Torterra

Overgrow
Raises the power of Grass-type moves 50% when at 1/3 HP or less.
Type Tier
Grass / Ground UU
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
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Overview

Although Torterra may be one of the most predictable Pokemon, it has a few key traits that help establish its niche in the UU metagame. Torterra possesses two high Base Power STAB moves that can break many of UU's common physical walls like Milotic, Registeel, and Steelix, as well as Rock Polish to augment its horrible Speed and set up a sweep. While Torterra is mainly used as an offensive Pokemon, it has several defensive uses as well. Torterra is one of the few Pokemon that resists the Rock- and Ground-type attacking combination, which enables it to act as a check to Pokemon such as Rhyperior and Aggron. It also possesses semi-reliable recovery in Synthesis as well as several support options, including Stealth Rock and Leech Seed. Include this land tortoise in your team, and its sure to do everything but disappoint.

Name Item Nature

Rock Polish

Life Orb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish
~ Earthquake
~ Wood Hammer / Seed Bomb
~ Stone Edge
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With respectable Attack and sub-par Speed, Torterra is a natural candidate for Rock Polish. After a single boost, Torterra reaches an amazing 422 Speed, and when coupled with an Attack stat of 348, becomes a dangerous late-game sweeper. Common walls such as Steelix, Slowbro, and Milotic can't take repeated abuse from its Ground and Grass STABs. Stone Edge covers Flying-types such as Altaria and Moltres, both of whom are immune to Ground and 4x resist Grass. Wood Hammer is preferred over Seed Bomb as it can OHKO the standard Slowbro roughly 80% of the time and guarantees an OHKO on Milotic and Claydol while 2HKOing Spiritomb and Miltank after Stealth Rock damage. However, Seed Bomb can be used if you want a non-recoil Grass STAB that still hits Pokemon such as Slowbro and Milotic hard enough to 2HKO.

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Name Item Nature

Tank

Leftovers Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Wood Hammer / Seed Bomb
~ Earthquake
~ Leech Seed / Synthesis
~ Roar / Stealth Rock
212 HP / 252 Def / 44 Spe

While Torterra is usually seen as a fearsome sweeper, it can also be played as a tough tank, especially with a beefy 384 HP and 339 Defense. As Torterra holds key resistances to the common Rock-, Ground, and Electric-type moves, it's easy for Torterra to come in, sponge an attack, and begin Leech Seeding foes. Torterra's usefulness doesn't end there; if needed, it can set up Stealth Rock, and even Roar out opponents, such as Dragon Dance Altaria, who fails to OHKO Torterra even with a boosted STAB attack. Torterra can also scare away sweepers with its powerful STAB moves in Wood Hammer and Earthquake.

Torterra ideally works on teams that require a physically-bulky Pokemon who can also hit common switch-ins hard. As a plus, Torterra is one of the more reliable Rhyperior counters in the game, fearing only Choice Band boosted Megahorn. After surviving Rhyperior's attack, it can then threaten Rhyperior with a 4x super effective Wood Hammer or Seed Bomb. Roar works best in the last slot, as it can help Torterra rack up Spikes and Stealth Rock damage, as well as prevent Baton Pass chains from setting up.

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Name Item Nature

Synthesis

Leftovers / Life Orb Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Wood Hammer
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge / Rock Slide
~ Synthesis
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

While Torterra is normally seen utilizing an offensive set with Rock Polish, this set aims to conserve its health with Synthesis while also inflicting damage with Torterra's excellent type coverage; the combination of Grass-, Ground-, and Rock-type is only handled by Weezing, Tangrowth, and Leafeon in UU. This set is notoriously effective against unprepared stall teams that lack dedicated checks to Torterra. In addition to his offensive prowess, Torterra's typing gives it an immunity to Thunder Wave and a resistance to Earthquake, both of which allow it to switch into attacks more frequently.

Wood Hammer makes a fantastic move in tandem with Synthesis, as Synthesis allows Torterra to offset the damage taken from recoil. Torterra makes a great user of Earthquake as it frightens most Water- and Ground-types with Wood Hammer, who are the Pokemon who often switch into other common users of Earthquake. With that said, predicting a Flying-type switch-in and using Stone Edge or Rock Slide accordingly is an important skill to have when using this set. Selecting between Stone Edge and Rock Slide is essentially a choice between power and accuracy. Stone Edge allows Torterra to hit defensive Altaria and Articuno for heavier damage (possibly OHKOing them), while Rock Slide is a safer alternative that still OHKOes offensive Moltres.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Wood Hammer
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
~ Superpower / Seed Bomb / Toxic
44 HP / 252 Atk / 212 Spe

Choice Band Torterra requires no set up to deal damage, allowing it to immediately enter battle and fire off powerful Earthquakes and Wood Hammers coming off a 522 Attack stat. Wood Hammer is highly recommended over Seed Bomb, as its high Base Power allows it to OHKO every Water-type in UU, as well as deal up to 62% on the standard Hariyama. Earthquake is another strong STAB that lacks Wood Hammer's nasty recoil, and also hits Steel-types who attempt to absorb Wood Hammer. Stone Edge covers Flying-types such as Moltres, Scyther, and Altaria who are immune to Earthquake and take little damage from Wood Hammer. The last slot is up to you; Seed Bomb hits the likes of Claydol and Mismagius without having to rely on Wood Hammer's recoil or Stone Edge's shaky accuracy, while Superpower is a safer option against enemy Torterra and Magnet Rise Aggron than Wood Hammer. Toxic is an option solely for taking out foes such as Tangrowth who wall this set.

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Name Item Nature

Specially Defensive

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Wood Hammer
~ Earthquake
~ Synthesis
~ Leech Seed / Roar
252 HP / 252 SpD / 4 Spe

Torterra's decent base 85 Special Defense is often overshadowed by its much higher Defense. However, with this set, Torterra can counter some of the most powerful special attackers in UU, including Mismagius, Alakazam, and Rotom. This Torterra is also one of the best checks to Slowbro, as it can easily absorb most of Slowbro's attacks (except Ice Beam) and retaliate back with STAB Wood Hammer. Even without any EV investment, Torterra's Defense stands at a respectable 246, giving it good mixed walling capability. Its Ground- and Rock-type resistances allow it to switch into Rhyperior, Donphan, and Aggron (beware of Ice Punch) and hit them with the appropriate attack.

Wood Hammer is Torterra's main STAB attack and hits hard even without EV investment in Attack. Torterra's STAB Earthquake maims Steel- and Fire-type switch-ins, something its fellow Grass-type Venusaur is unable to do effectively. Synthesis grants Torterra instant recovery and allows it to continuously switch into special threats, like Mismagius. Common Mismagius counters such as Spiritomb and Registeel can eventually be worn down, but Torterra can simply replenish its health to continually prevent Mismagius from sweeping. Torterra's last moveslot is dedicated to utility options. Leech Seed grants Torterra and its teammates extra recovery while sapping the opponent's health. Roar lets Torterra force out stat boosters like Curse Miltank and prevents Scyther and Moltres from switching in too easily while Stealth Rock is up.

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Name Item Nature

Dual Screens

Light Clay Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Reflect
~ Light Screen
~ Earthquake / Synthesis
~ Stealth Rock / Seed Bomb / Synthesis
252 HP / 16 Def / 240 SpD

This set is designed to set up Reflect and Light Screen, which enable Pokemon such as Dragon Dance Feraligatr and Swords Dance Absol to set up much more easily before sweeping the opponent. What sets Torterra apart from other UU dual screen users is its typing, as most dual screen users are Psychic-type. Torterra is also one of the few dual screen users who excels in physical attacks.

Reflect and Light Screen, obviously, are used on this set to support the team. Light Clay prolongs the effects, allowing for more set-up time. Earthquake and Seed Bomb are two powerful STAB attacks that Torterra can use when in a pinch. Torterra isn't a slouch in Attack either, as even with no EVs, Torterra sits at a respectable 254 Attack. For example, Earthquake OHKOes Pokemon such as Blaziken, Ninetales, and Toxicroak, while Seed Bomb OHKOes Omastar and Kabutops. If you wish to increase Torterra's longevity, and have the option of setting up dual screens multiple times, then Synthesis is a good option over one of the attacking moves. Since Torterra is taking less damage thanks to Reflect and Light Screen, Stealth Rock can be used to support your sweeper, as the residual damage will help score the OHKOs needed for an easy sweep. The EVs listed maximize Torterra's defenses so that it can take physical and special hits with relative ease.

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Name Item Nature

RestTalk

Leftovers Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Roar
~ Wood Hammer / Earthquake
252 HP / 216 Def / 40 Spe

Torterra is a great asset to stall teams thanks to its handy resistances coupled with its formidable physical bulk. These let it switch in on a large amount of the metagame's most common Pokemon, such as Rhyperior, Registeel, and Steelix, and Roar as they either switch or do a negligible amount of damage. This forces the opponent to lose health to entry hazards and possibly reveal one or two previously hidden members of their team. Rest fully heals Torterra, meaning that it is less worried by weak, super effective hits.

The real selling point of this set is, interestingly enough, its Speed. Torterra sits in a speed tier slightly above most other defensive Pokemon, and can really put the pressure on opposing stall teams with the combination of Rest, Sleep Talk, and Roar, which allows Torterra to Roar before slower opposing Pokémon have a chance to heal. The fact that it can switch into a majority of Pokémon on opposing stall teams makes its job even easier. 40 Speed EVs also allows Torterra to outpace the standard Clefable by two points.

This does not mean that this set is dead weight against offensive teams, either. Torterra can abuse its physical bulk to come in on many of the physically-oriented sweepers of UU, such as Hitmontop and its other Fighting-type comrades. Balanced teams will tend to include one of the defensive Pokémon mentioned earlier. Once in, Torterra can opt to add further residual damage with Roar, or to try to hit an opposing Pokémon hard with one of its STAB moves. Wood Hammer is preferred due to the fact that nothing is immune to it, and it allows Torterra to hit bulky Water-types that may switch in and Ice Beam for the KO. Wood Hammer's recoil is also negated by Rest, meaning that Torterra does not need to worry about being low on health. Earthquake is an option that will allow Torterra to hit more Pokémon for neutral damage, most notably Venusaur, and opposing Fire-types, such as Arcanine, for super effective damage. While it allows Levitators and Flying-types to come in freely, they will likely get Roared out again anyway.

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Name Item Nature

Substitute + 3 Attacks

Leftovers / Life Orb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Earthquake
~ Wood Hammer / Seed Bomb
~ Stone Edge
216 HP / 252 Atk / 40 Spe

With its great bulk and typing providing many chances of switching in, Torterra can cause a few switches itself. Substitute is a great move to abuse this, since unlike Rock Polish, Substitute Torterra will easily take out a Pokemon every time it comes in because of the free attack it gets. Substitute and Earthquake are staples on this set, but Wood Hammer and Stone Edge can easily be replaced by other moves. Seed Bomb is an option, since Substitute and Wood Hammer's recoil will wear Torterra down quickly. Leftovers allows Torterra to make more Substitutes, although Life Orb can be used for more power.

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Name Item Nature

SubSeed

Leftovers Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Leech Seed
~ Earthquake
~ Toxic / Wood Hammer
216 HP / 80 Atk / 212 Spe

Torterra makes an excellent staller due to Leech Seed, its high defenses, and its bulky Substitutes. Additionally, Torterra has the ability to 2HKO Venusaur with its powerful STAB Earthquake. Wood Hammer and Toxic are there for completely different reasons, but both of them are viable. Toxic is very useful against Grass-types not named Venusaur because it gives Torterra a way around them. Wood Hammer helps Torterra fend against Pokemon such as Mismagius, Omastar, Cloyster, and Donphan. The premise is simple: send Torterra into a weak physical or resisted attack and set up a Substitute on the switch. If the Pokemon who comes in is not a Grass-type or Clefable, use Leech Seed and start stalling until they are in KO range. Venusaur and Clefable are both 2HKOed by Earthquake, so they are no worry anyway. If a pure Grass-type such as Tangrowth comes in, hit it with Toxic and stall its HP away. With Wood Hammer, you trade the ability to handle pure Grass-types for the ability to strike Pokemon such as Cloyster and Claydol.

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Other Options

On the physical side, Rock Slide can replace Stone Edge if you want a bit more accuracy and PP, but the loss in power is incredibly noticeable. Torterra's special attacking options include Leaf Storm, Giga Drain, Energy Ball, Earth Power, and Grass Knot, none of which should be used when you have Seed Bomb, Wood Hammer, Earthquake, and a great base Attack stat. Torterra can also make use of Hidden Power Ice as a way to bypass the various Grass-types that stand between it and a sweep. However, splitting offensive EVs between Attack and Special Attack could prove detrimental in the long run, and Torterra is pressed for moveslots as it is. Swords Dance and Curse are both interesting options on Torterra, as they boost its Attack to very impressive levels. Still, the Ice-type weakness is too great to ignore, and more often than not, such moves will still deal over half damage to even a Curse-boosted Torterra. Torterra's low Speed also prevents Swords Dance from being useful.

Checks and Counters

Tangrowth is a full stop to any Torterra, as even a Swords Dance Stone Edge fails to 2HKO. Venusaur and Leafeon may work a bit differently but they have the same goal; they trade bulk for Speed, which allows them to outrun and strike down Torterra. Hariyama with Ice Punch and max HP / max Defense is a decent check to any Torterra, as even a Choice Banded Wood Hammer fails to OHKO. Weezing is immune to Earthquake, resists Wood Hammer, and isn't 2HKOed by Choice Band Stone Edge, making it a very solid Torterra counter. With Will-O-Wisp and Flamethrower, Weezing can threaten Torterra all day long. As long as it avoids Stone Edge, Moltres can come in on Torterra and threaten it with Fire Blast.

Torterra's lower Special Defense, weaknesses to Ice-, Fire-, Flying-, and Bug-type moves, and its predictability are what lead it to its downfall. Take advantage of these, as well as its low Speed, in order to get rid of it.