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The Best Fire Type Pokémon

The top fire-type Pokémon, based on strength and notoriety in the universe

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This year Pokémon celebrates its 25th franchise anniversary. What started as a GameBoy game 25 years ago has become the 4th best-selling video game franchise of all time, with over 380 million games sold.

It has gone on to become the most valuable media franchise of all time, worth $100 billion.  Pokémon's shows and movies have grossed over $1.8 billion, while its trading cards have sold over 3.4 billion times, and have helped spark the trading cards trend, becoming the number one most traded card on sites like eBay.

All of this success is due to its characters. Whether it’s the rare Legendary Pokémon or the beloved Starter Pokémon, Pokémon have connected with audiences in a way that no other characters in anime/shows have. With 893 Pokémon in the Pokémon Universe, many characters have each made their mark. Pokémon are separated into different categories such as Generation, Region, Starter, Legendary, etc. No category though is more famous and obvious than their type. Pokémon are separated into 18 different types—such as Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Psychic, Electric, Steel, Ghost, etc. Out of all these, the Fire-type represents some of the most well-known and strong Pokémon in the universe. On the 25th anniversary, we are going to take a look at the best 25 Fire-type Pokémon.

What is a fire-type Pokémon?

First, Fire-type Pokémon are 1/3rd of the three basic starter elemental types of Pokémon: Fire, Water and Grass. As such they are one of the first types of Pokémon that players/viewers see and therefore have a special place in the Pokémon Universe.

There are 83 Fire-type Pokemon when evolutions are included. These Pokémon are listed below:

Every Fire-Type Pokémon:

Charmander iconCharmander

#004 / Fire

Charmeleon iconCharmeleon

#005 / Fire

Charizard iconCharizard

#006 / Fire · Flying

Mega Charizard X iconCharizard (Mega Charizard X)

#006 / Fire · Dragon

Mega Charizard Y iconCharizard (Mega Charizard Y)

#006 / Fire · Flying

Vulpix iconVulpix

#037 / Fire

Ninetales iconNinetales

#038 / Fire

Growlithe iconGrowlithe (Hisuian Growlithe)

#058 / Fire · Rock

Arcanine iconArcanine

#059 / Fire

Ponyta iconPonyta

#077 / Fire

Rapidash iconRapidash

#078 / Fire

Alolan Marowak iconMarowak (Alolan Marowak)

#105 / Fire · Ghost

Magmar iconMagmar

#126 / Fire

Flareon iconFlareon

#136 / Fire

Moltres iconMoltres

#146 / Fire · Flying

Cyndaquil iconCyndaquil

#155 / Fire

Quilava iconQuilava

#156 / Fire

Typhlosion iconTyphlosion

#157 / Fire

Slugma iconSlugma

#218 / Fire

Magcargo iconMagcargo

#219 / Fire · Rock

Houndour iconHoundour

#228 / Dark · Fire

Houndoom iconHoundoom

#229 / Dark · Fire

Mega Houndoom iconHoundoom (Mega Houndoom)

#229 / Dark · Fire

Magby iconMagby

#240 / Fire

Entei iconEntei

#244 / Fire

Ho-oh iconHo-oh

#250 / Fire · Flying

Torchic iconTorchic

#255 / Fire

Combusken iconCombusken

#256 / Fire · Fighting

Blaziken iconBlaziken

#257 / Fire · Fighting

Mega Blaziken iconBlaziken (Mega Blaziken)

#257 / Fire · Fighting

Numel iconNumel

#322 / Fire · Ground

Camerupt iconCamerupt

#323 / Fire · Ground

Mega Camerupt iconCamerupt (Mega Camerupt)

#323 / Fire · Ground

Torkoal iconTorkoal

#324 / Fire

Castform (Sunny Form) iconCastform (Sunny Form)

#351 / Fire

Primal Groudon iconGroudon (Primal Groudon)

#383 / Ground · Fire

Chimchar iconChimchar

#390 / Fire

Monferno iconMonferno

#391 / Fire · Fighting

Infernape iconInfernape

#392 / Fire · Fighting

Magmortar iconMagmortar

#467 / Fire

Rotom (Heat Rotom) iconRotom (Heat Rotom)

#479 / Electric · Fire

Heatran iconHeatran

#485 / Fire · Steel

Victini iconVictini

#494 / Psychic · Fire

Tepig iconTepig

#498 / Fire

Pignite iconPignite

#499 / Fire · Fighting

Emboar iconEmboar

#500 / Fire · Fighting

Pansear iconPansear

#513 / Fire

Simisear iconSimisear

#514 / Fire

Darumaka iconDarumaka

#554 / Fire

Darmanitan (Standard Mode) iconDarmanitan (Standard Mode)

#555 / Fire

Darmanitan (Zen Mode) iconDarmanitan (Zen Mode)

#555 / Fire · Psychic

Darmanitan (Galarian Zen Mode) iconDarmanitan (Galarian Zen Mode)

#555 / Ice · Fire

Litwick iconLitwick

#607 / Ghost · Fire

Lampent iconLampent

#608 / Ghost · Fire

Chandelure iconChandelure

#609 / Ghost · Fire

Heatmor iconHeatmor

#631 / Fire

Larvesta iconLarvesta

#636 / Bug · Fire

Volcarona iconVolcarona

#637 / Bug · Fire

Reshiram iconReshiram

#643 / Dragon · Fire

Fennekin iconFennekin

#653 / Fire

Braixen iconBraixen

#654 / Fire

Delphox iconDelphox

#655 / Fire · Psychic

Fletchinder iconFletchinder

#662 / Fire · Flying

Talonflame iconTalonflame

#663 / Fire · Flying

Litleo iconLitleo

#667 / Fire · Normal

Pyroar iconPyroar

#668 / Fire · Normal

Volcanion iconVolcanion

#721 / Fire · Water

Litten iconLitten

#725 / Fire

Torracat iconTorracat

#726 / Fire

Incineroar iconIncineroar

#727 / Fire · Dark

Oricorio (Baile Style) iconOricorio (Baile Style)

#741 / Fire · Flying

Salandit iconSalandit

#757 / Poison · Fire

Salazzle iconSalazzle

#758 / Poison · Fire

Turtonator iconTurtonator

#776 / Fire · Dragon

Blacephalon iconBlacephalon

#806 / Fire · Ghost

Scorbunny iconScorbunny

#813 / Fire

Raboot iconRaboot

#814 / Fire

Cinderace iconCinderace

#815 / Fire

Carkol iconCarkol

#838 / Rock · Fire

Coalossal iconCoalossal

#839 / Rock · Fire

Sizzlipede iconSizzlipede

#850 / Fire · Bug

Centiskorch iconCentiskorch

#851 / Fire · Bug

Fire-type Pokémon are separated within their category into three sub-categories: 

  • Pure-Fire type Pokémon
  • Primary-type Pokémon 
  • Secondary-type Pokémon

Like all other types, Fire-type Pokémon have their strengths and weaknesses. 

They perform well against the following types: 

  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Bug 
  • Steel

They struggle against the following types:

  • Fire
  • Water
  • Rock 
  • Dragon

Their average stats can be seen below:

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Fire-types represent some of the strongest Pokémon that can be seen in the series, and we are going to list the 25 best Fire-type Pokémon below. "Best" is obviously subjective, but these are some of the top fire-type Pokémon, based on their strength and notoriety in the entire universe. 

The 25 Best Fire-Type Pokémon:

25. Chandelure

609Chandelure

Generation V

Chandelure is a Ghost/Fire-type. Its first evolved form is Lampent, while its final form is Litwick. This Pokémon launches flames that burn a Pokémon’s soul rather than its body, as those flames then absorb its spirit. With a 271 ATK and 182 DEF, this Pokémon is diverse enough with its ability to cause trouble. 

24. Houndoom

229Houndoom

Generation II

Houndoom is a Dark/Fire-type Pokémon. It evolves from Houndour, while its Mega evolution is Mega Houndoom. Its attack prowess is what makes it stand apart from the rest. Its fire attacks are combined with toxins, which allow this Pokémon to inflict damage that cannot be healed. While its weaker defensive stats make it vulnerable, it is still a powerful choice in battle. 

23. Camerupt

323Camerupt

Generation III

Camerupt is a Fire/Ground-type Pokémon. While its first and second evolution forms, Numel and Camerupt, respectively, are solid, what makes it stand out is its Mega-evolution form Mega Camerupt. This evolved form can erupt lava as hot as 18,000 °F (10,000 °C). Its special attack ATK stat reaches 145, making it very dangerous. This Pokémon lives in volcano craters and has a very short temper. 

22. Emboar

500Emboar

Generation V

Emboar is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the final evolved form of  Tepig and Pignite. While it is something of a one-dimensional Pokémon, its great offensive strength makes up for the other aspects. Due to its power, it can cause a lot of damage to the opponent by launching strong moves with speed. It launches fire through the fire reserves on its neck and shoulders.

21. Salazzle

758Salazzle

Generation VII

Salazzle is a Poison/Fire-type Pokémon. Salazzle evolves from Salandit in its female form, while the male form does not. Also known as the “Toxic Lizard”, this powerful Pokémon has a base speed stat of 117 and 111 base attack stat. Through its numerous special moves such as Oblivion, it can poison any enemy. As such, it is a powerful Pokémon to have.

20. Torkoal

324Torkoal

Generation III

Torkoal is a Fire-type Pokémon. Torkoals live by burning coal, and as such are constantly on the lookout for it. They cannot survive without natural resources. Even though they do not evolve, what makes them a great Pokémon to have among Fire-types is their ability to increase the sunlight’s intensity, which is also known as the “Drought ability”. This can be very powerful in an individual or team scenario with multiple Fire-type Pokémon because the sun increases their power and also decreases the abilities of water-type Pokémon. 

19. Incineroar

727Incineroar

Generation VII

Incineroar is a Fire/Dark-type Pokémon. It is the third evolution form of Torracat and Litten. Incineroar is a highly aggressive Pokémon, releasing fire from its waist as long as it is motivated. This Pokémon is known for increasing its potency if it enjoys support from crowds, even though it disregards orders, even that of its trainer at times. With its signature move “Malicious Moonssault” it can cause huge damage to the opponent. With strength and aggressiveness that is difficult to match, this Pokémon is a strong one to have in your arsenal. 

18. Simisear

514Simisear

Generation V

Simisear is a Fire-type Pokémon that evolves from Pansear to Simisear. Simisear fuels the fire within its body with sweet foods. With an attack that reaches up to 180, Simisear has great offensive power and has the ability to cause damage to the opponent in short time spans. Simisear becomes even stronger in the sun naturally, as it is a fire-type. While its energy bursts can become a weakness if the battle is extended, with the right plan and support, this Pokémon can be very helpful.

17. Volcarona

637Volcarona

Generation V

Volcarona is a bug-fire/type. This Pokémon is the second evolution form of Larvesta. Volcarona releases fire from its wings, and it's able to surround the entire battlefield with flames. Its ability to cover places with flames made it a very feared Pokémon by ancient people. According to legend, Volcarona is responsible for replacing the sun’s temperature and helping people and Pokémon to not go extinct when volcanic ash covered the sun. With a Special ATK of 135 and speed of 100, Volcarona has balanced skills that match well against Pokémon that fire-types usually have trouble against. 

16. Talonflame

663Talonflame

Generation VI

Talonflame is a Fire/Flying Pokémon. It is the third evolution of Fletchling and Fletchlinder. With its falcon-like stature, it preys on other Pokémon bird-types, which are its main food source. After chasing its prey with a top speed of 500 km, it kicks and then grabs its victim with its claws. Its wings are fireproof and have been used for firefighter outfits in the past. With an overall base stat of 500 balanced across attack and defense, a 500km speed and fireproof wings, Talonflame is a very powerful Pokémon to have by your side. 

15. Delphox

655Delphox

Generation VI

Delphox is a Fire/Psychic type Pokémon. It is the final evolution form of Fennekin and Braixen. By using its wand, Delphox is able to put its enemies in a vortex of fire that can reach 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit (3,000 degrees Celsius). With a max special attack that reaches 230 and with resistance to Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ice, Psychic and Steel types, Delphox is a well-balanced Pokémon that can be extremely valuable in battle. 

14. Darmanitan

555Darmanitan

Generation V

Darmanitan is a Fire-type Pokémon that evolves from Darumaka. This Pokémon is extremely powerful, and it can change forms during battle. Its strength is increased substantially when it transforms into its Zen mode. Darmanitan transforms into a dual Ice/Fire-type when it enters Zen mode, instantly becoming much more dangerous. While its defensive skills are not on the same level, the fact that this Pokémon can transform itself during battle into effectively two Pokémon is the best proof of just how powerful it is. 

13. Arcanine

059Arcanine

Generation I

Arcanine is a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon. Arcanine sets itself apart by its speed. It is capable of running 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) in 24 hours. With a 110 base attack, tremendous speed, and its Legendary status, Arcanine is a highly dangerous Pokémon to match up against. Arcanine is also known as a fiercely loyal Pokémon, making it a must-have in a battle. 

12. Entei

244Entei

Generation II

Entei is a Fire-type legendary Pokémon. It represents one of the three Legendary beasts resurrected by Ho-Oh, along with Raikou and Suicune. Enteis are born whenever a volcano erupts, and their flames are said to be hotter than the magma from a volcano. The fact that Entei has the highest attack out of the legendary beasts is enough to tell you just how powerful it is. It also has the highest HP out of all the fire types.

11. Moltres

146Moltres

Generation I

Moltres is a Fire/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon. It attacks by spreading energy through its wings, which attack the minds of its enemies. This powerful energy consumes its enemies to the point where they cannot function the same as before. If something happens to Moltres, this Pokémon heals itself by diving into the volcano. Its signature move is the Fiery Wrath.

10. Victini

494Victini

Generation V

Victini is a Fire/Psychic-type Pokémon. Otherwise known as the “Victory Pokemon,” it is said that whoever fights alongside Victini will win any battle. This Pokémon has an infinite amount of energy. Its base stats are in total 600 and are perfectly distributed between attack and defense. An endless energy supply combined with one of the most balanced skillsets in the Pokémon universe are what make Victini an infinitely strong and feared Pokémon 

9. Heatran

485Heatran

Generation IV

Heatran is a Fire/Steel-type Pokémon. Its body is so hot that certain parts of it melt and are de-formed. Heatran has the power to cause the volcanic crater to erupt. While its overall base stats are 600, its special attack that reaches 130 is what stands out. It is the only Pokémon that can perform the Magma Storm, thus making it a very powerful damage-dealing Pokémon.

8. Volcanion

721Volcanion

Generation VI

Volcanion is a Fire/Mythical Pokémon. It also has the ability to turn into a Water-type Pokémon, thus making it extremely difficult to beat. Volcanion is immune to water attacks and therefore is a valuable asset among the Fire-type Pokémon. Its strong arms expel pressure that can destroy mountains. This combination of attack and defense skills means Volcanion is a must-have on the battlefield. 

7. Infernape

392Infernape

Infernape is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the third evolution of Chimchar and Monferno. Infernape has an HP that reaches 262, and an attack that reaches almost 200. This means that if you are looking for a Pokémon that is durable and highly damaging, Infernape is the right choice. Infernape practices a special form of martial arts that puts to use all of its limbs in order to make its attacks unpredictable. 

6. Charizard

006Charizard

Generation I

Charizard is a Fire/Flying type-Pokémon. It is the third evolution form of Charmeleon and Charmander. Undoubtedly one of the most iconic Pokémon ever, it is also one of the strongest. With flame hotter than 3000 degrees, the ability to fly over enemies as well as swim underwater, Charizard is as strong as it is iconic. With a Pok´mon like it by your side, battles are certainly easier to win. 

5. Blaziken

257Blaziken

Generation III

Blaziken is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the third form of Torchic and Combusken. Blaziken can release fire from its body and utilizes a martial art style that allows him to perform damaging kicks. Its power directly corresponds with its body temperature and they go in parallel. With many attacks such as Fire Spin and Blaze Kick and a 240 ATK, it is an extremely powerful Pokémon.

4. Cinderace

815Cinderace

Generation VIII

Cinderace is the third form of Scorbunny and Raboot. It can change its type to its next planned move. This fact alone should let you know that this Pokémon is unique. Cinderace can create extremely damaging attacks with relative ease. Its ability to use Libero, using its enemy's moves against them is one more advantageous factor that makes Cinderace a very strong Pokémon. Famous for its use of Pyro ball, a flame ball which chases its enemies, Cinderace is a scary opponent for any Pokémon. 

3. Reshiram

643Reshiram

Generation V

Reshiram is a Dragon/Fire Pokémon. With its jet-engine-like tail, its ability to cause chaos with fire and the power to change the weather, it is difficult to consider this Pokémon anything less than extremely powerful. Reshiram is part of the Tao Trio and The Legend states that, unlike Zekrom which sided with the younger brother, Reshiram sided with the Older brother who sought the truth. Therefore, Reshiram burns castles with people who ignore the truth and are guided by greed. Its special move is Fusion Blade.

2. Ho-Oh

250Ho Oh 1

Generation II

Ho-Oh is the master/creator of the trio of Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Ho-Oh created each one as a representation of his journey. A Fire/Flying-type Pokémon, Ho-Oh has a 239 attack CP. It is well very well balanced in defense and stamina. It can regenerate, which makes it an almost unbeatable Pokémon. Furthermore, it can summon the Legendary Birds and summon Pokémon from the dead. Its powerful special attack, as well as its legendary status, make Ho-Oh a mesmerizing figure in the Pokémon universe and a very powerful Pokémon to have in your arsenal.

1. Groudon

383Groudon

Generation III

Primal Groudon undergoes a transformation and becomes a dual Ground/Fire-type. Primal Groudon is an evolution of Groudon. Together with Rayquan and Kyogre, it is a part of the super-ancient Pokémon. With his powers, he can create and move entire continents, while his battles with Kyogre are some of the scariest Pokémon legends ever told. His ability to become a fire Pokémon when in control of the orbit makes Groudon unparalleled and the true ruler of the ground. Its combined stats of 770 are enough to show that Groudon can take on any Pokémon in history and cause trouble. It can evaporate water, cause volcanoes to erupt and can cause cataclysmic damages, making it, subjectively, our choice for the best fire-type Pokémon of all time.

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