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059MS #059: Arcanine
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#061: Poliwhirl 061MS
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Poliwag (disambiguation).
Poliwag
ニョロモ Nyoromo
#060
060Poliwag
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Water Unknown
Species
Tadpole Pokémon
Abilities
Water Absorb or Damp Swift Swim
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,059,860
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#060
Johto
#072
Hoenn
#247
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-052
Height
2'00"
Imperial
0.6 m
Metric
Weight
27.3 lbs.
Imperial
12.4 kg
Metric
Dex color
Blue
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Body style
Body07
Footprint
 F060 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Water 1 group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
1
Base Exp.: 60 Battle Exp.: 601*

Poliwag (Japanese: ニョロモ Nyoromo) is a Water-type Pokémon.

It evolves into Poliwhirl starting at level 25, which evolves into Poliwrath when exposed to a Water Stone or into Politoed when traded holding a King's Rock.

Biology

Physiology

Poliwag resembles a blue, spherical tadpole. It has large eyes, a pink mouth, and a long, mostly transparent tail. It has newly developed legs that still are not used to walking. Poliwag's most famous feature is the black and white swirl on its abdomen, which is actually its innards showing through its semitransparent skin. The swirl looks clearer after it eats, and the skin is very elastic so that it will not break if the Pokémon is bitten. The direction of the belly spiral differs by area, with the equator being thought to have an effect on this.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Along with the standard {{Water}}-related abilities, it is capable of making its opponent drowsy with Hypnosis. Its skin is also very damp, making it very slippery and therefore difficult to get hold of. Their Speed stat is above average, allowing them to evade shots of {{Electric|<electricity>}} quickly. Their tail can also be used for attacks like DoubleSlap, Belly Drum, and Wake-Up Slap, with the latter being fairly strong after a Hypnosis.

Behavior

They are more likely found swimming than on dry land. If they are startled, they immediately run away.

Habitat

Watersedge

Water's-edge Pokémon

Poliwag can be found in small freshwater ponds and lakes that have an abundance of lily pads, as well as along the banks of tropical rivers. It is a common sight in Kanto and Johto.

Diet

Poliwag feed on salveyo weed, which can only be found on clear lake bottoms.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
Its slick black skin is thin and damp. A part of its internal organs can be seen through the skin as a spiral pattern.
Generation II
Johto
Because it is inept at walking on its newly grown legs, it always swims around in water.
 ???
No Pokédex data is available.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
Common Fuchsia City Safari Zone (Good Rod)
Routes 6, 22, 23, 25, Viridian City and Cerulean Cave (Good Rod and Super Rod)
Generation II
Johto
Common Routes 30, 31, 35, 43, 44, 45, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Blackthorn City, Ruins of Alph, Ilex Forest, Mt. Silver, Cliff Cave, Safari Zone

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 40
100 - 147 190 - 284
Attack: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Defense: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Sp.Atk: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Sp.Def: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 300   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 40.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
1/2
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Jump
2/4 ★★☆☆
Total
11/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Water Sport Water Status 0000 —% 15
055 Bubble Water Special 02020 100100% 30
088 Hypnosis Psychic Status 0000 06060% 20
1111 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
1515 DoubleSlap Normal Physical 01515 08585% 10
1818 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —% 5
2121 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100100% 15
2525 BubbleBeam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
2828 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 09595% 15
3131 Belly Drum Normal Status 0000 —% 10
3535 Wake-Up Slap Fighting Physical 06060 100100% 10
3838 Hydro Pump Water Special 120120 08080% 5
4141 Mud Bomb Ground Special 06565 08585% 10
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Poliwag obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwag
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwag
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite TM06 Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
Bag TM Ice Sprite TM07 Hail Ice Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 100% 15
Bag TM Ice Sprite TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 95 100% 10
Bag TM Ice Sprite TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 120 70% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM17 Protect Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite TM18 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM27 Return Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite TM28 Dig Ground Physical 80 100% 10
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 90 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM32 Double Team Normal Status —% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM42 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM44 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM45 Attract Normal Status 100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite TM46 Thief Dark Physical 40 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM48 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
Bag TM Water Sprite TM55 Scald Water Special 80 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM87 Swagger Normal Status 90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM90 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
Bag HM Water Sprite HM03 Surf Water Special 95 100% 15
Bag HM Water Sprite HM05 Waterfall Water Physical 80 100% 15
Bag HM Water Sprite HM06 Dive Water Physical 80 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwag
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwag
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
060MS061MS062MS186MS116MS117MS
230MS183MS184MS222MS223MS224MS
226MS
BubbleBeam Water Special 65 100% 20
086MS087MS Encore Normal Status 100% 5
140MS141MS Endure Normal Status —% 10
194MS195MS Haze Ice Status —% 30
062MS Mind Reader Normal Status —% 5
131MS194MS195MS Mist Ice Status —% 30
060MS061MS062MS186MS138MS139MS
140MS141MS194MS195MS
Mud Shot Ground Special 55 95% 15
222MS Refresh Normal Status —% 20
183MS184MS Splash Normal Status —% 40
007MS008MS009MS054MS055MS079MS
080MS199MS131MS223MS224MS226MS
Water Pulse Water Special 60 100% 20
054MS055MS086MS087MS Water Sport Water Status —% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Poliwag in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Poliwag in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwag
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwag
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
B W B2 W2 Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
B W B2 W2 Icy Wind Ice Special 55 95% 15
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Poliwag can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Poliwag cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwag
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwag
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Evolution

060
Unevolved
Poliwag
 Water 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Level 25


061
First evolution
Poliwhirl
 Water 
Bag Water Stone Sprite
Water Stone


062
Second evolution
Poliwrath
 Water  Fighting 
Bag King&#039;s Rock Sprite
Trade
holding King's Rock


186
Second evolution
Politoed
 Water 

059MS #059: Arcanine
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#061: Poliwhirl 061MS

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