Volcarona, The Sun Pokémon. As it flies, it scatters its flaming scales. It was feared by ancient people, who referred to it as “the rage of the sun.” According to legends, it was hatched from a flaming cocoon to save people and Pokémon that were suffering from the cold.
Introduced in generation 5, Volcarona is a powerful Pokemon boasting great stats and a decent offensive and support movepool. However, it's pretty easy to see some of the problems Volcarona has at a quick glance, namely its typing. Bug/Fire is rough, as it means Volcarona loses half of its health switching into Stealth Rock, the easiest entry hazard to set up. Its typing also lends itself poorly to coverage, each type doesn't really cover each other or hit types that are needed. However, as with most Fire-types, Volcarona has an insanely diverse range of coverage moves, giving it a huge level of unpredictability with Z-Moves. Despite its poor physical bulk and awkward typing, Volcarona is still a powerhouse in most standard formats.
Flame Body - 30% chance to burn on contact - The better ability for Volcarona as it helps with Volcarona's low base defense with a random burn, or otherwise give a parting gift to its foe as it gets KOed by contact moves.
Volcarona's bread and butter set. Quiver Dance is the key move, boosting up Volcarona's key stats, Special Attack and Speed, allowing it to sweep. Fire Blast is the primary move of the set with very high power and overall good type. Bug Buzz is second to prevent Volcarona from being walled by Tyranitar and punishing Latios on the switch. Last slot is open to Hidden Power Ground to beat Heatran, or Psychic to not be walled by Keldeo. Psychium Z should be used if you run Psychic as it allows massive damage to Toxapex and even Heatran, while Buginium Z is a more general option for nuking power.
With Substitute to sponge up hits, Volcarona can just Quiver Dance without much fear outside of revenge killers such as Choice Scarf Latios. Consistently breaking the Substitute also pushes Volcarona into the range of Swarm, making Bug Buzz and its Z-Move Savage Spin Out, hit for some insane numbers. Fire Blast is the final move just for powerful STAB. This set demands a bit more team support however. due to its limited coverage.
Other Options and Partners
Fiery Dance - More PP, better accuracy, chance to boost Special Attack, less power. This will miss some OHKOes but the accuracy and RNG can be worth based on your team and style.
VGC, & Double Battle Options
Volcarona is a Pokemon that always manages to find a way to work in Doubles, despite having so many traits working against it. Bug/Fire is not a great typing in general for Doubles, and Volcarona's awful physical bulk doesn't help that. However, access to Quiver Dance, Tailwind, and even Rage Powder gives Volcarona many unique tools to stand out as an offensive support Pokemon. Times have gotten tough for Volcarona with the rise of Incineroar, and the likes of Tapu Fini, Landorus Therian, and Charizard being so common doesn't help. However, with its powerful Special Attack and a solid STAB spread move in Heat Wave, Volcarona has enough to ensure it's a threat. Not much has changed for Volcarona and the environment around it doesn't do it many favors, but it still manages to pull off more or less the same sets as always.
- Heat Wave
Volcarona is a fairly straightforward special attacker with solid sweeping potential. Heat Wave is the standard Fire-type STAB, hitting both foes for solid damage and functioning as a primary sweeping tool. Giga Drain grants the best coverage alongside Heat Wave, giving it a way to hit Tapu Fini and Tyranitar while also healing back some of the damage it takes. Bug Buzz doesn't help against Tapu Fini, but it provides a strong single-target STAB move that hits Incineroar neutrally. Quiver Dance is a mandatory setup move here, making it a special powerhouse that can outpace a wide range of threats after a single boost. And as always, Protect is the standard defensive tool in Doubles, which is especially useful on a sweeper that draws attention towards itself after setting it.
Flame Body allows Volcarona to punish physical attackers that pick at its weaker physical bulk, especially Fake Out users not named Incineroar. The given EV spread allows Volcarona to outspeed Adamant Choice Scarf Landorus-T after a Quiver Dance boost, while giving it as much bulk as possible. In combination with a Wiki Berry, this gives Volcarona as many opportunities as possible to set up despite its shaky physical bulk. A Modest nature is chosen for the biggest overall increase in power, even without heavy investment. If Wide Guard and spread reduction annoy you too much, Firium Z can serve as a viable alternative to function as a nuke against Steel-types that can take an unboosted Heat Wave.
Other Options & Team Ideas
- A Choice Scarf set with other coverage moves like Hidden Power Ice and Overheat can be just as effective as Quiver Dance sets, though this gives up flexibility that Volcarona normally likes to have.
Checks & Counters
Fast Scarf Users - With 100 base Speed Volcarona loses to any Choice Scarf users that have higher base Speed than 101. This includes Latios, Greninja, Garchomp, and Keldeo, though it also ties with a huge range of threats such as Salamence.
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