Blast Burn Typhlosion meta analysis

Blast Burn is a newly introduced move for Typhlosion, exclusively available during the November 2018’s Community Day, and expected to improve Typhlosion’s overall performance in the Pokemon GO meta game. We took a look on how Blast Burn Typhlosion performs in the current meta and for which team it’s a good option.

Introduction

When you think about Fire-types in Pokemon GO, there are two power tiers that are clearly outlined:

  • A Tier with excellent legendary Fire types like Entei and Moltres
  • B Tier with usable, but not excellent Fire types like Charizard, Flareon, Arcanine, Houndoom

Stat wise, Typhlosion can only compete in the B tier bracket, as it simply doesn’t have the stats to perform well. For the sake of this comparison, we will ignore Moltres and Entei completely, as they perform better than anything in the B tier.

With that being said, let’s see how Typhlosion compares to our lovely B Tier entries.

Cycle (weave) DPS comparisons

We compared Blast Burn Typhlosion with other B tier members in terms of weave (cycle) DPS. The comparison is done by using their best move set as a metric, as you are likely TM-ing into it anyways.

Flareon tops the DPS charts with ease, no surprises there, but it’s interesting to see how Typhlosion falls behind Charizard despite having the same stats. Unfortunately, Typhlosion doesn’t have Fire Spin as a quick move – has Ember – and that hurts it’s overall DPS output.

Luckily, it does perform better than Houndoom and Arcanine, which is frankly no surprise. I think it’s safe to leave them out of the rest of the comparisons.

Conclusion: Flareon is still DPS king, BB Charizard about 10% more damage than BB Typhlosion.

Type advantages and weaknesses

Let’s see how Flareon, Typhlosion and Charizard type resistances compare, as this is where these Pokemon really diverge.

Table of type resistances
FlareonTyphlosionCharizard
Bug
Grass
Fire
Fairy
Steel
Ice
Bug
Grass
Fire
Fairy
Steel
Ice
Bug x2
Grass x2
Fire
Fairy
Steel
Fighting
Ground

Flareon and Typhlosion are “just” Fire types, while Charizard is a Fire and Flying type, which does wonders for it’s usability in particular match ups. You will likely use these Pokemon versus Bug, Grass, Ice and Steel opponents, and having double resistance to two of those types really helps.

Conclusion: unfortunately, Typhlosion is “just” a Fire type. Charizard’s type advantages make him a better option in most cases.

Conclusions and usage

Typhlosion did get better with the addition of Blast Burn, but unfortunately it’s not really a dramatic change. Charizard is still a flat out better option overall, Flareon is a DPS beast despite it’s glass cannon nature, so what can you actually do with your shiny new Blast Burn Typhlosion?

Well, if you don’t have a strong enough Fire team, keep them. If you don’t have a Flareon army, keep them. If you’re low on Pokemon storage, transfer them. Just don’t spend an ounce of Stardust powering them up – it simply doesn’t make any sense. Moltres is a DPS god, Entei is bulky and wonderful, Heatran, Magmortar are also going to be better.

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