Yes, I'm fully aware that the odds of Game Freak changing any Pokemon's type, let alone Emboar's, are next to nil, but they'll probably never improve Serperior's stats and the jury's still out on whether Samurott even deserves Shell Smash, plus speculating is fun, so here you have it.
This is one of the more controversial things that Generation V brought with it (besides the claims of racism and the darker plot and the speculation of a Gen III remake and Samurott's typing and Oshawott's design and, well, whatever.)
So there you have it, should Emboar have gotten a different type. If so, why and which one?
While I have nothing against the Fire and Fighting combination and would like to refrain from comparing Emboar to it's counterparts Blaziken and the monkey since, in reality, it plays very differently from them, I do have to say that I am not happy with Emboar's typing.
Fire/Fighting is a potent combination indeed. So much so that it's debuted in three consecutive generations. However, it just feels that after the success of Blaziken and it's knockoff of a monkey counterpart in Gen IV, GF has gotten complacent and thought they could do no wrong by simply adding yet another Fire/Fighter. While it's design shows creativity and ingenuity, Emboar's type feels like a bit of a cop out. It feels like one of those "well, it worked the first time, it worked the second, so why not?" sort of things.
I know a lot of people were expecting something different from a Pokemon that looks like this:
Perhaps Fire/Dark, Fire/Ground or just pure Fire? They certainly would have been more original, if only for the simple fact that they haven't been done twice before, in a row (yes, I'm fully aware of the existence of Houndour and Numel.)
Personally, I was kind of hoping to see a pure Fire type this generation, as Cyndaquil has thus been the only pure Fire type Starter (that has remained so) in the entire series so far. Meanwhile, Grass and Water types have three each (Grass: Chikorita, Treecko, Snivy. Water: Squirtle, Totodile, Oshawott.)
Still, I'm getting tired of the new Fire/Fighting standard for Fire Starters (which, I stress, is not the same as monotype Grass or Water simply because monotype is the default) and would like to see something different.
The truth is, I really like Emboar as a Pokemon (though I would like it more if it was a quadruped, but alas) and the only thing that upsets me (lack of Fire Punch notwithstanding) is it's repetitive typing. I think the Fire/Fighting type actually does it more harm than good, as it has to compete with other, more successful Pokemon who actually play nothing like it and prevent it from exploiting it's own niche.
Well, I'm done talking. If you got through this wall of text, well, hooray for you. Grab yourself a cookie. Now, what are your opinions on this issue?