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This is a strategy guide for using Arcanine in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Arcanine, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Arcanine

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fire Type
Abilities
Intimidate Lowers the foe's Attack stat.
Flash Fire It powers up Fire-type moves if it's hit by one.
Justified (Hidden) Raises Attack when hit by a Dark-type move.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
90 110 80 100 80 95

Best Nature for Arcanine

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Moveset & Best Build for Arcanine

Choice Band Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 166 / Atk. 162 / Def. 100 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 161
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Extreme Speed
Flare Blitz
Will-o-Wisp
Wild Charge

Other Viable Moves

Close Combat An alternate option for Will-o-Wisp or the Electric-type Move. Allows it to hit Rock and Dark types super effectively.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Spd 180 / Atk 76
Final Stat Values HP 197 / Atk. 140 / Def. 100 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 151
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Extreme Speed
Flare Blitz
Close Combat
Wild Charge

How to Use Arcanine Effectively

A Fire-type attacker with good balance

Arcanine has high Base Stats across the board, making it a powerful attacker who can also withstand attacks. It also learns powerful attacks from useful types, such as Play Rough, Close Combat and Wild Charge, allowing it deal hard-hitting super effective damage to a variety of types.

Counters for Arcanine

Use Pokemon with good Defense

Arcanine is typically used as a physical attacker, so it's easy to counter with a Rock, Dragon or Water-type Pokemon with high Defense. But since Arcanine is able to learn Wild Charge, Close Combat and Play Rough, it might bite back hard if you can't faint it in one or two turns.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★★
・On top of being resistant to Fire, it's immune to Arcanine's Electric moves
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Fire and takes neutral damage from Electric
・Can use Volt Switch to bail out when you expect a switch-in
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can aim for a 1HKO with Stone Edge
Must watch out for Close Combat

Best Teams Featuring Arcanine

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Best Arcanine Team for Ranked Battle

Best Arcanine Team for Ranked Battle
Arcanine ImageArcanine Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Tyranitar ImageTyranitar
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Mimikyu ImageMimikyu

Born from one player's love of one Pokemon, Arcanine, this team takes advantage of Arcanine's already-high Base Stats, supported by Assault Vest to make it a powerful player both offensively and defensively.

In addition to Arcanine, this team features a host of other surprises, such as a Pressure Corviknight, a Special Attack-using Tyranitar, and a stall-ready Mimikyu, that might change your preconceptions about the competitive scene as a whole.
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