Pokemon GO has no shortage of terrifyingly strong Pokemon, but a defining feature of a Pokemon’s strength is their typing. With 18 different typings and dozens of dual-type combinations, it’s essential to analyse a Pokemon’s type before assessing how strong it could be. For example, a Pokemon may have amazing stats, but if its got a weak type like Bug, Ice, or Rock, its performance in battle would be greatly hindered. Well, here we’ll answer every burning question you’ve got about Fire types’ strengths and weaknesses, so make sure you read this guide all the way through.
Everyone’s got a thing for Fire type Pokemon. How could you not? It’s got some of the coolest-looking Pokemon in the franchise. However, whether they fare well in battle is an entirely different topic. Charizard may look like it can take on almost every Pokemon that dares to face it but is its assumed strength just as misleading as its typing?
Fire Type Pokemons Properties In Pokemon GO
As you can probably guess, Fire types are Pokemon that can harness the element of Fire and use them in their attacks. They’re found just about anywhere in Pokemon GO, but they’re a far more common spawn during Sunny weather.
They also gain Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB), a 25% damage increase, on all of their Fire-type moves. As for their offensive capabilities, they’re pretty competent as Gym defenders, Raid attackers, and GO Battle League candidates due to their typing.
What Are the Strengths of Fire Type Pokemon?
To properly gauge the strengths and viability of the Fire type, you’d have to look at how well they fare against meta Pokemon both offensively and defensively. Of course, that means analysing which types it does well against and the strength of common Fire-type Pokemon.
Well, Fire types can deal super-effective damage to four types, those being Ice, Grass, Bug, and Steel. Super-effective attacks in Pokemon GO do 160% of the move’s base damage. If a Pokemon is double-weak to Fire (Meaning it’s a dual type like Ferrothorn, where both its Grass and Steel typings take super effective damage), then the attack does 256% of the attack’s base damage.
Adding to that, Fire types also resist all the four types mentioned above as well as two more: Fairy and itself, Fire. Resistance to particular typings means you only take 62.5% damage from a move of that type.
What Are the Weaknesses of Fire Type Pokemon?
Fire type’s set of weaknesses is about as intuitive as they go. Basically, anything that would make a fire go out in real life does the same in Pokemon GO. Pretty neat, isn’t it? To be precise, Fire types are weak to three types: Water, Rock, and Ground. Just like with its strengths, this means Fire types will take 160% damage from a move if it’s from the same type as one of its weaknesses.
Finally, the same types: Water, Rock, and Ground, as well as Dragon, are also resistant to Fire-type attacks. They take 62.5% damage from Fire-type moves, which falls to 39% if a Pokemon is double-resistant to Fire.
Are Fire Types Good in the Meta?
How useful are Fire type’s resistances, and how detrimental are its weaknesses? Well. Fire is super-effective against four types, resistant to six, resisted by four, and weak to three. From a pure numbers perspective, it’s already got more pros than it has cons, and the same shows in its viability within the meta as well.
Fire types aren’t as fantastic as Raid attackers, but that’s simply because Grass, Bug, Steel, and Ice aren’t the most common Tier 5 Raid Bosses. It can still do great against Pokemon like Kartana, Genesect, and Scizor, all of whom are demolished by Fire types due to their double weakness.
As for GBL, there are many meta Fire types in most cups they’re eligible for. Pokemon like Talonflame, Charizard, Ninetales, and Alolan Marowak are already fantastic picks for the Great League, despite the prevalence of Water-type Pokemon in the overall meta.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Fire Type Pokemon Can Mega-Evolve?
Currently, there are four Fire-type Pokemon that you can Mega evolve to boost the amount of candy you get for catching Fire types. These are Charizard, Blaziken, Houndoom, and Groudon. Although Groudons base form is a pure Ground type, it gains the Fire typing once it mega-evolves.
Which Fire Types Are the Strongest?
If you’re raiding against bosses weak to Fire, you’ll want to focus on using any of the Mega evolutions for the highest damage output. Although Mega-Charizard X is the strongest Fire type to use in raids right now, you can only include one Mega Evolution in your raid party.
The strongest Non-mega Fire-type Pokemon are Apex Shadow Ho-Oh, Reshiram, Entei, Heatran, Shadow Moltres, and Shadow Charizard. Try to use these Pokemon if you’re ever up against Pokemon weak to Fire!
Which Fire Type Moves Are the Best?
You must consider multiple factors when looking for the best Fire type moves. The raw damage will be most important, but you also have to take the timing and energy gain into account. When you consider all these aspects, these are the best moves:
- Incinerate: A five-turn fast move that does 29 damage and generates 20 energy.
- Fire Spin: A three-turn fast move that does 14 damage and generates 10 energy.
- Blast Burn: A charge move that costs 50 energy and does 110 damage.
- Overheat: A charge move that costs 100 energy and does 160 damage.
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