In the anime
In Gettin' Twiggy With It!, Ash originally caught Torterra as a Turtwig. He had been living in the forest near Clara's home, and he 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 he 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 he ran to challenge him to a battle. Ash accepted his challenge, and Turtwig and Pikachu battled. Ash then caught Turtwig.
As Turtwig, he was a brave yet kind Pokémon with high confidence for his small size. He apparently had a strong jaw, as he was often seen latching himself onto people and Pokémon's heads, tails, hats, and appendages to attack or show affection. he has done this to Ash as well, the behavior somewhat resembling that of James's Victreebel, Carnivine and Cacnea. He has also been shown to be both incredibly fast and quite strong, such as the time when he used Bite on Roark's Rampardos's tail and threw it into a rock, after which Brock said, "Big things come in small packages!"
Overall, he has taken part in five of Ash's Gym battles. As a Turtwig, he defeated Roark's Cranidos in their first battle, and in the rematch, defeated the newly evolved Rampardos, giving Ash his first Sinnoh Badge.
In The Grass-Type Is Always Greener!, Turtwig was first sent out to rescue Cheryl from vines with his Razor Leaf. He stayed out of his Poké Ball and was later found by Gardenia, who found him cute. He later battled as Ash's first Pokémon against Gardenia's Cherubi in their unofficial two vs two battle. Turtwig used Tackle, hitting Cherubi, and then used multiple Razor Leaf attacks, hitting Cherubi the first time, but Cherubi dodged without receiving any commands. Impressed with Turtwig, Gardenia recalled Cherubi, with Brock speculating that Gardenia used Cherubi to check out Ash's Turtwig. Gardenia then used her Turtwig. Ash's Turtwig used a fast Tackle but Gardenia's was faster and it easily dodged, eventually causing Ash's Turtwig to crash into a tree. Gardenia's Turtwig used Leech Seed, draining Ash's Turtwig's health. Gardenia's Turtwig then used an extremely fast Tackle, knocking Ash's Turtwig out.
In The Grass Menagerie!, Turtwig was Ash's first Pokémon in his Eterna Gym Battle against Gardenia, going up against her Cherubi again. Turtwig started off with Tackle, which was dodged. His Razor Leaf was dodged as well, showing Cherubi's speed, which was boosted due to its Ability Chlorophyll. Cherubi then used Solar Beam, but Turtwig was able to dodge. Ash thought that Solar Beam couldn't be activated straight away and had Turtwig use Razor Leaf, but Cherubi countered with an instant Solar Beam, activated faster due to the harsh sunlight, destroying Razor Leaf and hitting Turtwig. Cherubi then used Magical Leaf and Ash recalled Turtwig before the attack could hit. He later called him out to face Gardenia's Turtwig again. Ash's Turtwig used Tackle which Gardenia's Turtwig dodged and used Leaf Storm. However, Ash's Turtwig was able to dodge by jumping off a tree. Ash's Turtwig tried to use Bite, but Gardenia's Turtwig used Leech Seed, stopping Bite and draining Ash's Turtwig of his energy. Turtwig was able to withstand it and used Synthesis, however Gardenia's Turtwig used Leaf Storm, which Ash's Turtwig was able to dodge by jumping, allowing the Synthesis to finish. After Ash's Turtwig hit Gardenia's Turtwig with Razor Leaf, both Turtwig used Tackle at each other, but only Ash's Turtwig was able to remain standing, finally defeating Gardenia's Turtwig. Ash kept Turtwig in, but the Leech Seed was still in effect. He then went up against Gardenia's final Pokémon, Roserade. Turtwig went in for a Tackle, but the Bouquet Pokémon tripped up Turtwig with Grass Knot. Roserade then used Weather Ball, which was a super-effective Fire-type attack and twice as powerful due to the harsh sunlight, defeating Turtwig.
In Glory Blaze!, Turtwig was used in the quarterfinals of the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. He was paired up with Paul's Chimchar, who was still weak from earlier training, and was up against a Zangoose and a Metagross. The two quickly become overwhelmed due to Chimchar being too weak and afraid of Zangoose to make any attacks. The situation became even worse when Paul ordered Chimchar to use a friendly fire Flame Wheel on Turtwig, seriously injuring him, before getting caught in Zangoose's claws. Turtwig then saved it, and Chimchar made up for this by protecting him from a Fire Blast attack on its own accord. Realizing that not even reliving the traumatic event of being attacked by Zangoose could motivate Chimchar to activate Blaze, Paul gave up on it and refused to give it any more commands. Consequently, Ash gave Chimchar commands from then on, and the three went on to win the battle.
After learning Energy Ball from Kenny's Breloom in Tanks for the Memories!, Turtwig didn't battle again until the Pastoria Gym Battle in A Crasher Course in Power!, where he battled Crasher Wake's Quagsire. But despite having a major type-advantage, he was called back after encountering difficulties with the opponent's super effective Ice Beam and Sludge Bomb attacks.
Like many of Ash's Pokémon, Turtwig's battle style was based on his 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 his new body being larger and heavier, Grotle's speed had diminished, and he fumbled and fell down a lot in the battle, ultimately losing. The newly evolved Grotle had high expectations of himself, well exemplified in the same episode. During the night, he went out to try and recover his speed. However, he failed and continued to stumble over. This was initially upsetting, but Paul's Torterra provided some unexpected help by showing Grotle that he could rely on defense instead.
In A Breed Stampede!, Ash used his Grotle to help train Dawn's Piloswine, where he utilized the defensive method he was taught by Paul's Torterra. By Leading A Stray!, this training had begun to pay off in battle as Grotle took a Swampert's Focus Punch on the head and replied accordingly with Razor Leaf, knocking his opponent out.
In Sliding Into Seventh!, he was Ash's first Pokémon in his Gym Battle against Candice, going up against her Sneasel. Using her skating skills, she dodged his Energy Ball and used Icy Wind, however Grotle once again utilized the training he received from Paul's Torterra to endure these attacks despite being super effective. He then landed a close range Razor Leaf as she attempted Fury Swipes, and used Rock Climb against Sneasel's Icy Wind, knocking her out. Grotle was then recalled. He later went up against her Abomasnow and went in for a Rock Climb, but this was countered by Wood Hammer, which knocked him out.
In Pedal to the Mettle!, Grotle was used in the Full Battle between Ash and Paul. He was sent out against Electabuzz, but had an Energy Ball blocked by Light Screen before Paul substituted it for Honchkrow, pitting the two against each other once again. With Grotle's apparent determination to redeem himself after losing before, Ash decided not to switch, however Honchkrow proved to be far too powerful with its type advantage on top of Electabuzz's Light Screen still being active. A badly timed Synthesis then gave Honchkrow an opening to unleash a Sky Attack, and Grotle was defeated as a result.
In Uncrushing Defeat!, Grotle, along with the rest of Ash's Sinnoh team, was under the care of Nurse Joy in the Lake Acuity Pokémon Center, suffering bodily repercussions from the rough Full Battle loss against Paul. Later, he helped rescue Pikachu from Team Rocket by knocking Jessie's Yanmega out with a single Energy Ball, before blasting them off with another one.
In Challenging a Towering Figure!, he was used to battle Palmer's Rhyperior in the Festival Battle Challenge. With Rhyperior's Solid Rock Ability, increased speed from Rock Polish, and powerful Rock Wrecker and Sandstorm attacks, Grotle struggled at first, but was able to make a comeback after healing himself with Synthesis and accidentally swallowing his own Energy Ball, which caused the bushes on his back to radiate a green aura and grant him a huge power boost. Said boost made him strong enough to push Rhyperior back with Rock Climb, forcing it to smash its tail into the terrain to keep from falling down. However, this position left Grotle vulnerable to another Rock Wrecker, which was enough to knock him out despite putting up a good fight.
In Dressed for Jess Success!, Grotle helped Dawn's Mamoswine train for the Lilypad Town Pokémon Contest. During the training, Grotle demonstrated the strategy he learned in the battle with Palmer's Rhyperior of swallowing his own Energy Ball to gain power. Mamoswine mirrored the motion by swallowing its own Ice Shard, which in turn caused ice to form on its back as an appeal.
In The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, Grotle was used in Ash's first Gym battle against Volkner's Luxray where, despite having the type-advantage, it started to get overwhelmed, before the battle was cancelled due to the Gym losing power. Later, Grotle was called out to battle Team Rocket inside the Sunyshore Tower, and he quickly evolved into a Torterra. Along with his new and more powerful form, Torterra immediately learned Leaf Storm and sent Team Rocket blasting off.
In An Elite Coverup!, Torterra battled Bertha's Hippowdon. He initially struggled as he was hit by Hippowdon's Dig and Iron Head combination after his Leaf Storm missed, and his Rock Climb was countered by another Iron Head. Hippowdon then used Dig again, but after a lecture about observation from Bertha, Ash watched the rocks surrounding Torterra on the ground carefully, and was thus able to pinpoint where Hippowdon would emerge from so Torterra could successfully dodge his Iron Head and counter with a super-effective Leaf Storm. However, Hippowdon used Dig yet again, but this time, he circled around Torterra, making it impossible to predict where he would resurface. This allowed him to land another Iron Head, launching Torterra into the air, before smashing him into the ground with a super-effective Fire Fang, knocking him out.
In The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, Ash used Torterra as his first Pokémon during his rematch with Volkner, sending him against Volkner's Electivire. After his Leaf Storm was blocked by Electivire's Fire Punch, he used another Leaf Storm and it was blocked again in the same way, although this left Electivire vulnerable to Torterra's Energy Ball. He then went in for a Rock Climb, but this was countered by Electivire's doubly super-effective Ice Punch, which knocked Torterra out in a single blow.
Ash used Torterra as his fifth Pokémon in his battle against Paul in A Real Rival Rouser!. He was sent out against Paul's Drapion, whose Toxic Spikes poisoned him instantly. He battled well and was able to cause Drapion some damage with his Energy Ball and Leaf Storm attacks, but his Rock Climb was stopped cold by Drapion, who then knocked him down with Poison Fang. Torterra then healed himself with Synthesis, but despite this, he was immediately defeated by Drapion's super-effective Pin Missile.
Torterra was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.
Personality and characteristics
As a Turtwig, Torterra was very brave. Similarly to Ash's Bulbasaur, he helped take care of sick or injured Pokémon and kept the peace between them. If there was feud between other Pokémon, Turtwig would be the mannered one and break them up. He could be a little reckless at times, ignoring Ash's commands to dodge in Different Strokes for Different Blokes. He was quite stubborn and would not give up, no matter how hard the challenge, another trait he shared with Bulbasaur. He was also quite affectionate, latching on to Ash's head as a Turtwig.
After evolving into Grotle, he became a lot less active due to his weight gain, still battling well but taking things slowly. As he grew and evolved, Torterra became quite serious in everything he did and never had any issues listening to Ash's commands, unlike when he was still Turtwig and Grotle.
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|Description: As a Grotle, he swallows his Energy Ball to power up his Grass-type moves. He used it again in Dressed for Jess Success!, to help Dawn's Mamoswine use the technique with Ice Shard in the Lilypad Town Contest.|
In the games
In the spin-off games
In the manga
In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga
Ash's Torterra appears in Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl. He first used him as a Turtwig in PDP06 to try and rescue a Pachirisu that was stuck in a trap. After making several more appearances as a Turtwig, he was later shown to have evolved into Grotle in PDP29.
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In the movie adaptations
Ash's Torterra appears in the manga adaptation of The Rise of Darkrai as a Turtwig. He was seen playing with the other Pokémon.
- For A Gruff Act to Follow!, Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia is about Ash's Turtwig. He writes this senryū about it: 「ナエトルは あたまにはっぱ はえとるぞ」 "Naetle has leaves growing on its head."
- Torterra, as Turtwig, is Ash's first Pokémon to evolve while battling one of his rivals.
- Grotle's evolution into Torterra was first revealed in the Japanese opening The Greatest - Everyday!.
- With the exception of battles against Team Rocket, Torterra was defeated in every battle he participated in after evolving from Grotle without defeating any opposing Pokémon, despite having the type advantage against a few of them.
- Torterra is Ash's first Pokémon to learn an HM move.
Kukui and Burnet:
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|For a list of Pokémon Ash has temporarily owned, used, or commanded, see here|
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