Competitive Information for Growlithe [X/Y]

Competitive Pokemon X/Y Movesets and Strategies for Growlithe growlithe
Base Stats for Growlithe

Fire

Abilities:
Flash FireFlash Fire: This Pokemon's Fire attacks do 1.5x damage if hit by one Fire move; Fire immunity.
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IntimidateIntimidate: On switch-in, this Pokemon lowers the Attack of adjacent opponents by 1 stage.
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JustifiedJustified: This Pokemon's Attack is raised by 1 stage after it is damaged by a Dark-type move.


Evolutions / Family:
Growlithe
Arcanine

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 Growlithe? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in X/Y 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 X/Y generation metagame.


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


Species: Growlithe
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Flash Fire
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Flare Blitz
- Double-Edge
- Outrage
- Close Combat

Physical Sweeper Growlithe (Flash Fire)

Growlithe is a sensational Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Growlithe from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Flash Fire, Growlithe's fire attacks do 1.5x damage if hit by one fire move; fire immunity.

Flare Blitz is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fire-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. thaws Growlithe).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Growlithe afterwards).
Close Combat is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Growlithe's defense and special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Growlithe
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Flash Fire
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Overheat / Flamethrower
- Round / Snore
- Snarl
- Mud-Slap

Special Sweeper Growlithe (Flash Fire)

Growlithe is a pretty decent Special Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Growlithe from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Flash Fire, Growlithe's fire attacks do 1.5x damage if hit by one fire move; fire immunity.

Overheat is a special STAB-boosted 130-base power Fire-type move (lowers your Growlithe's special attack by 2 stages).
Flamethrower is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Fire-type move (10% chance to burn the target).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Snore is a special 50-base power Normal-type move (Growlithe must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target).
Snarl is a special 55-base power Dark-type move (100% chance to lower the foes special attack by 1 stage).
Mud-Slap is a special 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Growlithe? These builds have been optimized for X/Y 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 X/Y generation metagame.


Species: Growlithe
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Flash Fire
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Flare Blitz
- Double-Edge
- Outrage
- Close Combat

Doubles Physical Sweeper Growlithe (Flash Fire)

Growlithe is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Growlithe from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Flash Fire, Growlithe's fire attacks do 1.5x damage if hit by one fire move; fire immunity.

Flare Blitz is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Fire-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. thaws Growlithe).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Growlithe afterwards).
Close Combat is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Growlithe's defense and special defense by 1 stage).




Species: Growlithe
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Flash Fire
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Heat Wave / Incinerate
- Snarl
- Round / Snore
- Mud-Slap

Doubles Special Sweeper Growlithe (Flash Fire)

Growlithe is a wonderful Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Growlithe from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Flash Fire, Growlithe's fire attacks do 1.5x damage if hit by one fire move; fire immunity.

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).
Snarl is a special 55-base power Dark-type move (100% chance to lower the foes special attack by 1 stage).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Snore is a special 50-base power Normal-type move (Growlithe must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target).
Mud-Slap is a special 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Growlithe 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
Ember
40
100%
25
10% chance to burn 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.
Flame Burst
70
100%
15
Damages Pokemon next to the target as well.
Flamethrower
90
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Heat Wave
95
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Incinerate
60
100%
15
Destroys the foe(s) Berry/Gem.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy 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.
Snarl
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 1.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Close Combat
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Defense and Sp. Def by 1.
Covet
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double Kick
30
100%
30
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fire Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to burn. 10% chance to flinch.
Flame Charge
50
100%
20
100% chance to raise the user's Speed by 1.
Flame Wheel
60
100%
25
10% chance to burn the target. Thaws user.
Flare Blitz
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. Thaws user.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Outrage
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Retaliate
70
100%
5
Power doubles if an ally fainted last turn.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thrash
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Wild Charge
90
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Howl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Attack by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Morning Sun
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Odor Sleuth
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
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.
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.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Will-O-Wisp
--
85%
15
Burns the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Growlithe can perform in X/Y. 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 XY Move and Ability Combos for Growlithe

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