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

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Basic Information for Centiskorch

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fire Type Bug Type
White Smoke Prevents other Pokemon from lowering its stats.
Flash Fire It powers up Fire-type moves if it's hit by one.
Flame Body (Hidden) Contact with the Pokemon may burn the attacker.

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
Pokemon Fire Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
100 115 65 90 90 65

Best Nature for Centiskorch

Best Natures
(+Atk, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Centiskorch

Expert Belt Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 228 / Def. 252 / Spd. 28
Final Stat Values HP 175 / Atk. 180 / Def. 117 / Sp.Def. 110 / Spd. 89
Ability Flash Fire
Held Item Expert Belt
Moveset Fire Lash
Leech Life
Knock Off
Power Whip

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

Expert Belt Attacker Centiskorch.png

This build uses an Expert Belt to boost power when using Centiskorch's super effective moves. EVs have been adjusted to make you 4x quicker than Corviknight, while the rest are distributed to attack & defense.

Additionally, Centiskorch's Flash Fire ability makes it immune to Fire-type attacks, while strengthening its own Fire-type moves.

Power Whip is added to allow for a variety of attack types. It's also effective against Water and Rock-type Pokemon, which are normally counters for Centiskorch.

Alternate Move Choices

Thunder Fang Effective against Water and Flying-types. Dynamax counterpart, Max Lighting, is perfect against Gyarados.
Crunch Use this to damage Ghost-types.
Lunge A Bug-type move best used to lower physical attackers' Atk. stat.
Flare Blitz A powerful Fire-type move, but beware of it burning you.
Will-O-Wisp Can stop physical attackers, and continually damage special attackers.

Gigantamax Centiskorch's Moves

Gigantamax Centiskorch.png
How to Get Gigantamax Centiskorch

Move Option Will-O-Wisp
G-Max Centiferno Gigantamax Centiskorch's unique move. Deals 1/8 of maximum HP damage to opponent at the end of every turn for 4-5 turns. During that time, the opponent cannot escape.

Will-O-Wisp's purpose is to convert to Max Guard when Dynamaxed. After using G-Max Centiferno, Max Guard allows you to continue your barrage while staing protected.

G-Max Centiferno blocks your opponent from switching Pokemon, allowing you to switch to another Pokemon of your own that is more advantaged.

How to Use Centiskorch Effectively

Restrain Your Opponents' Fire-type Attacks

Centiskorch's Flash Fire ability makes it immune to Fire-type attacks while strengthening its own Fire-type moves when attacked by one, making opponents think twice before attacking with Fire-type moves.

Use a Variety of Moves & Additional Effects

Centiskorch's different stat and condition effects allows it to attack advantageously with its variety of type-effective moves. For example, Fire Lash is a sure hit, and also lowers the opponent's Def, and Knock Off can render opponents' items useless.

Counters for Centiskorch

Attack Its Weakness with Rock-type Moves

Centiskorch is 4x-weak against Rock-type moves. Even without STAB you can still defeat it with Rock Tomb.

Furthermore, Stealth Rock is very useful in cutting Centiskorch's HP in half.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Attack first with Rock-type moves
・An excellent defender
Moveset & Best Build for Haxorus
Stonjourner ImageStonjourner Ranking: ★★★★★
・Attack first with Rock-type moves
・High Def. can withstand Power Whip and counterattacks.
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Rock-type moves are very effective
・Continually lower Centiskorch's HP with Stealth Rock
Moveset & Best Build for Hippowdon
Galarian Corsola ImageGalarian Corsola Ranking: ★★★☆☆
・Continually lower Centiskorch's HP with Stealth Rock
・Attack & restore your HP with Strength Sap
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Corsola

Attack First with Flying-type Moves

Centiskorch is not very quick, so open the battle with quick Flying-types. Beware of a Dynamaxed Centiskorch, as it can use Max Airstream to boost its speed.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Togekiss ImageTogekiss Ranking: ★★★★★
・Attack first and possibly cause opponent to flinch, with Air Slash
・Use first to activate Max Airstream right away
Moveset & Best Build for Togekiss
Charizard ImageCharizard Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can attack while taking less than 1/2 damage from Bug and Fire-type attacks
Note that your Fire-type moves trigger Centiskorch's Flash Fire ability
Moveset & Best Build for Charizard

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