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Falinks (タイレーツ Taireetsu) is a fighting-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII.

Biology

Physiology

Falinks consists of six individual Pokémon. Each one of them is round and black with two legs. Their eyes are solid white with a blue outline, and there is no discernible mouth. Their armor is yellow with white area around the side, as well as red points. There is also red spikes on their heads. The leader, known as the brass, has a larger spike.

Behavior

Falinks are six individuals that live together, so they are still considered one single Pokémon. The brass is the leader and commands the other five troopers. They switch arrangements in battle.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Route 8, Lake of Outrage Rare

Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    Five of them are troopers, and one is the brass. The brass's orders are absolute.

  • Shield

    The six of them work together as one Pokémon. Teamwork is also their battle strategy, and they constantly change their formation as they fight.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
65
Atk
100
Def
100
Sp. Atk
70
Sp. Def
60
Speed
75
Total
470


Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Tackle Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
1 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
5 Rock Smash Type Fighting.gif Physical 40 100% 15
10 Focus Energy Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
15 Headbutt Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 15
20 Bulk Up Type Fighting.gif Status 100% 20
25 Endure Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
30 Reversal Type Fighting.gif Physical ? 100% 15
35 First Impression Type Bug.gif Physical 90 100% 10
40 No Retreat Type Fighting.gif Status 100% 5
45 Iron Defense Type Steel.gif Status 100% 15
50 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
55 Megahorn Type Bug.gif Physical 120 85% 10
60 Counter Type Fighting.gif Physical ? 100% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

By TM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM08 Hyper Beam Type Normal.gif Special 150 90% 5
TM09 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical 150 90% 5
TM16 Screech Type Normal.gif Status 85% 40
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 10
TM22 Rock Slide Type Rock.gif Physical 75 90% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal.gif Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM37 Beat Up Type Dark.gif Physical ? 100% 10
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM41 Helping Hand Type Normal.gif Status 100% 20
TM42 Revenge Type Fighting.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM43 Brick Break Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 15
TM48 Rock Tomb Type Rock.gif Physical 60 95% 15
TM57 Payback Type Dark.gif Physical 50 100% 10
TM58 Assurance Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM76 Round Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 15
TM79 Retaliate Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 5
TM94 False Swipe Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 40
TM96 Smart Strike Type Steel.gif Physical 70 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR00 Swords Dance Type Normal.gif Status 100% 20
TR12 Agility Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 30
TR13 Focus Energy Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
TR20 Substitute Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR21 Reversal Type Fighting.gif Physical ? 100% 15
TR26 Endure Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR28 Megahorn Type Bug.gif Physical 120 85% 10
TR39 Superpower Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR46 Iron Defense Type Steel.gif Status 100% 15
TR48 Bulk Up Type Fighting.gif Status 100% 20
TR53 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR57 Poison Jab Type Poison.gif Physical 80 100% 20
TR64 Focus Blast Type Fighting.gif Special 120 70% 5
TR69 Zen Headbutt Type Psychic.gif Physical 80 90% 15
TR74 Iron Head Type Steel.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR95 Throat Chop Type Dark.gif Physical 80 100% 15
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

Falinks learns no moves via breeding.


By tutoring

Falinks learns no moves via tutoring.


Sprites

Anime

Main article: Goh's Falinks

Goh's Falinks.

Falinks made its debut in PJ074 where Ash and Goh travelled to the Galar region after hearing about the Formation Pokémon. After the brass and troopers were separated, Goh trained the Falinks brass to become more confident in leading its troopers. Through training with other Pokémon and successfully fighting an Eiscue, the Falinks was much more confident and was caught by Goh after it wanted to come along on his journey.

Trivia

  • Falinks is the longest Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • Falinks bears some resemblances to Octopede from the Metroid Prime series. Both creatures are formed by a group of round units huddled close together. Although the latter is only seen in-game as a group of four units at a time (for one link), its concept art features itself as a group of six units in one link. It is possible the latter inspired the design of the former.

Origin

Falinks is based on the concept of battle warriors in a phalanx formation, an ancient Greek battle formation that sets up the soldiers in a straight forward-facing line with all shields sticking outward. It may also be based on the concept of intimidation that some animals use to look different, bigger, or stronger. In this case, many small beings come together to form a more intimidating centipede-like being. Their helmets suggest they are based upon ancient Grecian Spartan warriors, as they wore golden armor with red crests or spines. It may also be based on a literal take on an admiral caterpillar.

Alternately, in terms of "meta" or "fourth wall awareness", their appearances harken to cutesy foes found in cartoon and anime like NES and Famicom platformers, such as Kirby or Mr. Gimmick. Its appearance as several small, black head-like creatures that take the role of soldiers may also be a reference to the Patapon game series, in which the titular characters are black, head-like soldiers (albeit with a singular eye that takes up most of their head) that march in a straight line guided by music.

Etymology

Falinks come from phalanx, an ancient Greek battle arrangement, and links, referring to it being a group.

Its Japanese name, Taireetsu, is a misspelling of tairetsu (a formation of army troops).

Gallery

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