Torkoal

Torkoal, The Coal Pokémon. It digs through mountains in search of coal. If it finds some, it fills hollow spaces on its shell with the coal and burns it. If it is attacked, it spouts thick black smoke to beat a retreat. It generates energy by burning coal. It grows weaker as the fire dies down. When it is preparing for battle, it burns more coal. When loosing smoke from its nostrils, it lets off a sound that is similar to a locomotive's horn.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Torkoal would have to be this:

Attacks:

Rock Slide
Overheat / Flamethrower / Fire Blast
Explosion
Hidden Power [Grass / Fighting]

Items Attached:

Leftovers

Preferred Nature:

Relaxed

Strategy Using Torkoal

Kind of a mixed sweeper set designed for the OU environment. Rock Slide hits both Gyarados and Salamence which are both likely switch ins. The Hidden Power is aimed at pacific Pokémon’s quadruple weaknesses, Grass for Swampert and Fight for Tyranitar, both of which are also likely switch ins. Explosion and Overheat are the two strongest moves in Torkoal’s move pool but Overheat could be avoided for Flamethrower or Fire Blast to avoid the special down side effect.

To generally get Torkoal in play you need a fair share of prediction. It can switch in easily on several commonly used Choice Banders, namely her across while it Megahorns and Metagross while it Meteor Mashes. It can also switch in on plenty of special types: Ice, Grass and Fire. Ice Beams used with Thunderbolt are generally safe to switch into. Torkoal can generally handle normally effective special attacks although it’s advised that you don’t put it to the test since its Special Defense stat is pretty average.

EV Corner:

EVs: 156 HP / 176 Atk / 16 Def / 64 SAtk / 98 SDef
Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd)

320 HP and 250 Defense help for switching into CB Meteor Mashes and Megahorns and 200ish Special Defense helps for taking the occasional Ice Beam and Thunderbolt. Rock Slide will generally do about 40-50% to Gyarados and Salamence so you can shoot for a 2KO on partially injured ones. Hidden Power [Grass] will 2-3KO Swampert on average and Hidden Power [Fighting] will 2KO Tyranitar.

Other Optional Sets:

Torkoal @ Leftovers
Trait: White Smoke
EVs: 220 HP / 176 Atk / 16 Def / 98 SDef
Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd)
- Curse
- Explosion
- Overheat
- Hidden Power [Fighting / Ground]

Curse up and then Explode, simple strategy with some big results. Overheat on any Steel or Ghost types and use Hidden Power on any Rock types. After one Curse Torkoal generally has enough Defense to take Earthquakes and Rock Slides with ease and can generally last a single Surf from a defensive water type.

Torkoal @ Choice Band
Trait: White Smoke
EVs: 82 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Def / 92 Spd
Naughty Nature (+Atk, -SDef)
- Explosion
- Overheat
- Rock Slide
- Hidden Power [Fighting / Ground] / Iron Tail / Sludge Bomb / Body Slam

Standard CB stuff. 301 HP for taking four Seismic Tosses and enough speed to outrun paralysed Jolteons, generally needs a lot of paralysis support to work and can supply its own to some extent with Body Slam. Several advantages that Torkoal has as a physical attacker is its inability to be burned and the fact that Skarmory is generally afraid of it.

Torkoal @ Leftovers
Trait: White Smoke
EVs: 156 HP / 102 Def / 252 SAtk
Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)
- Explosion
- Flamethrower
- Toxic / Yawn
- Hidden Power [Grass / Ice / Electric]

Needs Spikes support to work to any extent. Toxic rarely works in OU but can be pulled off in UU and with the support of Flamethrower not many Steel and Poison Pokémon will want to switch in to block it, Yawn on the other hand is almost always a guarantied switch and is only truly stopped by Substitute, which is where prediction comes into play. The Hidden Power is aimed at the OU environment for Swampert, Salamence or Gyarados. Explosion is there as always since it’s generally Torkoal’s best move and the only thing to fend off Blissey (the enemy of Toxic).

Torkoal @ Leftovers
Trait: White Smoke
EVs: 220 HP / 196 Def / 94 SAtk
Relaxed Nature (+Def, -Spd)
- Explosion
- Flamethrower
- Yawn
- Fire Spin

Yay for novelty sets! Spin > Yawn > Wait and celebrate the fact that it took you three turns to put something to sleep. Every Pokémon deserves a fun set and Torkoal is no exception.

Strategy Against Torkoal

Earthquake, Surf, Rock Slide, Choice Band and STAB, these are your best friends against Torkoal. Bulky Water types generally counter it until it decides to Explode. Strong physical attackers with STAB and CB tend to do plenty of damage with Earthquake and Rock Slide. So long as Torkoal doesn’t have the appropriate attacks, Gyarados, Salamence, Tyranitar and Swampert are easy switch ins on the Fire Attacks and are all likely to make Torkoal run or Explode, this especially holds true with Tyranitar who is the least likely to be Exploded on. Rock types with decent Defensive stats generally counter Torkoal since they resist both Explosion and Overheat, Omastar and Kabutops getting special mentions for their 4x resistances to Fire attacks.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Torkoal would have to be this for the Beauty Contest best with Modest, Mild, Rash or Quiet Nature:

Attacks:

Sunny day
Flamethrower
Eruption
Explosion

Items Attached:

Blue Scarf

Strategy Using Torkoal

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Sunny day, 2nd - Flamethrower, 3rd - Sunny day, 4th - Flamethrower/Eruption, 5th - Explosion

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Fiery Path (RSE) & Magma Hideout (Emerald)

Colosseum/XD

Trade from RSE

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from RSE

Animé Appearences

Torkoal has had a fair few Animé Appearences. First one was owned by Flannery and she used it in her Gym Battle against Ash. After that Ash caught himself one and used in his gym battle against Norman and many of his Hoenn League Battles! After that Ash left Torkoal with his other Pokémon at Oak's Laboratory

Episode 331: Poetry Commotion!
Episode 332: Going, Going Yawn!
Episode 334: All Torkoal, No Play!
Episode 335: Manectric Charge!
Episode 336: Delcatty Got Your Tongue!
Episode 343: Go Go Ludicolo!
Episode 346: Balance Of Power!
Movie 7: Destiny Deoxys!
Episode 355: Pearls Are A Spoink's Best Friend
Episode 359: Unfair Weather Friends!
Episode 364: The Garden Of Eatin'!
Episode 369: Clamperl of Wisdom!
Episode 375: Tate & Liza! Space Battle!
Episode 378: Seaman! Enter Elite Four Drake!
Episode 382: Falling in Love With Mawile! Lombre's Flower Arrangement!!
Episode 399: Fierce Fighting! Grand Festival (2)!
Episode 404: Opening! EverGrande Tournement!
Episode 405: To The Tournament Finals! Every Day A Heated Battle!
Episode 406: And... Continue The Battle That Cannot Be Lost!
Episode 407: Rival Confrontation! VS Masamune!
Episode 408: The Last Fierce Fighting! The Road to the Championship!
Episode 410: Oak's Laboratory! All Member's Gather!

 
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