Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to Get the Flamethrower TM

Flamethrower is one of the oldest and best attacks in Pokemon, and that's still true in Scarlet and Violet. Discover how to get its TM in this guide.

One of the oldest and best attacks in all of Pokemon, Flamethrower is a solid endgame Special attack in Scarlet and Violet and can be a real workhorse on any fully-evolved 'mon that can use it.

It exists out in the world as a Technical Machine (TM), and while it’s not easy to reach nor is it available too early, once you have it, you can craft it with Pokemon materials. You can also earn the ability to craft the Flamethrower TM much later in the story if you don’t happen upon it earlier on.

We’ll cover how to get the Flamethrower TM in this guide, its location on the map, and how to earn its blueprint.

How to Get the Flamethrower TM in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The first of two ways to get Flamethrower is once you unlock the Swimming ability by defeating the Open Sky Tita and the high jump upgrade by defeating the Lurking Steel Titan.

Make your way northwest of the Great Crater of Paldea to the city of Medali. The TM you’re looking for is southwest of the city on the cliffs.

To get it early, you’ll need to go far to the north and wind your way near the edge of the crater.

You’ll see a trainer near a rock and an item shining nearer the rock. That item is Flamethrower.

The other way to unlock the ability to craft Flamethrower will take you significantly longer. Once you defeat the final Team Star Boss on that quest’s critical path, Eri, who trains Fighting types, you unlock Flamethrower whether you found the TM or not.

It’s a much harder ask, as Eri’s team is levels 55 ~ 56, with both her Annihilape and Starmobile being at the upper limit. You won’t reach those levels until at least after defeating all eight Gym Leaders and doing some additional grinding on your way to the Elite Four.

Once you can craft Flamethrower, you’ll need the following materials to make even one of them:

  • 5 Litleo Tuft for catching or knocking out Litleo or Pyroar
  • 3 Houndour Fangs from catching or knocking out Houndour or Houndoom
  • 3 Numel from catching or knocking out Numel or Camerupt

As a 95 Power attack with 100% Accuracy in the Fire Type, there aren’t many times when having a Flamethrower won’t be useful. For more tips about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, check out our guides to beating 6-star Tera Raid Battles, getting Tera Shards, and breeding. Our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet guides hub has more.


John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.

Published Dec. 15th 2022

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