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[[File:Type Water.gif|link=Water type]]  
Species Tadpole Pokémon
Abilities Water Absorb
Swift Swim (Dream World)
[[Poliwag]] ← 061 → [[Poliwrath]]
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From [[Polisweg]]
Evolves Into Poliwrath / Politoed (traded holding King's Rock)
(ニョロゾ Nyorozo)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Blue>Blue</font>
Shape Footprint

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


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.


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.

In the anime

Misty had a Poliwhirl in the Johto series, after it evolved from the Poliwag she caught in season 2. It later evolved into Politoed.

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

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


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.


  • The spiral on its belly changes direction after evolving from Poliwag.
  • Poliwhirl has no mouth, just like Waddle Dee, from the Kirby series.
  • Poliwhirl's evolution line is not the only tadpole/toad/frog evolution line. Tympole, Palpitoad, and Seismitoad are also part of that category.
  • 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.
  • Poliwhirl's Pokédex number is shared with a glitch Pokémon called a.


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