Whirlpool (move)

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Move data

Type Water
Category 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.

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.

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

ShellderShellder
#090 / Water
Level 40
MudkipMudkip
#258 / Water
Level 33
WailmerWailmer
#320 / Water
Level 13
WailordWailord
#321 / Water
Level 13
ClamperlClamperl
#366 / Water
Level 1
HuntailHuntail
#367 / Water
Level 1
GorebyssGorebyss
#368 / Water
Level 1
PiplupPiplup
#393 / Water
Level 32
PrinplupPrinplup
#394 / Water
Level 37
EmpoleonEmpoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Level 39
BuizelBuizel
#418 / Water
Level 31
FloatzelFloatzel
#419 / Water
Level 35
FinneonFinneon
#456 / Water
Level 38
LumineonLumineon
#457 / Water
Level 42
PhionePhione
#489 / Water
Level 39
ManaphyManaphy
#490 / Water
Level 39

Learnt by breeding

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

LaprasLapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Monster, Water 1
OmanyteOmanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
OmastarOmastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Water 1, Water 3
ChinchouChinchou
#170 / Water · Electric
Water 2
LanturnLanturn
#171 / Water · Electric
Water 2
MudkipMudkip
#258 / Water
Monster, Water 1
MarshtompMarshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
SwampertSwampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
BarboachBarboach
#339 / Water · Ground
Water 2
WhiscashWhiscash
#340 / Water · Ground
Water 2
BasculinBasculin
#550 / Water
Water 2
TirtougaTirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
CarracostaCarracosta
#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.

SquirtleSquirtle
#007 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
WartortleWartortle
#008 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
BlastoiseBlastoise
#009 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
NidoqueenNidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
NidokingNidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
PsyduckPsyduck
#054 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
GolduckGolduck
#055 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
PoliwagPoliwag
#060 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
PoliwhirlPoliwhirl
#061 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
PoliwrathPoliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
Gen 4 — HM
TentacoolTentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
TentacruelTentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
SlowpokeSlowpoke
#079 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
SlowbroSlowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
SeelSeel
#086 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
DewgongDewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Gen 4 — HM
KrabbyKrabby
#098 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
KinglerKingler
#099 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
LickitungLickitung
#108 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
RhydonRhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
KangaskhanKangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
HorseaHorsea
#116 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
SeadraSeadra
#117 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
GoldeenGoldeen
#118 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
SeakingSeaking
#119 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
StaryuStaryu
#120 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
StarmieStarmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
TaurosTauros
#128 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
GyaradosGyarados
#130 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
VaporeonVaporeon
#134 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
KabutoKabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Gen 4 — HM
KabutopsKabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Gen 4 — HM
SnorlaxSnorlax
#143 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
DratiniDratini
#147 / Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
DragonairDragonair
#148 / Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
DragoniteDragonite
#149 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
MewMew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
TotodileTotodile
#158 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
CroconawCroconaw
#159 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
FeraligatrFeraligatr
#160 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
SentretSentret
#161 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
FurretFurret
#162 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
MarillMarill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Gen 4 — HM
AzumarillAzumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Gen 4 — HM
PolitoedPolitoed
#186 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
WooperWooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
QuagsireQuagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
SlowkingSlowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
QwilfishQwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Gen 4 — HM
SneaselSneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Gen 4 — HM
CorsolaCorsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
RemoraidRemoraid
#223 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
OctilleryOctillery
#224 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
MantineMantine
#226 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
KingdraKingdra
#230 / Water · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
MiltankMiltank
#241 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
SuicuneSuicune
#245 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
TyranitarTyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
LugiaLugia
#249 / Psychic · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
ZigzagoonZigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
LinooneLinoone
#264 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
LotadLotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Gen 4 — HM
LombreLombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Gen 4 — HM
LudicoloLudicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Gen 4 — HM
PelipperPelipper
#279 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
ExploudExploud
#295 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
MakuhitaMakuhita
#296 / Fighting
Gen 4 — HM
HariyamaHariyama
#297 / Fighting
Gen 4 — HM
AzurillAzurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 4 — HM
AggronAggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
CarvanhaCarvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
SharpedoSharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
CorphishCorphish
#341 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
CrawdauntCrawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Gen 4 — HM
FeebasFeebas
#349 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
MiloticMilotic
#350 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
SphealSpheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Gen 4 — HM
SealeoSealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Gen 4 — HM
WalreinWalrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Gen 4 — HM
RelicanthRelicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
LuvdiscLuvdisc
#370 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
LatiasLatias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
LatiosLatios
#381 / Dragon · Psychic
Gen 4 — HM
KyogreKyogre
#382 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
RayquazaRayquaza
#384 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Gen 4 — HM
RampardosRampardos
#409 / Rock
Gen 4 — HM
ShellosShellos
#422 / Water
Gen 4 — HM
GastrodonGastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
GarchompGarchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Gen 4 — HM
MunchlaxMunchlax
#446 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
MantykeMantyke
#458 / Water · Flying
Gen 4 — HM
WeavileWeavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Gen 4 — HM
LickilickyLickilicky
#463 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM
RhyperiorRhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Gen 4 — HM
PalkiaPalkia
#484 / Water · Dragon
Gen 4 — HM
ArceusArceus
#493 / Normal
Gen 4 — HM