Best moveset for Talonflame in Pokémon Go

What are the best moves?

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Talonflame is among the first Pokémon to appear from the Kalos region and come to Pokémon Go. It’s the final evolved form of Fletchling. Players have to decide if they want to add Talonflame to their collection, and they have to consider what type of Pokémon team they want to craft given Talonflame’s moveset and CP. The traditional moveset Talonflame received was mediocre, and it was okay in certain situations. However, with Fletchling’s March 2021 Community Day, incinerate was added to Talonflame’s final moveset, and that gives it a significant boost. If you’re consider using Talonflame in the Great or Ultra League, we cannot recommend enough you make sure it has incinerate for its fast move. This attack gives the Pokémon a proper boost in the right direction.

Talonflame is a Flying and Fire-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Electric, Rock, and Water moves, but it’s resistant to Bug, Grass, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Ground, and Steel-type attacks. It has a maximum CP of 2,205, an attack of 145, a defense of 110, and stamina of 158.

These are all of the moves Talonflame can learn.

Fast moves

  • Incinerate (Fire-type) – 15 damage and 4 energy (3 damage per turn)
  • Fire Spin (Fire-type) – 9 damage and 3.3 energy per turn (3 damage per turn)
  • Steel Wing (Steel-type) – 7 damage and 2.5 energy per turn (3.5 damage per turn)

Charge moves

  • Brave Bird (Flying-type) – 130 damage and 55 energy (100% chance to lower user’s defense by three ranks)
  • Fire Blast (Fire-type) – 140 damage and 80 energy
  • Flame Charge (Fire-type) 65 damage and 50 energy (100% chance to increase user’s attack by one rank)
  • Hurricane (Flying-type) – 110 damage and 65 energy

As we said before, Talonflame’s moveset was mediocre when it first arrived to Pokémon Go. However, adding incinerate to its moveset makes it a significantly better Pokémon and an even better competitor in the Battle League. You want to teach it incinerate for its fast move given the amount of damage and the energy generation of the attack. It elevates Talonflame, making it a real threat in battles.

For Talonflame’s charge moves, you want to use brave bird and flame charge. You never want to use fire blast if you can ever avoid it. The move requires too much energy, despite how much damage it can, but given how quickly another trainer can block it, you’re better off not using it at all. Hurricane is another one more trainers would typically exchange brave bird for it because of the negative effects of using the attack, but the brave bird’s overall damage is too hard to give up.

Overall, Talonflame was only a decent choice when it was initially released, but it’s a far better competitor with incinerate. It’s not sitting at the top of the Great or Ultra League charts, but it’s far better than it used to be. Talonflame’s best moveset will be using incinerate for its fast move, and then brave bird and flame charge for its charge moves.