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Arcanine - Moveset and Competitive Build

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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 Overview

Total Base Stats555
Type Fire Icon

>> Check Out More Info On Arcanine Here

Best Build For Arcanine

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly(Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Life Orb
Best Ability
Flash Fire
When hit with a Fire move, take no damage and increase the power of your own Fire moves.
Best Moveset
Flare Blitz / Extreme Speed / Wild Charge / Close Combat
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Arcanine Strengths

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

Arcanine Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Arcanine

Seismitoad IconSeismitoad Pros
- 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
Rhyperior IconRhyperior Pros
- Can one shot with Earthquake/Stone Edge
- Resists most common Arcanine moves
- None
Wash Rotom IconWash 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

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

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

JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Nature that compliments its Speed. Recommended if not using special moves.
NaiveSpd↑ / Sp.Def↓
Nature that compliments its Speed. Can utilize both its physical & special moves.
AdamantAtk↑ / 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

1Catch Growlithe at the Lake of Outrage during Rainy weather
2Hatch Eggs (breed with a Ditto) until you get a High IV Growlithe
3Breed that Growlithe until you get one with a Adamant Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Flare Blitz, Extreme Speed, Wild Charge and Will-o-Wisp
7Equip Life Orb
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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.

SwordHammerlocke Hills(Sunny), Giant's Mirror(Sunny), Dusty Bowl(Sunny)
ShieldRoute 3
Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Arcanine - Recommended Moves

Recommended Attack Moves

Extreme Speed
Normal Icon
High damaging move which always strikes first. Useful toward opponent with high Speed.
Flare Blitz
Fire Icon
Power 120 STAB physical attack. Main move for damaging opponent.
Burn Up
Fire Icon
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.
Dragon Icon
Use TR24 to learn. Strong Dragon type attack. Can be used to defeat Dragapult with one hit.
Wild Charge
Electric Icon
Use TR86 to learn. Strong Electric type attack. Counter Gyarados with this move to defeat with one hit.
Close Combat
Fighting Icon
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-WispUse TM38 to learn. Burns opponents and lowers its Attack significantly.
ProtectUse TM25 to learn. Blocks opponent's move once. Cannot guard Max-Move so be careful.

Arcanine - Recommended Item to Hold

Life OrbIncreases the damage of your move while HP decreases every time you attack.
Choice ScarfAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Speed by 150%
Allows you to outspeed enemy Pokemon equipping a Choice Scarf.
Choice bandPokemon holding the Choice Band can only use one move but its attack increases.

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