Blaziken was unique among all the featured Community Day Pokemon in that it received 2 unique moves for that day. One of those moves was Blast Burn, common to all of the Fire starter Pokemon who have received a Community Day so far. The other was Blaze Kick, a move that in the core games was considered to be Blaziken’s Signature Move. In Generation 3 that was the case, until Generation 4 allowed Hitmonlee, Chimchar and Riolu to also learn those moves. The latter two could only learn via breeding, which is a topic for another day.
Lets take a look at the 2 moves to learn a bit more about them.
Blast Burn is no stranger to experienced trainers, its been the move given to Fire Starter Pokemon like Charizard and Typhlosion. You can expect Fire Starters such as Infernape and Emboar to get it too. Blaze Kick on the other hand ought to remain unique to Blaziken, unless its given to Infernape as well. Below we see how the 2 moves fare compared to the other Charge Moves Blaziken gets.
|Fast Move||Charged Move||DPS||TDO||DPS^3*TDO|
|Fire Spin||Blast Burn||17.247||382.8||1,963.50|
|Fire Spin||Blaze Kick||16.084||357||1,485.20|
|Fire Spin||Focus Blast||15.007||333.1||1,125.70|
|Fire Spin||Stone Edge||13.293||295||693|
|Fire Spin||Brave Bird||13.069||290.1||647.5|
Both moves are easily the best of any Charge Move Blaziken gets, Blast Burn is the best move while Blaze Kick is second best, regardless of which Fast Move Blaziken gets. Counter is the superior one but if you want a pure Fire attacker, you have to stick with Fire Spin.
If you have to choose which move to take, definitely Blast Burn. If you didn’t get enough Blazikens with Blast Burn, you could wait for December 2019 where Niantic ought to be bringing back all of the 2019 Community Day Pokemon for you to catch and evolve. Blaze Kick is nice to have,and in raids you’ll be able to fire off more of it than Blast Burn before Blaziken faints.
While all of this is good for a Blast Burn Blaziken, how does it stack up against the other Fire types? The table below show exactly that.
|Pokemon||Fast Move||Charged Move||DPS||TDO||DPS^3*TDO|
|Moltres||Fire Spin||Sky Attack||17.361||524.2||2,742.90|
|Blaziken||Fire Spin||Blast Burn||17.247||382.8||1,963.50|
|Heatran||Fire Spin||Iron Head||14.938||529.5||1,765|
|Heatran||Fire Spin||Fire Blast||14.931||529.2||1,761.50|
|Charizard||Fire Spin||Blast Burn||15.875||416.3||1,665.40|
While Moltres is still top of the list,Blaziken with Blast Burn and Counter finishes 4th in move sets. Its better than Entei, Heatran and even Charizard with Blast Burn. If you want to use a Fire Starter, then that’s the best move set available. Fire and Fighting moves do overlap when it comes to super effective types, both being strong against Steel and Ice. If not you can use them as neutral attackers.
Fire Spin Blaziken with Blast Burn is still a great choice, 6th best move set if you want a pure Fire attacker. It only loses out to Moltres and Entei, while being superior to Charizard’s matching move set.
|Charizard||Wing Attack||Blast Burn||15.642||410.2||1,570||2,889|
|Moltres||Fire Spin||Fire Blast||14.955||451.6||1,510.40||3,465|
|Blaziken||Fire Spin||Blaze Kick||16.084||357||1,485.20||2,848|
Below the top 10, Blaziken surfaces again in the 11th and 16th position, with Counter and Blaze Kick doing better than Fire Spin and Blaze Kick. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you decide to use Blaziken as a Gym defender. Its not terrible but Blast Burn is far better.
In short, Blaziken is not just good, it’s excellent. Losing out to Moltres isn’t a bad thing, its been top dog since Generation 1 for Fire types. Being a non-legendary makes it easier to get candy to power it up so if you want a team of 6 Blazikens, you’ll have a much easier time doing so. If you didn’t get one with Blast Burn, wait for December or trade with someone to get it.