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Find out how to breed Cinderace in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the best competitive movesets, best builds, best nature, counters, its hidden ability & breeding process!

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Cinderace Best Movesets & Builds

Cinderace
Total Base Stats530
Type fire Icon

Standard Physical Attacker Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Blaze
Increases the power of Fire type moves when the Pokemon is at low health.
Best Moveset
Pyro Ball / U-Turn / Zen Headbutt / High Jump Kick
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

High Attack And Speed Stats

Cinderace is an overall very strong Pokemon with good attack & a high speed stat, with access to a lot of really great moves. It also has an excellent Hidden Ability, which is unfortunately not obtainable yet.

Increase Attack With Max Knuckle

Max Knuckle allows Cinderace to boost its attack even more, and it provides excellent type coverage.

A Varied Movepool

Cinderace has access to Fire, Fighting, Dark, Psychic, Steel, and Flying moves, giving you a lot of room for customization. Consider experimenting with different sets as you see the meta develop.

Court Change Hazard Clear Build

NatureItem
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability
Blaze
Increases the power of Fire type moves when the Pokemon is at low health.
Moveset
Pyro Ball / U-Turn / Court Change / Bounce
▼Check Move Info Here
EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Steal Your Opponent's Buffs

This build focuses on Court Change to clear hazards and veils. If you anticipate a Grimmsnarl coming out and setting up Reflect and Light Screen, consider bringing in this build. Works best when used with the element of surprise.

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Cinderace - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Standard Physical Attacker

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Pyro Ball
fire Icon
Extremely powerful STAB move. Can be used to devastate opponents with a weakness to fire.
High Jump Kick
Fighting Icon
Slightly risky move, used mainly for the Atk boost during Dynamax.
Thunder Punch
electric Icon
Decent coverage move.
Bounce
Flying Icon
Useful to get a speed boost during Dynamax.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Icon
Good coverage move, useful to have against poison types.
U-Turn
bug Icon
Useful to have as a fall-back option if you come up against a dangerous foe.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Great coverage move vs. Fairy types who might try to wall you.
Sucker Punch
dark Icon
Priority move, only works if the opponent uses an attack. Good against Dragapult.
Court Change
status icon
Swaps the effects (like Reflect, Stealth Rocks) for both players. Very unique and powerful move, worth experimenting with.
Taunt
status icon
Forces the opponent to use attacking moves. Useful for stopping Tanks from setting up on you. Good move to have to catch your opponents off guard.
Substitute
status icon
Sacrifices 25% health to create a target that takes a hit. Useful in some situations.

Build #2 - Court Change Hazard Clearer

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Pyro Ball
fire Icon
Extremely powerful STAB move. Can be used to devastate opponents with a weakness to fire.
High Jump Kick
Fighting Icon
Slightly risky move, used mainly for the Atk boost during Dynamax.
Bounce
Flying Icon
Useful to get a speed boost during Dynamax.
Court Change
status icon
Swaps the effects (like Reflect, Stealth Rocks) for both players. Very unique and powerful move, worth experimenting with.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Icon
Good coverage move, useful to have against poison types.
Thunder Punch
electric Icon
Decent coverage move.
U-Turn
bug Icon
Useful to have as a fall-back option if you come up against a dangerous foe.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Great coverage move vs. Fairy types who might try to wall you.
Sucker Punch
dark Icon
Priority move, only works if the opponent uses an attack. Good against Dragapult.
Taunt
status icon
Forces the opponent to use attacking moves. Useful for stopping Tanks from setting up on you. Good move to have to catch your opponents off guard.

Cinderace - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Choice ScarfAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Speed by 150%
Gives you the speed advantage over most Pokemon.
Life OrbBoosts Move Power by 130% but uses 10% of health per use.
Can boost damage output while still leaving move variety - slightly risky, but allows you to use more moves.
Choice BandAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Attack by 150%
Packs a stronger punch at the expense of speed.
CharcoalBoosts the power of fire-type moves by 20%. Flat bonus, no other drawbacks. A good safe bet.
Liechi BerryRaises attack when HP is below 1/4. Works well in conjunction with Blaze.
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Cinderace - Best Nature And EVs

Cinderace - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Complements Cinderace's excellent speed, ensures it gets the first hit in battles where it really counts.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Boosts attack damage, might be good to pair with Choice Scarf.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Physical Attacker Cinderace

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

Boosting Speed and Attack is basically the main way to go with Cinderace. It isn't very viable in many other builds.

Cinderace Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Cinderace

PokemonExplanation
GyaradosGyaradosPros
- Easily oneshots with Waterfall
- Can lower attack on switch-in with Intimidate
Cons
- Some Cinderaces might run Thunder Punch, which would one shot Gyarados
Toxapex IconToxapex Pros
- Super effective Scald
- Resists Fire moves
Cons
- Some Cinderaces might use Zen Headbutt or Thunder Punch
Wash Rotom IconWash Rotom Pros
- Can one shot with Hydro Pump
- Can switch in on a Fire move
Cons
- Difficult to outspeed Cinderace

How To Play Against Cinderace

Don't Eat A Super-Effective Move

As long as you don't take a super-effective hit to the face, chances are you'll be able to survive Cinderace's attacks (except if it has boosted its attack with Max Knuckle!) Switch into something with a type advantage and set up on it.

Immune To Burns

Just because Cinderace is a physical attacker doesn't mean your usual Will-o-Wisp strategy will work! Remember that Fire types can't be burned and try an alternative method.

Watch Out For Taunt

Cinderace is able to learn the move Taunt, making it somewhat dangerous for some tanks, like Galarian Corsola.

Cinderace - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Obtain Cinderace or any of its evolutionary family from the beginning of the game or by trading.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Scorbunny
3Breed that Scorbunny until you get one with a Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Pyro Ball, High Jump Kick, U-Turn, and Thunder Punch
7Equip a Choice Scarf
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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Hidden Ability Libero Not Available Yet

Although it seems that Cinderace will have an excellent hidden ability, it doesn't seem to be obtainable currently and there is no news as to when it will come out. Libero will turn the user into the type of the attack they're about to use. This will grant them a STAB bonus on every attack.

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Cinderace can't learn Thunder Punch !!!

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