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[[File:Type Grass.gif|link=Grass type]]  
Species Tiny Leaf Pokémon
Abilities Overgrow
Shell Armor (Dream World)
None ← 387 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into [[Grotle]]
(ナエトル Naetoru )
[[Generation IV]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Green>Green</font>
Body Style Footprint

Turtwig (Japanese: ナエトル Naetoru) is the Grass-type Starter Pokémon of the Sinnoh region. Made from soil, its shell on its back hardens when it drinks water. It lives near lakes.


Turtwig is a Pokémon and appears to be a green-ish Pokémon with a small twig on its head. On the twig are two green leaves. It has large yellow eyes and its face is oddly shaped. On the bottom of the face there is a yellow mouth in an obtuse shape. Also on its face it has two tiny nostrils. It has four small stubby feet, so it can't move as fast, and on the bottom of its feet are an obtuse area of yellow towards the bottom of the feet. It also has a shell on its back. The shell is brown with black on the bottom and a few stripes. 

Ash Turtwig

Ash's Turtwig in action!

In the Anime


Turtwig with Pikachu in anime.

Turtwig is used by Ash in the Sinnoh Region. It could learn Tackle, Withdraw, Absorb, Razor Leaf, Curse, Bite, Mega Drain, Leech Seed, Synthesis, Crunch, Giga Drain, and Leaf Storm. Later in the series, Ash's Turtwig evolved into Grotle, but this made it hard for Ash to train it, due to a lack of speed. Afterwards, Paul's Torterra teaches Grotle how to fight with reduced speed. Ash later uses this strategy there on. It soon evolves into Torterra at Sunyshore City during another battle with Team Rocket.

It is set to reappear in the Pikachu short airing along with the 15th Pokémon movie.

Known Trainers with a Turtwig


Turtwig evolves into a Grotle starting at level 18, who later evolves into a Torterra starting at level 32.

Game Info


Turtwig Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Diamond/Pearl Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase near Lake Verity One
Platinum Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase on Route 201 One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade None
Black/White Poké Transfer None

Side Game Locations

Turtwig Locations
Game(s) Location
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Starter Pokémon
Mystifying Forest (B1F-B13F)
Mystery Jungle (B1F-B29F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Nabiki Beach (Joins after a quest)

Pokédex Entries

Pokédex Entries
Made from soil, the shell on its back hardens when it drinks water. It lives along lakes.
It undertakes photosynthesis with its body, making oxygen. The leaf on its head wilts if it is thirsty.
The shell on its back is made of soil. On a very healthy Turtwig, the shell should feel moist.
Photosynthesis occurs across its body under the sun. The shell on its back is actually hardened soil.
Photosynthesis occurs across its body under the sun. The shell on its back is actually hardened soil.
The shell on its back is made of soil. On a very healthy Turtwig, the shell should feel moist.
The shell on its back is made of soil. On a very healthy Turtwig, the shell should feel moist.
Black 2
White 2
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
387 dpspr File:387 ptspr.png File:387 ptspr.png 387 IVback
387 dpsprs File:387 ptsprs.png File:387 ptsprs.png 387 IVbacks
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:387 bwspr.png File:387 Vback.png
File:387 bwsprs.png File:387 Vbacks.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back


Generation IV

Level Up

Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal


Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal Physical Tough 3


Withdraw 0 100% 40 Water Status Cute 2


Absorb 20 100% 25 Grass Special Smart 1


Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass Physical Cool 3


Curse 0 100% 10 ??? Status Tough 0


Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Tough 3


Mega Drain 40 100% 15 Grass Special Smart 1


Leech Seed 0 90% 10 Grass Status Smart 0


Synthesis 0 100% 5 Grass Status Smart 0


Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical Tough 2


Giga Drain 60 100% 10 Grass Special Smart 1


Leaf Storm 140 90% 5 Grass Special Cute 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


TM/HM Attack Name Attack Type
TM06 Toxic Poison
TM09 Bullet Seed Grass
TM10 Hidden Power Normal
TM11 Sunny Day Fire
TM16 Light Screen Psychic
TM17 Protect Normal
TM19 Giga Drain Grass
TM20 Safeguard Normal
TM21 Frustration Normal
TM22 SolarBeam Grass
TM23 Iron Tail Steel
TM27 Return Normal
TM32 Double Team Normal
TM33 Reflect Psychic
TM42 Facade Normal
TM43 Secret Power Normal
TM44 Rest Psychic
TM45 Attract Normal
TM53 Energy Ball Grass
TM58 Endure Normal
TM70 Flash Normal
TM75 Swords Dance Normal
TM76 Stealth Rock Rock
TM78 Captivate Normal
TM82 Sleep Talk Normal
TM83 Natural Gift Normal
TM86 Grass Knot Grass
TM87 Swagger Normal
TM90 Substitute Normal
HM01 Cut Normal
HM04 Strength Normal
HM06 Rock Smash Fighting
HM08 Rock Climb Normal

Platinum Move Tutor Moves

Attack Name Attack Type
Snore Normal
Synthesis Grass
Earth Power Ground
Mud-Slap Ground
Seed Bomb Grass

Egg Moves

Attack Name Attack Type
Worry Seed Grass
Growth Normal
Tickle Normal
Body Slam Normal
Double-edge Normal
Sand Tomb Ground
Seed Bomb Grass
Thrash Normal
Amnesia Psychic
Superpower Fighting


  • Like Bulbasaur and Chikorita, Turtwig can walk on all fours, making it the third Grass starter to walk on fours.
  • The shell on Turtwig's back is actually hardened soil.
  • Turtwig is the heaviest of the basic forms of all of the starters.
  • Turtwig, along with Totodile, are the only starters who evolve at level 18. This is also the highest level a starter Pokémon evolves through level-up.
  • Turtwig is the only starter Pokémon that knows a move that is neither normal type nor its primary type when given to the player.
  • Turtwig's name is a portmanteau of "Turtle" and "Twig".
  • Turtwig's Japanese name is Naetle, nae meaning seedling as Turtwig has a seedling growing from his head.
  • Turtwig is the only grass type starter to learn awater type move.


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