Poliwag

Poliwag is a Water type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Tadpole Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 060
Type Water
Species Tadpole Pokémon
Height 0.6 m (2′00″)
Weight 12.4 kg (27.3 lbs)
Abilities 1. Water Absorb
2. Damp
Swift Swim (hidden ability)
Local № 060 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
072 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
060 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
072 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
033 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
149 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
182 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
060 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
142 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 1 Speed
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 60
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Water 1
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 40
190 284
Attack 50
94 218
Defense 40
76 196
Sp. Atk 40
76 196
Sp. Def 40
76 196
Speed 90
166 306
Total 300 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 25)
(trade holding Kings Rock)

Poliwag changes

Pokédex entries

Red
Blue
Its newly grown legs prevent it from running. It appears to prefer swimming than trying to stand.
Yellow The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.
Gold Because it is inept at walking on its newly grown legs, it always swims around in water.
Silver The direction of its belly spiral differs by area. The equator is thought to have an effect on this.
Crystal The swirl on its belly is its insides showing through the skin. It looks clearer after it eats.
Ruby
Sapphire
POLIWAG has a very thin skin. It is possible to see the POKéMON’s spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.
FireRed Its slick black skin is thin and damp. A part of its internal organs can be seen through the skin as a spiral pattern.
LeafGreen Its newly grown legs prevent it from walking well. It appears to prefer swimming over walking.
Emerald It is possible to see this POKéMON’s spiral innards right through its thin skin. However, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.
HeartGold Because it is inept at walking on its newly grown legs, it always swims around in water.
SoulSilver The direction of its belly spiral differs by area. The equator is thought to have an effect on this.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.
X Its slick black skin is thin and damp. A part of its internal organs can be seen through the skin as a spiral pattern.
Y The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Poliwag has a very thin skin. It is possible to see the Pokémon’s spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.
Sun The swirl on its belly is its internal organs showing through. If the swirl is tinged white, that means it’s affected by some disease.
Moon It’s still not very good at walking. Its Trainers should train this Pokémon to walk every day.
Ultra Sun Despite the danger, it wants to come up on land. So it does its best to waddle along, but when an enemy finds it, it rushes back to the water.
Ultra Moon The direction of the swirl on their stomachs differs depending on where they live. Poliwag aficionados can tell them apart at a glance.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.
Sword For Poliwag, swimming is easier than walking. The swirl pattern on its belly is actually part of the Pokémon’s innards showing through the skin.
Shield In rivers with fast-flowing water, this Pokémon will cling to a rock by using its thick lips, which act like a suction cup.

Moves learned by Poliwag

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HypnosisPsychicStatus 60
1Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
6PoundNormalPhysical 40 100
12Mud ShotGroundSpecial 55 95
18Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
24Rain DanceWaterStatus
30Body SlamNormalPhysical 85 100
36Earth PowerGroundSpecial 90 100
42Hydro PumpWaterSpecial 110 80
48Belly DrumNormalStatus
54Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
HazeIceStatus
Mind ReaderNormalStatus
MistIceStatus
SplashNormalStatus
Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
15DigGroundPhysical 80 100
21RestPsychicStatus
23ThiefDarkPhysical 60 100
24SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
25ProtectNormalStatus
27Icy WindIceSpecial 55 95
31AttractNormalStatus 100
33Rain DanceWaterStatus
35HailIceStatus
36WhirlpoolWaterSpecial 35 85
39FacadeNormalPhysical 70 100
41Helping HandNormalStatus
45DiveWaterPhysical 80 100
53Mud ShotGroundSpecial 55 95
76RoundNormalSpecial 60 100
81BulldozeGroundPhysical 60 100

Moves learnt by TR

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

TR
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
01Body SlamNormalPhysical 85 100
03Hydro PumpWaterSpecial 110 80
04SurfWaterSpecial 90 100
05Ice BeamIceSpecial 90 100
06BlizzardIceSpecial 110 70
11PsychicPsychicSpecial 90 100
16WaterfallWaterPhysical 80 100
20SubstituteNormalStatus
26EndureNormalStatus
27Sleep TalkNormalStatus
30EncoreNormalStatus 100
45Muddy WaterWaterSpecial 90 85
67Earth PowerGroundSpecial 90 100
84ScaldWaterSpecial 80 100

Moves learnt by level up

Poliwag learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1BubbleWaterSpecial 40 100
4PoundNormalPhysical 40 100
8HypnosisPsychicStatus 60
12Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
16Double SlapNormalPhysical 15 85
21Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
26Low KickFightingPhysical 100
31Body SlamNormalPhysical 85 100
36Hydro PumpWaterSpecial 110 80

Moves learnt by TM

Poliwag is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
01HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
03Helping HandNormalStatus
05RestPsychicStatus
07ProtectNormalStatus
08SubstituteNormalStatus
10DigGroundPhysical 80 100
12FacadeNormalPhysical 70 100
25WaterfallWaterPhysical 80 100
27ToxicPoisonStatus 90
29ScaldWaterSpecial 80 100
40PsychicPsychicSpecial 90 100
47SurfWaterSpecial 90 100
51BlizzardIceSpecial 110 70
55Ice BeamIceSpecial 90 100

Poliwag sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Poliwag  sprite from Red & Blue Poliwag  sprite from Silver Poliwag  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Poliwag  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Poliwag  sprite from Black & White Poliwag  sprite from X & Y Poliwag  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Poliwag  sprite from Sword & Shield
Shiny Poliwag Shiny sprite from Silver Poliwag Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Poliwag Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Poliwag Shiny sprite from Black & White Poliwag Shiny sprite from X & Y Poliwag Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Poliwag
Japanese ニョロモ (Nyoromo)
German Quapsel
French Ptitard

Name origin

polliwog
a tadpole; baby frog/toad
wag
tail movement