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223
ATK
173
DEF
186
STA
Lvl 50Max CP
3266
Lvl 40
2889
Lvl 25Weather Boost
2064
Lvl 20Raids/Eggs
1651
Lvl 15Research
1238

PvE Analysis

Shadow Charizard boasts strong offensive power. At the time of its release, it was one of the best Fire-type attackers in the game, and is currently still genuinely pretty good. While its fragility may cause less Total Damage Output (TDO) than other Fire-types, proper dodging can help to mitigate this problem and ensure Shadow Charizard stays in the fight longer to deal more damage. As time goes on other Fire-types are expected to get their own Shadow variants, but until then Shadow Charizard is a great option. 

Best PvE Offensive Moveset

Fire Spin + Blast Burn*Best
Fire Spin + OverheatGood
  • Fire Spin is Charizard’s best fast move and strictly superior to Ember.

  • Wing Attack is preferable to Air Slash and equal to Fire Spin if both have the same effectiveness.

  • Blast Burn makes Shadow Charizard one of the stronger Fire-type attackers.

  • Overheat is Charizard's best non-exclusive charged move and beats Fire Blast soundly.

  • Flamethrower has less cycle DPS than Overheat and is just a worse Blast Burn*.

  • Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw can work as a pseudo-dragon attacker, but are best reserved for Mega Charizard X.

Best PvE Defensive Moveset

Fire Spin or Air Slash + Dragon ClawBest
Air Slash + Blast Burn*Best
  • Attackers may be inclined to throw Water-types at Charizard, in which case Air Slash edges out Fire Spin.

  • Ember and Wing Attack are worse versions of Fire Spin and Air Slash, respectively.

  • Dragon Claw is the preferred charge move due its early damage window, wide neutral coverage, and 3 bars.

  • Flamethrower is a decent alternative, but Blast Burn* is decisively better.

  • Fire Blast and Overheat are poor due to their late damage windows and charge time.
  • Dragon Breath is inferior on defense.

PvP Analysis

Wing Attack* or Dragon Breath* + Blast Burn* and Dragon Claw

Wing Attack is the most preferable Fast Attack on Charizard due to its superior energy generation, while maintaining decent DPT. Fire Spin is a decent move, but is generally outclassed by Wing Attack because other Fire-type Pokemon such as Talonflame and Ninetales are better at dealing consistent Fire damage. Dragon Breath is a powerful move, but lacks STAB, and generally falls behind against neutral opponents. Air Slash is just inferior to Wing Attack

Blast Burn is a limited move obtained through Community Day events, but it's mandatory for optimal usage of Charizard. An incredible 2.2 DPE (Damage Per Energy) rating allows Charizard to output huge amounts of damage without paying high energy costs. Even when resisted, Blast Burn would still have a greater DPE value than neutral Dragon Claw, but not when it would be doubly resisted. Dragon Claw is recommended for its cheaper energy cost and Dragon-type coverage. The update to Overheat following the Dec 2019 rebalance makes it a decent choice if Blast Burn is unavailable, but a significant self debuff of -2 ATK makes it more risky and less reliable. Fire Blast costs too much energy, and Flamethrower is a direct downgrade of Blast Burn

Great League 4/ 5

A fan-favorite from other Pokemon games, Charizard first gained popularity in PvP during the Silph Arena's Kingdom Cup. While a relatively high ATK stat offers good offensive capabilities, a lack of bulk combined with a risky typing and a double weakness makes Charizard difficult to use. In addition, Charizard also requires access to the legacy Blast Burn obtained from its Community Day in order to perform optimally in most cases, which limits its accessibility. However, thanks Wing Attack's impressive energy generation as of the Season of Mythical Wishes update, Charizard is more than capable of burning its opponents to ash with its extremely powerful Blast Burn over and over again.

Shadow Charizard, specifically, is one of most potent closers in the game. The Shadow Boost works incredibly well in conjunction with Wing Attack and Dragon Claw's speed and consistency, with threats such as Shadow Swampert and Sableye falling apart to it alone in the two shields. The real treat, however, is just how explosive its Blast Burns can be, to the point where even the tanky Lanturn is almost 2HKOed by it. Shadow Charizard can nuke just about any Pokemon in the game, and players who seek out for shield and energy advantage can put it into great use. Beware of Carbink, Azumarill, and Bastiodon, however.

Ultra League4.5 / 5

Charizard's devastating moveset allows it to perform well in the Ultra League, shredding even the sturdiest Pokemon with repeated Blast Burns. Risky vulnerabilities and unspectacular bulk are still major problems for Charizard though. Access to Dragon-type moves is valuable against popular Dragon-types like Giratina.

Master League2 / 5

Charizard lacks sufficient stats to perform well in Master League. Unspectacular energy gains often make Charizard too slow to keep up with Pokemon with faster movesets, not to mention numerous losses against Pokemon with legendary stats and common Dragon-types, despite access to Dragon-type moves.

Purification Cost
3 Candy + 3,000 Stardust
Flee Rate
5 %
Buddy Distance
3 KM
Catch Rate
5 %
Female Ratio
12.5 %
Male Ratio
87.5 %
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