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[[File:Type Water.gif|link=Water type]]  
Species Tiny Turtle Pokémon
Abilities Torrent
Rain Dish (Dream World)
None ← 007 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Wartortle]]
(ゼニガメ Zenigame)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Blue>Blue</font>
Shape Footprint

Squirtle (Japanese: ゼニガメ Zenigame) is the Water-type Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region.


Squirtle is a small, light-blue Pokémon with an appearance similar to that of a turtle. Like turtles, Squirtle has a shell that covers its body with holes that allow its limbs, tail, and head to be exposed. Unlike a turtle, Squirtle is ordinarily bipedal. Squirtle is seen in the WiiWare games Pokémon Rumble and My Pokémon Ranch.

Special abilities

Squirtle has the ability Torrent, which boosts the power of its water type attacks by 150%, if its health drops to 33% or below.

Squirtle also has the natural ability to shoot water from its mouth, which is where the bulk of its attacks comes from.


Squirtle evolves into Wartortle at level 16 and again at level 36 into Blastoise.

In the anime

File:Squirtle Squad.png

Ash Ketchum owns a Squirtle, which he obtained in the episode Here Comes the Squirtle Squad. The Squirtle Squad was a group of Squirtle that were causing a number of disruptions in a small town. It wasn't until Ash arrived that they turned from doing bad to doing good, by becoming a firefighting squad. The leader then joined Ash, then much later returned to the squad and is currently where it is located. It does come back every now and then, to help Ash in a battle. Additionally, as revealed in the first episode, Ash wanted to have a Squirtle as his starter Pokémon.

May gets a Squirtle on The Place at the Right Mime. While in Pallet Town, the baby Squirtle became attached to May and Professor Oak let her keep it.


It was revealed in the episode The Ties That Bind that Gary Oak chose Squirtle as his starter Pokémon, as he had a fully evolved Blastoise.

Professor Oak is seen with other Squirtles in Journey to the Starting Line! and A Six Pack Attack.

Game info

Squirtle is a starter option in Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Green, and, more recently, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. A Squirtle can also be received as a gift in Pokémon Yellow.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it is playable as part of Pokémon Trainer's team and its moves are Hydro Pump, Withdraw, Water Gun and Waterfall.


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Yellow Received from a Cop in Vermilion City One
Gold/Silver Time Capsule None
Crystal Time Capsule None
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Diamond/Pearl Trade None
Platinum Trade None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red One
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None

Pokédex entries


Spin-off game data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-011 PR Squirtle Sprite Squirtle Water SOA Soak 1 Soak 1 PA Water SofA Water
Capture Points* On Sight**
77 Runs away.
Browser Entry
It attacks by squirting water from its mouth.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon (excluding boss Pokémon).
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.


Generation I

Main article: Squirtle/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Squirtle/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Squirtle/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Squirtle/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


4 Tail Whip 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


7 Bubble 20 100% 30 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Special Special


10 Withdraw -% 40 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Status Status


13 Water Gun 40 100% 25 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Special Special


16 Bite 60 100% 25 [[Dark type|Dark]] [[Move#Physical Physical


19 Rapid Spin 20 100% 40 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


22 Protect - -% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


25 Water Pulse 60 100% 20 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Special Special


28 Aqua Tail 90 90% 10 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Physical Physical


31 Skull Bash 100 100% 15 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


34 Iron Defense - -% 15 [[Steel type|Steel]] [[Move#Status Status


37 Rain Dance - -% 5 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Status Status


40 Hydro Pump 120 80% 5 [[Water type|Water]] [[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.


Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Squirtle RB.png File:Squirtle Y.png File:Squirtle RG.png Squirtle Back I
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Squirtle G.png File:Squirtle S.png File:Squirtle C.gif Squirtle Back II
Squirtle Shiny G Squirtle Shiny S Squirtle Shiny C Squirtle Shiny Back II
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Squirtle RS.png File:Squirtle E.gif File:Squirtle(FRLG)Sprite.png Squirtle Back III
Squirtle Shiny RS Squirtle Shiny E Squirtle FRLG Shiny Squirtle Shiny Back III
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Squirtle(DPP)Sprite.png File:Squirtle(DPP)Sprite.png File:Squirtle HGSS.png Squirtle Back IV
Squirtle DPPt Shiny Squirtle DPPt Shiny Squirtle Shiny HGSS Squirtle Shiny Back IV
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Squirtle BW.png File:Squirtle Back V.png
File:Squirtle Shiny BW.png File:Squirtle Shiny Back V.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back


  • English: Squirtle's English name can possibly both be a combination of the words "turtle", and "squirt" Turtle would be the animal it's based on off and squirt means to spray water or small, or a combination between the words 'turtle", and "squirrel" considering it's tail looks similar to a squirrel.
  • Japanese: ゼニガメ (Zenigame in Romaji) came from the Japanese words Zeni (銭) which means money and Kame (亀) which means turtle.
  • French: "Carapuce" comes from the combination of the words "carapace" (shell) and "puce"(flea) which could have been used because of the "cute" connotation that this word sometimes implies when used in French (i.e.: "puce" is often used to refer to a little girl).


  • Squirtle is a playable character in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the Pokémon Trainer's three Pokémon. Ivysaur and Charizard are the other two.
  • Across the many Generations, Squirtle's sprite color has changed noticeably: in Generation I it was light blue, in Generation II it was a dark shade of blue, and finally, the color scheme from Generation III and onwards is teal.
  • Squirtle is said to be the second most popular Pokemon, first being Pikachu.


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