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 Sun & Moon 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
AlomomolaAlomomola
#594 / Water
Level 49
DhelmiseDhelmise
#781 / Ghost · Grass
Level 27
Tapu FiniTapu 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.

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