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Tympole (Pokémon)

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Conkeldurr #534: Conkeldurr
Pokémon
#536: Palpitoad Palpitoad
Tympole
Tadpole Pokémon
オタマロ
Otamaro
#535
Tympole

Tympole

Tympole

Tympole
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Swift Swim or Hydration Cacophony
Cacophony
Water Absorb
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Tympole

Mega Tympole Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 1
Hatch time
5355 - 5609 steps
Height
1'08" 0.5 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
9.9 lbs. 4.5 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#535
Kanto
#000
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh
#041/#228
Unova
#000
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
59
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
1
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body03.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{forme2}}}
Footprint
F535.png None.png
{{{forme2}}}
Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

Tympole (Japanese: オタマロ Otamaro) is a Water-type Pokémon.

It evolves into Palpitoad starting at level 25, which evolves into Seismitoad starting at level 36.

Biology

Tympole is a round, tadpole-like Pokémon with a tan, circular face. It has large, oval, black eyes, a wide mouth with down-turned corners, and black eyebrows in the shape of quarter notes. Its spherical body is black with no visible limbs. Instead, it has two black-and-blue ringed half-spheres on either side of its head. These spheres are vibrated to create a sound too high-pitched for humans to hear. The sounds are used in rhythm to communicate with others of its kind, particularly for warning of danger. It has a long, blue tail with a fan-like shape and a black spot at its base. The anime demonstrates that Tympole swims and attacks in groups.

In the anime

A school of Tympole in the anime.

Major appearances

Tympole made its debut in Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!, when a group of them attacked Oshawott under water, under the command of a wild Palpitoad. They were trying to prevent it from getting the medicine to cure the team from the poisoning several Foongus inflicted, but fled when Oshawott opened its eyes while using Razor Shell.

Minor appearances

A Tympole made a very minor cameo near the end of Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!.

Multiple Tympole appeared in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.

A Tympole appeared in a flashback in Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

N used a Tympole to battle Black in Accumula Town. It was eventually defeated by Black's Tep.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures Listening to Pokémon Tympole emits rhythmic subsonic sound waves by vibrating its cheeks. These waves can be used to communicate.

In the TCG

Main article: Tympole (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
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 {{{diamonddex}}}
Pearl {{{pearldex}}}
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black They warn others of danger by vibrating their cheeks to create a high-pitched sound.
White By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans. It uses the rhythm of these sounds to talk.
Black 2 By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans and warns others of danger.
White 2
Generation VI
X By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans and warns others of danger.
Y By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans. It uses the rhythm of these sounds to talk.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White
Outside Pinwheel Forest
Black 2 White 2
Pinwheel Forest (N's Pokémon)
Dream World
Pleasant Forest*
Generation VI
X Y
Breed Palpitoad or Seismitoad

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Gates to Infinity
Stompstump Peak, Forest Grotto, Mountain Pass, Magnagate dungeons, Dreamy Island,
Slumbering Cave, Silent Tundra (Mapless Street), Moonlit Forest (Golden Chamber), Path of No Return
Pokémon Rumble Blast Lake: Sun-Dappled Bank, Shimmering Lake

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Black White Persim Berry Persim Berry (50%)
Black 2 White 2 Pecha Berry Pecha Berry (50%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 50
110 - 157 210 - 304
Attack: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Defense: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Sp.Atk: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Def: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Speed: 64
62 - 127 119 - 249
Total: 294   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.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, 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
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Bubble Water Special 04040 100100% 30
00Start Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
055 Supersonic Normal Status 0000 05555% 20
099 Round Normal Special 06060 100100% 15
1212 Bubble Beam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
1616 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 09595% 15
2020 Aqua Ring Water Status 0000 —% 20
2323 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
2727 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 08585% 10
3131 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —% 5
3434 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
3838 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100100% 15
4242 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
4545 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Tympole obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
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 06060 100}}100% 15
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 Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM34 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
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 Bug Sprite.png TM83 Infestation Bug Special 02020 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM03 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Wooper After You* Normal Status —% 15
Corsola Earth Power Ground Special 90 100% 10
LaprasWooperQuagsireLotadWingullPelipper
SurskitPiplupPrinplupEmpoleon
Mist Ice Status —% 30
PoliwagPoliwhirlWooperQuagsireMarshtompSwampert
ShellosGastrodonStunfisk
Mud Bomb Ground Special 65 85% 10
WooperQuagsireMudkipRelicanthShellosShellos
GastrodonGastrodonStunfisk
Mud Sport Ground Status —% 15
CorsolaMilotic Refresh Normal Status —% 20
SphealSealeoWalrein Snore Normal Special 50 100% 15
SquirtleWartortleBlastoisePsyduckGolduckSlowpoke
SlowbroSlowkingLaprasRemoraidMantineWingull
PelipperMiloticHuntailGorebyssShellosGastrodon
DucklettSwannaAlomomolaFroakieFrogadierGreninja
SkrelpDragalgeClauncherClawitzer
Water Pulse Water Special 60 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Tympole in Generation VI
  • 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 Tympole in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Tympole can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Tympole cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor 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 Sky
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
IQ group: A
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:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A 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
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2535.png Strong: Weak:
PokéPark Pad entry:
Magikarp bothers them, because he acts like a king. Seismitoad is the only idol for Tympole.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

535Tympole.png
Unevolved
Tympole
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 25
536Palpitoad.png
First evolution
Palpitoad
 Water  Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 36
537Seismitoad.png
Second evolution
Seismitoad
 Water  Ground 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 535.png Spr b 5b 535.png Spr 5b 535.png Spr b 5b 535.png
Spr 5b 535 s.png Spr b 5b 535 s.png Spr 5b 535 s.png Spr b 5b 535 s.png
Front Back Front Back
535MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Tympole images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Tympole shares its species name with Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Poliwrath. They are all known as the Tadpole Pokémon.
  • Tympole's face has become a phenomenon on the popular Japanese online artist community Pixiv.
  • Although it is simulated as swimming in Pokédex 3D, Tympole does not display the bubbles effect that all other Pokémon simulated in an aquatic environment, such as Eelektrik and Stunfisk display. The reason for this is unknown.

Origin

Tympole appears to be a combination of a toad tadpole and a loudspeaker. Tympole's spherical "speakers" were probably inspired by toads' "warts" and poison glands, as well as the Surinam toad, an aquatic amphibian whose backs are covered in pockets that hold its eggs, or more likely, the tympanum of a real-life toad, located in the same area. It is an eardrum-like body part the toad uses to hear. Its Pokédex entry also mentions the fact that it creates vibrations underwater, also like the Surinam. Its eyebrows resemble musical notes, specifically the quarter note, and the bumps on the side of its head are similar to headphones.

Name origin

Tympole may be a combination of timpani (a low-pitched drum-like sound or the sensation felt in the abdomen when a drum is struck), tympani (a type of drum), or tympanic membrane (eardrum; referring to the bumps on each side of its head), and tadpole. It may also involve tempo.

Otamaro may be a combination of おたまじゃくし otamajakushi (tadpole or musical notes) and まろ maro (an affectionate suffix or shaved eyebrows, the latter referring to the markings above its eyes).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese オタマロ Otamaro From おたまじゃくし otamajakushi and まろ maro
France Flag.png French Tritonde From triton and onde
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tympole Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Schallquap From Schall and Kaulquappe
Italy Flag.png Italian Tympole Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 동챙이 Dongchaengi From 동글다 donggeulda or 동 (童) dong and 올챙이 olchaengi



External links

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