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Fire-type Pokemon: The Coolest of them All

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With the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon, the current official Pokedex now runs up to a whopping 802, which suddenly makes Pokemon Go an even smaller place than it already is. For the record, only 146 Pokemon are available in Pokemon Go, recently bumped from 145 after the elusive Ditto was finally released into the wild last week. This means the debate for the most powerful Pokemon – excluding legendary Pokemon – will once again be renewed. However, when it comes to the title of the coolest-looking of them all, Fire-type Pokemon arguably takes the crown, and this is already apparent in the first-gen Pokemon alone. Let’s take a look at all the fully evolved, non-legendary Fire-types in Pokemon Go, ranked from “worst” to best.

#6 Magmar

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Okay, Magmar is exactly the opposite of “coolest-looking,” to be really honest. But we’ll just include it here since this is technically a list of all fully evolved Fire-types. Seriously, just look at that thing. Its head alone looks like a flaming butt. Let’s not go into details about Magmar’s questionable design, out of respect for it. Thankfully, Game Freak allowed Magmar to redeem itself with the arrival of its fairly better-looking evolution Magmortar in the fourth-gen games, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.

#5 Flareon

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pokemon.wikia.com / The Pokemon Company

Like its Eevee evolution brethren, Flareon comes off as cute. Simply put, Flareon is a cat with an affinity to fire. And we all know about the cuteness of cats. It looks innocent-looking, mainly due to its small eyes, but don’t let Flareon’s seemingly harmless face fool you – Flareon is the second-most powerful Fire-type in Pokemon Go, right behind the legendary bird Moltres. So, yeah, a Fire Blast or a Heat Wave Charge Attack could easily snap you out of being mesmerized with Flareon’s cuteness.

#4 Rapidash

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pokemon.wikia.com / The Pokemon Company

Rapidash is a horse with flames for its mane. Need we say more? Okay, scratch that – it’s a unicorn with flames for its mane. That is, perhaps, the most glorious thing to look at. If, let’s say, a knight in shining armor is riding on a Rapidash to rescue a princess from a high tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon, the dragon would probably gawk at him and let him pass. And Rapidash starts off young, too: its pre-evolved form, Ponyta, already sports a flaming mane. Rapidash, however, switches to a more menacing look when sporting its “Shiny” form, which turns the flames into gray color.

#3 Ninetales

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If you suspect that Ninetales was based on the Japanese mythological nine-tailed fox “kyubi no kitsune” or simply “kyubi,” which actually had Chinese origins, that’s because it is. If you play League of Legends or watch the anime series “Naruto,” the characters Ahri and Kurama, respectively, are similarly based on the same mythological creature. Ahri is literally labeled as “The Nine-Tailed Fox” in the game. And that background alone puts Ninetales in the top three. The only reason Ninetales didn’t place higher on this list is because its lack of other colors make it seem bland (no, the orange tips of its tails don’t count). If only it kept its pre-evolved form’s (Vulpix) colors…

#2 Charizard

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pokemon.wikia.com / The Pokemon Company

Technically speaking, Charmander is the worst starter to pick in the first-gen games, Pokemon Red and Blue. The first two Pokemon Gyms in Pewter City and Cerulean City have Rock-type and Water-type Pokemon, respectively. Both of which destroy Fire-types. And not to mention Mt. Moon, the first dungeon in the games (Viridian Forest doesn’t really count as a “dungeon), is home to Geodude.

The reason why many players chose Charmander over Bulbasaur and Squirtle is simple: its fully evolved form, Charizard, is one of the coolest-looking Pokemon ever. Which likely prompted players who unknowingly chose the other two starters to reset their games after they learned of Charmander’s fully evolved form. Charizard’s dragon-like design is a favorite among players, despite the fact that it doesn’t get the Dragon sub-Type until “Mega Forms” arrived with the sixth-gen games, Pokemon X and Y.

#1 Arcanine

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pokemon.wikia.com / The Pokemon Company

Finally, we have Arcanine, the non-legendary Legendary Pokemon. No, really, it’s listed in the Pokedex as the “Legendary Pokemon.” But it’s not “legendary” in the same vein as the “real” legendary Pokemon in the main games. To this date, Arcanine remains one of the best-looking Pokemon ever, regardless of Type, which is saying a lot considering the number of Pokemon now. Arcanine is like a cross between a dog, a lion, and a tiger – all magnificent creatures in their own right. Just check out some of the Pokedex entries for Arcanine in some of the main games:

  • Pokemon Yellow – “A legendary Pokémon in China. Many people are charmed by its grace and beauty while running.”
  • Pokemon Gold – “This legendary Chinese Pokémon is considered magnificent. Many people are enchanted by its grand mane.”
  • Pokemon Diamond – “Its proud and regal appearance has captured the hearts of people since long ago.”
  • Pokemon Sun – “Overflowing with beauty and majesty, this strong Pokémon appears in ancient Eastern folklore.”

But you don’t really need all these descriptions to know that Arcanine is one majestic Pokemon. Really, just look at it. And its Shiny form is even better, with its orange colors replaced by golden yellow. Arcanine may “only” be the third-best among Fire-types in Pokemon Go in terms of power, but it’s without a doubt the coolest looking of them all and arguably the entire first-gen Pokemon.

Other noteworthy Fire-types

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pokemon.wikia.com / TV Tokyo / The Pokemon Company

In case you’re still not convinced that the Fire Type sports the best-looking Pokemon, perhaps the other non-legendary Fire-types that will inevitably come with the arrival of subsequent generations in Pokemon Go will. These include the fully evolved forms of starter Pokemon from the third, fourth, fifth and seventh generations: Blaziken, Infernape, Emboar and Incineroar, respectively. Yes, Game Freak has a habit of creating too-cool Fire-type starters. And then there’s Volcarona, a sinister-looking Pokemon that can easily pass off as one of Godzilla’s (the Japanese version) enemies. The best part about all this is that you can easily get your hands on these Pokemon when they arrive by simply having someone catch them for you.

And, if by any chance, you’re still not convinced, then perhaps it’s time you looked at the Fire-type legendary Pokemon, spearheaded by the phoenix lookalike duo Moltres and Ho-Oh, and then followed by Entei, Heatran and Volcanion. Fire-types may not be the most powerful in Pokemon, a distinction arguably reserved for Dragon-type Pokemon until further notice, but they are some of the best-designed in the entire franchise.

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