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Ash's Grotle
サトシのハヤシガメ Satoshi's Hayashigame
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Ash's Grotle
Debuts in Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Caught at Route 202
Evolves in Aiding the Enemy!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
Turtwig Grotle
This Pokémon spent 95 episodes as Turtwig.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Turtwig Shin'ichirō Miki Billy Beach
As Grotle Shin'ichirō Miki Billy Beach

Ash's Grotle (Japanese: サトシのハヤシガメ Satoshi's Hayashigame) was the second Pokémon that Ash Ketchum captured in the Sinnoh region. Its Japanese voice actor is Shin'ichirō Miki, and its English voice actor is Billy Beach.


Ash caught Grotle as a Turtwig in Gettin' Twiggy With It!. It had been living in the forest near Clara's home, and it broke up fights among wild Pokémon in the area. After Team Rocket stole Ash's Pikachu, their balloon crashed, and Turtwig defended Pikachu against them. When Ash and his friends appeared, Turtwig assumed they were trying to wrongfully steal Pikachu, too, so it attacked them and ran off with an exhausted Pikachu in tow. The next time they confronted Turtwig, the misunderstanding was explained, and Turtwig apologetically befriended Ash. At the end of the episode, Ash and his friends began to leave, and the old woman encouraged Turtwig to go with Ash, so it ran to challenge him. Turtwig and Pikachu battled, and Ash caught Turtwig.

As Turtwig, it was a brave yet kind Pokémon that has high confidence for its small size. It apparently had a strong jaw, as it was often seen latching itself onto people and Pokémon's heads, tails, hats, and appendages to attack or show affection. It has done this to Ash as well, the behavior somewhat resembling that of James's Victreebel, Carnivine and Cacnea. It has also been shown to be both incredibly fast and quite strong, such as the time when it used Bite on Roark's Rampardos's tail and threw it into a rock, after which Brock said "Big things come in small packages!"

In Different Strokes for Different Blokes, Turtwig battled Paul's Chimchar and lost. Although it held its own in battle, it appeared to hesitate upon receiving Ash's command to dodge attacks.

Turtwig has taken part in three of Ash's Gym battles. It defeated Roark's Cranidos in their first battle, and in the rematch, defeated the newly evolved Rampardos, giving Ash his first Sinnoh badge. It also battled against Gardenia's Turtwig during his second gym battle. Although Gardenia's Pokémon had defeated Ash's during a battle in the Eterna Forest, he gained the upper hand and defeated the Template:Type2. After learning Energy Ball from Kenny's Breloom, Turtwig didn't battle again until the Pastoria Gym battle in A Crasher Course in Power, where it battled Crasher Wake's Quagsire but it was called back before being defeated.

Like many of Ash's Pokémon, Turtwig's battle style was based on its speed, a factor that Ash focused on even more after seeing Gardenia's Turtwig in action. However, in Aiding the Enemy! Turtwig evolved into Grotle during a battle against Paul's Honchkrow. It quickly became apparent that, due to its new body being larger, Grotle's speed had diminished, and Grotle fumbled and fell down a lot in the battle. The newly-evolved Grotle has high expectations of itself, well exemplified in the same episode. During the night, it went out to try and improve its speed. However, it failed to regain its speed and stumbled over from time to time. This was initially upsetting but Paul's Torterra provided some unexpected help by showing Grotle that it could rely on defense instead.

In A Jumping Rocket Ship, it was shown that Grotle became fatigued from walking a lot and from its increased weight. It had to be carried by Brock's Happiny for a portion of the journey.

In A Breed Stampede!, Ash used his Grotle to help train Dawn's Piloswine, where it used the defense method shown by Paul's Torterra. By Leading a Stray!, the defense method has begun to pay off in battle as Grotle took Swampert's Focus Punch on the head and replied accordingly with Razor Leaf, knocking its opponent out.

In DP121, in order to save a Snover, Grotle surpassed its own limits and learned Rock Climb through its willpower alone, which allowed Grotle to regain some of its speed.

In DP127 it was used in the gym battle against Candice, its first appearance in a gym battle since evolving. Using the lessons taught to it by Torterra, it stood firm against Sneasel's Blizzard and was able to defeat it using Rock Climb which allowed it to easily travel across the ice without slipping. Unfortunately, it was easily defeated by her Abomasnow with a shattering Wood Hammer later in the battle.

In DP131, Grotle was used in the match between Ash and Paul and faced Honchkrow again. Grotle attempted to utilize it's strong defence against Honchkrow, however Honchkrow proved to be far too powerful and as a result Grotle was defeated.

Moves used

Using Energy Ball Move First Used In
Bite Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Razor Leaf Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Synthesis Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Tackle Gettin' Twiggy With It!
Energy Ball Riding the Winds of Change!
Rock Climb DP121
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.


As an affectionate Turtwig, pictured with Ash
  • For A Gruff Act to Follow, Professor Oak's lecture is about Ash's Turtwig. He writes this Pokémon senryū about it: ナエトルは あたまにはっぱ はえとるぞ Naetoru wa / Atama ni happa / Haetoru zo "Naetle / The leaf on its head / Is growing."
  • Its ability to break up fights between other Pokémon mirrors that of Ash's Bulbasaur, Ash's first Template:Type2 starter Pokémon. Also, the episodes that Bulbasaur and Turtwig were caught in are very similar.
  • Some of Grotle's other actions as a Turtwig mirror those of James's Carnivine, Cacnea, and Victreebel, who attack their Trainer out of affection. Coincidentally, they are all Grass-type Pokémon.
  • This is Ash's third turtle/tortoise-based Pokémon, the others being Squirtle and Torkoal.
  • In Tanks for the Memories!, Turtwig is embarrassed to be in a maid outfit, much like Ash, Pikachu, and Dawn's Piplup are. This may indicate that it, Pikachu, and Piplup are male.
  • After evolving, Grotle had problems with its new, heavier form. While a Turtwig's Speed is higher relative to its other stats than a Grotle's is, Grotle's base Speed is actually five points higher than Turtwig's.
  • Grotle took exactly as many episodes to evolve from Turtwig as Ash's Sceptile did from its Grovyle stage.
    • Coincidentally, Turtwig's amount of episodes taken to evolve is the reversal of the amount of episodes Treecko took to evolve, which is 59 episodes, whereas Turtwig took 95 episodes.
    • Both also had problems attacking temporarily after they evolved. Grotle kept tripping, while Sceptile lost its ability to attack.
  • Grotle is Ash's only Pokémon to evolve while battling against one of Ash's rivals.
  • Grotle is Ash's only Pokémon to have fought Paul more than once, and each time was a one-on-one battle. Both times, it lost to a Pokémon with a type advantage against Template:Type2s, losing to Paul's Chimchar in Different Strokes for Different Blokes and Paul's Honchkrow in Aiding the Enemy! and DP131.
  • Grotle is the first Pokémon belonging to a main anime character to explicitly use a current HM move, Rock Climb. Dawn's Piplup's Whirlpool, however, does not count as the move has not had HM status since Generation II.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Turtwig and Grotle.

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