Ash's Torkoal
サトシのコータス Satoshi's Cotoise
Poké Ball
Ash Torkoal.png
Ash's Torkoal
Debuts in All Torkoal, No Play!
Caught at Valley of Steel
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Torkoal Shin'ichirō Miki Maddie Blaustein (4Kids)
Billy Beach (TPCi)

Ash's Torkoal (Japanese: サトシのコータス Satoshi's Cotoise) was the fourth Pokémon caught by Ash during his travels through Hoenn.


Torkoal first appeared in All Torkoal, No Play. The gang found Torkoal in the Valley of Steel being attacked by a group of Magnemite and a Skarmory. After the group of Template:Type2 Pokémon left, it thanked Ash and ran off. Torkoal was later found being attacked by the same Pokémon again. With the help of Pikachu and May's Torchic and Skitty, Torkoal made the other Pokémon flee; however, it fainted afterwards. After Brock nursed it back to full health, it heard a roar echo through the valley and again ran off incredibly fast. Later, Torkoal, once again with the gang, fended off a wild Magneton while May rescued Torchic from a long fall off of a cliff. As they reached the end of the valley, a Steelix revealed itself as the leader of the Steel types in the valley and began a battle with Torkoal. Despite the type disadvantage, Steelix was able to dominate the battle. Ash thought back to Flannery's Torkoal and then commanded it to use Overheat. Steelix was then defeated, and before the other Steel types attacked, Steelix got up and issued respect to Torkoal. Ash then asked Torkoal if it wanted to join his team; Torkoal agreed to the idea and tackled Ash to the ground.

In the next episode, Ash introduced Torkoal to the rest of the gang's Pokémon, which it greeted by releasing smoke from its nostrils. Later, in Ash's battle with Wattson, Torkoal was chosen to battle Manectric. After a long fight, Torkoal's first battle ended with a loss.

Torkoal releasing smoke

Torkoal's first Gym battle was against Norman in Balance of Power. Ash chose it first to battle Slakoth after Pikachu was recalled, beating it with a single Flamethrower. Torkoal was then defeated by a single Slash attack from Norman's Vigoroth.

In Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend, Torkoal befriended a Spoink and, along with Ash and the gang, helped it to recover its lost pearl. They were later reunited in Clamperl of Wisdom when Spoink was floating in the ocean.

Torkoal was used several times in the Ever Grande Conference. In From Brags to Riches, Torkoal and Corphish battled Dominick's Tropius and Swalot. After a collision of Torkoal's Overheat and Tropius's SolarBeam, both Pokémon were out of the battle. Later in Shocks and Bonds, it battled Katie's Venomoth before Katie recalled her Pokémon and defeated Torkoal with her Golduck. Then, in Ash's battle with Morrison in Choose It or Lose It!, Torkoal was brutally defeated by Morrison's Steelix. Finally, in At the End of the Fray, Torkoal battled Tyson's Shiftry and won, only to be defeated by Hariyama.

In The Right Place and the Right Mime, Torkoal met the rest of Ash's Pokémon back in Kanto at Professor Oak's laboratory. After Ash decided to challenge the Battle Frontier, he left Torkoal and Glalie with the rest of his Pokémon.

Torkoal was brought back to Ash's team in Overjoyed! to battle Brandon's Registeel. Torkoal battled quite well against the legendary Pokémon, and it was even revealed to have learned Heat Wave. However, after being hit by a strong Zap Cannon, Torkoal was beaten and Ash lost his second match with Brandon.

Torkoal was sent back to Ash at the Lily of the Valley Conference in An Old Family Blend!, and after Glalie froze Ash with Ice Beam, it helped to thaw him out. It was Ash's second Pokémon to battle Tobias's Darkrai in The Semi-Final Frontier!. It launched a Flamethrower that was countered by a powerful Dark Pulse which wiped out Torkoal upon contact.

Personality and Characteristics

Torkoal attempting to kick a soccer ball

Torkoal has a habit of crying and releasing smoke from its nostrils and back when it is happy. It will usually do this everytime it's released from its Poké Ball and when it wins a battle.

It is quite an emotional individual and very friendly towards people and other Pokémon. It has a slight comic element to it, most notably when it tried to play a soccer carnival game in Manectric Charge!.

Moves used

Using Iron Defense
Move First Used In
Flamethrower  All Torkoal, No Play!
Overheat All Torkoal, No Play!
Iron Defense Manectric Charge!
Body Slam Pearls Are a Spoink's Best Friend
Heat Wave Overjoyed!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the TCG

Torkoal was featured in the TCG as one of Ash's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards named Ash's Torkoal.

Name Type Level Rarity Set Set no.
Ash's Torkoal   - - 7th Movie Half Deck (no English release) 9/19


  • Torkoal is Ash's only Template:Type2 Pokémon that is not a starter Pokémon.
  • Torkoal is the only one of Ash's Fire-type Pokémon not to be owned or attempted to be captured by another Trainer. Like the others, however, Torkoal was saved by Ash.
  • Torkoal was the 30th Pokémon species Ash ever owned, counting Haunter, Larvitar, and Raticate.
  • Torkoal was the first of Ash's Pokémon to be featured on a TCG card.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Torkoal.

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