Arceus-Fire

Multitype
Type changes depending on the held plate. Prevents item loss.
Type Tier
Fire Uber
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
120
- 195 227 -
Atk
120
126 140 172 189
Def
120
126 140 172 189
SpA
120
126 140 172 189
SpD
120
126 140 172 189
Spe
120
126 140 172 189
  • Uber

Overview

Of the seventeen formes of Arceus, few are as offensively focused as Fire Arceus. In His fiery guise, Arceus has the power to unleash His burning anger on the world in the form of His Judgment—or in this case, Flamethrower. Anything standing in Arceus's path will be burnt to a cinder, especially if the sun is lighting up the skies. However, while Fire is an excellent offensive typing, it is awful defensively. A crippling weakness to Stealth Rock means Fire Arceus will lose 25% of His health every time He switches into battle, which severely detracts from Arceus's famed bulk; weaknesses to common attacking types in Water, Ground, and Rock don't exactly help Fire Arceus either. Nonetheless, Fire Arceus is still a potent threat if played right, and every team needs to prepare for Him.

Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Flame Plate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Flamethrower / Fire Blast
~ Thunder / Thunderbolt
~ Recover
4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Fire is an excellent offensive typing. Flamethrower hits most Pokemon for neutral damage and is rounded off nicely by Arceus's plethora of coverage moves; it is used over Judgment because it has higher PP and a burn chance, and the power difference is negligible. Reshiram gives this set some competition, but Fire Arceus is faster, bulkier, and has access to instant recovery. Fire Arceus is an extremely powerful bulky sweeper in the sun, and after one Calm Mind, STAB Flamethrower coming off a base 120 Special Attack will immolate Pokemon who do not pack a quadruple resistance to Fire-type attacks. The prevalence of Dragon-type moves in the Uber tier means that there is an abundance of Steel-types, providing a perfect environment for Fire Arceus to sweep.

Fire Blast can be used over Flamethrower for its superior power, but it lacks the reliability of Flamethrower. It is liable to miss and has only 8 PP, which is not much at all thanks to the ubiquity of Pressure users in Ubers. Thunder 2HKOes Kyogre, Manaphy, and Ho-Oh after a Calm Mind boost, but as it has pathetic accuracy in sunshine, Thunderbolt can be used instead. However, the drop in power is quite large. Recover allows Arceus to take advantage of its great natural bulk, and also helps it win Calm Mind wars. Without Recover, Fire Arceus easily falls prey to Stealth Rock.

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Other Options

Arceus can opt for Ice Beam over Thunder to hit Garchomp, Zekrom, Hydreigon, and Giratina for super effective damage. Grass Knot lets Arceus hit Tyranitar and Kyogre, but its utility stops there. Earth Power destroys Heatran and at +1 2HKOes Tyranitar; however, Ho-Oh will then pose a huge problem. Finally, keep in mind that in order to gain another coverage move, Fire Arceus must drop Recover and will therefore take hefty damage from entry hazards.

Checks and Counters

Kyogre can put a sudden halt to Fire Arceus's plans. The Choice Scarf variant is of particular concern, as it can switch into a Flamethrower and OHKO an unsuspecting Fire Arceus with a speedy Water Spout. Other variants of Kyogre can check Arceus to an extent, but as it is outrun by Arceus, Kyogre becomes vulnerable to a boosted Thunder. Rayquaza can take a +1 Judgment or Thunderbolt, nab a Dragon Dance boost, and OHKO Arceus with Earthquake. Blissey and Chansey can wall Arceus with their massive Special Defense and HP; both can Toxic Arceus and put a timer on its existence, as well as use Seismic Toss to hasten Arceus's demise. Specially defensive Heatran can defeat Arceus if it has Taunt and Toxic, but a boosted Earth Power or Focus Blast will do hefty damage. Ho-Oh is a good check to Fire Arceus thanks to its great Special Defense and powerful Earthquakes. Gastrodon, though generally nonexistent in Ubers, is resistant to Fire-type moves and immune to Electric-type ones, and can Toxic Arceus and stall it out. Tyranitar resists Fire-type attacks, laughs at Thunder, and can KO Arceus with STAB Stone Edge. However, it must look out for Earth Power or Focus Blast. Choice Scarf Garchomp can switch in on a Thunder or Judgment and OHKO Arceus with an Earthquake. Choice Scarf Terrakion can just switch in on any attack and OHKO with Stone Edge. Finally, Rock Arceus falls in the same category as Terrakion, and can check Fire Arceus well in sandstorm due to its natural type advantage.