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

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Rock Image
Takes 2x damage
Water Image Electric Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Fire Image Fighting Image Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Grass Image Bug Image
Takes 0x damage
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?

Movesets & Best Builds for Talonflame

Life Orb Moveset & Best Build

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
U-turn
Steel Wing

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.
Swords Dance Raises its Attack by 2 stages. Also allows it to use Max Guard when Dynamaxed.

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.

Counters for Talonflame

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.

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・Can use Rock-type moves with STAB
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・Can use Stealth Rock
・Can use Sandstorm to nullify Gale Wings
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