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

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Basic Information for Chandelure

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ghost Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fire Type
Flame Body Contact with the Pokemon may burn the attacker.
Flash Fire It powers up Fire-type moves if it's hit by one.
Infiltrator (Hidden) Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Fighting Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
60 55 90 145 90 80

Best Nature for Chandelure

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Chandelure

Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Def. 110 / Sp.Atk. 216 / Sp.Def. 110 / Spd. 101
Ability Infiltrator
Held Item Choice Specs
Expert Belt
Moveset Shadow Ball
Energy Ball

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

Choice Scarf Chandelure.png

This moveset utilizes Chandelure's high Special Attack stat. Since its defenses are not low, it is often possible to survive attacks, and this can be further improved by allotting more Effort Values to HP.

If planning to maximize STAB damage, let Chandelure hold Expert Belt. Otherwise, use Choice Specs to hit harder even if locked to one move.

Other Viable Moves

Fire Blast Can be chosen when a strong Fire-type move is needed.
Overheat Good option for powerful Fire-type move, but lowers Special Attack every time it is used.
Dark Pulse Suitable replacement for Shadow Ball capable of reducing Special Defense.
Trick Useful with Choice items as it forces an opponent to use only one attack.
Will-O-Wisp Lowers Attack of physical attackers and can be used to inflict burn after a successful switch read.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 136 / Def. 110 / Sp.Atk. 197 / Sp.Def. 110 / Spd. 145
Ability Infiltrator
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Shadow Ball
Fire Blast
Energy Ball

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

Life Orb Chandelure.png

Chandelure is not by far the fastest, but Speed can be boosted by using Choice Scarf and take on opponents with special attacks, as long as they are not holding Choice Scarf as well.

Other Viable Moves

Psychic A Psychic-type move option.
Dark Pulse Suitable replacement for Shadow Ball capable of reducing Special Defense.
Flamethrower Can replace Fire Blast as it is more accurate.

Life Orb Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 188 / Def. 60 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 159 / Def. 118 / Sp.Atk. 216 / Sp.Def. 111 / Spd. 101
Ability Infiltrator
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Shadow Ball
Energy Ball

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

By holding Life Orb, Chandelure can dish out heavy damage Dynamaxed or not. Use Energy Ball when facing Ground-types like Quagsire or Gastrodon.

This moveset is different from the previous two as it is aimed at opponents Chandelure is weak against.

About Chandelure's EV Spread

252 EV is allotted to maximize Chandelure's Special Attack stat, and the HP is given EV to minimize damage from Life Orb. The rest is given to Defense to aid in dealing with physical attacks.

Other Viable Moves

Dark Pulse Suitable replacement for Shadow Ball capable of reducing Special Defense.
Will-O-Wisp A situational move that works best against physical attackers.
Fire Blast High risk, high reward move due to its accuracy. Since it is boosted by Life Orb, the attack will be devastating if it lands.

How to Use Chandelure Effectively

Attacker with High Special Attack

On the list of Pokemon having the highest base Special Attack stat, Chandelure is ranked near the top of the list. Although not having a large move pool, it is capable of dishing out strong attacks out of its arsenal.

Fight Back Against Its Counters

Against Water-types, Chandelure can use Energy Ball. Against Toxapex, it can use Psychic.

Furthermore, regarding Psychic, it can be used when Dynamaxed with Max Mindstorm which will create Psychic Terrain. This will block Shadow Sneak and Sucker Punch.

Counters for Chandelure

Weakness Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image

Attack with Supereffective Moves

Although boasting high Special Attack stats, Chandelure is not durable. It can be dealt with using supereffective moves.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Landorus (Therian Forme) ImageLandorus (Therian Forme) Ranking: ★★★★★
・Will easily defeat Chandelure with Earthquake while holding Choice Scarf.
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Pokemon SWSH - Nihilego ImageNihilego Ranking: ★★★★★
・Very high defense and can survive Chandelure's attacks.
・Can use Rock-type moves and start Beast Boost stat raises.
Moveset & Best Build for Nihilego
Pokemon SWSH - Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can resist attacks.
・Use Dark-type moves to exploit weakness.
Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Strong against Fire- and Ghost-type moves.
Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Pokemon SWSH - Dracovish ImageDracovish Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can withstand Chandelure's attacks unless Dynamaxed.
・Being able to survive an attack, Dracovish can continue to push through even without preempting.
Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish
Pokemon SWSH - Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Ranking: ★★★★
・Surging Strike is a supereffective move against Chandelure.
Be careful of Energy Ball.
Moveset & Best Build for Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style
Pokemon SWSH - Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★
・Being faster than Chandelure, it can attack first and exploit its weakness.
Be aware of Chandelure's Fire-type moves.
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Pokemon SWSH - Snorlax ImageSnorlax Ranking: ★★★★
・High Special Defense and can resist Fire- and Ghost-type moves with Thick Fat Ability.
Moveset & Best Build for Snorlax
Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★
・Can be rotated twice.
Chandelure cannot be knocked down if attacked while it is Dynamaxed.
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu

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