Using Charizard as a Competitive Pokémon in "Pokémon X and Y"

Updated on September 12, 2019
Danny Saya profile image

Danny loves gaming and is currently in the process of writing a comic.

Competitive Battling With Charizard in "Pokémon X and Y"

When Charizard was first introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue he instantly became one of the most popular and iconic Pokémon of all time, second only to Pikachu. A lot of people claim that Charizard if the best of the starters (the others being Bulbasaur and Squirtle), but when it comes to the competitive aspect of Pokémon, Charizard has shown time and again that the metagame is too much for the beloved fire-lizard.

However, with the release of Pokémon X and Y, and the introduction of mega-evolutions Charizard has been given a second chance in the form(s) of two mega-evolutions, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Today we'll be looking at how to finally make Charizard the fighting force we all want him to be.

Mega Charizard X
Mega Charizard X | Source
Mega Charizard Y
Mega Charizard Y | Source

Charizard's New Toys

Charizard now has two new mega-evolutions: Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y—with each one being very different.

Mega Charizard X:

Mega Charizard X changes Charizard into a Fire/Dragon Pokémon, something fans have wanted for a very long time, this form also gives Charizard the ability Tough Claws, which boosts the power of physical contact moves by about 30%.

HP: 78

Attack: 130

Defense: 110

Special Attack: 130

Special Defense: 85

Speed: 100

Unfortunately, none of Charizard's new forms give it an increase in speed, however, all of its other stats are boosted and it boasts two very impressive attacking stats. 110 defense is nothing to laugh at either. This form can excel at mixed attacking and wall breaking.

Mega Charizard Y:

Mega Charizard Y keeps the original Fire/Flying Type, which is more of a burden than a blessing but gets the ability drought, which as of Generation 6 only lasts five turns, rather than being permanent.

HP: 78

Attack: 104

Defense: 78

Special Attack: 159

Special Defense: 115

Speed: 100

Although its Special Attack stat and its ability tell the tale of a powerful special sweeper, Charizard's Typing, speed, and lackluster movepool say otherwise. That's not to say that this Pokémon is bad, as with the proper team support it can still be devastating.


Movesets to Consider

Mega Charizard X

EVs: 252 Attack/252 Speed

Nature: Jolly

Item: Charizardite X


  • Dragon Dance
  • Dragon Claw
  • Flare Blitz
  • Earthquake

This is a classic sweeping set commonly seen on Pokémon like Salamence, Dragonite, and Garchomp. Maximizing Charizard's speed ensures that it can outspeed Pokemon like Gengar and Starmie after one Dragon Dance. Dragon Claw is a better option than Outrage because it does not lock you onto one move and it gets a Tough Claws boost, making it about 104 base power. Azumarill is a Pokemon to watch out for as its Fairy STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) moves hit Charizard super effectively and even an Earthquake after one Dragon Dance only deals around 50%-55%.

One major drawback to this set, however, is the amount of recoil damage Charizard takes from Flare Blitz. Having Dragon Claw and Earthquake for coverage alleviate this to an extent as Earthquake kills Pokémon like Klefki after a Dragon Dance and kills Aegislash after two Dances, although Flare Blitz is the better alternative for Aegislash. If you're familiar with Dragon-Type Pokemon or Physical sweepers, in general, you should have no problem using this set to its fullest potential. If not, playing conservatively and waiting until mid to late game to bring in Charizard would be a wise decision.


Mega Charizard Y

EVs: 252 Special Attack/252 Speed

Nature: Timid

Item: Charizardite Y


  • Fire Blast/Flamethrower
  • Solarbeam
  • Air slash
  • Hidden Power Ice

Charizard has the rotten luck of having a severely limited movepool in terms of special attacks. Other than the four moves above it doesn't have many strong special attacks. Focus Blast is no longer an option due to having low accuracy and Solarbeam giving Charizard great coverage and something to hit Water, Rock and Ground types with. This gives Charizard lots of staying power as more Pokemon now fear switching into a Solarbeam or even worse, a Sun boosted Flamethrower or Fire Blast (which is arguably a worse option due to its lower accuracy). Pokemon like Greninja and Azumarill can be very threatening though, because they carry moves like Aqua Jet and Water Shuriken.

Charizard's base 159 Special Attack is amazing and although it's two STAB moves don't have the best coverage, it makes up for that with the ability to spam Solarbeam upon entry, only Groudon shares that ability and Charizard Y can do it much better.

This Pokemon benefits from having utility teammates such as Tentacruel and Gliscor. However, a Rapid Spinner is a MUST in order to use any Charizard effectively. Ideally, Charizard should steer clear of the battlefield until Stealth Rocks have been removed.

Possible Teammates

Tentacruel is a fantastic Teammate for Charizard
Tentacruel is a fantastic Teammate for Charizard | Source
Excadrill is another good choice for a team
Excadrill is another good choice for a team | Source
Starmie is an obvious choice for many teams, and is a valuable asset to Charizard.
Starmie is an obvious choice for many teams, and is a valuable asset to Charizard. | Source

Your Team Needs to Be Spin City

The above Pokémon all have one thing in common: Rapid Spin. If you are going to use Charizard then you absolutely need to have a Pokemon with Rapid Spin on your team. Not only is Rapid Spin useful for getting rid of entry hazards, but it also ensures that Charizard does not lose 50% of its HP when it enters battle due to Stealth Rock damage. That's right, if Stealth Rocks are present (and it's very likely that they will be) when Charizard is sent out, it will lose half of its health. This means that it can't switch in more than once, if at all. This also means that whatever move Charizard switches into could potentially KO it.

It is essential that Stealth Rock is removed before Charizard enters battle to make sure you get the most out of it. Pokemon like Tentacruel, Excadrill, and Starmie do this very well and can even deal damage and scare off and eliminate some of Charizard's threats.

Charizard X Sweep

Reader Poll

Which Pokémon Should I cover Next?

See results

Charizard in Action

Now it's time to see what Charizard can do in battle. This video shows just how scary Mega Charizard X can be even against some very powerful Pokémon.

Sadly, there isn't much evidence to support Charizard Y at the moment, so it's up to you to put him to good use so we can all see just how strong he really is!


Charizard has come a long way, from being everyone's favorite starter Pokemon to one of the worst competitive Pokémon of all time. This new generation has given Charizard a whole new world of possibilities and now all signs point to Charizard having a secure place in the metagame. It's great to see that a lot of long-time fans of Charizard will finally be able to successfully use one of their favorite Pokémon.

That's the end of this analysis, but it's only the beginning. I plan to look at a lot of underrated or underutilized Pokémon, mostly very popular Pokémon who just can't easily compete, and teaching people how to make the most out of them in the highest competitive tiers. I'll leave it up to you guys to decide which Pokémon I cover next. If you think I missed anything or you have a suggestion for an even better way to play Charizard, let me know in the comments below!

Questions & Answers


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • profile image


        11 days ago

        I love fire type pokemon especially charizard

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        Actually I forgot you can switch it up based on ivs never mind lol XD

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        Charizard Y's Hidden Power is psychic not ice. Just sayin'.

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        Charizard Y has higher Special Attack* my bad

      • profile image


        5 years ago

        Charizard X is so overpowered. Y is nowhere near as strong as charizard X. Y is a lot faster though, and has hiher special defense but i still like X better... do bad i got Y... I TAKE THAT BACK Mega Aggron And Mega Mewtwo Y are freakin awesome

      • profile image

        Imma turtle 

        5 years ago

        Fire types resist fairy so therefore charizard x takes normal damage from fairy type attack moves just to clarify

        The thoughts and ideas i read were great now i have new movesets to consider thx

      • profile image


        6 years ago

        Your Megazard Y set is all wrong!

        you don't need air slash, better go on focus blast, you don't need hiden ice, better go Roost...

        player whit 2100+ points on Smoogon, and 90% + winration...

        Megazard Y is very solid. A very good pokemon in the correct team...

        put it togheter whit Tyranitar, excandrill, garchomp, aegis and Rottom W, you will see amazing things...

      • Danny Saya profile imageAUTHOR

        Danny Saya 

        6 years ago from Berkeley

        @Matt I think they're great for some Pokemon, like Charizard and Mawile, but others, like Gengar and Alakazam don't really need it, or can do just as well with a life orb. I really like the addition of Mega evolutions, I think it adds an element of surprise to the game!

      • MattWritesStuff profile image

        Matt Bird 

        6 years ago from Canada

        Good article. I've seen firsthand the damage these things can do with Drought activated. Solar Beam is particularly annoying on Y. I've been prepping a Cloud Nine user to deal with the overabundance of Charizards; hopefully it'll make coming battles a bit easier.

        What's your opinion on Mega Evolutions, while I'm here? I can't decide if they're overpowered or just plain fun. I'm leaning more towards the former, since they seem to be making a lot of online players rather lazy, but for some pokemon - like, say, Mawile - Mega Evolutions seem kinda necessary.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)