Blaziken’s Community Day exclusive move was announced as Blast Burn. However, there’s more than that, because kicking in on Community Day and going forward, it will also be able to get Blaze Kick via TM!

We already know how good Blast Burn is, but Blaze Kick is a new move, and its stats were just added to the game data. Is it good, though? Let’s find out.

Note: The stats of Blaze Kick in this analysis are up to date. Its base power went down from 50 to 45 in the GAME_MASTER file.

Pokemon GO BlazikenBlazikenFire Fighting
Stats
ATK 240 DEF 141 HP 190
Weak To Super Effective Against (w/ STAB)
Flying Ground Psychic Water Grass Bug Ice Steel Normal Dark Rock

Blaziken’s Best Moveset

Following my previous meta-analyses, you’d be expecting a table below where I show which is Blaziken’s best moveset for PvE and PvP. However, this time, it will be a little bit different, due to the fact that Blaziken can be used for very different purposes.

Blaziken is a fire and fighting-type. Although it can learn non-STAB moves, its main purpose is to use STAB moves.

Move-Type Strong Against
Fire Grass Bug Ice Steel
Fighting Normal Dark Ice Steel Rock

As you can see, both types deal super effective damage against ice and steel types. Since Blaziken’s best charge moves are Blast Burn and Blaze Kick, it will perform as a top-tier attacker against grass, bug, ice and steel types, and against ice and steel specifically we will analyze whether using Counter instead of Fire Spin is a better option, as both types are weak to both fire and fighting type moves.

Blaziken’s movepool is quite large. Blaziken can have Counter and Fire Spin as fast moves, and Overheat, Brave Bird, Focus Blast, Blaze Kick, Blast Burn (CD exclusive move) and Stone Edge (legacy move) as charge moves. Let’s analyze each move individually and decide which moveset to use for each purpose in the end.

  • Counter: Great fast move for both PvE and PvP. Slightly better than Fire Spin against ice and steel types.
  • Fire Spin: Good fast move for PvE. Slightly worse than Counter, but it can be used against grass, bug, ice and steel types.
  • Overheat: Decent charge move for PvE. It’s worse than Blast Burn and Blaze Kick, though.
  • Brave Bird: Coverage move, not the best of its type.
  • Focus Blast: Blaziken’s only fighting-type charge move. Decent if you want to use it as a fighting-type attacker, but there are better options such as Dynamic Punch Machamp.
  • Blaze Kick: Very Good charge move for PvE (and decent for PvP). Its base damage might seem low, but its low energy requirement and crazy fast cooldown will make it a very energy-efficient charge move. The move is pretty good by itself, and although it’s still below Blast Burn’s performance, it can be used right before fainting if you don’t have enough energy to use Blast Burn.
  • Blast Burn: Blaziken’s Exclusive CD move, and it’s amazing too! Stats-wise, Blast Burn is the best charge move Blaziken can learn. Combining it with Blaze Kick, it could also be a viable option if you don’t mind spending some stardust.
  • Stone Edge: It became a legacy move the second day Blaziken was released, but it’s just a collector’s piece that adds type coverage.

So what’s the final verdict? (PvE only)

Fast Move Charge Move 2nd charge move (?) Against
Counter Fighting Blast Burn Fire Blaze Kick Fire Ice Steel
Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire Blaze Kick Fire Grass Bug
Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting Normal Dark  Rock


Against ice and Steel-types, Counter is slightly better than Fire Spin. If you don’t want to use Fast TMs constantly, you could also just use Fire Spin. Against grass & bug types, Counter is not super effective, and the only viable option would be to use Fire Spin.

Unlocking a 2nd Charge Move for Blaziken “only” costs 10k Stardust, but it’s not really necessary. Blaze Kick is a great charge move, true, but you will probably use it only when you’re about to faint, and you don’t have enough energy to use Blast Burn, which is a superior move. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the extra 10k Stardust to unlock. If you already have a Blaziken that will never be able to learn Blast Burn, definitely give it Blaze Kick, you won’t regret it!

As a fighting-type attacker, it’s pretty decent, but there are better options, such as Machamp or Breloom.

Blaziken in the Raid Meta

Blast Burn Blaziken has the highest fire-type DPS in the game as of now. However, its defensive stats are not that great. The best way to analyze where it stands in the meta is by running some battle simulations (as always, using Pokebattler), so let’s see how it performs. Since the main goal of the following comparisons is to showcase how Blaziken compares to other Fire-type Pokémon, non-fire-type Pokémon will not be shown unless their performance is close to (or above) Moltres’ or Blaziken’s.

Vs. Grass-types

Grass-types are weak to Flying, Poison, Bug, Ice, and Fire-type attacks. Thus, you’d expect to see strong raid attackers with powerful moves from those types in most raids against grass-type raid bosses. There are not many grass-type raid bosses to provide a fair scenario, and most of them have a 2nd typing. That’s why Shaymin-Land was chosen, although it will probably not come as a raid boss due to the fact that it’s a mythical Pokémon.

Raid Boss Tier Fast Move Charge Move Weather boost Friends boost Dodging strat
Pokemon GO Shaymin (Land)Shaymin (Land)Grass 5 Hidden Power (averaged) Grass Knot Grass No Best No dodging


Estimator from Pokebattler for Shaymin-Land

Shaymin-Land TTW vs. TDO GraphAs you can see, against Grass-type Pokémon Sky Attack Moltres performs really well. It’s also important to mention that against Grass-type Pokémon with STAB moves, Moltres and Charizard have a better type combination than Blaziken because they are flying-types and double resist Grass-type moves. Furthermore, Blaziken is a glass cannon due to its average defensive stats. These are the main reasons why the difference in TDO is that big, if you were wondering.

Let’s get this straight, Blaziken does have the highest fire-type DPS in the game as of now. However, its defensive stats hinder its performance significantly. Having the highest DPS in the game does not mean that you will be the king of the meta, as you can see in the graph. True, its Time-to-Win is very good, but the difference in the number of projected deaths is significant enough to mention it. That’s why Estimator is usually a better metric to check when running simulations on Pokebattler. And don’t forget that against grass and bug-types, Sky Attack Moltres’ performance is amazing, and Blaziken can’t top that.

Blaziken has a very decent attack stat, but in this particular battle, it faints 26 times whereas Sky Attack Moltres faints 13 times. As said, Blaziken’s defensive stats hinder its performance significantly, but it is still a very good counter nonetheless. Sky Attack is a legacy Move for Moltres and powering it up will probably require more valuable resources such as rare candies, so keep that in mind.

Overheat Moltres is a bit worse than Sky Attack Moltres and Heatran is the extremely tanky option (with less DPS) as it also double resists Grass-type moves.

Vs. Bug-types

Bug-types are weak to Flying, Fire, and Rock-type attacks. Needless to say, how hard it is to find a powerful bug-type raid boss? Furthermore, most of them have double typings (for example, Scizor has a double weakness to fire, Scyther has a double weakness to Rock-type moves, Heracross has a double weakness to Flying-type moves…), and it is difficult to show a fair scenario. Thus, a hypothetical Tier 5 Pinsir has been considered.

Raid Boss Tier Fast Move Charge Move Weather boost Friends boost Dodging strat
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsirBug “5” Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug No Best No dodging

Estimator against hypothetical T5 Pinsir raid graph using Pokebattler

TTW vs. TDO against Pinsir graphResults are similar to the ones above. Sky Attack Moltres is the #1 option for this fight, yet again, as you can see in the graphs. This time, however, both Blaziken and the fire/flying-types double resist Bug-type moves, and therefore, the difference in TDO won’t be as significant as before.

In an ideal scenario with endless HP, Rampardos would be the best option for this fight by far due to its supreme-tier attack stat (and its great moveset). However, defensive stats come into play, and although its performance is still very good, the number of faints and times you will need to relobby are significant enough for you to consider other options.

Due to the fact that Blaziken (like Moltres and Charizard) double resists Bug-type moves, the projected number of deaths is significantly lower than in previous scenarios, and its performance is very good. If you know how to dodge effectively and make use of your energy wisely, Blast Burn Blaziken’s performance could be close to Sky Attack Moltres’!

Vs. Ice and Steel-types

Against ice and Steel-types, Blaziken can use Counter instead of Fire Spin, but it will perform really well with both. Specific counters might vary a little bit (for example, Meteor Mash Metagross performs really well against ice-types) but the key part of the analysis will be to see how Blaziken performs against the other powerful Fire-types, now that Sky Attack Moltres is outperformed by its Overheat variant (Sky Attack does not deal super effective damage in these scenarios).

Raid Boss Tier Fast Move Charge Move Weather boost Friends boost Dodging strat
Pokemon GO RegiceRegiceIce 5 Averaged Averaged No Best No dodging
Pokemon GO RegisteelRegisteelSteel 5 Averaged Averaged No Best No dodging

Estimator vs. Regice Pokebattler Graph

TTW vs. TDO Regice Raid Graph from PokebattlerAlright, here’s where things get interesting. Let’s start with Regice. Sky Attack Moltres is no longer a viable option as it doesn’t deal super effective damage; thus, its Overheat variant will be considered.

Overall, Meteor Mash Metagross is the #1 choice against Regice. It will suffer a bit against Earthquake, but even then, its performance is top-tier if you know how to time your dodges. Rampardos is a very strong option but its very squishy and should probably be avoided if Regice has Focus Blast (and perhaps even Earthquake).

Against Blizzard, Blast Burn Blaziken is better than Moltres. And against Focus Blast, their performance is very close. However, Blaziken has nothing to do against Earthquake (because Moltres resists it while Blaziken takes super effective damage). If you’re a dodge master (dodging Earthquake is not that difficult anyway), Blaziken can put up a fight and challenge Moltres, though!

Estimator against Registeel using Pokebattler

TTW vs. TDO against Registeel using PokebattlerAnd now, Registeel. Moltres and Blaziken are the best choices for this raid, and Machamp as a fighting-type representative is very good too. With good RNG and well-timed dodges, Blast Burn Blaziken’s performance is top-tier and on par with Moltres’. The additional bulk of Moltres makes up for its slightly lower DPS when compared to Blaziken, and that’s why usually Moltres is on top.

But don’t forget that results and rankings can vary by moveset and raid boss, as it was described with Regice above. Simulators are not yet ready to test the Blast Burn + Blaze Kick Blaziken combo (to reduce energy waste), but its performance against ice and steel-types would probably be on par with Overheat Moltres. All in all, Blaziken is an awesome attacker for sure!

Blaziken in PvP

Blaziken is now a decent option to use in PvP. It’s not a meta-dominant Pokémon but the addition of Blast Burn and Blaze Kick to its movepool are definitely an upgrade to its prior performance, and it can now have its niche use in some restricted cups. Blast Burn is a very powerful charge move with a 50 energy requirement and 110 base power (2.20 DPE). Blaze Kick has the same stats as Fire Punch, a decent charge move to bait shields (55 base power, 40 energy, 1.38 DPE). As you can see, not amazing, but definitely usable.

If you want to use Blaziken in PvP, its best moveset is Counter and Blast Burn + Blaze Kick. Although it might seem a little bit redundant to have two charge moves of the same type, it gives more flexibility due to the fact that Blast Burn requires 50 energy to fire off and Blaziken is not very bulky. Other coverage options are possible too, but none of its other available charge moves are going to be very useful either.

Conclusion

  • Blast Burn Blaziken has now the highest fire-type DPS in the game and can be considered as a great raid attacker.
  • Its PvE performance is on par with Overheat Moltres in plenty of scenarios. The additional bulk of Moltres makes up for its slightly lower DPS, but results and rankings might vary by moveset and raid boss. Good RNG and well-timed dodges could help to even out their performances.
  • In raids, Blast Burn Blaziken is a top-tier attacker against ice and Steel-types and a very good one against grass and bug-types too (where Sky Attack Moltres shines). You can check the raid simulations above for further details.
  • Blaziken is by far less resource-expensive to power up and use. You can easily get a lucky one, and you won’t probably need rare candies to power it up and teaching it a 2nd charge move will cost you “only” 10k Stardust (compared to the 100k needed for Moltres).
  • After the Blaze Kick nerf (50 –> 45 DMG), teaching Blaziken a 2nd charge move is not really worth the dust, as you will only use it if your Blaziken is about to faint and you don’t have enough energy to use Blast Burn. If you couldn’t get a Blast Burn Blaziken or if you had already evolved a Combusken before Torchic’s CD was announced, Blaziken’s Blaze Kick variant is pretty good too!
  • Blaziken is a decent Pokémon in PvP now and could have some niche use in certain cups. It’s not a meta-dominant Pokémon, but the addition of Blast Burn and Blaze Kick to its movepool are definitely an upgrade to its prior performance. Blast Burn is a very powerful charge move whereas Blaze Kick is the move to use if you want to burn your opponent’s shields or fire off a charge move before fainting (because of its lower energy requirement).