First off, we need to preface this post by saying this: If you already feel you have a solid grasp on how to play the character or you’re looking for how to compete at a higher level, this is not the post for you. Treat this as simply a 101 overview for a quick rundown on the Pokemon at a high level. That being said, let’s get into it:
This represents the first of 22 “episodes” that Redonkulous Gaming will be doing. We will provide overviews of all of the playable characters in the newly released Pokken Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. Please reference the below video as a compliment to this breakdown.
Overview of Blaziken
- Health Pool: 600 HP
- Pokemon Type: Standard
- Play-Style: Combo heavy
- Speed: Average
- Recommended Cheer: Standard until comfortable enough to use Support Focused
Duel Phase vs Field Phase
For Blaziken, the field phase is all about pushing into duel phase initially. Unless you are incredibly spatially aware, it is difficult to execute some of the more meaningful combos in field phase which is Blaziken’s bread and butter. You can push your opponent into duel phase by executing a downward kick (press X or A while in midair) and as long as it isn’t blocked, it should alter the playing field to duel phase. Until you are in duel phase, take advantage of gliding as needed for mobility as Blaziken isn’t overly agile in this game. Grabs can be effective, but try to avoid them as your go to option. You will become predictable and ultimately grabs can be countered fairly easily.
Once in duel phase, it is your time to shine. Executing simple combos such as: (DOWN+X, X), (UP+A HOLD) will give you an early leg up in the fight.
As mentioned above, executing combos with Blaziken is not only a must, but it is a requirement if you want to win. We already mentioned one of the easier combos, but one of the more difficult combos is one we recommend simply because you can put you own fire-spin on it.
The combo I am referencing is one that immediately puts you and the enemy in midair which you follow up with a glide and mid-air kick (keeping them in the air). When you land you perform a punch, followed by a Chuck Norris patented kick, and rounding it out with a SICK back flip kick straight out of a Bruce Lee movie.
(UP+Y, Y+HOLD) ->(MID-AIR R, Y) ->(FORWARD+A, FORWARD+Y, X)
The great thing about this one is that after you perform your mid-air attacks, you don’t have to execute the rest perfectly. In a pinch, once you land, go ahead and follow it up with (UP+A) to deliver a fiery uppercut.
We rate all Synergy Phases (Mega-Evolutions) on a scale of 1 to Redonkulous! Here is where Blaziken stacks up to the other playable characters:
- Strength of Synergy Phase: Blaziken’s Mega-Evolution is not Redonkulous, but it also isn’t bad. We give Blaziken a score of 7 on the scale. The most notable boost received here is overall speed, giving you the ability to end fights quickly.
- Coolness Factor: Blaziken is certainly a fan favorite for those who have followed the Pokemon franchise. However, his Mega-Evolution is not overly cool when you compare it to the other playable characters. Blaziken earns another average score of 7 in this category.
- Finisher: Blaziken’s finisher (ultimate) move is not overly strong alone. The way of taking advantage is to pair (L+R) with a combo. While in the air press (R->Y) and then once you land hit (Y,Y,Y) and while executing the last punch press (L+R) to perform your finisher. Because of the lack of strength without the combo, we give Blaziken another 7 here.
In addition to to your playable Pokemon, you get to choose a combination of 2 support Pokemon to aid you in battle by pressing (L) when your support gauge is full. This will summon your selected Pokemon to perform a move before fleeing the battlefield. While ultimately the choice will likely come down to personal preference, here is the support combination we recommend to get you started:
- Mismagius & Ninetales: Mismagius will boost your attack power so you can perform lethal combos and delivers an attack that will slowly move forward on the battlefield. Ninetales will put some distance between you and your opponent so should be used when your opponent is within melee range.
- Yveltal & Latios: Yveltal delivers a midrange beam attack and is best used as offensive support. Latios does an area attack which causes your opponent to be temporarily slowed, but can only be used once per round.
The choice is yours, but either of these combinations will get you started.
Is Blaziken a favorite of yours? Let us know in the comments sections below!
<p>Avid gamer across PC, Xbox, and Switch platforms. Check me out on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.</p>