#255 Torchic

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Torchic sticks with its Trainer, following behind with unsteady steps. This Pokémon breathes fire of over 1,800 degrees F, including fireballs that leave the foe scorched black.
– Pokemon Ruby Pokedex

I don’t really like the designs for Combusken or Blaziken, but I’ll admit, Torchic is pretty cute. It’s the first starter based on a bird, but it’s not flying type, probably because chickens can’t fly well. Its Ruby Pokedex entry is exaggerating again, if its fireball really is 1800 degrees F (982 degrees C), it would evaporate the foe, not just scorching it black. For reference, the melting point of Silver is 1760 F (961 C).

For some reason, in Gen IV, Torchic have separate sprites for male and female, but the gender difference is almost negligible; the male Torchic has a black spot on its butt while the female doesn’t. I’m not sure why they added that gender difference in Gen IV… I like how its shiny colours are the reverse of its body and feather colours (ie shiny has yellow body and orange feathers).

Anyway, in the anime, May had a Torchic, which evolved into Combusken and then Blaziken. I don’t remember that Torchic had much of a personality, as May didn’t really use it all that much, or maybe the anime just didn’t focus on that aspect of Torchic very well.

Stat-wise, its Sp Attack and Attack are pretty good, at a cost of low Defenses and Speed.

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