Competitive Information for Vulpix [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Vulpix vulpix
Base Stats for Vulpix

Fire

Abilities:
Flash FireFlash Fire: This Pokemon's Fire attacks do 1.5x damage if hit by one Fire move; Fire immunity.
,
DroughtDrought: On switch-in, this Pokemon summons Sunny Day.


Evolutions / Family:
Vulpix
Ninetales

Weakness Chart for Fire-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
  
  
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
  
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
2x
0.5x
  
  
  
2x
0.5x
2x
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Vulpix? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Vulpix is a notable Fire-typed Pokemon. Vulpix is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Vulpix is weak to Ground, Rock, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Vulpix
Item: Heat Rock / Eviolite
Ability: Drought
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Flare Blitz / Flame Charge
- Foul Play
- Body Slam
- Zen Headbutt

Physical Sweeper Vulpix (Drought)

Vulpix is a remarkable Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Vulpix is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield without an Eviolite attached. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Vulpix from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out (usually Flame Charge to boost Vulpix for the following turns). Life Orb boosts the power of Vulpix's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Drought changes the weather to Intense Sunlight when Vulpix is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all fire attacks while the Sunlight remains active.

Flare Blitz is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fire-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. thaws Vulpix).
Flame Charge is a physical STAB-boosted 50-base power Fire-type move (100% chance to raise your Vulpix's speed by 1 stage).
Foul Play is a physical 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).




Species: Vulpix
Item: Heat Rock / Eviolite
Ability: Drought
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Overheat / Flamethrower
- Energy Ball
- Extrasensory
- Dark Pulse

Special Sweeper Vulpix (Drought)

Vulpix is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Vulpix is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolte was added to the mix. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Vulpix from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Vulpix's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Drought changes the weather to Intense Sunlight when Vulpix is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all fire attacks while the Sunlight remains active.

Overheat is a special STAB-boosted 130-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Vulpix's special attack by 2 stages).
Flamethrower is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Energy Ball is a special 90-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Extrasensory is a special 80-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to flinch the target).
Dark Pulse is a special 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Vulpix? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Species: Vulpix
Item: Heat Rock / Eviolite
Ability: Drought
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Flare Blitz / Flame Charge
- Foul Play
- Body Slam
- Zen Headbutt

Doubles Physical Sweeper Vulpix (Drought)

Vulpix is an awesome Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Vulpix is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolte was added to the mix. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Vulpix from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out (usually Flame Charge to boost Vulpix for the following turns). Life Orb boosts the power of Vulpix's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Drought changes the weather to Intense Sunlight when Vulpix is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all fire attacks while the Sunlight remains active.

Flare Blitz is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fire-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. thaws Vulpix).
Flame Charge is a physical STAB-boosted 50-base power Fire-type move (100% chance to raise your Vulpix's speed by 1 stage).
Foul Play is a physical 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).




Species: Vulpix
Item: Heat Rock / Eviolite
Ability: Drought
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Heat Wave / Incinerate
- Energy Ball
- Extrasensory
- Dark Pulse

Doubles Special Sweeper Vulpix (Drought)

Vulpix is an astounding Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Vulpix is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until equipping Eviolite became the goto option. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. Focus Sash helps protect Vulpix from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Vulpix's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. Drought changes the weather to Intense Sunlight when Vulpix is sent out onto the field. This help boosts all fire attacks while the Sunlight remains active.

Heat Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the foes).
Incinerate is a special STAB-boosted 60-base power Fire-type move (destroys the foes berry/gem).
Energy Ball is a special 90-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Extrasensory is a special 80-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to flinch the target).
Dark Pulse is a special 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Vulpix learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Ember
40
100%
25
10% chance to burn the target.
Energy Ball
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Extrasensory
80
100%
20
10% chance to flinch the target.
Fire Blast
110
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Fire Spin
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Flamethrower
90
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Heat Wave
95
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Hex
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target has a status ailment.
Incinerate
60
100%
15
Destroys the foe(s) Berry/Gem.
Inferno
100
50%
5
100% chance to burn the target.
Mystical Fire
75
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Overheat
130
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Weather Ball
50
100%
10
Power doubles and type varies in each weather.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Flame Charge
50
100%
20
100% chance to raise the user's Speed by 1.
Flare Blitz
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. Thaws user.
Foul Play
95
100%
15
Uses target's Attack stat in damage calculation.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Tail Slap
25
85%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Baby-Doll Eyes
--
100%
30
Lowers the target's Attack by 1.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Disable
--
100%
20
For 4 turns, disables the target's last move used.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Grudge
--
--
5
If the user faints, the attack used loses all its PP.
Howl
--
--
40
Raises the user's and ally's Attack by 1.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Imprison
--
--
10
No foe can use any move known by the user.
Memento
--
100%
10
Lowers target's Attack, Sp. Atk by 2. User faints.
Power Swap
--
--
10
Swaps Attack and Sp. Atk stat stages with target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Will-O-Wisp
--
85%
15
Burns the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Vulpix can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Vulpix

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