Whirlpool (move)

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 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.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Whirlpool at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 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 13
Wailord
#321 / Water
Level 13
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
Alomomola
#594 / Water
Level 49
Dhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 27
Tapu Fini
#788 / Water · Fairy
Level 14

Learnt by breeding

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

Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Water 2
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Water 2

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