Whirlpool (move)

Move data

Type Water
Category   Special
Power 35
Accuracy 85
PP 15  (max. 24)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 2

Machine/Record

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
HM06
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver HM05
Sword​/​Shield TM36

Effects

Whirlpool inflicts damage on the first turn then traps the opponent in the vortex, causing them to lose 18 of their maximum HP after each turn, for 4-5 turns.

If the user holds a Grip Claw, the after-effects last for 7 turns. If a Binding Band is held, the damage is 16 of the target's maximum HP.

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

Changes

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

In Generations 2-5, the target loses only 116 of their maximum HP after each turn, or 18 if a Binding Band is held.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Waterium Z and uses its Z-Power, Whirlpool turns into Hydro Vortex and has base power 100.

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 Pokémon.

Other languages

English Whirlpool
Japanese うずしお (Uzushio)
German Whirlpool
French Siphon
Italian Mulinello
Spanish Torbellino

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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user traps the target in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user traps the target in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Shellder
#090 / Water
Level 16
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Level 1
Gyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Level 4
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Level 1
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Level 27
Wailord
#321 / Water
Level 27
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Level 36
Jellicent
#593 / Water · Ghost
Level 36
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 32

Learnt by TM

Psyduck
#054 / Water
Golduck
#055 / Water
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Slowpoke
Galarian Slowpoke
#079 / Psychic
Slowbro
Galarian Slowbro
#080 / Poison · Psychic
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Krabby
#098 / Water
Kingler
#099 / Water
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Horsea
#116 / Water
Seadra
#117 / Water
Goldeen
#118 / Water
Seaking
#119 / Water
Staryu
#120 / Water
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Slowking
Galarian Slowking
#199 / Poison · Psychic
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Corsola
Galarian Corsola
#222 / Ghost
Mantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Kingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Suicune
#245 / Water
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Lugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Zigzagoon
Galarian Zigzagoon
#263 / Dark · Normal
Linoone
Galarian Linoone
#264 / Dark · Normal
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Carvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Sharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Wailmer
#320 / Water
Wailord
#321 / Water
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Feebas
#349 / Water
Milotic
#350 / Water
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Relicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Shellos
#422 / Water
Mantyke
#458 / Water · Flying
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Palkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Frillish
#592 / Water · Ghost
Popplio
#728 / Water
Brionne
#729 / Water
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Sobble
#816 / Water
Chewtle
#833 / Water
Drednaw
#834 / Water · Rock
Cursola
#864 / Ghost
Eiscue
Ice Face
#875 / Ice
Arctovish
#883 / Water · Ice
Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
#892 / Fighting · Water