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Why Charizard Is the Worst Pokemon Ever

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[B]1. Fire types stink in the Metagame[/B]

Fire types are known to be glass cannons, which are units that are highly offensive but lack defense. The metagame only favors Tanks, Walls, and Lightning Bruisers, leaving them, as well as fragile speedsters not named Jolteon and jack of all trades suffer from being used less (Fun Fact: There was not a single Fire type in the first two Gens' OU list). Plus their only weaknesses are the most dominant types in the metagame - with Earthquake being almost everywhere, thus forcing players to use Fire moves rather than the Pokemon who are associated with the type.

[B]2. Stealth Rock[/B]

There's a reason why Arcanine is still being held back from being OU despite having what the metagame needs (bulk) and is given new toys to play with, it's because of this hazard entry that only hits the nail on the coffin harder. The only way for Fire types to ever be the metagame is either have a secondary type that neutralizes Stealth Rock followed by Tank-type/Lightning Bruiser-type stats (Heatran and Infernape) or have a godsend ability/move (Ninetales and Volcarona).

[B]3. Starters stink[/B]

As told by @Joshawott; when we were discussing about the All-Star Cup Tournament taking place in Japan, starter Pokemon were never ment to be one of the strongest in their respective region, meaning you were suppose to abandon them for better Pokemon. That means Arcanine outclasses Charizard, Houndoom outclasses Typholsion, and Darmanitan outclasses Emboar. The only rare exceptions are Blaziken, who is banned to Ubers for its hidden ability, and Infernape, who is close to being a game breaker.

[B]4. Everyone here hates Charizard[/B]

No matter where I go at the Video Game section and the Pokemon World section, I see a ton of people who despise Charizard because of his popularity and his tier status in the metagame. When I posted a poll thread at the Contest section, Volcarona received more votes than Charizard, despite his supposed "fan-favorite" status. This makes the people of BMGF the majority of Charizard haters, therefore he doesn't deserve the popularity he's received throughtout his 15 years. No matter what your counter claims are, you'll never win an argument against these people, who know a lot better than you do, and they will tear you to shreds for not heeding their warning.

[B]5. Dragon outclasses Fire[/B]

Dragons are obviously known to breathe fire, so of course, like Water types outclassing Ice types, they will be favored over Fire types to counter Steel types, who resist Dragon moves, and they don't suffer as much damage from Stealth Rock than Fire types do.

And this is what happens when the metagame takes complete control of how you play Pokemon such as myself.

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Updated 3rd September 2012 at 11:14 AM by Ghetsis-Dennis



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  1. Yoshi-san's Avatar
    Didn't you make a similar blog like this before?

    Because I remember proving you wrong before.
  2. Mijzelffan's Avatar
    @Ghetsis-Dennis; Breloom is a physical attacker while Sceptile is a special one and also has way more speed. They both do something different, so you can't compare them like that.

    As for Venusaur and Victreebel, while a better comparison, victreebel doesn't outclass venusaur. It's way frailer and has less speed and physical attack.

    @H-con; that's a defensive mon. Also it's not found in the same gen as venusaur and sceptile.
  3. Ghetsis-Dennis's Avatar
    @Yoshi-san; That was Serperior though. We're talking about Charizard.
    @Mijzelffan; Breloom is OU for its secondary type, access to Spore, and ability, while Sceptile is in the low tiers for its fragile speedster status and having its physical movepool wasted for its below average physical stat.
  4. Joshawott's Avatar
    I wouldn't say all starters are completely useless. Inferape was pretty good in the VGC09 format (I used one and got into Top 16 of the UK qualifier). Serperior will need some testing with the new B2W2 moves.
  5. Envoy's Avatar
    @Ghetsis-Dennis The only thing Victreebel can do better than Venusaur is mix sweeping in the sun. Venusaur is bulkier, has better defenses and he doesn't need Weather Ball as long as he has HP Fire. Oh, and he's faster by 20 points in the sunlight (ten outside of it.)

    Ferro and Breloom play completely differently to Sceptile and Venusaur. If anything, I could make a case for Roserade > Sceptile, but the fact is that Roserade is used more for her utility (despite having good Sp. Atk and usable speed) while Sceptile is pure offense. Nine times out of ten, they aren't even comparable.

    Now, on to Charizard...

    Charizard is not the "worst Pokemon ever." What he is is outclassed as an offensive Pokemon by Volcarona (Quiver Dance,) Infernape (no SR weakness) and Victini (better overall stats, as well as V-Create.) This in no way means that one can't use Charizard in OU, what it does mean is that it is easier to use any of the above three than it is to use him.

    Charizard himself is still quite viable. The SR weakness and Solar Power's longevity reduction hurt, but if you build a team around 'Zard, he's viable. The problem is that it's not often worth it. Why dedicate a whole team to Charizard when I can instead shove Infernape into any other team and move on with my life? Just because he's outclassed though, doesn't mean he's bad.

    Is Blastoise a bad Pokemon because he's outclassed as a spinner by Starmie? Is Feraligatr a bad Pokemon because Gyarados outclasses him? No. They're good and very viable Pokemon. There's just a better choice out there.

    Wormadam on the other hand....

    Now, why do I personally dislike Charizard? Because it's a spotlight stealer that took the thunder away from Venusaur and Blastoise (two of my all time favorite Pokemon) in the original Generation. It is not because he's bad competitively. I've always said this, Charizard is quite viable, but there are better options. It's like saying that Snorlax is a bad special wall just because Blissey exists.

    And for the record, Multi-Scale doesn't protect Charizard from Stealth Rocks. In fact, Stealth Rocks break Multi-Scale, rendering it useless.
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