Poliwhirl

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

Pokédex data

National № 061
Type Water
Species Tadpole Pokémon
Height 3′03″ (1.0 m)
Weight 44.1 lbs (20.0 kg)
Abilities 1. Water Absorb
2. Damp
Swift Swim (hidden ability)
Local № 061 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
073 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
061 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
073 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
034 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
150 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
183 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)

Training

EV yield 2 Speed
Catch rate 120 (15.7% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 135
Growth Rate Medium Slow

Breeding

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

Base stats

HP 65
240 334
Attack 65
121 251
Defense 65
121 251
Sp. Atk 50
94 218
Sp. Def 50
94 218
Speed 90
166 306
Total 385 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)

Poliwhirl changes

Pokédex entries

Red
Blue
Capable of living in or out of water. When out of water, it sweats to keep its body slimy.
Yellow Under attack, it uses its belly spiral to put the foe to sleep. It then makes its escape.
Gold The swirl on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it may gradually cause drowsiness.
Silver The skin on most of its body is moist. However, the skin on its belly spiral feels smooth.
Crystal Though it is skilled at walking, it prefers to live underwater where there is less danger.
Ruby
Sapphire
The surface of POLIWHIRL’s body is always wet and slick with an oily fluid. Because of this greasy covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.
FireRed Its two legs are well developed. Even though it can live on the ground, it prefers living in water.
LeafGreen It can live in or out of water. When out of water, it constantly sweats to keep its body slimy.
Emerald Its body surface is always wet and slick with an oily fluid. Because of this greasy covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
HeartGold The swirl on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it may gradually cause drowsiness.
SoulSilver The skin on most of its body is moist. However, the skin on its belly spiral feels smooth.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
The spiral pattern on its belly subtly undulates. Staring at it gradually causes drowsiness.
X It can live in or out of water. When out of water, it constantly sweats to keep its body slimy.
Y Its two legs are well developed. Even though it can live on the ground, it prefers living in water.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
The surface of Poliwhirl’s body is always wet and slick with a slimy fluid. Because of this slippery covering, it can easily slip and slide out of the clutches of any enemy in battle.
Sun Although it can live on land, it prefers to stay in the water, where it has fewer natural enemies.
Moon It marches over the land in search of bug Pokémon to eat. Then it takes them underwater so it can dine on them where it’s safe.
Ultra Sun Although it has become capable of living on land, it spends its time in the water, where its prey, fish Pokémon, are plentiful.
Ultra Moon Its health suffers when its skin dries out, so be sure to moisturize it diligently.

Moves learned by Poliwhirl

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HypnosisPsychic 60
1Water GunWater 40 100
1Water SportWater
5Water GunWater 40 100
8HypnosisPsychic 60
11BubbleWater 40 100
15Double SlapNormal 15 85
18Rain DanceWater
21Body SlamNormal 85 100
27Bubble BeamWater 65 100
32Mud ShotGround 55 95
37Belly DrumNormal
43Wake-Up SlapFighting 70 100
48Hydro PumpWater 110 80
53Mud BombGround 65 85

Egg moves

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

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
EndeavorNormal 100
Focus PunchFighting 150 100
Helping HandNormal
Ice PunchIce 75 100
Icy WindIce 55 95
SnoreNormal 50 100
Water PulseWater 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

Poliwhirl 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
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
29PsychicPsychic 90 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
55ScaldWater 80 100
56FlingDark 100
78BulldozeGround 60 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
94SurfWater 90 100
98WaterfallWater 80 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Poliwhirl 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
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
PsywavePsychic 80 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
CounterFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega KickNormal 120 75 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega PunchNormal 80 85 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MetronomeNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 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
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
DiveWater 80 100 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HypnosisPsychic 60
1Water GunWater 40 100
1Water SportWater
5Water GunWater 40 100
8HypnosisPsychic 60
11BubbleWater 40 100
15Double SlapNormal 15 85
18Rain DanceWater
21Body SlamNormal 85 100
27Bubble BeamWater 65 100
32Mud ShotGround 55 95
37Belly DrumNormal
43Wake-Up SlapFighting 70 100
48Hydro PumpWater 110 80
53Mud BombGround 65 85

Egg moves

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

Poliwhirl 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
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
29PsychicPsychic 90 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
55ScaldWater 80 100
56FlingDark 100
78BulldozeGround 60 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
94SurfWater 90 100
98WaterfallWater 80 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Poliwhirl 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
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
PsywavePsychic 80 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
CounterFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega KickNormal 120 75 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega PunchNormal 80 85 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MetronomeNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 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
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
DiveWater 80 100 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Poliwhirl sprites

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

Where to find Poliwhirl

Other languages

English Poliwhirl
Japanese ニョロゾ (Nyorozo)
German Quaputzi
French Têtarte

Name origin

polliwog
a tadpole; baby frog/toad
whirl
circular pattern