Salamence has the Intimidate Ability. This Ability lowers its opponents Attack Stat by one stage upon its entry into battle, unless the opponent has an Ability that can suppress this effect, such as Clear Body or Hyper Cutter. Its Hidden Ability is Moxie, which increases its Attack by one stage each time that it KO's an opposing Pokémon.
Bagon can evolve into Shelgon starting at Level 30, and can evolve a second time at Level 50 into a Salamence. Starting in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Salamence can evolve into Mega Salamence by using a Mega Stone.
Salamence is in the Dragon Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 10,240 Steps to hatch. It takes Salamence 1,250,000 Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Salamence takes on the appearance of a dragon with a long tail and a pair of ax-shaped wings.
Salamence doesn't have any gender differences to differentiate between male and female.
In most of its game appearances, the only way to obtain a Salamence is to evolve a Shelgon. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, however, Salamence can be caught in the wild at Route 3 when called on by a Bagon in an S.O.S. Battle.
Salamence appears at Endless Level 34, Forever Level 83 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Salamence can only be obtained by evolving a Shelgon in the first round of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness & Explorers of Sky, Salamence appears at Temporal Tower UP1F-10F, but cannot be recruited, leaving evolution the only method of obtaining a Salamence. Salamence is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Weird Mountain 17F-23F and Legendary Volcanic Island on floors 26-29, 33, 35 & 36, 39 & 40, 42-44 and 46 & 47.
Salamence can be found at World Navel, Large Pit and The Furthest Cape in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.
Like its previous forms, Salamence is only appears during Missions in Pokémon Ranger. Salamence appears at Vien Forest and The Crysta Lake in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Obtaining Salamence can be difficult in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, as it can be found inside the Cave's Side Room in the Present, but the Field Ability Flame x4 is required to reach it. Salamence can be obtained by getting an S-Rank in the Dark Temple Mission Ground-Shaking Dragon Pokémon in the Past, as Salamence is the Boss Pokémon of this particular mission.
Salamence can be found at Granite Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. To obtain it you'll need to beat Salamence's Air Ace with a score that is better than or equal to 20,000. In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Salamence will appear at the Tech Area's Train Depot after befriending Mawile. Battle it to befriend it, after which you'll be able to call it into battle.
Salamence can be found at Sunny Seashore Canyon 4-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast after completing the game.
Trading Card Game
Salamence appears in a total of 10 Sets, the 6th Movie Halfdeck and Dragon Vault sub-set. It is listed as a Rare Card in the EX Dragon (2), EX Deoxys (EX Card), EX Delta Species (Delta Species Card), EX Dragon Frontiers (EX Delta Species Card), EX Power Keepers (EX Card), Secret Wonders, Stormfront, and Arceus sets. A second Arceus is also in the Arceus set, but this one is a Lv. X Card, which can use the attacks of the cards that it evolved from.
Hunter J. would appear with a Salamence more often than anyone else. Hunter J is a Pokémon Hunter, a person belonging to an evil group that steals Pokémon for profit, but each time Hunter J. tried, Hunter J was thwarted by the efforts of Ash and company, getting help from various allies such as Gary and Brandon, the Pyramid King.
Dome Ace Tucker uses a Salamence in Chapters 304, 305, 308, 312-315, 317, 319, 322-326, 329 & 333.
Salamence finds itself in the Borderline (BL) tier of competitive battling, meaning that it is not used enough to be in the Overused (OU) tier but is too broken to be in the Underused (UU) tier. Thanks to Dragon Dance, high Attack, a decent Speed stat, and Moxie, Salamence can become a strong snowball sweeper. With Z-Fly turning into Supersonic Strike, Salamence has a powerful STAB nuke that can muscle its way through certain bulky Pokémon. This allows for it to become a rather potent late-game sweeper that can clean up if its checks are out of the way. However, Salamence suffers from the popularity of Choice Scarf users that have 100 base Speed or higher, as most can revenge kill it. Despite its decent bulk, Salamence has trouble setting up, with the omnipresence of Steel and Fairy types like Tapu Koko and Mega Mawile limiting its set up opportunities. Salamence faces competition from Gyarados as a Dragon Dance Z-Move Moxie sweeper, as Gyarados has the advantage in STAB attacks, bulk, and typing. Dragonite also gives Salamence stiff competition as a Z-Move Dragon Dance sweeper, as its Multiscale ability gives it much better bulk to set up than Salamence. Salamence is rather one-dimensional as well, as if it tries to pull off any non Z-Move Dragon Dance set, it will be outclassed by the likes of Garchomp and Mega Charizard X.
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