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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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|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.|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|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|
|Held Item||Choice Band|
|Close Combat||An alternate option for Will-o-Wisp or the Electric-type Move. Allows it to hit Rock and Dark types super effectively.|
|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|
|Held Item||Assault Vest|
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.
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.
・On top of being resistant to Fire, it's immune to Arcanine's Electric moves
・Resists Fire and takes neutral damage from Electric
・Can use Volt Switch to bail out when you expect a switch-in
・Can aim for a 1HKO with Stone Edge
・Must watch out for Close Combat
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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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