Poli

Poli
ニョロ Nyoro
Poké Ball
Poli.png
Red's Poliwrath
Debuts in A Glimpse of the Glow
Caught at Kanto
Evolves in Prior to A Glimpse of the Glow
Buzz Off, Electabuzz!
Gender Male
Ability Damp
Nature Brave
Current location With Red
Poliwag Poliwhirl Poliwrath
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of rounds as Poliwag and 10 rounds as Poliwhirl.

Poli (Japanese: ニョロ Nyoro) was Red's first Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga.

History

Red, Green & Blue chapter

As a Poliwag

Prior to the start of the series, Red owned Poli as a Poliwag. While swimming one day Red began to drown and Poli was unable to do anything but watch. Due to being unable to save Red in his current state he evolved into Poliwhirl and saved him. Poli first appeared in A Glimpse of the Glow, being used by Red to help capture a Nidorino. Poli was later used to battle against a wild Mew, but was knocked out in a hit.

In Onix is On!, Poli was used alongside Saur and Pika to help Red in his Gym battle to win the Boulder Badge. Poli was used in Red's first battle against a Trainer's Graveler and was able to win by using one-hit knockouts and complimentary moves, despite starting off with low health.

As a Poliwhirl

In Danger: High Voltorb, Poli was the only member of Red's team to infiltrate the S.S. Anne. Immediately upon entering the two of them end up battling a Voltorb, but ends up paralyzed. Due to Poli being paralyzed and unable to help out, Red is forced to dodge the powerful Thunder Punch attacks from Lt. Surge's Electabuzz. Right when it seems the two of them are trapped, Red reveals their plan, which had Poli secretly drip a trail of water on the floor leading to Lt. Surge and Electabuzz. At Red's command Poliwhirl uses Ice Beam to freeze the legs of Lt. Surge and Electabuzz, and with the smoke of a launched Poké Ball, the two escapes safely. While trying to find the exit Poli is attacked by a Magneton and captured by Lt. Surge, who throws him off the ship. Red attempts to rescue him, but is electrocuted and throw into the ocean as well. As Red begins to recall a similar situation he is saved by Poli, who has evolved into a Poliwrath. With his new found strength Poli easily out powers Electabuzz with its new Seismic Toss. In the Yellow chapter, it is revealed that Poli was able to evolve without a Water Stone due to the Vermilion Harbor having traces of the four evolutionary stones speculated to be at the bottom of Vermilion Harbor.

In A Tale of Ninetales, Poli is accidentally traded to Blue alongside Saur and Pika. During the three days that Blue has them he trains them vigorously. They later traded back, while keeping the serious attitude that Blue installed in them.

In Meanwhile…Vileplume!, Poli is used in Red's Gym battle against Erika in his fight to save Eevee. Poli goes up against her Bellsprout, with Red being confident that it will be an easy victory. Poli attacks with Double Slap but is stopped on the last hit and counter attacked with Bellsprout's Mimic, knocking Poli out.

In Golly, Golem!, Poli is used as Red's first Pokémon in his battle against Giovanni. Red sends out Poli to attack, but in the short amount of time that he does so, Giovanni successfully releases his Cloyster and freezes Poli.

During the Pokémon League, Poli is used in a battle against a Trainer's Kabutops, advancing Red to the semi-finals. In A Charizard…and a Champion, Poli and Pika helped Saur defeat Blue's Charizard in a brilliant strategy by having Poli's water vapor and Pika's electric energy create a thundercloud that struck a vine shot and wrapped around it by Saur.

Yellow chapter

In Punching Poliwrath, Poli is shown in a flashback fighting against Bruno's Hitmonchan. Poli was easily able to block all of Hitmonchan's attacks and strike back with Double Slap, but was taken out when Hitmonchan attacked with Thunder Punch and Fire Punch. Poli was used in Red's rematch against Bruno in Clefabulous Clefable, where he is used to battle against Machamp. Machamp quickly overpowers him after his belt is removed and holds Poli down. Vee manages to use the water Poli left to use Acid Armor to surprise attack Machamp, allowing him to defeat it.

Damp activated

FireRed & LeafGreen chapter

Poli's Damp Ability combined with Deoxys's use of Skill Swap enabled Red to counter Carr's exploding Forretress in the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter. Poli was used to battle against Carr’s Steelix in Put Your Beast Foot Forward. Poli sends a Focus Punch at Steelix, sending it flying. Carr tries to counter with Steelix's Iron Tail, but Poli simply catches it in his hands, using Mind Reader to predict the attack. Poli then lifts Steelix into the air by its tail and smashes it into the ground.

Emerald chapter

In The Final Battle VIII, Poli joined forces with Gold's Polibo while battling against Guile Hideout. After saving Emerald and his Dusclops from Jirachi's Doom Desire attack, Poli used Double Team to confuse Guile Hideout so that Polibo could get a chance to sneak closer and attack. Although Guile Hideout tried to send his Walrein and Masquerain to attack the Tadpole and Frog Pokémon, they simply threw them away and attacked Guile Hideout directly, breaking his armor.

Personality and characteristics

Being Red's first Pokémon, Poli has a strong relationship with his Trainer. Due to all the time they have spent together they can formulate plans without the use of words, which Red says they used to use to escape from bullies. Poli cares deeply for Red, saving him from drowning by evolving on two separate occasions. Poli has good battling skills, even though he often loses the battles he participates in.

Moves used

Poli DoubleSlap.png
Using DoubleSlap
Poli Seismic Toss.png
Using Seismic Toss
Move First Used In
Water Gun A Glimpse of the Glow
Ice Beam Onix Is On!
Double Team  ...But Fearow Itself!
Seismic Toss Buzz Off, Electabuzz!
Double Slap Meanwhile...Vileplume!
Focus Punch  Put Your Beast Foot Forward
Mind Reader  Put Your Beast Foot Forward
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Poliwrath.



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