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I am kind of new here, and what I am about to ask is out of pure curiosity. I have read a few posts about the types of questions that I should and should not ask, and I do believe that this question is valid.

Say that a Fire Pokemon (like a Charizard) is placed inside a box which begins to heat until it reaches a theoretical infinity. At what point does it 1.) feel pain 2.) burn 3.) die. If anyone has any canonical feats that would answer this, that would be great.

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    There’s no such thing as an average Charizard! – Paul D. Waite Dec 30 '14 at 11:56
  • Conceivably, Charizard's "fire gland" or mouth, or whatever, and his tail may be the only parts of his body able to withstand that heat. In the games Charizard takes 50% damage to fire attacks, as well as 50% damage to "fighting" attacks. This means that a Karate Chop and a Fire Blast both deal half as much as they would. Half, but not nothing. Given that example, I'd say it takes pain at almost any temperature open flame can exist at, say 1000C in the case of a candle or much less in the case of paper or leaves. – Gorchestopher H Dec 30 '14 at 12:46
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    As explained expertly in what-if.xkcd.com/115 endurance to heat is always related to time and even humans can endure the surface of the sun if the exposure is short enough – Deltharis Dec 30 '14 at 14:38
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    @Gorchestopher H-That could just be game mechanics, however. Magcargo also takes a mere half damage reduction from fire type attacks and as stated by Richard, it Canonically has a body temperature of over 18,000 degrees Farenheit. I can't imagine something with a body temperature that high getting hurt by an attack like ember. Good analysis though and thank you for commenting. – firefly17 Dec 31 '14 at 0:26
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I can't think of an example of maximum temperature but we can establish some baselines;

In the original Pokemon Red pokedex (for the Gameboy) it stated that:

Charizard, the Flame Pokémon. Charizard's powerful flame can melt absolutely anything.

Taking this at face value, (and given that the element with the highest melting point is Tungsten) this would be 3500°C.

In one episode of the anime series (Volcanic Panic), Charizard and Magmar fight. Both end up covered in molten magma (approx 1000°C) and both attempt to flame each other with flames that are described as being similarly hot, with no effect.


In "Some Like It Hot!" (Magcargot! Getting the Hot Heart!!), Ash and crew encounter the Magcargo. The pokedex entry on Bulbapedia describes it thusly:

Magcargo's body temperature (18,000°F) is much higher than the temperature of the surface of the sun (9,940°F).

When Ash encounters one, there's a brief discussion of which Pokemon he could use to attack it. Sensibly speaking, we can assume that Charizard would be able to resist it since Ash doesn't mention its weakness to the temperatures it can generate.

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    The element with the highest melting point is Tungsten. There are plenty of materials with higher melting points. chemistry.stackexchange.com/q/16640 – Stop Harming Monica Aug 2 '15 at 19:28
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    Probably worth being another question, but if Magargot is hotter than the sun shouldn't everything and everyone around it burst into flames just by being near it? – Kimberly W Oct 12 '15 at 17:00
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This is never mentioned. It is not known how true Pokedex entries are. It can be assumed that since all Pokemon take damage from fire-type attacks unless they have the ability Flash Fire, that they can't take arbitrarily high temperatures of heat.

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Well, going on the Pokemon Red Pokedex entry for Charizard, if its flames can truly melt anything based on that entry, it would, AT MINIMUM, have to be 3942 °C, or 7128 °F, the temperature for the compound with the highest melting point, Tantalum hafnium carbide (Pronounced: TAN-tal-um HALF-knee-um CAR-bide). Going for the ELEMENT with the highest melting point, Tungsten, Charizard's flame would have to be at least 3,422°C, or 6,191°F, which is hotter than THC. If anyone can find something higher than that, I'm a potato.

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Unless they have an ability such as Flash Fire, fire Pokémon take damage from all direct fire attacks.

The weakest fire Pokémon we have numbers for (that I can find) is Magby, according to it's Pokédex entry it exhales flames of 1,100 degrees F. Comparing stats, Vulpix has a lower Special attack stat than Magby and so likely has a weaker flame still, not to mention the non-fire types who can learn fire attacks. As Magby is the weakest we have numbers for however, it's a good benchmark.

The lowest temperature flame that we know almost all fire Pokémon take damage from is Magby's 1,100°F (593°C) Fire Spin attack. (In the video games)

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