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[[File:Type Normal/Flying.gif|link=Normal/Flying type]]  
Species Tiny Bird Pokémon
Abilities Keen Eye
Tangled Feet
Big Pecks (Dream World)
None ← 016 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Pidgeotto]]
(ポッポ Poppo)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Brown>Brown</font>
Shape Footprint

Pidgey (Japanese: ポッポ Poppo) is a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.


File:Oak's Pidgey.png

Pidgey resembles a small, plump-bodied bird. It is a brown color, with a lighter colored throat and belly. The tips of its wings share this cream color. Both its feet and beak are a pinkish-gray color. Its plumage is fairly nondescript, particularly compared to its evolutions, Pidgeotto and Pidgeot. It has black markings around its eyes and a small crest of brown and cream feathers above its eyes. It resembles other small flying-type Pokémon, such as Starly, Taillow, and Spearow. However, due to the fact that these Pokémon tend to be unique to a region, with the exception of Spearow, it is likely that they are a result of convergent evolution. Pidgey's feet allow it to walk on the ground for a while, but can also reach out and safely land on perches.

Special abilities

When on the ground, Pidgey flaps its wings to kick up sand and dust that blinds its opponents. It has an excellent sense of direction and homing instincts. It can locate its nest even when far removed from familiar surroundings. These skills enable to be easily trained to deliver messages.


Pidgey evolves into Pidgeotto at level 18, Then it evolves into Pidgeot at level 36.

In the anime

Pidgeys often appear in the anime series. They debuted in the first episode, Pokémon - I Choose You!, where Ash Ketchum had attempted to catch one without Pikachu's help. He later mistook a Spearow for a Pidgey, which caused a flock of Spearow to chase him.

Pidgey later appeared as the main Pokémon in Fly Me to the Moon, where Ash and friends find an island of fat Pidgey that could not fly.

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, 24, 25 Common
Yellow Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 21, 24, 25, Viridian Forest Common
Gold/Silver Routes 1, 2, 5, 25, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, National Park Common
Crystal Routes 1, 2, 5, 25, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37, National Park, Ilex Forest Common
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 21, 24, 25, Viridian Forest, Bond Bridge, Berry Forest, Five Isle Meadow Common
Diamond/Pearl Route 229 Swarm
Platinum Route 229 Uncommon
HeartGold/SoulSilver Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 25, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37, National Park, Viridian Forest Common
Black/White White Forest (White only) Common

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Snap Beach
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 14, Endless Level 33, Forever Level 14, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Tiny Woods (1F-3F), Howling Forest (9F-13F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Concealed Ruins (B1F-B9F), World Abyss (B1F-B15F)
Pokémon Rumble Cold Meadow

Pokédex entries



Generation I

Main article: Pidgey/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Pidgey/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Pidgey/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Pidgey/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


5 Sand-attack - 100% 15 [[Ground type|Ground]] [[Move#Status Status


9 Gust 40 100% 35 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Special Special


13 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


17 Whirlwind - 100% 20 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Status Status


21 Twister 40 100% 20 [[Dragon type|Dragon]] [[Move#Special Special


25 FeatherDance - 100% 15 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Status Status


29 Agility - -% 30 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


33 Wing Attack 60 100% 35 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Physical Physical


37 Roost - -% 10 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Status Status


41 Tailwind - -% 30 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Status Status


45 Mirror Move - -% 20 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Status Status


49 Air Slash 75 95% 20 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Special Special


53 Hurricane 120 70% 10 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[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.


Pidgey appears to be based off a pigeon.

Name origins

  • Japanese: ポッポ (Poppo in Romaji) from the Japanese onomatopoeic word poppo (ぽっぽ) which means coo.
  • English: The name "Pidgey" is a play on the word "pigeon", the name of a common bird.
  • French: "Roucool" is a pun using the words "roucouler" (to coo) and "cool" (cool).


  • Pidgey are often seen flying in small flocks in the anime.
  • Pidgey is the first Pokémon in the National Pokédex order to have 2 abilities.
  • Pidgey is the first normal-type Pokémon in the National Pokédex.
  • Pidgey was officially going to be named "Pidge".
  • Pidgey has the same cry as Jigglypuff except Pidgey's cry is a little lower.


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