Volcarona is a large six-winged insectile Pokémon that resembles a fiery moth. It has a small black face and a segmented black abdomen. It has two beady, diamond-shaped blue eyes and two segmented red feelers or antennae on either side of its head. It has a fluffy ruff of white fur covering its chest and back, and four stubby arms tucked inward. It has light teal outer sections on its abdomen. It has six magnificent fiery orange wings that allow it to fly. Its entire body, including its wings, are speckled with black dots that resemble cinders.
Volcarona has access to an exclusive move known as Fiery Dance, which increases the user's Special Attack stat.
It is said that whenever the sky became dark from volcanic ashes, Volcarona would replace the sun with its own flames. Many people believed that Volcarona could set entire villages on fire with a flap of its wings.
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It shares similarities with Venomoth that it has a 2 stage evolution line based on a moth.
Its wings resemble the sun when unfurled.
Volcarona and its pre-evolution are the only Pokémon in the game that have the Bug/Fire type combination.
As it is a Bug/Fire type, these are the only Pokémon in the game to lose 50% of their health from Stealth Rock and still take damage from Spikes, without the move Gravity being present or if the Iron Ball item is being held.
Its pre-evolution, Larvesta, is a physical attacker, while Volcarona is a special attacker.
Volcarona was the first Bug-type Pokémon to learn the move Fly. The second was Genesect.
Interestingly, neither of these two Pokémon are the Flying type.
Volcarona, along with its pre-evolution are the only non-Flying type Pokémon to have a double weakness to Rock type moves.
Volcarona is based on a fiery moth, mostly the Atlas Moth, one of the biggest moths. It also might draw inspiration from the fiery six-winged Seraphim, the highest-ranking type of Angel. It may also be based on the kaiju Mothra from the Godzilla movies, similar to how Tyranitar draws inspiration from Godzilla and Hydreigon from King Ghidorah. It might also take inspiration from the saying "like a moth attracted to a flame".
Volcarona's name is a portmanteau of "volcano" and "corona", which is the top layer of the atmosphere of the sun. It is fitting, as Volcarona is referred to as the "Sun Pokémon".