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ニョロ Nyoro
Poké Ball
Poli saving Red
Debuts in Glimpse of the Glow
Caught at Kanto
Evolves in Prior to 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.


As a Poliwag

Poli was Red's first Pokémon. It is unknown when Red received Poli or if he caught Poli. Flashbacks show Red as a young child with the Pokémon, before the first chapter of Pokémon Adventures. As a child, Red would have drowned, if it wasn't for Poli evolving from a Poliwag to a Poliwhirl, who brought him up to the surface. As a Poliwhirl, he was Red's main battling Pokémon despite him making other catches such as a Nidorino with it, though his defeat against a wild Mew is what causes Red to rethink his hubris in thinking there was no one in the world who could best him, and Blue's Charmander later injured it badly.

Along with Pika and Saur, he is one of Red's most frequently used Pokémon. He was also principal in Red's battle for the Boulder Badge, though his ample amount of uncured damage from past battles prevented him and Saur from competing in the final match against Brock. He is not seen battling much afterward, only for carrying Misty's Staryu out of Mt. Moon, and in an attempt to demobilize a wild Fearow which survived Pika's Thunder, forcing Poli to freeze it to incapacitate it.

In Buzz Off, Electabuzz!, Poli evolves into Poliwrath to save Red from drowning again after he falls off the S.S. Anne, having been thrown off deck by Lt. Surge before. At first, it was believed that Poli somehow evolved without a Water Stone. However, in the Yellow chapter, it is explained that he touched one of the four evolutionary stones speculated to be at the bottom of Vermilion Harbor.

As a Poliwhirl

At the Pokémon League, Poli and Pika helped Saur defeat Blue's Charizard in a brilliant strategy to have Poli's water vapor and Pika's electric energy create a thundercloud that struck a vine shot and wrapped around it by the Venusaur.

With Red missing for most of the Yellow chapter, Poli was not seen in battle except in a match against Bruno's Hitmonchan in which it seemed to hold the upper hand until its ThunderPunch attacks eventually deplete Poli's health, finishing it. He also participates in Red's rematch against the Elite Four, where he is again beaten by a powerful Machamp in yet another ruse: the water that leaked from it when being stopped allowed Vee to maneuver behind his Pokémon by surprise, allowing it to evolve into a Jolteon and defeat them with a massive Pin Missile.

During the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, Red does not carry Poli on his team with him, enabling him to use both Green's Blastoise and Blue's Charizard. This is a reference to Red's team in Pokémon Gold and Silver.

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. He also defeated Carr's Steelix, showing an impressive feat of hurling the megaton monster away. However, once Deoxys arrived and launched its Psycho Boost attack, Poli and the rest of its teammates are nearly killed after shielding Red from the blast, which shatters Red's confidence.

During the Emerald chapter, Poli joined forces with Gold's Polibo while battling against the 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 were able to rather simply throw them away and attack Guile Hideout directly, breaking his armor.

Moves used

Poli Ice Beam.png
Using Ice Beam
Move First Used In
Water Gun Glimpse of the Glow
Ice Beam Onix Is On!
Seismic Toss Buzz Off, Electabuzz!
DoubleSlap Meanvile... Vileplume!
Double Team  Just a Spearow Carrier
Focus Punch Attacking the Entire Island
Mind Reader Attacking the Entire Island
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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