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Find out how to breed Charizard in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the best competitive movesets, best builds, best nature, strong counters and a Gigantamax build!

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Charizard Best Moveset & Build

Charizard
Total Base Stats534
Type fire IconFlying Icon

Solar Power Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Solar Power

Special Attack increases by 50% in harsh sunlight, but user takes damage at the end of every turn.
Best Moveset
Fire Blast / Air Slash / Focus Blast / Solar Beam
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Charizard Strengths

Charizard can be used primarily as a special attacker, although his 109 Sp. Atk and 100 Speed may not seem that impressive, his large move pool and abilities allow him to become a serious threat!

Go For A Timid Nature

Although Modest is also viable, we recommend a Timid nature for Charizard. This is mainly because Jolly nature allows it outspeed 3 major threats: Mimikyu, Excadrill (without Sandstorm), & Galarian Darmanitan.

Charizard Is A Great Dynamax Candidate

A Charizard packing Solar Power relies on setting up harsh sunlight, which means It also gets STAB Max Airstream, allowing it to buff its speed as well.

Use A Damage Boosting Item

Try to supplement Charizard's attack stat in order to have the best chance of overpowering its opponent. Damage boosting items such as Charcoal, Choice Specs, or the Weakness Policy are ideal here.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Fire Blast
fire Icon
Extremely powerful STAB move. Max Flare can cause harsh sunlight, activating Charizard's ability.
Air Slash
Flying Icon
Good stab move, can cause a flinch. Useful for Max Airstream to boost speed.
Focus Blast
Fighting Icon
Excellent coverage move vs Rock Pokemon.
Solar Beam
Grass Icon
Normally takes two turns, but can be fired off in one turn during harsh sunlight. Useful vs. Water types in a pinch.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Overheat
fire Icon
130 power, stronger than Fire Blast, but lowers your Sp. Atk after use. Risky, but good for finishing off enemies after Dynamax ends.
Flamethrower
fire Icon
90 power, weaker but has 100 accuracy. Safest option.
Hurricane
Flying Icon
110 power but only 70 accuracy, somewhat risky move. Can confuse the target.
Belly Drum
status icon
Cuts own HP in half and massively increases attack. Useful for physical builds. (This is an Egg Move)
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Icon
Coverage for Dragon types.

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Charizard Best Gigantamax Moveset & Build

Charizard Gigantamax

Gigantamax Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Blaze

The damage of Fire moves increases when at low health.
Best Moveset
Fire Blast / Air Slash / Focus Blast / Solar Beam
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Deal Damage Over Time With G-Max Wildfire

Move G-Max Wildfire Fire Icon
Effect Deals damage over 4 turns (1/6th of their health every turn)

G-Max Wildfire is a move unique to Gigantamax Charizard. It deals 1/6th of the opponent's health in damage for 4 turns. This works excellently at whittling down the health of an opponent you nearly knocked out.

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The Regular Solar Power Build Is More Useful

Unfortunately, with this build Charizard becames unable to use Max Flare, and thus can't set up its own sun. It is thus left with the ability Blaze. In terms of raw damage output, it's better to go for the Solar Power build instead of focusing on damage over time.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Fire Blast
fire Icon
Extremely powerful STAB move. Max Flare can cause harsh sunlight, activating Charizard's ability.
Air Slash
Flying Icon
Good stab move, can cause a flinch. Useful for Max Airstream to boost speed.
Focus Blast
Fighting Icon
Excellent coverage move vs Rock Pokemon.
Solar Beam
Grass Icon
Normally takes two turns, but can be fired off in one turn during harsh sunlight. Useful vs. Water types in a pinch.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Icon
Coverage for Dragon types.

Charizard - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Weakness PolicyIncreases offensive stats when hit by a super-effective move. Extremely useful since you can usually survive one hit while dynamaxed.
Life OrbIncreases damage at the cost of HP. Useful but dangerous, considering Solar Power also drains your HP.
CharcoalBoosts the power of Fire-type moves. Works well with Solar Power.
Choice SpecsBoosts Sp. Attack by 150%, but locks you in to one move. Useful because the restriction doesn't apply during Dynamax, giving you a lot of freedom.
Expert BeltBoosts the damage of super-effective moves. Useful since Charizard has good overall coverage.
Heavy Duty BootsPrevents you from taking hazard damage. In doubles or 6v6 matches, this is highly recommended because the chance of the opponent using Stealth Rock is much higher.
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Charizard - Best Nature And EVs

Charizard - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
TimidSpeed↑ / Atk↓
Charizard needs this nature to outspeed certain common threats.
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
Focuses on boosting its already powerful Sp. Atk for maximum damage.

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Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Solar Power Charizard

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

Charizard's appeal stems from its offensive capabilities, so your best bet is working on augmenting them.

Charizard Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Charizard

PokemonExplanation
GyaradosGyaradosPros
- Easily oneshots with Waterfall
- Fire attacks are not very effective
- Has a naturally high Special Defense
Cons
- If Sunlight is up, water type moves will not one-shot
Excadrill IconExcadrill Pros
- Can one shot with a rock move
- Scarf variants (or with sandstorm) will go first
Cons
- Can't switch in on a fire move
Tyranitar IconTyranitar Pros
- Resists Fire and Flying moves
- Can one shot with a Rock move
- Overwrites Harsh Sunlight with Sandstorm
- Sp. Def rises in Sandstorms
Cons
- Weak to Focus Blast and Solar Beam
Heat Rotom IconHeat Rotom Pros
- Resists Fire and Flying moves
- Electric moves are super effective
- Assault Vest variants can switch into Charizard easily
Cons
- Might not be able to one shot, so it could proc Weakness Policy

How To Play Against Charizard

Survive Its Dynamax Phase

The second Max Flare which sets up harsh sunlight is extremely dangerous, so make sure you buy time with your own Dynamax and consider using Max Guard to weather the attack. Bring in a Pokemon with high Sp. Def that resists Fire (and Flying) moves.

Overwrite The Harsh Sunlight

Charizard can boost its speed with Max Airstream and create harsh sunlight with Max Flare. This is particularly dangerous because the ability Solar Power boosts its offensive capabilities in the sun. If you can, try to overwrite the weather with a Max Move as soon as possible!

Rock Is Its Main Weakness

It's safe to say that most Charizards in the current meta go for Dynamaxing, so you might not be able to survive 2 hits. In this case, you should always aim to one shot it. The best way is to use a Rock move, like Tyranitar's Stone Edge.

Charizard - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Charmander (or Charmeleon/Charizard) with the ability Solar Power in a Max Raid Battle
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Charmander (with Solar Power)
3Breed that Charmander until you get one with a Timid Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Sp. Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Fire Blast, Air Slash, Focus Blast, and Solar Beam
7Equip Weakness Policy
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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