Physiology and Behaviour
Main Pokémon games
Turtwig first appeared in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS as a Starter Pokémon. Other than the player being able to train one, Gardenia, one of the gym leaders, also uses one. Turtwig returned in Pokémon Platinum. Turtwig has appeared in several other Pokémon video game spin-offs.
Turtwig is one of the starting Pokémon (which also includes Chimchar and Piplup). In every Pokémon game (or at least in the main series), there is a grass type starter Pokémon. The other grass type of starter Pokémon in the series includes, and in National Pokédex order, Bulbasaur, Chikorita, and Treecko. Turtwigs main advantage is that it has healing moves, for example; absorb, mega drain and giga drain which are very useful.
The Turtwig spcies can be found living in forests, much like other grass Pokémon. Many of them probably live with Professor Rowan, as he gives them out to new trainers (such as yourself in the beginning of the game). Like most Pokémon, Turtwig can eat berries, but being a plant Pokémon, he also goes through photosynthesis.
Other Pokémon games
Super Smash Bros. series
Turtwig appeared as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl along with the other starter Pokémon in the game (Piplup appeared as a Poké Ball Pokémon in addition to being a trophy). The following is Turtwig's trophy description:
- "A Tiny Leaf Pokemon. Despite its animal appearance, Turtwig actually has vegetation sprouting from its head. The shell on its back is made of soil and hardens when it drinks water. Much like a plant, Turtwig performs photosynthesis, absorbing sunlight and making oxygen. It also relies heavily on water to keep its plant healthy and thus spends a lot of time near lakes."
In the anime
Turtwig first appeared in the made for TV movie Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, which was in a way a preview for the upcoming television show. In the movie, Turtwig appeared along side the other starter Pokémon Chimchar and Piplup.
Turtwig is the second Pokémon that Ash catches in Sinnoh. In the episode where Ash catches him, Team Rocket kidnaps Ash's Pikachu. Soon after they escaped in their balloon, it crashed. Noticing that the Pikachu was in trouble, Turtwig defended him against the team. Once Ash arrived, Turtwig thought falsely that they were trying to capture Pikachu, so Turtwig grabbed the tired Pokémon and ran. Later on, the misunderstandings were forgiven, and at the end of the show, Turtwig joins Ash's team.
In episode 6 of Diamond and Pearl, Ash's Turtwig battled with Paul's Chimchar, but lost.
In the manga, the character Diamond has a Turtwig.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
Currently there are three Turtwig cards available in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In March 2007, Pokémon USA released a limited edition collectors level 10 Turtwig card along with their partner starter Pokémon (Chimchar Lv. 8 and Piplup Lv. 9).
- Diamond & Pearl, as Turtwig Lv. 10, Grass-type common card.
- Turtwig - PPP Promotion Cards
- Turtwig - "DP-P" Promotional Cards
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