Tabitha sent Torkoal, along with Courtney's Ninetales, to battle Ruby and Sapphire's Plusle and Minun. While Ninetales burned away Plusle and Minun's illusions, Torkoal stomped onto Plusle and bound it to the ground. However, since Ruby threatened to drop the diary containing the password for the Scanner, Torkoal released Plusle before the latter and Minun retaliated.
Tabitha came with Blaise and Courtney to Slateport City. There, his Torkoal spinned in the Contest Hall and approached Ruby, the Pokémon fan club chairman, Captain Stern and Dock. Torkoal emitted Smog, which caused the four to fall unconscious. A moment later, the admins placed the people on Torkoal. Once Ruby woke up, he saw Blaise. Seeing the logo of Team Magma on Blaise's clothes, Ruby realized Tabitha and Torkoal belonged to that faction.
Tabitha came to Mt. Chimney, after Team Aqua extinguished the volcano. He pointed out Flannery's firepower was not enough and sent Torkoal to launch fire, along with Flannery's Magcargo. However, it was not enough power, so Tabitha called Torkoal back and flew off with his Swellow.
Courtney explained to Ruby Tabitha's skill was to have his Torkoal spout smoke out to daze their opponents. After the Gym Leaders' meeting, Wallace, Roxanne and Brawly knew they'd face the Team Magma admins, along with their Pokémon. Eventually, Maxie and Tabitha found Groudon at the Seafloor Cavern. There, Tabitha's Torkoal fired an attack and awakened Groudon.
Torkoal was used to battle Amber's Volbeat. Torkoal used Yawn to lull Volbeat to sleep. However, Volbeat woke up and fired Signal Beam, which hit Torkoal, who retaliated with Heat Wave. In the last moment, Torkoal attacked Volbeat, who used Trick to switch the Blue Orb it was holding with a berry, to deliver the orb to Archie. Since the submarine started sinking, Torkoal used Smog to increase the buoyancy. However, the smoke caused an explosion and destroyed the submarine.
Eventually, Wallace faced Tabitha and his Torkoal. Wallace's Whiscash, Phillip, managed to tickle Torkoal, while Luvdisc, Elizabeth, used Water Sport to reduce Torkoal's fire-type attacks' power. Torkoal rose up and tried to attack Wallace, but Steven arrived and his Metagross attacked Torkoal and defend themselves. Eventually, Metagross defeated Torkoal and Tabitha and knocked them down, unconscious.
|Smog||Tripped Up by Torkoal|
|Yawn||Very Vexing Volbeat|
|Heat Wave||Very Vexing Volbeat|
|+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*|
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.
- ^ RS019: Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun II
- ^ RS020: Tripped Up by Torkoal
- ^ RS021: Slugging It Out with Slugma I
- ^ RS035: Assaulted by Pelipper II
- ^ RS036: Mixing It Up with Magcargo
- ^ RS040: Going to Eleven with Loudred & Exploud I
- ^ RS042: Short Shift for Shiftry
- ^ RS054: The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon II
- ^ RS062: Very Vexing Volbeat
- ^ RS063: No Armaldo Is an Island
- ^ RS070: The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XII
- ^ RS071: The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XIII
- ^ RS072: The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XIV
- ^ RS073: A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel I