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

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Rock Image
Takes 2x damage
Water Image Flying Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Ice Image Fighting Image Bug Image Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Grass Image
Takes 0x damage
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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
Modest
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Volcarona

Quiver Dance Moveset & Best Build

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
Hurricane

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

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
Hurricane
U-turn

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.

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.

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.

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Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can deal high damage with Rock-type moves, especially Stealth Rock
・High durability
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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
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