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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, 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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - 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.

Cinderace Weaknesses and Resistances

Type
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 Pokemon Fairy 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)

Singles Movesets for Cinderace

Libero + Life Orb Moveset & Best Build

Libero + Life Orb Cinderace.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Atk 168 / Def 95 / Sp.Def 96 / Spd 188
Ability Libero
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Pyro Ball
High Jump Kick
Sucker Punch
Bounce

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

One of Cinderace's many strengths is the increased power of its moves since it always receives STAB thanks to Libero. When used in tandem with a Life Orb, its attacks essentially receive a 1.95x damage multiplier. Partnered with its versatile moveset and great offensive base stats, Cinderace is a threat to be reckoned with.

About Cinderace's Moves

Pyro Ball is a strong 120 BP move that may also leave the target with a burn. When Dynamaxed, it can be used as Max Flare where it becomes a 140 BP move while also setting up the sun, further strengthening the power of this fire-type move. Alternatively, if Gigantamaxing Cinderace, Pyro Ball will become G-Max Fireball, a 160 BP move that ignores its enemy's ability like Mimikyu's Disguise.

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

Sucker Punch is a good priority move for dealing damage to faster sweepers who may try to outspeed and take Cinderace out. This is especially useful if you haven't raised your speed from Max Airstream yet.

About Cinderace's EV Spread

This build utilizes as a standard physically offensive spread with the rest of the EVs invested into Sp.Def.

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 anticipates going up against other Cinderaces, so we've used a Jolly Nature here. That said, an 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.

About Cinderace's Ability

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. This also allows Cinderace to be very flexible defensively since it can change types at will.

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

About Cinderace's Held Item

Together with its new Hidden Ability, Libero, it can use a Life Orb to further boost its attacking power.

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.
Giga Impact A high base power move that can be used to reduce the opponent's speed when used as Max Strike.
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 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 155 / Atk 168 / Def 95 / Sp.Def 96 / Spd 188
Ability Blaze
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Pyro Ball
High Jump Kick
Sucker Punch
Bounce

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

As an alternative to the Libero moveset, this build takes advantage of the boost from Blaze. It may not give STAB on the moves anymore, but Cinderace's versatile moveset can still help in this regard.

About Cinderace's Moves

Pyro Ball is a strong 120 BP move that may also leave the target with a burn. When Dynamaxed, it can be used as Max Flare where it becomes a 140 BP move while also setting up the sun, further strengthening the power of this fire-type move.

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

Sucker Punch is a good priority move to deal damage to faster sweepers who may try to outspeed and take Cinderace out. This is especially useful if you haven't raised your speed from Max Airstream yet.

About Cinderace's EV Spread

This build utilizes as a standard physically offensive spread with the rest of the EVs invested into Sp.Def.

About Cinderace's Ability

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.

About Cinderace's Held Item

This set uses Blaze together with a Focus Sash to survive a hit from max HP and hit back hard with Blaze's damage boost.

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 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.

Can take on the previously banned Zacian

Cinderace takes half damage from both of Zacian's Fairy and Steel-typings as well as having the ability to OHKO it with Pyro Ball. It can also change its typing to Dark or Pyshic with Sucker Punch or Zen Headbutt to decrease or eliminate damage from Shadow Rider Calyrex or Eternatus.

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 to switch out with using U-Turn.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Celesteela ImageCelesteela ・Immune to Ground-type moves
・Has incredibly high HP, Defense, and Sp. Defense
Celesteela - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos ・Immune to Ground-type moves
・Can recover its HP with Roost
Zapdos - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - 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

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
Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu ・Use Swords Dance to increase Attack and Disguise to cancel an attack.
Mimikyu Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Zacian ImageZacian ・Raises its attack as soon as it enters the battle with Intrepid Sword
・Has naturally high speed to get the first hit in before many Pokemon
Zacian - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar ・Starts up a Sandstorm with its ability to raise its Sp. Defense
・Hits Yveltal and Shadow Rider Calyrex hard
Tyranitar - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom ・Can outspeed Choice Scarf Kyogre with Grassy Glide
・Great counter for Gastrodon and Quagsire
Rillaboom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

How to Build a Team with Cinderace

Dynamax Attacker in an Offensive Team

Example Offensive Team

Dynamax Attacker Special Attacker Utility Pivot
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom

Zapdos makes a great partner to Cinderace being able to take Ground and Water-type attacks that may be aimed at Cinderace. With its Static ability, it also serves the function of a paralysis-spreader that can cripple the offensive momentum of enemy teams. Access to Volt Switch helps Zapdos keep the momentum going into favorable matchups when used properly.

Cinderace's access to Fighting-type moves covers Zapdos' weakness easily. As the main powerhouse of the team, Cinderace should take advantage of boosts from Max Airstream and Max Knuckle to be set up for success.

Rillaboom offers some utility for the team, in the form of Knock Off and Grassy Terrain. The health regeneration from Grassy Terrain can help Cinderace's survivability thanks to the provided recovery. Rillaboom's type advantages versus Cinderace's weaknesses helps a lot.

How to Build an Offensive Team

Counters for Cinderace

Cinderace
Weakness Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Rock Image

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
Pokemon SWSH - Landorus ImageLandorus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Decreases the enemy Pokemon's attack with Intimidate
・Cinderace can't target any of its weaknesses
・Can easily fit into many parties
Landorus - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Salamence ImageSalamence Ranking: ★★★★★
・Decreases the enemy Pokemon's attack with Intimidate
・Cinderace can't target any of its weaknesses
Salamence - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can handle Cinderace's Max Jetstreams
・Cinderace can't target any of its weaknesses
Zapdos - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Ho-oh ImageHo-oh Ranking: ★★★★
・Using Recover with its ability, Regenerator, keeps it fighting fit
・Can hit Cinderace's weakness with Earthquake
・If Cinderace changes types, can strike with Sacred Fire or Will-O-Wisp to burn it
・Needs to be careful of Max Lightning but can handle a weaker hit from Electro Ball
Pokemon SWSH - Kyogre ImageKyogre Ranking: ★★★★
・Water Spout with a Choice Scarf can one-shot a Fire-type Cinderace
・Has to watch out for Electro Ball
Kyogre - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Dragonite ImageDragonite Ranking: ★★★★
・Can take a log of damage with Multiscale and Recover
・Cinderace can't target any of its weaknesses
Dragonite - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Dracovish ImageDracovish Ranking: ★★★★
・Can one-shot a Fire-type Cinderace with Fishious Rend
・Cinderace can't target any of its weaknesses
Dracovish - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - 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

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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take hits with its high Defense stat
・Watch out for the Poison-type Gunk Shot
・Can easily fit into many parties
Tapu Fini - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can strike back with Counter
・If Counter doesn't do it in, can follow up with Aqua Jet
Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking:★★★★★
・Can strike back with Counter
・If Counter doesn't do it in, can follow up with Sucker Punch
Pokemon SWSH - Lucario ImageLucario Ranking:★★★★★
・Can strike back with 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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