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Community POTW #127

Discussion in 'POTW Collaboration' started by Serebii, Jun 2, 2013.

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  1. Serebii

    Serebii And, as if by magic, the webmaster appeared... Staff Member Admin

    Time for the next Pokémon of the Week, and we have a complete classic!

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    It's the awesome Fire-type, Arcanine. Arcanine is still a beast after 17 years, and is capable of quite a lot

    http://www.serebii.net/pokedex-bw/059.shtml

    Go nuts
     
  2. Lucario Fan

    Lucario Fan Well-Known Member

    Ability: Flash Fire
    Item: Leftovers
    Moves: Extremespeed, Thunder Fang, Close Combat, Flamethrower
     
  3. Monster Guy

    Monster Guy Fairy Tale Man

    Arcanine @ Leftovers/Life Orb
    Modest Nature
    192 HP / 248 SpA / 4 SpD / 64 Spe
    Sunny Day
    Morning Sun
    SolarBeam
    Fire Blast

    Arcie may have better Physical Attack than Special Attack, but it can still pull off a decent Sunny Day set to surprise it's usual counters in UU. With Intimidate, Leftovers, and the EVs Arcanine has the Bulk to set up. Sunny Day reduces it's weakness to Water-type attacks, boosts its STAB Fire Blast, makes Solarbeam not have to charge which gives it a way to deal with Water types, and makes Morning Sun recover two-thirds of its HP.
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013
  4. Umbilical Noose

    Umbilical Noose Bonzo Nut

    Why would you give it Thunder Fang and Flamethrower when you have Wild Charge and Flare Blitz respectively.

    Mixed sweeping is one thing downplaying another.

    Or did you just do that to get first post?

    On Topic: There is not much difference between how Entei and Arcanine play. And with the addition of Flare Blitz to Entei's moveset they are more similar than ever before.


    I once used Arcanine on a Sun team. Its moveset was

    Item : Choice Band
    Ability : Intimidate
    4 HP/ 252 Att/ 252 Speed

    Flare Blitz
    Wild Charge
    Close Combat
    Extremespeed

    Moveset is predictable but acceptable. Not much of a sweeper but can work if played wisely.
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013
  5. SkyDriver

    SkyDriver Hiding in the grass

    Arcanine @ Choice Scarf
    Adamant/Jolly
    Flash Fire
    252 Atk/252 Spe/4 Def
    -Flare Blitz
    -Wild Charge
    -Close Combat
    -Crunch

    cuz ESpeed is so mainstream~ Also packs the surprise factor of outspeeding stuff expecting to take an ESpeed. Pretty standard moves aside that.
     
  6. OceanicLanturn

    OceanicLanturn Non non non!

    Flare Blitz Everything!
    Arcanine @ Life Orb / Expert Belt
    Trait: Intimidate / Justified
    EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
    Adamant/Jolly Nature
    - Flare Blitz
    - Extremespeed
    - Wild Charge
    - Close Combat

    Although Arcanine faces competition with Darmantian, who also sports Flare Blitz but as well as access to Sheer Force and a higher attack, Arcanine, unlike Darmantian, it gets Intimidate and Extremespeed and its defenses, unlike Darmantian, isn't a complete mess. Anyways, this set is pretty simple. Flare Blitz for STAB. Extremespeed picks off weakened foe. Wild Charge attacks flyings and waters. Close Combat nails Dark types and hits Empoleon hard. You can use EB if you want to feign a Choice Band to lure out stuff to hit hard.
     
  7. Divine Retribution

    Divine Retribution Well-Known Member

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    Arcanine @ Expert Belt
    Naive - Justified
    252 Speed, 252 Attack, 4 Sp. Atk
    -Flare Blitz
    -Close Combat
    -Wild Charge
    -Hidden Power (Ice)

    This set takes advantage of Arcanine's decent Sp. Atk to nail his primary counter, Gligar, with Hidden Power (Ice). Coming off of his base 100 Sp. Atk, it hits hard. After that, it's just a standard UU Arcanine. Flare Blitz is an amazing STAB that blows away anything not named Chandelure or some other resist. Close Combat is another great high base power move that hits Rock types, Wild Charge nails Water types and stops Chandelure from walling him. He's lucky enough to be blessed with 3 great abilities, and you can use any one you want. I use Justified because I already run Chandelure and switching in on things like Weavile's Night Slash is fun, but Flash Fire is great for stopping Victini and Chandelure, while Intimidate is great for slower stall-based teams.

     
  8. Sala-imence

    Sala-imence Rock type trainer

    Item: Life Orb
    Nature: Mild
    EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
    Ability: Intimidate
    Moveset:
    - Fire Blast
    - Dragon Pulse
    - Snarl
    - Extremespeed

    An odd set, I thought I would throw out there. Mainly special attacking set. With few pokemon resisting both Dragon and fire moves. Snarl is another special attacking move that could be used to lower the special attack of others. And extremespeed is there to finish off anything.
     
  9. Kraleck

    Kraleck Well-Known Member

    A generic Pokemon known as the Legendary Pokemon. And its stats and Abilities help that show like a racehorse taking second place. Good HP, Great Attack and Sp.Atk, Good-bordering-Great Speed, and Average Defense and Sp.Def combines quite well with the old bones - Intimidate and Flash Fire - or Arcanine's new chew-toy - Justified. Yes, you do suffer from being a Fire Type in this Generation and the last one, but the Stats, Abilities, and Move Variety balance out quite nicely.

    For STAB, you have a few options:
    -Physical - Flare Blitz (power), Fire Fang (if you hate recoil), Flame Wheel (if you hate missing and getting Frozen), and Flame Charge (to boost that Speed)
    -Special - Overheat (power), Heat Wave (if you hate Sp.Atk drops), Flamethrower (if you hate missing), and Flame Burst (if you're into Doubles and Triples)

    I like the idea of Flare Blitz, but I also like the idea of keeping my Base 90 HP as high as possible in case of emergency. Overheat and Sp.Atk have the same reasoning for me as well. Then again, the Physical STAB pool is lacking in power otherwise. As for Mixed sets, dropping your Defense Stat via Nature and using a Special STAB Move would benefit from Intimidate Ability to lower your opponent's Attack.
     
  10. what no way

    what no way Member

    [​IMG] (M) @ Leftovers
    Trait: Intimidate
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spd
    Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
    - Morning Sun
    - Flare Blitz
    - ExtremeSpeed
    - Will-O-Wisp

    One of the most underrated Pokémon, and probably the best defensive Fire-type Pokémon in the game behind Ho-Oh and Heatran. Has the potential to be extremely tough to break, assuming you pack something to deal with entry hazards and/or status such as Xatu, or Blastoise. Morning Sun provides decent recovery, and heals off entry hazards, weak physical hits, and Flare Blitz's annoying recoil, and is the main reason why Arcanine is able to stand up to so many threats without breaking a sweat. Flare Blitz in conjunction with Morning Sun allows Arcanine to essentially spam a base 120 power, STAB boosted Fire-type attack with a chance to burn with no side effects, this allowing it to dish out some serious damage, unlike other strong defensive Pokémon, such as Dusclops. ExtremeSpeed lets Arcanine also function as a pseudo-revenge killer of sorts, picking off weakened Pokémon that the rest of the team may not be able to outspeed and defeat themselves. Will-O-Wisp, despite its aggravatingly low accuracy, when used can turn a possibly dangerous physical attacker into something that can barley scratch Arcanine, and if used in conjunction with Intimidate, it can even turn Pokémon that would commonly destroy Arcanine, such as Flygon, into setup bait. The EV spread is simple. It maxes out Arcanine's physical bulk, and the leftover 4 EVs are put into speed, as they wouldn't generally do anything useful, and being able to win a speed tie with other defensive Arcanine, which is extremely rare, but may come in useful.
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013
  11. DaAuraWolf

    DaAuraWolf I'm Back...

    Through the Fire and Flames

    Ability: Flash Fire
    Item: Charcoal
    Moves: Flamethrower
    Flameburst
    Fire Fang
    Thunder Fang

    With the ability to have it's fire type attack raised if hit by a fire type move (first time it get's hit) and an immunity to fire type attacks, This is one of the really good combos that is good for STABing.

    Another move that I would suggest for a replacement to Thunder Fang would be Retaliate. This is because Retaliate gets stronger if you had a Pokémon knocked out in the previous round. When you add that to the fact Arcanine is already a beast, This makes him even more so. That plus the fact you could use him to be more like a "Punisher" role on your team by having him sent out exactly after one of your Pokémon fainted in the previous turn.
     
  12. Kiyoshi

    Kiyoshi Veteran Trainer

    Heck yeah! I've been waiting for this one! Now that that's out of my system...Arcanine has always been a personal favorite of mine. Awesome design aside, Arcanine has one of the best base stat totals in the entire game. A grand total of 555: to put things in perspective, top tier threat Volcarona has a base stat total of 550. Everything with better overall stats either is crippled with a useless Ability (Slaking), is a pesudo-Legendary (Garchomp), or is a Legendary (Latios). So why isn't Arcanine a bigger threat than it is? Ironically, it is probably its stats that are letting it down. Volcarona may have lower overall stats, but they're focused where it needs them. Arcanine has a good mix of offense, defense, and an okay Speed, but in this day and age's battling environment? Arcanine couldn't keep up with the times, and its movepool, although much improved from the last Generation, is probably not sufficient to restore its former glory. Oh, and Stealth Rock weak, but that one move pretty much killed off the use of most Fire types.

    I've got the mass
    - Flare Blitz
    - Outrage
    - Close Combat
    - Wild Charge/Extremespeed
    Ability: Intimidate/Flash Fire/Justified
    Item Attached: Life Orb
    EVs and Nature: 4 HP/252 Attack/252 Speed
    Jolly (+ Speed, - Special Attack)

    "We can get past it sir!" "No you can't. Not without help." "Commander, you don't have the firepower." "I've got the mass." "Solid copy. Hit 'em hard boss." "You're on your own Noble. Carter out." If you know what video game cutscene that conversation came from, you know how to play this Arcanine. Earlier I said Arcanine had good defenses but with Stealth Rock, sand everywhere, and all the new harder-hitting Pokemon, you might not realize it. And although its movepool has improved, those new attacks don't encourage survivability. So go out on your own terms & take something down with you! Flare Blitz has been a standard since Arcanine got its paws on it; use it. Outrage is a new toy the B2/W2 Move Tutors gave Arcanine, something that helps stand Arcanine out some. Fire and Dragon combined hits every Pokemon in the game for at least neutral damage except for Heatran...who will hate learning that Arcanine now knows Close Combat! This one move makes Arcanine's coverage absolutely perfect (despite its flaws) and finally means Arcanine can do something respectable to Tyranitar. Before I go on, I'd like to point something out; these three attacks each have an unmodified power of 120. The only Pokemon I can name off the top of my head who can also run that many Power-moves are Uber-tier Dragons (Rayquaza, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem-alt forms). Sadly, all these attacks have crippling drawbacks: Flare Blitz's recoil, Outrage's confusion, and Close Combat's defensive drops. I personally don't like it, but the alternative is to go mixed: I'll let someone else write up a mixed set. The final moveslot is a tossup. Wild Charge is an improvement over Thunder Fang that also shares Flare Blitz's recoil: use it if you want more coverage. Extremespeed is priority that Arcanine could certainly use, and isn't spread around to too many Pokemon: use it for that and for a, "yeah it's a self-inflicted KO but I just damaged something important" moment.
    Arcanine has three good Abilities, and any of them can work. Flash Fire gives a useful immunity & thus a free chance to switch in; it also powers up Flare Blitz. Intimidate gives Arcanine a temporary boost to its survivability by weakening its opponent's Attack stat: either they switch, or have to fight with a lowered stat. Justified gives Arcanine's Attack a boost when hit by a Dark type attack; it's not an immunity but if you know you can survive the hit, why pass up the free boost?
    Jolly is the preferred Nature here. Adamant could be used instead, but at Base 95 Speed, Arcanine is outrun by a lot of threats. Either works, just decide if the Attack boost is worth it for you over the Speed boost.
    Arcanine's defenses are not going to be on display much even with a different moveset (for reasons already mentioned), and with its best moves leaving it vulnerable in some way? A Choice Item could be used instead but Life Orb's ability to switch attacks is much preferred. Plus, you won't automatically KO yourself because you switched into Stealth Rocks for the third time.

    Other Options: This set is a "suicide physical sweeper" and as such doesn't have many other options that work here. (They work elsewhere, like Dragon Pulse on a mixed sweeper, though) Of note, however, are Double Edge and Thrash. The Normal typed versions of Flare Blitz and Outrage (respectively) won't add coverage and your other moves will usually be hitting harder, but they deserve a mention simply because they also have an unboosted power of 120; that's right, Arcanine can learn five different attacks of that power. Eat your heart out Terrakion and Garchomp.
     
  13. gandaf

    gandaf Member

    Not a big fire-type fan but i love Arc.
    Item: Life Orb
    Moveset:
    Flare Blitz
    Close Combat
    Wild Charge
    Extremespeed

    Pretty Standard. Flare for stab. Close Combat/ Wild Charge for coverage and extremespeed for that last hit.

    Item: Life Orb
    Heat Wave
    Outrage
    Crunch
    Extremespeed

    Not as standard but something i like to use. Heat Wave is still usable because it has decent specail attack, gets stab and helps if attack is lowered. also works in doubles, etc. Outrage is for the ever popular dragons. Not needed as much in UU but if you feel like taking it up to high teirs its really useful. Crunch gan help cover Psychics and such while extremespeed can help get it the last hit.
    Abilities: Either set can use Flash Fire or Intimidate. For the later set i perfer flash fire because it helps get that extra boost for heat wave.
     
  14. RedTroopa

    RedTroopa Flame Trainer

    Woof

    Arcanine
    Ability: Flash Fire/Intimidate
    Nature: Adamant/Jolly
    Item: Life Orb
    EV's: 4 HP/252 Attack/252 Speed
    Flare Blitz
    Extremespeed
    Crunch
    Close Combat

    Pretty self-explanatory, just use whichever move fits the situation best. Ability really doesn't matter, but intimidate is usually the better option for doubles while flash fire is better for singles. Use either an adamant or jolly nature (I just prefer speed over power). A real generic set, the only difference from other Arcanine is that wild charge is substituted for crunch. Arcanine can accomplish much, but he still needs help from his team. Rapid spinners and wish passers are absolutely necessary to keep him alive, as stealth rock combined with life orb and flare blitz recoil will make him faint ridiculously fast. Bulky water-types are also good to take surfs for Arcanine. Personally, I like to use Arcanine with Vaporeon and Donphan.
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2013
  15. thatjeremykid

    thatjeremykid .Memento.Mori.

    every single potw.
    but yeah, i would've posted this same set, maybe with a scarf
     
  16. SpadeOfRoses

    SpadeOfRoses Pokemon Coordinator

    Firehouse Dog

    -Flare Blitz
    -Outrage / Wild Charge
    -ExtremeSpeed / Crunch
    -Close Combat / Morning Sun
    Item Attached: Life Orb / Leftovers
    Ability: Flash Fire / Intimidate
    EVs and Nature:
    252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
    Adamant Nature (+Atk -SAtk)
     
  17. SmeargleRocks

    SmeargleRocks Reputable Trader

    Arcanine wall
    Intimidate
    Calm
    EV' 252 HP, 220 Sp.def, 32 Def
    Leftovers
    Toxic
    Morning Sun
    Flamethrower / Heat Wave
    Protect

    K9 Unit
    Adamant
    Choice Band
    Intimidate / Flash Fire
    EV's 252 Attack, 252 speed, 4 HP
    Flare Blitz
    Wild Charge
    ExtremeSpeed
    Close Combat

    Mixed Dog
    Expert Belt / Life Orb
    Flash Fire
    Rash
    EV's 200 Attack, 56 Sp.atk, 252 Speed
    Heat Wave
    HP Ice
    Wild Charge
    Close Combat / ExtremeSpeed
     
  18. Meowmeow

    Meowmeow selfproclaimed guru

    Arcanine is awesome.

    However, it has competition from other physical fire types with more focused stats (like Darmanitan) and superior movepools (like Infernape and Victini). Arcanine has a bit of both. Sort of.
    Arcanine has three very good abilities to use: the best being Flash Fire for switching into Will-o-Wisps. Intimidate isn't as great, but is still a wonderful move. Justified is Arcanine's best way of boosting attack, and has Morning Sun to replenish the damage from the attacks.
    The fifth generation gave Arcanine two excellent physical attacks: Wild Charge and Close Combat. Both moves combine beautifully with STAB Flare Blitz and Extremespeed. Well, that's a moveset! Let's get to them!

    Inuyasha would love to be this!
    Nature: Jolly
    Ability: Flash Fire/Justified (for the ballsy)
    EVs: 252 attack and speed, 4 HP
    @: Choice Band

    Flare Blitz
    Extremespeed
    Wild Charge
    Close Combat

    Like I said, a great moveset.

    Not just Inuyasha, but Sesshomaru too!
    Nature: Jolly
    Ability: Flash Fire/Justified
    EVs: 252 attack and speed, 4 HP
    @: Life Orb

    Flare Blitz
    Extremespeed
    Wild Charge/Close Combat
    Morning Sun

    Now, Arcanine will have the freedom to change moves! Morning Sun healing is fun too!
     
  19. Furret Master

    Furret Master Champion Seeker

    Overview:
    Arcanine is a solid Fire-type that's been around for a while (as we know). It is quite balanced overall with a Bast Stat Total of 555, which is quite high. Its lowest stats are its base 80 Defense and Sp. Defense, which are still solid. Arcanine has a good 110/100/95 offenses, which are helpful. Arcanine's real issues are a Stealth Rock weakness (due to its Fire typing), a good but not excellent movepool, and still good but not great Speed (which it can make up for). Still, Arcanine is no slouch and can do an awesome job on many teams.

    Abilities:

    Intimidate: Lowers the opposing team's Attack by one stage when Arcanine switches in. A good ability for a bulky Arcanine, less useful for sweeping.
    Flash Fire: Arcanine is immune to Fire-type moves and gets a one-time boost to its Fire moves when hit by one. This is great for sweepers, as Arcanine can switch in on a predicted Fire move aimed at an ally for a boost.
    Justified: Arcanine's Attack goes up one stat every time it gets hit by a Dark-type move. A good ability for some, but this ability is usually better for Pokemon that have some resistance to Dark.

    Movesets

    Recoil Freak
    -Flare Blitz
    -Wild Charge
    -Close Combat
    -Extremespeed
    Item: Life Orb/ Leftovers
    Ability: Flash Fire
    Nature: Adamant/ Jolly
    EVs: 252 Attack, 4 Sp. Defense, 252 Speed

    This set may make Arcanine into a couple-hit wonder, but those hits will demolish so many things along the way. Flare Blitz is the best physical Fire move Arcanine has and acts as the same-type-attack-bonus (STAB) move. The recoil on the move is pretty severe, as 1/3 of the damage dealt will be inflicted on Arcanine, but the power is still crazy. Wild Charge give coverage on Water-types, but also has recoil. Close Combat mostly covers Rock-types and gives good coverage overall at the cost of lowering Arcanine's defenses by one stage. Extremespeed rounds out the set by giving Arcanine a priority move that bypasses Speed and still hits hard, which is especially useful against fast threats and revenge killing weakened opponents.

    The item choice depends on if you want extra power with the downside of recoil from Life Orb or if you want some HP recovery from Leftovers. The nature choice depends on if you want more Attack (Adamant) or Speed (Jolly). The EVs shown maximize Attack and Speed, while the leftover in Sp. Defense is to give Download Pokemon a boost to their less useful Attack stat. Note that the EVs can be changed to have a lot more in HP and Sp. Defense while keeping Attack at max. This makes Arcanine more bulky and helps with the recoil from Flare Blitz and Wild Charge (Leftovers should be run in this case).

    Sun Sweeper
    -Fire Blast/ Flamethrower
    -Solarbeam
    -Hidden Power [Ground]
    -Dragon Pulse
    Item: Life Orb
    Ability: Flash Fire
    Nature: Modest/ Timid
    EVs: 252 Sp. Attack, 4 Sp. Defense, 252 Speed

    This set uses Arcanine's good Sp. Attack as a slight surprise factor. Note that a teammate will need to set up sun for Arcanine, as Arcanine doesn't have a lot of flexibility to set up its own sun. The Fire-type move choice comes down to more power (Fire Blast) or more accuracy and PP (Flamethrower). Solarbeam gives good coverage with Fire, as it covers Water, Rock, and Ground (all of which hit Arcanine super-effectively) and works well in the sun since it doesn't need to take a turn to charge up. The Hidden Power type is Ground to cover other Fire types and gives good coverage overall. Dragon Pulse rounds out the set by hitting neutrally overall and gets things like Kingdra super-effectively.

    Life Orb is used to increase damage output. The nature choice is similar to the above set, but this time, Sp. Attack is what is important, so choose between more power or Speed.

    Other Options:
    -A bulky Intimidate set can be interesting, although Arcanine's only recovery is Morning Sun which can be unreliable at times.
    -Speaking of which, Morning Sun can be run in either of the above sets and actually works great with the sun sweeper. Replace Dragon Pulse is you want to run it.
    -Arcanine can use Crunch or Bulldoze for some coverage, but its other moves seem to work better.

    Checks and Counters:
    The best way to take down Arcanine is with entry hazards, as Arcanine is hit by all three kinds and is especially vulnerable to Stealth Rock. This really limits the physical sweeper, who is already quite frail from all the recoil moves, and can be annoying for the sun sweeper, as it needs to switch out on occasion so a teammate can reset the sun. Bulky Water-types can get the drop on Arcanine, especially Swampert (and Quagsire if he happens to show up for some reason). Fast and powerful Pokemon can really hurt the sun sweeper set, as Arcanine has no priority and can be revenge killed more easily. Finally, paralysis and Toxic poison can really hinder Arcanine, as it either makes him vulnerable to taking hits or really shortens his lifespan.
     
  20. Star Champion AJ

    Star Champion AJ Well-Known Member

    Nate's Star Player

    This week the Legendary Pokémon (according to the Pokédex) Arcanine gets the showtime!
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    Arcanine is one of the few Gen I Pokémon with OU potential...
    1) Nice offensive stats, with 110 Attack and 100 Sp Atk
    2) Decent defenses (90/80/80) and can be even bulkier if it's running Intimidate
    3) A nice (and extensive) movepool, allowing the Legendary Dog to be either physical, special, mixed or even taking a defensive role and with new toys in this Gen like Close Combat and Wild Charge

    ...however, Arcanine is in the UU tier for a few reasons...
    1) Being a Fire-type means it's vulnerable to the omnipresent Stealth Rock, taking 25% of its max HP every time Arcanine gets the switch-in not to mention it's weak to some of the most common types in the game, like Ground and Rock
    2) 95 Speed is good, however most of the top threats in the metagame have 100 or higher Speed (for example Flygon, which is in the same tier as Arcanine has 100)
    3) Some of the moves have drawbacks like recoil or lowering Arcanine's stats

    Ability Compendium...
    Intimidate: Allows Arcanine to take less damage from physical moves by lowering the opponents' Attack by one stage every time Arcanine gets the switch-in. Useless against special attackers or Pokémon with Clear Body, Hyper Cutter or White Smoke.
    Flash Fire: Makes Arcanine's Fire-type moves more powerful if Arcanine is hit by a Fire-type move, while taking no damage from the opponents' Fire-type moves.
    Justified: Increases Arcanine's Attack one stage everytime it's hit with a Dark-type move.
    Recommended Ability: Either Intimidate or Flash Fire, depending of which role Arcanine has. Personally I'd go with Flash Fire since an immunity is nice, but Intimidate can save your life sometimes. Justified is very situational and unreliable but can still be used.

    Arcana Force 0 - The Fool
    [​IMG]@Life Orb
    Ability: Flash Fire/Intimidate
    Nature: Adamant
    EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 HP
    Flare Blitz
    Close Combat
    Outrage
    Wild Charge
    Important Note: Unless you want a dead Legendary Pokémon, NEVER, ever try this set, though it is powerful enough to burninate the opponent's entire team, it will severely injure Arcanine in the process.
    Flare Blitz is the STAB move of choice, no questions.
    Outrage gets the infamous Fire+Dragon combination, hitting EVERY single Pokémon besides Heatran for neutral damage.
    Speaking of Heatran, Close Combat takes care of the evil magma spider and those pesky Rock-types.
    The three moves I mentioned before have 120 BP, but all of them have drawbacks balancing the attack power, Flare Blitz's recoil, Outrage's locking and self-confusion inducing effects and Close Combat's self-lowering defenses.
    The last move hits Water-types, but hurts Arcanine in the process.
    The nature and EVs maximize Arcanine's Attack, meaning more damage (and recoil from certain moves as well).
    Life Orb makes Arcanine hitting like a rampaging Rampardos, but the recoil from the item (and the moves) will quickly reduce Arcanine's HP to critical levels, so Leftovers can be used to mitigate the residual damage.
    Flash Fire can increase Flare Blitz's power (and recoil), so Intimidate is also an option.

    Nate's recommended set
    [​IMG]@Leftovers
    Ability: Flash Fire/Intimidate
    Nature: Hasty
    EVs: Max Speed EVs, the rest can be invested in the offenses (more Sp Atk EVs than Atk EVs)
    Flamethrower
    Dragon Pulse
    Wild Charge
    Crunch
    This set is more reliable than the suicidal set I mentioned before and a set Nate liked, though the attack power is severely lowered.
    Flamethrower gets STAB and is more reliable in terms of power, accuracy and PP compared to Heat Wave and Fire Blast, not to mention Nate hates Flare Blitz's recoil effect.
    Dragon Pulse grants the awesome Fire+Dragon coverage and because Nate is allergic to Outrage.
    Wild Charge may hurt, but hits Water-types for super effective damage.
    Crunch gets a surprising and nasty hit against Ghost and Psychic-types, not to mention the evil chandeliers of darkness will have trouble against that move.
    Leftovers adds durability to the Flame Dog, but other items like the Choice items or Life Orb can be considered.
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013
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