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Turtwig (ナエトル, Naetle) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a Grass Pokémon that made its first appearance in the fourth generation games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

Physiology and Behaviour

Appearances

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:

Trophy descriptions

"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-anime

Turtwig and Pikachu in the anime.

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.

So far, Ash's Turtwig has used four different types of attacks which include Bite, Razor Leaf, Synthesis, and Tackle.

In the manga, the character Diamond has a Turtwig.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

TurtwigCard

The Japanese Turtwig card.

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).

Worldwide cards:

  • Diamond & Pearl, as Turtwig Lv. 10, Grass-type common card.

Japanese cards:

  • Turtwig - PPP Promotion Cards
  • Turtwig - "DP-P" Promotional Cards

Origin and inspiration

In-game information

Pokédex entries

Title Entry

Game locations

Evolution

Turtwig
Reach level 18.
Grotle
Reach level 32.
Torterra
PKMN387 PKMN388 PKMN389

Base Stats

Base Stats
HP 55
Attack 68
Defense 64
Sp. Attack 45
Sp. Defense 55
Speed 31
Total 53

Moveset

Main article: Turtwig/moveset

Gallery

Sprites

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