Arcanine: Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters, Stats, and Evolution

Arcanine Pokémon: Stats, Evolution, Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Today, there are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Arcanine.

Arcanine is a Fire-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation I of the core video games. It is the first and final evolution form of Growlithe, one of the Generation’s most famous species. Growlithe evolves into Arcanine via the Fire Stone. In Legends: Arceus, a Hisuian variant was introduced, which is a dual Rock- and Fire-type. It is weak only to Ground-, Rock- and Water-type moves, and is super effective against Grass-, Steel-, Bug- and Ice-type Pokémon. It is not immune to any moves.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed an Arcanine in any of the games. You’ll find out about its type, its powers, its strengths and weaknesses, its evolutions, and its moves. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

Best moveset

Arcanine: Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters, Stats, and Evolution

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Arcanine are Fire Fang and Fire Blast if you’re battling Pokémon in Gyms. Namely, this moveset gives you the highest total DPS and is, likewise, the best moveset for PVP battles. The official description for Fire Fang reveals the following: “The user bites with flame-cloaked fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it with a burn”; as for Fire Blast, the attack is described as follows: “The target is attacked with an intense blast of all-consuming fire. This may also leave the target with a burn.”

Weaknesses and Counters

As a pure Fire-type Pokémon, Arcanine is weak against Ground-, Rock-, and Water-type moves, and is super effective against Grass-, Bug-, Steel- and Ice-type Pokémon. It is not immune to any specific type. It receives normal damage from Normal-, Fighting-, Flying-, Poison-, Ghost-, Electric-, Psychic-, Dragon-, and Dark-type moves.

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The Hisuian variant, a dual Rock- and Fire-type, is – in addition to the above-listed ones – weak to Fighting-type moves, and is damaged normally by Ghost-, Steel-, Grass-, Electric-, Psychic-, Dragon-, Dark-type moves. On the other hand, it is resistant to Normal-, Flying-, Poison-, Bug-, Fire-, Ice-, Fairy-type moves.

Stats

Arcanine’s Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP90165 197 321 384 
Attack110117130162178230256319350
Defense8090100132145176196259284
Special Attack100108120152167212236299328
Special Defense8090100132145176196259284
Speed95103115147161203226289317

In Pokémon GO, Arcanine has a Base Stamina of 207, a Base Attack of 227, and a Base Defense of 166.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Intimidate: Powers up Fire-type moves when the Pokémon’s HThe Pokémon intimidates opposing Pokémon upon entering battle, lowering their Attack stat.
  • Flash Fire: Powers up the Pokémon’s Fire-type moves if it’s hit by one.
  • Justified: Being hit by a Dark-type move boosts the Attack stat of the Pokémon, for justice. (Hidden Ability)

Evolutions

Arcanine was first introduced in Generation I as the first and final evolution of Growlithe. Growlithe can evolve into Arcanine whenever it is exposed to the Fire Stone. Arcanine has one regional variant, Hisuian Arcanine, which evolves from a Hisuian Growlithe in the Hisui region, also after being exposed to the Fire Stone.

Arcanine: Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters, Stats, and Evolution

In Pokémon GO, Arcanine is also obtained by evolving Growlithe directly, for which you need 50 Growlithe Candy. Hisuian Growlithe and Hisuian Arcanine are not yet available in this game.

Moves

As of Generation VIII, the movies that Arcanine can learn are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Arcanine
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Arcanine
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

By leveling up (Kantonian Variant)

 Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Extreme SpeedNormalPhysical80100%5
1Burn UpFireSpecial130100%5
1Flame WheelFirePhysical60100%25
1Helping HandNormalStatus—%20
1AgilityPsychicStatus—%30
1Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
1RetaliateNormalPhysical70100%5
1CrunchDarkPhysical80100%15
1Take DownNormalPhysical9085%20
1FlamethrowerFireSpecial90100%15
1RoarNormalStatus—%20
1Play RoughFairyPhysical9090%10
1ReversalFightingPhysical100%15
1Flare BlitzFirePhysical120100%15
1EmberFireSpecial40100%25
1LeerNormalStatus100%30
1HowlNormalStatus—%40
1BiteDarkPhysical60100%25
Evo.Extreme SpeedNormalPhysical80100%5

By leveling up (Hisuian Variant)

LearnMastery Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
19TackleNormalPhysical40100%30
514EmberFireSpecial40100%25
918BiteDarkPhysical60100%20
1525Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
2131Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
2940Raging FuryFirePhysical9085%10
2940CrunchDarkPhysical80100%10
3748Double-EdgeNormalPhysical100100%5
4759Flare BlitzFirePhysical100100%5

By TM

 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM08Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM09Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM11Solar BeamGrassSpecial120100%10
TM13Fire SpinFireSpecial3585%15
TM15DigGroundPhysical80100%10
TM19SafeguardNormalStatus—%25
TM21RestPsychicStatus—%10
TM23ThiefDarkPhysical60100%25
TM24SnoreNormalSpecial50100%15
TM25ProtectNormalStatus—%10
TM26Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
TM31AttractNormalStatus100%15
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM38Will-O-WispFireStatus85%15
TM39FacadeNormalPhysical70100%20
TM40SwiftNormalSpecial60—%20
TM41Helping HandNormalStatus—%20
TM66Thunder FangElectricPhysical6595%15
TM68Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
TM76RoundNormalSpecial60100%15
TM79RetaliateNormalPhysical70100%5
TM81BulldozeGroundPhysical60100%20
TM85SnarlDarkSpecial5595%15
TR01Body SlamNormalPhysical85100%15
TR02FlamethrowerFireSpecial90100%15
TR12AgilityPsychicStatus—%30
TR15Fire BlastFireSpecial11085%5
TR20SubstituteNormalStatus—%10
TR21ReversalFightingPhysical100%15
TR24OutrageDragonPhysical120100%10
TR26EndureNormalStatus—%10
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR31Iron TailSteelPhysical10075%15
TR32CrunchDarkPhysical80100%15
TR36Heat WaveFireSpecial9590%10
TR42Hyper VoiceNormalSpecial90100%10
TR43OverheatFireSpecial13090%5
TR53Close CombatFightingPhysical120100%5
TR55Flare BlitzFirePhysical120100%15
TR62Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10
TR74Iron HeadSteelPhysical80100%15
TR86Wild ChargeElectricPhysical90100%15
TR90Play RoughFairyPhysical9090%10
TR97Psychic FangsPsychicPhysical85100%10

By transfer from another generation

 Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
Aerial AceFlyingPhysical60—%20
Bide ×NormalPhysical—%10
Captivate ×NormalStatus100%20
CharmFairyStatus100%20
ConfideNormalStatus—%20
CurseGhostStatus—%10
Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
Dragon BreathDragonSpecial60100%20
Dragon Rage ×DragonSpecial100%10
Flame Burst ×FireSpecial70100%15
Flame ChargeFirePhysical50100%20
Frustration ×NormalPhysical100%20
HeadbuttNormalPhysical70100%15
Hidden Power ×NormalSpecial60100%15
IncinerateFireSpecial60100%15
Laser FocusNormalStatus—%30
MimicNormalStatus—%10
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial20100%10
Natural Gift ×NormalPhysical100%15
Odor Sleuth ×NormalStatus—%40
Rage ×NormalPhysical20100%20
ReflectPsychicStatus—%20
Return ×NormalPhysical100%20
Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15
Secret Power ×NormalPhysical70100%20
Skull BashNormalPhysical130100%10
StrengthNormalPhysical80100%15
SuperpowerFightingPhysical120100%5
SwaggerNormalStatus85%15
TeleportPsychicStatus—%20
ToxicPoisonStatus90%10

In Pokémon GO, Arcanine can learn Fire Fang, Snarl, Thunder Fang, and Bite as Fast Attacks, and Fire Blast, Wild Charge, Crunch, Flamethrower, Bulldoze, Frustration, and Return as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Arcanine, as they are event-only attacks.

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