Tirtouga (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Tirtouga (disambiguation).
Tirtouga
Prototurtle Pokémon
プロトーガ
Protoga
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Tirtouga



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Rock
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Solid Rock or Sturdy Cacophony
Cacophony
Swift Swim
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Water 1 and Water 3
Hatch time
7710 - 7966 steps
Height
2'04" 0.7 m
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Weight
36.4 lbs. 16.5 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
71
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Tirtouga
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HP
0
Atk
1
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
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Atk
0
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0
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HP
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

Tirtouga (Japanese: プロトーガ Protoga) is a Water/Rock Fossil Pokémon introduced in Generation V.

It is resurrected from a Cover Fossil and evolves into Carracosta starting at level 37.

Biology

Tirtouga is a reptilian Pokémon resembling a baby leatherback sea turtle. Its body is blue with black spots on the edges of its flippers. Its black shell has six circular indentations in it. It has a black upper beak and a mask that covers most of its head. It has a light blue patch underneath its eyes.

Tirtouga's shell is very tough, and it can dive down to depths of as much as 1,000 meters. Tirtouga was known to actively hunt for prey to the extent that it would go on land to reach them. Tirtouga lived in the ancient oceans from about 100 million years ago. It now exists in the present thanks to being revived from fossils. Tirtouga is believed to be the ancestor of most turtle Pokémon.

In the anime

 
Tirtouga in the anime

Major appearances

Tirtouga made its main series debut in A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1, where it was befriended by Ferris in the past. The same Tirtouga appeared in the follow-up episode, where it managed to evolve into Carracosta.

A Tirtouga appeared in JN058, under the ownership of the Turtle Master. It took part in a race with Team Rocket's Chewtle.

Minor appearances

Multiple Tirtouga debuted in White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW076 Tirtouga Ash's Pokédex Tirtouga, the Prototurtle Pokémon. Tirtouga can dive underwater to half-mile depths, and can also attack onshore.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters BW

A Tirtouga appeared in PMBW12.

Pocket Monsters BW: Good Partners

Two Tirtouga appeared in BWGP05.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Costa

Marshal owned a Tirtouga sometime before arriving in Nimbasa City. Because of his uncontrollable nature, he released him the day before meeting Black and White. He was later caught by Black and nicknamed Costa. Under Black's ownership, he eventually evolved. He first appeared in Growing Pains.

A Trainer's Tirtouga appeared in PS547.

In the TCG

Main article: Tirtouga (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V Unova
BW: #070
Unova
B2W2: #126
Black Restored from a fossil, this Pokémon can dive to depths beyond half a mile.
White About 100 million years ago, these Pokémon swam in oceans. It is thought they also went on land to attack prey.
Black 2 This Pokémon was restored from a fossil. It swam skillfully and dove to depths beyond half a mile.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X About 100 million years ago, these Pokémon swam in oceans. It is thought they also went on land to attack prey.
Y Restored from a fossil, this Pokémon can dive to depths beyond half a mile.
Omega Ruby About 100 million years ago, these Pokémon swam in oceans. It is thought they also went on land to attack prey.
Alpha Sapphire Restored from a fossil, this Pokémon can dive to depths beyond half a mile.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #194
Alola
USUM: #241
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Sun Based on studies of its skeletal structure, it can apparently dive to ocean depths of over half a mile.
Moon Reputed to be the ancestor of most turtle Pokémon, it lived in warm seas approximately a hundred million years ago.
Ultra Sun It was restored from an ancient fossil. Tirtouga lived in the sea but came up onto the land to search for prey.
Ultra Moon Its hunting grounds encompassed a broad area, from the land to more than half a mile deep in the ocean.
Generation VIII Galar
Crown Tundra #147
Sword This Pokémon inhabited ancient seas. Although it can only crawl, it still comes up onto land in search of prey.
Shield Tirtouga is considered to be the ancestor of many turtle Pokémon. It was restored to life from a fossil.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White
Revive from Cover Fossil at the Nacrene Museum
Black 2 White 2
Revive from Cover Fossil at the Nacrene Museum
Dream World
Sparkling Sea*
Generation VI
X Y
Revive from Cover Fossil at the Ambrette Town Fossil Lab
Omega Ruby
Trade
Receive Cover Fossil held by a traded Pokémon and revive it
Alpha Sapphire
Revive from Cover Fossil at the Devon Corporation in Rustboro City
Generation VII
Sun
Revive from Cover Fossil at the Fossil Restoration Center on Route 8
Moon
Trade
Receive Cover Fossil held by a traded Pokémon and revive it
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Revive from Cover Fossil at the Fossil Restoration Center on Route 8
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Frigid Sea


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: Sun-Dappled Bank, World Axle - B2F
MD GTI
Glacier Palace (1F-13F), Silent Tundra (Uncharted Road, Gilded Hall), Dreamy Island (Uncharted Road, Gilded Hall), Moonlit Forest (Gilded Hall)
Rumble U
Entranceway: The Hidden Basement
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 3We
Shuffle
Graucus Hall: Stage 475
Rumble World
Ruby Volcano: Lake of Tranquility (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Pinsir Sea, Buzzwole SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BWB2W2 Pokémon Adventure Camp Tirtouga Japan Japanese 15 July 21, 2012 to September 30, 2013

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events*   Wacan Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
54
114 - 161 218 - 312
78
74 - 143 144 - 280
103
97 - 170 189 - 335
53
52 - 115 99 - 225
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
22
24 - 81 44 - 157
Total:
355
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Withdraw Water Status 0000 00——% 40
033 Protect Normal Status 0000 00——% 10
066 Aqua Jet Water Physical 04040 100100% 20
099 Smack Down Rock Physical 05050 100100% 15
1212 Ancient Power Rock Special 06060 100100% 5
1515 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
1818 Wide Guard Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
2121 Brine Water Special 06565 100100% 10
2424 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 09090% 10
2727 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
3030 Curse Ghost Status 0000 00——% 10
3333 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00——% 15
3636 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
3939 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00——% 5
4242 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
4545 Shell Smash Normal Status 0000 00——% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tirtouga
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tirtouga
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22  TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27  TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM32  TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM33  TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM36  TM36 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM45  TM45 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM48  TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM53  TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM54  TM54 Rock Blast Rock Physical 02525 090}}90% 10
TM55  TM55 Brine Water Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM61  TM61 Guard Swap Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81  TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR03  TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TR04  TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR05  TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR06  TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR10  TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR16  TR16 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR32  TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR45  TR45 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TR46  TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR67  TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR69  TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR75  TR75 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TR76  TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR84  TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR98  TR98 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tirtouga
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tirtouga
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
       Block* Normal Status —% 5
       Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100% 20
      Rock Throw Rock Physical 50 90% 15
      
 
Rollout Rock Physical 30 90% 20
      
   
Slam Normal Physical 80 75% 20
      
      
      
      
      
  
Water Pulse Water Special 60 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Tirtouga in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Tirtouga in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tirtouga
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tirtouga
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Meteor Beam Rock Special 120 90% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tirtouga
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tirtouga
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
V VI VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
V VI VII Flail Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Rock Polish Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tirtouga
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tirtouga
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 2.33 seconds Base HP: 49
Base Attack: 72 Base Defense: 54 Base Speed: 50
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Water
  Attack Power: 50 - 100   5

#616
 

L-Boost
Increases damage when making an L-shaped match.


Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 144 Base Attack: 134 Base Defense: 146
Egg Distance: 7 km Buddy Distance: 5 km Evolution Requirement:   50
Fast Attacks: Water Gun, Bite
Charged Attacks: Surf, Ancient Power, Body Slam

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Tirtouga
 Water  Rock 
 
Level 37
 
First evolution
Carracosta
 Water  Rock 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
  For other sprites and images, please see Tirtouga images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

 
Unreleased Pokémon-like design
  • Tirtouga and its evolved form are the only Fossil Pokémon to have Rock as their secondary type.
  • Tirtouga has a striking resemblance to a Pokémon-like design which appeared in the April 1997 issue of MicroGroup Game Review.
  • Tirtouga and its evolved form have only been obtainable with their Hidden Ability in the Pokémon Dream World. Due to the closure of the Pokémon Global Link, they could no longer be obtained with their Hidden Ability except through breeding. The Tirtouga family's Hidden Ability can currently be obtained via the Ability Patch.


Origin

Tirtouga appears to be based on a baby sea turtle, more specifically, a leatherback. It also may be based on Protostega, a large, prehistoric sea turtle that was smaller than the Archelon that Carracosta may be based on.

Name origin

Tirtouga may be a corruption of tortuga (Spanish for turtle, tir having a similar phonetic pronunciation to the tur in turtle) or derived from Tortuga (translated as Turtle Island in French and Spanish). It may also be a corruption of tartaruga, Italian and Portuguese for tortoise, seeing as turtles are closely related to tortoises.

Protoga may be a combination of Protostega (an extinct turtle species largest second to only the Archelon, which its evolution is based on) and tortuga.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese プロトーガ Protoga From Protostega
  French Carapagos From carapace and Galápagos
  Spanish Tirtouga Same as English name
  German Galapaflos From Galápagos and Flosse
  Italian Tirtouga Same as English name
  Korean 프로토가 Protoga Transliteration of Japanese name
  Cantonese Chinese
  Mandarin Chinese 原蓋海龜 / 原盖海龟 Yuángàihǎiguī From 原蓋龜 Yuángàiguī and 海龜 hǎiguī


Related articles

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