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Ash's Torkoal

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'''Ash's Torkoal''' (Japanese: '''サトシのコータス''' ''Satoshi's Cotoise'') was the fourth {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} that {{Ash}} {{pkmn2|caught}} in the [[Hoenn]] [[region]], and his twenty-fourth overall.
==HistoryIn the anime==
==={{series|Advanced Generation}}History===
====Hoenn{{series|Advanced Generation}}====
[[File:Ash Torkoal debut.png|thumb|left|220px|Torkoal in its debut]]
Torkoal first appeared in ''[[AG058|All Torkoal, No Play]]''. {{ashfr|The gang}} found Torkoal in the [[Valley of Steel]] being attacked by a group of {{p|Magnemite}} and a {{p|Skarmory}}. After the group of {{type|Steel}} Pokémon left, it thanked {{Ash}} and ran off. Torkoal was later found being attacked by the same Pokémon again. With the help of {{AP|Pikachu}}, [[May's Torchic]], and {{TP|May|Skitty}}, Torkoal made the other Pokémon flee; however, it fainted afterwards. After {{an|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 {{p|Magneton}} while {{an|May}} rescued Torchic from a long fall off of a cliff. As they reached the end of the valley, a {{p|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 ''[[AG131|At the End of the Fray]]'', Ash used Torkoal as his second Pokémon in his Full Battle against {{ho|Tyson}} in the Victory Tournament, it went up against his {{p|Shiftry}} which had a type-advantage. Torkoal used multiple Flamethrower attacks, but Shiftry used his agility to dodge them all. It then hit Torkoal with its {{m|Mega Kick}}. Shiftry used {{m|Shadow Ball}}, knocking Torkoal back. Torkoal used Flamethrower again but Shiftry jumped and dodged, however Torkoal jumped as well, allowing Flamethrower to hit Shiftry to the ground, defeating the Wicked Pokémon. Then it went up against Tyson's {{p|Hariyama}}. Torkoal used Flamethrower, but Hariyama used {{m|Arm Thrust}}, blocking the attack and allowing it to move closer, with Hariyama being assisted by its {{a|Thick Fat}} ability, which halved the power of {{type|Fire}} attacks. Hariyama got close enough to Torkoal and used {{m|Brick Break}} on it, knocking it out.
=====Kanto Battle Frontier=====
In ''[[AG133|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 {{AP|Cyndaquil}}. After Ash decided to challenge the {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|III}}, he left Torkoal and {{AP|Glalie}} with the rest of his Pokémon.
Torkoal was brought back to Ash's team in ''[[AG186|Overjoyed!]]'' to battle {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}'s {{DL|Brandon's legendary titans|Registeel}}, having mastered Heat Wave during its time at Oak's lab. It managed to hit with a Flamethrower and Body Slam, impressing [[Scott]], but failing to do any significant damage to Registeel. Registeel jumped onto the offensive with {{m|Zap Cannon}}, which Torkoal blocked, but after using {{m|Lock-On}}, Torkoal was forced to defend itself with Iron Defense. Torkoal avoided taking too much damage but was {{status|Paralysis|paralyzed}}. Torkoal used Body Slam, and managed to transfer the paralysis to Registeel, preventing Brandon from countering with {{m|Metal Claw}}. Registeel threw Torkoal, but Torkoal used the wall to re-direct another Body Slam. Brandon was impressed but called Ash over-confident. Torkoal unleashed Heat Wave, but Brandon had Registeel break free from the attack and Ash ordered another Flamethrower. Registeel blocked Flamethrower with {{m|Sandstorm}} and trapped Torkoal in the vortex, but Torkoal pushed the sandstorm back onto Registeel with Heat Wave. Torkoal then used the power of the Sandstorm to strengthen its Body Slam. Torkoal remained on top of the battle, but Registeel used Lock-On followed by another Zap Cannon. The explosion broke apart the Sandstorm, and although Torkoal seemed to hold on, it collapsed and Ash lost his second match with Brandon.
===={{series|Diamond & Pearl}}====
Torkoal was reunited with Ash at the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]] in ''[[DP182|An Old Family Blend!]]'', where it was sent to spend some time with Ash training, helping to unfreeze Ash after Glalie froze him with {{m|Ice Beam}}.
Torkoal was the second Pokémon Ash used to battle {{si|Tobias}}'s {{p|Darkrai}} after {{AP|Heracross}} in ''[[DP189|The Semi-Final Frontier!]]''. It launched a Flamethrower that was countered by a powerful {{m|Dark Pulse}} which wiped out Torkoal upon contact.
===={{series|Best Wishes}}====
Torkoal was reunited with Ash in ''[[BW142|The Dream Continues!]]'', where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.
===Personality and characteristics===
[[File:Ash Torkoal Tory.png|thumb|230px|Torkoal releasing smoke]]
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 object or person. This was demonstrated relatively often when Torkoal was first captured.
Ash's Torkoal, as Brock points out, 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 ''[[AG059|Manectric Charge!]]'' and falling over in the process.
===Moves used===
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