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Type(s)
Type Water  
Species Tadpole Pokémon
Abilities Water Absorb
Damp
Swift Swim (DW)
Pokédex
Poliwag ← 061 → Poliwrath
Kanto 061 Johto 073
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Mountain Kalos 034
Evolves From Poliwag
Evolves Into Poliwrath/Politoed
Poliwhirl
061
ニョロゾ Nyorozo
061Poliwhirl
Generation I
Evolutionary Line
060061062186
Gender
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
44.0 lbs. 20.0 kg 3'03" 1.0 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Blue Water 1
Body Style Footprint
Body12
F061
Cry

Poliwhirl (Japanese: ニョロゾ Nyorozo) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Biology

Physiology

Poliwhirl is a large, amphibious froglet-like Pokémon. Poliwhirl has large hands and the hands appear to be like gloves. When a Poliwag evolves, the spiral on its belly reverses direction.

Special abilities

Poliwhirl can have the abilities Damp and Water Absorb. Water Absorb allows Poliwhirl to recover 1/4 of the HP the attack would perform if the attack is a Water-type. Damp prevents opponents self-destruction. It is capable of living in or out of water; in order to live out of water, it must sweat to keep itself slimy. It prefers to live underwater in ponds where there is less danger. In battle, it uses the spiral shape on its belly to put the foe to sleep. It does this by subtly undulating the spiral, causing drowsiness and eventually sleep. It is also capably of easily escaping the grasp of foes due to its greasy skin.

Evolution

Poliwhirl is the evolved form of Poliwag, as of level 25. Poliwhirl has two choices of evolution - it can evolve into a Poliwrath via a Water Stone, or it can be evolved into a Politoed by trading it with the King's Rock item attached.

Game info

Game locations

Poliwhirl Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Route 10 and Celadon City (Super Rod) Common
Yellow Route 23 (Super Rod) Common
Gold/Silver Routes 22, 28, 30, 31, and 44, Ecruteak City, Violet City, Mt. Silver, and Viridian City (Surf) Common
Crystal Routes 22, 28, 30, 31, and 44, Ecruteak City, Violet City, Mt. Silver, and Viridian City (Surf) Common
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Routes 6, 22, 23, and 25, Four Island, Cape Brink, Cerulean Cave, Icefall Cave, and Ruin Valley (Fishing) Uncommon
Diamond/ Pearl Routes 225, 227, and 228 (Fish with Super Rod or Surf) Uncommon
Platinum Routes 227 and 228 (Surf) Common
HeartGold/SoulSilver Routes 22, 28, 30, 31, and 44, Ecruteak City, Violet City, Mt. Silver, Viridian City, and Cerulean Cave (Surf) Uncommon
Black/White Route 6, Wellspring Cave, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Giant Chasm (Fishing) Rare
X/Y Route 14, Laverre City, Route 15, Route 16, Frost Cavern, Couriway Town, Route 19, Pokémon Village, Route 21, Victory Road (Good Rod)
Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Surf)
Common


Side game locations

Poliwhirl Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 11
Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Northwind Field (10F-16F)
Waterfall Pond (9F-13F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Lake Afar (B1F-B24F)
Pokémon Ranger Krokka Tunnel
Panula Cave
Sekra Range
Pokémon Rumble Bright Beach


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
It can live in or out of water. When out of water, it constantly sweats to keep its body slimy.
Yellow
Under attack, it uses its belly spiral to put the foe to sleep. It then makes its escape.
Gold
The swirl on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it may gradually cause drowsiness.
Silver
The skin on most of its body is moist. However, the skin on its belly spiral feels smooth.
Crystal
Though it is skilled at walking, it prefers to live underwater where there is less danger.
Ruby
The surface of Poliwhirl's body is always wet and slick with an oily fluid. Because of this greasy covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.
Sapphire
The surface of Poliwhirl's body is always wet and slick with an oily fluid. Because of this greasy covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.
Emerald
Its body surface is always wet and slick with an oily fluid. Because of this greasy covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.
FireRed
Its two legs are well developed. Even though it can live on the ground, it prefers living in water.
LeafGreen
It can live in or out of water. When out of water, it constantly sweats to keep its body slimy.
Diamond
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
Pearl
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
Platinum
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
HeartGold
The swirl on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it may gradually cause drowsiness.
SoulSilver
The skin on most of its body is moist. However, the skin on its belly spiral feels smooth.
Black
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
White
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
Black 2
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
White 2
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
X
It can live in or out of water. When out of water, it constantly sweats to keep its body slimy.
Y
Its two legs are well developed. Even though it can live on the ground, it prefers living in water.

Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
Gold Silver Crystal Back
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back

Appearances

In the TCG

Poliwhirl appears several times in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. More specifically, it appears in the Base Set, Base Set 2, Gym Heroes (as Misty's Poliwhirl), Neo Discovery, Expedition, Skyridge, EX Fire Red & Leaf Green and EX Unseen Forces.

In the manga

Red starts his journey with a Poliwhirl and a Bulbasaur, the former being his friend for a long time, and had evolved into Poliwhirl from Poliwag to save him from drowning. It later evolves into Poliwrath to save Red from drowning a second time. Poliwhirl was the only Pokémon of Red's that fought against Lt. Surge to free all of the captured Pokémon.

Trivia

  • The spiral on its belly changes direction after evolving from Poliwag.
  • Poliwhirl is Satoshi Tajiri's (creator of Pokémon) favorite Pokémon.
  • Poliwhirl's Japanese name, Nyorozo, was the name that Satoshi Tajiri had given to his tadpole he found.
  • The spiral on its stomach is based on of a real tadpole. A tadpole's skin would be see-through, thus allowing someone to see the inner intestines.

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