Squirtle (Pokémon)

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ゼニガメ Zenigame
Artwork from FR/LG
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Tiny Turtle Pokémon
Exp. at Lv. 100
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0.5 m
19.8 lbs.
9.0 kg
Dex color
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
Gender ratio
Monster and
Water 1 groups
1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
Base Exp.: 66 Battle Exp.: 661*

Squirtle (Japanese: ゼニガメ Zenigame) is a Water-type Pokémon. Along with Bulbasaur and Charmander, it is one of three starter Pokémon you can receive at the beginning of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Green, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Squirtle comes with the Ability Torrent, which increases the power of Water-type attacks by 50% once the Pokémon has less than one-third of its maximum HP.

Squirtle evolves via level, into Wartortle starting at Level 16, then into Blastoise starting at Level 36.



Squirtle is a bipedal turtle with its most notable feature being the hard shell on its back. This shell forms and hardens on its back after birth. It could perhaps be distantly related to some other turtle-like Pokémon, such as Torkoal and Naetle, but Squirtle seems to only be closely related to its evolutions.

Squirtle's shell is an extremely helpful defensive tool. It can Withdraw into the shell to block physical attacks. Its smooth, hard shell and head also aid it in other ways, such as minimizing its resistance in water to increase its swimming speed, and allowing it to launch attacks like Rapid Spin and Skull Bash.

Squirtle is a natural-born swimmer. However, due to its size, it's easier for its to transport something small like a Pikachu than to carry its trainer.

Its jaws may not look like much, but they are strong enough that a Squirtle can learn to use a Bite attack.

Special abilities

Squirtle can spray water from its mouth. At first, it may only be able to spray foam and bubbles, but with time it can learn to spray water jets like Water Gun and Hydro Pump. If it Withdraws, it can still spray water out the holes in its shell.

It can also be easily taught Ice-type moves like Ice Beam and Blizzard.


Squirtle are scarce in the wild. Most are domestic Pokémon, raised to be distributed as starters by Professor Oak. As such, they are regarded as well-behaved Pokémon. They are not regarded as the easiest or hardest for a trainer to raise, since they are not as mild-mannered and easy as Bulbasaur but they are not as rash and hard as Charmander and its evolutions, and it has a type advantage against the first Kanto Gym Leader, Brock.

They are very loyal to their groups, but they get along better with other Pokémon than with humans, and can sometimes have a bit of an attitude towards humans. It is far from uncommon for them to start or join larger groups, such as the Squirtle Squad in Here Comes the Squirtle Squad and a civilization of Squirtle and its evolutions in Beach Blank-Out Blastoise.


Squirtle are scarce in the wild. Sometimes they can be found living on secluded islands or swimming in the rivers of deep canyons, but overall they are found far more often in urban settings, usually in the ownership of trainers.


Main article: Pokémon food

Their diet is the usual omnivorous diet of a Pokémon.

In the anime

Ash Ketchum, May, and Gary Oak all have or had Squirtles. Ash's Squirtle is part of the Squirtle Squad, a firefighting group, May's Squirtle is very young and timid, and Gary's Squirtle eventually evolved into Wartortle and then Blastoise.

In Journey to the Starting Line, a set of the three Kanto starter Pokémon in which a boy named Gilbert was supposed to choose from as his starting Pokémon were scared off by Ash's Tauros. Prof. Oak, Tracey, Delia Ketchum and Gilbert had to split up and find the three missing Pokémon. Squirtle was the second one found. The Tiny Turtle Pokémon was stuck in a tree that was hanging over a cliff. Ash's Bulbasaur managed to catch the Squirtle before it could fall off the cliff.

The star of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon special is a Squirtle that claims that he used to be human. He is part of Team Go-Getters.

In the manga

In Pokémon Special, Blue stole a Squirtle from Professor Oak. It has since evolved into a Blastoise.

In Magical Pokemon Journey, Almond owns a Squirtle, who sees him as an older brother.

In the TCG

Six Squirtle cards have been released.

Other appearances

Super Smash Brothers Melee

Squirtle is the first Pokéfloat to appear. Play begins on its head and arms until it slowly leaves off the bottom of the screen. After travelling through all the Pokéfloats, the screen will be empty for a few seconds before Squirtle pops up and the cycle begins again.

Pokédex entries

Pokémon Red and Blue
After birth, its back swells and hardens into a shell. Powerfully sprays foam from its mouth.
Pokémon Yellow
Shoots water at prey while in the water. Withdraws into its shell when in danger.
Pokémon Stadium
It takes time for the shell to form and harden after hatching. It sprays foam powerfully from its mouth.
Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Stadium 2
The shell is soft when it is born. It soon becomes so resilient, prodding fingers will bounce off it.
Pokémon Silver
The shell, which hardens soon after it is born, is resilient. If you poke it, it will bounce back out.
Pokémon Crystal
When it feels threatened, it draws its legs inside its shell and sprays water from its mouth.
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Squirtle's shell is not merely used for protection. The shell's rounded shape and the grooves on its surface help minimize resistance in water, enabling this Pokémon to swim at high speeds.
Pokémon Emerald
Its shell is not just for protection. Its rounded shape and the grooves on its surface minimize resistance in water, enabling Squirtle to swim at high speeds.
Pokémon FireRed
When it retracts its long neck into its shell, it squirts out water with vigorous force.
Pokémon LeafGreen
After birth, its back swells and hardens into a shell. It powerfully sprays foam from its mouth.

Game locations

Game Rarity Location
Pokémon Red and Blue One Available as starter Pokémon from Professor Oak
Pokémon Yellow One Police Officer in Vermilion City gives it to you
Pokémon Gold and Silver None
Pokémon Crystal None
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire None
Pokémon Emerald None
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen One Available as starter Pokémon from Professor Oak
Pokémon Colosseum None
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness None

In side games

  • Pokémon Stadium: A Squirtle is one of the Pokémon which can be won after beating the Gym Leader Castle.
  • Pokémon Snap: Many Squirtle appear at the Valley. When you enter the course, brown shells can be seen bobbing in the water. Hit them with an item, and they will be knocked forward. If you angle it right, they will land on the shore and pop out, revealing themselves to be Squirtle. They can be seen near the end of the course as well, with all but one rolling up a large mound. The last will roll up if you hit it with a Pester Ball.

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
104 - 151 198 - 292
47 - 110 90 - 214
63 - 128 121 - 251
49 - 112 94 - 218
62 - 127 119 - 249
43 - 104 81 - 203
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 50.

Type effectiveness

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By leveling up

Level Generation I Generation II Generation III
Start Tackle
Tail Whip
Tackle Tackle
4   Tail Whip Tail Whip
7   Bubble Bubble
8 Bubble    
10   Withdraw Withdraw
13   Water Gun Water Gun
15 Water Gun    
18   Bite Bite
22 Bite    
23   Rapid Spin Rapid Spin
28 Withdraw Protect Protect
33   Rain Dance Rain Dance
35 Skull Bash    
40   Skull Bash Skull Bash
42 Hydro Pump    
47   Hydro Pump Hydro Pump


Number Generation I Generation II Generation III
TM01 Mega Punch Dynamicpunch Focus Punch
TM02 Headbutt
TM03 Curse Water Pulse
TM04 Rollout
TM05 Mega Kick
TM06 Toxic Toxic Toxic
TM07 Hail
TM08 Body Slam Rock Smash
TM09 Take Down
TM10 Double-Edge Hidden Power Hidden Power
TM11 Bubblebeam
TM12 Water Gun
TM13 Ice Beam Snore Ice Beam
TM14 Blizzard Blizzard Blizzard
TM15 Icy Wind
TM17 Submission Protect Protect
TM18 Counter Rain Dance Rain Dance
TM19 Seismic Toss
TM20 Rage Endure
TM21 Frustration Frustration
TM23 Iron Tail Iron Tail
TM27 Return Return
TM28 Dig Dig Dig
TM31 Mimic Mud-Slap Brick Break
TM32 Double Team Double Team Double Team
TM33 Reflect Ice Punch
TM34 Bide Swagger
TM35 Sleep Talk
TM40 Skull Bash Defense Curl
TM42 Facade
TM43 Secret Power
TM44 Rest Rest Rest
TM45 Attract Attract
TM50 Substitute
HM03 Surf Surf Surf
HM04 Strength Strength Strength
HM06 Whirlpool Rock Smash
HM07 Waterfall Waterfall
HM08 Dive

By breeding

By tutoring

In Pokémon FireRed, Pokémon LeafGreen, and Pokémon Emerald:

In Pokémon Emerald Only:


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Squirtle appears to be a stylized turtle.

Name origin

Squirtle's name is a combination of squirt, which in this case can hold two meanings- a verb, to spray water, and a noun, a nickname for someone who is tiny in comparison to others -and turtle. Zenigame is simply the Japanese word for pond turtle, 銭亀.

In other languages

  • German: Schiggy
  • French: Carapuce
  • Korean: 꼬부기 Kkobugi
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 杰尼龟 Jíe Ní Gui
  • Chinese (Hong Kong): 車厘龟 Che Lí Gui

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