It's really hard to rebalance a mon and give it an unique niche.Agreed! Usually when I look at the tweaks people say Flareon needs I just end up thinking ‘nice job, you remade Entei’
I can understand someone being concerned about Flareon’s in-game performance, because in later games it often struggles, but I think the solution to that is to improve and front-load its level-up movepool, which has always sucked.
Some people really do try to buff it into Enteion tho.
Someone did mention Lava Plume tho, so why not make it a defensive mon? There ain't a lot of those when it comes to Fire-types.
Stat shuffle: 95/60/130/110/65/65.
The basic idea would be making use of its interesting support moves like Heal Bell and Wish to spread burns while maintaining a decent offensive presence with Fire Blast/Scorching Sands/Shadow Ball/Flame Charge or some other filler. No need for movepool changes and it still gets a nice niche.