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In the anime
Talonflame debuted as a Fletchling in A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, where it stole a Berry that Bonnie was trying to feed to a wild Dedenne, which subsequently made Bonnie cry. As a result, Ash's Froakie attempted to battle Fletchling, only to be repeatedly knocked out of the air. After Fletchling left, Clemont tried to attract it with one of his Clemontic Gears, only for Fletchling to set them up into being attacked by a swarm of Beedrill. The chase led Ash and his friends to a canyon, where Froakie challenged Fletchling to another battle. Using the terrain to its advantage, Froakie managed to defeat Fletchling and this resulted in its catch by Ash. Fletchling was soon sent out again to be introduced to everyone else where it shared an Oran Berry with Froakie and Pikachu.
In A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!, Fletchling was Ash's second and last Pokémon in his Santalune Gym battle against Viola, being pitted against her Surskit. It was unaffected by the slippery field caused by Ice Beam as well as having a type advantage. Fletchling used Peck which was dodged and avoided an Ice Beam attack. Surskit used Sticky Web, which Fletchling dodged by using Double Team. It then used Razor Wind, hitting Surskit and knocking it out. It then went up against her Vivillon, who countered its Peck with Psychic and smashed it onto the ground. The Tiny Robin Pokémon was then hit with Gust and was pushed into the Sticky Web that Surskit had set before, leaving it unable to escape and open to be hit with a powerful Solar Beam, knocking it out and causing Ash to lose the Gym battle. After it was healed at the Pokémon Center, it trained with Pikachu for their rematch by using Alexa's Noivern using Gust to help them withstand Vivillon's Gust.
In Battling on Thin Ice!, while continuing its training along with Pikachu, it was able to withstand Noivern's Gust well, before switching to using one of Clemont's inventions to practice avoiding Surskit's Sticky Web. After the machine broke, they used Froakie and its Frubbles instead to practice. Ash used Fletchling as his second Pokémon in his Gym battle rematch against Viola, going up against her Vivillon. Its Steel Wing was countered with Psychic, dealing damage to Fletchling. It hit with a second Steel Wing but its Peck was dodged. Vivillon used Gust, but using its training, it was able to withstand it and use a spinning Razor Wind, but Vivillon used its final move, Sleep Powder, to put Fletchling to sleep and it was defeated by Solar Beam.
In Climbing the Walls!, Ash used Fletchling as his second Pokémon during his battle against Grant at the Cyllage Gym. Fletchling went up against Tyrunt. It used Razor Wind but Tyrunt used its powerful mouth and fangs with Crunch to bite and block the move. Ash changed strategy and, trying to confuse Tyrunt, he had Fletchling use Double Team before then aiming a Steel Wing attack at its chest. Tyrunt jumped and dodged the attacks and then used Dragon Tail to destroy the copies but the real Fletchling hit Tyrunt with a super-effective Steel Wing. Despite Fletchling's best efforts, the Royal Heir Pokémon hit back with another Dragon Tail attack, knocking Fletchling out.
In Battles in the Sky!, Ash and his friends met a Trainer named Moria, a Sky Trainer, and her Talonflame. She offered to have a Sky Battle with Ash and took them to a place where they could test out the Sky Battle gear. Ash sent out Fletchling and Hawlucha to join them while they practiced. When Fletchling met Talonflame, it wished to battle it, but Talonflame was not impressed and Moria chose to battle Hawlucha instead, which upset Fletchling. Fletchling stayed with Bonnie while Ash and Hawlucha battled Talonflame, studying how Talonflame moved and attacked. After Hawlucha was defeated it helped rescue Talonflame from Team Rocket, earning Talonflame's respect. Afterward, Talonflame decided it wanted to battle against Fletchling after all. Fletchling was able to dodge many of Talonflame's attacks due to its small size and using what it learned from watching Hawlucha's battle. Fletchling was eventually hit by a powerful Fire Blast and evolved into Fletchinder in the process. It successfully defeated Talonflame with its newly learned Flame Charge, using the speed increase from the new move three times to easily follow it and attack.
As a Fletchinder, it was used during Ash's battle against Korrina at the Shalour Gym in Showdown at the Shalour Gym!. It was his second Pokémon and went up against Korrina's Machoke. Fletchinder used Flame Charge but Machoke used its incredible running and jumping ability to dodge and hit Fletchinder with Brick Break. Fletchinder was then hit by a speedy Low Sweep. Fletchinder went for Steel Wing but it was caught by Machoke who threw it. Fletchinder recovered and used Razor Wind. Machoke then went for Focus Blast, but Fletchinder used Flame Charge and hit Machoke after it dodged Focus Blast, knocking it out. Korrina then sent out her final Pokémon, her Lucario, and she immediately Mega Evolved it into Mega Lucario. Fletchinder used Flame Charge but Mega Lucario used Metal Sound, blocking Flame Charge and lowering Fletchinder's Special Defense. Fletchinder broke through and hit Mega Lucario with Flame Charge, which was super-effective. Mega Lucario then used Aura Sphere but Fletchinder countered with Steel Wing, blocking the attack. Mega Lucario then quickly came from behind and used Power-Up Punch, knocking Fletchinder out.
In The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!, Fletchinder was called out to battle Ramos's Jumpluff at the Coumarine Gym. It used Flame Charge but Jumpluff was able to protect itself by using Cotton Guard. Jumpluff then used Sunny Day, creating harsh sunlight. Fletchinder then used Steel Wing, but Jumpluff managed to dodge thanks to its Chlorophyll Ability. Fletchinder used Flame Charge but its attack was once again dodged. However, the effect of Flame Charge increased its Speed, allowing it to hit with a second one. Although Jumpluff used Cotton Guard, it was not enough and Fletchinder defeated the Cottonweed Pokémon. It then went up against Ramos's Weepinbell, Fletchinder used Flame Charge but it was dodged, as Weepinbell activated its Chlorophyll Ability using the harsh sunlight from Jumpluff. It used Flame Charge again but Weepinbell used its Poison Powder to escape, poisoning Fletchinder in the process. While it was down, it was hit by Weepinbell's Razor Leaf attack. Fletchinder got up and used Flame Charge, but the Flycatcher Pokémon dodged and used the vines above the battlefield to climb on top of Fletchinder and launch Slam, rendering Fletchinder unable to battle.
In Fairy-Type Trickery!, Fletchinder was the first Pokémon sent out by Ash during his battle against Valerie at the Laverre Gym. It went up against her Sylveon. Fletchinder landed a successful super-effective Steel Wing on Sylveon, but it was hit with Disarming Voice. Fletchinder attempted to use Peck, but it got caught in Sylveon's feelers and was spun around while being hit with Fairy Wind. Sylveon attempted to crash Flecthinder into the ground, but it was able to break free with Flame Charge and hit Sylveon. Sylveon used Giga Impact while Fletchinder used Steel Wing, both attacks hit, but only Fletchinder was able to remain up, defeating the Intertwining Pokémon. Valerie then used Spritzee, Fletchinder went for a Steel Wing but the Perfume Pokémon dodged and used Trick Room, meaning that the slowest Pokémon attacks first. Ash had Fletchinder use Flame Charge but Clemont realized it was a bad idea since Trick Room meant that Pokémon that are normally fast would be slower inside the Trick Room. With this, Spritzee easily dodged the attacks. Despite this, Ash had Fletchinder use Flame Charge and Spritzee hit Fletchinder with Dazzling Gleam. Fletchinder used Flame Charge again, which was dodged, leaving it open to get hit by Gyro Ball. After having another Flame Charge dodged, Trick Room ended and Fletchinder hit Spritzee with a speedy Steel Wing, which caused the other to realize Ash's strategy was to wait until Trick Room ended and then use speed. However, Fletchinder was hit by Moonblast and knocked out.
In A Not-So-Flying Start!, it was training until Hawlucha found an Egg and brought it back to Ash. While it was hatching, Fletchinder used its Flame Body Ability to keep it warm until it hatched into a Noibat. Later after Noibat was frustrated by its inability to fly, it and Hawlucha offered to help to teach it to fly, Fletchinder flew while Noibat tried to trail it by flying but failed and almost crashed into the ground until it was caught by Ash. After failing with Hawlucha, they went to the hills to make practicing easier; however, Hawlucha and Noibat were captured by Team Rocket. Fletchinder tried to rescue them with Steel Wing, but Inkay used its Ink Spray, blinding Fletchinder and stopping its attack. It was caught by Ash and then followed Team Rocket to a cave where it led Ash and the others to them, where Pikachu and Frogadier defeated Team Rocket. After Ash caught Noibat, Fletchinder continued training with Noibat and Hawlucha, to help teach Noibat to fly.
In A Relay in the Sky!, it continued to train Noibat how to fly along with Hawlucha. Afterwards they noticed a Starly, Staravia and Staraptor. They went to the source of this, the Pokémon Sky Relay, where they discovered that the birds came from the Sky Relay Champion, Orson. Later Ash used Fletchinder, Hawlucha, and Noibat in the relay. Fletchinder was used in the first part of the race. It had a good lead initially and did well when it got into the forest, but when a Hydreigon crashed into a tree, apples fell down, forcing Fletchinder to dodge them, causing it to lose its first position. It ended up being third at the end of the first segment when it passed the baton onto Hawlucha, behind Staravia and Pumpkaboo, which was hiding inside an Altaria. They eventually ended up second after Noibat barely lost to Starly, but it and the others were pleased with Noibat, who had successfully learned to fly.
In A Legendary Photo Op!, it was used in a battle against Trevor's Charmeleon. It used its speedy movements to dodge a Fire Spin and block Flamethrower with a spinning Steel Wing. After knocking Charmeleon back with Flame Charge, Fletchinder barely managed to avoid a Dragon Claw. Charmeleon then used Flamethrower again, but this was dodged again and Fletchinder struck the Flame Pokémon with Steel Wing, knocking it out. Shortly after, Ash called upon Fletchinder to battle Team Rocket and later, a wild Moltres. However, it was soon overwhelmed by the power of the Legendary Pokémon. When Ash tried to tell Fletchinder to wait for him, Moltres noticed the group and attacked them instead. Fletchinder, determined to save the group, sped ahead of Moltres's Flamethrower and, during the fast-paced flight, suddenly evolved into Talonflame and successfully blocked the attack, also learning Brave Bird as a result. Though it evolved and learned a new move, Moltres was just too strong and knocked Talonflame out with a Fire Blast. Falling toward the lava, Talonflame looked doomed, but Ash plunged to help it, risking his own life in the process. They avoided being incinerated when Frogadier saved them with its Frubbles. Once Ash and Talonflame were safely pulled up, Ash's friends scolded him for almost getting himself killed, but Moltres was impressed by Ash's courage and flew away into the sky.
In All Eyes on the Future!, Talonflame was used along with Frogadier in a Double Battle against Olympia's two Meowstic at the Anistar Gym. After Olympia's Meowstic used a Helping Hand-boosted Future Sight, Talonflame and Frogadier headed in for the attack. Both Meowstic simply dodged the attacks and began levitating. Ash then had Talonflame attack the male Meowstic with Flame Charge and scored a successful hit, after Meowstic set up his Light Screen, which protected his partner against Frogadier's Water Pulse. Talonflame was then hit by Olympia's female Meowstic but was caught by Frogadier before hitting the ground. Both Meowstic then fired off their Psyshock, which kept following their targets due to the female Meowstic's Keen Eye Ability, and were able to hit their opponents. As Talonflame and Frogadier stood up and were about to counterattack, wormholes appeared and Future Sight struck Talonflame, knocking it into Frogadier. Ash then came up with a strategy to have Pikachu keep track of the time it took for Future Sight to hit its mark. Ash then had Talonflame use Brave Bird and Frogadier use Double Team to cover Talonflame. After the female Meowstic wiped the clones out with Dark Pulse, its Dark Pulse was canceled out by Frogadier's Cut, giving Talonflame the chance to hit her hard with Brave Bird. She, however, immediately recovered and launched a Thunder Wave at Talonflame, but Frogadier jumped in and took the attack, paralyzing it. Meowstic then used Future Sight once again and fired off a double Psyshock. Knowing that dodging wouldn't work, Ash had Talonflame charge in, slicing through their attacks with Steel Wing. As the Psyshock headed back towards Talonflame, they were stopped by Frogadier's Water Pulse and Talonflame struck the male Meowstic with a spinning Steel Wing. It later caught Frogadier, who just got hit, but was then struck by Future Sight again. After Future Sight was used again, Talonflame carried Frogadier and charged toward the Meowstic. The Psychic-type Pokémon attacked with Psyshock and Dark Pulse, which kept following their marks again. Talonflame, however, led the attack toward the Meowstic and flew off at the last moment, causing them to get hit by their own attacks. Talonflame and Frogadier then grabbed onto the Meowstic. Thanks to Pikachu, they were able to let them go at the moment Future Sight was executed, causing it to hit Meowstic instead. Talonflame then saved the paralyzed Frogadier from Psyshock and used Flame Charge to shield itself and Frogadier from Meowstic's attacks. Talonflame then knocked the female Meowstic out with Flame Charge, while Frogadier defeated the male with Water Pulse. This gave Ash the victory, earning him the Psychic Badge.
In An Electrifying Rage!, Ash sent out Talonflame to try to distract a wild Zapdos that was attacking him, so he could reach Joule Town and deliver medicine to the town's hospital. Talonflame once more managed to hold its own against a Legendary bird, using its great speed to dodge Zapdos's attacks. Zapdos, however, eventually struck it down with Charge Beam, followed up by a Thunderbolt, forcing Ash to recall it.
In All Hail the Ice Battlefield!, Ash chose to use Talonflame as his second Pokémon during his Gym battle against Wulfric, facing his Avalugg. Talonflame made a strong opening with Flame Charge, also increasing his speed. Wulfric, however, used Talonflame's great Speed to his advantage and had Avalugg use Avalanche, which was powered up due to Avalugg acting after its opponent. Additionally, any attacks made by Talonflame were quickly healed because of Avalugg's Ice Body Ability, due to the hailstorm set up previously. Talonflame narrowly dodged the incoming Stone Edge, and hit Avalugg with another Flame Charge, but this proved to be a repeated mistake as Avalugg simply knocked it out with another Avalanche.
In A Real Icebreaker!, Talonflame was used in Ash's rematch with Wulfric, where it faced his Avalugg again. Just like last time, it managed to land a hit with Flame Charge. Avalugg then retaliated with Stone Edge and while Talonflame managed to dodge most of the stone pillars emerging from the ground, it got struck by the last one. Talonflame, however, shook it off and cut into Avalugg's back with Steel Wing. Talonflame was then hit by a powered-up Avalanche, but it quickly recovered and used Flame Charge to melt the falling chunks of ice and hit Avalugg hard, finally defeating the Iceberg Pokémon. It then faced Wulfric's last Pokémon, his Abomasnow, who set up a hailstorm upon entry using his Snow Warning Ability. While continuously being damaged by the Hail, Talonflame flew towards Abomasnow using Steel Wing, but Abomasnow countered with Wood Hammer, overpowering it. Talonflame then went for Flame Charge, but its attack was stopped once again as it got struck by Ice Shard and immediately after slammed to the ground with another Wood Hammer, knocking it out.
In Analysis Versus Passion!, Talonflame was used in the semi-finals of the Lumiose Conference in Ash's Full Battle against Sawyer as his second Pokémon, where it faced Sawyer's Slaking. Just like in Slaking's battle against Hawlucha, Slaking was able to take a hit from Talonflame's Steel Wing and restore its health with Slack Off. Talonflame then used Flame Charge which Slaking countered with Hammer Arm. Weakened by all the damage it had taken, Slaking fell to its knee, allowing Talonflame to overpower it. Talonflame then proceeded to finally defeat its opponent with a strong Brave Bird. Talonflame then faced Sawyer's Clawitzer, who was able to use Aqua Jet for greater aerial mobility, forcing Talonflame to take evasive actions. Clawitzer was then able to partially freeze Talonflame's wing with Ice Beam, but the Scorching Pokémon used Flame Charge to melt the ice and head toward Clawitzer. A collision between Flame Charge and Aqua Jet, however, knocked Talonflame out while Clawitzer remained standing.
Talonflame was used in the finals of the Conference against Alain as Ash's fourth Pokémon, in Finals Not for the Faint-Hearted!. It went up against Unfezant. The two Flying-types immediately engaged in a high-speed aerial duel as both attacked each other with Steel Wing, after which they clashed. Talonflame sped itself up with Flame Charge, but Unfezant countered with Sky Attack. Talonflame was then struck by an Air Slash, but it quickly recovered and used Flame Charge to increase its speed to catch up to Unfezant and strike him back. The two bird Pokémon then collided with Brave Bird and Sky Attack, knocking both out simultaneously.
In A Towering Takeover!, Talonflame, along with Ash and Ash's other Pokémon, was taken captive at the top of Prism Tower by Lysandre. It could only watch in horror while Ash and Greninja were hit by Team Flare's miniature version of the Mega Evolution energy weapon, until Ash and Greninja freed themselves using Bond Phenomenon, in the following episode. Alain's Charizard broke Talonflame and the other Pokémon free with Dragon Claw, leaving everyone to battle Lysandre's Pyroar and a Shiny Mega Gyarados together. Talonflame continued battling Mega Gyarados in The Right Hero for the Right Job!, but while charging towards it using Flame Charge, it was knocked into the air by Stone Edge along with Ash's Greninja. They were then caught by Charizard, but Gyarados slammed them down with Dragon Tail, knocking Talonflame out. In Battling With a Clean Slate!, Talonflame and the rest of Ash's Pokémon received medals from Professor Sycamore for their heroic efforts against Team Flare.
In Advice to Goh!, Talonflame reunited with Ash during his visit to Professor Oak's Laboratory with Goh. Some time before, Talonflame had battled against Ash's Infernape before he had left the lab to battle Moltres.
Talonflame, along with the rest of Ash's Pokémon at the lab, reunited with Ash in Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!. During the visit, it helped train Ash's Gengar to learn Will-O-Wisp, and later watched the battle between Ash and Paul. Before Ash left, it posed with the rest of Ash's Pokémon in a group photo with him.
From Battling as Hard as Stone! onwards, Talonflame watched Ash's Masters Eight Tournament matches against Steven, Cynthia, and Leon. In Partners in Time!, Talonflame appeared as a vision to Pikachu during his battle against Leon's Charizard. After Ash won the battle, Talonflame joined the rest of Ash's Pokémon at the lab in celebrating their Trainer's victory.
In Heroes Unite!, Talonflame, along with the rest of the Pokémon at the lab, welcomed Ash back to Pallet Town after his victory over Leon.
In Bearing Down Easy!, Talonflame was shown to have rejoined Ash's team. During the episode, it used its Flame Body Ability to thaw Ash, Pikachu, and Oshawott from a wild Beartic's ice. It later used its heat to protect everyone from the Beartic as it trained how to better control its powers.
Personality and characteristics
Prior to being caught by Ash, Fletchling would steal food from other Pokémon as shown when it took a Berry from Dedenne. It was also shown to be mischievous as it led the group to a Beedrill swarm. Fletchling also showed a sense of humor by laughing at them after being attacked. After Ash caught Fletchling, it warmed up to the group and became friendly towards them. Compared to the more subdued Greninja and Hawlucha, Fletchling tends to be more animated and emotional, puffing its chest out when confident and showing visible shock and tears when upset. In Battles in the Sky!, Fletchling became dejected after Moria's Talonflame dismissed it as weak. It was also shown in the same episode to be intelligent and resourceful; while Talonflame battled Hawlucha, it studied how Talonflame battled, and used what it learned to evade and defeat the evolved Pokémon later.
Talonflame is usually used as a scout, in a manner similar to that of Ash's Staraptor and Noctowl in previous series. However, despite not usually being used in battles against other Trainers, Talonflame is frequently used in Gym battles, fighting in all except for Ash's fifth badge. This shows the confidence Ash places in Talonflame's speed and strength. It is safe to assume therefore, that Talonflame is an accomplished battler. Talonflame hasn't shown the same enthusiasm as Hawlucha or Greninja, but when in battle, it becomes focused and determined to defeat its opponent, no matter what the opponent may be, even if at a type disadvantage. Talonflame has also adopted Ash's never give up mentality, as it has taken many hard hitting blows in the past, and always gotten back up. This shows that Talonflame is quite the resilient Pokémon. It also seems to want to prove itself against other Flying types, as it wished to fight Moria's Talonflame to the point of crying in frustration when rejected by it. Both of its evolutions occurring in battles against other Flying-types is further indication of this. In addition, Talonflame is willing to put itself in harm's way to protect its friends. As a Fletchinder in A Legendary Photo Op!, it intercepted Moltres's powerful Flamethrower to protect Ash, Pikachu, Greninja as a Frogadier, Trevor, and Trevor's Charmeleon. After evolving, it fought to the point of exhaustion to calm the Legendary Pokémon down. In All Eyes on the Future!, during a Double Battle with Olympia, Talonflame voluntarily stepped up to cover Greninja as a Frogadier and provide an offensive push for Ash after Greninja was paralyzed by Olympia's Meowstic's Thunder Wave.
Talonflame is also humble in defeat. After losing to Greninja as a Froakie when it was a Fletchling, which resulted in its subsequent catch, Talonflame did not sulk or feel sorry for itself. Rather, it shared an Oran Berry snack with Pikachu and Froakie, symbolizing their new found friendship. Talonflame is loyal to its friends as well, which is show by its constant willingness to search for its friends whenever they get separated from the group. Talonflame seems to have a good relationship with Bonnie, as it took inspiration from her words, which helped it to evolve when a Fletchling. This also shows that Talonflame is not too proud as to refuse advice when given it, and will persist to improve itself. It has also been hinted that Talonflame has become more moralistic, as it showed remorse after being scolded by Bonnie for stealing food from wild Pokémon. It also enjoys having its wings cleaned by Bonnie, as stated by Ash.
As shown in A Not-So-Flying Start! Talonflame also has good parental instincts. Upon discovering a Pokémon Egg, Talonflame, as a Fletchinder, used its Flame Body Ability to keep the Egg warm. Once the Egg hatched, and was revealed to be a Noibat, Fletchinder, along with Hawlucha, became Noibat's mentors and began to teach it how to fly. It continued to help Noibat with its flying abilities in A Relay in the Sky!, which led it to forming a friendship with the Sound Wave Pokémon. Since being left at Professor Oak's lab, Talonflame befriended Ash's Fire types.
|As a Fletchling||As a Fletchinder|
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
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|All Eyes on the Future!||Steel Wing||None|
|Description: While speeding forward with Steel Wing, Talonflame spins in a manner similar to Drill Peck and hits the opponent.|
|All Eyes on the Future!||Flame Charge||None|
|Description: Covering itself and Frogadier in the Flame Charge's flames, Talonflame remains stationary and uses it as a shield against attacks from all directions.|
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Pokémon the Series: XY
|Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: XY
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Pokémon the Series: XY
|Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: XY
Pokémon: To Be a Pokémon Master
In the manga
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
- Out of all of Ash's Pokémon, Talonflame is the only one:
- Talonflame is Ash's first:
- Fire-type Pokémon that is not a starter Pokémon since his Torkoal, which he caught in All Torkoal, No Play, 503 episodes earlier.
- Pokémon to have evolved while battling a Legendary Pokémon.
- As a Fletchling, it is also Ash's first basic stage Flying-type Pokémon to get a win in a Gym battle prior to its evolution.
- As a Fletchinder, it is also the first of Ash's Pokémon to evolve after defeating its evolved form.
- Both of Talonflame's evolutions occurred when it was battling a dual-type Fire/Flying Pokémon.
- Fletchling's evolution into Fletchinder was first revealed in the Japanese opening Mega V. Fletchinder made its proper debut in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, before its evolution was shown on-screen in Battles in the Sky!.
- Aside from Pikachu, Talonflame has been used in the most Gym battles by Ash, having battled in seven Gyms.
- Talonflame is the first Fire-type Pokémon belonging to a main character to have never known Flamethrower.
- Excluding his previously released Pidgeot that permanently rejoined his team in The Rainbow and the Pokémon Master!, Talonflame is the last regional bird Ash has caught during his time as a protagonist.
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|For a list of Pokémon Ash has temporarily owned, used, or commanded, see here|
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