Tangrowth is a Grass type Pokemon introduced in Generation IV. It evolves from Tangela when leveled up while knowing Ancient Power. Take a look below for 22 fun and fascinating facts about Tangrowth.
1. Tangrowth is a large Pokemon with a black body wrapped in blue vines.
2. The vines are used to entangle foes and prey.
3. A pair of saucer-like eyes peeks out from beneath the tangled mess of vines. However, these eyes may be hidden in warm seasons due to how profusely the vines grow.
4. Its stubby black feet are tipped with red.
5. Tangrowth has a pair of blue boneless arms that have three fingers.
6. These fingers are completely red on a female Tangrowth, while they have red tips on a male.
7. Tangrowth is unfazed if one of its arms is broken off, as it will easily grow back.
8. It hunts by disguising itself as a shrub, then grabbing prey with its vines.
9. Tangrowth is very rare in the wild, though it can be found in temperate grasslands.
10. Until the release of Pokémon Platinum, the only way to obtain Tangrowth was to transfer a Tangela via Pal Park and evolve it. This was the only case in which a Generation IV Pokémon was only obtainable through Pal Park.
11. Due to the mystery around Tangela’s appearance under the vines, Tangrowth may be based on the swamp monster from the short story “It!” by Theodore Sturgeon, that is ultimately revealed to have formed around a human skeleton.
12. It may also be based on a Green Man, a motif that is represented as a face surrounded by leaves and vines.
13. Its Pokédex entries state that its vines will bind and ensnare its surroundings. This may be a reference to thigmotropism, a biological reaction plants have towards contact that encourages them to coil around objects they touch as they grow, allowing stability in their stems and branches.
14. Tangrowth is a combination of tangle and growth.
15. Tangrowth made its main series debut in Promoting Healthy Tangrowth!, where it was trying to save a dying tree that was a key part of the forest. With the help of Ash and his friends, it was able to save the tree.
16. A Tangrowth appeared in Zoroark: Master of Illusions, under the ownership of Tammy; it helps her at her flower shop. Tangrowth later worked alongside Joe’s Mightyena to stop Zorua from escaping when they spotted it.
17. Tangrowth debuted in The Rise of Darkrai.
18. A Tangrowth briefly appeared in Working on a Right Move!, under the ownership of a Trainer competing in the Lily of the Valley Conference. It was shown defeating another Trainer’s Hippowdon.
19. A Tangrowth appeared in Mewtwo‘s flashback in Genesect and the Legend Awakened.
20. Hiori has a Tangrowth, which debuted in Challenge From A Rival. Its vines can be used as ropes to lower Hiori and others down from roofs. It can also use Sleep Powder to help Hiori get by guards.
21. In Getting Past Gastrodon, Jupiter attacked Platinum, Candice, and Maylene using her Tangrowth, Sableye, and Gastrodon when they arrived in Lake Acuity. Most notably, it faced off against Candice’s Abomasnow, and was able to overpower and defeat it using a Fire-typed Natural Gift. In subsequent appearances, Jupiter’s Tangrowth used only Natural Gift, and its strategy was easily worked around.
22. A Tangrowth was shown under the ownership of Jupiter in A Novel Test!!.