Krookodile is a large, bulky reptilian crocodile-like Pokémon. Its body is mainly brick-red in color, and covered in black stripes with pointed ends; it has a round gray belly. It has considerably large and razor-sharp teeth and claws. Around its eyes, there is a black patch resembling a bandit's mask, or a stylized pair of sunglasses. It somewhat resembles the dinosaur Baryonyx or Tyrannosaurus rex.
Krookodile has a very powerful vision, while its bite force also cannot be underestimated, because even cars can also be chewed by its strong teeth.
Krookodile has the highest base stat total of any non-legendary Ground-type Pokémon released in the Fifth Generation (509), edging out Excadrill's 508 base stat total by one point. Not counting Hydreigon among Dark-types, Krookodile is in-turn only edged out by Zoroark in terms of base stat totals by one point (510).
Despite being named Krookodile, it is actually modeled after the Gavial, a species related to the crocodile. This is also reflected in its Japanese name, which is a combination of Waru, form the word warui, meaning bad, and Vial, from Gavial. It also somewhat resembles the dinosaur Baryonyx or Tyrannosaurus rex.
Krookodile's English name is derived from a corruption of the word "crook" (a villainous person), and "crocodile".
Its Japanese name is a combination of Waru, form the word warui, meaning "bad", and "Vial", from Gavial.