#389 Torterra

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Torterra, the Continent Pokémon. Torterra is the final evolved form of Turtwig. Sometimes small Pokémon will gather to make their nests on Torterra’s back.
– Ash’s Pokedex

Torterra is put up in honour of Earth Day. Torterra has a unique type combination. Grass covers some of Ground’s weaknesses, and gives Torterra a way to fight its weakness to Fire with Ground moves, but also makes Water do normal damage instead of half damage. It also gives it a 4x weakness to Ice.

Appearance-wise, Torterra looks pretty awesome. It has a continent on its back, including a tree, which according to the Pokedex entries, gives a place for other Pokemon to even nest in. It’s also one of the few Pokemon that is not symmetric, since it has the tree on one side, and spikes on the other.

Torterra evolves at a lower level than other starters, at level 32 instead of 36. It also has lower base stats. It shares these properties with Venasaur and Meganium. It has low speed, but high defense. It has more Attack than Sp Attack, which makes Earthquake useful. Unfortunately, the only physical grass move it learns by level-up is Razor Leaf, though it can get Seed Bomb by breeding.

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