In the anime
Torkoal first appeared in All Torkoal, No Play. The group found Torkoal in the Valley of Steel being attacked several times by a group of Steel-type Pokémon. As they reached the end of the valley, a Steelix revealed itself as the Steel-types' leader 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 group's Pokémon, which it greeted by releasing smoke from its nostrils. At a game carnival thrown by Team Rocket, Torkoal attempted to go on its back legs to kick a soccer ball, but ended up falling flat on its back. It was captured by Team Rocket along with Treecko and Corphish, but rescued by the intervention of Watt, Wattson, and Electrike. After Electrike evolved into Manectric, Torkoal was so happy that it engulfed them all in smoke. Ash and Wattson then decided to have an informal rematch, and Ash decided to put Torkoal up against the newly evolved Manectric. Ultimately, Manectric emerged victorious.
In Balance of Power!, Ash used Torkoal as his second Pokémon in his Petalburg Gym battle against Norman, Torkoal went up against Norman's Slakoth. Torkoal used Flamethrower to overwhelm Slakoth's Blizzard, with Flamethrower overpowering and defeating Slakoth. Next, Torkoal took on Norman's Vigoroth. Its Overheat was dodged, and Vigoroth used a powerful Scratch, defeating Torkoal in one hit.
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 off Maisie Island. Again, Torkoal decided to assist with the search effort for Spoink's lost pearl, at one point diving into the water before having to be rescued itself.
Ash decided to use only his Hoenn team, which included Torkoal, to compete in the Ever Grande Conference. In From Brags to Riches, Torkoal and Corphish battled Dominick's Tropius and Swalot in a Double Battle. After a collision of Torkoal's Overheat and Tropius's Solar Beam, both Pokémon were knocked out of the battle. Corphish went on to win the match for Ash, allowing them to advance into the next round.
In Shocks and Bonds, Ash used Torkoal as his first Pokémon in his Full Battle against Katie in the Victory Tournament. Initially, it went up against her Venomoth, but Katie soon changed recalled it and sent out Golduck, who quickly overwhelmed Torkoal and defeated it.
In Choose It or Lose It!, Ash used Torkoal as his third Pokémon in his Full Battle against Morrison in the Victory Tournament, where it went up against his Steelix. While having a type advantage and managing to deal super effective damage on Steelix, Torkoal was eventually taken down by a Dragon Breath.
In At the End of the Fray, Ash used Torkoal as his second Pokémon in his Full Battle against Tyson in the Victory Tournament. Its first opponent was Tyson's Shiftry, who kept dodging its Flamethrowers, until Ash had Torkoal jump just as Shifty jumped too, allowing it to finally land a Flamethrower and defeat its opponent. Next, Torkoal went up against Hariyama, whose Thick Fat rendered Torkoal's Flamethrower almost completely useless, allowing it to easily push through it and then defeat it with Brick Break.
Kanto Battle Frontier
In The Right Place and the Right Mime, Torkoal met the rest of Ash's Pokémon back in Kanto at Professor Oak's Laboratory, striking up a quick friendship with Cyndaquil. 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, having mastered Heat Wave during its time at Oak's lab. Despite putting up a good fight, however, Torkoal was ultimately defeated by a Zap Cannon, resulting in Ash's second loss against Brandon.
Torkoal was reunited with Ash at the Lily of the Valley Conference in An Old Family Blend!, where it was sent to spend some time with Ash training, helping to unfreeze Ash after Glalie froze him with Ice Beam.
Torkoal was the second Pokémon Ash used to battle Tobias's Darkrai after Heracross in The Semi-Final Frontier!. It launched a Flamethrower, which was countered by a powerful Dark Pulse that wiped out Torkoal upon contact.
Torkoal was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.
Personality and characteristics
Torkoal, as Brock pointed out, is quite an emotional individual and very friendly towards people and other Pokémon. Its hardened shell added a defensive element to Ash's otherwise agile Hoenn team, which often proved difficult for any opponent to overcome. Torkoal has a habit of crying and releasing smoke from its nostrils and back when it is happy. It will usually do this every time it's released from its Poké Ball and when it wins a battle. Although not ill-intended, the smoke will usually blacken any surrounding anything or anyone around it. This was demonstrated relatively often when Torkoal was first captured. It has a slight comic element to it, most notably when it tried to play a soccer carnival game in Manectric Charge! and fell over in the process.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
|Picture||First Used In||Moves Involved||Partnered With|
|Overjoyed!||Sandstorm, Heat Wave, and Body Slam||Brandon's Registeel|
|Description: A combination of Sandstorm, Heat Wave, and Body Slam. Registeel fires a Sandstorm at Torkoal, who pushes it towards the opponent with Heat Wave, leaving the opponent trapped in a fiery tornado of sand. Torkoal then jumps to the top of the tornado and spins with the tornado to boost the power of its Body Slam attack. This was used against Registeel during Ash's first official Battle Pyramid match against Brandon.|
|Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
|Official artwork from|
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
In the games
In the spin-off games
Torkoal appears in Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!.
In the manga
Ash & Pikachu
In the TCG
Ash's Torkoal is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The following is a list of related cards.
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Ash's Torkoal||Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sky-Splitting Deoxys||009/019|
- Torkoal is Ash's only Fire-type Pokémon who has no evolutionary family.
- Torkoal is the only Pokémon Ash caught in Hoenn that isn't capable of evolving.
- Torkoal is Ash's only Pokémon from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire that he didn't catch through the usual method of battling it first.
- Torkoal is Ash's only Fire-type Pokémon residing at Professor Oak's Laboratory to not appear in Advice to Goh!.
- Torkoal is Ash's first Fire-type Pokémon that is not a starter Pokémon.
- For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Torkoal.
Kukui and Burnet:
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|The Power of Us only:|
|Electric Tale only:|
|Newspaper Strip only:|
|For a list of Pokémon Ash has temporarily owned, used, or commanded, see here|
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