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Prinplup (Pokémon)

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Piplup #393: Piplup
Pokémon
#395: Empoleon Empoleon
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Prinplup (disambiguation).
Prinplup
ポッタイシ Pottaishi
#394
394Prinplup.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from Diamond and Pearl
Type
Water Unknown
Category
Penguin Pokémon
Abilities
Torrent Defiant
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,059,860
Regional Pokédex numbers
Sinnoh
#008
Regional Browser numbers
Almia
R-207
Oblivia
R-084 N-002
Height
2'07"
Imperial
0.8 m
Metric
Weight
50.7 lbs.
Imperial
23.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Blue
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
Body06.png
Footprint
 F394.png 
Gender ratio
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Breeding
Water 1 and
Field groups
21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
2
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 143 Battle Exp.: 1431*

Prinplup (Japanese: ポッタイシ Pottaishi) is a Water-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Piplup starting at level 16 and evolves into Empoleon starting at level 36.

Biology

Physiology

Prinplup resembles a blue penguin. It has yellow three-toed feet. Its body is mostly light-blue, with a dark-blue 'mantle' and tail. There are four button-like white spots on its stomach. Its wings are dark-blue with light-blue tips. It has an owl-like face with blue irises and two yellow crests running across the top of its head.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Prinplup's wings have the power to snap a tree trunk in two. Prinplup is also stronger at anything that Piplup is capable of and can learn Metal Claw and Shadow Claw.

Behavior

Prinplup tend to have a very high sense of self-pride. Each Prinplup believes itself to be the most important; this prevents them from forming groups.

Habitat

Prinplup live in drifting ice near freezing water.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

It searches for prey in icy seas.

In the anime

Prinplup in the anime

Major appearances

Kenny's Prinplup

Prinplup also appeared in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters under the ownership of Kenny. In the following episode, it battled against Dawn's Piplup. It was later shown to have evolved by the Sinnoh Grand Festival.

Minor appearances

In Dawn Of A New Era!, three young Trainers stopped by with their starter Pokémon. However, the girl that was in this group had a Prinplup.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP004 Prinplup Dawn's Pokédex Prinplup, the Penguin Pokémon, and the evolved form of Piplup. A strike of its wings can be harmful as it searches the oceans for prey.
DP026 Prinplup Ash's Pokédex Prinplup, the Penguin Pokémon, and the evolved form of Piplup. One blow from its wings is strong enough to knock down trees.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

Platinum's Empoleon as a Prinplup

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Platinum's Empoleon

Platinum had a Prinplup after her Piplup evolved in Eterna City. It has since evolved into an Empoleon.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Prinplup makes a brief appearance after Hareta's Piplup evolves after its Everstone is removed. It then quickly evolves into Empoleon.

In the TCG

Main article: Prinplup (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond It lives alone, away from others. Apparently, every one of them believes it is the most important.
Pearl Its wings deliver wicked blows that snap even the thickest of trees. It searches for prey in icy seas.
Platinum Because every Prinplup considers itself to be the most important, they can never form a group.
HeartGold It lives a solitary life. Its wings deliver wicked blows that can snap even the thickest of trees.
SoulSilver
Generation V
Black Because every Prinplup considers itself to be the most important, they can never form a group.
White
Black 2 どの ポッタイシも じぶんが いちばん えらいと かんがえるため むれを つくることは ふかのうだ。
White 2
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Trade
Crystal
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
None Trade
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Piplup
Platinum
None Evolve Piplup
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
None
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
None Poké Transfer
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Crevice Cave (B1-B10)
Lower Crevice Cave (B1-B4)
Mt. Avalanche (B1-B19)
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Hia Valley
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Mt. Sorbet
Pokémon Rumble Bright Beach
Pokémon Rumble Blast Beach: Sunny Seashore
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Iceberg Zone

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 64
124 - 171 238 - 332
Attack: 66
63 - 129 123 - 254
Defense: 68
65 - 132 126 - 258
Sp.Atk: 81
77 - 146 150 - 287
Sp.Def: 76
72 - 140 141 - 276
Speed: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Total: 405   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Jump
3/4 ★★★
Total
15/21 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Tackle Normal Physical 05050 100100% 35
00Start Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
044 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
088 Bubble Water Special 02020 100100% 30
1111 Water Sport Water Status 0000 —% 15
1515 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
1616 Metal Claw Steel Physical 05050 09595% 35
1919 BubbleBeam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
2424 Bide Normal Physical 0000 —% 10
2828 Fury Attack Normal Physical 01515 08585% 20
3333 Brine Water Special 06565 100100% 10
3737 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 08585% 15
4242 Mist Ice Status 0000 —% 30
4646 Drill Peck Flying Physical 08080 100100% 20
5151 Hydro Pump Water Special 120120 08080% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Prinplup obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Prinplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Prinplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM01 Hone Claws Dark Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09595 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 120120 070}}70% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM28 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 05050 080}}80% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM55 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM60 Quash Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Ghost Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM88 Pluck Flying Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM01 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM03 Surf Water Special 09595 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM05 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM06 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Prinplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Prinplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
PikachuRaichuGrowlitheArcaninePonytaRapidash
Farfetch'dHorseaSeadraKingdraJolteonDratini
DragonairDragoniteFeraligatrAipomAmbipomGirafarig
SneaselWeavileMantineWingullPelipperSurskit
MasquerainGorebyssBuizelFloatzelBunearyLopunny
BlitzleZebstrikaZoruaZoroarkEmolga
Agility Psychic Status —% 30
SeelDewgongVaporeonMarillAzumarillCorsola
MantineMiloticGorebyssTympolePalpitoadSeismitoad
DucklettSwannaAlomomola
Aqua Ring Water Status —% 20
MudkipMarshtompSwampertSeedotNuzleafShiftry
PiplupPrinplupEmpoleonPachirisuPatratWatchog
TirtougaCarracostaCubchooBearticStunfisk
Bide Normal Physical —% 10
AipomAmbipomGirafarigMamoswine Double Hit Normal Physical 35 90% 10
DucklettSwanna FeatherDance Flying Status 100% 15
TotodileCroconawFeraligatrDunsparcePhanpyDonphan
ZigzagoonLinooneSlakothVigorothSlakingTorkoal
SpindaFeebasMiloticTympolePalpitoadSeismitoad
CubchooBearticStunfisk
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
SquirtleWartortleBlastoisePsyduckGolduckPoliwag
PoliwhirlPoliwrathPolitoedHorseaSeadraKingdra
LaprasVaporeonOmanyteOmastarTotodileCroconaw
FeraligatrMarillAzumarillMantineMudkipMarshtomp
SwampertLombreLudicoloPelipperWailmerWailord
MiloticHuntailGorebyssRelicanthPiplupPrinplup
EmpoleonOshawottDewottSamurottTympolePalpitoad
SeismitoadTirtougaCarracostaAlomomola
Hydro Pump Water Special 120 80% 5
SeelDewgongSneaselWeavileSwinubPiloswine
MamoswineGlaceonCubchooBeartic
Icy Wind Ice Special 55 95% 15
DiglettDugtrioSwinubPiloswineMamoswineMudkip
MarshtompSwampertShellosShellosGastrodonGastrodon
DrilburExcadrillSandileKrokorokKrookodileStunfisk
Mud-Slap Ground Special 20 100% 10
WooperQuagsireSwinubPiloswineMamoswineMudkip
MarshtompSwampertZigzagoonLinooneRelicanthShellos
ShellosGastrodonGastrodonDrilburExcadrillStunfisk
Mud Sport Ground Status —% 15
TeddiursaUrsaringSpoinkGrumpigSphealSealeo
Walrein
Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
MantineWingullPelipperWhismurLoudredExploud
TympolePalpitoadSeismitoad
Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingWooperQuagsireDunsparce
KingdraSlakothVigorothSlakingRelicanthBidoof
BibarelHippopotasHippowdonPansearSimisearMunna
Musharna
Yawn Normal Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Prinplup in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Prinplup in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Prinplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Prinplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Covet Normal Physical 60 100% 40
B W B2 W2 Icy Wind Ice Special 55 95% 15
B W B2 W2 Signal Beam Bug Special 75 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Stealth Rock Rock Status —% 20
B W B2 W2 Water Pledge Water Special 50 100% 10
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Prinplup can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Prinplup cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Prinplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Prinplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
393 Pound Normal Physical 40 100% 35
393 Sing Normal Status 55% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Prinplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Prinplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
Friend Area: Beau Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP My HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP My HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP My HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP394.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -10%
IQ group: F
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Water  Poké Assist: Water PA.png
( Water )
Field move: Cut 2 field move.png
(Cut ×2)
Browser entry  
It hurls blobs of water. It also attacks by ramming.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Water  Water Assist.png
( Water )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Cut 2 field move.png
(Cut ×2)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Attack ●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW394.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Prinplup guards the Chairlift in the Iceberg Zone. His favorite Attractions are Gyarados's Aqua Dash and Empoleon's Snow Slide.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PCP394.png HP: ★★★ Move: BubbleBeam
Attack: ★★ Ability 1: Torrent
Defense: ★★★ Ability 2: Wave Rider
Speed: ★★ Ability 3: Pride
Evolves from Piplup when Attack reaches 51
Evolves into Empoleon when Attack reaches 102
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Ina, Gō

Evolution

Piplup
Unevolved
Piplup
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 16


Prinplup
First evolution
Prinplup
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 36


Empoleon
Second evolution
Empoleon
 Water  Steel 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation II.
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation III.
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 394.png Spr 4p 394.png Spr 4p 394.png Spr b 4d 394.png
Spr 4d 394 s.png Spr 4p 394 s.png Spr 4p 394 s.png Spr b 4d 394 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 394.png Spr 5b 394.png Spr b 5b 394.png
Spr 5b 394 s.png Spr 5b 394 s.png Spr b 5b 394 s.png
Prinplup For other sprites and images, please see Prinplup images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • While Prinplup's pre-evolved form, Piplup, can learn Pound, Prinplup and Empoleon learn Tackle instead.

Origin

Prinplup is seemingly based on a macaroni penguin.

Name origin

Prinplup is a combination of prince and plup (sound of hitting the water).

Pottaishi is a combination of ぽちゃぽちゃ pochapocha (splashing in water or having a plump appearance) and 皇太子 kōtaishi (crown prince).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポッタイシ Pottaishi From ぽちゃぽちゃ pochapocha and 皇太子 kōtaishi
France Flag.png French Prinplouf From prince and plouf.
Spain Flag.png Spanish Prinplup Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Pliprin From plip, the sound of something small hitting a water surface, and Prinz
Italy Flag.png Italian Prinplup Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 팽태자 Pengtaeja From penguin and 황태자 hwangtaeja


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