Totodile (Japanese: ワニノコ Waninoko) is a Water-type Starter Pokémon of the Johto region.



Totodile is a small Pokémon that appear as bipedal crocodiles. While most of a Totodile's body is blue, they have a yellow, v-shaped marking across their chest, red eyes, and red spikes that go down its back to its tail. These Pokémon are well known for their large mouths, filled with razor sharp teeth.

The shiny version of this Pokémon appears as having green or turquoise skin instead of blue and has dark blue spikes, which were previously red, along its back.


Totodile are very energetic, cheerful and rowdy, and occasionally can be seen running through swampy areas, biting and chomping at everything that moves.

Special Abilities

All Totodile have the ability Torrent, which enables Water-type attacks to do 150% damage if the user's HP is below 30%.

Additionally, Totodile have very large and powerful jaws, and mainly are used when in battle. The Pokédex states that "its well-developed jaws are powerful and capable of crushing anything".


Totodile evolves into Croconaw at level 18 and and into Feraligatr starting at level 32.

In the anime

Totodile debuted in the Pokémon Anime during the episode Don't Touch That 'dile, where a Totodile belonging to Professor Elm was stolen by Team Rocket. It was later recovered and returned.

Main article: Ash's TotodileAsh captured a Totodile in the episode The Totodile Duel, where Ash and Misty battled for a Totodile that one of them caught. Not knowing whose Lure Ball captured the Pokémon, the two have a Pokémon battle to decide who keeps it. Ash won the battle, receiving the Totodile.

This Pokémon stayed with Ash during the course of his travels throughout the Johto Region, and is currently being kept at Professor Oak's Lab.

Much later in the series, a Totodile made a small appearance in the episode Up Close and Personable! at the Pokémon Summer Academy. As shown in a movie poster, Totodile along with the other two Johto Starter Pokémon, will appear in the 12th Pokémon movie.

Totodile also appears the episode "DP143: An egg Scramble". It appears as Khoury's Pokémon.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Silver stole a Totodile from Professor Elm. It refused to return when Gold attempted to bring it back to Prof. Elm. It soon evolved into a Croconaw after defeating a trap together with Gold's Cyndaquil in the Sprout Tower.

Game Info

Game Locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold and Silver Starter Pokémon in New Bark Town One
Crystal Starter Pokémon in New Bark Town One
Ruby and Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Reward from Professor Birch after completing the Hoenn Pokédex One
FireRed and LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond and Pearl Pal Park None
Platinum Pal Park None
HeartGold and SoulSilver Starter Pokémon in New Bark Town One
Black and White Trade None

Pokédex Entries



Generation II

Main article: Totodile/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Totodile/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Totodile/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Leer 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


6 Water Gun 40 100% 25 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Special Special


8 Rage 20 100% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


13 Bite 60 100% 25 [[Dark type|Dark]] [[Move#Physical Physical


15 Scary Face 100% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


20 Ice Fang 65 95% 15 [[Ice type|Ice]] [[Move#Physical Physical


22 Flail  ?? 100% 15 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


27 Crunch 80 100% 15 [[Dark type|Dark]] [[Move#Physical Physical


29 Chip Away 70 100% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


34 Slash 70 100% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


36 Screech 85% 40 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


41 Thrash 120 100% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


43 Aqua Tail 90 90% 10 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Physical Physical


48 Superpower 120 100% 5 [[Fighting type|Fighting]] [[Move#Physical Physical


50 Hydro Pump 120 80% 5 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Special 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.


Totodile, along with its evolutionary forms, appear to be based off of alligators and/or crocodiles.

Name Origins

Its English name comes from combining the words "Tot" and "Crocodile". Its Japanese name comes from "wani" which is Japanese for crocodile, and "ko'" meaning child. That suggests that it is the first evolutionary form.


  • In the anime, a Totodile's voice sounds like that of the Disney character, Donald Duck.
  • Totodile is the only Water type starter pokemon to have the starting attack move Scratch.
  • Out of all the starter Pokémon, Totodile is the earliest to evolve into its final evolutionary form, at Lvl32.

See also

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