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Typhlosion is a tall, bipedal Pokémon, standing at just about the average height of a human adult. It will, however, go into a bipedal position if it is in a hurry or in battle, focusing its agility. Releasing flames from the red spots on the back of its neck, it charges into battle, using the heat it generates to create mirages to hide itself and distort the vision of its opponents. If enraged, a Typhlosion's body temperature can rise so high that anything it touches will instantaneously burst into flame. When not enraged, however, a Typhlosion can still rub its fur together to cause a massive explosion.
Typhlosion has not yet had a major role in a side game, however, the player can be a Typhlosion in all of the games in the Mystery Dungeon series if he or she became a Cyndaquil at the beginning of the story.
Typhlosion debuted in the TCG in the Neo Genesis expansion, where it was featured in two cards: one was packaged as part of a nine-card preview binder in Japan and became part of the main expansion when translated, while another was featured in the expansion itself. Typhlosion cards typically appear in expansions with a Johto theme to them, always alongside its evolutionary family, and usually alongside the evolution families of the other two Johto starters.
Typhlosion's name 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 may also be related to tephra, volcanic material. The name is also similar to the word "typhlosaurus", a genus of skink (a kind of lizard) characterised by their lack of legs. The first three syllables of its Japanese name spell 爆風 bakufū, blast, and the second part comes directly from typhoon.