Analyzing Delta Chandelure

Such a well designed Pokemon, cool typing and all around awesome. Let’s get into it.

Typing: Fairy/Fire - Pretty good typing, offensively and defensively. It gets weaknesses to Poison, Ground, Rock, and Water, while getting Resistances to Fighting, Bug, Fire, Grass, Ice, Dark, and Fairy as well as an Immunity to Dragon.

Ability:

  1. Fairy Aura: Increases Damage dealt by Fairy type attacks by 33% for all Pokemon. GREAT ability, allows STAB Moonblast to hit super hard.
  2. Weak Armor: When hit by a physical move, its defense is decreased by one stage and its speed is increased by one stage. Pretty good ability, as D. Chandelure’s main weakness is its speed.
  3. Flash Fire: Makes Pokemon immune to fire and boosts Attack or Special Attack by 50%. Not viable on D. Chandelure because it already has resistance to fire type moves.

Base Stats: Great
HP: 60
Atk: 55
Def: 90
SpA: 145
SpD: 90
Spd: 80
Has decent bulk in 60/90/90. Its Special Attack unboosted is massive, and allows D. Chandelure to wreak havoc. However, having only an 80 base speed means that D. Chandelure can’t outspeed other Pokemon unboosted.

Movepool:
Due to its stats, the only moves that are really relevant are special and a few status moves, so I’ll talk about them. For STAB, D. Chandelure gets Moonblast (combined w/ Fairy Aura its great), and Flamethrower / Fire Blast. For coverage, it gets Earth Power, Energy Ball, Scald, Flash Cannon, and Charge Beam. For status moves the only real viable ones are Calm Mind and Will-O-Wisp.

Now, let’s get into the sets.

Choiced Chandelure

Delta Chandelure @ Choice Scarf / Specs
Ability: Fairy Aura
Modest / Timid Nature
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spd

  • Moonblast
  • Fire Blast / Flamethrower
  • Earth Power
  • Energy Ball
    Moonblast with Fairy Aura and a high base stat attack and STAB can 0HKO or 2HKO on neutral damage Pokemon. I would typically use that, but if it is given a resistance, then use one of the other moves. Specs wise it hits super hard (but use Timid), and Scarf wise it can hit hard as well (use Modest)
Boosted Special Attacker

Delta Chandelure @ Life Orb
Ability: Weak Armor
Modest / Timid Nature
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spd

  • Calm Mind
  • Moonblast
  • Flamethrower / Fire Blast
  • Earth Power
    Weak Armor is really unexpected in general, and having it combined with a Calm Mind setup can make opponents accidentally hit D. Chandelure with a physical attack. Also can force switches if opponents realize.
Other Options

Will-O-Wisp could possibly be used to lower opponents attack, however I wouldn’t use it because it cant be used in a Scarf set.