It replaced Flager as the Fire-type starter in Beta 2.0 and beyond.
RAPTORCH are energetic Pokémon that require constant attention, or they will start setting their surroundings on fire.
Raptorch is a small bipedal dinosaur Pokémon, resembling a combination of a velociraptor and an armadillo. It has black skin with an orange underbelly and two large, rounded ears on its head like an armadillo's. It has hard red plating on its forehead and back. It has sharp fangs and three-toed hands and feet. A flame burns at the end of its tail. Raptorch's armor can be used defensively to protect it from blows to its head and back. It has sharp teeth that can be used to bite. As a Ground-type Pokémon, it is adept at digging tunnels and will kick sand at its opponents to blind them. It can also breathe fire and use the fire on its tail to attack.
Raptorch are loyal Pokémon that demand constant attention and care. Due to their careless nature, they often inadvertently set their surroundings ablaze. They are fierce and fearless in battle and will defend their trainer to the end. Raptorch are very rarely found in the wild. They were once more plentiful; however, human encroachment into their habitat has reduced their numbers. They are most often found in plains, prairies and wide open spaces. They are solitary hunters during the day but gather together in underground nests at night.
Raptorch is based primarily based off of the clade of Dinosaurs known as Maniraptora, more specifically Dromaeosaurs and Troodontids. Raptorch also takes elements like its ears and patches of armor from armadillos. Its flaming tail and reptilian body may have been inspired by charmander.