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With a dandy hairdo and some stylish combat skills to match, Flareon is a pokémon to envy. Though perhaps not the best of the Eeveevolutions - some might even argue that it's the worst - Flareon still has the chops to be a powerful pokémon, and with the right moveset it can fill the role of staple fire-type for any party.
- Type: Fire
- Evolution: As a member of the Eevee chain, Flareon begins life as, well, yeah. In order to turn your Eevee into a Flareon you need to give it a Fire Stone.
- Resistances: Bug, Fairy, Fire, Grass, Ice, Steel.
- Weaknesses: Ground, Rock, Water.
Please note that the recommendations below are largely made for in-game play. A Flareon in a competitive environment will likely make use of different moves to accommodate for smarter, more adaptive opponents. If your flaming pooch has a different moveset that you think superior, please share in the comments.
Flareon has the standard stat spread for an Eeveevolution, though, as always, how these stats are distributed varies. Standing on top is its Attack stat at a healthy 130, challenged only by Special Defense at 110. Special Attack is above average but not quite as good as Attack. The rest all sit at slightly below average, which, in the case of HP and Defense, can prove rather dangerous for your Flareon. Ground-type attacks like Earthquake are pretty dangerous against a Flareon, more so than other fire-types.
- Flash Fire: The user is effectively immune to fire-type attacks, and if hit by a damaging fire-type move it will instead receive a 50% damage boost to fire-type attacks. As with most Eeveevolutions, this ability largely comes into play if you can manage to switch Flareon into an impending fire-type attack. Flash Fire's not bad, but it's a little circumstantial and probably won't see much use.
- Guts: The pokémon receives a boost to its Attack if inflicted with a status ailment. Better than Flash Fire overall, as status ailments are pretty common. Guts is a hidden ability.
Flareon has received slightly more power in the newer generations thanks to a few physically-based fire-type moves that eclipse former champions like Flamethrower. Your primary weapon for Flareon will be Flare Blitz, a hearty Attack move that can devastate opponents with Flareon's high combat stats. It chips away at Flareon's kinda low health, so be ready to supplement this with Leftovers. Beyond this you'll want some moves that take advantage of that Attack stat, such as Dig (which is also good for avoiding attacks) and Return. If you want a fuller sweeper you can also toss in Shadow Ball, though it won't be terribly effective.
Perhaps wiser thank turning Flareon into a substandard sweeper is to rely on Will-O-Wisp. Keep Flare Blitz for super effective moments, then replace the other two moves with stalling tactics. Detect and Wish are good choices if you can breed them into your Flareon, and Dig will give you an extra turn while the enemy's burn eats away at its HP. You can also use Swagger to confuse and potentially cause more damage to the enemy, and the extra attack strength it grants will be somewhat offset by the detrimental effects of Will-O-Wisp's burn.
EV or Super Training
Flareon is infamous for having a poor set of stats, and you'll need to make up for this in EV training. If you plan on creating a sweeper Flareon you'll want to bury its Speed and Attack in EVs. If you want a staller that will last longer, toss a full share of 252 EVs into Defense and HP. The few you have left can go to Attack to bolster damage caused by Flare Blitz.
Catching a Flareon
Flareon evolves from Eevee, an uncommon fixture of Route 10 in Pokémon X and Y. Comb the yellow flowers and you'll stand a good chance of coming across one. That done, check out the rare stones shop in Lumiose City for a Fire Stone. Use it to evolve your Eevee into a Flareon.