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This is a strategy guide for using Charizard 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 Charizard, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Charizard

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fire Type Flying Type
Blaze Powers up Fire-type moves in a pinch
Solar Power (Hidden) In sunshine, Sp.Atk is boosted but HP decreases.

Type Defenses

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

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
78 84 78 109 85 100

Best Nature for Charizard

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

What are Natures?

Moveset & Best Build for Charizard

Dynamax Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Final Stat Values HP 154 / Def. 98 / Sp.Atk. 161 / Sp.Def. 105 / Spd. 167
Ability Solar Power
Held Item Weakness Policy / Life Orb / Expert Belt
Moveset Fire Blast
Air Slash
Solar Beam
Dragon Pulse

Thanks to Dynamaxing, Charizard is able to take hits even from attacks it is weak to, and by using Max Flare it's able to put its Hidden Ability, Solar Power, to good use. Solar Power provides a Special Attack boost in harsh sunlight, which Max Flare provides, allowing Charizard to dish out massive damage without needing a turn to set up a boosting move. And with Max Airstream on deck too, Charizard can boost its Speed to ensure it attacks first, making it a menace of a Special Attacker.

Other Viable Moves

Flamethrower For those who don't trust Fire Blast's low accuracy. The power drop hurts, but this is the way to go if you definitely want to land a hit.
Overheat A Fire-type attack for when you want both accuracy and power. The Special Attack drop isn't as much a problem as you'd think.
Hurricane A Flying-type move used primarily as Max Airstream. Also a powerful attack for when the weather has been changed to Rain.
Will-o-Wisp For facing down Charizard's weak point, Physical attackers, after its Dynamax runs out. Helpful for switching out into another Pokemon.

How to Use Charizard Effectively

A Special attacker who rules in the harsh sunlight

Charizard's Hidden Ability Solar Power allows it to deal damage it normally would not be able to given its Base Stats. In Sword & Shield, Max Flare allows it to set up harsh sunlight automatically, and Max Airstream allows it to boost its speed, making Charizard able to set itself up to sweep without needing the support of its team.

Counters for Charizard

Change the Weather to cool its fury

When Charizard is out of the harsh sunlight, it can't use its full power. Using another weather-changing Dynamax move or a Pokemon with a weather-based Ability can turn the tides of battle.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its Ability Sand Stream can change the Weather to Sandstorm, weakening Charizard and raising its own Special Defense
・Can deal 4x super effective damage with Rock-type Moves
Tyranitar Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Gigalith ImageGigalith Ranking: ★★★★☆
Max Rockfall can change the Weather to Sandstorm, weakening Charizard and raising its own Special Defense
・Can knock out Charizard in one hit with Max Rockfall
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Its Ability Sand Stream can change the Weather to Sandstorm, weakening Charizard and raising its own Special Defense
・Can deal 4x hazard damage (50% max HP) with Stealth Rock if used before Charizard switches in

Hit hard with super effective moves

As a Fire/Flying-type Pokemon, Charizard is weak to the comparatively common attacking types Rock and Electric. Its 4x weakness to Rock-type moves in particular makes Charizard susceptible to one-hit knockouts even in its Dynamax form.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can take most of Charizard's attacks with reduced damage
・When Dynamaxed, can survive a hit without fail, and can also use Max Lightning for a one-hit knockout
Heat Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★★☆
・With its Ability Gorilla Tactics and holding a Choice Scarf, it can move first to knock out Charizard with a Rock-type move
・With its type disadvantage, avoid sending it out if it can't hit first
Galarian Darmanitan Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・When holding Focus Sash, it can score a two-hit knockout with Rock Tomb
・Be careful as it cannot survive a hit without Focus Sash

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5 Anonymous24 days

>>3 idiot

4 Anonymous3 months

my charizard has gigantamax so it can't make its own sunlight

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