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

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Basic Information for Cinderace

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fire Type
Blaze Powers up Fire-type moves in a pinch
Libero (Hidden) Changes the Pokémon's type to the type of the move it's about to use.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
80 116 75 65 75 119

Best Nature for Cinderace

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

What are Natures?

How to Learn Cinderace's Egg Moves

Jump Kick Inherit from Scraggy (learns at Lv. 44) or Hawlucha (learns at Lv. 44)
Sucker Punch Inherit from Diglett (learns at Lv. 20) or Impidimp (learns at Lv. 22)

Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace

Libero + Life Orb Moveset & Best Build

Libero + Life Orb Cinderace.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / SpDef 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 15 / Atk 168 / Def 95 / SpDef 96 / Spd 188
Ability Libero
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Pyro Ball
High Jump Kick
Sucker Punch

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

This Cinderace takes advantage of its new Hidden Ability, Libero, using a Life Orb to boost its attacking power. Libero gives Cinderace the power to use all of its attacks as STAB moves, and thanks to its wide movepool, this allows it to handle itself against a wide range of opponents.

After Dynamaxing, Cinderace can use moves like Max Knuckle and Max Airstream as STAB moves, while using their effects to raise its Attack and Speed and further enhance its sweeping potential.

How to Get Libero Cinderace

A free Scorbunny with the Libero Ability is available via Pokemon HOME. Learn how to get all three Galar Starters with Hidden Abilities and transfer them to Pokemon Sword and Shield with our guide below:
How to Get & Transfer Hidden Ability Starters from Pokemon HOME

Advantages of Jolly vs. Adamant

Nature Advantages
Jolly ・Can outspeed other Cinderaces
・Can outspeed Durant with maximized Speed
Adamant ・Can 1HKO a Snorlax with EVs in HP and Defense with High Jump Kick

This moveset expects going up against other Cinderaces, so we've used a Jolly Nature here; that said, the Adamant Nature has the potential to take down a HP/Def-focused Snorlax in one hit with High Jump Kick, so it's worth considering as well.

Still, as Snorlax builds frequently run Protect, play carefully to make sure your High Jump Kick doesn't backfire on you.

Other Viable Moves

U-turn When at a disadvantage, wear down the opponent and then switch out. Useful for breaking Focus Sash and Disguise.
Iron Head For use against Fairy types. When Dynamaxed, becomes Max Steelspike to boost its Defense.
Gunk Shot For use against Fairy types. Unlike Iron Head, can hit Primarina super effectively.
Zen Headbutt For use against Poison types. When Dynamaxed, Max Mindstorm is great for handling Toxapex.
Electro Ball A Special move, but great for taking out Gyarados and Toxapex. Max Lightning will nullify the effects of Yawn.

Blaze + Focus Sash Moveset & Best Build

Blaze + Focus Sash Cinderace.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / SpDef 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Atk 168 / Def 95 / SpDef 96 / Spd 188
Ability Blaze
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Pyro Ball
High Jump Kick
Sucker Punch

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

This set uses Blaze together with the Focus Sash to survive a hit from max HP and hit back hard with Blaze's damage boost. After Blaze has taken effect, it can take advantage of its high base Attack to deal reliably heavy damage from then on, making this set a viable alternative standing in contrast to the Libero moveset.

Other Viable Moves

U-turn When up against an opponent Cinderace can't handle, use U-turn to escape while simultaneously dealing damage. It has the bonus effect of nullifying your opponent's Focus Sash or Disguise.
Iron Head Super effective against Fairy-types. When Dynamaxed, Max Steelspike can be used to increase Defense.
Court Change This will allow you to steal the effects of moves like Reflect and Light Screen, and push negative effects like Stealth Rock to your opponent's side.
Counter Works hand-in-hand with the Focus Sash to survive an attack with 1 HP, and take down the opponent from max HP to 0.

How to Use Cinderace Effectively

Use any attack with 1.5x damage

With its Hidden Ability Libero, Cinderace is able to change its type to match any move directly before using it. This has the effect of giving all moves the same-type attack bonus (STAB), which increases the moves damage to 1.5x its standard amount.

With a wide movepool to choose from, Cinderace can change its build to match its party, and can even cut out Fire-type moves without losing STAB. This makes it all the more malleable, and all the harder for opponents to predict its moveset.

A high-speed Attacker with powerful exclusive moves

Cinderace's quickness and variety of attacks make it easy to attack first and deal damage to a wide range of opponent types.

Cinderace's special attack, Pyro Ball, deals the same high damage and has the same Burn effect as Flare Blitz, without the downside of recoil.

Best Teammates for Cinderace

Compensate for Cinderace's Weaknesses

Cinderace is quick and powerful, but its HP and Defense are relatively low. To survive against opponents with type and attack advantages, team up with these Pokemon.

Pokemon Description
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn ・Takes reduced damage from Water & Rock attacks, two of Cinderace's weaknesses
・Can take a beating with high Defense and high Special Defense
Ferrothorn Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom ・Its ability, Levitate, makes it immune to Ground-type moves.
・Can switch in against a Ground and Rock-type opponents and hit back with powerful Special attacks
Wash Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Corviknight ImageCorviknight ・As a Flying-type, it's immune to Ground-type moves.
・High defensive stats and effective against Rock-types.
・Can recover HP with Roost.
Corviknight Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Use High-Tier Pokemon

These teammates, including Cinderace, are all within the top 3 tiers for Ranked Battle. By using these Pokemon which can generally handle most opponents, you can eliminate most of the potential threats to Cinderace, leaving only those which it can handle and limiting your opponent's options for switching.

Pokemon Description
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu ・Use Swords Dance to increase Attack and Disguise to cancel an attack.
Mimikyu Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Dragapult ImageDragapult ・Easy to attack first with one of the highest Speed stats in the game.
・Has a wide variety of move types and movesets.
Dragapult Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Cloyster ImageCloyster ・Shell Smash doubles Attack and Speed.
・Its ability, Skill Link, allows its multi-hit attacks to land 5 times without fail.
Cloyster Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan ・Gorilla Tactics increases its Attack.
・Its wide range of moves types makes it formidable against a variety of opponents.
Galarian Darmanitan Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Counters for Cinderace

Use Pokemon Whose Weaknesses Are Hard to Strike

Every time Libero Cinderace uses a move, it will become the same type as the move, making it even stronger. To counter this, try to use Pokemon that have the same type as moves Cinderace can't learn. If Cinderace switches to a type that isn't Fire it will also become susceptible to Will-o-Wisp to take down its attack.

Pokemon Description
Mudsdale ImageMudsdale Ranking:★★★★★
・Can raise its defense with Stamina
・Is not weak to anything Cinderace can learn
Milotic ImageMilotic Ranking:★★★★
・Milotic's defense increases by 1.5x when mixing Marvel Scale with a Flame Orb
・Be careful of Electro Ball
Milotic - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★☆
・A typing which can handle Cinderace both offensively and defensively
・Its Ability Moxie allows it to knock out Cinderace to set up against further opponents
Gyarados Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take most of Cinderace's attacks with reduced damage
・Can manipulate the flow of battle with Volt Switch
Wash Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Arcanine ImageArcanine Ranking:★★★★
・Can decrease Cinderace's attack with Intimidate
・Can inflict burn with Will-o-Wisp if Cinderace's type changes away from Fire
Arcanine - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Protect Yourself With High Defense

Cinderace is incredibly fast, making it difficult to outspeed, so it's better to use Pokemon that can take hits and aim for its weak point rather than trying to act before it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Toxapex ImageToxapex Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take most of Cinderace's attacks with reduced damage
・Can tank while attacking with STAB Water moves
Toxapex Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Gastrodon ImageGastrodon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take most of Cinderace's attacks with reduced or neutral damage.
・Can tank while attacking with STAB Water moves.
Gastrodon Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・High Defense allows it to weather hits.
・Can cause trouble for Cinderace with Status moves like Stealth Rock and Yawn.
Hippowdon Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can take most of Cinderace's attacks with reduced damage
・Can manipulate the flow of battle with Volt Switch
Heat Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Use Counter With a Focus Sash

Since Cinderace is primarily a physical attacker, using a Focus Sash to survive a hit and striking back with Counter is a good way to deal with it. This can work even when Cinderace is Dynamaxed.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking:★★★★★
・Can use Counter
・If Counter doesn't do it in, can follow up with Sucker Punch
Lucario ImageLucario Ranking:★★★★★
・Can use Counter
・If Counter doesn't do it in, can follow up with Extreme Speed
Lucario - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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3 Anonymous5 days

My cinderace does not have its hidden ability so this is my moveset. pyroball: stab powerful move low sweep: counters rock types bounce: counters ground blast burn: one shots almost every thing stab and can take out things pyroball can't.

2 Someone that you know6 months

Ferrothorn counter? 4x weakness to fire and its quite slow so...

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