Typhlosion is a Pokémon with a bulky, yet long and agile body. It is classified as a quadruped, but it is capable of bipedal movement. Most of its body is cream-colored, but its back and the top of its head are a dark green-blue. It has a short, rounded snout and small, triangular eyes and ears. When its mouth is open, its sharp canine teeth and thick tongue are visible. Each of its paws have three digits and there is a coarse, spiky fringe of fur along its rear. Across the back of its neck, there are several red spots that can produce fire. Typhlosion is capable of making anything go up in flames when angered and creating explosions by rubbing its fur together. The heat it generates when ready for battle creates a shimmering haze that can also be used hide itself. Though it is rare in the wild, it can be found living on grasslands.
Additionally, they are all capable of learning Eruption.
Typhlosion is mainly based on the honey badger. It may also be reminiscent of weasels and wolverines, as well as bears. It has a long and agile body, like weasels, though it is significantly larger and thicker than its pre-evolved forms.
Typhlosion is a combination of typhoon and explosion. Its name is also similar to the word typhus, a Greek word meaning 'hazy' (which would describe the effect that the intense heat Typhlosion generates has on the air surrounding it), and it may also be related to tephra (volcanic material). It could also derive from Typhon, a monster in Greek mythology who fathered many other monsters with his wife, Echidna; Cyndaquil resembles an echidna. Alternatively, it could be a reference to Eulipotyphla, the mammal group containing shrews and hedgehogs.
Bakphoon is a combination of 爆風 bakufū (blast) and typhoon.