PokéBase - Pokémon Q&A
5 votes

If you have a good competitive moveset for Volcarona, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

Be sure to include full set details in your post, e.g. items, abilities, natures and EVs. Some detail, including the intended game mode for your set, is also appreciated. Access the full list of guidelines here.

Volcarona Pokédex and learnset for reference.


edited by
Likely tier: Overused
I think it will be Underused. Even though Stealth Rock is not a TM it'll still be popular. It's a killer for Urugamosu, just like Charizard.
Ho-oh is an Uber.
What are you talking about?
@The Killer Lucario, I think trachy was making the retort of Ho-oh being Uber despite it's similarly 4x weakness to Stealth Rock, of which Pokemaster was saying would make Volcarona Underused. Just clarifying.
Volcarona is OU.

34 Answers

7 votes

A very interesting Pokemon, seems like it would be legendary in all accounts if it wasn't for that pre-evolution. Easily a very powerful and very dangerous foe. That x4 weakness to Rock doesn't seem like it would be a problem.

Ability: Swarm

EVs: Defense (it is needed to allow it to survive), Sp Attack, Speed

Nature: Bold

Fire Dance/Flamethrower: While not as powerful as Flamethrower, it soon will be with a 50% chance of raising Sp Attack. Flamethrower is there for power. I suggest Flamethrower, but it depends on opinion.

Bug Buzz: Of course this move. It is the most powerful special bug move in the game.

Whirlwind: In case you don't think you can take down the opponent, get rid of them with this.

Quiver Dance: Makes this a force to be reckoned with after only one use.

edited by
try heat wave on him more power
Heat-wave is not that much more powerful and has lower acc. Fiery-dance is great because it has perfect acc plus a chance to boost S.attack. Even Flamethrower is better than Heat-wave, because of its perfect acc and only 5 less base power.
Is butterfly dance quiver dance?
Yes, it was the English-translated Japanese name.
wait but i dnt get it why not consider attacks such as solar beam which can destroy and **** things up
also i wanted to ask about how much ev on defense should we put
@ed guessing 252 defense, 252 sp.attack and 4 speed.
Great moveset, though I kinda prefer this one.
-Fiery Dance
-Heat Wave
-Bug Buzz
-Quiver Dance
This moveset hasn't failed me yet. Hope it helps.
7 votes

Flamethrower- Flamethrower is also useful for power and reliability.

Bug buzz- Good STAB power

Hidden power [Grass]- Covers water and rock weakness with one move. You can also make it effective against flying types if they give you more trouble.

Quiver Dance/Will o wisp-Seriously. What's the point in making this thing able to learn calm mind when it can learn this? If you don't think it can survive very long, will o wisp can be used to cut defenses, giving it more coverage.

FUN FACT: For some reason, this thing can learn magnet rise.

edited by
LOL. Volcarona uses Magnet Rise? O_o
In B2W2, it can learn Giga Drain.
it also is (together with larvesta of course) the only poke that can die in one hit from entry hazards (stealth rock + 3 layers of spikes)
XD! Volcarona with magnet rise!?!?!?!?!?!
Since Pokemon OR/AS has a tutor with giga drain: replace hidden power grass with giga drain.
5 votes

© Josh Epps ( J98 ) ( Myself, you know )
Ulgamoth (F) @ Leftovers

Role: Rain Sweeper

Trait: Flame Body

EVs: 252 SAtk / 96 SDef / 160 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Hurricane
  • Quiver Dance
  • Bug Buzz
  • Hidden Power [Water]

I love Rain.

Hurricane has 100% Accuracy in the rain, and is great coverage agaisn't annoying fighting types with Stone Edge, Rock Slide, Etc.

Quiver Dance is a must on this Behemoth unless you're going on a choice Route, and Bug Buzz Provides Amazing STAB.

And HP Water gets boosted in the rain.

edited by
Wth? Why would you waste Volcarona's amazing Fire power with Rain? That's a horrible moveset...honestly dude.
volcarona is good in the rain...
My favorite set
This is my current rain sweeper in ORAS OU. +1.
3 votes

Volcarona (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Flame Body
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Fiery Dance
  • Quiver Dance
  • Bug Buzz
  • Giga Drain
I use this set too, i think this is perfect, cover all weakness and excellent dame dealer
How do you make pictures
it might die from physical moves while you are setting up your quiver dances
Same set I use but I use a Big Root for more healing with Giga Drain. +1 vote :)
2 votes

Ok this is Currently my fav pokemon, and its one of the best special sweepers (at least for me)

Volcarona @ Focus Sash

Ability : Flame body ( Its good for its low defenses, it may stop physical pokes)

Evs : 252 Sp Attack / 128 Sp Def / 128 Speed


  • Bug Buzz, this ones a must in this pokemon, it gets STAB, and has great power and accuracy
  • Fire Dance, i prefer this over heat wave or flamethrower, because of the chance of getting you special attack up, to make Volcarona even more powerful
  • Quiver Dance, Great setup move, ups 3 stats.

And for the final move, heres some suggestions

  • Hurricane, Great power, Chance to confuse, just bad accuracy
  • Psychic, Nice coverage, and reliable move
  • Morning Sun ( egg move ) , good for recovering after some quiver dances
  • Hidden Power ( Rock ) I found this to be the most useful, because it deals decent damage to heatrans, and can take those pesky flying dragons
  • Hidden Power ( Ice ) You will get dragons now, but no heatran coverage
  • Hidden Power ( Fighting ) Coverage against rock
edited by
I like to use Psychic; Considering all the fighting types that can use Stone Edge. Morning Sun is good for healing off Stealth Rock damage on Sun teams.
ummm y would you use a 8 pp max move while you can just use roost instead of morning sun for max 16 pp
i know i'm telling 3,5 years later, but rikjansen1512, morning sun heals 66% on sun
2 votes

Choice Scarf Volcarona

Pretty much every Volcarona you have ever seen is a Quiver Dance Volcarona. I'm not about to sit here and tell you that Quiver Dance Volcarona is bad, as it is extremely deadly. However, something very few people will be expecting is a scarfed Volcarona. With a base special attack stat of 135, this moth can pack a punch, even without a Quiver Dance boost, and Fiery Dance can provide a SAtk boost should you use it. Base 100 speed is more than enough to pull off an effective scarf set, and Volcarona has great coverage to go with his stellar stats, as well as the ability to switch in on a slew of moves it resists, and it's quite bulky on the special side. It has the ability to operate in Sun and Rain, and it can operate in Sand although it is not recomended. With Rapid Spin support, the Stealth Rocks that bog Volcarona down can be kept away, allowing Volcarona to switch in and out as often as it wants too.

enter image description here
Volcarona @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Flame Body
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 SAtk
Timid Nature
- Fiery Dance/Fire Blast/Hurricane
- Bug Buzz
- Hidden Power [Ground]
- Giga Drain

WOW! --
Ben...this is amazing..;-; Non-Quiver Dance, Scarfed Volcarona...It's a beautiful set..
xD (filler)
u said SAtk twice...
Fun set! I think you meant to say... SPEED instead of the 2nd Sp Attack for EV's strategy.
I dont reccomend using HP Ground on Volcarona replace it with Hurricane ( Just an Oppinion)
1 vote

Volcarona (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Swarm
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Bug Buzz
- Fiery Dance
- Quiver Dance
- Hidden Power [Ice]

While this set is good, I prefer max HP on Volca to provide enough bulk to set up a Q-Dance. SAtk can always be boosted, especially with Fiery Dance.
Ilike to OHKO resisting Pokemon. :3
That's cool, also something this beast does well.
1 vote

this is a really good pokemon. i do not consider it a legendary, so i have no problem using it in my team

ability: flame body


psychic---helps with more coverage, without it you could have trouble against rock

bug buzz---STAB

fiery dance---great move and has 50% of powering up the rest of your moves

hurricane---more coverage and chance to confuse

0 votes

Nature:modest evs defense
bug buzz
fiery dance/flamethrower

0 votes

Nature +SP.ATK -Attack

Item: Life orb, this guy won't stay alive long, and stealth rocks will murder it. So deal as much damage as you can.

Fiery Dance: Signature, STAB, 50% boost
Bug buzz: Great bug move, STAB
Heat wave/Psychic
Quiver dance

0 votes

For Volcorana
Quiver Dance-helps so much by raising stats
Fireiy Dance-has a 50% chance to raise special attack and good power
Hurricane-amazing power and has a chance of confusing the opponent
Bug Buzz-only good bug move that he/she can learn and good power

0 votes

Volcarona (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Flame Body
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SpA, -Atk)

Heat wave
Giga drain
Quiver dance

Awesome Pokemon!!

0 votes

How about Sunny Day Volcarona?

Ability: Swarm
Nature: Modest
Item: Heat Rock

Sunny Day: Good for Solarbeam, Fiery Dance
Solarbeam: Good with Sunny Day, coverage
Fiery Dance: Do I really need to explain this?
Bug Buzz/Quiver Dance: Bug Buzz for Swarm, Quiver Dance for boosting your stats even more

0 votes

A really good moveset in my opinion. Any disagreements? c:

Volcarona ~

  • Sunny Day (powers up Fire moves and Solarbeam)
  • Solar Beam (coverage against weaknesses, powerful move)
  • Quiver Dance (raises valuable stats)
  • Flamethrower (STAB)
0 votes

Volcarona (F) @ Levtovers
Trait: Flame body
Bold Nature (-Att +Def)

-Quiver Dance
-Bug Buzz

0 votes

Hmmm, lets see monstrous Special attack and special defence and decent speed, try this

EVs: 252SpecAtk/128def./124speed
Trait: Swarm @Life orb
role: Brawler, nature: Modest
Bug Buzz- Duh, High power goes well with volcarona's high SpAtk and STAB
Flamethrower/ fire dance- honestly i'd go with flamethrower, since the chance of your SpAtk rising isn't 100%
Giga drain- Helps so much! Coverage against rock and water and also regains extra damage from the life orb! it can be taught this move via tutor in Pokemon black2/white2
Quiver dance- Typical, am I right? Boosts SpAtk and SpDef as well as speed, after this you'll be brawling for sure!
Hope I helped!

0 votes

Volcarona (female)
@wide lens
Sp.atk and Spd EV's

Heat Wave - STAB, powerful and a chance to burn.
Hurricane - Very powerful and a chance to confuse opponent.
Bug Buzz - STAB, powerful and a chance to lower Sp.def.
Giga Drain - Good power, coverage and health restore.

Okay so this set for Volcarona is pretty good, especially due to its amazing Sp.atk stat, and volcarona also has impressive speed and Sp.def stats, truly a powerhouse, giga drain covers two of volcaronas weaknesses especially rock, plus most fighting Pokemon can use rock attacks, so hurricane is an extra precaution, especially since volcaronas defense stat is average, so this set covers all weaknesses except flying, which is okay because you could probably knock it out in a shot, or at least severely damage it with heat wave, rock attacks are the main thing to watch out for, especially since most of them deal physical damage. Swarm helps boost bug buzz, making this Pokemon a sweeper of note, especially with its back against a wall, a very good addition to your party, and an unstoppable one if EV trained correctly, please note that it is female to counter act Pokemon who use attract, as most female Pokemon users equip them with attract, also wide lens covers the accuracy gap in heat wave and improve the accuracy gap in hurricane (please know that hurricane receives full accuracy in rain, 50% accuracy in harsh sunlight and is capable of hitting Pokemon using fly or bonce in its invulnerable stages).

P.S if you are worried about the flying weakness, you can replace hurricane with hidden power (ice, rock, or electricity) or alternatively, replace giga drain or hurricane with quiver dance, it raises speed sp.atk and sp.def all in one go, volcaronas best three stats.

0 votes

1.Heat Wave
2.Bug Buzz
4.Fiery Dance

These moves are what I taught him/her and he/she won every battle I faced!
btw train it by beating elite 4 a lot

0 votes

Volcarona is hands down my favorite bug type and fire type with high special attack and defense and not bad speed it can be hard to kill

EV's in special attack and speed

ability flame body swarm is useless that's what STAB is for

move set

fiery dance high power 100 accuracy and a 50% chance to raise special attack and 30% chance to burn it's worth it

quiver dance to raise speed special attack and defense

bug buzz for a high power STAB move but it wont work on Pokemon with soundproof so be careful of that

and psychic to deal with poison

this move set wont do much to rock types but in the long run it's worth it

old item a flame plate or insect plate either way it's a moth Pokemon that doesn't suck

0 votes

enter image description here
Volcarona moveset

Fiery Dance-Upps Sp.Akk and good power
Huricane-good power
Bug Buzz- good STAB power
Quiver Dance-upps Sp.Akk,Sp.Def and speed

When you set up this Pokemon it ill DESTROY