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Ash's Talonflame
サトシのファイアロー Satoshi's Faiaroo
Ash Talonflame
Trainer: Ash Ketchum
Ability: Flame Body (as Fletchinder and Talonflame)
Debut: A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Episode captured: A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Caught where: Kalos Route 4
Current location: Professor Oak's Laboratory
Evolved: 33 episodes as a Fletchling
50 episodes as a Fletchinder
Evolves In: Battles in the Sky!
A Legendary Photo Op!

This Talonflame is a Fire/Flying-type Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught as a Fletchling. It is the second Pokémon he caught in the Kalos region.


As a Fletchling, before being caught, it shows its mischievous side when it steals the berry before Pikachu gives the berry to the wild Dedenne. Fletchling also shows its sense of humor by laughing at them after being attacked. After being caught by Ash, it shows to be happy and became loyal to him and like all other birds that Ash had previously, it serves as a navigator. Compared to the more subdued Greninja and Hawlucha, Fletchling tends to be more animated and emotional, puffing its chest out when confident and showing visible shock and tears when upset. Fletchling became dejected after Moria's Talonflame dismissed it as weak.

Talonflame was also shown in the same episode to be intelligent and resourceful; while Talonflame battled Hawlucha, it studied how it battled, and used what it learned to evade and defeat the evolved Pokémon later.


As Fletchling

Fletchling swooped down to take a berry that Bonnie gave to a Dedenne. Afterwards, Ash's Froakie challenged it to a battle but Fletchling's speed and strength proved to be too much for Froakie. While Ash was trying to restrain Froakie, Fletchling attacked them on them and flew off. Ash and his friends followed Fletchling where it set them up with a swarm of Beedrill. After the group ran away from the swarm, they relocated to a canyon where Fletchling met them there and had a rematch with Froakie. Again, Fletchling's speed had the advantage over Froakie, but Froakie made a sculpture of itself out of its Frubbles to distract Fletchling. With Fletchling thrown off guard, Froakie was finally able to land a hit on the Tiny Robin Pokémon. Ash threw a Poké Ball at it but the capture was unsuccessful. Froakie continued the battle with Fletchling and landed a hit with Water Pulse. Ash threw another Poké Ball at Fletchling and managed to catch it this time. Ash then sent it out to show it to Clemont and Bonnie. Clemont gave Fletchling, along with Froakie and Pikachu an Oran Berry and Froakie shared the Oran Berry with Fletchling.[1]

Fletchling had been used in several gym battles like against Viola[2][3] and Grant[4]. However, during those battles it won and lost at the same time. Sometime later, Fletchling battled against Moria's Talonflame and evolved into a Fletchinder.

As Fletchinder

Upon its evolution, it learned Flame Charge and won the sky battle.[5]

Fletchinder was later used in a Gym Battle against Korrina and her Machoke. During the battle, Fletchinder had been knocked back and thrown around by Machoke's intense strength and speed. But Fletchinder managed to regain its stamina and defeat Machoke with a Flame Charge. Fletchinder then battled Korrina's Lucario in its Mega Evolved form. However, it was quickly defeated due to Lucario's speed and power.[6]

Fletchinder was used by Ash to find Team Rocket who captures both Pikachu and Goomy after he and his group are released from their bound by Ash's Frogadier's Cut. Fletchinder eventually found Pikachu who carries Goomy with him while they were chased by James. Fletchinder teams up with Pikachu to fight off Team Rocket's Pokémon until they became confused due to the damage they took from James' Inkay's Psybeam. Both of them fought in their confused state only to be halted by Ash and he defends both of their Pokémon from being attacked by Inkay and Jessie's Pumpkaboo's attacks which allows Goomy to become determined to fight and defeat them using its Bide.[7]

Fletchinder along with all of Ash, Clemont and Serena's Pokémon to be released for a short break until it was disrupted by Team Rocket. The lake that Pikachu and the others who swim there turns out to be a home of both a wild Lotad and a Lombre as their attacks causing them to be separated. As both Ash and Clemont recalled their Pokémon back, he uses Fletchinder to find, Serena, Bonnie, Pancham, Dedenne and Goomy on air. After Pancham and Dedenne blasts Team Rocket off especially Meowth's trickery on them, Fletchinder happily found them who are searching for Goomy. Ash and Clemont finally reunite with Serena and Bonnie and he was informed that Goomy is missing. Ash let Fletchinder to find Goomy somewhere on air. Fletchinder eventually found Goomy who uses Rain Dance against Team Rocket while defending Dedenne from both Inkay and Pumpkaboo's attacks and Ash recalled it back to save them both from Team Rocket's capture.[8]

Fletchinder was used as Ash's first Pokémon for his Gym Battle against Ramos and his Jumpluff. Although Jumpluff got the upper-hand when its Chlorophyll ability increased its speed and defense, Fletchinder managed to defeat it with Flame Charge. Fletchinder was later used to battle Ramos' Weepinbell, but thanks to the effects of Poison Powder Fletchinder was weaken while being damaged with its Razor Leaf and was defeated from Weepinbell's Slam.[9]

When the three Pangoro attack them with their moves to make them separated, Fletchinder is with Hawlucha and Clemont's Luxray until they are found by Ash and Serena's Pancham. Fletchinder is used by Ash to find Serena, Ash's Frogadier and Clemont's Chespin and later Clemont, Pikachu, Bunnelby and Serena's Braixen. It also managed to find Nonnie and Clemont's Dedenne soon after.[10]

Fletchinder was used once again as Ash's first Pokémon for his Gym Battle against Valerie and her Sylveon. Although Sylveon managed to hit Fletchinder with Disarming Voice, Fairy Wind, and Giga Impact, Fletchinder defeated Sylveon with Steel Wing. Fletchinder was later used to battle Valerie's Spritzee. However, due to the effects of Trick Room, Fletchinder's speed decreased and was immediately defeated, but not before causing some damage.[11]

When Hawlucha found a Pokémon egg that was ready to hatch, Fletchinder joined everyone in covering the egg, Fletchinder kept it warm with its Flame Body ability. When the egg hatched into a baby Noibat, Hawlucha and Fletchinder decided to train it and teach it how to fly.[12]

Fletchinder was later used to help Ash compete in the Pokémon Sky Relay competition. But despite a Hydreigon causing havoc in the middle of the race and getting last place behind Staravia and Pumpkaboo, it flew to the second segment as fast as it could and gave Hawlucha the baton in time. Fletchinder then watched the rest of the race and cheered for both Hawlucha and Noibat, who had successfully learned to fly.[13]

After meeting up with Trevor again and defeating his newly evolved Charmeleon, Fletchinder joined the gang to see Moltres. During their travel, Fletchinder fought Team Rocket, then later battled the Legendary Pokémon, Moltres at Mt. Molteau. During the battle, Fletchinder evolved into Talonflame, while shielding Ash and Trevor from one of Moltres' attacks.[14]

As Talonflame

Talonflame had also learned Brave Bird in the process. But despite all that, Talonflame was unable to win against Moltres as it got badly burned by Fire Blast and plunges to its firey doom in the lava pit. Ash comes to Talonflame's aid, but ends up falling along with it. Luckily, both Ash and Talonflame were saved at the last minute when Frogadier used its frubbles to form a chain in order to catch them. Once Ash and Talonflame were pulled to safety, Ash's friends scolded him for almost getting himself killed, but Moltres was touched by Ash's bravery, seeing that they're not enemies, and bids them farewell as it flies away into the sky. Soon, the gang leave mountains and Ash tell Talonflame that they'll stay with each other and fought together, and the two high five each other just when Trevor took their picture.[14]

Talonflame was used to battle along aside Frogadier in a Gym Battle against Olympia and her male and female Meowstic, defeated them both and allowing Ash to win the Psychic Badge.[15]

Talonflame was later used to help Ash, along with Hawlucha and Noibat, to navigate through a dark cave after they were separated from the group. Once they found the entrance, they also found the legendary Pokémon, Zapdos, who, as told by Stan, created thunderstorms out of anger. In a desperate attempt to calm Zapdos down, Talonflame was chosen to battle it first. But even though Talonflame was able to hold it's ground and doge most of its attacks, Zapdos overpowered Talonflame and defeated it.[16]

Talonflame was used in the Gym Battle against Wulfric and his Avalugg. During the battle, Wulfric took advantage of Talonflame's speed by having Avalugg use Avalanche, which helped Avalugg power up its attacks. In addition to that, any attack Talonflame used against Avalugg wre eventually healed thanks to its Ice Body ability caused by the hail storm. After managing to dodge Avalugg's Stone Edge attacks, Talonflame tried to use Flame Charge on Avalugg. However, this proved to be a mistake when Avalugg used Avalanche again and was defeated.[17]

Talonflame was later used in Ash's rematch against Wulfric. It once again battled against Wulfric's Avalugg, but this time, Talonflame was able to claim victory and defeated Avalugg with Flame Charge. It then went up against Wulfric's Abomasnow, but because of its Snow Warning ability, Talonflame was overwhelmed by Abomasnow's power and was defeated.[18]

Talonflame was used as Ash's second Pokémon in the six-on-six battle against Sawyer in the Semi-finals. It went up against his Slaking and won easily. It also went up against Clawitzer and since the latter has a type-advantage, it easily knocked out the former.[19]

Talonflame was used as Ash's fourth Pokémon during his six-on-six battle against Alain in the finals of the Lumiose Conference. He went up against Alain's Unfezant. However, despite its best efforts of using incredible speed and powerful attacks, both Unfezant and Talonflame fainted, which resulted in a double knock-out.[20]

Shortly after Team Flare and Lysandre began their assault on the city, Talonflame was cuffed and hanged up in the air unconscious at the time with Ash and rest of his Pokémon at the top of Prism Tower as a hostage for Ash and Greninja.[21] Looking at the horror and destruction of Lysandre's plans, then became shocked and worried when Lysandre used the mini version of the Mega Evolution Energy Wave machine on Greninja and Ash but was relieved when they used Bond Phenomenon to break free and thanks to Alain's Charizard, Talonflame and the Pokémon were set free and ready to battle.[22]

During the battle, Talonflame, along with Greninja got hit by Gyarados's Stone Edge attack. Despite both being saved by Mega Charizard X, Talonflame was knocked out, leaving Pikachu, Greninja, and Charizard being the only Pokémon to battle Lysandre.[23]

After Team Flare's evil ambitions were finally put to an end, Talonflame and the rest of Ash's Pokémon received Honor of Kalos medals for their heroic efforts against Team Flare.[24]

Since Ash finally comes home from his hometown at Pallet Town after his travels in the Kalos region and before the episode Alola to New Adventure!, Talonflame along with Hawlucha and Noivern are currently resided at Professor Oak's laboratory.

Known moves

Move Episode/Chapter
Ash Talonflame Brave Bird
Double Team (move) A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Peck A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Razor Wind + A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Steel Wing + Battling on Thin Ice!
Flame Charge + Battles in the Sky!
Brave Bird + A Legendary Photo Op!
+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.

Improvised moves

Voice actresses and actor


  • Talonflame's capture marked the first time since Pidgeotto that Ash's second Pokémon from a region is a Flying-type.
  • As a Fletchling, Talonflame is the first of Ash's basic Flying-types to win a Gym Battle prior to evolving.
  • Talonflame is Ash's first Pokémon to change one of its types upon evolving.
    • Since its first evolution from Fletchling to Fletchinder, Talonflame became Ash's second Fire-type Pokémon after Torkoal to not be a starter.
  • Talonflame is Ash's first Pokémon to evolve while battling a Legendary Pokémon, followed by Noivern.
    • Coincidentally, both of Ash's Pokémon are Flying-types from Kalos who obtained their final evolutionary stage during a battle with a member of the Legendary Birds trio.
  • Both of Talonflame's evolutions happened while battling a Fire/Flying-type Pokémon.
  • Like Charizard battling Noland's Articuno, Talonflame, a fully evolved Fire/Flying-type Pokémon, battled Moltres, a Legendary Pokémon of the Kanto region.



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