Turtwig

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Turtwig
Turtwig DP artwork.png
Turtwig's artwork for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions
First appearance Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions (2006)
Generation Generation IV
Category Tiny Leaf Pokémon
Evolves from N/A
Evolves into Grotle (level 18)
Pronunciation
Type(s) Grass
Height 1'04" (0.4m)
Weight 22.5 lbs. (10.2 kg)
Gender ratio 87.5% male (♂)
12.5% female (♀)
Pokédex color Green
Egg group(s) Monster, Grass
Abilities Overgrow, Shell Armor (Dream World)
Pokédex navigation
National Pokédex:
Deoxys | Turtwig (#387) | Grotle

Sinnoh Pokédex:
Turtwig (#001) | Grotle

Turtwig is a small green turtle Pokémon and the Grass-type Starter Pokémon of the Generation IV games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions and Pokémon Platinum Version. It evolves into Grotle at level 18 and then into Torterra at level 32.

Game appearances[edit]

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions / Pokémon Platinum Version[edit]

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, a Turtwig is found in a suitcase at Lake Verity along with the other two Starter Pokémon, Chimchar and Piplup. If the player character chooses Turtwig, their rival chooses Chimchar, as Turtwig is weak to Fire-type moves. The Grass-type Gym Leader, Gardenia, also uses a Turtwig. In Pokémon Platinum Version, the suitcase is found at Route 201 instead.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Turtwig along with the other two Starter Pokémon, Chimchar and Piplup, each have their own trophy.

Pokémon anime[edit]

In the Pokémon anime, Turtwig makes its appearance in the first Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl episode, "Following a Maiden Voyage!", where it is shown as one of the three Sinnoh Starter Pokemon in Professor Rowan's lab.

In "Gettin' Twiggy With It", Ash catches a wild Turtwig, making it the second Pokémon that he caught in the Sinnoh region. Throughout the show, Ash's Turtwig has a habit of chomping down on Ash's head to express joy and emotions.

In "The Grass-type Is Always Greener", just like in the games, Gardenia uses a Turtwig, which knows how to use Leaf Storm.

Pokémon Trading Card Game[edit]

  • Diamond & Pearl, as Turtwig Lv. 10, a Grass-type common card (#103)

In March 2007, three limited edition collectors' tins were released by Pokémon USA. Turtwig Lv.10 from Diamond & Pearl was included in one of the tins as a special holographic card. The other two tins contained Chimchar Lv.8 and Piplup Lv.9 from the same set.

Learnset[edit]

Leveling[edit]

Turtwig attempts to learn a new move every four levels.

Level Move Type Power Accuracy PP Category Condition Appeal
- Tackle Normal type 35 95% 35 Physical Attack Tough Heart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.png
5 Withdraw Water type 40 Status Attack Cute Heart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.png
9 Absorb Grass type 20 100% 25 Special Attack Smart Heart Gen IV icon.png
13 Razor Leaf Grass type 55 95% 25 Physical Attack Cool Heart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.png
17 Curse ??? type 10 Status Attack Tough
21 Bite Dark type 60 100% 25 Physical Attack Tough Heart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.png
25 Mega Drain Grass type 40 100% 15 Special Attack Smart Heart Gen IV icon.png
29 Leech Seed Grass type 90% 10 Status Attack Smart
33 Synthesis Grass type 5 Status Attack Smart
37 Crunch Dark type 80 100% 15 Physical Attack Tough Heart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.png
41 Giga Drain Grass type 60 100% 10 Special Attack Smart Heart Gen IV icon.png
45 Leaf Storm Grass type 140 90% 5 Special Attack Cute Heart Gen IV icon.pngHeart Gen IV icon.png

Profiles[edit]

Pokédex entries[edit]

Game(s) Description
Pokémon Diamond Version Made from soil, the shell on its back hardens when it drinks water. It lives along lakes.
Pokémon Pearl Version It undertakes photosynthesis with its body, making oxygen. The leaf on its head wilts if it is thirsty.
Pokémon Platinum Version The shell on its back is made of soil. On a very healthy Turtwig, the shell should feel moist.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Turtwig SSBB Trophy Turtwig.png Nintendo DS
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
A Tiny Leaf Pokémon. Despite its animal appearance, Turtwig actually has vegetation sprouting from its head. The shell on its back is made of soil and hardens when it drinks water. Much like a plant, Turtwig performs photosynthesis, absorbing sunlight and making oxygen. It also relies heavily on water to keep its plant healthy and thus spends a lot of time near lakes.

General information[edit]

Biology[edit]

Turtwig's appearance is characteristic of a tortoise despite the prefix in its name being derived from "turtle". Its prominent jawbone may denote a relationship to the snapping turtle. Its green and yellow body is covered by a shell. A small seedling grows on Turtwig's head.

The soil-based shell on Turtwig's back grows stronger when it absorbs water. Turtwig survives by carrying out photosynthesis with its whole body. The leaf on its head wilts whenever it becomes thirsty. As a result, it lives in areas that are close to lakes.

Etymology[edit]

Turtwig's name is a portmanteau of the words "turtle" and "twig". Its Japanese name "Naetoru" is derived from the Japanese word for seedling ( nae?) and the English world "turtle".

Reveal[edit]

Turtwig was revealed on August 5, 2006 along with the other Starter Pokémon of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, Piplup and Chimchar.[1] Its English name was first officially confirmed in Nintendo Power's April 2007 (Volume 214) issue.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Turtwig.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ナエトル
Naetoru (romanized)
Naetle (trademark)

References[edit]

  1. ^ August 2006 News. Serebii.net
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