Turtwig, or Naetle in Japanese, is an adorable turtle-like Grass Pokemon. He is #387 in the National Pokedex and is the grass starter for Sinnoh region in the Generation IV games. He is mostly green and brown, with a little twig growing out of the top of its head. His shell is actually made out of soil, and is slightly soft and moist. Your rival in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum would choose Turtwig as their starter if you chose the water Pokemon, Piplup.
Turtwig evolves into Grotle at level 18, and into Torterra at level 32. Turtwig and his evolutionary line are the third set of turtle Pokemon, following Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise of Generation I, and Torkoal in Generation III. In Generation V, a fourth line of turtle Pokmemon were introduced; Purotooga and it’s evolved form Abagoura. Turtwig is the only turtle Pokemon of the Grass type. Turtwig’s highest base stat is Attack, closely followed by Defense. It’s worst stat is it’s Speed, which makes sense as Turtwig is a turtle Pokemon. Since Turtwig is a grass Pokemon, he is strong against Ground, Rock, and Water type Pokemon. He is weak against Bug, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Poison types. Its strongest Special Attack is Leaf Storm, which it learns as a Torterra at level 45.
Turtwig’s strongest Physical Attack is Crunch, which it learns at level 37 as Torterra. It can learn a total of twenty-two TMs including moves it wouldn’t normally be able to learn, like Rest and Grass Knot. It also can learn the HM01 Cut, and HM04 Strength. In the Anime, there have been three Turtwigs owned by characters in the series. The main one would be Ash’s Turtwig, which he caught in the episode “Gettin’ Twiggy With It!”. Ash’s Turtwig was a confident yet loving Pokemon, and would show its affection by biting, a lot like Jame’s Carnivine.
Out of all the Turtwigs shown in the Anime, Ash’s Turtwig is the cutest and has the most personality. Gardenia, a Gym Leader in Sinnoh, also has a Turtwig. Ash and Gardenia battled their Turtwigs against each other in a Gym battle, with Gardenia’s Turtwig being the victor. The third Turtwig seen in the Anime was owned by Ash’s rival, Paul. Paul’s Turtwig was only seen in a flashback and never actually in battle, so its skills are not known.
Turtwig is in other Pokemon games, such as the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, the Pokemon Ranger series, and the new Wii game “PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure”. In “PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure”, Turtwig is one of the Pokemon you can use in Bulbasaur’s Daring Dash. In the game, you can see Turtwig in all his cuteness in 3D, and hear his voice when he cheers if you win.
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