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[[File:Type Water.gif|link=Water type]]  
Species Mud Fish Pokémon
Abilities Torrent
Damp (Dream World)
None ← 258 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Marshtomp]]
(ミズゴロウ Mizugorou)
[[Generation III]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Blue>Blue</font>
Shape Footprint

Mudkip (Japanese: ミズゴロウ Mizugorou) is the Water-type Starter Pokémon of the Hoenn region, introduced in Generation III.



Mudkip are small blue Pokémon, each with a large fin on their head that allows them to sense movements within the air and water, acting as a radar. While in the water, they use the orange, spiky gills on their cheeks to breathe while using their large tail fin to propel themselves.


When sleeping, they bury themselves within the soil at the edge of the water. Mudkip and members of its evolution family dwell in swamps or other wetlands, deep inside isolated islands, due to their dislike of freshwater lakes and ponds.

Special abilities

The fin on a Mudkip's head can be used for sensing air and water currents, and can discern nearby bodies of water. The fin can sense danger as well, giving Mudkip a warning. Mudkips breathe underwater using the gills on their cheeks, and their powerful tails drive them through the water quickly. Mudkip can lift big boulders. In a pinch, Mudkips will find strength enough to crush even rocks that are bigger than themselves. Mudkip has the ability Torrent, which will increase the power of Water-type moves in a pinch.


Mudkip are born on beaches, and then swim to swamps on remote islands to live. Very few Mudkip are hatched in swamps. Mudkip and its evolutions tend to live in swamps and wetlands because of their dislike of fresh water ponds and lakes. They are an uncommon sight in the wild.


Mudkip evolves into Marshtomp at level 16, then into Swampert at level 36.

In the anime

In the anime, Brock gets a Mudkip after winning the trust of Old Man Swampy, who styles his hair like a Mudkip. In the events leading up to this, Old Man Swampy offers to let Brock see his eggs hatch. Brock agrees, and is treated to the sight of a baby Mudkip hatching.

Old Man Swampy suggests that Brock take one of his older Mudkip. At the last minute, Brock asks the Mudkip's permission, and it agrees and decides to join Brock for all the great adventures they will have together. However, within a couple of episodes it ends up spending almost all its time in Brock's Poké Ball.

Later, Brock's Mudkip evolves into a Marshtomp, making it the only Hoenn starter to not evolve into its final form.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Ruby/Sapphire Starter Pokémon from Professor Birch on Route 101 One
Emerald Starter Pokémon from Professor Birch on Route 101 One
FireRed/LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/Pearl Pal Park None
Platinum Pal Park None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Gift from Steven Stone after beating Red One
Black/White Trade None

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Channel Springleaf Field
Camp Starlight
Pokémon Trozei! Huge Storage 3
Endless Level 17
Trozei Battle
Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Starter Pokémon
Waterfall Pond (1F-3F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Starter Pokémon
Lake Afar (B1F-B9F)
Pokémon Ranger Lyra Forest

Pokédex entries



Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Mudkip RS.png File:Mudkip E.gif File:Mudkip RS.png Mudkip Back III
Mudkip Shiny RS Mudkip Shiny E Mudkip Shiny RS Mudkip Shiny Back III
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Mudkip DPPtHGSS Mudkip DPPtHGSS Mudkip DPPtHGSS Mudkip Back IV
Mudkip Shiny DPPtHGSS Mudkip Shiny DPPtHGSS Mudkip Shiny DPPtHGSS Mudkip Shiny Back IV
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Mudkip BW Mudkip BW Back
Shiny Mudkip BW Shiny Mudkip BW Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back



Axolotl, the real-world counterpart of Mudkip.

  • The concept of Mudkip was based on a breed of Axolotl.
  • Mudkip is the only water-type starter to walk on all fours.
  • Mudkip's name is based on its behaviour. It is said to kip in the mud, kip meaning to sleep.
  • Mudkip has the highest physical attack of any first evolution starter.
  • In the games, if you didn't make it evolve, it will learn Whirlpool and Hydro Pump.
  • Mudkip is the first Water type starter Pokémon to be based on an Amphibian.
  • Although Mudkip is a Water Type, it's evolution is a Water-Ground Type.


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