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What Is your 'Go To' counter for Talonflame?

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Abilities can make or break a Pokemon. The whole reason people run Talonflame is obviously because of its Gale Wings ability.

I constantly run into it and I'm sure a lot of you do as well. Because a lot of the time I randomly select 6 fully EV trained Pokemon out of the PC (for a bit of fun) I find myself vulnerable to Talonflame or I have to carefully and painfully play around it.

So I'm looking for a solid counter that can safely switch in taking little damage from it and maybe set up and support. Should something like Carbink be a staple for my future teams? I always like the idea of obscure and unpredictable Pokemon. I also don't really want to run Heatran as I hate the x4 Ground weakness.

asked Dec 27, 2013 by Tinybandicoot
Anything that can take a hit and can run Stone Edge
The x4 Ground Weakness from Heatran is nothing compared to how many resistances it gets :0

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Best answer

Okay well the common Move Set I've seen for Talonflame is this:

Talonflame (M) @ Life Orb
Ability: Gale Wings
Nature: Adament/ Jolly
EV's: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 Defence/ HP

  • Flare Blitz
  • Brave Bird
  • U-turn
  • Roost/ Swords Dance

Therefore I recommend any of the following Pokémon:

    Regirock          Rotom-H            Rotom-W          Tyrantrum

Regirock Rotom-H Rotom-W Tyrantrum

Mega Ampharos

Mega Ampharos

The reason I would recommend each of these Pokémon is because they all resist both Fire and Flying Type Moves.

Regirock has amazing Defence at 200! so it can easier counter Talonflame as it resists both it's Fire and Flying Type Moves. It can also set up Stealth Rocks which will reduce Talonflame's HP by 50% of it's Maximum every time it switches in.

Rotom-H resists both Fire and Flying Type Moves as well as the Bug Type U-turn. It can easily cripple Talonflame with a Thunderbolt. Not to mention it has Pain Split.

Rotom-W resists both Fire and Flying Type Moves. It should force out Talonflame with fear of a Hydro Pump or Thunderbolt.

Tyrantrum resists both Fire and Flying Type Moves and it also has access to Stealth Rock. It should easily OHKO Talonflame with Head Smash if it has the Rock Head Ability. You could even give it a Life Orb for extra power.

Mega Ampharos resists both Fire and Flying Type Moves since it is part Dragon. It will force out Talonflame with fear of a Thunderbolt with it's mighty 165 Special Attack! It even has the Ability Mold Breaker.

Hope I helped :)

answered Dec 27, 2013 by Sir Dan
selected Dec 27, 2013 by Tinybandicoot
Why would a Choice Band Talonflame lock itself into Sword Dance or Roost? xD
It'll probably have Steel Wing instead.
It was supposed to be Life Orb but I accidently put Choice Band, Cheers for pointing that out so I could edit it :P
Honestly, Regirock isn't all the practical. Yes, it does wall Talonflame, but it really doesn't do much in the OU environment and will often be a waste of a team slot.
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Use Tyranitar, a powerful Pseudo legend, and his speed is low anyway, so priority wont matter, and his defenses are high, just like talonflames x4 weakness to rock. Just use stone edge and your troubles are over.

answered Dec 27, 2013 by zachydoodle
The only thing with Tyranitar is he comes with the annoying Sand Stream ability which you're then forced into pretty much building a sand team.
Well, the sandstorm wears off after 5 turns or if he faints
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Aerodactyl is the best counter.
You have rock typing which not only resists flying and fire moves, is 4x to Talonflame.

answered Dec 27, 2013 by Amphaboss55