- Boosts power of Fire-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
With a high Special Attack stat, a great Speed stat, and a wide variety of attacking options, Typhlosion is a powerhouse in UU. He's one of those Fire-types that you'd use on a Sunny Day team but he can still function outside of them. Typhlosion is also exceptional at abusing Choice items. Despite being incredibly powerful, Typhlosion is not without weaknesses. He lacks specific otherwise important coverage moves, and has to rely on Hidden Power Rock for coverage against opposing Fire-types. Also, Typhlosion is quite difficult to use due to his Stealth Rock weakness, and is relatively easy to counter if you know his set. While Typhlosion faces stiff competition from Moltres, his superior Speed and lesser weakness to Stealth Rock along with access to Eruption are enough to differentiate him from the fire phoenix. If you want a powerful Sunny Day sweeper or a useful Choice Scarf user, you should give Typhlosion a chance. A well-played Typhlosion is capable of demolishing entire teams.
This set can be devastating when used correctly. Sunny Day boosts Typhlosion's Fire-type moves to incredible levels, allowing Typhlosion to deal heavy damage to Pokemon that don't outright resist them. Fire Blast is Typhlosion's STAB move of choice and is quite strong initially, but is even more ridiculous when the sun is out. To put it into perspective, even the standard Chansey is capable of being 2HKOed by a sun boosted Fire Blast with some residual damage. SolarBeam allows Typhlosion to beat common bulky Water-types like Milotic and Slowbro. Sun also reduces the damage taken from of Water-type moves, allowing Typhlosion to reliably beat Slowbro and Milotic without taking heavy damage from their attacks. In addition, SolarBeam allows Typhlosion to bypass bulky Rock-types like Omastar and Regirock, however the latter needs residual damage in order to be OHKOed by SolarBeam. Hidden Power Rock is used for damaging opposing Fire-types like Moltres, Houndoom, and Arcanine who would completely wall Typhlosion otherwise.
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Typhlosion has both the Speed and the power to abuse a Choice Scarf. Eruption is Typhlosion's trademark move, a 150 Base Power Fire-type move that is capable of dealing incredible amounts of damage to most of the UU metagame. Focus Blast is used to target bulky Rock-types like Regirock and Omastar, as well as Houndoom and other Pokemon who are otherwise barely affected by Eruption. Hidden Power Rock allows Typhlosion to hurt opposing Fire-types while Hidden Power Grass targets weakened Water-types. Eruption gets progressively weaker as Typhlosion's health diminishes, and thus Fire Blast is a useful secondary move when Eruption is no longer useful, and is especially powerful if Blaze is activated. When using Choice Scarf Typhlosion, you should never lead with Eruption due to the multitude of Fire-type resistances in UU. Instead, leading with Focus Blast or Hidden Power Rock is recommended to scout for and even OHKO checks like Omastar and Houndoom.
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Choice Specs, when coupled with Typhlosion's high Speed and Special Attack stats, turns it into a fearsome special attacker. Choice Specs boosts Typhlosion's already good Special Attack to incredible levels, letting his Fire-type STAB moves deal heavy damage to Pokemon that don't resist them. Overheat is extremely strong after a Choice Specs boost, allowing Typhlosion to 2HKO specially defensive Clefable even after the Special Attack drop. Only dedicated special walls and Pokemon who resist Overheat can safely switch in. Eruption is only slightly stronger than Overheat, but it can be used repeatedly and has perfect accuracy. Unfortunately, a significant effort is required to keep Eruption at full power. It should be noted that the Special Attack drop after using Overheat isn't detrimental because this variant of Typhlosion is mainly used as a hit-and-run attacker.
Focus Blast is used to deal heavy damage to bulky Rock-types like Regirock and Omastar, who take pitiful damage from Overheat. It also OHKOes Houndoom, a common check to Choice-locked Typhlosion. Hidden Power Grass is used to damage Water-types, and is strong enough to noticeably damage them. Milotic, for example, is 2HKOed by Choice Specs Hidden Power Grass after Stealth Rock damage. Hidden Power Rock is used to deal good damage to opposing Fire-types, and is useful against specially defensive Arcanine and Altaria. Fire Blast is used for dealing consistent damage where needed, while Flamethrower is weaker but more reliable. If Hidden Power Rock is used, be sure to change Typhlosion's EVs to 252 SpA / 36 SpD / 220 Spe.
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Typhlosion is capable of running a Substitute and Petaya Berry set which possesses devastating power when fully set up, but it's usually outclassed by the Sunny Day set, which does the same thing without whittling down Typhlosion's health and still being walled by bulky Water-types. Extrasensory can be used on any set and is useful against Fighting-types who are resistant to Fire-type moves like Blaziken and Thick Fat Hariyama. Typhlosion has a surprisingly large physical movepool, with gems like Flare Blitz, Howl, ThunderPunch, and Earthquake, and is thus capable of running a physical sweeper set. However, that set is completely outclassed by Arcanine, who boasts more bulk, power, and priority.
Checks and Counters
Chansey is easily the best Typhlosion counter in the UU metagame. She can switch into nearly anything he can dish out and cripple him with status or wear him down with Seismic Toss. Chansey is 2HKOed by sun-boosted Eruption at full power, but that is a pretty rare circumstance. Specially defensive Arcanine is an incredible counter to Sunny Day Typhlosion. Arcanine can easily sponge any of Typhlosion's attacks, and can wear him down with status. He also gets a boost from Sunny Day, giving him an even greater advantage. However, Arcanine should watch out for Hidden Power Rock, which has a decent chance of 2HKOing Arcanine if Stealth Rock is in play. Specially defensive Altaria is also a good counter to Typhlosion. He's similar to Arcanine in that he can take everything Typhlosion can throw at him and cripple him with status, but he should also be wary of Hidden Power Rock, which has a chance to 2HKO after Stealth Rock damage. Bulky Water-types like Milotic and Slowking are decent checks to Typhlosion provided that the sun isn't up. Water-types in general should watch out for Sunny Day, which not only allows Typhlosion to effectively use SolarBeam, but also decreases the power of their Water-type moves. Thick Fat Hariyama is another incredible counter to Typhlosion, as he can easily take a sun-boosted Fire Blast and weaken Typhlosion with his STAB Fighting-type moves. Regirock is also a decent check to Typhlosion, but it should watch out for SolarBeam, which deals a fair amount of damage.
Choiced sets are easier to counter than other sets. All of the above counters apply, and now bulky Water-types are more than capable of switching into Typhlosion, as the worst thing they have to fear is Hidden Power Grass. Typhlosion is even checked by Flash Fire users like Houndoom, who can switch in on a Fire-type move and nail Typhlosion as he switches out with Pursuit. While it may only happen once in a blue moon, you should be wary of Choice Specs max power Eruption in the sun, which can quite literally 2HKO all of the counters listed here, barring Houndoom. In general, Stealth Rock makes Typhlosion significantly easier to deal with as it strips off 25% of his health, limiting the number of times he can switch into battle and weakening Eruption if he's using it.