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Ash's Talonflame
サトシのファイアロー Satoshi's Fiarrow
Poké Ball
Ash Talonflame.png
Ash's Talonflame
Debuts in A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Caught at Route 4
Evolves in Battles in the Sky!
A Legendary Photo Op!
Gender Unknown
Ability Flame Body*
Current location With Ash
Fletchling Fletchinder Talonflame
This Pokémon spent 33 episodes as Fletchling and 49 episodes as Fletchinder.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Fletchling Yuka Terasaki Lisa Ortiz
As Fletchinder Yuka Terasaki Lisa Ortiz
As Talonflame Kiyotaka Furushima Alex Haynes

Ash's Talonflame (Japanese: サトシのファイアロー Satoshi's Fiarrow) is the second Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught in the Kalos region.


As a Fletchling

As a Fletchling, it made its first appearance stealing a Berry that Bonnie was trying to feed to a wild Dedenne. Having made Bonnie cry, Ash's Froakie attempted to battle Fletchling, only to be repeatedly knocked out of the air. After Fletchling left, Clemont tried to attract it with one of his Clemontic Gears, only for Fletchling to set them up into being attacked by a swarm of Beedrill.

The chase led Ash and his friends to a canyon, where Froakie challenged Fletchling to another battle. Using the terrain to its advantage, Froakie managed to defeat Fletchling and this resulted in its catch by Ash. Fletchling was soon sent out again to be introduced to everyone else where it shared an Oran Berry with Froakie and Pikachu.

In A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!, Fletchling was Ash's second and last Pokémon in his Santalune Gym battle against Viola, it went up against her Surskit. It was unaffected by the slippery field caused by Ice Beam as well as having a type-advantage. Fletchling used Peck which was dodged and avoided an Ice Beam attack, Surskit used Sticky Web, which Fletchling dodged by using Double Team. It used Razor Wind hitting Surskit knocking it out. It then went up against her Vivillon, its Peck was countered with Psychic and it was smashed on the ground, it was then hit with Gust and was pushed into the Sticky Web Surskit set before, it was unable to escape and hit with Solar Beam, knocking it out causing Ash to lose the Gym Battle. After it was healed at the Pokémon Center, it trained with Pikachu for their rematch by using Alexa's Noivern using Gust to help them withstand Vivillon's Gust.

In Battling on Thin Ice!, continuing its training along with Pikachu it was able to withstand Noivern's Gust well, later using one of Clemont's inventions, they practiced to avoid Surskit's Sticky Web, after it broke, they used Froakie and its frubbles instead to practice. Ash used Fletchling as his second Pokémon in his Gym battle rematch against Viola, it went up against her Vivillon. Its Steel Wing was countered with Psychic, dealing damage to Fletchling. It hit with a second Steel Wing but its Peck was dodged. Vivillon used Gust, but using its training it was able to withstand it and use a spinning Razor Wind, but Vivillon used its final move, Sleep Powder, to put Fletchling to sleep and it was defeated by Solar Beam.

In Climbing the Walls!, Ash used Fletchling as his second Pokémon during his battle against Grant at the Cyllage Gym. Fletchling went up against Tyrunt. It used Razor Wind but Tyrunt used its powerful mouth and fangs with Crunch to bite and block the move. Ash changed strategy and trying to confuse Tyrunt, he had Fletchling used Double Team, it used Steel Wing and aimed for its chest, but Tyrunt jumped and dodged the attacks and then used Dragon Tail to destroy the copies but the real Fletchling hit Tyrunt with a super-effective Steel Wing, but the Royal Heir Pokémon hit back with Dragon Tail again, knocking Fletchling out.

As a Fletchinder

In Battles in the Sky!, Ash and his friends met a Trainer named Moria, a Sky Trainer, and her Talonflame. She offered to have a Sky Battle with Ash and took them to a place where they could test out the Sky Battle gear. Ash sent out Fletchling and Hawlucha to join them while they practiced. When Fletchling met Talonflame, it wished to battle it, but Talonflame was not impressed and Moria chose to battle Hawlucha instead, which upset Fletchling. Fletchling stayed with Bonnie while Ash and Hawlucha battled Talonflame, studying how Talonflame moved and attacked. After Hawlucha was defeated it helped rescue Talonflame from Team Rocket, earning Talonflame's respect. Afterwards Talonflame decided it wanted to battle against Fletchling after all. Fletchling was able to dodge many of Talonflame's attacks due to its small size and using what it learned from watching Hawlucha's battle. Fletchling was eventually hit by a powerful Fire Blast and evolved into Fletchinder in the process. It successfully defeated Talonflame with its newly learned Flame Charge, using the speed increase from the new move three times to easily follow it and attack.

As a Fletchinder, it was used during Ash's battle against Korrina at the Shalour Gym in Showdown at the Shalour Gym!. It was his second Pokémon and went up against Korrina's Machoke. Fletchinder used Flame Charge but Machoke used its incredible running and jumping ability to dodge and hit Fletchinder with Brick Break, Fletchinder was then hit by a speedy Low Kick, Fletchinder went for Steel Wing but it was caught by Machoke who threw it, Fletchinder recovered and used Razor Wind, Machoke then went for Focus Blast, but Fletchinder used Flame Charge and hit Machoke after it dodged Focus Blast, knocking it out. Korrina then sent out her final Pokémon, her Lucario, she immediately Mega Evolved it into Mega Lucario, Fletchinder used Flame Charge but Mega Lucario used Metal Sound, blocking Flame Charge and lowering Fletchinder's Special Defense, but it broke through and hit Mega Lucario, which was super-effective, Mega Lucario then used Aura Sphere but Fletchinder countered with Steel Wing, blocking the attack, but then Mega Lucario quickly came from behind and used Power-Up Punch, knocking Fletchinder out.

In The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!, Fletchinder was called out to battle Ramos's Jumpluff at the Coumarine Gym. It used Flame Charge but Jumpluff was able to protect itself by using Cotton Guard. Jumpluff then used Sunny Day, creating harsh sunlight. Fletchinder then used Steel Wing, but Jumpluff managed to dodge thanks to its Chlorophyll Ability. Fletchinder used Flame Charge but its attack was once again dodged. However, the effect of Flame Charge increased its Speed, allowing it to hit with a second one. Although Jumpluff used Cotton Guard, it was not enough and Fletchinder defeated the Cottonweed Pokémon. It then went up against Ramos's Weepinbell, Fletchinder used Flame Charge but it was dodged, as Weepinbell activated its Chlorophyll Ability using the harsh sunlight from Jumpluff. It used Flame Charge again but Weepinbell used its Poison Powder to escape, poisoning Fletchinder in the process. Whilst it was down, it was hit by Weepinbell's Razor Leaf. Fletchinder got up and used Flame Charge, but the Flycatcher Pokémon dodged and used the vines above the battlefield to climb on top of Fletchinder and launch Slam, rendering Fletchinder unable to battle.

Flame Body activated, as a Fletchinder

In Fairy-Type Trickery!, Fletchinder was the first Pokémon sent out by Ash during his battle against Valerie at the Laverre Gym. It went up against her Sylveon. Fletchinder landed a successful super-effective Steel Wing on Sylveon, but it was hit with Disarming Voice. Fletchinder attempted to use Peck, but it got caught in Sylveon's feelers and was spun around, whilst being hit with Fairy Wind. Sylveon attempted to crash Flecthinder into the ground, but it was able to break free with Flame Charge and hit Sylveon. Sylveon used Giga Impact whilst Fletchinder used Steel Wing, both attacks hit, but only Fletchinder was able to remain up, defeating the Intertwinning Pokémon. Valerie then used Spritzee, Fletchinder went for a Steel Wing but the Perfume Pokémon dodged and used Trick Room, meaning that the slowest Pokémon attacks first. Ash had Fletchinder use Flame Charge but Clemont realized it was a bad idea, since Trick Room meant that faster Pokémon normally, would be slower inside the Trick Room. With this Spritzee easily dodged the attacks. Despite this Ash had Fletchinder use Flame Charge and Spritzee hit Fletchinder with Dazzling Gleam. Fletchinder used Flame Charge again, which was dodged and was hit by Gyro Ball. After having another Flame Charge dodged, Trick Room ended and Fletchinder hit Spritzee with a speedy Steel Wing, which caused the other to realize Ash's strategy was to wait until Trick Room ended and then use speed. However Fletchinder was hit by Moonblast and knocked out.

In A Not-So-Flying Start!, it was training until Hawlucha found an Egg and brought it back to Ash. Whilst it was hatching, Fletchinder used its Flame Body Ability to keep it warm until it hatched into a Noibat. Later after Noibat was frustrated by its inability to fly, it and Hawlucha offered to help to teach it to fly, Fletchinder flew whilst Noibat tried to trail it by flying but failed and almost crashed into the ground until it was caught by Ash. After failing with Hawlucha, they went to the hills to make practicing easier, however Hawlucha and Noibat were captured by Team Rocket. Fletchinder tried to rescue them with Steel Wing, but Inkay used its Ink Spray, blinding Fletchinder and stopping its attack. It was caught by Ash and then followed Team Rocket to a cave where it lead Ash and the other to them, where Pikachu and Frogadier defeated Team Rocket. After Ash caught Noibat, it continued training with Noibat and Hawlucha, to help teach Noibat to fly.

In A Relay in the Sky!, it continued to train Noibat how to fly along with Hawlucha. Afterwards they noticed a Starly, Staravia and Staraptor. They went to the source of this, the Pokémon Sky Relay, where they discovered that the birds came from the Sky Relay Champion, Orson. Later Ash used Fletchinder, Hawlucha and Noibat in the relay. Fletchinder was used in the first part of the race. It had a good lead initially and did well when it got into the forest, but when a Hydreigon crashed into a tree, apples fell down, forcing Fletchinder to dodge them, causing it to lose its first position. It ended up being third at the end of the first segment when it passed the baton onto Hawlucha, behind Staravia and Pumpkaboo, which was hiding inside an Altaria. They eventually ended up second after Noibat barely lost to Starly, but it and the others were pleased with Noibat, who had successfully learned to fly.

Battling Moltres as a newly evolved Talonflame

In A Legendary Photo Op!, it was used in a battle against Trevor's Charmeleon. It used its speedy movements to dodge a Fire Spin and block Flamethrower with a spinning Steel Wing. After knocking Charmeleon back with Flame Charge, Fletchinder barely managed to avoid a Dragon Claw. Charmeleon then used Flamethrower again, but this was dodged again and Fletchinder struck the Flame Pokémon with a Steel Wing, knocking it out. Shortly after, Ash called upon Fletchinder to battle Team Rocket and later, a wild Moltres. However, it was soon overwhelmed by the power of the legendary Pokémon. When Ash tried to tell Fletchinder to wait for him, Moltres noticed the group and attacked them instead. Fletchinder, determined to save the group, sped ahead of Moltres's Flamethrower and, during the fast-paced flight, suddenly evolved into Talonflame and successfully blocked the attack, also learning Brave Bird as a result. Though it evolved and learned a new move, Moltres was just too strong and knocked Talonflame out with a Fire Blast. Falling towards the lava, Talonflame looked doomed, but Ash plunged to help it, risking his own life in the process. They avoided being incinerated when Frogadier saved them with its Frubbles. Once Ash and Talonflame were safely pulled up, Ash's friends scolded him for almost getting himself killed, but Moltres was impressed by Ash's courage and flew away into the sky.

In All Eyes on the Future!, Talonflame was used along with Frogadier in a Double Battle against Olympia's two Meowstic at the Anistar Gym. After Olympia's Meowstic used a Helping Hand-boosted Future Sight, Talonflame and Frogadier headed in for the attack. Both Meowstic simply dodged the attacks and began levitating. Ash then had Talonflame attack the male Meowstic with Flame Charge and scored a successful hit, after Meowstic set up his Light Screen, which protected his partner against Frogadier's Water Pulse. Talonflame was then hit by Olympia's female Meowstic, but was caught by Frogadier before hitting the ground. Both Meowstic then fired off their Psyshock, which kept following their targets due to the female Meowstic's ability Keen Eye, and were able to hit their opponents. As Talonflame and Frogadier stood up and were about to counterattack, wormholes appeared and Future Sight struck Talonflame, knocking it into Frogadier. Ash then came up with a strategy to have Pikachu keep track of the time it took for Future Sight to hit its mark. Ash then had Talonflame use Brave Bird and Frogadier use Double Team to cover Talonflame. After the female Meowstic wiped the clones out with Dark Pulse, its Dark Pulse was cancelled out by Frogadier's Cut, giving Talonflame the chance to hit her hard with Brave Bird. She, however, immediately recovered and launched a Thunder Wave at Talonflame, but Frogadier jumped in and took the attack, paralyzing it. Meowstic then used Future Sight once again and fired off a double Psyshock. Knowing dodging wouldn't work, Ash had Talonflame charge in, slicing through their attacks with Steel Wing. As the Psyshock headed back towards Talonflame, they were stopped by Frogadier's Water Pulse and Talonflame struck the male Meowstic with a spinning Steel Wing. It later caught Frogadier, who just got hit, but was then struck by Future Sight again. After Future Sight was used again, Talonflame carried Frogadier and charged towards the Meowstic. The Psychic-type Pokémon attacked with Psyshock and Dark Pulse, which kept following their marks again. Talonflame, however, led the attack towards the Meowstic and flew off at the last moment, causing them to get hit by their own attacks. Talonflame and Frogadier then grabbed onto the Meowstic. Thanks to Pikachu, they were able to let them go at the moment Future Sight was executed, causing it to hit Meowstic instead. Talonflame then saved the paralyzed Frogadier from Psyshock and used Flame Charge to shield itself and Frogadier from Meowstic's attacks. Talonflame then knocked the female Meowstic out with Flame Charge, while Frogadier defeated the male with Water Pulse. This gave Ash the victory, earning him the Psychic Badge.

Personality and characteristics

With Ash, Pikachu and Frogadier

Prior to being caught by Ash, Fletchling would steal food from other Pokémon as shown when it took a Berry from Dedenne. It was also shown to be mischievous as it led the group to a Beedrill swarm. Fletchling also showed a sense of humor by laughing at them after being attacked. After Ash caught Fletchling, it warmed up to the group and became friendly towards them. Compared to the more subdued Frogadier and Hawlucha, Fletchling tends to be more animated and emotional, puffing its chest out when confident and showing visible shock and tears when upset. In Battles in the Sky!, Fletchling became dejected after Moria's Talonflame dismissed it as weak. It was also shown in the same episode to be intelligent and resourceful; while Talonflame battled Hawlucha, it studied how Talonflame battled, and used what it learned to evade and defeat the evolved Pokémon later.

Talonflame is usually used as a scout, in a manner similar to that of Ash's Staraptor and Noctowl. However, despite not usually being used in battles against other Trainers, Talonflame is frequently used in Gym battles, fighting in all but one so far. This shows the confidence Ash places in Talonflame's speed and strength. It is safe to assume therefore, that Talonflame is an accomplished battler. Talonflame hasn't shown the same enthusiasm as Hawlucha or Frogadier, but when in battle, it becomes focused and determined to defeat its opponent, no matter what the opponent may be, even if at a type disadvantage. Talonflame has also adopted Ash's never give up mentality, as it has taken many hard hitting blows in the past, and always gotten back up. This shows that Talonflame is quite the resilient Pokémon. It also seems to want to prove itself against other Flying types, as it wished to fight Moria's Talonflame to the point of crying in frustration when rejected by it. Both of its evolutions occurring in battles against other Flying-types is further indication of this. In addition, Talonflame is willing to put itself in harm's way to protect its friends. As a Fletchinder in A Legendary Photo Op!, it intercepted Moltres's powerful Flamethrower to protect Ash, Pikachu, Frogadier, and Trevor's Charmeleon. After evolving, it fought to the point of exhaustion to calm the Legendary Pokémon down. In All Eyes on the Future!, during a Double Battle with Olympia, Talonflame voluntarily stepped up to cover Frogadier and provide an offensive push for Ash after Frogadier was paralyzed by Olympia's Meowstic's Thunder Wave.

As a Fletchling, with Bonnie

Talonflame is also humble in defeat. After losing to Frogadier as a Froakie when it was a Fletchling, which resulted in its subsequent catch, Talonflame did not sulk or feel sorry for itself. Rather, it shared an Oran Berry snack with Pikachu and Froakie, symbolizing their new found friendship. Talonflame is loyal to its friends as well, which is show by its constant willingness to search for its friends whenever they get separated from the group. Talonflame seems to have a good relationship with Bonnie, as it took inspiration from her words, which helped it to evolve when a Fletchling. This also shows that Talonflame is not too proud as to refuse advice when given it, and will persist to improve itself. It has also been hinted that Talonflame has become more moralistic, as it showed remorse after being scolded by Bonnie for stealing food from wild Pokémon. It also enjoys having its wings cleaned by Bonnie, as stated by Ash.

As shown in A Not-So-Flying Start! Talonflame also has good parental instincts. Upon discovering a Pokémon Egg, Talonflame, as a Fletchinder, used its Flame Body Ability to keep the Egg warm. Once the Egg hatched, and was revealed to be a Noibat, Fletchinder, along with Hawlucha, became Noibat's mentors and began to teach it how to fly. It continued to help Noibat with its flying abilities in A Relay in the Sky!.

Moves used

Ash Fletchling Peck.png
Using Peck as a Fletchling
Ash Fletchinder Peck.png
Using Peck as a Fletchinder
Move First Used In
Double Team 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!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Ash Talonflame Flame Charge Armor.png All Eyes on the Future! Flame Charge None
Description: Covering itself and Frogadier in the Flame Charge's flames, Talonflame remains stationary and uses it as a shield from attacks from all directions.
Ash Talonflame Spinning Steel Wing.png All Eyes on the Future! Steel Wing None
Description: While speeding forward with Steel Wing, Talonflame spins in a manner similar to Drill Peck and hits the opponent.


  • Talonflame, as Fletchling, is Ash's first basic stage Flying-type Pokémon to get a win in a Gym battle prior to its evolution.
  • As a Fletchling, its evolution into Fletchinder was first revealed in the Japanese opening Mega V. Fletchinder made its proper debut in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, before its evolution was shown on-screen in Battles in the Sky!.
  • Talonflame is Ash's first Pokémon to change one of its types upon evolution.
  • Talonflame is Ash's first Flying-type Pokémon to have a confirmed Ability.
  • Talonflame is Ash's first Pokémon to evolve while battling a Legendary Pokémon.
  • Both of Talonflame's evolutions occurred when it was battling a Fire/Flying-type Pokémon.
  • Aside from Pikachu, Talonflame is tied with Sceptile for being used in the most Gym battles by Ash, with six.

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