast
~ Superpower
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Substitute / Grass Knot
128 Atk / 252 SpA / 128 Spe

Emboar can take full advantage of its excellent mixed offensive stats and extensive coverage moves in order to break down many walls in NU. Fire Blast is the STAB move of choice for mixed Emboar, and it's only occasionally a letdown because of its accuracy. Most Emboar will use Flare Blitz as their STAB move, so Fire Blast can come as a nasty shock to someone switching in their physical wall and seeing it go up in smoke. Superpower provides excellent coverage with Fire Blast and allows Emboar to beat dedicated special walls such as Lickilicky. Very few Pokemon in NU resist this STAB combination, but of the few that do, Hidden Power Ice can take care of most of them, particularly Altaria. Substitute makes a very useful move in the last slot, as using Protect to scout Emboar's move has become a common strategy to play around it. Emboar can take advantage of this by using Substitute on the turn the opponent uses Protect and then going to work on the opposing team. Alternatively, Grass Knot can be used to let Emboar beat Alomomola.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Flare Blitz
~ Superpower
~ Head Smash
~ Wild Charge
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Although it's relatively slow, Emboar can make a decent Choice Scarf user, as it can revenge kill most Pokemon that don't have any Speed boosts, including Sawk and Cinccino. Flare Blitz is Emboar's most reliable STAB move, and the recoil actually comes in handy for activating Blaze. This is generally the move Emboar will be using most and the one it can sometimes sweep with late-game. Superpower is the best and most reliable Fighting-type STAB move that Emboar gets. Unfortunately, it cannot be used over and over again without switching, but it generally only needs to be used once. Head Smash is a very useful move to revenge kill Altaria and hit Armaldo very hard. Wild Charge can hit Water-types, but without the raw power of a Choice Band, it cannot break through Alomomola, and generally Emboar will only be using its STAB moves.

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Other Options

Emboar possesses a very large movepool and has numerous other options to make use of. Surprisingly, it gets Scald, which is a great move and can be used on a fully special set with Focus Blast as a STAB move. This can be particularly potent with Choice Specs. It also gets Overheat, which can work well due to the hit-and-run nature of Emboar. SolarBeam is another interesting option that could work well with Sunny Day, which also powers up Emboar's Fire-type STAB moves. Outside of offensive moves, Emboar gets a number of support moves. Yawn is a very effective move in both forcing switches and crippling Pokemon, but generally Emboar would rather use an incredibly powerful attack instead. Bulk Up also appears to have some potential, but Emboar is let down by its poor physical bulk before a boost and lack of recovery (it doesn't even get Drain Punch). Taunt can also be effective in blocking status moves. Flame Charge can turn Emboar into a very dangerous late-game sweeper, as it needs just one turn of setup to go to town on the opposing team.

Checks and Counters

Countering Emboar in the traditional sense is hard; very little can switch in on all of its moves and sets, but a number of solid checks do exist. Alomomola with Regenerator is the most reliable way to beat Emboar, as even if it does get hit with Wild Charge, it can simply switch out to the appropriate teammate and recover off the damage. Frillish is also very competent at switching into Emboar's STAB moves, but it must be wary of Wild Charge. Combinations of walls can certainly slow down the Choice sets. Regirock and Misdreavus can easily switch into Flare Blitz and Superpower, respectively, but they have to rely on prediction to be effective. Protect can be a great way to scout out the move Emboar is using and then switch to the appropriate check, but when using it you must be wary of Substitute. Furthermore, Emboar is vulnerable to all three hazards, so setting them up and then phazing Emboar can shorten its lifespan significantly. Jolly Swellow is faster than even the Choice Scarf set and can easily OHKO Emboar, but it cannot switch in on any of Emboar's moves. A very effective tactic to wear down Emboar is to force it to use recoil heavy moves such as Head Smash by using Pokemon immune to its STAB moves, such as Lampent. It is important to remember that prediction is key when taking on Emboar, and that often you will have to make a risky switch or two to beat it.

Unreleased

Reckless will power up all of Emboar's recoil moves, making it incredibly powerful and giving it the ability to throw around Flare Blitz and Head Smash more often than it already does. However, with Reckless, Emboar takes even more damage from recoil and can't do massive damage with Flare Blitz once it's in Blaze range.