Top 10 Fire Type Pokemon
Spittin’ red hot fire, Pokemon are able to do some pretty amazing things. From being able to surf and fly, to flamethrowing better than any bunsen burner, this is going to be a list of our favourite Fire Type Pokemon. We decided to lay some ground rules for this list first, because it can’t just be a list of those that make us go “N’aww.”
- There must be a good Pokedex entry: It can’t just say how it eats bug type Pokemon.
- We must agree that the Pokemon has a good aesthetic about them.
- They must have some basic semblance of usefulness in combat.
That’s it: It seems like a straightforward enough list, but will it be so easy for us to get through? Read on to find out in this week’s Top 10 Fire Type Pokemon*
*Up to Gen VII as of time of writing.
10) #322 Numel
“Numel is extremely dull witted – it doesn’t notice being hit. However, it can’t stand hunger for even a second. This Pokémon’s body is a seething cauldron of boiling magma.” – Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire
Kicking us off is this bundle of flames with a dopey expression, this volcanic camel is a slow-moving bowl of lava, hence the mixture of Ground type. It’s contents are a torturous 1,200°C, so it’s a good job Numel is mostly numb to pain, but this is a pokemon with some serious problems with water. It’s a poor lookout taking ground and fire against a water type, but too much rain and Numel slows down even further, and they’re already slow enough to give Slowbro a run for its money. In a manner of speaking.
While the burning pyres of Camerupt may be more powerful and look more awesome, I have a soft spot for this little hotpot. Standing at less than half a human’s height, it’s still capable of pulling more than an average human’s weight, and while a Numel is a bad chariot animal, it can come in handy for transporting your non-flammables.
9) #390 Chimchar
“Its fiery rear end is fueled by gas made in its belly. Even rain can’t extinguish the fire.“ – Pokemon Pearl
What’s more cute than a little fighting monkey that has a firey butt? Exactly, very little in life is cuter than that picture. This is exactly what Chimchar is, a little chimp who has a charring backside. One of the seven fire starter types, of which we cover three of them in this list. Hitting number nine on this list simply because, whilst it’s a really cute Pokemon and it’s evolved form, Infernape, is a very viable mon to take into battle, it’s not really seen much outside of its gen.
I mean the same can be said about a lot of Pokemon on this list, but most other fire starters at least have some semblance of originality about them. Chimchar was just one in a long line of fire/fighting type starter Pokemon. Shame, because this pre-evolved Pokemon is all in all adorable.
8) #38 Ninetales
“Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1000-year curse.” – Pokemon Red/Blue
Let’s bring in one of the originals shall we? The nine tailed fox based on the legendary Japanese kitsune, who develop more tails as they grow in power, and with the growth of their ninth tail often shade white or gold. Kitsune are said to manifest many and varied powers, lightning, telepathy, hypnotism, shapeshifting, and yes producing ghostly fires. Ninetails does not produce ghost fires… as such.
Not exactly possessed of a full compliment of fire-moves, certainly more than enough at higher levels of Vulpix’s development to make it a daunting team-member, but as generations have gone on the many-tailed fox duo have gained a collection of complimentary powers. Confuse Ray is a standard since Gen I, a nice tie-in with the curses one might incur by pulling a tail, and over the years they’ve picked up a collection of ghost, psychic and fairy moves to throw dissaray on your opponent while you roast them alive.
7) #555 Darmanitan
“Its internal fire burns at 2,500° F, making enough power that it can destroy a dump truck with one punch.” – Pokemon Black
This might be a weird choice to put in at number 7 on this list, but Darmanitan had one of the most interesting concepts. It was a simple and unassuming fire type that you seemed to find out in deserts… and when you got it’s health down below 50%, it’s typing changed from pure fire to Fire/Psychic.
This triggered a strange change in the Pokemon, which would make it a lot more durable. It was a bit of a weird one to figure out, but ultimately, if you had something that was strong to fire then you would be fine against it. Just because you’ve meditated, doesn’t mean you’re going to get that much tougher whatsoever.
6) #229 Houndoom
“The pungent-smelling flame that shoots from its mouth results from toxins burning in its body.” – Pokemon Crystal
Your basic “hound of hell” set up, Houndoom is primarily Dark type but mixes Fire just to complete the look of the thing. This is one vicious doberman, capable of leaving burns that leave endless pain, howls that induce terror in other creatures, and a move set that mix burning and biting together in roughly equal measure.
The major reason for placing Houndoom so high on the list? They look awesome! They’re tough, vicious, and a great addition to your regular roster in Gen II, even the lesser pup Houndour was worth putting in the training. While they never go “full-cerberus” by sprouting extra heads, any fire-breathing bone-armoured dog could only be pulled straight out of hell! Or route 7.
5) #727 Incineroar
“After hurling ferocious punches and flinging furious kicks, it finishes opponents off by spewing fire from around its navel.“ – Pokemon Moon
Generation VII has been a major success thus far and one of the most popular Pokemon of this gen is the firey Heel Pokemon: Incineroar. For anyone who doesn’t know what a “Heel Pokemon” is, it means it’s a bad guy Pokemon and it’s shown in its design and it’s typing. Design, it comes across as this big, burly brute of a Pokemon. Typing, it comes in as Fire/Dark, finally breaking that era of Fire/Fighting at long last.
The typing is perfect and with a signature move called Darkest Lariat, which really should be a pro wrestling move, it’s the ultimate pro wrestling Pokemon… But hold on… I think we’ve got to see an epic showdown between the Heel Pokemon and the Wrestling Pokemon – Hawlucha. Ring the bell, this match is for one fall!
4) #637 Volcarona
“A sea of fire engulfs the surroundings of their battles, since they use their six wings to scatter their ember scales.” – Pokemon White
It’s a fire bug. It’s a firebug. It’s a big, beautiful bug that spits red hot fire. It’s Volcarona, a Pokemon that was basically treated as a pseudo-legendary in Gen 5 for some reason – but I’m not going to complain about that, when it looks so damn good. This is one bug you’d not want to get on the bad side of: It’s got some wonderful special attack (at 135), with some good speed (at 100) and good special defense (at 105).
This doesn’t even begin to think about the moves it has, including the all out amazing Quiver Dance, which really is a must. It’s one of the best buff moves in the game, which only a very few select Pokemon get access to – and Volcarona happens to be one of them. But, good luck getting one of these. It evolves from it’s very frail Larvesta form at an astonishing level 59.
3) #609 Chandelure
Chandelure is one of those Pokemon that makes sense in context, but out of context probably seems like a really daft idea. It’s basically a chandelier, which you might have expected it to be with a name like that. It’s possessed and it lures in it’s victims. Simple really, but it didn’t need to be anything more. It’s a Fire/Ghost type, putting emphasis on the Fire typing. It has a ridiculous 145 special attack and gets Flash Fire, which is immunity to fire moves AND buffs fire moves by 50%.
So all in all, not too bad. It’s a thematically wonderful and “spooky” Pokemon. Evolved from the little wick Pokemon, Litwick, it’s not going to last too well against most priority stacking attackers out there… However, with such a high base special attack, it’s able to effectively take out some of the best walls in the game, without having to break into anything of a sweat. Just get in there, set em all on fire, then escape!
2) #6 Charizard
“Spits fire that is hot enough to melt boulders. Known to cause forest fires unintentionally.” – Pokemon Red/Blue
Somewhere circling the very top of the popularity polls, poster boy for the very first versions of the 20 year old game, and the coolest fully-evolved starter (which I say as a devoted squirtle lover). Charizard has long been deprived it’s richly deserving Dragon sub-type due to how badly it might have unbalanced early starting groups, only recently obtaining it in it’s mega-evolved form in Pokemon X. Those wicked eyes, huge wings and burning tail are iconic of how powerful a starter should be, setting a benchmark for all others should look.
Perhaps most famous for how little it gave a damn about what Ash told it to do in the anime series, taking a nap during a fight with Blaine’s Rhydon, and only rising to the challenge when it sees a Magmar breathing fire. Of course in Red/Blue taking a Charmander as a starter should really be considered “hard mode” as three of the gyms in Kanto will prove tough for a fire-type to beat, so it makes a Charizard a tough pick to make, but all the more rewarding for toppling the Elite Four with your non-dragon dragon at the head of a strong party.
Leaving number one…
1) #105 Alola Marowak
“The bones it possesses were once its mother’s. Its mother’s regrets have become like a vengeful spirit protecting this Pokémon.” – Pokemon Sun
We really love this variant of the classic Gen I ground type. Cubone/Marowak’s tale has always been something of a ghost story, so on the tropical islands of Alola does it not make sense for the skull-faced ground type to go full on “Voodoo Priest” with the femur burning with ghost flames? According to the Silver and Crystal pokedex entries there is a graveyard of Marowaks where Cubones gather their mother’s skulls and take up their iconic club-weapon. Can’t you just envision these ghostly wardens watching over the ossuary with their tiki-style burning bones?
The mixture of ghost and fire offer a shocking amount of immunities and defences, although opens up a new can of vulnerable worms, and to get the full set of fire and ghost type moves you’ll have to wait until you can get your evolved Cubone re-educated toward the end of the game, as most of them are learned before the evolution point of 28, but it’s worth it. Some of those moves are viciously powerful, but more importantly this remake of the golden age ground type looks cooler in combat.
It’s creative, darkly awesome, comes equipped with a haunting back story and a catalogue of uses in competition. We think that these let Alolan Marowak edge out the former indisputable lord of fire. Feel free to lend your own opinions down below.
The battle for the top spot was a heated debated indeed, but nothing sets our hearts alight like a good Top 10… And where would we be without a few extra? Here’s two more that we always keep a warm seat for:
“Born in an active volcano. Its body is always cloaked in flames, so it looks like a big ball of fire.” – Pokemon Yellow
Of course, Magmar could not be forgotten from a list of our Top 10 favourite Fire Types, considering it made it to number one on a previous list of ours. However, it reached number one there fairly and squarely, so it winning another slot on a Top 10 might have been a little bit biased and unfair. However, Magmar certainly deserves a nod, even if it’s just for that horrible encounter of Blaine’s Magmar vs Pikachu.
Honestly, I thought Ash was so stupid that Pikachu was going to die to that Magmar! Terrifying. Still, it’s an imposing Pokemon with a rather terrifying baby and an even more frightening adult friend. It’s ugly, it knows it is… But it’s good to take one of these around with you in a party if you’re trying to hatch eggs, since they have Flame Body. That’s it, Magmar, you weird cross of a duck and a… Whatever. You sit on those eggs, keep them warm and make them hatch faster!
Yeah we went there! Credit must go to the competitors, even though there’s a clear winner in the fight between digital and pocket monsters. The fire-spitting dinosaur Agumon and most of it’s subsequent stages come with some form of fire-based attack, be it a ball of flame like Pepper Flame and Nova Blast or biologically created missiles sprouting from Metal Greymon.
Fire is really just a perk for Greymon of course, as a hard-shelled tyranosaur like monster it also has incredible muscle power, gaining large amounts of metal armour and sheer offensive power. At his peak form – Wargreymon – it can gather impossible amounts of power into a single catastrophic explosive. Let’s not forget that the experts over at ScrewAttack pitched Agumon and Charizard against one another and it went rather one way in favour of the digital underdog.
Phew, I think we made it out of that one without too much of a scalding. We’re happy with our list, but we’ve hopefully set a fire in your loins to get on up and shout with us about the best fire Pokemon. But hey, we’re always open to letting you decide what gets in next week… So what’ll it be? BRING IT!
We’re now done for another week, but of course our debates are never complete until you’ve had your say! What did you make of this weeks’ Top 10? Did we get the order right, or did we completely mess this one up? Are we… Fired? Or did we warm up your hearts when you saw the monsters on our screens? As always, thanks for reading – Leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.