Talonflame are avian Pokémon closely resembling falcons. Their plumage is predominantly reddish-orange, with gray underparts and black tips on their long, pointed wings. Ovular orange spots adorn their undersides, and flame patterns mark the boundaries between colors on their bodies. Large yellow talons extend from the shaggy feathers on their legs. Talonflame have pointed crests atop their heads and black and yellow mask-like patterns around their eyes. Their black beaks are hooked with a yellow cere. They also have long black tailfeathers marked with three yellow "v"-shapes. The tail ends in two points and has a another feather sticking out of the base on each side, giving the impression of the fletching on the end of an arrow.
When battling, Talonflame dives at foes, reaching speeds of 310 miles per hour, and then attacks with devastating kicks. They shower embers from their feathers as they soar through the sky.