Pokemon GO Volcarona: Best moveset, counters, and is it any good?

Pokemon GO Volcarna best moveset
Pokemon GO Volcarna best moveset (Image via TPC)

Pokemon GO Volcarona's best moveset, counters, and competitive viability will interest players as it is one of the rarest Pocket Monsters in the game. Volcarona was released during the An Instinctive Hero event in May 2023, and can only be obtained by evolving Larvesta from Eggs and feeding it 400 Candy.

Once you have a Volcarona in Pokemon GO, you must equip it with the best possible moveset to get optimal value out of it in battles. This article covers everything you need to know about Volcarona's best moveset, how to counter it, and whether or not it is worth using in battles.

Note: Some aspects of this article are subjective and reflect the author's opinions.


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Pokemon GO Volcarona: Best moveset

Volcarona in the nime (Image via TPC)
Volcarona in the nime (Image via TPC)

Volcarona's most optimal moveset differs based on where you plan on using it. Here is a detailed breakdown:

Pokemon GO Volcarona best PvP moveset

  • Fast Attack: Fire Spin
  • Charged Attacks: Overheat and Bug Buzz

Pokemon GO Volcarona best PvE moveset

Fire-type attacker

  • Fast Attack: Fire Spin
  • Charged Attack: Overheat

Bug-type attacker

  • Fast Attack: Bug Bite
  • Charged Attack: Bug Buzz

Is Volcarona good in Pokemon GO PvP and PvE?

Volcarona in Pokemon GO PvP

Since Larvesta is available at a minimum of Level 20 from Eggs, it is presently not possible to have a Volcarona under 1989 CP without trading. Even then, it cannot have CP under 1,500 to be eligible for Pokemon GO's Great League.

In both the Ultra League and the Master League, Volcarona is held back by the lack of a strong Fast Attack. Bug Bite is bad and Fire Spin is not ideal. Therefore, the creature is not able to make the most out of its impressive offensive prowess.


Volcarona in Pokemon GO PvE

Volcarona has some play in the PvE setting while attacking Gyms and mid-level raids. Here it shines both as a Bug-type and a Fire-type, with its respective movesets.

That said, if you wish to challenge raids where Fire or Bug-type critters are strong and plan on achieving the feat on your own, Volcarona should not be your weapon of choice.


Pokemon GO Volcarona: All moves and stats

Volcarona in the anime (Image via TPC)
Volcarona in the anime (Image via TPC)

Fast Attacks

  • Bug Bite
  • Fire Spin

Charged Attacks

  • Bug Buzz
  • Hurricane
  • Overheat
  • Solar Beam

Base Stats

  • Attack: 264
  • Defense: 189
  • Stamina: 198
  • Max CP: 4,106

Pokemon GO Volcarona: Strengths and weaknesses

Being a Fire and Bug-type Pocket Monster, Volcarona resists the following types of attacks:

  • Grass (39.1%)
  • Bug (62.5%)
  • Fairy (62.5%)
  • Fighting (62.5%)
  • Steel (62.5%)
  • Ice (62.5%)

Volcarona has the following weaknesses:

  • Rock (256.0%)
  • Water (160.0%)
  • Flying (160.0%)

The types Volcarona can hit super-effectively using its STAB attacks are:

  • Grass
  • Bug
  • Ice
  • Steel
  • Dark
  • Psychic

Best counters to Pokemon GO Volcarona

Best Ultra League counters: Swampert, Altered Forme Giratina, Poliwrath, Talonflame, Cobalion

Best Master League counters: Kyogre, Origin Forme Giratina, Therian Forme Landorus, Dialga, Mewtwo

Best PvE counters:

  • Shadow Rhyperior: Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Mega Diancie: Rock Throw and Rock Slide
  • Shadow Rampardos: Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Shadow or MegaTyranitar: Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Tyrantrum: Rock Throw and Meteor Beam
  • Primal Kyogre: Water Fall and Origin Pulse
  • Mega Swampert: Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Shadow Kingler: Bubble and Crabhammer
  • Greninja: Water Shuriken and Hydro Cannon
  • Mega or regular Rayquaza: Air Slash and Dragon Ascent
  • Shadow Moltres: Air Slash and Sky Attack
  • Yveltal: Gust and Oblivion Wing

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Edited by Ashmita Bhatt
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