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

Charizard: Type, Powers, Strengths, Weaknesses, Evolutions, Moves and More

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Pokémon started off as a video game series and although new creatures are primarily introduced in the video games, the anime series has become as popular as the video games. As of December 2021, 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 – Charizard.

Charizard is a dual Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation I of the core video games. It is the second and final evolution form of Charmander. Charmander first evolves into Charmeleon, which, in turn, evolves into Charizard. Charizard has two Mega Evolutions and a Gigantamax Form as well. It is weak to Rock-, Electric-, and Water-type moves, and is super effective against Grass-, Bug-, and Ice-type Pokémon.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed a Charizard 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

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Charizard are Fire Spin and Blast Burn 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 Spin reveals the following: “The target becomes trapped within a fierce vortex of fire that rages for four to five turns”; as for Blast Burn, the attack is described as follows: “The target is razed by a fiery explosion. The user can’t move on the next turn.”

Weaknesses and Counters

As a dual Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon, Charizard is weak against Rock-, Electric-, and Water-type moves, and is super effective against Grass-, Bug-, and Ice-type Pokémon. It is immune to Ground-type moves. It receives normal damage from Normal-, Flying-, Poison-, Ghost-, Psychic-, Ice-, Dragon-, and Dark-type moves.

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Powers and Abilities

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

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP70145 177 281 344 
Attack110117130162178230256319350
Defense708190122134158176239262
Special Attack115121135167183239266329361
Special Defense708190122134158176239262
Speed9099110142156194216279306

In Pokémon GO, Charizard has a Base Stamina of 186, a Base Attack of 319, and a Base Defense of 212.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Blaze: Powers up Fire-type moves when the Pokémon’s HP is low.
  • Solar Power: Boosts the Sp. Atk stat in harsh sunlight, but HP decreases every turn. (Hidden Ability)
  • Tough Claws: Powers up moves that make direct contact. (Mega Charizard X)
  • Drought: Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokémon enters a battle. (Mega Charizard Y)

Evolutions

Charizard was first introduced in Generation I as the second and final evolution of Charmander. Charmander first evolved into Charmeleon, starting at Level 25, and then into Charizard. Now, while Charizard has no Regional Variants, it does have a total of two Mega Evolutions (when exposed to Charizardite X, it evolves into Mega Charizard X; the same goes – roughly – for Charizardite Y Mega Charizard Y) and a Gigantamax Form.

In Pokémon GO, Charizard is also obtained by first evolving Charmander into Charmeleon, for which you need 25 Charmander Candy, and after that, Charmeleon into Charizard, for which you need 100 Charmander Candy. In order to Mega Evolve your Charizard, you need 200 Mega Charizard Candy for each of the two versions respectively.

Moves

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

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

By leveling up

Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Air SlashFlyingSpecial7595%15
1Dragon ClawDragonPhysical80100%15
1Heat WaveFireSpecial9590%10
1ScratchNormalPhysical40100%35
1GrowlNormalStatus100%40
1EmberFireSpecial40100%25
1SmokescreenNormalStatus100%20
Evo.Air SlashFlyingSpecial7595%15
12Dragon BreathDragonSpecial60100%20
19Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
24SlashNormalPhysical70100%20
30FlamethrowerFireSpecial90100%15
39Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
46Fire SpinFireSpecial3585%15
54InfernoFireSpecial10050%5
62Flare BlitzFirePhysical120100%15

By TM

 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM00Mega PunchNormalPhysical8085%20
TM01Mega KickNormalPhysical12075%5
TM03Fire PunchFirePhysical75100%15
TM05Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
TM06FlyFlyingPhysical9095%15
TM08Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM09Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM11Solar BeamGrassSpecial120100%10
TM13Fire SpinFireSpecial3585%15
TM15DigGroundPhysical80100%10
TM21RestPsychicStatus—%10
TM22Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
TM24SnoreNormalSpecial50100%15
TM25ProtectNormalStatus—%10
TM26Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
TM30Steel WingSteelPhysical7090%25
TM31AttractNormalStatus100%15
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM37Beat UpDarkPhysical100%10
TM38Will-O-WispFireStatus85%15
TM39FacadeNormalPhysical70100%20
TM40SwiftNormalSpecial60—%20
TM41Helping HandNormalStatus—%20
TM43Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM46Weather BallNormalSpecial50100%10
TM48Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
TM59FlingDarkPhysical100%10
TM65Shadow ClawGhostPhysical70100%15
TM68Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
TM76RoundNormalSpecial60100%15
TM78AcrobaticsFlyingPhysical55100%15
TM81BulldozeGroundPhysical60100%20
TM92Mystical FireFireSpecial75100%10
TM94False SwipeNormalPhysical40100%40
TM95Air SlashFlyingSpecial7595%15
TM97Brutal SwingDarkPhysical60100%20
TM99Breaking SwipeDragonPhysical60100%15
TR00Swords DanceNormalStatus—%20
TR01Body SlamNormalPhysical85100%15
TR02FlamethrowerFireSpecial90100%15
TR10EarthquakeGroundPhysical100100%10
TR15Fire BlastFireSpecial11085%5
TR20SubstituteNormalStatus—%10
TR24OutrageDragonPhysical120100%10
TR26EndureNormalStatus—%10
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR31Iron TailSteelPhysical10075%15
TR32CrunchDarkPhysical80100%15
TR36Heat WaveFireSpecial9590%10
TR41Blaze KickFirePhysical8590%10
TR43OverheatFireSpecial13090%5
TR47Dragon ClawDragonPhysical80100%15
TR51Dragon DanceDragonStatus—%20
TR55Flare BlitzFirePhysical120100%15
TR62Dragon PulseDragonSpecial85100%10
TR64Focus BlastFightingSpecial12070%5
TR85Work UpNormalStatus—%30
TR88Heat CrashFirePhysical100%10
TR89HurricaneFlyingSpecial11070%10

By transfer from another generation

 Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
Aerial AceFlyingPhysical60—%20
Air CutterFlyingSpecial6095%25
Bide ×NormalPhysical—%10
BlockNormalStatus—%5
Captivate ×NormalStatus100%20
CelebrateNormalStatus—%40
ConfideNormalStatus—%20
CurseGhostStatus—%10
CutNormalPhysical5095%30
Defense CurlNormalStatus—%40
DefogFlyingStatus—%15
Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical120100%15
Dragon Rage ×DragonSpecial100%10
Dynamic PunchFightingPhysical10050%5
Echoed VoiceNormalSpecial40100%15
FissureGroundPhysical30%5
Flame Burst ×FireSpecial70100%15
Flame ChargeFirePhysical50100%20
Focus PunchFightingPhysical150100%20
Frustration ×NormalPhysical100%20
Fury CutterBugPhysical4095%20
Fury SwipesNormalPhysical1880%15
HeadbuttNormalPhysical70100%15
Hidden Power ×NormalSpecial60100%15
Hold HandsNormalStatus—%40
Hone ClawsDarkStatus—%15
HowlNormalStatus—%40
IncinerateFireSpecial60100%15
LeerNormalStatus100%30
MimicNormalStatus—%10
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial20100%10
Natural Gift ×NormalPhysical100%15
Ominous Wind ×GhostSpecial60100%5
Power-Up PunchFightingPhysical40100%20
Quick AttackNormalPhysical40100%30
Rage ×NormalPhysical20100%20
ReflectPsychicStatus—%20
Return ×NormalPhysical100%20
RoarNormalStatus—%20
Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15
RoostFlyingStatus—%10
SandstormRockStatus—%10
Secret Power ×NormalPhysical70100%20
Seismic TossFightingPhysical100%20
Skull BashNormalPhysical130100%10
Sky Drop ×FlyingPhysical60100%10
StrengthNormalPhysical80100%15
SubmissionFightingPhysical8080%20
SwaggerNormalStatus85%15
TailwindFlyingStatus—%15
Take DownNormalPhysical9085%20
ToxicPoisonStatus90%10
TwisterDragonSpecial40100%20

In Pokémon GO, Charizard can learn Fire Spin, Air Slash, Ember, Wing Attack, and Dragon Breath as Fast Attacks, and Fire Blast, Dragon Claw, Overheat, Blast Burn, Flamethrower, and Return as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Charizard, as they are event-only attacks.

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