Find out how to breed an Arcanine in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Check out the breeding process, recommended movesets, competitive builds, EV spreads, held items, counters and more!
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Arcanine Related Articles
|Total Base Stats||555|
Best Build For Arcanine
|Best Nature||Best Item|
|Jolly(Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)||Life Orb|
When hit with a Fire move, take no damage and increase the power of your own Fire moves.
|Flare Blitz / Extreme Speed / Wild Charge / Close Combat|
|Best EV Spread|
|Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4|
Arcanine's Base Stats are well balanced with 110 Attack and 95 Speed. By using its ability Intimidate and Will-O-Wisp together, you can significantly lower the opponent's Attack. It's a strong counter to common threats like Ferrothorn.More on Arcanine Stats Data & Move Set Here
Recommended Pokemon To Counter Arcanine
- Good for switching in while baiting a Wild Charge
- Can one shot with Hydro Pump
- If sent out first, can set up Stealth Rocks
- Takes a lot of damage from Flare Blitz
- Can one shot with Earthquake/Stone Edge
- Resists most common Arcanine moves
|Wash Rotom|| Pros|
- Can one shot with Hydro Pump
- Hard to switch into Arcanine
How To Play Against Arcanine
Setting up rocks is key if you see an Arcanine on the enemy team. After that, swap in a Pokemon that can take a Flare Blitz. Don't rely overly on Water types, as many Arcanine run Wild Charge.
Arcanine - Base Points (EVs) and Natures
Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation
|Attack||252 points (max)|
|Speed||252 points (max)|
Boosting Speed and Attack with the Base Point is recommended. You may also allocate Sp. Attack instead of Attack if you prefer using special attack moves.Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!
Arcanine - Recommended Natures
|Jolly||Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Nature that compliments its Speed. Recommended if not using special moves.
|Naive||Spd↑ / Sp.Def↓|
Nature that compliments its Speed. Can utilize both its physical & special moves.
|Adamant||Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
This Pokemon can in most cases attack before other Pokemon without boosting Speed.
Which Nature Would You Recommend?
Arcanine - Breeding Process
Breeding Process Flow Chart
|1||Catch Growlithe at the Lake of Outrage during Rainy weather|
|2||Hatch Eggs (breed with a Ditto) until you get a High IV Growlithe|
|3||Breed that Growlithe until you get one with a Adamant Nature|
|4||Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed|
|5||Max out its Dynamax Level|
|6||Teach it Flare Blitz, Extreme Speed, Wild Charge and Will-o-Wisp|
|7||Equip Life Orb|
How To Get Growlithe
The first step to Breeding Arcanine will be to catch a wild Growlithe. The location of Growlithe differs according to which version you are playing. See the table below for the exact location.
|Sword||Hammerlocke Hills(Sunny), Giant's Mirror(Sunny), Dusty Bowl(Sunny)|
Competitive Breeding Related Articles
Arcanine - Recommended Moves
Recommended Attack Moves
|Extreme Speed||High damaging move which always strikes first. Useful toward opponent with high Speed.|
|Flare Blitz||Power 120 STAB physical attack. Main move for damaging opponent.|
|Burn Up||Power 130 STAB special attack. Use this move if you allocated Sp. Attack EVs. Arcanine will lose its Fire type after being used. Utilize this move to erase its weakness and take out a big threat.|
|Outrage||Use TR24 to learn. Strong Dragon type attack. Can be used to defeat Dragapult with one hit.|
|Wild Charge||Use TR86 to learn. Strong Electric type attack. Counter Gyarados with this move to defeat with one hit.|
|Close Combat||Use TR53 to learn. Strong Fighting type attack. Can be used to counter rock type pokemon. Can use Max Knuckle to increase Attack when Dynamaxed.|
Recommended Support and Buff Moves
|Will-o-Wisp||Use TM38 to learn. Burns opponents and lowers its Attack significantly.|
|Protect||Use TM25 to learn. Blocks opponent's move once. Cannot guard Max-Move so be careful.|
Arcanine - Recommended Item to Hold
|Life Orb||Increases the damage of your move while HP decreases every time you attack.|
|Choice Scarf||Allows only a single move to be used, but boosts Speed by 150%|
Allows you to outspeed enemy Pokemon equipping a Choice Scarf.
|Choice band||Pokemon holding the Choice Band can only use one move but its attack increases.|