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The Best Prestiger Against Fire-type in Pokemon GO

According to most sources (example), Slugma is the most frequent event spawn together with Geodude. It has a relatively low catch rate, so why waste Razz Berries and Great/Ultra Balls on it?
Because Magcargo is the most efficient prestiger against Flareon, Arcanine, Charizard and other Fire types with Fire moves. More resilient than Vaporeon and Kingdra (and everything else but the super-slow Chansey and Blissey) and only slightly slower than the much squishier Starmie and Seadra.

Bonus: Magcargo is also very good against Snorlax without Earthquake and it can even be an option against a low-level Blissey.

Stats


Magcargo’s base stats are 139/209/100. The stats ratio is P = sqrt (Def x Sta) / Att = 1.04, which is higher than average (almost the same as Vaporeon). So Magcargo is not very fast, but quite tanky.


Typing


Magcargo is Fire/Rock. That adds to the normal Rock typing (which is a hard counter for Fire, exactly like Water) an additional resistance to Fire moves, that deal therefore only 0.64x damage to Magcargo.


Movesets

Two movesets are good:

– Rock Throw / Stone Edge is basically the Rock version of Water Gun / Hydro Pump. This is what we are looking for against Fire.
– Rock Throw / Overheat is one of the strongest movesets in the game. This is the ideal moveset for neutral matchups, for example against Snorlax and Blissey.

Performance


According to my CP efficiency calculator, here is the relative performance of Magcargo (in terms of combined time and revive efficiency) against some typical bottom defenders gym sitters:


Defender
Moves
Ideal Moveset
Performance %

Benchmark
(best prestiger)
Snorlax
Lick / Heavy Slam
Rock Throw / Overheat
71%
Poliwrath
Snorlax
Zen Headbutt / Body Slam
Rock Throw / Overheat
84%
Machamp
Flareon
any
Rock Throw / Stone Edge
100%
Magcargo
Blissey
Zen Headbutt / Dazzling Gleam
Rock Throw / Overheat
78%
Machamp
Dragonite
any
Rock Throw / Stone Edge
60%
Cloyster
Lapras/Cloyster
anything but Hydro Pump
Rock Throw / Stone Edge or Overheat
98%
Poliwrath

These rankings are done with a 0%-70%-30% dodge setting, i.e. dodge only specials and more likely to dodge if using a non-Super-Effective fast move (because it doesn’t delay the “Defender used Charge Move” message).

Limitations

Magcargo has a double vulnerability to Water and Ground and a single vulnerability to Fighting and Rock, so don’t use it against Vaporeon or Rhydon/Golem. Also Snorlax with Earthquake can be a big problem, where on the other hand Poliwrath or any Grass prestiger shines against Earthquake Snorlax.

Against Blissey, Magcargo takes off a big chunk of her HP in time but there is not much margin for mistakes/glitches.

Magcargo’s typical CP at level 30 is 1200, like Raticate’s. Maximum CP at level 30 is 1326. So it’s not very useful if typical gyms in your area start from 2800 CP or more. However in that case you are probably seeing no Flareon and no low-level Blissey.