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[[File:Type Water/Electric.gif|link=Water/Electric type]]  
Species Angler Pokémon
Abilities Volt Absorb
Water Absorb (Dream World)
None ← 170 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Lanturn]]
(チョンチー Chonchii)
[[Generation II]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Blue>Blue</font>
Shape Footprint

Chinchou (Japanese: チョンチー Chonchii) is a Water/Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II. The Chinchou family is unique because of their ability, Volt Absorb, being the only Water-types able to have it.


Chinchou resembles a small deep-sea fish with an oval-shaped body, two small fin-like arms, a pair of stubby legs, and two long antennas tipped with a yellow bulb-shaped sac. Chinchou also has two yellow eyes, each with a proton-shaped pupil.


Chinchou can release negatively charged electricity from its antennas as means of hunting, self defense, and communication.

Special abilities

Chinchou has the abilities Volt Absorb and Illuminate. Volt Absorb heals Chinchou's HP by a quarter when hit by an electric-type move. Illuminate increases the rate of encountering wild Pokémon if Chinchou is placed in the first slot of your party.


Chinchou evolves into Lanturn at level 27.

In the anime

Several Chinchou played a very minor part in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, they helped destroy The Phantom's ship by overpowering and destroying his electrical equipment.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold/Silver Routes 26 and 27, New Bark Town, Union Cave, Olivine City, Pallet Town, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island Common
Crystal Routes 26 and 27, New Bark Town, Union Cave, Olivine City, Pallet Town, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island Common
Ruby/Sapphire Underwater Common
Emerald Underwater Common
Diamond/Pearl Route 220 (fishing) Uncommon
Platinum Route 220 (fishing) Very Rare
HeartGold/SoulSilver Routes 26 and 27, New Bark Town, Union Cave, Olivine City, Pallet Town, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island Common
Black/White Route 18, Driftveil City Uncommon

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Hatch from egg
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 12,
Endless Level 9,
Trozei Battle,
Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Silver Trench (70F-79F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Miracle Sea (B1F-B18F)
Deep Miracle Sea (B1F-B3F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Puel Sea

Pokédex entries



Generation II

Main article: Chinchou/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Chinchou/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Chinchou/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Supersonic 55% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


1 Bubble 20 100% 30 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Special Special


6 Thunder Wave 100% 20 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Status Status


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


12 Confuse Ray 100% 10 [[Ghost type|Ghost]] [[Move#Status Status


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


20 Spark 65 100% 20 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Physical Physical


23 Take Down 90 85% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


28 Electro Ball ?? 100% 10 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special


31 BubbleBeam 65 100% 20 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Special Special


34 Signal Beam 75 100% 15 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Special Special


39 Discharge 80 100% 15 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special


42 Aqua Ring —% 20 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Status Status


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


50 Charge —% 20 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Status 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.


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