Pokemon Go: Why Charizard matches the hype in GO Battle League

GO Battle League analysis: Why Charizard matches the hype

Published: 12/Jul/2020 21:21

by Paul Cot


Whether you like it or not, Charizard is one of the most infamous Pokemon in the entire series. However, its hype often doesn’t live up to its overall effectiveness in the games. Fortunately, Pokemon Go’s Battle League is one place you can rely on this polarizing fire-starter.

With a max CP of 2,889 it can be used in either Great or Ultra League but it is better in the latter. Unfortunately, its max CP means it can’t compete with the array of high-level Legendary Pokemon in Master League.

Underrated typing

We found something similar in our Metagross PvP analysis whereby its typing gave it a lot of advantages. Of course, being a dual fire and flying-type Pokemon, Charizard will have natural weaknesses to electric and water-type attacks. Unfortunately, in addition to this, it is doubly weak to rock-type attacks, so you’ll need to avoid them at all costs.

However, come up against an opponent that is using bug or grass attacks and you’ll be laughing your way to an easy victory. Both of these will only do 39.1% of their normal damage.

Elsewhere, Charizard is resistant to fairy, fighting, fire, ground, and steel-type moves. With fairy and steel being some of the more commonly used species in GO Battle League because of their general effectiveness, this is a great resistance to have.

Charizard Pokemon Go
The Pokemon Company love Charizard… Despite being more than 20 years old, it is still heavily featured throughout Pokemon.

Varied yet effective moveset

Firstly, let’s take a look at Charizard’s Fast Moves:

  • Air Slash – 3 DPT, 3 EPT
  • Ember (Elite Fast Move) – 3 DPT, 3 EPT
  • Fire Spin – 3 DPT, 3.33 EPT
  • Wing Attack (Elite Fast Move) – 2.5 DPT, 3.5 EPT

Usually, Elite Fast Moves superior to normal attacks. In this case, though, Ember certainly is not. Therefore, we can disregard it immediately as its inferior energy doesn’t compare to Fire Spin which has the damage but slightly higher EPT.

Meanwhile, Air Slash deals more damage than its flying-type counterpart Wing Attack. The latter does have better energy generation, though. Given the importance of using Charge Moves in GO Battle League, Wing Attack is preferable, but don’t waste an Elite Fast TM on it, there are better ways to use it on different Pokemon.

Charizard’s Charge Moves are as follows:

  • Blast Burn (Elite Charge Move) – 110 damage, 50 energy
  • Dragon Claw – 50 damage, 35 energy
  • Fire Blast – 140 damage, 80 energy
  • Flamethrower (Elite Charge Move) – 90 damage, 55 energy
  • Overheat – 130 damage, 55 energy

Four of these five moves are fire-types with the exception being Dragon Claw. This makes it a must pick for Charizard, especially when utilizing two Charged Moves.

Getting your opponent’s to burn through Protect Shields is vital and Dragon Claw, with a bit of baiting, can allow you to do exactly that. The question then becomes which is the best fire move to go alongside it. Obviously there is little to no point in using two fire-type moves.

The answer is either Blast Burn or Overheat. Blast Burn is an Elite Charge Move though, so unless you have it already, again, it isn’t worth wasting a precious Elite Charge TM on it. This leaves Overheat which is among the very best moves in all of Pokemon Go, at least when it comes to DPE. It is best to use Overheat when Charizard is close to fainting because using it takes away from your attack stat.


Charizard does have good all-round stats but they are distributed in a way that doesn’t favor GO Battle League. Its attack is impressive yet its stamina is relatively low.

  • Attack: 223 (106 of 688)
  • Defense: 173 (185 of 688)
  • Stamina: 186 (203 of 688)

Despite this, because of its typing and decent moveset, Charizard is a useful addition to your PvP team. With the exception of Swampert, it is arguably the best of all the starter Pokemon final evolutions.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.