Rapidash

Type Tier
Fire UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
65
333
Atk
100
298
Def
70
238
Spc
80
258
Spe
105
308
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Overview

Rapidash is a very cool Pokémon, but, like most Wrap/Bind/Fire Spin users, needs a bit of luck to go along with it. Rapidash can really hurt stuff with an Agility under its belt, though.

Name Moveset

Fire Spin

~ Fire Blast
~ Agility
~ Body Slam
~ Fire Spin

Rapidash is quite an underrated Pokémon that can cause havoc in the UU environment, though it isn't the best UU Pokemon to use in an OU match. Agility is good if you get paralyzed, or to trap stuff that is faster than Rapidash if you can get one under your belt, and Fire Spin can be used to hit the incoming counter and then switch out safely. Whittle the opponent down with Fire Spin, then finish them off with Body Slam or STAB Fire Blast. Fire Blast has a chance to burn Golem and Rhydon on the switch, and paralyzing an incoming Starmie with Body Slam is cool too.

Other Options

Horn Drill is a nice option if it's unbanned, given Rapidash's Speed. Hyper Beam can be used for offense's sake, while Stomp is a good option to flinch or paraflinch your foes.

Checks and Counters

Starmie gets special mention for its ability to outspeed Rapidash before an Agility and nail it with Surf. Slowbro doesn't take much damage from any of Rapidash's attacks and can Amnesia up in its face, while Alakazam can outspeed it and Recover when need be. Chansey can paralyze it, but an additional Agility will give it back its Speed. Faster Pokémon like Persian, Tauros, or Dodrio having moves that can severely damage Rapidash are effective counters.

In UU, Golduck and Poliwrath take little from Rapidash's attacks and can set up on it with Amnesia. Vaporeon's 130 base HP and 110 base Special laugh at Rapidash's special moves and Surf can seriously damage it.

In general, remember that, even with an Agility, Rapidash is nowhere near invincible, as Fire Spin's accuracy is an extremely shaky 70%. One or two misses will probably do Rapidash in, whatever the tier it's being used in.