Best moveset for Moltres in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves?

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There are three legendary birds in the first Pokémon game, and you can capture them in Pokémon Go for a limited time. Moltres, the Fire-type one, is a powerful asset to have in your collection. What are the best moves it can use in battle to make it an incredibly strong asset?

Moltres is a Fire and Flying-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Electric and Water-types but takes even more damage from Rock-type attacks, so you want to be wary of any Ground or Rock-type Pokémon. It has a maximum CP of 3,465, an attack of 251, a defense of 181, and stamina of 207.

These are all of the moves Moltres can learn.

Fast moves

  • Fire Spin (Fire-type) – 9 damage, 3.3 energy per turn
  • Wing Attack (Flying-type) – 5 damage, 3.5 energy per turn

Charge moves

  • Ancient Power (Rock-type) – 45 power, 45 energy
  • Fire Blast (Fire-type) – 140 damage, 80 energy
  • Heat Wave (Fire-type) – 95 damage, 75 energy
  • Overheat (Fire-type) – 130 damage, 55 energy
  • Sky Attack (Flying-type) – 80 damage, 45 energy

Given the breakdown, Moltres’ best fast move is fire spin. You do not want to use one that has wing attack. While wing attack provides a slightly higher energy output per attack, fire spin nearly does the same amount for almost double damage. That’s worth it.

For the two charge moves, Moltres has several choices. You want to avoid fire blast, despite how much damage it does, along with ancient power. There are clearly better choices for your Pokémon. That narrows your options down to three, and you really want to have a Moltres that knows Sky Attack. Unfortunately, that is an exclusive move, so not many trainers will teach their Moltres this attack unless they used an Elite Charge TM. For the final two Fire-type attacks, overheat is the superior choice.

It comes down to your Moltres learning fire spit for its fast attack, and then sky attack and overheat for its charge moves. This is the most potent combo you can make of all the choices.