Turtwig, Grotle and Torterra
Okay; Diamond and Pearl. The last three starters (since I’ve already covered Tepig, Snivy and Oshawott). I’ve always liked these three; the designs are quirky, they’re all pretty powerful (if I had to use a whole trio on a single team, this is probably the one I’d go for, although the Ruby/Sapphire ones give them a run for their money), and the way they interact with each other is pretty interesting in itself. Let’s take a look at Turtwig and see how he measures up.
As you’ve probably read by now, I love all the Grass-type starters. However, I think Torterra is the only one whose design potentially equals or betters Venusaur’s. Turtwig, Grotle and Torterra are based on the old mythological motif of the ‘world turtle,’ who appears in several places around the world, but most famously in Hindu legend as one of the avatars of Vishnu, his shell serving as a pivot when the gods and demons together churn the ocean of milk using an upturned mountain to produce the water of life (it… was just that kind of Friday night, okay?). The world turtle motif is directly referenced in the Pokémon world’s corresponding ancient myth that an enormous Torterra lived deep beneath the earth.