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 Unknown
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


As a Poliwag
As a Poliwhirl

Orange Islands

In the Orange Archipelago, 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.


In Johto, 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.

Misty also used it in the Whirl Cup.

Later, 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.

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 Poliwhirl Mega Punch.png
Using Mega Punch
as a Poliwhirl
Misty Politoed Headbutt.png
Using Headbutt
Move First Used In
Water Gun  The Stun Spore Detour
DoubleSlap  The Stun Spore Detour
Bubble Roll On, Pokémon!
Body Slam The Totodile Duel
Mega Punch Hook, Line, and Stinker
Tackle × Trouble's Brewing
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

Pokémon Stadium 2

Round 1

Water Unknown
Poliwhirl Lv.50
Rain Dance
Hydro Pump
Body Slam

Round 2

Water Unknown
Politoed Lv.50
Rain Dance
Ice Beam

In the manga

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 blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Misty's Poliwhirl Water Gym Heroes Uncommon 53/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Misty's Politoed
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Misty's Politoed Water       Theater Limited VS Pack   003/018


  • Poliwag was the first of Misty's Pokémon to be seen evolving in the anime.
  • 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 Seaking, Misty's Seaking, and James's second Victreebel).

Related articles

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

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