- Boosts power of Fire-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
- Speed increases at end of the turn.
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
At first glance, Torchic seems like a completely outclassed Pokemon, as it is outperformed offensively by a multitude of other Fire-types. Luckily, although it seems a bad thing, being a Fire-type actually provides Torchic with a small niche, as it is the only Pokemon of its type to be able to learn Baton Pass. It has extra power and a different typing than Venonat, and has multiple options that can be passed to teammates, so it isn't entirely outclassed there either. Overall, Torchic is a solid Baton Passer, but one should only use Torchic for that purpose.
Baton Pass is Torchic's best asset; Agility is by far the easiest boost to pass, as after a single use, Torchic outspeeds virtually every Pokemon, boosted or otherwise. Agility is usually the most useful move to pass as well, as even slow Pokemon will end up outspeeding most threats with the boost to their Speed. Fire Blast hits quite hard and provides Torchic with a form of offense. Hidden Power Grass is used in the fourth slot to deal solid damage to Water-types such as Chinchou, but if extra protection is desired, Substitute can be used in its place.
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Torchic doesn't have many other options outside of those listed. Flamethrower could be used over Fire Blast for the accuracy, but it lacks much needed power. Will-O-Wisp or Toxic could work to deal crippling status to a bulky opponent that keeps switching in to phaze, but the moves are situational at best. A set of Swords Dance, Flame Charge, Return, and Baton Pass could be used as a bit of a hybrid between a sweeper and a Baton Passer, and works well alongside teammates such as Mienfoo that enjoy both boosts.
Checks and Counters
Bulky Pokemon with phazing moves such as Hippopotas are the biggest obstacles standing in Torchic's way, and will prevent it from passing boosts if Natu isn't used as a teammate. Water-types that aren't weak to Grass, such as Mantyke and Tentacool, wall Torchic, but they won't stop it from passing boosts around. Drilbur outspeeds Torchic even after an Agility if sandstorm is up, and it will KO Torchic easily. Cottonee can't take a Fire Blast, but if it predicts correctly, it can come in on Agility and Encore it, basically rendering Torchic useless.
Torchic gets Speed Boost from the Dream World. It would be an amazing ability, but sadly, it is only released on Torchic as a level 10 male, causing it to be illegal in Little Cup. It would be the far superior ability if it was legal, and would also make Swords Dance a very good option for Torchic to pass.