Originally Posted by Fat Aleva
I went all the way to Flare Blitz for my Growlithe (well it had a +Atk nature) and I found it great. Once you get the lucky egg, it takes only a few minutes to give him about 5 levels on Audinos, if you need it. I ended up with Crunch/Outrage/Flare Blitz/Dig and it was great.
Like Garud, Arcanine soloed Drayden and only used 1 PP. With Crunch and Outrage, it also gets super effective hits on over half of Ghetsis, Iris and Corless' teams, and does great against Shauntal and Caitlin. Personally I feel that waiting all the way with Growlithe is the best route.
If you want a physical fire type, why aren't you using Darmanitan? Arcanine's strength is that it does well with both Physical and Special moves. 100 Base SpAtk is still pretty damn good, and Arc can...you know...get Dragon Pulse, which is just as good as Outrage for in-game purposes. And you're still getting Super Effective Hits with it. You make Outrage seem extremely good, but all it does is hit things hard, because Dragon is a terrible offensive type if you want Super Effective hits.