I can Fire Spin too!
With its powerful Fire Blast, enormous Attack stat, and great pivoting move in Fire Spin, Flareon is a destructive powerhouse. Its Attack stat is the highest in the tier, only tied with Kingler and the largely unviable Machamp. It also possesses a superb Special stat, with only Moltres and the rare Magneton beating it out. These stats make Flareon a menacing offensive threat, as well as a fantastic Fire Spin absorber from the numerous dangerous Fire-types of the tier, such as Moltres, Rapidash, and Ninetales. If paired with paralysis support, Flareon is capable of posing a significant threat to opposing teams.
However, Flareon suffers from having low HP and Defense stats, struggling to withstand even neutral physical hits such as Kingler’s Body Slam and Kabutops's Slash. To make matters worse, it is the slowest Fire-type in the tier, being outpaced by numerous common threats such as Blastoise, Kabutops, and Nidoking, which need to be paralyzed for Flareon to have an impact. Sustaining paralysis itself cuts into what little Speed Flareon has, leaving it outsped by Clefable and Porygon. Flareon also faces massive competition from other Fire-types: Moltres possesses superior bulk, Charizard has better coverage, and Rapidash sports an amazing Speed stat. Lastly, despite its fantastic Attack stat, Flareon struggles to break through opposing Fire-, Rock-, and Water-types like Moltres, Golem, and Kabutops due to it lacking viable coverage besides Normal-type moves. Flareon is therefore a very rare sight in the metagame and is not recommended for most competitive NU teams.
name: Mixed Fire Spin
move 1: Fire Spin
move 2: Fire Blast
move 3: Body Slam
move 4: Hyper Beam
Fire Spin racks up chip damage and allows Flareon to pivot to its teammates safely. Fire Blast OHKOes Exeggcute and Pinsir, 2HKOes Fearow, Venomoth, and Raticate, and potentially burns switch-ins like Kabutops and Golem. Hyper Beam is Flareon’s strongest physical attack, KOing Drowzee and Mr. Mime with some prior chip damage. Body Slam makes Flareon more difficult to switch into, spreading paralysis— this also enables Flareon to pivot out safely with Fire Spin.
Flareon has a few other options to consider. Toxic cripples wrappers such as Dragonair and Rapidash. Quick Attack enables Flareon to finish off sufficently weakened foes and makes up for its low Speed stat. Tail Whip can discourage its counters from easily switching in, notably reapplying paralysis Speed drops on opposing Pokemon. Flareon appreciates paralysis support from the likes of Clefable and Mr. Mime, which gives it an easier time muscling through opposing Fire-types like Charizard, Ninetales, and Rapidash, as well as Water-types like Poliwhirl and Blastoise. Flareon also enjoys the chip damage other Fire Spin users, like Charizard, Rapidash, and Moltres, deal.
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