Wishiwashi is a small blue-and-white fish Pokemon. It has bright blue markings on its flanks, white teardrop-shaped patterns on its sides and its large eyes have blue puddle-shaped pupils inside.
In its School Form, Wishiwashi combines with numerous others to create a school shaped like a much larger fish. The individual fish in the school are much less detailed, and are of varying shades of blue with glowing eyes.
Small and weak on its own, Wishiwashi is targeted by many predators that see it as an easy meal. In order to defend itself, large numbers of Wishiwashi come together into their massive and terrifying School Form, and their combined power surpasses that of even Gyarados. Alolan sea folk fear Wishiwashi, speaking of it as the "demon of the sea". However, even in large schools Wishiwashi still falls prey to Wailord.
It is not known how Wishiwashi summons hundreds of others in battle to merge into its School Form. Equally strange is how the School Form is regarded as a single Pokemon.
When its health drops below 20%, Wishiwashi reverts back to its Solo form.
Wishiwashi is similar to Magikarp in that it is a small, weak fish Pokemon that turns into a more powerful form dreaded and feared by many. However in Wishiwashi's case its larger form is merely due to schooling and not an actual evolution.
Wishiwashi is based on a sardine or other small schooling fish. Its School Form is a reference to how schools of fish band together in large numbers to deter predators.
Wishiwashi is a play of the term Wishy Washy. It may also incorporate "fishy" and "iwashi" (Japanese for sardine).