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What is a good moveset for Arcanine?

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This question has been asked but the answers suck
so what will be a good moveset for an arcanine?
for all I know it would be this :

crunch\thunder fang\extreamspeed

solarbeam\morning sun

sunny day

what do you say ?

Arcanine Learnset

asked Dec 11, 2010 by charizard
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Hey pokemon database!!! I'm new and this is my first post! Wow this is random! :) yeah I taught my arcanine outrage, well, because it's outrage!!
Arcanine is my Favorite so what i recommend is the following:

-Flare Blitz
-Solar Beam
-Morning Sun
-Sunny day

I also recommend Your Arcanine has Good defensive stats and is holding an Heat Rock, the less u need to use Sunny Day the more attacks you can get in!
I'm not really strong right now(he is just level 32)but here is my
Arcanines move-set

Fire fang
Flame wheel
And strength
Arcanine (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 HP
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
-Flare. Blitz
-Close Combat
-Morning Sun
(This is a sun team Arcanine. If not, replace Morning sun with Wild Charge.)
Here's my current set for my XY/ORAS Team:

Arcanine (Physical), Leftovers
Adamant Nature | 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 HP
- Flare Blitz
- Wild Charge
- Extreme Speed
- ???

Pretty standard stuff. For my fourth move I'm considering the following:

Close Combat: Strong Rock-type coverage, lowers Defenses however
Crunch: General coverage
Outrage: Strong coverage, causes confusion and must be used consecutively
Iron Head: Rock-type coverage

What move should I go with? I'm leaning towards Close Combat currently.

29 Answers

7 votes

Sunny Day: to decrease the turns needed for Solarbeam and to increase the HP you recover from Morning Sun and to power up Fire-Type moves
Morning Sun:to recover HP
Solarbeam:for weakness coverage
Flamethrower/Flare Blitz:the two moves get powered up by Sunny Day.the choice depends on you whether you want it to be a mixed sweeper or a special sweeper
you could set up Sunny Day before you switch in to it and replace Sunny Day with Extreme Speed

answered Dec 11, 2010 by Shxatoap
edited Dec 11, 2010 by Shxatoap
Morning sun is in here twice
No it isn't, read through it again, he just made a refference to Morning Sun, which happened to be on the start of the line.
I dont like Solarbeam as a coverage move because of the setup. Sunny day fixes the turn setup BUT a water pokemon can KO before you even get to use solarbeam. i.e.
Arcanine uses Sunny Day
______ uses Surf
IF Arcanine manages to withstand the the hit then...
______ uses Aqua Jet
Wise trainer would know when to switch pokemon too. switch before Aqua Jet, bring out Arcanine at the right time and use morning sun to heal him. If you predict the variables and find a problem then find a good solution to the problem
Well said Pokenut.
Solar Beam won't do so much damage because Arcanine is a psysical attacker, even though this set is mixed
Dude, Arcanine has base 110 attack and base 100 special attack. There isn't much of a difference which means solarbeam still is a great move to have on Arcanine. If Arcanine has a modest nature and EV's that boost it's special attack, then its special attack becomes stronger than its physical attack power.
5 votes

Ability: Intimidate
*Flare Blitz
*Extreme Speed
*Wild Charge
*Morning Sun

answered Feb 25, 2011 by BanetteFan
4 votes

Gen V

Arcanine (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Intimidate

EVs: 248 Atk / 8 Def / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Close Combat
  • Flare Blitz
  • Wild Charge/Crunch
  • ExtremeSpeed

Again, your standard sweeper. Although Intimidate gives it some bulk. Life Orb makes it more powerful. Flare Blitz is STAB. Close Combat and Crunch provide you with type coverage. However, since Crunch is going to do damage equal to Flare Blitz on a super-effective hit while Blitz is neutral, it might not be the best option, while Wild Charge is meanwhile getting a super-effective hit on Water and Flying types (Flying types resist Close Combat) and x4 effectiveness on Gyarados. Extremespeed is really the only thing that makes this guy worth using (well, the nice coverage moves like Close Combat and the actual physical STAB move help) as it is +2 priority with 80 base power.

answered Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 10, 2011 by trachy
How would you teach it bot extremespeed and flare blitz?
Easy learn flare blitz as a groulith then go to a move relearner after evolving him
I like Agility better on this set, and Adamant nature. Xtremespeed is not necessary IMO.
4 votes

Wow! Classic arcanine! This guy is a hard core old testament phyaical attacker. Great moves!

Item: Leftovers/ Lum Berry/ Life Orb

EVs: 252 Attack 252 Speed 4 HP
Teach it:

Flare Blitz- STAB, plus a base power of 120 which is increased with STAB. If you don't like recoil, go with fire fang, or flamethrower if you're trusting it's special attack. Use leftovers for recoil, or go suicide with the life orb.

Extremespeed- You HAVE to teach this guy this. Priority + 80 base power = a must. Simple math.

Outrage: OK guys, this is outrage!!! You have to have it! It's just another move with 120 base power! Use the Lum Berry to snap it out of confusion.

Thunder Fang/ Close Combat/ Morning Sun/ Wild Charge- Ok I had a hard time deciding between these three so I listed them all. In my opinion, I would go with thunder fang or wild charge due to arcanine being ev trained on attack in speed so it is a partial glass cannon, so I think there would be no use trying to heal it with morning sun, but I know people are going to argue my point. Also, thunder fang or wild charge won't lower defense like close combat. As I said before, wild charge will due recoil, so go with leftovers if you choose this move.

So yeah that's about it. Please rate well! Btw this is my first set being posted so don't be too harsh. Until next time, See Ya!

answered Oct 15, 2012 by Squier 18
edited Oct 15, 2012 by Squier 18
That is four not three
2 votes

Id say that as a potential mix sweeper, Arcanine can learn these moves:

Flamethrower - good power, great accuracy, special

Thunder Fang - decent power, use to deal water types,physical

Sunny Day - powers up flamethrower, solar beam releases quicker

Solar Beam - great power, great accuracy, deals with rock,water,ground.

thats what I think is the best moveset for arcanine. you can have it with a lonley/rash/mild

answered Dec 11, 2010 by NJDevil
2 votes

This is a common Arcanine I see on PO Underused. This works great on a vulpix sun team.

close combat/crunch-CC gives nice coverage, and crunch deals with ghosts.

Morning Sun-Completely restores health if he's under the sun.

ExtremeSpeed-priority works wonders on him.

Flare Blitz-STAB; works nicely with morning sun.

answered Jul 8, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
2 votes

Double/Triple battle

Arcanine (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Intimidate/Flash Fire
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Helping Hand
- ExtremeSpeed
- Flare Blitz
- Bulldoze/Close Combat

Helping Hand provides you with team support. Extremespeed is priority. Flare Blitz is STAB. Bulldoze hits mulitple Pokemon and lowers their Speed, which can cause some problems for your opponent. However, Close Combat can be used for the higher power. Intimidate is a great ability that lowers the Attack of your foes. However, Flash Fire can be used if you have a Lava Plume using teammate. Even then, Intimidate is probably still better.

answered Jan 17, 2012 by trachy
2 votes

Arcanine (M) @ Choice Band
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Trait: Flash Fire
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Def
Jolly Nature
- Close Combat
- Flare Blitz
- Wild Charge
- ExtremeSpeed

Back for another UU Pokemon to be used in OU. Dare underestimate this sucker and pay the price. Close Combat and Wild Charge get decent coverage against common switch-ins, namely Heatran and Politoed respectively. Flare Blitz is extremely powerful, especially after switching into a Fire move, activating Flash Fire and boosting Flare Blitz to astronomical levels. ExtremeSpeed is a pinnacle for revenge killing and is one of Arcanine's niches. One might question why you'd not use Infernape as it gets STAB on Close Combat and Mach Punch in the pace of E-speed. Thing is, Arcanine is decently bulky, whereas Nape frail. Arcanine has less weaknesses, and also has access to Flash Fire, meaning that while it may not share all of Nape's perks, it has some of its own as well.

answered May 21, 2013 by the_netts
2 votes

I actually use this doge as a tank

RK9 @ Leftovers

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Ability: Intimidate
Gives you some natural Physical bulk allowing you to invest more in SDef if you so want to.
EVs: 196 HP / 252 Atk / 60 Def or SDef
Gives some mixed bulk and attacking power
- Flare Blitz
- Extreme Speed
- Will-O-Wisp
- Morning Sun

Flare Blitz is a decent STAB with Morning Sun to heal off the damage. Will-O-Wisp is the bread and butter of this set, allowing you to cripple physical attackers to nothing while getting off residual damage. E-Speed allows some neutral coverage and finishing off stuff.

answered May 23, 2014 by Tysonyoshi
This is the set I've been thinking of for Arcanine as well. Upvote.
1 vote

Extremespeed and Flare Blitz are a must for Arcanine. Thunder Fang is also a good move to have around and deal with Water and Flying types. Hidden Power Grass is a good option for the fourth moveslot, since it provides type coverage and works off of Arcanine's good Special Attack. However, you could also use Hidden Power Ground to take down Fire types, but HP Grass is usually better. However, there are some other good options for the fourth moveslot:

Toxic: Takes down foes who would otherwise be unaffected by Arcanine's other moves.

Will-o-wisp: Helps take down Physical sweepers.

Iron Tail: To deal with Rock types.

Dragon Pulse: To deal with Dragon types.

Overall, the best moveset would probably be: Flare Blitz, Extremespeed, Thunder Fang, HP Grass/Iron Tail

answered Dec 12, 2010 by trachy
1 vote


Arcanine (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Flash Fire

EVs: 52 HP / 108 Atk / 64 Def / 188 SAtk / 64 SDef / 32 Spd

Serious Nature

  • ExtremeSpeed
  • Fire Blast
  • Crunch
  • Agility

This guy is just amazing....

Ev's give him effecient 212 Defenses, with a 334 Hp Stat.
283 in Both attacking stats, with a boostable 234 Speed stat.
This guy is Meant to be good at everything.
ExtremeSpeed is the master of priority moves, hitting with +2 and 80 Power, great neutral coverage, and allows Arcanine to be a revenge killed when needed. Fire Blast giving amazing STAB on top of the fact, that you could easily get a Flash Fire boost added on to that, to make it even more powerful. Crunch gives you some nice coverage agaisn't Gengar and Alakazam both of which you can outspeed after a single Agility. And Agility, Allowing you to outspeed most all of your major threats ( Like Gengar and Alakazam! ) while still having enough bulk to set it up, and enough offensive stats to sweep. I love you Arcanine.

answered Sep 13, 2011 by Josh
In my opinion, that ev spread is too spread. You are better off just not ev training at all if you're gonna ev train arcanine like this. Make use of his abnormally high attack stat and not this. Also, don't go with agility or fire blast. Fire blast has way too low accuracy for me and agility is a waste because arcanine already has a decent speed stat. But otherwise nicely done!
I think it's pretty good.
why did you give arcanine agility if you already has extremespeed
1 vote

Well first of all you need to know what Arcanine's weaknesses are. Arcanine's weaknesses are: Rock, Ground, and Water. So here is a good moveset I would think would be the best for Arcanine.

  1. Morning Sun- This move would allow you to heal half your max HP...depending on the weather it could either give you close to 3/4 or close to 1/4 of your max HP back.

  2. Close Combat- This move would cover for it's Rock weakness. It is pretty hard to teach it this move because it can only learn it from an egg move. Although with a power of 120 and and accuracy off 100, this would be a very good move to teach it. It also works well since Arcanine has great attack power. The only downside to this move is that it lowers your defense and special defense by one every time you use it, BUT I am sure that Arcanine's speed would allow it to attack first.

  3. Thunder Fang/ Wild Charge- Depending on wether or not you want recoil damage or not these are the only two electric type moves that Arcanine can learn. Wild Charge has a power of 90 and an accuracy of 100, however it does recoil damage to Arcanine if it does damage to the pokemon. Thunder Fang would be better for those people who don't like recoil damage. I would still go with Wild Charge because Thunder Fang only has a power of 65 and an accuracy of 95. I would highly recomend one of these attacks though because it is super effective against Water type pokemon.

  4. Flare Blitz/ Extreemespeed- Flare Blitz is a really great move for Arcanine for two reasons: (1) STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) Since it is a Fire type along with arcanine it would give it an extra 50% more damage to the defending pokemon bringing the total power of it to 180!!! and an accuracy of 100. (2) It is much more reliable than Fire fang because it has better power and accuracy. The only bad part is that recoil damage. :-( Extreemespeed would be good too because it always attacks first and when your opponent has HP that is low yellow or in the red it is almost certain to KO that pokemon with the great power of 80.

If you want both Flare Blitz and Extreemespeed I would recommend you get rid of Morning Sun because your opponent would have a chance to take more damage out of you while your using the turn to heal. Well this attack set takes care of some of Arcanine's weaknesses. The only one left is the ground type. Well I wouldn't woory to much about that, but if you do you could always teach Arcanine Solar Beam which is a Grass type, but if you don't worry about it than give it the item AIR BALLOON. This item lets your pokemon float in the air until it is hit by certain moves then it pops, but while in the air ALL ground type moves are nullified. So now you don't have to worry about those moves like Earthquake(which is very common and one of my favorite moves), Bulldoze, and Earth Power. Well there you have it, a good moveset for Arcanine that should work very well.

answered Mar 9, 2012 by caleb1fan
1 vote

Arcanine @Choice Band
Trait: Intimidate
EVs 252Atk \ 252Spe / 4SpD
Adamant Nature

~Flame Charge
~Close Combat

answered Apr 27, 2014 by Natsu
...Flame charge? With a priority move? If you want speed, use Agility. If you want a power STAB, use flare blitz >.>
if you see a steel mono without heatran and say YOLO and then Flame CHarge everyone
1 vote

Arcanine is a boss and has excellent stats for a mixed use.
If physical sweeper:

Arcanine@Muscle Band/Leftovers
Trait: Flash Fire
Adamant Nature
EVs: 252 Atk 252 Spe 4 HP
-Fire Fang/Flare Blitz
-Double Kick/Reversal
-Thunder Fang
-Iron Head/Morning Sun/Agility

Double kick is there as a sub breaker and coverage, thunder fang is there as a flinch and para chance and coverage, fire fang is a burn para chance and stab, or flare blitz for a more powerful stab but with recoil, and the last is for whatever floats your boat.

If special sweeper:

Arcanine@White Herb
Trait: Flash Fire
Modest Nature
EVs: 252 SpAtk, 252 Spe, 4 HP
-Solar Beam

With a white herb you can hammer off that first solar beam while they expect you to set up, flamethrower is a reliable stab, and swift is for those stupid double team users, agility is self explanatory.

If used as a mixed tank:

Arcanine@Focus Sash/Leftovers
Trait: Intimidate
Hardy Nature
Evs: 252 Sdef, 252 HP, 4 Def
-Morning sun
-Fire Fang

He has sufficient bulk to pull this off, and it would be rather unexpected, you set up with toxic and then use morning sun and dig to keep yourself alive while they take ongoing poison damage, then you use fire fang for those stupid steel types that I love.

answered Oct 11, 2014 by atari360
edited Oct 11, 2014 by AreWeFreshYet?
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Arcanine M "Faculae"; Fire; Flash Fire; Jolly; Life Orb;

Approx. Stats at Level 50:
Atk = 150
Def = 95
Sp. Atk = 110
Sp. Def = 90
Spd = 130

Sunny Day
= Used on the First turn for later moves. Also to cut the damage of weakness Water type attacks

Flare Blitz = Main STAB Attack move. With Sunny Day under effect plus Life Orb's benifit, its power will increase to a point even Pokemon with a type advantage will be cut to critical health

Morning Sun = w/ Sunny Day under effect, Its Hp will be recovered tremendously and to heal up after a Flare Blitz or Life Orb's HP drain

Close Combat = Can be used to knock-out rock types or trying to avoid self damage form Flare Blitz

answered May 13, 2012 by Pyronapalm
Well, what about chandelure. There's this one's weakness.
And that's the beauty with being able to have multiple pokemon.
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This is how I'd go about Arcanine's moveset.

Evs: 252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 Hp
Jolly(for a super-fast arcanine)/ Adamant (sweeper)
Lum Berry- in case of that electrivire static
Ability- intimidate

Flame charge- increase in speed EVERY time
Wild charge- Coverage
Bulldoze- decrease opposition's speed EVERY time
ExtremeSpeed- Priority +2


If you're into fast-paced movesets, then go with this!
Get him started with flame charge- it will keep him on top of the speed chain
Then have him use bulldoze to decrease their speed.
Add in ExtremeSpeed to give him an extremely high chance of hitting first
Wild charge foe coverage(can be replaced with thunder fang, but not as reliable.)
If you want to have him as a phisical sweeper, then go for a different moveset.

answered Oct 29, 2012 by SolarBoy123
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Arcanine(Persim Berry)
Ability: Intimidate
Nature: Jolly(+Spe -SAtk)
252 Atk/252 Spe/4 Hp

  • Flare Blitz
  • Outrage
  • Wild Charge
  • Extremespeed
answered Jan 2, 2013 by TurtwigGen4
0 votes

Arcanine is awesome! he is like a replica of my own dog dusy. for him I would do

  • fire fang/overheat(stab flare blitz works too but this is what mine knows)
  • wild charge(covers water)
  • iron tail(covers rock)
  • outrage/extreme speed(power and extreme speed has priority)
    feel free to make any changes. also move set works with shell bell.
answered Jan 17, 2013 by samurisceptile
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Arcanine @ Leftovers

Ability: Flash Fire

Nature: Adamant (+Attack, -Sp. Atk.)

-Sunny Day (Water power decreases, Solar Beam will charge and attack in one turn)

-Solar Beam (Coverage for Waters, Grounds and Rocks)

-Dig (Coverage for Rocks)

-Flamethrower (STAB, very good power combined with Sunny Day)

Although this canine has low defenses, Leftovers will help it.

answered Mar 8, 2013 by VladyAndSamurott
Adamant lowers the power of 2/3 of his attacks.
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Arcanine has good offensive EVs, and its Spd is awesome. Things like Crobat and Archeops can outspeed it, so these are the moves that I use for a Defensive-ish Arcanine.

Item: Leftovers
Ability: Justified/ Flash-Fire- Good Abilities, but choose the latter if a DreamWorld Arcanine/Growlithe is unavailable.

Flamethrower: It's Flamethrower. Use Flare Blitz as a physical alternative.

Extreme Speed: Common on most Arcanines, use this if you need to outspeed, or for a quick KO.

Morning Sun: Healing

Howl/ Sunny Day: Howl raises Atk, so it's good for physical Arcanines, while Sunny Day powers up Fire moves and makes Morning Sun heal more.

This is defensive-ish because of Morning Sun, and works well on Sun teams if you hav Sunny Day. Hope I help'd!

answered Mar 14, 2013 by PokeFanAwesome