PokéBase - Pokémon Q&A
1 vote

Chandelure is definitely not the best Pokemon, but has some moves that can really do damage to oppoments, it also has Energy Ball to cover Ground, Rock, and Water, so I am wondering why not many people use it.

There are better Fire Types out there, like Charizard, which is immune to ground and can also mega evolve
Charizard can't Mega Evolve in VGC.
Almost 4% of teams in Series 6 used Chandelure last month. Is that not many to you?
:P Sorry i forgot
I know it's not really the same, but it's been used in other vgc for flash fire baiting with scizor, trick room sets, and others

1 Answer

1 vote
Best answer

Yee :3

OK lemme explain.

First, Chandelure is fairly common in VGC (Series 6), with these stats:

Monthly Usage

Usage Percent

Monthly Rank

So yeah you can already tell a little bit that's it's viable from just its sheer usage stats.

In my opinion, the main reason to use Chandelure is to shut down Trick Room teams and prevent Protect. How? Imprison. With Imprison + Trick Room + Protect, it has a great niche in a Protect-filled metagame where TR team aren't that rare. Heat Wave can be used for spread damage STAB, and with Imprison it targets most Charizard and some Talonflame sets. Flash Fire allows it to switch into Charizard's Heat Wave and Talonflame's Flare Blitz, as well as Arcanine's Will-O-Wisp.

Chandelure is also a great choice for Trick Room teams, Imprisoning the opponent's Trick Room, allowing it to set Trick Room up without worrying about it being reversed.

As far as sets go, here are the the most common teammates / moves / items / abilities / EV spreads for Chandelure:

Shadow Ball GHOST 92.718%
Heat Wave FIRE 83.188%
Trick Room PSYCHIC 78.569%
Protect NORMAL 49.058%
Energy Ball GRASS 31.677%
Imprison PSYCHIC 25.565%
Burning Jealousy FIRE 14.891%
Ally Switch PSYCHIC 7.118%
Other 17.217%

Braviary NORMAL FLYING 23.084%
Clefairy FAIRY 21.804%
Corviknight FLYING STEEL 19.163%
Raichu ELECTRIC 18.584%
Terrakion ROCK FIGHTING 15.785%
Rotom-Wash ELECTRIC WATER 15.577%
Porygon-Z NORMAL 15.552%
Hatterene PSYCHIC FAIRY 14.009%
Azumarill WATER FAIRY 10.544%
Conkeldurr FIGHTING 9.300%
Toxtricity ELECTRIC POISON 8.496%
Jellicent WATER GHOST 2.893%

Focus Sash 47.694%
Colbur Berry 12.670%
Safety Goggles 12.424%
Weakness Policy 10.657%
Choice Scarf 7.096%
Life Orb 4.998%
Other 4.462%

Flash Fire 87.074%
Infiltrator 12.512%
Flame Body 0.413%

Timid 4/0/0/252/0/252 14.137%
Modest 252/0/4/68/4/180 11.043%
Modest 100/0/0/252/0/156 8.752%
Timid 0/0/0/252/4/252 5.901%
Modest 4/0/0/252/0/252 5.623%
Timid 132/0/4/204/4/164 5.315%

So, yeah. While Imprison doesn't seem to be the most common set, I feel like if your team is filled with fast sweepers, it is the best option. If you need a sweeper, maybe try Shadow Ball / Energy Ball / Heat Wave / Burning Jealousy with a Choice Scarf. Point is, the moveset depends on what your team needs.

So, yes, I would say that Chandelure is viable in VGC. It can play different roles depending on your team, and Imprison + Trick Room is a great niche, in my opinion.


Hope this helps! :)

selected by
You did your research
Good boi