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Popplio (アシマリ, Ashimari) is a Water-type Pokémon. It is one of the three Starter Pokémon of the Alola region, the other two being Litten and Rowlet.



Popplio is a somewhat chubby blue sea lion Pokémon. It has large eyes and a long white snout with a pink round nose and black whiskers. It has two teardrop-shaped ears on each side of its head. Around its neck is a light blue clown collar which extends out past its shoulders. It has four flippers which consist of two large ones with white markings isolating its toes and two small rear ones.


Popplio will frequently work on blowing bubbles and try to get them larger than their bodies. Instead of walking, Popplio will generate and use their bubbles as a springboard, popping as they leap on top of them in order to get a bounce out of them as they pop, in turn allowing them to perform acrobatic stunts in their leaps to please those they enjoy playing with.

Natural abilities

It can blow out many balloons with its nose. It can also swim at 25 mph (40 km/h).


Popplio evolves into Brionne at level 17 and then Primarina at level 34.

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun and Moon Starter Pokémon from Hala in Iki Town One
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Starter Pokémon from Professor Kukui on Route 1 One
Sword and Shield From Diglett's Trainer in Fields of Honor after finding 100 Alolan Diglett if Sobble is chosen as the Starter Pokémon One

Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    This Pokémon snorts body fluids from its nose, blowing balloons to smash into its foes. It’s famous for being a hard worker.

  • Moon

    This Pokémon can control water bubbles. It practices diligently so it can learn to make big bubbles.

  • Ultra Sun

    The balloons it inflates with its nose grow larger and larger as it practices day by day.

  • Ultra Moon

    Popplio gets out on top of its bouncy water balloons to jump higher. Its quite an acrobatic fighter.

  • Sword

    It creates special bouncy balloons to send at its opponents. When the balloons pop, the sheer force of their bursting is what deals damage.

  • Shield

    If Popplio want to create big, powerful balloons, they must be persistent. It takes daily practice for these Pokémon to develop their skills.


Popplio's Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def



LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Pound 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special
4 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
8 Disarming Voice 40 —% 15 Fairy Special
11 Baby-Doll Eyes 100% 30 Fairy Status
15 Aqua Jet 40 100% 20 Water Physical
18 Encore 100% 15 Normal Status
22 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special
25 Sing 55% 15 Normal Status
29 Double Slap 15 100% 20 Normal Physical
32 Hyper Voice 90 100% 10 Normal Special
36 Moonblast 95 100% 15 Fairy Special
39 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status
43 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special
46 Misty Terrain —% 10 Fairy 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, TRs, and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM/TR Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
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
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM62 Acrobatics 55 100% 15 Flying Physical
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
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 Generation VII
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Amnesia Psyduck, Golduck, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Sentret, Furret, Wooper, Quagsire, Swinub, Piloswine, Slakoth, Slaking, Walrein, Wailord, Numel, Camerupt, Torkoal, Gorebyss, Bidoof, Bibarel, Pansear, Woobat, Swoobat, Heatmor —% 20 Psychic Status
Aqua Ring Seel, Dewgong, Vaporeon, Marill, Azumarill, Corsola, Mantine, Milotic, Gorebyss, Tympole, Palpitoad, Seismitoad, Ducklett, Swanna, Alomomola, Dewpider, Araquanid —% 20 Water Status
Aromatic Mist Smeargle —% 20 Fairy Status
Charm Eevee, Snubbull, Granbull, Teddiursa, Phanpy, Skitty, Pachirisu, Buneary, Lopunny, Glameow, Purugly, Minccino, Deerling, Sawsbuck, Cubchoo, Furfrou, Meowstic, Dedenne 100% 20 Fairy Status
Perish Song Lapras, Politoed, Absol —% 5 Normal Status
Wonder Room Psyduck, Golduck —% 10 Psychic 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.


Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Aqua Tail USUM 90 90% 10 Water Physical
Covet USUM 60 100% 25 Normal Physical
Helping Hand USUM —% 20 Normal Status
Hyper Voice USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Iron Tail USUM 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Uproar USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Water Pledge SMUSUM 80 100% 10 Water Special
Water Pulse USUM 60 100% 20 Water Special
Wonder Room USUM —% 10 Psychic 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.




Main article: Lana's Primarina

Lana's Popplio.

Popplio first appeared in Alola to New Adventure! under the ownership of Lana. She later evolved into Brionne in Evolving Research! and into Primarina in The One that Didn't Get Away!.


  • Popplio, Seel & Dewgong all share the same species; they're all known as the Sea Lion Pokémon.
  • Popplio and its evolutions are the first (and so far only) Starter Pokémon with Body Shape 3.
  • Popplio is the only Alola starter that follows the usual traditional formula of having the highest base stat in its pre-evolved state correspond to the highest base stat in its fully evolved state.
    • Rowlet's highest base stat is its HP stat of 68, but Decidueye has only an average HP stat due to undergoing the smallest increase in HP of all starter Pokémon lines.
    • Litten's highest base stat is its Speed stat of 70, but actually becomes slower upon reaching its final form. Incineroar has a base Speed stat of 60, a net loss of 10 points in Speed.
    • This leaves Popplio as the only Alola starter that does not deviate from the norm. Popplio's highest base stat is its Special Attack stat of 66, and Primarina's highest stat is also its Special Attack stat. At 126, it is the highest Special Attack stat of all fully evolved starter Pokémon, as well as the highest single stat of any fully evolved starter Pokémon, surpassing Rillaboom's base Attack stat by one point (126 compared to 125).
  • Popplio is the only Alola starter not caught by Ash.


Popplio is a combination of the classical depictions of a performing sea lion and a circus clown, with the light-blue collar around its neck, white muzzle, and pink clown-like nose contributing to its circus clown design and it's acrobatics skills such as balancing balls with their noses. It could also be based on the Hawaiian monk seal due to Alola being based on Hawaii or the Hooded seal and its inflatable nasal cavity due to Popplio being able to create bubbles with its nose. Theme-wise, Popplio may also be based on the chemical element mercury, which in alchemy was one of the three primes, as mercury and water are both liquids. When standing on its tail and extending its fins, Popplio resembles the symbol used for both the planet Mercury and, in alchemy, the element mercury (☿).


Popplio comes from pop (as in popping bubbles) or pōpō (Hawaiian for ball) and ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua (a species of Hawaiian monk seal) or leo (Greek for "lion", possibly referencing the sea lion).