Qwilfish

Qwilfish is a Water/Poison type Pokémon introduced in Generation 2. It is known as the Balloon Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 211
Type Water Poison
Species Balloon Pokémon
Height 0.5 m (1′08″)
Weight 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs)
Abilities 1. Poison Point
2. Swift Swim
Intimidate (hidden ability)
Local № 161 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
163 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
038 (X/Y — Coastal Kalos)
304 (Sword/Shield)
084 (Legends: Arceus)
331 (Scarlet/Violet)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 88
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

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

Base stats

HP 65
240 334
Attack 95
175 317
Defense 85
157 295
Sp. Atk 55
103 229
Sp. Def 55
103 229
Speed 85
157 295
Total 440 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.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Qwilfish.

Pokédex data

National № 211
Type Dark Poison
Species Balloon Pokémon
Height 0.5 m (1′08″)
Weight 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs)
Abilities 1. Poison Point
2. Swift Swim
Intimidate (hidden ability)
Local № 161 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
163 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
038 (X/Y — Coastal Kalos)
304 (Sword/Shield)
084 (Legends: Arceus)
331 (Scarlet/Violet)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 88
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

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

Base stats

HP 65
240 334
Attack 95
175 317
Defense 85
157 295
Sp. Atk 55
103 229
Sp. Def 55
103 229
Speed 85
157 295
Total 440 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.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Qwilfish.

Evolution chart

#211
Qwilfish
Hisuian Qwilfish
Dark · Poison
(use Barb Barrage 20 times in Strong Style)

Qwilfish changes

Pokédex entries

Qwilfish

Gold To fire its poison spikes, it must inflate its body by drinking over 2.6 gallons of water all at once.
Silver The small spikes covering its body developed from scales. They inject a toxin that causes fainting.
Crystal When faced with a larger opponent, it swallows as much water as it can to match the opponent’s size.
Ruby
Sapphire
QWILFISH sucks in water, inflating itself. This POKéMON uses the pressure of the water it swallowed to shoot toxic quills all at once from all over its body. It finds swimming somewhat challenging.
FireRed The small spikes covering its body developed from scales. They inject a toxin that causes fainting.
LeafGreen To fire its poison spikes, it must inflate its body by drinking over 2.6 gallons of water all at once.
Emerald A QWILFISH uses the pressure of water it swallows to shoot toxic quills all at once from all over its body. It finds swimming to be somewhat challenging.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It shoots the poison spines on its body in all directions. Its round form makes it a poor swimmer.
HeartGold To fire its poison spikes, it must inflate its body by drinking over 2.6 gallons of water all at once.
SoulSilver The small spikes covering its body developed from scales. They inject a toxin that causes fainting.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It shoots the poison spines on its body in all directions. Its round form makes it a poor swimmer.
X To fire its poison spikes, it must inflate its body by drinking over 2.6 gallons of water all at once.
Y The small spikes covering its body developed from scales. They inject a toxin that causes fainting.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Qwilfish sucks in water, inflating itself. This Pokémon uses the pressure of the water it swallowed to shoot toxic quills all at once from all over its body. It finds swimming somewhat challenging.
Sword When faced with a larger opponent, it swallows as much water as it can to match the opponent’s size.
Shield The small spikes covering its body developed from scales. They inject a toxin that causes fainting.
Brilliant Diamond
Shining Pearl
It shoots the poison spikes on its body in all directions. Its round form makes it a poor swimmer.
Scarlet Be cautious if this Pokémon starts sucking in water—it will soon attack by scattering the toxic spikes that grow all over its body.
Violet Experienced fishers say they try to catch Qwilfish in the brief moment that these Pokémon become defenseless just after launching poisonous spikes.

Hisuian Qwilfish

Legends: Arceus Fishers detest this troublesome Pokémon because it sprays poison from its spines, getting it everywhere. A different form of Qwilfish lives in other regions.

Moves learned by Qwilfish

Moves learnt by level up

Qwilfish learns the following moves in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Poison StingPoisonPhysical 15 100
1TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
4HardenNormalStatus
8Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
12Fell StingerBugPhysical 50 100
16MinimizeNormalStatus
20SpikesGroundStatus
24BrineWaterSpecial 65 100
28Poison JabPoisonPhysical 80 100
32Pin MissileBugPhysical 25 95
36Toxic SpikesPoisonStatus
40Spit UpNormalSpecial 100
40StockpileNormalStatus
44ToxicPoisonStatus 90
48Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
52AcupressureNormalStatus
56Destiny BondGhostStatus
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Poison StingPoisonPhysical 15 100
1TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
4HardenNormalStatus
8BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
12Fell StingerBugPhysical 50 100
16MinimizeNormalStatus
20SpikesGroundStatus
24BrineWaterSpecial 65 100
28Barb BarragePoisonPhysical 60 100
32Pin MissileBugPhysical 25 95
36Toxic SpikesPoisonStatus
40Spit UpNormalSpecial 100
40StockpileNormalStatus
44ToxicPoisonStatus 90
48CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
52AcupressureNormalStatus
56Destiny BondGhostStatus

Egg moves

Qwilfish learns the following moves via breeding or picnics in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Qwilfish gen 9 learnset page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Acid SprayPoisonSpecial 40 100
Aqua JetWaterPhysical 40 100
AstonishGhostPhysical 30 100
Barb BarragePoisonPhysical 60 100
Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
FlailNormalPhysical 100
HazeIceStatus
Self-DestructNormalPhysical 200 100
SupersonicNormalStatus 55
Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Acid SprayPoisonSpecial 40 100
Aqua JetWaterPhysical 40 100
Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
AstonishGhostPhysical 30 100
Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
FlailNormalPhysical 100
HazeIceStatus
Self-DestructNormalPhysical 200 100
SupersonicNormalStatus 55
Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

Qwilfish is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet:

Moves learnt by level up

Qwilfish learns the following moves in Pokémon Legends: Arceus at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Poison StingPoisonPhysical 15 100
5SpikesGroundStatus
9Pin MissileBugPhysical 25 95
15Barb BarragePoisonPhysical 60 100
21Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100
26Dark PulseDarkSpecial 80 100
29Poison JabPoisonPhysical 80 100
37Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
47Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
57Self-DestructNormalPhysical 200 100

Move Tutor moves

Qwilfish can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus from move tutors:

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
Dark PulseDarkSpecial 80 100
Ice BallIcePhysical 30 90
Ice BeamIceSpecial 90 100
Icy WindIceSpecial 55 95
Poison JabPoisonPhysical 80 100
RestPsychicStatus
Shadow BallGhostSpecial 80 100
Sludge BombPoisonSpecial 90 100
SpikesGroundStatus
SwiftNormalSpecial 60
Water PulseWaterSpecial 60 100

Qwilfish sprites

Type Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8 Generation 9
Normal Qwilfish  sprite from Silver Qwilfish  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Qwilfish  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Qwilfish  sprite from Black & White Qwilfish  sprite from X & Y Qwilfish  sprite from Sword & Shield Qwilfish  sprite from Scarlet & Violet
Shiny Qwilfish Shiny sprite from Silver Qwilfish Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Qwilfish Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Qwilfish Shiny sprite from Black & White Qwilfish Shiny sprite from X & Y

Where to find Qwilfish

Gold
Silver
Crystal
Route 12, 13, 32
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed Five Isle Meadow, Green Path, Memorial Pillar, Outcast Island, Resort Gorgeous, Tanoby Ruins, Trainer Tower, Water Labyrinth, Water Path
LeafGreen
Emerald
Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Iron Island
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Route 12, 13, 32
Black
White
P2 Laboratory
Black 2
White 2
Route 4, P2 Laboratory, Virbank City, Virbank Complex
X
Y
Route 8
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Trade/migrate from another game
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Route 9, Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, Lake of Outrage
Brilliant Diamond
Shining Pearl
Iron Island, Fountainspring Cave, Swampy Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Bogsunk Cavern
Legends: Arceus Islespy Shore, Lunker's Lair, Ramanas Island, Tranquility Cove
Scarlet
Violet
Casseroya Lake, North Province (Area One), North Province (Area Three), East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Two), East Province (Area Three), South Province (Area One), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), South Province (Area Six), West Province (Area One), West Province (Area Two), Glaseado Mountain, North Paldean Sea, East Paldean Sea, South Paldean Sea, West Paldean Sea

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Qwilfish
Japanese ハリーセン (Harysen)
German Baldorfish
French Qwilfish

Name origin

quill
sharp feather used for writing with ink
fish
marine creature