And we’ve reached the end of the Charmander line, and what is among the most overrated Pokemon of all time. I’ll try to keep the bile back though, and review this as unbiased as I possibly can.
So, what is there to say about Charizard? He comes out of nowhere, for starters. You see Charmander, and your mind is swimming with possibilities about where this line can go next. You see Charmeleon, and can start to see where he’s gonna go. Some big, bright red bruiser. He’ll be thick, and muscular, and will punch his way through enemies!
And then you get Charizard. For a lot of people, it was better than they could have possibly imagined. The dopey looking Charmeleon (In Gen1 remember, this is before we had quality sprites for ideas on how everyone looked) becomes this beautiful beast. He loses the darker red and returns to the orange. The lighter belly is still there and hasn’t stopped running down to the still-flaming tail. That’s just about the only thing that’s stayed consistent, though.
Two big wings have sprouted forth from Charizard’s back, and the single head-spike of Charmeleon has become two. He’s gained a new subtype in Flying, giving him a useful immunity to ground, though it gains a weakness to Electric, while Rock is even more deadly than it was before. Still, the entire world loves to eat up Charizard. Ash was given one in the anime, and it was constantly made out to be amazing, and cool by being rebellious. It’s constantly given new moves as they become available, and Pokemon X/Y even gave it TWO mega evolutions.
I’m not a fan of Charizard though. First things first. What in the world is up with his design? Where did those wings come from? Where did Charmeleon’s brighter red skin go? What on earth is up with his body? His proportions are all kinds of terrible! Take another look at Charizard up there. His body is literally a circle with 2 squat legs and thin noodly arms + a long, thin, noodle-like neck. He looked cool as a kid because he was a dragon, but if you really look at him he just looks all kinds of silly. I’m pretty sure his arms are smaller than Charmeleon’s too.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that if you EV train a Charizard’s defenses, it’ll take less damage from Stealth Rock?
That’s not true? Well, did you know that Charizard has higher attack stats than Blaziken?
That’s not true either? Huh. Well, I looked around and couldn’t find much good info to share here. I considered bringing up that the flame on Charizard’s tail is hardcore as he was seen diving underwater in Pokemon Origins without it going out. That’s something, I guess.
USING CHARIZARD IN BATTLE
Losing half HP on switch in?
Okay okay. Charizard’s got some good speed, but low attacking stats. It’s clearly more meant to go physical, seeing as it has access to multiple Attack boosting moves, and none to boost its much higher Special attack stat. You can opt for a Dragon Dance set, but don’t expect Charizard to be working many miracles with its 82 Attack stat. To maximize efficiency on the special side you’ll certainly want Sun up, and to spam Fire moves with Choice Specs for STAB + a Solar Power boost if you’re using the Hidden Ability, which you should. Defog or Rapid Spin support is a must, as my wall of unfunny images has made clear.
Other than that, Charizard’s just not too notable offensively. His defenses aren’t as good as they could be, and if you lightly tap him with a Rock type move he’ll explode in a bloody fashion. And yes, I’m aware that there’s plenty of Pokemon who are successful despite their 4x Weaknesses to a type, but Charizard is not one of them. His stats aren’t specialized enough to be amazing, and that’s just sad.
Charizard looks cool if you’ve never seen a dragon. Otherwise his weight and ridiculously proportioned upper body won’t be impressing anyone.
How is this where Charmeleon went? Was there an alternate evolution that was scrapped so a generic dragon became the new evo? As a fire-breathing dragon though, he looks fine.
Charizard only excels in the storyline, which is made easy enough for single-digit age children to beat. Against real people you will be mocked for using Charizard.
ODDS OF A FIGHT IN THE COMMENTS: ZERO/GOOD THING I’M NOT POPULAR YET
Maybe one day I’ll be viciously insulted for saying Charizard is bad.
Charizard is not pleased with this outcome.