Poliwag

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

Poliwag artwork by Ken Sugimori

Pokédex data

National № 060
Type Water
Species Tadpole Pokémon
Height 2′00″ (0.6 m)
Weight 27.3 lbs (12.4 kg)
Abilities Damp
Water Absorb
Swift Swim (hidden ability)
Local № 060 (Red/Blue)
072 (Gold/Silver)
060 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
072 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
033 (X/Y)
149 (Sun/Moon)
182 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
083 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
074 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
Japanese Nyoromo

Training

EV yield 1 Speed
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Happiness 70 (normal)
Base EXP 77
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Water 1
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (base 5,120 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.

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.

Evolution chart

(Level 25) (use Water Stone) (trade holding
King's Rock)

Name origin

polliwog
a tadpole; baby frog/toad
wag
tail movement

Moves learned by Poliwag

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Water SportWater
5Water GunWater 40 100
8HypnosisPsychic 60
11BubbleWater 40 100
15Double SlapNormal 15 85
18Rain DanceWater
21Body SlamNormal 85 100
25Bubble BeamWater 65 100
28Mud ShotGround 55 95
31Belly DrumNormal
35Wake-Up SlapFighting 70 100
38Hydro PumpWater 110 80
41Mud BombGround 65 85

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bubble BeamWater 65 100
EncoreNormal 100
EndeavorNormal 100
EndureNormal
HazeIce
Ice BallIce 30 90
Mind ReaderNormal
MistIce
Mud ShotGround 55 95
RefreshNormal
SplashNormal
Water PulseWater 60 100
Water SportWater

Move Tutor moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
EndeavorNormal 100
Helping HandNormal
Icy WindIce 55 95
SnoreNormal 50 100
Water PulseWater 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
7HailIce
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
13Ice BeamIce 90 100
14BlizzardIce 110 70
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
27ReturnNormal 100
29PsychicPsychic 90 100
32Double TeamNormal
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
55ScaldWater 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
94SurfWater 90 100
98WaterfallWater 80 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Poliwag 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
AmnesiaPsychic Generation 1 — Level up
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
PsywavePsychic 80 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
WhirlpoolWater 35 85 Generation 4 — HM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
DiveWater 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Water SportWater
5Water GunWater 40 100
8HypnosisPsychic 60
11BubbleWater 40 100
15Double SlapNormal 15 85
18Rain DanceWater
21Body SlamNormal 85 100
25Bubble BeamWater 65 100
28Mud ShotGround 55 95
31Belly DrumNormal
35Wake-Up SlapFighting 70 100
38Hydro PumpWater 110 80
41Mud BombGround 65 85

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bubble BeamWater 65 100
EncoreNormal 100
EndeavorNormal 100
EndureNormal
HazeIce
Ice BallIce 30 90
Mind ReaderNormal
MistIce
Mud ShotGround 55 95
RefreshNormal
SplashNormal
Water PulseWater 60 100
Water SportWater

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
7HailIce
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
13Ice BeamIce 90 100
14BlizzardIce 110 70
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
27ReturnNormal 100
29PsychicPsychic 90 100
32Double TeamNormal
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
55ScaldWater 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
94SurfWater 90 100
98WaterfallWater 80 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
AmnesiaPsychic Generation 1 — Level up
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
PsywavePsychic 80 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
WhirlpoolWater 35 85 Generation 4 — HM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
DiveWater 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Poliwag sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
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
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