TM35 Flamethrower is found in two locations in Pokémon Platinum:
- One copy is located inside the Fuego Ironworks, a semi-hidden refinery to the north of Floaroma Town. You will need to be able to use Surf to reach this location.
- Unlimited copies can be purchased at the Veilstone Prize Exchange building. Each copy costs 10,000 Coins. You can get coins by purchasing them or winning them at the Game Corner.
Getting TM35 Flamethrower
Location #1: Fuego Ironworks (Step-by-Step)
You can get one copy of TM35 Flamethrower located inside the Fuego Ironworks, which is an out-of-the-way refinery northwest of the Valley Windworks.
But the Hidden Move Surf is required in order to obtain it.
Finding Fuego Ironworks
The quickest way to the Ironworks is to Fly to Floaroma Town and head east on the main road.
Leave Floaroma Town through the eastern entrance, and continue east on Route 205.
When you arrive at the bridge that takes you north to Eterna City, use Surf at the western edge of the bridge and start surfing west down the river.
Stay on course as the river bends to the north.
Ignore the clearing to the east as you continue traveling north.
Turn to the west with the river.
When you reach the grassy field after turning west, step ashore and head north through the grass.
Then enter the giant Fuego Ironworks building to the north when you reach it.
Finding TM35 Flamethrower
The Fuego Ironworks building is a big puzzle.
On the facility’s floor are innumerable yellow Spin Tiles with red arrows on them; stepping on one will send you spinning out of control in the direction that the arrow indicates.
And you’ll be unable to change direction until something breaks your momentum.
Here’s the exact path to follow to reach TM35:
From the entrance, head left and step on the Spin Tile to see the puzzle’s mechanism in action.
Ignore all the other Spin Tiles and walk around then going towards the southwestern corner of the Ironworks.
Then turn to the north and step on either of the Spin Tiles pointing northward (pictured below).
When you come to a stop, walk east until you reach the wall, then head to the southeast while hugging the wall.
Step on the southernmost Spin Tile you have access to here (pictured below).
Wait for the Spin Tiles to lead you to a stopping point at two oil drums.
Then step on the Spin Tile to the north of where you stopped (the tile is directly northeast of the two red oil drums).
Then when that tile drops you off into a wall, step onto the Spin Tile to the immediate southeast of your stopping point.
When you stop spinning you’ll have hit a wall.
From here, backtrack going back up the passageway you just came from, but turn right and go through a small hole in the wall.
Then step on the Spin Tile in this small square enclosure (pictured below).
You will come to a stop by running into another oil drum.
From there, step on the Spin Tile in the southeastern corner of the Ironworks (this will spin you into a big blue crate).
There should now be a column of three Spin Tiles to your left.
Choose the top Tile and let it send spin you from place to place.
This will drop you off against another blue crate.
From here, step on the Spin Tile to the southwest of your stopping point (just behind an NPC with a yellow hard hat).
When you stop against a wall, head west into the furnace room.
From here you can pick up the Poké Ball item on the ground in the southwest corner of this room to acquire TM35 Flamethrower.
Location #2: Veilstone Game Corner
TM35 Flamethrower can also be purchased at the Veilstone City Prize Exchange building next door to the Game Corner.
To reach the Prize Exchange building, start at the Veilstone Pokémon Center and take the main street southward.
Then climb the first staircase you see, and the blue-roofed Prize Exchange building will be right in front of you.
Speak to the clerk at the counter inside and find the listing for TM35 Flamethrower.
Each copy of TM35 Flamethrower costs 10,000 Coins, which you must obtain from the Game Corner next door.
You can either get coins by purchasing them or by winning them from the slot machines.
The PokéDollar-to-Coin exchange rate is 1,000 PokéDollars for 50 Coins (or 10,000 PokéDollars for 500 Coins).
So it would cost 200,000 PokéDollars to purchase TM35 Flamethrower using money alone. But this is the only way to get multiple copies of TM35 in the game.
Flamethrower Details and Uses
Flamethrower is a damage-dealing Fire-type special move that also has a 10% chance of inflicting the target with a burn.
|Flamethrower Move Details|
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Flamethrower is like the Fire-type version of Psychic: a strong, dependable special move with little in the way of frills or tricks.
The 10% chance of burning the opponent isn’t high enough to rely on. But this is to be expected considering the toll a burn status can take, both from the constant damage and from the 50% Attack decrease.
If you’re lucky enough to inflict burn on an opponent, it can utterly ruin them if they’re not prepared to defend against it.
There is also some debate over whether Flamethrower or Fire Blast is the better Fire-type move.
Fire Blast hits harder with a 120 base power (110 after Generation IV), but it’s also hindered by two drawbacks: an 85% accuracy stat and a PP of 5.
In the main game, Flamethrower’s higher PP makes it the clear winner. But otherwise the more preferable move depends on your purposes and play style.
Miscellaneous Info about Flamethrower
- Using Flamethrower in harsh sunlight will boost its power by 50%, making Sunny Day a good move to use in tandem with it.
- TM35 can be sold for 1,500 PokéDollars.
- If Flamethrower is used in a Pokémon Contest, it will earn the user 2 Appeal Points, plus 2 bonus appeal Points if the user acts first in that turn.