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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
Shape Footprint
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
OR/AS Trade None


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.
Omega Ruby
The surface of Poliwhirl's body is always wet and slick with a slimy fluid. Because of this slippery covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.
Alpha Sapphire
The surface of Poliwhirl's body is always wet and slick with a slimy fluid. Because of this slippery covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.


Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Water Sport —% 15 Water Status Type Cute ♥♥ 0
5 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special Type Cute ♥♥♥♥ 0
8 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart ♥♥♥
11 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special Type Cute ♥♥♥♥ 0
15 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Physical Type Cute 0
18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Type Beauty 0
21 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough ♥♥♥♥
27 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special Type Beauty ♥♥ ♥♥♥
32 Mud Shot 55 95% 15 Ground Special Type Tough ♥♥♥♥ 0
37 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Special Type Cute ♥♥♥
♥♥♥
0
43 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical Type Tough ♥♥♥ 0
48 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special Type Beauty 0
53 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground Special Type Cute ♥♥ ♥♥♥

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.
Water Sport —% 15 Water Status
5 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special
8 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status
11 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special
15 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Physical
18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
21 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Physical
27 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special
32 Mud Shot 55 95% 15 Ground Special
37 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Special
43 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical
48 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special
53 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground 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.

Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Water Sport —% 15 Water Status Type Cute ♥♥
5 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special Type Cute ♥♥
8 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Status Type Smart ♥♥
11 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special Type Cute ♥♥♥
15 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Physical Type Tough ♥♥
18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Type Tough ♥♥
21 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough ♥♥♥
27 Bubble Beam 65 100% 20 Water Special Type Beauty ♥♥
32 Mud Shot 55 95% 15 Ground Special Type Tough ♥♥
37 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Special Type Cute ♥♥
43 Wake-Up Slap 70 100% 10 Fighting Physical Type Smart ♥♥
48 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Special Type Beauty ♥♥
53 Mud Bomb 65 85% 10 Ground Special Type Smart ♥♥

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 III
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Type Cute ♥♥ ♥♥♥
7 Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic Type Smart ♥♥♥
13 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Type Cute ♥♥♥♥ 0
19 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal Type Tough ♥♥
27 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Type Tough 0
35 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal Type Tough ♥♥♥♥
43 Belly Drum —% 10 Water Type Cute 0
51 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water Type Beauty ♥♥♥♥ 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.

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type
Bubble 20 100% 30 Water
Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic
Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water
Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal
27 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
35 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
43 Belly Drum —% 10 Water
51 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water

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 I
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type
Bubble 20 100% 30 Water
Hypnosis 60% 20 Psychic
Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water
26 Double Slap 15 85% 10 Normal
33 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
41 Amnesia —% 20 Psychic
49 Hydro Pump 110 80% 5 Water

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
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 061 front Y 061 front GR 061 front
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 061 front S 061 front C 061 front
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 061 front E 061 front FRLG 061 front
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 061 front DP 061 front HGSS 061 front
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Poliwhirl BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Poliwhirl XY Poliwhirl XY

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.

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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