Pokemon GO Torterra is a Grass and Ground Pokemon, the final evolution stage of Turtwig family line. Torterra has 2825 Max CP, 202 Attack, 197 Defense and 190 Stamina, which makes her one of the most well rounded Grass starters to date.
Torterra is an interesting addition to the Pokemon GO, especially with the likes of Tangrowth also coming in Gen IV. We’ll see how well Torterra can perform with its double weakness to Ice and tripe resistance to Electric attacks. Torterra costs 100 Candy to evolve.
Torterra in the Meta
Similar to Tangrowth, Torterra is a great, well rounded addition whose performance will solely depend on its move pool. Unlike Tangrowth, Torterra’s move pool is a bit more complicated, as you’ll see soon.
Stat wise, here’s how Torterra compares to popular Gen 1 – 4 Grass types:
|Grass Type||Max CP||Attack||Defense||Stamina|
Torterra runs in the middle of the stat chart, easily topping Venusaur and Sceptile, but falling behind Celebi, Tangrowth and Exeggutor. We’re not sure how well the increased defense will hold up with that double weakness to Ice, especially with Mamoswine on the horizon. As far as Torterra’s Ground typing goes, we don’t want to talk about that – Groudon is a beast and there’s really nothing that can compete with him in that category.
Torterra’s performance is strictly tied to its move pool, as the core games had a few non-STAB moves (Bite and Stone Edge) which scare the hell out of us. Let’s see what’s in there.
Torterra’s moves feature an expected mix of STAB and non STAB moves that create a varied move pool, but with lackluster performance and no clear outliers:
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
…and now you know why we’re worried about Torterra’s move sets. Just imagine if your Torterra gets Bite and Stone Edge / Earthquake – that’s a lot of TMs that can (and will) go somewhere else, leaving Torterra forgotten forever in your Pokemon storage. Frenzy Plant will be a thing in the future, it’s a move that’s specific to all Grass starters, but it’s a long way from now to a Turtwig Community Day. We’ll see, but we’re not holding our breath for it.
In any case, we suggest using a Razor Leaf Torterra with Solar Beam or Earthquake. You get the same Sunny weather boost on both and it’s quite easy to predict which Pokemon you can counter with it.
Weather Influence on Torterra
|Sunny||Boosts its potential Grass and Ground type moves||Boosts super-effective Fire moves|
|Partly Cloudy||No pros or cons|
|Cloudy||No pros or cons|
|Rainy||—||Boosts super-effective Bug moves|
|Fog||No pros or cons|
|Snow||—||Boosts double super-effective Ice type moves|
A shiny Torterra follows the established pattern of it’s pre-evolutions, by switching from brown to yellow and by changing the green used on it’s armored elements. If the normal version looks like a regular turtle with a tree, the shiny version looks like it’s seen some things. Like Shiny Venusaur!
Pokedex entries and fun things about Torterra
- Small Pokémon occasionally gather on its unmoving back to begin building their nests.
- Some Pokémon are born on a Torterra’s back and spend their entire life there.
- Ash’s Torterra debuted in The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore! when his Grotle evolved.
- Torterra debuted in The Rise of Darkrai
- Torterra is a combination of tortoise and terra (Latin for ground).