Yes! Volcanion has finally been released here in the United States (officially). I for one have been eagerly awaiting the release of this Pokemon since way before it was officially announced.
So, the beauty of Volcanion is that it’s a water/fire type Pokemon; a first of its kind. Because of its typing, Volcanion is only weak to Rock, Ground, and Electric. Sounds pretty horrible at first glance, right? Understandable. Fortunately, eliminating its electric weakness is quite simple; just pair it with a Pokemon that has the Lightning Rod ability. Sceptile is my top choice when it comes to Lightning Rod; it simply can’t be beat!
Volcanion’s weakness to Ground type moves is a bit tricky. One method of eliminating the weakness, and the quickest, would be to give Volcanion an air balloon. The obvious flaw with the air balloon method is that it would only last until Volcanion is hit by something…then its all over once that next Earthquake strikes…more than likely in the same turn if you’re opponent is crafty.
The next method of avoiding the ground weakness is pretty cumbersome to pull off. It’s unusual that your opponent would give you enough time to actually pull this setup off. If you are able to pull it off, congratulations! Ok, now, on to exactly what “it” is. You’re going to want to have a Pokemon with Skill-Swap on the field, along with a Pokemon who has the Levitate Ability; Spinda and Rotom would work well in this case. Swap Spinda’s ability with Rotom for Levitate. Then, swap Spinda’s newly acquired Levitate over to Volcanion; you now have a Volcanion with Leviate, who’s also protected against its Electric weakness thanks to Sceptile (or any other Pokemon with Lightning Rod).
The last method, which is even more tricky to perform, would be to Baton Pass Magnet Rise to Volcanion; yes, Magnet Rise is Baton Passable. The tricky part here is that only Plusle and Minun can learn both Baton Pass, and Magnet Rise. So, what you’d do is use Magnet Rise with either Plusle or Minum, then Baton Pass it over to Volcanion. Much simpler than the other methods in hind-sight, just pretty restrictive.
As far as the Rock weakness for Volcanion goes…there really isn’t any way to avoid that. Thankfully though, you can boost Volcanion’s defense stat via Super Training to render those Rock type attacks virtually ineffective…except on the off (yeah right!) chance that your opponent lands a critical attack…but that’s an issue for another time.
In closing, Volcanion is a pretty awesome Pokemon that’s absolutely worth acquiring. It has its quirks, much like any other Pokemon in existence…but there are always ways to circumvent your weaknesses.