TM35 Flamethrower can be found on the ground deep inside Victory Road. You will need to use HM03 Surf and HM04 Strength to access the TM in the cave. And you’ll also need to acquire all 8 gym badges before you can gain access to Victory Road in the first place.
Flamethrower has been a popular move since its introduction in Generation 1. With a base power of 90 and an accuracy of 100%, Flamethrower is still the most reliable Fire-type move in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
TM35 Flamethrower Location (Step-by-Step)
Before you can pick up this TM you’ll first need to gain access to Ever Grande City, and then solve a Strength puzzle within Victory Road.
You’ll specifically need these HMs to reach TM35:
Bringing Pokémon that also know TM70 Flash and HM05 Waterfall can make traversing the cave a lot easier, but these are not required to reach Flamethrower.
When you’re ready, fly over to Ever Grande City’s Pokémon Center to get started.
Step 1: Enter Victory Road, located northwest of your current location.
Step 2: Surf across here to enter the next room.
Step 3: Disembark here and start heading north.
Step 4: Use HM04 Strength to push the first boulder into the hole.
Step 5: Head west until you reach the Ace Trainer, and then start heading north.
Step 6: At the end of the path, climb up the stairs to your right.
Step 7: Cross the bridge going west, and then climb down the ladder.
Step 8: If you want to, you can use TM70 Flash to illuminate this part of the cave.
But either way, you’ll need to use HM04 Strength to push the boulder on the left-hand side into the corner. Check out our screenshot below for a diagram of where to move this boulder.
Step 9: Push the other boulder on the right-hand side once over to the right. Then walk south beyond that boulder and follow the path.
Step 10: Continue following the path going northeast.
Step 11: Climb up the first staircase you see, then climb up the ladder directly next to the Expert NPC.
Step 12: On this next floor, cross the bridge heading east.
Step 13: Then once you’re across the bridge, follow the path going south down some steps.
Step 14: At the end of the path, walk up some steps to the left and climb down the ladder.
Step 15: In this next room you’ll want to Surf across to get to the left side.
Step 16: You can find two more boulders to the northeast here.
Use HM04 Strength again to push the first boulder to the right (you’ll need to push it two times).
Step 17: Walk up a bit, then push the next boulder up twice and to the right twice. This is how to push the second boulder in order:
TM35 Flamethrower will be on the ground behind this boulder.
Flamethrower Details + Uses
|Flamethrower Move Details
|15 (max. 24)
TM35 Flamethrower is a Special Fire-type move with a 10% chance of burning the opposing Pokémon. It’s a reliable same-type Attack Bonus (STAB) move for the Fire-types that can learn it.
However, it’s a shame that the chance to burn the target is too low to be consistent.
Burn is one of the best status conditions in the game. Physical attackers who get burned are rendered useless since the damage they deal is cut in half. Bulky Pokémon are easily taken care of by Burn as well, thanks to the amount of HP they lose each turn.
While Fire Blast is arguably better, you can’t go wrong with learning Flamethrower.
Fire Blast boasts an impressive base power of 110 compared to Flamethrower’s respectable 90 base power.
However, unlike Fire Blast, Flamethrower is 100% accurate.
You simply can’t afford to miss in some situations, even if it does cost you a bit of power.
Fire-types have always been one of the best offensive types in the game. Moves like Flamethrower are popular coverage moves on Pokémon who can’t handle certain threats. Many Dragon-types can learn Fire-type moves, making battles against Ice-type Pokémon much easier.
How the Burn Status Works
The Burn status condition has two main effects.
- First, it inflicts damage every turn until the Pokémon faints. Regardless of the Pokémon’s total HP or Defense stats, it will deal 1/8th or 12.5% of the afflicted Pokémon’s Max HP at the end of each turn.
- Second, a burned Pokémon has its Attack stat reduced by 50%.
The Attack reduction effect is only nullified when the Pokémon has the ability Guts. However, it still damages the burned target every turn.
And here’s a quick list of other Abilities that interact with Burn:
|30% chance to burn an attacker making direct contact
|While burned, Special Attack stat is increased by 50%
|Pokémon with this Ability cannot be burned
Note: In Generation 6, Fire-type Pokémon cannot be afflicted with the Burn status condition.