Whirlpool (move)

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Move data

Type Water
Category Special Special
Power 35
Accuracy 85
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold/Silver
Crystal
HM06
HeartGold/SoulSilver HM05

Effects

Whirlpool inflicts damage on the first turn then traps the opponent in the vortex, causing them to lose 116 of their maximum HP after each turn, for 4-5 turns. If the user holds a Grip Claw then it is always 5 turns.

If the opponent is hidden underwater from using Dive, Whirlpool will hit with double power.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, Whirlpool has a base power of 15 and 70% accuracy. Its after-effects last for 2-5 turns instead of 4-5.

Outside of battle

Whirlpool allows you to cross swirling maelstroms in your path. Only Generation 2 and Generation 4 have whirlpools that can be passed.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Traps the foe for 2-5 turns.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Traps and hurts the foe in a whirlpool for 2 to 5 turns.
FireRed/LeafGreen The foe is trapped in a fast, vicious whirlpool for two to five turns.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
The user traps the foe inside a fast, vicious whirlpool that lasts for two to five turns.
HeartGold/SoulSilver Traps the foe inside a whirlpool that lasts for two to five turns. The user can pass through whirlpools.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
Traps foes in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.
X/Y The user traps the target in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Whirlpool at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Shellder
#090 / Water
Level 40
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Level 33
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Level 14
Wailord
#321 / Water
Level 14
Clamperl
#366 / Water
Level 1
Huntail
#367 / Water
Level 1
Gorebyss
#368 / Water
Level 1
Piplup
#393 / Water
Level 32
Prinplup
#394 / Water
Level 37
Empoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Level 39
Buizel
#418 / Water
Level 31
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Level 35
Finneon
#456 / Water
Level 38
Lumineon
#457 / Water
Level 42
Phione
#489 / Water
Level 39
Manaphy
#490 / Water
Level 39

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Whirlpool as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Monster, Water 1
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
Chinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Water 2
Lanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Water 2
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Monster, Water 1
Marshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
Swampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
Barboach
#339 / Water · Ground
Water 2
Whiscash
#340 / Water · Ground
Water 2
Basculin
#550 / Water
Water 2
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Whirlpool in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Squirtle
#007 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Golduck
#055 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Poliwhirl
#061 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Poliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
Gen 4 — HM
Tentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
Tentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
Slowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Seel
#086 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Gen 4 — HM
Krabby
#098 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Kingler
#099 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Horsea
#116 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Seadra
#117 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Seaking
#119 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Staryu
#120 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Starmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Gen 4 — HM
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Gen 4 — HM
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Dratini
#147 / Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Dragonair
#148 / Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Dragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Totodile
#158 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Sentret
#161 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Furret
#162 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Gen 4 — HM
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Gen 4 — HM
Politoed
#186 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
Quagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Gen 4 — HM
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
Remoraid
#223 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Octillery
#224 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Suicune
#245 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Gen 4 — HM
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Gen 4 — HM
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Gen 4 — HM
Pelipper
#279 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Exploud
#295 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Makuhita
#296 / Fighting
Gen 4 — HM
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Gen 4 — HM
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 4 — HM
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
Corphish
#341 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
Feebas
#349 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Milotic
#350 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Gen 4 — HM
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Gen 4 — HM
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Gen 4 — HM
Relicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
Luvdisc
#370 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Latias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Latios
#381 / Dragon · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Rayquaza
#384 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Gen 4 — HM
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Gen 4 — HM
Shellos
#422 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Mantyke
#458 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Gen 4 — HM
Lickilicky
#463 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
Palkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM