Cinderace - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This is a strategy guide for using Cinderace 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 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
Abilities
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

Type
Deals 4x damage
-
Deals 2x damage
Water Image Ground Image Rock Image
Deals 0.5x damage
Fire Image Grass Image Ice Image Bug Image Steel Image
Deals 1/4x damage
-
Deals 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

Standard Role

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 156 / Atk. 168 / Def. 95 / Sp.Def. 95 / Spd. 188
Ability Blaze
Held Item Life Orb
Focus Sash
Moveset Pyro Ball
High Jump Kick
Sucker Punch
Bounce

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

Cinderace is a high-speed Physical attacker who takes advantage of its naturally high Speed and Attack. When Dynamaxed, it can use Max Knuckle and Max Airstream to further boost its Attack and Speed.

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.

How to Use Cinderace Effectively

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 a Defensive Pokemon with an effective type matchup

Given Cinderace's high speed, it's not worth the effort to try to outspeed it and hit first. It's better to use a Pokemon with a type advantage that can weather its attacks.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can take most of Cinderace's attacks with reduced or neutral damage.
・Can tank while attacking with STAB Water moves.
Quagsire 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
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
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
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
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take most of Cinderace's attacks with reduced damage
Can be hit super-effectively if Cinderace has Sucker Punch
Dragapult 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

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