The classic Pokémon-type triangle consists of the Fire, Water, and Grass types: the franchise’s rock, paper, and scissors. For Fire-type trainers, power lies in the blazing fury of flames. But which types of fire are the best? We’ve put together a top-10 list, although you’ll find that the number of named Pokémon is actually higher than that – it’s best to keep the evolutionary lines together. Which monster would Charmeleon take on his little brother Charmander?
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Volcanion has the distinction of being a dual Fire/Water Pokemon, the only one of its kind. That makes it quite special in both categories. The ring above his body actually splits apart, becoming two independent tentacles that fire deadly steam – the result of combining all that heat and water.
Turtonator may be a surprising choice, but consider what it actually is: a fire-breathing turtle. When you look at the pointed shell design, you start to see that Turtonator is the Fire-type counterpart to Blastoise, a great evolution for beginners. Plus, you know that Schwarzenegger loves his name.
8. Litwick / Lamp / Chandelier
Fire types combine with many others, but Fire/Ghost is a rare breed. This evolutionary line introduced typing in Gen 5 and also continued the trend of Ghost Pokémon having spooky purposes. Litwick leads children to the afterlife, Lampent is a sign of death and Chandelure likes to hang out in haunted houses and hypnotize people.
7. Ponyta / Rapidash
Let’s switch to something much happier. Pony and Horse Pokémon were gimmes for Gen 1, but The Pokémon Company took them one step further by making them fiery. You might not be able to put a saddle on their flaming backs, but these Fire types quickly became fan favorites nonetheless.
6. Growlithe / Arcanine
This pair of pups also debuted in the original games and went on to become two of the best canine Pokemon in the entire series. Growlithe and Arcanine are based on the concept of lion hounds from Chinese folklore, and their Hisuian shapes take that design to the next level in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. They also gain a secondary Rock type in that region.
Flareon is one of many Eevee evolutions, but it’s the only one for Fire-type fans. It almost seems like little Eevee was trying to emulate Arcanine and Growlithe as it evolved. Maybe that’s because this is one of the original Gen 1 Eevee lutions, alongside Jolteon and Vaporeon.
4. Litten / Torracat / Incineroar
There’s a running joke in Pokémon about “cats getting up” as they evolve, and it started with this Gen 7 starting line. Despite that divisive decision, the trio manage to be some of the best cat Pokemon and Fire types out there. There’s a reason why Incineroar declined the invite to Smash Bros.
There are a lot of Gen 1 on this list, and that’s because it deserves a lot of credit for presenting the first Pokémon in many categories. Moltres is one of the legendary bird trios, the first of their flying kind (or any legendary group, period). Moltres set the precedent for other Fire-type legends such as Entei and Victini. Did we put it at #3 because of the “tres” in its name? Also yes.
2. Torchic / Combusken / Blaziken
Pokémon cats stand up, but the stronger stereotype in these games is the Fire/Fighting type. It’s a common trend and it all started with this Gen 3 evolutionary line. Peak form Blaziken has a cool kabuki theater look, and the Mega form goes even further.
What else could it be? Charizard is the Fire-type Pokémon in the minds of so many trainers. It’s so loved it has two different Mega-Evolutions and a Gigantamax form. We’ve already mentioned how many precedents Gen 1 set, and little Charmander was the very first Fire-type starter ever. That’s a great big badge of honor.