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

Biology

Physiology

It is so soft its organs are actually visible. It also has trouble walking on its feet due to its lack of arms which causes it to be unbalanced. The swirl on its belly is its internal organs showing through. If the swirl is tinged, that means it's affected by some disease.

Behavior

Natural abilities

Poliwag will have one of two abilities; either Damp where the foe is unable to use Self-Destruct or Explosion, or Water Absorb where Water attacks heal 1/4 of Poliwag's health. With its light blue tail, it can swim very fast. It learns attacks such Bubble and Bubble Beam, and that was presumably why it has a small mouth. The mouth actually acts like a Suction cup to cling onto rocks with fats flowing water, much like the Lileep line’s roots.

Evolution

Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl at level 25, which can then either evolve into Poliwrath by Water Stone, or Politoed by trade while holding a King's Rock.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red and Blue Viridian City and Route 22 (Fish) Common
Yellow Routes 16, 17, 22, and 23, and Viridian City, Fuchsia City (Fish) Common
Gold and Silver Routes 16, 22, 28, 30, 31, 35, 43, and 44, Ruins of Alph, Ilex Forest, Ecruteak City, Violet City, Mt. Silver, Viridian City, and Blackthorn City (Fish) Common
Crystal Routes 16, 22, 28, 30, 31, 35, 43, and 44, Ruins of Alph, Ilex Forest, Ecruteak City, Violet City, Mt. Silver, Viridian City, and Blackthorn City (Fish) Common
Ruby and Sapphire Trade None
FireRed and LeafGreen Routes 6, 22, 23, 25, Four Island, Fuchsia City, Viridian City, Berry Forest, Cape Brink, Cerulean City, Cerulean Cave, Icefall Cave, Ruin Valley, and Safari Zone (Fish) Common
Emerald Trade None
Platinum Routes 227 and 228 (Surf) Common
HeartGold and SoulSilver Fishing Common
Black and White Route 6, Wellspring Cave, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Giant Chasm (Fishing) Common
X and Y Route 14, Laverre City, Route 15, Route 16, Frost Cavern, Couriway Town, Route 19, Pokémon Village, Route 21, Victory Road (Old Rod)
Pokémon Village (Horde)
Common
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Trade None
Sun and Moon Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden Common, Uncommon


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Snap River
Pokémon Channel Secret Cove
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Sub,
Endless Level 22,
Pair Trozei,
Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Silent Chasm (5F-9F)
Northwind Field (1F-4F)
Waterfall Pond (1F-5F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Waterfall Cave (B1F-B8F)
Serenity River (B1F-B7F)
Pokémon Ranger Krokka Tunnel
Pokémon Rumble Shiny Beach


Pokédex entries

  • Red and Blue

    Its newly grown legs prevent it from walking well. It appears to prefer swimming over walking.

  • Yellow

    The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.

  • Gold

    Because it is inept at walking on its newly grown legs, it always swims around in water.

  • Silver

    The direction of its belly spiral differs by area. The equator is thought to have an effect on this.

  • Crystal

    The swirl on its belly is its insides showing through the skin. It looks clearer after it eats.

  • Ruby

    Poliwag has a very thin skin. It is possible to see the Pokémon's spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

  • Sapphire

    Poliwag has a very thin skin. It is possible to see the Pokémon's spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

  • FireRed

    Its slick black skin is thin and damp. A part of its internal organs can be seen through the skin as a spiral pattern.

  • LeafGreen

    Its newly grown legs prevent it from walking well. It appears to prefer swimming over walking.

  • Emerald

    It is possible to see this Pokémon's spiral innards right through its thin skin. However, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

  • Diamond

    Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

  • Pearl

    Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

  • Platinum

    Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

  • HeartGold

    Because it is inept at walking on its newly grown legs, it always swims around in water.

  • SoulSilver

    The direction of its belly spiral differs by area. The equator is thought to have an effect on this.

  • Black

    Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

  • White

    Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

  • Black 2

    Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

  • White 2

    Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

  • X

    Its slick black skin is thin and damp. A part of its internal organs can be seen through the skin as a spiral pattern.

  • Y

    The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.

  • Omega Ruby

    Poliwag has a very thin skin. It is possible to see the Pokémon's spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Poliwag has a very thin skin. It is possible to see the Pokémon's spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

  • Sun

    The swirl on its belly is its internal organs showing through. If the swirl is tinged white, that means it's affected by some disease.

  • Moon

    It's still not very good at walking. Its Trainers should train this Pokémon to walk every day.

  • Ultra Sun

    Despite the danger, it wants to come up on land. So it does its best to waddle along, but when an enemy finds it, it rushes back to the water.

  • Ultra Moon

    The direction of the swirl on their stomachs differs depending on where they live. Poliwag aficionados can tell them apart at a glance.

  • Let's Go, Pikachu!

    The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.

  • Let's Go, Eevee!

    The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.

  • Sword

    For Poliwag, swimming is easier than walking. The swirl pattern on its belly is actually part of the Pokémon's innards showing through the skin.

  • Shield

    In rivers with fast-flowing water, this Pokémon will cling to a rock by using its thick lips, which act like a suction cup.


Stats

Poliwag's Stats
HP
40
Attack
50
Defense
40
Sp. Atk
40
Sp. Def
40
Speed
90
Total
300

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Water Sport —% 15 Water Status
5 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special
8 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status
11 Bubble 40 100% 30 Water Special
15 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Physical
18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
21 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Physical
25 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special
28 Mud Shot 55 95% 15 Ground Special
31 Belly Drum —% 10 Normal Status
35 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical
38 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special
41 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Water Sport —% 15 Water Status Cute 2 0 ♥
5 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special Cute 4 0 ♥
8 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Smart 1 3 ♥
11 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special Cute 4 0 ♥
15 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Physical Cute 1 0 ♥
18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beauty 1 0 ♥
21 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 1 4 ♥
25 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special Beauty 2 3 ♥
28 Mud Shot 55 95% 15 Ground Special Tough 4 0 ♥
31 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Special Cute 6 0 ♥
35 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical Tough 3 0 ♥
38 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special Beauty 1 0 ♥
41 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground Special Cute 2 3 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Water Sport —% 15 Water Status
5 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special
8 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status
11 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special
15 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Physical
18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
21 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Physical
25 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special
28 Mud Shot 55 95% 15 Ground Special
31 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Special
35 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical
38 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special
41 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Water Sport —% 15 Water Status Cute 2
5 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special Cute 2
8 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Smart 2
11 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special Cute 3
15 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Physical Tough 2
18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
21 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
25 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special Beauty 2
28 Mud Shot 55 95% 15 Ground Special Tough 2
31 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Special Cute 2
35 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical Smart 2
38 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special Beauty 2
41 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground Special Smart 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Cute 2 2 ♥
7 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Smart 1 3 ♥
13 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Cute 4 0 ♥
19 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Tough 2 1 ♥
25 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 2 ♥
31 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Tough 1 4 ♥
37 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Cute 1 0 ♥
43 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Beauty 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water
7 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic
13 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water
19 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal
25 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
31 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
37 Belly Drum —% 10 Water
43 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water
16 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic
19 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water
25 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal
31 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
38 Amnesia —% 20 Normal
45 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM94 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special
TM98 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status Beautiful 2 1 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special Beautiful 1 3 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special Tough 2 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM03 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
HM07 DiveORAS 80 100% 10 Water Physical Beautiful 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Special
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
HM06 Dive 80 100% 10 Water Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM03 Water Pulse 60 100% 20 Water Special Beauty 2
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status Beauty 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special Beauty 2
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special Beauty 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Smart 1
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Smart 2
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 0
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Special Beauty 2
HM05HGSS Whirlpool 15 70% 15 Water Special Beauty 0
HM07 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical Tough 3
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM03 Water Pulse 60 100% 20 Water Beauty 2 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0 ♥
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Beauty 1 3 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Smart 3 0 ♥
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Beauty 2 1 ♥
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Beauty 4 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 60 100% 10 Ground Smart 1 0 ♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Smart 1 3 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Tough 1 0 ♥
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Beauty 3 0 ♥
HM07 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Tough 2 0 ♥
HM08 Dive 60 100% 10 Water Beauty 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM02 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal
TM03 Curse —% 10 ???
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice
TM16 Icy Wind 55 95% 15 Ice
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
TM20 Endure —% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal
TM40 Defense Curl —% 40 Normal
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water
HM06 Whirlpool 15 70% 15 Water
HM07 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation I
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM08 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
TM09 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal
TM10 Double-Edge 100 100% 15 Normal
TM11 BubbleBeam 65 100% 20 Water
TM12 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice
TM14 Blizzard 120 90% 5 Ice
TM20 Rage 20 100% 20 Normal
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic
TM31 Mimic —% 10 Normal
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Bide —% 10 Normal
TM40 Skull Bash 100 100% 15 Normal
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM46 Psywave 80% 15 Psychic
TM50 Substitute —% 10 Normal
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

Breeding Generation VII
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bubble Beam Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Politoed, Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra, Marill, Azumarill, Corsola, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Lotad, Lombre, Surskit, Corphish, Crawdaunt, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Ducklett, Swanna, Clauncher, Clawitzer, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina, Dewpider, Araquanid 65 100% 20 Water Special
Encore Seel, Dewgong, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein, Popplio, Brionne, Primarina 100% 5 Normal Status
Endeavor Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert 100% 5 Normal Physical
Endure Kabuto, Kabutops, Corsola, Stunfisk —% 10 Normal Status
Haze Wooper, Quagsire, Surskit, Greninja —% 30 Ice Status
Ice Ball Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 30 90% 20 Ice Physical
Mind Reader Poliwrath —% 5 Normal Status
Mist Lapras, Wooper, Quagsire, Lotad, Wingull, Pelipper, Surskit, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon —% 30 Ice Status
Mud Shot Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Wooper, Quagsire, Marshtomp, Swampert, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Stunfisk 55 95% 15 Ground Special
Refresh Corsola, Milotic —% 20 Normal Status
Splash Feebas, Clauncher, Clawitzer —% 40 Normal Status
Water Pulse Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Psyduck, Golduck, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Slowking, Lapras, Remoraid, Mantine, Wingull, Pelipper, Milotic, Huntail, Gorebyss, Shellos, Gastrodon, Ducklett, Swanna, Alomomola, Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja, Skrelp, Dragalge, Clauncher, Clawitzer 60 100% 20 Water Special
Water Sport Psyduck, Golduck, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Seel, Marill, Azumarill, Lombre, Pelipper, Surskit, Masquerain, Milotic, Gorebyss, Piplup, Prinplup, Buizel, Floatzel, Ducklett, Swanna, Alomomola, Clauncher, Clawitzer, Dewpider, Pyukumuku —% 15 Water Status

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Breeding Generation VI
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bubble Beam Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Politoed, Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra, Marill, Azumarill, Corsola, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Lotad, Lombre, Surskit, Corphish, Crawdaunt, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Ducklett, Swanna, Clauncher, Clawitzer 65 100% 20 Water Special Beautiful 2 3 ♥
Encore Seel, Dewgong, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 100% 5 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
Endeavor Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert 100% 5 Normal Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
Endure Kabuto, Kabutops, Corsola, Stunfisk —% 10 Normal Status Tough 3 0 ♥
Haze Wooper, Quagsire, Surskit, Greninja —% 30 Ice Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Ice Ball Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 30 90% 20 Ice Physical Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Mind Reader Poliwrath —% 5 Normal Status Clever 3 0 ♥
Mist Lapras, Wooper, Quagsire, Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo, Wingull, Pelipper, Surskit, Masquerain, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon —% 30 Ice Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
Mud Shot Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Wooper, Quagsire, Marshtomp, Swampert, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Stunfisk 55 95% 15 Ground Special Tough 4 0 ♥
Refresh Corsola, Milotic —% 20 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
Splash Feebas, Clauncher, Clawitzer —% 40 Normal Status Cute 4 0 ♥
Water Pulse Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Psyduck, Golduck, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Slowking, Lapras, Remoraid, Mantine, Wingull, Pelipper, Milotic, Huntail, Gorebyss, Shellos, Gastrodon, Ducklett, Swanna, Alomomola, Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja, Skrelp, Dragalge, Clauncher, Clawitzer 60 100% 20 Water Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Water Sport Psyduck, Golduck, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Seel, Marill, Azumarill, Lombre, Pelipper, Surskit, Masquerain, Milotic, Piplup, Prinplup, Buizel, Floatzel, Ducklett, Swanna, Alomomola, Clauncher, Clawitzer —% 15 Water Status Cute 2 0 ♥

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Breeding Generation V
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category
BubbleBeam Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Politoed, Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra, Marill, Azumarill, Corsola, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Lotad, Lombre, Surskit, Corphish, Crawdaunt, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Ducklett, Swanna 65 100% 20 Water Special
Encore Seel, Dewgong, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 100% 5 Normal Status
Endeavor Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert 100% 5 Normal Physical
Endure Kabuto, Kabutops, Corsola, Stunfisk —% 10 Normal Status
Haze Wooper, Quagsire, Surskit —% 30 Ice Status
Ice Ball Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 30 90% 20 Ice Physical
Mind Reader Poliwrath —% 5 Normal Status
Mist Lapras, Wooper, Quagsire, Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo, Wingull, Pelipper, Surskit, Masquerain, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon —% 30 Ice Status
Mud Shot Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto, Kabutops, Wooper, Quagsire, Marshtomp, Swampert, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Stunfisk 55 95% 15 Ground Special
Refresh Corsola, Milotic —% 20 Normal Status
Splash Feebas —% 40 Normal Status
Water Pulse Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Psyduck, Golduck, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Slowking, Lapras, Remoraid, Mantine, Wingull, Pelipper, Milotic, Huntail, Gorebyss, Shellos, Gastrodon, Ducklett, Swanna, Alomomola 60 100% 20 Water Special
Water Sport Psyduck, Golduck, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Seel, Lombre, Surskit, Masquerain, Milotic, Piplup, Prinplup, Buizel, Floatzel, Ducklett, Swanna, Alomomola —% 15 Water Status

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Breeding Generation IV
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
BubbleBeam Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Politoed, Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra, Marill, Azumarill, Corsola, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Surskit, Masquerain, Corphish, Crawdaunt, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon 65 100% 20 Water Special Beauty 2
EncoreHGSS Seel, Dewgong, Slakoth, Vigoroth, Slaking, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 100% 5 Normal Status Cute 1
Endeavor Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Corphish, Crawdaunt 100% 5 Normal Physical Tough 2
Haze Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite, Wooper, Quagsire, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Wingull, Pelipper, Surskit, Masquerain, Feebas, Milotic —% 30 Ice Status Beauty 2
Ice Ball Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 30 90% 20 Ice Physical Beauty 2
Mind Reader Poliwrath —% 5 Normal Status Smart 1
Mist Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Lapras, Wooper, Quagsire, Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo, Wingull, Pelipper, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon —% 30 Ice Status Beauty 2
Mud Shot Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Wooper, Quagsire, Marshtomp, Swampert 55 95% 15 Ground Special Tough 2
Refresh Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Psyduck, Golduck, Corsola, Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert, Milotic —% 20 Normal Status Cute 0
Splash Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra, Magikarp, Gyarados, Marill, Azumarill, Mantine, Feebas, Milotic —% 40 Normal Status Cute 0
Water Sport Psyduck, Golduck, Seel, Dewgong, Totodile, Croconaw, Feraligatr, Mantine, Lombre, Ludicolo, Wingull, Pelipper, Surskit, Masquerain, Milotic, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein, Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon, Bidoof, Bibarel, Buizel, Floatzel —% 15 Water Status Cute 2

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Breeding Generation III
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
BubbleBeam Marill, Azumarill, Corsola, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Surskit, Masquerain, Corphish, Crawdaunt 65 100% 20 Water Beauty 1 3 ♥
Haze Wooper, Quagsire, Surskit, Masquerain —% 30 Ice Beauty 3 0 ♥
Ice Ball Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein 30 90% 20 Ice Beauty 3 0 ♥
Mind Reader Poliwrath —% 5 Normal Smart 3 0 ♥
Mist Lapras, Wooper, Quagsire, Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo, Wingull, Pelipper, Surskit, Masquerain —% 30 Ice Beauty 1 0 ♥
Splash Marill, Azumarill, Feebas, Milotic —% 40 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
Water Sport Psyduck, Golduck, Lombre, Ludicolo, Surskit, Masquerain, Milotic —% 15 Water Cute 4 0 ♥

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Breeding Generation II
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type
BubbleBeam Marill, Azumarill, Corsola, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine 65 100% 20 Water
Haze Wooper, Quagsire —% 30 Ice
Mind Reader Poliwrath —% 5 Normal
Mist Lapras, Wooper, Quagsire —% 30 Ice
Splash * Horsea, Seadra, Kingdra —% 40 Normal

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Endeavor USUM 100% 5 Normal Physical
Helping Hand USUM —% 20 Normal Status
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Water Pulse USUM 60 100% 20 Water Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Endeavor ORAS 100% 5 Normal Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
Helping Hand ORAS —% 20 Normal Status Clever 4 0 ♥
Icy Wind ORAS 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Water Pulse ORAS 60 100% 20 Water Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Endeavor B2W2 100% 5 Normal Physical
Helping Hand B2W2 —% 20 Normal Status
Icy Wind B2W2 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Dive HGSSPt 80 100% 10 Water Physical Beauty 1
Headbutt HGSS 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
Helping Hand HGSSPt —% 20 Normal Status Smart 1
Icy Wind HGSSPt 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beauty 2
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Body Slam FRLGEXD 85 100% 15 Normal Tough 1 4 ♥
Defense Curl E —% 40 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
Double-Edge FRLGEXD 120 100% 15 Normal Tough 6 0 ♥
Endure E —% 10 Normal Tough 2 0 ♥
Icy Wind EXD 55 95% 15 Ice Beauty 1 3 ♥
Mimic FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
Sleep Talk E —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0 ♥
Snore E 40 100% 15 Normal Cute 4 0 ♥
Substitute FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Swagger EXD 90% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Ice Beam C 95 100% 10 Ice
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Appearances

Anime

Main article: Misty's Politoed

Petting Spots

  • Favored Spot: Top of head
  • Disfavored Spot: Stomach swirls

Trivia

  • Poliwag is Satoshi Tajiri's favorite Pokémon, as confirmed in an interview on the TV show GameCenter CX in 2004.
  • Poliwag shares the same in-game cry/sound with Ditto's. This was fixed in Generation VI.
  • Poliwag shares the same species name with Tympole, they're both known has the Tadpole Pokémon.
  • Poliwag’s base exp yield was changed from 77 to 60 in Generation V.
    • This reflects its national Pokédex number.
  • After the release of the expansion, Poliwag and most other generation 1 Pokémon will have appeared in every main game to date.
  • Poliwag’s skin is said to be black in Firered.This only applies to its original generation 1 Sprite for Red and Blue, however,as starting from yellow it has blue skin (probably due to Jynx or technical limitations).

Origin

Poliwag is based on a tadpole. Since an early Pokémon guide says its evolution has slippery oily skin and that its skin its black,it may be based on blueberries.

Etymology

Poliwag's name comes from "polliwog", an alternate word for "tadpole".

Gallery

See also

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