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Piplup
393
ポッチャマ Potchama
393Piplup
Generation IV
Evolutionary line
393394395
Type(s)
Type Water  
Species Penguin Pokémon
Abilities Torrent
Defiant (DW)
Pokédex
Infernape ← 393 → Prinplup
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh 007
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Alola N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into Prinplup
Gender
87.5% ♂ / 12.5 % ♀
Weight Height
11.5 lbs. 5.2 kg 1'04" 0.4 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Blue Field
Water 1
Shape Footprint
Shape12
F393
Cry

Piplup (Japanese: ポッチャマ Potchama) is the Water-type Starter Pokémon of the Sinnoh region. It was introduced in Generation IV.

Biology

Physiology

Piplup is a light-blue penguin-like Pokémon, which is covered in thick down to insulate against the cold. It has a dark blue head with a primarily white face and a short, yellow beak. The dark blue feathers on its head extend down its back and around its neck, which causes it to appear to be wearing a cape. There are two white ovals on its chest and a small, light-blue marking resembles a crown above its beak. It has flipper-like arms and yellow feet with three toes each.

Behavior

Piplup has a strong sense of self-esteem. It seldom accepts food that people give because of its pride.

Evolution

Piplup evolves into Prinplup at Lv 16, which then evolves into Empoleon at Lv. 36.

Game Info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Diamond/Pearl Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase at Lake Verity One
Platinum Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase on Route 201 One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade None
Black/White Trade None
X/Y Transfer None


Side Game Locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Starter Pokémon
Blizzard Island (1F-20F)
Crevice Cave (B1F-B10F)
Lower Crevice Cave (B1F-B4F)
Mt. Avalanche (B1F-B19F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Hia Valley
Pokémon Rumble Bright Beach


Pokédex Entries

Pokédex Entries
Diamond
Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold.
Pearl
It lives along shores in northern countries. A skilled swimmer, it dives for over 10 minutes to hunt.
Platinum
A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
HeartGold
It doesn't like to be taken care of. It's difficult to bond with since it won't listen to its Trainer.
SoulSilver
It doesn't like to be taken care of. It's difficult to bond with since it won't listen to its Trainer.
Black
A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
White
A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
Black 2
A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
White 2
A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
X
It doesn't like to be taken care of. It's difficult to bond with since it won't listen to its Trainer.
Y
Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold.
Omega Ruby
It doesn't like to be taken care of. It's difficult to bond with since it won't listen to its Trainer.
Alpha Sapphire
Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold.
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon


Stats

Base Stats
HP
53
Attack
51
Defense
53
Sp. Atk
61
Sp. Def
56
Speed
40
Total
314

Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation VII
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
TM01 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM39 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM94 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special
TM98 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal 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.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Type Clever ♥♥♥ 0
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status Type Beautiful ♥♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Clever ♥♥♥ 0
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special Type Beautiful ♥♥♥♥
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special Type Beautiful ♥♥♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Type Beautiful 0
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥ ♥♥♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Type Tough ♥♥ 0
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 0
TM39 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical Type Clever ♥♥♥ 0
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Type Cool ♥♥ 0
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Beautiful ♥♥ 0
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special Type Beautiful ♥♥♥ 0
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special Type Tough ♥♥ 0
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Cute ♥♥♥ 0
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status Type Clever ♥♥♥ 0
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Type Cute 0
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥♥ 0
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 0
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Clever 0
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥♥ 0
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥♥ 0
HM03 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special Type Beautiful ♥♥ ♥♥
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical Type Tough ♥♥♥♥ 0
HM07 DiveORAS 80 100% 10 Water Physical Type Beautiful ♥♥ 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM39 Rock Tomb 50 80% 10 Rock Physical
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Special
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
HM06 Dive 80 100% 10 Water Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM03 Water Pulse 60 100% 20 Water Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Type Smart ♥♥
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Type Smart
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Type Smart
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool ♥♥
TM39 Rock Tomb 50 80% 10 Rock Physical Type Smart ♥♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Type Cool ♥♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Smart ♥♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥
TM55 Brine 65 100% 10 Water Special Type Smart ♥♥
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Tough
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM76 Stealth Rock —% 20 Rock Status Type Cool ♥♥
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥♥
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Type Smart ♥♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥
TM88 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Type Cute 0
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Smart
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Special Type Beauty ♥♥
HM05DPPt Defog —% 15 Flying Status Type Beauty ♥♥
HM05HGSS Whirlpool 15 70% 15 Water Special Type Beauty 0
HM07 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical Type Tough ♥♥♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 393 front Pt 393 front Pt 393 front
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Piplup BW Piplup BW Back Piplup BW
Piplup BW Shiny Piplup BW Shiny Piplup Back Shiny
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Piplup XY Piplup XY Piplup Back XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Back

Appearances

Anime

Dawn Piplup

Dawn's Piplup

Main article: Dawn's Piplup

A Piplup made his debut in Following A Maiden's Voyage! under the ownership of Dawn. In the episode, Piplup runs off on a chase with Chimchar, who stole his food, which caused him to become horribly upset. They run off into the woods and, at that very moment, Dawn comes into the lab, where she discovered that two of the starters ran off. With this and the fact that one of these Pokémon might be her choice, Dawn volunteers to help find Piplup and Chimchar. She soon finds Piplup. Piplup, however, is not as happy to see her. Then a swarm of Ariados storm in after Piplup hits its nest in the middle of his and Dawn's fight. With quick thinking and help from Piplup's powerful Bide, Dawn manages to trick the Ariados away. But now, Piplup's hungry and Dawn just wasted most of her Pokémon food. But there were still two pieces left, which she gave to Piplup. At that moment Dawn befriended Piplup, and he was then that Dawn's adventure began. Piplup often shows his pride during the Anime by hitting his belly. Sometimes his arrogant behavior has caused troubles. Piplup learn a new move called Whirlpool and Dawn uses him in a Pokémon Contest, allowing her to pass the first round. Piplup is often seen resting on Dawn's shoulder or on her arms without going into his Poké Ball. Perhaps, Dawn learned that Pikachu preferred not to be in his Poké Ball, so he also follows him. It could also be that Piplup, like Pikachu, just never liked being in his Poké Ball which is indicated by the way Dawn got him in the first place (because he left his Poké Ball).

Known trainers with a Piplup

Trivia

  • Piplup makes a small cameo in Pokémon White version as one of the toys in the toy bin a day care assistant is carrying when you battle her.
  • Piplup was the only Water-type starter that can't learn Water Gun until Froakie was introduced.
  • Piplup is the only bird-based Water-type starter.
  • In the anime, Piplup was the starter Pokémon for Dawn, Kenny and Tyler.
  • Piplup is the second bird-like starter, the first one being Torchic.
    • The third bird-like starter is Rowlet.
  • Dawn, in a few episodes of the Pokémon anime tells Piplup to use Water Gun although it can't learn it.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Piplup is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Surf.
  • Piplup is one of the collectable spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Etymology

  • Piplup comes from the words "pip" (a small baby bird noise & the baby stage of a bird) and "plup" (sound of a tiny splash).

Gallery

See also