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The best guide on how to play Charizard in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Charizard Latest Nerfs & Buffs (9/22)

Version 1.2.1.3 Patch Note Updates

Charizard Move Changes (September 22)
Seismic Slam Image
Seismic Slam
• Reworked.
• Now casts Seismic Slam first before taking flight. Charizard heals from damage dealt during flight.  
Fire Blast Image
Fire Blast
• Cooldown reduced from 8s to 7s.
Fire Punch Image
Fire Punch
• Cooldown reduction from hitting enemies adjusted.
Flamethrower Image
Flamethrower
• Movement speed buff increased.

Charizard Previous Move Patches

Fire Punch

1.2.1.3 Splash damage from auto attacks now properly reduced Fire Punch's cooldown.
1.1.1.4 Knocks back opposing Pokemon further.

Flamethrower

1.2.1.3 Movement speed buff increased.
1.1.1.4 Damage increased from 1162 to 1208 (+4%). Cooldown decreased from 7s to 5.5s. Burn staus effect damage increased from 46/s to 92/s (+100%)

Fire Blast

1.2.1.3 Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6.5.
1.1.1.4 Cooldown decreased from 11s to 8s. Effects on opposing Pokemon strengthened.

Seismic Slam

1.2.1.3 Now casts Seismic Slam first before taking flight. Charizard now has lifesteal while in flight.

Charizard Basic Info

Charizard
Charizard.jpg
Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Novice
Cost:
"When it’s still a Charmander, it’s not the most reliable, but when it evolves into Charizard, it can use its powerful moves to attack and deal damage over a wide area."

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Charizard Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Great Disables at mid-game
✔︎ Strong Unite Move
✖︎ Weak Early Game
✖︎ Low Damage Output
✖︎ Low Endurance

Best Builds for Charizard

Builds

Sustained Damage Build

Sustained Damage Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +15
Critical-Hit Rate: +6%
Critical-Hit Damage: +12%
Attack Speed: +7.50%
Cooldown: -4.50%
Unite Move Charge Rate: +6%

This build relies on pressuring your opponent's HP with a combination of Flamethrower and Flare Blitz, then taking them out via Standard Attacks. These moves also knock targets around, allowing you to set enemies up for follow-up damage from your team. Reach level seven as fast as possible to fully utilize this close-range setup.

Muscle Band and Scope Lens empowers Charizard's unique DPS Standard Attacks, enabling you to burn through your target's HP quickly. Energy Amplifier allows you to use your moves and unite move more frequently due to its cooldown reduction and faster recharge rate, respectively.

Eject Button gives you decent mobility to get a better position to land your moves. It's also your primary escape tool, especially during the early-game.

Ranged DPS Build

Ranged DPS Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +39
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
Attack Speed: +7.50%
Movement Speed: +120

This build utilizes Charizard's ranged damage over time moves, giving Charizard some range to work with. Your gameplay should be keeping distance from enemies while burning them with Flamethrower and Fire Blast. Once a target has low HP, finish them off with Seismic Slam and a flurry of Standard Attacks.

Muscle Band and Float Stone are your primary damage items, increasing both your moves' damage and your Standard Attack damage. Float Stone also gives you ample mobility so you can manuveur properly while using your moves from a distance. Focus Band is your only defense item, giving you decent defenses and survivability. However, its main function is to get you through to the early-game where you're trying to reach level 9.

Eject Button serves as an escape and initiation tool. Use it defensively in the early-game to escape bad fights. Once you reach level 9, use it to get a better position to use Seismic Slam.

Bruiser Build

Bruiser Build
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Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +72
HP: +870

This build makes Charizard into an aggressive tank. Your gameplay should be tanking damage for your team while controlling enemy movements using Fire Punch and Flare Blitz. Flare Blitz grants a shield when used, making it a perfect tanking move.

Assault Vest, Focus Band, and Buddy Barrier give you ample durability through increased defenses, bonus HP, healing, and shielding, allowing you constantly use your moves.

Eject Button lets you get aggressive once you have Fire Punch, Flare Blitz, and Seismic Slam available.

Jungle Build

Jungle Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects (at Level 30)
Attack: +30
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
Critical-Hit Rate: +2.10%
Attack Speed: +7.50%

This build turns Charizard into a single-target assassin. To make this work, Charizard has to go jungle to get levels fast. Once you reach level 5, get Fire Punch and gank one lane, but don't be too agressive. Keep clearing the jungle camps to level up until you get to level 9. Once you're level 9, focus now on pressuring lanes by getting kills with your team, you'll most likely be ahead in levels than the rest so take advantage of it. Use Flare Blitz whenever you can to gain the shield and last longer in fights.

Razor Claw enchances your attacks with movement speed reduction, enabling you to stick to targets while you move and attack simultaneously. It also works well with Fire Punch's cooldown reduction when upgraded, granting you bonus damage as you constantly use the move. Muscle Band is a staple jungler item due to its attack speed increase, attack stat increase, and percentage based damage effect. Focus Band is your only defensive item and means of survival so always mind your positioning.

Eject Button is the default battle item for the build, giving offensive and defensive capabilities. However, since you'll be taking the jungle, Fluffy Tail can be an alternative so you can clear camps faster.

Charizard Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier After the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, the damage the Pokemon deals is increased by (7/14/21)% for a short time.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Increases damage dealt by basic attack critical hits. The higher the Pokemon's Attack, the more the damage increases.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band When basic attacks hit, the damage is increased by 1%/2%/3% of the opposing Pokemon's remaining HP.

Energy Amplifier is a staple item to have in a Charizard's builds thanks to how much it synergizes well with Seismic Slam. Also, the cooldown reduction means more opportunities to reign fire over opponents! Combine this with Buddy Barrier and you can stick to your chosen target for the entire duration of your flight. This makes your Unite Move almost a guaranteed kill!

Since Charizard can dish out extra damage because of its passive ability, Focus Band grants you that extra survivability while low on HP. It's a great turn around item and its defensive stats also isn't something to scoff at.

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.

Eject Button improves your overall mobility by granting you the ability to teleport short distances. This can be used both offensively and defensively.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Flare Blitz ImageFlare Blitz Charge forward, gaining a shield and dealing damage while knocking back enemies in the user's path.
Fire Punch ImageFire Punch Lunges forward with a fiery punch, dealing damage to opponents in the way and knocks them back.
Upgraded: The cooldown is reduced each time a normal attack hits.

Charizard is all about blitzing and punching whoever is unfortunate enough to get in the way. Both Flare Blitz and Fire Punch offer easy knockbacks to displace opponents while also outputting decent amounts of damage. Being Dash moves, they also allow Charizard to get better positioning around enemies, as well as evasion.

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How to Play Charizard

Avoid Skirmishes in the Early Game

Charizard is an All-Rounder Pokemon that can push the advantage in team fights with its high damage output. It does take a while to get this particular Pokemon set up. Gathering as much experience as possible is paramount. Fire Spin will be enough to disrupt enemy positioning. You can also afford to position more aggressively in team fights once you unlock your Unite Move.

Keep Moving While Using Basic Attacks

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard Moving While Attacking

Since Charizard can move during its basic attack animation, you can easily stick to a running for maximum pressure. Veteran MOBA players will find this similar to Orb Walking, in which you speed up attacks by canceling their animations early with a directional input.

Learn Fire Punch and Flare Blitz for Max Damage

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard Attacking With Fire Punch and Flare Blitz

If you're looking to focus on direct offense with Charizard, then Choosing Fire Punch at Lv. 5 and Flare Blitz at Lv. 7 will allow you to have maximum engagement in up close and personal team fights. Both of these moves allow Charizard to have much needed dash moves that can get it closer to its targets, while also inflicting high damage. Since Charizard can easily reposition while attacking, make sure that you're always positioned in the area your enemy wants to escape to so you can push them back into a tight spot.

Use Fire Punch for Extra Mobility

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard Using Fire Punch as an Escape Tool

Prioritize farming in the early game until level 5 as that is when either Fire Punch or Flamethrower will be available which allows a higher damage contribution to small skirmishes and team fights early on.

Group Up Wild Pokemon to Farm Faster

Take advantage of Charizard's long range AoEs by grouping up wild Pokemon which will greatly speed up your farm. When looking to invade or steal enemy camps in the early game be careful of opposing Pikachu or Cramorant, as they have high crowd control and damage early on.

Use Basic Attacks to Lower Fire Punch Cooldown

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard Using Basic Attacks to Lower Fire Punch

Getting the upgraded Fire Punch at Lv. 11 is Charizard's greatest power spike. With the upgrade, Fire Punch's cooldown is reduced whenever a basic attack hits. Use wild Pokemon, like the Vespiquen camps, to quickly reset your cooldowns and fire off as my Fire Punches as you can.

Utilize Your Damage Bonus With Your Unite Move

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard Activating Unite Move

Charizard becomes empowered for a short duration after suplexing an opponent with a Seismic Slam. This allows Charizard to gain movement speed, damage, and the ability to move over walls. Unload your other moves first before using Seismic Slam so you can focus on dealing high damage with your standard attacks while empowered!

Charizard Combos

Early Game Combo

Early Game Combo
Fire Spin IconFlame Burst Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard  Early Game Combo
During the early game, you can maximize your damage with this combo. Cast Fire Spin first to slow your target down, and to make sure that Flame Burst hits your target. Get closer to your target and stay on top, chasing them while burning their HP with basic attacks.

Seismic Slam Setup Combos

Seismic Slam Setup Combo (Variation 1)
Flare Blitz IconFire Punch IconSeismic Slam Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard Seismic Slam Setup Combo (1)
During the later part of the game, you can get in close and personal with this combo. Initiate using Flare Blitz to get close to your target and get the shield, then immediately follow up with Fire Punch to deal more damage and knock your target back. Finally, finish with Seismic Slam, and don't forget to stay on top of your target while attacking.
Seismic Slam Setup Combo (Variation 2)
Fire Punch IconFire Blast IconSeismic Slam Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Charizard Seismic Slam Setup Combo (2)
This is an alternative version of the previous combo. Start with Fire Punch to get close to your target, then quickly follow up with Fire Blast. FInish again with Seismic Slam and basic attacks.

Matchups & Counters for Charizard

Charizard Matchups

Hard Counter
AbsolAlolan NinetalesBlastoiseBlisseyCinderaceDragoniteGarchompLucarioMachampMamoswineMr. MimeTsareenaWigglytuffZeraora
Fair Matchup
CramorantCrustleDecidueyeEldegossGardevoirGengarGreedentGreninjaPikachuSlowbroSnorlaxTalonflameVenusaur
Good Matchup
Sylveon

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Charizard.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter with Disables and Better Damage

Being the squishiest All-Rounder in the roster, Charizard can easily be countered by Pokemon that have disabling moves and a better damage output. This makes Charizard an easy target in the early game.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Rating: ★★★★★
Blastoise can overpower Charizard in all stages of the game. A Hydro Pump can negate any distance you covered between you and Blastoise. Even if you get close, Blastoise's tanky build makes it hard to pressure, and can easily fight back with Rapid Spin. Fighting Blastoise will turn Charizard's Unite move into a defensive move, which you do not want.
Zeraora ImageZeraora Rating: ★★★★★
Zeraora is hard to take out with its powerful single target burst moves and high mobility. Without any disable moves to keep Zeroara still, it can chain a ton of damage with Spark and Wild Charge before Charizard can even land a move.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Rating: ★★★★
Mr. Mime can outplay Charizard with debuffs and hindrances. A well-place Barrier is enough to make Charizard scramble around to find a good position.
Cinderace ImageCinderace Rating: ★★★★
Cinderace is much like Charizard in that they both require some time before making an impact. However, Charizard is overpowered by Cinderace's superior damage and attack speed in the late-game.

Even Matchups for Charizard

Timing your moves right will give Charizard an advantage over these Pokemon. It will help if you have a teammate nearby, just in case things get messy.

Pressure with Combos

Pokemon with Low HP
Cramorant Image Gardevoir Image Greninja Image Pikachu Image Venusaur Image Gengar Image Talonflame Image Decidueye Image

Close the distance with Flare Blitz or a Fire Punch and spam your basic attacks until you take them down. You Eject Button will come in handy for maintaining contact during the encounter.

Circle Around with Basic Attacks

Pokemon with Low Mobility
Crustle Image Slowbro Image Snorlax Image

Take advantage of Chaizard's moving basic attacks to circle around Defenders and while continuously spraying flames. Just be careful not to get caught in any crowd control moves.

Best Matchups for Charizard

Useless Against Non-Sp. Atk. Pokemon

Useless Against Non-Sp. Atk. Pokemon
Sylveon Image

Being an Attack type Pokemon, Charizard is not affected by Sylveon's Sp. Atk. and Sp. Def. manipulation tricks. Charizard's DPS is too much for Sylveon's fragile defenses against non-sp. atk. Pokemon.

Best Teammates for Charizard

Pokemon Explanation
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss
Blissey ImageBlissey
Provides extra protection and mobility boosts
Eldegoss and Blissey provides a decent amount of support abilities that can enhance Charizard's early laning phase and duels. Stick to your supporters at all times!
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Great mix of support and offense
Charizard's dueling power is quite weak in the early stages of the game. Wigglytuff and its early pressure is a great help to give Charizard that extra damage he needs to win fights early on and get a lead.

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Charizard Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Flame Burst ImageFlame Burst
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 341 (Lv. 3)
Spits a burst of flame at opponents, damaging and burning Pokemon caught in the burst. Increases Movement Speed for a short duration on a successful hit.
Fire Punch ImageFire Punch
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 920 (Lv. 5) / 1877 (Lv. 15)
Lunges forward with a fiery punch, dealing damage to opponents in the way and knocks them back.
Upgraded: The cooldown is reduced each time a normal attack hits.
Flamethrower ImageFlamethrower
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5.5s
Total Damage: 577 (Lv. 5) / 1208 (Lv. 15)
Breathes fire at opponents, damaging them continuously while also leaving them burned. Hitting an opponent also increases your Movement Speed.
Upgrade: Initial damage from the Move and damage inflicted by burn increases.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Fire Spin ImageFire Spin
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 990 (Lv. 3)
Engulfs the opponents in a vortex of fire, damaging and slowing them down for a short amount of time.
Flare Blitz ImageFlare Blitz
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 621 (Lv. 7) / 1085 (Lv. 15)
Charge forward, gaining a shield and dealing damage while knocking back enemies in the user's path.
Fire Blast ImageFire Blast
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6.5s
Total Damage: 1862 (Lv. 7) / 3555 (Lv. 15)
Fires a blast of fire at an area, creating an area of fire. Opponents who are caught in the fire will receive damage over time while slowing them down.
Upgraded: Damage is increased.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Seismic Slam ImageSeismic Slam
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 100s
Total Damage: 1359 (Lv. 9) / 2020 (Lv. 15)
Flies around the sky and ignores terrain. Standard attacks have increased damage, burn enemies, and heal the user while it's flying. Using the Move again while flying will have the user grab its target and slam it to the ground.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Deals continual damage. Deals increased damage to opposing Pokemon that are burned and increases in range every time the user evolves.

Ability (Passive)

Blaze ImageBlaze Increases critical-hit rate below half HP.

Charizard Stats & Evolutions

Charizard Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
Charmander.pngCharmander
(Lv. 1)
Charmander.pngCharmeleon
(Lv. 4)
Charmander.pngCharizard
(Lv. 9)

Charizard Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3200 70 54 161
2 3264 74 57 164
3 3341 79 61 168
4 3434 85 65 172
5 3771 106 81 196
6 3905 114 87 208
7 4066 124 95 216
8 4259 136 104 232
9 4941 178 137 276
10 5219 195 150 296
11 5553 216 166 316
12 5953 241 185 344
13 6433 271 208 376
14 7009 307 236 416
15 7700 350 269 460

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

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    • >>[457]
      A bit late, but could I join? I’m relatively new to masters, but I play Snorlax, Eldegoss and Dragonite decently well. My trainer code is KTRH0GF and my discord is IDunno#2708 (y’know, just in case).

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      Cuz it isn't good and that's what many people think. It also takes his only mobility move he has

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