You carry the scent of an indecent darkness.
Fire / Flying
78 / 81 / 71 / 74 / 69 / 126
Ability: Flame Body / Gale Wings
Talonflame's claim to fame is its signature ability, Gale Wings. This ability gives all of its Flying-type moves (not just attacks) priority +1. This might seem excessive given Talonflame's absurdly high base Speed, but one should never underestimate powerful priority. Talonflame's preferred attack is obviously Brave Bird. Unfortunately its other attacking options are a bit limited, forcing it to rely on another recoil move to provide its other STAB move. Flare Blitz is still a very strong move in its own right, though, as there is an abundance of Pokemon weak to it who happen to resist Brave Bird.
As far as support moves go Quick Guard is absurdly good, and will generally be the reason you might choose to invest in Talonflame's Speed rather than its HP. The ability to outspeed and consequently shut down pretty much every Fake Out / Prankster user is impressive, and the move itself is just extremely good in general. Ironically, in Talonflame mirrors Quick Guard can be used to protect your Talonflame from the other's Brave Bird. Tailwind is another exceptional support move, and is also affected by Gale Wings. Giving heavy hitters such as Mega-Kangaskhan doubled Speed can be devastating. Will-O-Wisp is a less team-focused option though, as its burn is troublesome for a number of Pokemon Talonflame generally struggles against, such as Tyranitar and Garchomp. Will-O-Wisp is another reason to invest in Talonflame's Speed; if you're running it you should at least invest enough to outspeed Jolly Garchomp.
Talonflame's single biggest enemy is easily Rotom-W. It resists both of Talonflame's STABs, and both of its STABs are super effective against it. Will-O-Wisp doesn't even bother Rotom-W that much; it's just a nuisance at best. Rock Slide is also something Talonflame can't handle at all, which makes Garchomp and Tyranitar serious problems, even if they are vulnerable to Will-O-Wisp (Garchomp less-so though since it can easily run Lum Berry or have its evasion augmented by Sand Veil).
As far as teammates go, Talonflame is not very demanding. It just needs to have partners who can handle things like Rotom-W, Garchomp, etc., Its complements a lot of Pokemon due to its excellent neutral coverage and support moves, and it can even be used on Trick Room teams thanks to its priority. Quick Guarding to protect a Trick Room user from Fake Out is also excellent.
Talonflame @ Lum Berry / Sitrus Berry
Adamant 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
- Brave Bird
- Flare Blitz
- Tailwind / Will-O-Wisp / Taunt
- Quick Guard / Protect
Talonflame's moveset is more or less set in stone (although there are other set possibilities such as Sash / Acrobatics or Choice Band), so I imagine the biggest point of contentions would be EV spreads and item choice. Which do you all prefer, and why?