game design

Yes, Slowking Learns Fire Blast & Ninetales Learns Solar Beam in Pokémon Go. It’s a good thing.

Following the release of Generation II Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and the major movepool shake-up that occurred alongside it affecting first- and second-generation Pokémon alike, many players have expressed confusion at a few of the weirder moves certain Pokémon seem to wield. There’s Slowking, the Water / Psychic type that learns one of the game’s strongest Fire moves – Fire Blast. Then there are Ninetales and Typhlosion, Fire-types who learn Solar Beam, the game’s strongest Grass-type move. The confusion is understandable, since Fire and Grass are seen as antithetical, as are Water and Fire, but these strange movepool quirks have existed in the main series games for years and there are explanations for them.