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

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Basic Information for Volcarona

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Bug Type Fire Type
Flame Body Contact with the Pokemon may burn the attacker.
Swarm Powers up Bug-type moves in a pinch.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Flying Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
85 60 65 135 105 100

Best Nature for Volcarona

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

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Volcarona

Quiver Dance Moveset & Best Build

Quiver Dance Volcarona.png

Nature Modest
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Def 85 / Sp.Atk. 205 / Sp.Def. 125 / Spd 152
Ability Flame Body
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Quiver Dance
Fire Blast
Bug Buzz

Gain stat advantage by using Quiver Dance to boost Sp. Atk, Sp. Def., and Speed stats. Use Max Airstream after Dynamaxing to increase its Speed more, making Volcarona an ace attacker.

Other Viable Moves

Flamethrower Alternative for Fire Blast if you prefer a more accurate Fire-type move.
Psychic High-damaging move that which be used for type coverage against opponents that can resist Volcarona's Fire-type and Bug-type moves.
Giga Drain Useful for countering Water types, especially the tanky ones, and using them to set up.

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Choice Scarf Volcarona.png

Nature Modest
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Def 85 / Sp.Atk. 205 / Sp.Def. 125 / Spd 152
Ability Flame Body
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Overheat
Bug Buzz

By using the Choice Scarf on Volcarona, you can ready it for switch-heavy battles. Although Volcarona is typically used with Quiver Dance, this set changes focus to allow for quick-switching. It can use U-turn to change the flow of battle, and hit first with powerful moves like Overheat without worrying about the stat drop.

Other Viable Moves

Psychic High-damaging move that which be used for type coverage against opponents that can resist Volcarona's Fire-type and Bug-type moves.
Fiery Dance Has a 50% chance to increase Volcarona's Sp. Atk. stat by one level.
Giga Drain Useful for countering Water types, especially the tanky ones, and using them to set up.

Doubles Movesets for Volcarona

Doubles Support Moveset & Best Build

Doubles Support Volcarona.png

Nature Modest(+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 240 / Def 168 / Sp.Atk 56 / Spd 44
Final Stat Values HP 190 / Def 106 / Sp.Atk 178 / Sp.Def 125 / Spd 126
Ability Flame Body
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Rage Powder
Fiery Dance
Giga Drain

Volcarona can also function as a bulky offensive Pokemon that can also support its teammates in Doubles.

About Volcarona's Moves

Rage Powder allows Volcarona to function as redirection support for its team. Unlike other Rage Powder users that struggle with Grass-type Pokemon that are unaffected by the move, Volcarona can directly counter them with its STAB Fiery Dance.

Giga Drain allows Volcarona to hit Water-type Pokemon for super effective damage and is its only form of recovery. Finally, Whirlwind allows it to phase opposing set-up sweepers and prevent them from accruing stat boosts.

About Volcarona's EV Spread

We're using a custom EV Spread for this Volcarona. 168 Defense EVs balance out its Defenses while 44 Speed EVs allow it to outrun slower sweepers and opposing walls. 56 Special Attack EVs helps boost Volcarona's naturally high Sp.Attack while the remaining HP EVs round out its bulk.

About Volcarona's Ability

Flame Body gives Volcarona a 30% chance to burn opposing Pokemon that hit it with a contact move. This works great with Rage Powder as you can force opposing physical sweepers to hit Volcarona and potentially cripple them with a burn.

About Volcarona's Held Item

Sitrus Berry restores Volcarona's HP by 25% of its maximum HP when its HP falls to critical levels.

Other Viable Moves

Protect Allows Volcarona to scout moves from opposing Pokemon.
Fire Spin Allows Volcarona to trap opposing Pokemon.
Light Screen An alternative to Whirlwind that allows Volcarona to boost its team's Special Defense for 5 turns.

How to Use Volcarona Effectively

Attacker with Stat Stacking Abilities

Volcarona overpowers its opponents by stacking stat boosts with Quiver Dance. It also has a wide variety of moves that you can choose from to counter most Pokemon types.

Watch Out for Rock-type Moves

Since Volcarona is a Bug/Fire-type Pokemon, it receives 4x damage from Rock-type moves. If you face an opponent which is likely to have Rock moves, use other Pokemon for the meantime until it is cleared.

How to Build a Team with Volcarona

Volcarona is a powerful special sweeper that can function as a straightforward attacker or bulky support. Though it faces competition from faster sweepers, access to boosting moves and great dual typing make it a great option for teams looking for extra type coverage.

A Powerful Set-Up Sweeper

Volcarona is a popular choice for set-up sweeper in Hyper Offense teams. Great dual Bug/Fire STAB and natural bulk give it plenty of chances to set up with Quiver Dance and sweep.

Check out our article below to learn how to build an offensive team with Volcarona.

How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

Counters for Volcarona

Set Up Stealth Rocks

Since Volcarona is a Bug/Fire-type Pokemon, it has a dual weakness against Rock-type moves, making it receive 4x damage. This means that you can make Volcarona less useful by using Rock-type moves, especially Stealth Rock, which will deal a whopping 50% of its HP when striking it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal high damage with Rock-type moves, especially Stealth Rock
・High durability
Tyranitar - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Counter Volcarona with Stealth Rocks and Yawns
・Only has a few weaknesses
Hippowdon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Can reduce the damage of Fire-type moves with Thick Fat
・Can use Stealth Rock
Mamoswine - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Prevent Volcarona from Stacking Stats with Quiver Dance

Volcarona has access to the powerful Quiver Dance move, but it can be preventing from using status moves and increasing its stats with Taunt.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can be both offensive and defensive against Volcarona
・Can prevent Volcarona from using Quiver Dance with Taunt
Gyarados - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Taunt will be prioritized because of its Prankster ability
・Has no weakness against Volcarona
Grimmsnarl - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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