Is Moltres good in Pokémon Go?

Can you burn up the competition with Moltres?

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Moltres is one of the three legendary bird Pokémon from the original games, and it’s available for you to capture in Pokémon Go. You can catch it in five-star raids or by completing specific special research tasks. When you take it on in five-star raids, you’ll need a few friends to help bring it down. Is Moltres a good Pokémon to add to your collection, and is it worth your time to catch?

Moltres is a Fire and Flying-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Electric, Rock, and Water-type moves, but it’s resistant to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground, and Steel-type moves. In PvP, Moltres has a maximum CP of 3,465, an attack of 210, a defense of 154, and a stamina of 175. For PvE, it has an attack of 251, a defense of 181, and a stamina of 207. While it has the highest attack of the three legendary birds, it also has the lowest defense stats, and that leads it to not typically being the best choice in PvP. You have to be extremely careful to avoid battling against any Pokémon with a Rock-type move.

While Moltres has a higher CP than Articuno, they’re closer in terms of quality than you might expect. The big reason for this is Moltres’s defensive stat, which is on par with Zapdos. These two Pokémon share the same defensive stats, and Zapdos even has a lower stamina meter. Still, because of its moveset and its weaknesses, Zapdos can be the more appealing option. Moltres crumbles against several Master League Pokémon, such as Melmetal, Giratina, Zekrom, Dragonite, Garchomp, Swampert, Lapras, Kyogre, and several others. You want to be careful using it in the Master League.

Unfortunately, unlike Articuno, you can’t use Moltres in the Ultra League if you’d rather not use it in the Master League battles. It’s knocked down even more because of its maximum CP, and it can get closer to its full potential at the maximum CP 2,500 cap. You’re better off using it in the Master League. You want to pair it up with Dragonite, Mamoswine, Gyarados, Genesect (burn drive), Machamp, Lapras, or Palkia.

When it comes to PvE, Moltres is a solid choice, so long as you’re playing to its strengths. Merely avoid using it against known five-star legendary Pokémon that have Rock-type attacks. You don’t want it to be the first Pokémon on your team, though.

Moltres can be a solid choice. You primarily want to use it to complement your team if you need a Fire-type Pokémon. Moltes would likely increase in popularity if it were capable of learning the Fire-type fast move, incinerate.