1. Yes, yes it does, by a LOT.Originally Posted by Fairy Red;1233409
2. I posted damage calcs on page 1, Venusaur does ~57-70% damage to Torterra with one Grass Knot, Torterra returns with ~35% damage from EQ (given standard sets). Further, Venusaur also carries Sleep Powder and will always move first. The battle is one-sided to say the least.
3. Always, on every team, by every person with half a brain because Ice is such a devastating attack type and BoltBeam is such a devastating combo. There are very few pokemon that resist both T-bolt and Ice Beam.