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Ash's Torkoal

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[[File:Soccer.png|thumb|220px|Torkoal attempting to kick a soccer ball]]
In the [[AG059|next episode]], Ash introduced Torkoal to the rest of the gang's Pokémon, which it greeted by releasing smoke from its nostrils. At a games 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 {{AP|Treecko}} and {{AP|Corphish}}, but rescued by the intervention of {{an|Watt}}, [[Wattson]], and {{TP|Wattson|Electrike}}. After Electrike evolved into {{p|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. Torkoal was shown quickly to be very good defensively, using Iron Defense to avoid damage from Manectric's {{m|Bite}}, and its shell was tough enough to absorb {{m|Tackle}} without taking damage. Torkoal pushed back with an Overheat, the powerful attack blasting through Manectric's {{m|Thunder Wave}} and scoring a direct hit. Manectric then began to use {{m|Charge}}, and held firm even against two more Overheats and a Flamethrower. Manectric let loose a devastating Thunder Wave, which Torkoal couldn't counter as its power had been drained from successive Overheats. Thunder Wave hit and knocked out Torkoal in a single hit.
[[File:Ash Torkoal Tory.png|thumb|left|230px|Torkoal releasing smoke]]
In ''[[AG070|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 while Slakoth used {{m|Blizzard}}, with Flamethrower overpowering Blizzard and hitting Slakoth, defeating it, causing Torkoal to cry emotionally. Torkoal then went up against Norman's {{p|Vigoroth}}, Torkoal used Overheat which was dodged and Vigoroth used a powerful {{m|Scratch}}, defeating Torkoal in one hit.
In ''[[AG128|Shocks and Bonds]]'', Ash uses Torkoal as his first Pokémon in his [[Full Battle]] against {{ho|Katie}} in the Victory Tournament. It went up against her {{p|Venomoth}}. Venomoth used {{m|Stun Spore}} and Torkoal blocked it with Iron Defense, Venomoth then used {{m|Disable}}, preventing Torkoal from using Iron Defense for a while. Torkoal then used Flamethrower which Venomoth dodged. Katie then recalled Venomoth and sent out her {{p|Golduck}}, who had a [[Type#Type effectiveness|type-advantage]]. Torkoal used Body Slam which was successfully countered by {{m|Hydro Pump}}. Golduck then used {{m|Fury Swipes}}, defeating Torkoal.
[[File:Ash and Torkoal.png|thumb|left|220px|Torkoal and Ash]]
In ''[[AG130|Choose It or Lose It!]]'', Ash used Torkoal as his third Pokémon in his Full Battle against [[Morrison]] in the Victory Tournament, it went up against his {{p|Steelix}}. Steelix used {{m|Dragon Breath}}, which Torkoal blocked with {{m|Iron Defense}}. Torkoal used Overheat and Steelix countered with Dragon Breath, with Overheat overpowering Steelix's Dragon Breath, dealing major damage. Torkoal used Flamethrower and Steelix used Dragon Breath, which were evenly matched and created smoke. Taking advantage of the smoke, Steelix used Dig. Torkoal used Iron Defense, but it didn't help as the attack came from below, Steelix used Dragon Breath again, hitting Torkoal and knocking it out.
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 and Torkoal Tory.png|thumb|220px230px|Torkoal andreleasing Ashsmoke]]
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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