Torterra

Overgrow
Boosts power of Grass-type moves by 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Shell Armor
Prevents critical hits.
Type Tier
Grass / Ground NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
95
- 331 394 -
Atk
109
228 254 317 348
Def
105
221 246 309 339
SpA
75
167 186 249 273
SpD
85
185 206 269 295
Spe
56
133 148 211 232

Overview

Torterra, with its well-rounded stats and high Attack, was made to be an offensive tank. Add to that its access to two powerful STAB moves in Wood Hammer and Earthquake, and a unique typing that resists the popular EdgeQuake combination, and you've got one of the best Choice Band users in NU on your hands. With its good natural bulk Torterra can also easily set up Stealth Rock, as it has good match-ups against most Stealth Rock setters, or set up a Rock Polish, which gives it the ability to sweep late in the game. Torterra's STABs are resisted by some common types in NU, such as Grass-, Bug-, and Flying-types, so it often has trouble dealing with switch-ins. Sadly, its unique typing doesn't help against Water-types, which Torterra has difficulty countering, especially as it also can't always survive their common Ice-type coverage.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Overgrow Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Wood Hammer
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
~ Bullet Seed / Toxic
88 HP / 252 Atk / 168 Spe

Choice Band is Torterra's best set, letting it hit hard from turn one and OHKO or 2HKO a lot of defensive Pokemon, such as Musharna and Alomomola. Torterra's strong STAB moves in Wood Hammer and Earthquake are the key to the set, hitting any Pokemon hard that trys to switch in on it. Stone Edge is useful, as it gives Torterra the chance to hit incoming Flying-types, such as Mandibuzz and Altaria, which love to switch in on it. Bullet Seed is in the fourth moveslot because it allows Torterra to not only KO threats through Sturdy, but also break Substitutes and have a Grass STAB move without recoil. Toxic can also be used in the last moveslot to catch incoming Tangela and Mandibuzz.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Tank

Leftovers Overgrow Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Wood Hammer
~ Earthquake
~ Synthesis
180 HP / 252 Atk / 76 Spe

This set is a more defensive approach to Torterra, as it's designed to set up Stealth Rock and be able to take hits for the team. Wood Hammer and Earthquake are mandatory, being Torterra's two most powerful STAB moves. Synthesis is a reliable recovery move to help Torterra survive longer.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Rock Polish

Life Orb Overgrow Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish
~ Wood Hammer
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Unlike its other sets, which are used early in the game to punch holes in defensive teams or to simply set up Stealth Rock, this set is better used later in the game. Rock Polish is mandatory, as it gives Torterra the ability to sweep when teams are weakened enough. Wood Hammer and Earthquake are also mandatory, as they give Torterra two strong STAB moves to work with. For the fourth moveslot, Stone Edge is used to hit Flying-types and the other Pokemon who resist its STAB.

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Other Options

There are a lot of great moves in Torterra's movepool, but other Grass-types might end up outclassing it. For example, Torterra could use a dual screens set with Light Clay, but Serperior is better at this as it's faster than Torterra and has access to Taunt. Torterra could also run a SubSeed set, but this is better used by Jumpluff and Serperior. Torterra is too slow and those two have better support movepools, including options such as Encore and Taunt. Special moves such as Giga Drain, Earth Power, and Leaf Storm could also be used, but Torterra's higher Attack stat is way more useful. Seed Bomb could be an option over Wood Hammer on any set, but Torterra needs the power of Wood Hammer to turn 3HKOs into 2HKOs. Swords Dance allows Torterra to punch big holes in opposing teams in the early-game, even scoring an OHKO on Musharna. Finally, Curse could be used, but Torterra is so slow it's easy to revenge kill with common Ice-type coverage or simply a strong super effective move from a faster opponent.

Checks and Counters

Torterra's best counters are Tangela and Weezing, as they can easily take a hit from it and force it out with Sleep Powder or Will-O-Wisp. They also commonly run coverage moves that are able to hit Torterra for super effective damage, such as Hidden Power Ice and Flamethrower.

Flying-types, such as Rotom-S, Swellow, and Braviary, can easily come in on an Earthquake and finish Torterra off, but keep in mind Torterra can use Stone Edge or Rock Polish on the switch, making it dangerous. Any Pokemon able to outspeed or take a hit from Torterra and hit it for super effective damage can easily kill it; examples include Charizard and Piloswine, who can also easily finish Torterra off with a Fire Blast or priority Ice Shard, respectively. U-turn users are also hard for Torterra to deal with, as they can easily wear it down until they can KO it with their strongest move. Strong special attackers such as Exeggutor and Samurott can also outspeed or take a hit from Torterra and finish it off. Also, if Jynx is using a Choice Scarf, it can outspeed boosted Torterra and OHKO with Ice Beam. Bear in mind that it can't switch in though. Finally, Torterra can kill itself from recoil quite quickly, so smart switching will make Torterra much weaker.