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Misty's Politoed

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Misty's Politoed
カスミのニョロトノ Kasumi's Nyorotono
Poké Ball
Misty Politoed.png
Misty's Politoed
Debuts in The Stun Spore Detour
Caught at An island between Kumquat Island and Pummelo Island
Evolves in The Totodile Duel
Outrageous Fortunes
Gender Female*
Ability Unknown
Current location Cerulean Gym
Poliwag Poliwhirl Politoed
This Pokémon spent 41 episodes as Poliwag and 96 episodes as Poliwhirl.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Poliwag Shin'ichirō Miki Rachael Lillis
As Poliwhirl Shin'ichirō Miki Eric Stuart
As Politoed Shin'ichirō Miki Eric Stuart

Misty's Politoed (Japanese: カスミのニョロトノ Kasumi's Nyorotono) was the first and only Pokémon caught by Misty in the Orange Archipelago, and her seventh total.

In the anime

History

As a Poliwag
As a Poliwhirl

Orange Islands

In The Stun Spore Detour, Ash and Tracey were paralyzed by a Vileplume's Stun Spore attack. Misty was left to fetch the cure, Salveyo weed, a special type of aquatic plant found at the bottom of lakes on which Poliwag feed. A friendly wild Poliwag helped her gather the special plant. Poliwag obviously liked Misty because it insisted on coming along with her, and Misty added it to her team. As a Poliwag, it was rarely used because of how clumsy it was on land.

Johto

In The Totodile Duel, Ash and Misty both used Lure Balls on a wild Totodile. The Balls captured the Pokémon out of sight, so Ash and Misty had a tournament to see who got the toothy Water-type. During a battle against Bulbasaur, Misty's Poliwag evolved into Poliwhirl. Although Misty still lost, she concluded that she preferred the Poliwhirl who was willing to evolve to help her rather than the Totodile that essentially did whatever it wanted.

In Hook, Line, and Stinker, Misty used Poliwhirl in the Seaking Catching Day competition. During the competition, Misty and Poliwhirl formed a rivalry with Andreas and his Poliwrath. Poliwhirl and Misty managed to hook a Seaking just as time ran out for the competition. Both Andreas and Misty had a 55 kilometer Seaking, meaning they had to battle each other to decide the winner. The battle started with Poliwhirl getting overwhelmed due to battling its evolved form. It lost its confidence and hid behind Misty. Misty's Psyduck, Staryu, and Goldeen then popped out of their balls to encourage Poliwhirl and it decided to resume the battle. Poliwhirl then beat Poliwrath, winning the competition for Misty.

Misty used Poliwhirl in the Whirl Cup. However, despite putting up a good fight against Totodile, Poliwhirl was no match for Kingler or Trinity's Gyarados.

In Outrageous Fortunes, on the way to Blackthorn City, Misty fought a Trainer with a Poliwrath and lost. Misty started to consider evolving her own Poliwhirl. Misty took her Poliwhirl to the local Pokémon Center to be healed. On the way, Poliwhirl picked up the King's Rock that Ash had won in a tournament. Misty did not notice this, and simply gave Poliwhirl to Nurse Joy for treatment.

Shortly afterward, in a battle against Team Rocket, Misty recovered her Poliwhirl and let it out, surprised to see it evolve into Politoed before her eyes. Misty was thrilled with her newly-evolved Pokémon.

Personality and characteristics

As a Poliwag it was very friendly, cheerful, and liked to help people. This is demonstrated in the episode Misty catches it in, The Stun Spore Detour. After it evolved Misty began to use it in many battles, as it became a very strong Pokémon. Poliwhirl also had a bit of a confidence problem, shown in Hook, Line, and Stinker when Poliwhirl would hide behind Misty when overwhelmed.

After evolving into Politoed it is always very happy and loves to clap, and also encouraged Ash in the Silver Conference. Misty's Politoed is very cheerful, enthusiastic, and eager to please. For a while, in I Politoed Ya So! it took up cheerleading. Even when Misty screams at it, Politoed is always happy and if someone is sad it can cheer them up with applause.

Moves used

Misty Politoed Bubble.png
Using Bubble
Misty Politoed Swagger.png
Using Swagger
Move First Used In
Water Gun  The Stun Spore Detour
Double Slap  The Stun Spore Detour
Bubble  Roll On, Pokémon!
Body Slam The Totodile Duel
Mega Punch Hook, Line, and Stinker
Tackle × Wings 'N' Things
Headbutt  The Kecleon Caper
Swagger Outrageous Fortunes
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Misty uses a Poliwhirl in Round 1 of Pokémon Stadium 2. In Round 2, it has evolved into a Politoed.

Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 1 Round 2
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Type:
Water Unknown
Held item:
Focus Band
Poliwhirl Lv.50-100
Rain Dance
Water
Earthquake
Ground
Hydro Pump
Water
Body Slam
Normal
186.png
Type:
Water Unknown
Held item:
Focus Band
Politoed Lv.50-100
Rain Dance
Water
Surf
Water
Ice Beam
Ice
Earthquake
Ground

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

In Ash and Pikachu, Misty's Politoed appears as a Poliwhirl in The Grand Rhydon Plan.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

As a Poliwag
Misty's Poliwhirl in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Misty is first shown with a Poliwag in Clefairy Tale. Later, in the chapter To Evolve or Not to Evolve, That is the Question!, Misty is shown expressing interest in evolving her Poliwhirl into a Poliwrath. However, she is unable to, because evolutionary stones are too expensive.

In the TCG

Politoed was featured in the TCG as one of Misty's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards named Misty's Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Politoed.

Misty's Poliwag
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Misty's Poliwag Water Gym Heroes Common 87/132 Hanada City Gym    
Misty's Poliwag Water Gym Challenge Common 89/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Misty's Poliwhirl
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Misty's Poliwhirl Water Gym Heroes Uncommon 53/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Misty's Politoed
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Misty's Politoed Water       Theater Limited VS Pack   003/018
 

Trivia

  • Poliwag was the first of Misty's Pokémon to be seen evolving in the anime.
  • It is also the first Pokémon of Ash's companions to evolve from the exposure to an item, the second being Brock's Ludicolo, his Steelix (although the evolution is unseen in the anime), and Ash's Gliscor.
  • Politoed is the only Pokémon owned by Misty in the anime that has evolved twice.
  • Poliwag was the last Generation I Pokémon that a main character captured in the original series, excluding those caught and released in the same episode (Ash's Beedrill and James's second Victreebel).
  • Politoed is so far the only Pokémon to ever use Swagger in the anime.

Related articles

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


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