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Chandelure Best Moveset & Build

Chandelure
Total Base Stats520
Type Ghost IconFire Icon

Choice Scarf Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Infiltrator
Passes through the opposing Pokémon's barrier and strikes
Best Moveset
Fire Blast / Shadow Ball / Energy Ball / Trick
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Speed 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

An Orthodox Special Attacker

Chandelure is a very straightforward Pokemon - with an incredible 145 Special Attack and mediocre defenses, it is a glass cannon par excellence. Put a Choice Scarf on it to supplement its rather low speed, and given a Timid nature, outspeed a non-Scarfed Dragapult!

Excellent Move Pool

In addition to its superb STAB Fire and Ghost moves, Chandelure has access to a great variety of coverage moves. You should be able to outspeed and land a super-effective hit on a wide range of Pokemon. Running Trick or Will-o-Wisp will also allow you to mess with your opponent's Pokemon and ruin their plans. However, if you run Will-o-Wisp, you'll need to swap out or Dynamax!

Struggles Against Enemy Dynamaxers

Chandelure's Sp.Atk is indeed amazing, but due to usually not running a damage boosting item, it may have trouble taking out a Dynamaxed opponent! And, due to its low defenses, it can be taken out quite easily in the ensuing counterattack. Your best bet is to send it out after your opponent has already used up their Dynamax.

Trick Room Build

Best NatureBest Item
Quiet (Sp.Atk↑ / Speed↓)Focus Sash
Best Ability
Flash Fire
Powers up the Pokémon's Fire- type moves if it's hit by one.
Best Moveset
Trick Room / Curse / Energy Ball / Will-o-Wisp
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Sp. Attack 252, Def 4

Frail, But Unexpected

This build uses Chandelure as a lead to set up Trick Room. This build is somewhat less common than the attacker version, meaning it won't be predicted as easily! You'll be able to make up for your low defenses by using your item and your opponent's preconceptions against them!

Powerful With Good Move Options

Chandelure's main strength is its wide move range, as well as its high damage. By using Curse and Memento you're also able to deal a massive blow to your opponent after setting up your Trick Room.

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Chandelure - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!


Build #1 - Choice Scarf Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Fire Blast
Fire Icon
Strong STAB Fire move. Somewhat low accuracy.
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Strong STAB Ghost move.
Energy Ball
Grass Icon
Good coverage move.
Trick
status icon
Useful for giving your Choice Scarf to Pokemon that can't handle it.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Flamethrower
fire Icon
Safer but weaker alternative to Fire Blast.
Overheat
fire Icon
Massive damage, but lowers your Sp. Atk after using it.
Solar Beam
Grass Icon
Requires a turn to charge if not used during Harsh Sunlight.
Psychic
Psychic Icon
Powerful coverage move.
Dark Pulse
dark Icon
Powerful coverage move.
Will-o-Wisp
status icon
Burns opponent and significantly lowers opponent's attack.

Build #2 - Trick Room Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Trick Room
status icon
Reverse speed on the battlefield for 5 turns.
Curse
Ghost Icon
Take 50% damage, but inflict a damage-over-time effect on your opponent.
Energy Ball
Grass Icon
Good coverage move.
Will-o-Wisp
status icon
Burns the opponent, lowering their attack as well.
h4: Other Viable Moves
Move/TypeReason
Memento
Dark Icon
You faint, but sharply lower your opponent's offensive stats sharply.
Solar Beam
Grass Icon
Requires a turn to charge if not used during Harsh Sunlight.
Psychic
Psychic Icon
Powerful coverage move.
Taunt
status icon
Forces the opponent to use attacking moves. Useful vs. Recovery spam.
Dark Pulse
dark Icon
Powerful coverage move.

Chandelure - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Choice ScarfYour Speed significantly increases. However, you will only be able to use one move. This can also be used with Trick.
Focus SashPrevents you from fainting in one shot.
BalloonPrevents you from being hit by Ground-moves until the balloon bursts upon being hit.
Shuca BerryReduces the damage of super-effective Ground moves. Any similar berry is okay.
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Chandelure - Best Nature And EVs

Chandelure - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
TimidSpeed↑ / Atk↓
Useful for outspeeding major threats, generally recommended for attacker builds.
QuietSp.Atk↑ / Speed↓
Speed-reducing nature for Trick Room.
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
Alternative for maximum damage. However, you risk getting hit more by lowering speed.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Offensive Variant

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Def4 points

Standard glass cannon build, maximum damage potential.

Trick Room Variant

StatBase Point
Special Attack252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Def4 points

Trick Room builds could use some more HP to ensure they survive to get it off.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Chandelure Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Chandelure

PokemonExplanation
Hydreigon IconHydreigon Pros
- Resists Ghost / Fire damage
- Dark Pulse is super effective
- Speed build + Choice Scarf can outspeed opponent
Cons
- None
MimikyuMimikyu Pros
- Disguise allows it to get attacks off
- Shadow Claw + Shadow Sneak can take out even an HP build
Cons
- Vulnerable to Will-o-Wisp
TyranitarTyranitar Pros
- Resists Fire and Ghost moves
- Amazing Sp. Def lets it deal even with Grass moves
- Earthquake and Crunch are super effective
Cons
- Vulnerable to Will-o-Wisp
SnorlaxSnorlax Pros
- High Sp. Def
- Thick Fat ability resists Fire moves
- Earthquake and Crunch are super effective
- Goes first in Trick Room
Cons
- Has to watch out for Choice Scarf Tricks

How To Play Against Chandelure

It Has Limited Attack Boosting Options

Although Chandelure has a terrifying 145 Sp.Atk, it's rarely seen running stat boosting moves or items! This makes its offensive powers surprisingly middle of the road. Add to this its rather brittle defenses and you should be able to take it out as long as you don't eat a super-effective move!

Take It On With Dynamax

If you lack super-effective moves against Chandelure, consider Dynamaxing. This should allow you to withstand its attacks and take it out. When you see Chandelure in your opponent's party, consider your Dynamax timing very carefully!

Use Stealth Rock

Offensive variants of Chandelure often run a Choice Scarf, which means they'll likely be switching a lot. Laying out Stealth Rocks will severely limit its ability to do this!

Chandelure - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Get a wild Litwick in Motostoke Riverbank during Clear Weather, or Bridge Field during Clear and Foggy weather.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Litwick
3Breed that Litwick until you get one with a Timid Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Special Attack and Speed
5Feed it 10 Dynamax Candies to max out its Dynamax Level
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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