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 1.0 m (3′03″)
Weight 20.0 kg (44.1 lbs)
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)
061 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
143 (The Isle of Armor)

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 (4,884–5,140 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.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Under attack, it uses its belly spiral to put the foe to sleep. It then makes its escape.
Sword Staring at the swirl on its belly causes drowsiness. This trait of Poliwhirl’s has been used in place of lullabies to get children to go to sleep.
Shield This Pokémon’s sweat is a slimy mucus. When captured, Poliwhirl can slither from its enemies’ grasp and escape.

Moves learned by Poliwhirl

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HypnosisPsychic 60
1Mud ShotGround 55 95
1PoundNormal 40 100
1Water GunWater 40 100
18Bubble BeamWater 65 100
24Rain DanceWater
32Body SlamNormal 85 100
40Earth PowerGround 90 100
48Hydro PumpWater 110 80
56Belly DrumNormal
66Double-EdgeNormal 120 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
EndeavorNormal 100
HazeIce
Mind ReaderNormal
MistIce
SplashNormal
Water PulseWater 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

Moves learnt by TR

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

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1BubbleWater 40 100
1HypnosisPsychic 60
1PoundNormal 40 100
1Water GunWater 40 100
4PoundNormal 40 100
8HypnosisPsychic 60
12Water GunWater 40 100
16Double SlapNormal 15 85
21Bubble BeamWater 65 100
30Low KickFighting 100
39Body SlamNormal 85 100
48Hydro PumpWater 110 80

Moves learnt by TM

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

Poliwhirl sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
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

Red
Blue
Route 10, Celadon City
Yellow Route 22, 23
Gold
Silver
Crystal
Route 6, 22, 28, 30, 31, 35, 44, Blackthorn City, Ecruteak City, Ilex Forest, Mt. Silver, Ruins of Alph, Violet City, Viridian City
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed
LeafGreen
Route 6, 22, 23, 25, Cape Brink, Cerulean Cave, Four Island, Icefall Cave, Ruin Valley, Viridian City
Emerald Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Route 225, 227, 228
Platinum Route 227, 228
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Route 22, 28, 30, 31, 44, Cerulean Cave, Ecruteak City, Mt. Silver, Violet City, Viridian City
Black
White
Route 6, Giant Chasm, Wellspring Cave, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road
Black 2
White 2
Route 6, 19, 20, 23, Giant Chasm, Lostlorn Forest, Wellspring Cave, Victory Road, Floccesy Ranch, Clay Tunnel, Relic Passage
X
Y
Route 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, Laverre City, Frost Cavern, Couriway Town, Pokémon Village, Victory Road
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Konikoni City, Malie Garden
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Malie Garden
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Route 22, 23, 25, Cerulean Cave
Sword
Shield
Evolve Poliwag

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