Talonflame - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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This is a strategy guide for using Talonflame in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Talonflame, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Talonflame

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fire Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Flying Type
Flame Body Contact with the Pokemon may burn the attacker.
Gale Wings (Hidden) Gives priority to Flying-type moves.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Steel Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
78 81 71 74 69 126

Best Nature for Talonflame

Best Natures
Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk) Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Talonflame

Life Orb Moveset & Best Build

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Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread 252 Atk. / 252 Spd. / 4 Def.
Final Stat Values 153 HP / 146 Atk. / 92 Def. / 89 Sp.Def. / 178 Spd.
Ability Gale Wings
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Brave Bird
Flare Blitz
Dual Wingbeat
Swords Dance

With its Hidden Ability Gale Wings, Talonflame is able to use Flying-type Moves with priority while at full health. This build adds Life Orb to allow it to deal even more damage. When Dynamaxed, it can use Max Airstream together with Gale Wings to hit with priority and deal extreme damage from the outset.

Other Viable Moves

Will-o-Wisp For use against Physical attackers. Talonflame's Speed is relatively high, so it's easy to inflict Burn before its opponent can move.
Taunt Use to stall out set-up moves like Swords Dance, Stealth Rock, and the likes.
U-turn A good move to get Talonflame out of unfavorable matchups while also inflicting damage.
Fly For stalling out Dynamax turns. Also a strong STAB move to capitalize on Talonflames strong ATK stat.
Steel Wing Coverage move mostly against Rock-type Pokemon which Talonflame is 4x weak against.

How to Use Talonflame Effectively

Hit first with Max Airstream

Thanks to its Ability Gale Wings, Talonflame can hit first with Max Airstream, making it a Dynamax ace. Steel Wing can change into Max Steel, which can also raise its Defense, enabling it to go toe-to-toe with Physical attackers.

How to Build a Team with Talonflame

Talonflame's niche in the metagame is limited to either supporting teams with priority boosted Max Airstream or as a revenge killer.

With proper teambuilding and a partner that can heal its HP, the Scorching Pokemon can threaten opposing teams with its STAB moves.

Dynamax Lead for Defensive Teams

Although Talonflame isn't the monstrous revenge killer it was in previous generations, it still has a niche in the current metagame as a strong Dynamax Lead thanks to its access to Max Airstream.

Example Build Team

Dynamax Lead Defensive Pivot Special Sweeper
Pokemon SWSH - Talonflame ImageTalonflame Pokemon SWSH - Vaporeon ImageVaporeon Pokemon SWSH - Nidoking ImageNidoking

Talonflame's main role is to Dynamax as soon as possible and fire strong, priority Max Airstream- with the speed boost ensuring that it can still outspeed its checks even if its not at full HP anymore.

Vaporeon is a great partner for Talonflame and serves as this team's defensive pivot. More importantly, it can use and pass Wish back to Talonflame to heal it and restore its Gale Wings Ability.

Nidoking rounds off this team by providing strong special move coverage as well as immunity to Electric-types that both Talonflame and Vaporeon are weak to.

How to Build a Defensive Team

Counters for Talonflame

Weakness Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Electric Image

Hit 4x effectively with Stealth Rock and Rock-type moves

As Talonflame is a Fire/Flying type, it suffers from a 4x weakness to Rock-type moves. If you set up Stealth Rock, it will take out half of Talonflame's health as soon as it switches in, and on top of that it will prevent it from utilizing the effects of Gale Wings.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Stealth Rock
・Can use Rock-type moves with STAB
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Pokemon SWSH - Hippowdon ImageHippowdon Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can use Stealth Rock
・Can use Sandstorm to nullify Gale Wings
Hippowdon Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Pokemon SWSH - Uxie ImageUxie Ranking: ★★★★
・Can use Stealth Rock
・Can reduce attack damage by using Reflect
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