Chinchou

Chinchou is a Water/Electric type Pokémon introduced in Generation 2. It is known as the Angler Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 170
Type Water Electric
Species Angler Pokémon
Height 0.5 m (1′08″)
Weight 12.0 kg (26.5 lbs)
Abilities 1. Volt Absorb
2. Illuminate
Water Absorb (hidden ability)
Local № 174 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
181 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
176 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
147 (X/Y — Coastal Kalos)
190 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
201 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
257 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
220 (Sword/Shield)
188 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 1 HP
Catch rate 190 (24.8% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 66
Growth Rate Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Water 2
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 75
260 354
Attack 38
72 192
Defense 38
72 192
Sp. Atk 56
105 232
Sp. Def 56
105 232
Speed 67
125 256
Total 330 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Evolution chart

(Level 27)

Chinchou changes

Pokédex entries

Gold It shoots positive and negative electricity between the tips of its two antennae and zaps its enemies.
Silver On the dark ocean floor, its only means of communication is its constantly flashing lights.
Crystal Its antennae, which evolved from a fin, have both positive and negative charges flowing through them.
Ruby CHINCHOU lets loose positive and negative electrical charges from its two antennas to make its prey faint. This POKéMON flashes its electric lights to exchange signals with others.
Sapphire CHINCHOU’s two antennas are filled with cells that generate strong electricity. This POKéMON’s cells create so much electrical power, it even makes itself tingle slightly.
FireRed On the dark ocean floor, its only means of communication is its constantly flashing lights.
LeafGreen It shoots positive and negative electricity between the tips of its two antennae and zaps its enemies.
Emerald When it senses danger, it discharges positive and negative electricity from its two antennae. It lives in depths beyond sunlight’s reach.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It discharges positive and negative electricity from its antenna tips to shock its foes.
HeartGold It shoots positive and negative electricity between the tips of its two antennae and zaps its enemies.
SoulSilver On the dark ocean floor, its only means of communication is its constantly flashing lights.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It discharges positive and negative electricity from its antenna tips to shock its foes.
X On the dark ocean floor, its only means of communication is its constantly flashing lights.
Y It shoots positive and negative electricity between the tips of its two antennae and zaps its enemies.
Omega Ruby Chinchou lets loose positive and negative electrical charges from its two antennas to make its prey faint. This Pokémon flashes its electric lights to exchange signals with others.
Alpha Sapphire Chinchou’s two antennas are filled with cells that generate strong electricity. This Pokémon’s cells create so much electrical power, it even makes itself tingle slightly.
Sun Its two antennae were originally fins. It discharges electricity to stun its prey before attacking.
Moon It lives in the depths beyond the reach of sunlight. It flashes lights on its antennae to communicate with others of its kind.
Ultra Sun Its two antennae glow softly to lure in prey, making it a useful Pokémon for night fishing.
Ultra Moon Chinchou blink their shining antennae at one another to claim their respective turf.
Sword Its antennae, which evolved from a fin, have both positive and negative charges flowing through them.
Shield On the dark ocean floor, its only means of communication is its constantly flashing lights.

Moves learned by Chinchou

Moves learnt by level up

Chinchou learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1SupersonicNormalStatus 55
1Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
4Electro BallElectricSpecial 100
8Thunder WaveElectricStatus 90
12Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
16Confuse RayGhostStatus 100
20SparkElectricPhysical 65 100
24ChargeElectricStatus
28DischargeElectricSpecial 80 100
32Aqua RingWaterStatus
36FlailNormalPhysical 100
40Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
44Hydro PumpWaterSpecial 110 80

Egg moves

Chinchou learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Chinchou egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
MistIceStatus
PsybeamPsychicSpecial 65 100
SoakWaterStatus 100
Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100

Move Tutor moves

Chinchou can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Sword & Shield from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Rising VoltageElectricSpecial 70 100

Moves learnt by TM

Chinchou is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
14Thunder WaveElectricStatus 90
16ScreechNormalStatus 85
21RestPsychicStatus
24SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
25ProtectNormalStatus
27Icy WindIceSpecial 55 95
31AttractNormalStatus 100
33Rain DanceWaterStatus
35HailIceStatus
36WhirlpoolWaterSpecial 35 85
39FacadeNormalPhysical 70 100
45DiveWaterPhysical 80 100
52BounceFlyingPhysical 85 85
55BrineWaterSpecial 65 100
76RoundNormalSpecial 60 100
80Volt SwitchElectricSpecial 70 100

Moves learnt by TR

Chinchou is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Chinchou learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1BubbleWaterSpecial 40 100
1SupersonicNormalStatus 55
6Thunder WaveElectricStatus 90
9Electro BallElectricSpecial 100
12Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
17Confuse RayGhostStatus 100
20Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
23SparkElectricPhysical 65 100
28Signal BeamBugSpecial 75 100
31FlailNormalPhysical 100
34DischargeElectricSpecial 80 100
39Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
42Aqua RingWaterStatus
45Hydro PumpWaterSpecial 110 80
47Ion DelugeElectricStatus
50ChargeElectricStatus

Egg moves

Chinchou learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Chinchou egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AgilityPsychicStatus
AmnesiaPsychicStatus
BrineWaterSpecial 65 100
FlailNormalPhysical 100
MistIceStatus
PsybeamPsychicSpecial 65 100
ScreechNormalStatus 85
Shock WaveElectricSpecial 60
SoakWaterStatus 100
Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100
WhirlpoolWaterSpecial 35 85

Move Tutor moves

Chinchou can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
BounceFlyingPhysical 85 85
Heal BellNormalStatus
Icy WindIceSpecial 55 95
Shock WaveElectricSpecial 60
Signal BeamBugSpecial 75 100
SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

Chinchou is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

Transfer-only moves

Chinchou can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CurseGhostStatus Generation 2 — TM
Zap CannonElectricSpecial 120 50 Generation 2 — TM
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormalStatus Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormalStatus 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormalStatus Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
Sucker PunchDarkPhysical 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
FlashNormalStatus 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
DiveWaterPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Chinchou sprites

Type Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Chinchou  sprite from Silver Chinchou  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Chinchou  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Chinchou  sprite from Black & White Chinchou  sprite from X & Y Chinchou  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Chinchou  sprite from Sword & Shield
Shiny Chinchou Shiny sprite from Silver Chinchou Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Chinchou Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Chinchou Shiny sprite from Black & White Chinchou Shiny sprite from X & Y Chinchou Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Chinchou

Gold
Silver
Route 26, 27, New Bark Town, Olivine City, Pallet Town, Union Cave, Vermilion City
Crystal Route 26, 27, New Bark Town, Olivine City, Pallet Town, Vermilion City
Ruby
Sapphire
Route 124, 126
FireRed
LeafGreen
Trade/migrate from another game
Emerald Route 124, 126
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Route 220
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Route 20, 21, 26, 27, 41, 47, Cinnabar Island, New Bark Town, Pallet Town, Vermilion City
Black
White
Route 18, Driftveil City
Black 2
White 2
Undella Bay
X
Y
Shalour City, Azure Bay
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Route 107, 124, 126, 128, 129, 130
Sun
Moon
Route 8
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 8, Akala Outskirts
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
East Lake Axewell, West Lake Axewell, Giant's Mirror, Hulbury, Honeycalm Island, Honeycalm Sea, Insular Sea, Stepping-Stone Sea, Workout Sea

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Chinchou
Japanese チョンチー (Chonchie)
German Lampi
French Loupio

Name origin

chochin
Japanese for ‘lantern’