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
Tangrowth 3110 207 219 200
Celebi 3090 210 210 200
Shaymin 3090 210 210 200
Exeggutor 2916 233 158 190
Leafeon 2849 216 254 130
Torterra 2825 202 197 190
Roserade 2783 243 206 120
Sceptile 2584 223 180 140
Venusaur 2568 198 198 160
Breloom 2407 241 153 120

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

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
  • Bite Dark
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Solar Beam Grass

…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

Weather Pros Cons
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
Windy Boosts super-effective Flying moves
Snow Boosts double super-effective Ice type moves

Shiny Torterra

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!

Normal Shiny
   

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).
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