Paul's Torterra

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Paul's Torterra
シンジのドダイトス Shinji's Dodaitose
Poké Ball
Paul Torterra.png
Paul and Torterra
Debuts in Top-Down Training!
Caught at Sinnoh
Evolves in Prior to Top-Down Training!
Prior to Top-Down Training!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Paul
Turtwig Grotle Torterra
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Turtwig and an unknown number of episodes as Grotle.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Turtwig Not heard Billy Beach
As Grotle Not seen
As Torterra Unshō Ishizuka Billy Beach

Paul's Torterra (Japanese: シンジのドダイトス Shinji's Dodaitose) is a Pokémon owned by Paul. It is his strongest Pokémon and his starter as well. It is voiced by Unshō Ishizuka in Japanese and Billy Beach in English.


Torterra made its first appearance in Top-Down Training! where it was used in a battle against Cynthia's Garchomp. Despite having many powerful attacks such as Giga Drain and Frenzy Plant, it was defeated easily.

It also appeared in Smells Like Team Spirit! where it was used in the semi-finals of the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. It was paired off with Ash's Staravia and was up against Brock's Croagunk and Holly's Farfetch'd. It defeated both its opponents single-handedly.

As a Turtwig in a flashback

Torterra appeared again in Aiding the Enemy! where it saw the battle between Ash's Turtwig and Paul's Honchkrow. It also witnessed the evolution of Turtwig and its loss of speed. While Grotle was training to become faster, Torterra came forwards on its own to show it that a Pokémon could still be powerful by coping with its lack of speed with strong defense. To prove this, it battled against Ash's Gliscor in a practice match. After teaching this, Torterra returned to Paul's camp. Paul, while curious as to where Torterra had gone, did not push the issue.

In Sliding Into Seventh!, Torterra appeared in a flashback after Gliscor defeated Candice's Sneasel.

Torterra appeared as a Turtwig in a flashback in A Pyramiding Rage! watching Reggie's battle against Brandon at the Battle Pyramid.

It appeared again during Ash and Paul's full battle in Pedal to the Mettle!. It fought against Ash's Gliscor and Ash's Staraptor before being recalled. In Evolving Strategies!, it fought against Ash's Chimchar, where it was shown to control its Stone Edge at will to mow down its faster opponents. It then defeated Gliscor before being recalled when Ash's Pikachu was sent out.

It appeared again in a flashback in Uncrushing Defeat! when Ash was remembering it battling Gliscor. He later had another flashback of this at the end of Challenging a Towering Figure!.

From what's been seen of its personality, it appears to be calmer and kinder than Paul or his other Pokémon, as it actually went out of its way, and likely against Paul's wishes, to help Ash's Grotle improve its fighting skill.

Moves used

Using Giga Drain and Crunch Move First Used In
Giga Drain Top-Down Training!
Frenzy Plant Top-Down Training!
Hyper Beam Glory Blaze!
Leaf Storm Glory Blaze!
Stone Edge Pedal to the Mettle!
Crunch Pedal to the Mettle!
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.


  • This is the second time one of Ash's rivals have had an evolved form of a starter Pokémon that Ash owns. The first is Gary who owned a Blastoise. It could also be noted that both Pokémon were the rival's starter Pokémon, they are both turtle-like Pokémon, they both were seen for the first time in their final form, have never been seen in their mid-evolved forms which are also seen to be owned by a main character and were seen in their first form in flashbacks.
  • Similar to how Ash, May and Gary each own one of the fully-evolved Kanto starters, Ash, Paul and Barry each own one of the fully evolved Sinnoh starters.

Related articles

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

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