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Whirlpool (Japanese: うずしお Whirl Tide) is a damage-dealing Template:Type2 move introduced in Generation II. It was the first HM move to lose its HM status, and was later followed by Flash, Dive, Rock Smash, and then Rock Climb. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, it regained its HM status, though as HM05 rather than HM06.
Whirlpool inflicts 1/16 of the target's maximum HP as damage for two to five turns upon use, in addition to the damage dealt when it is used. It also traps the target, preventing switching and escape. If a trapped Pokémon uses Rapid Spin, it will be freed.
Whirlpool has a Power of 15 and an Accuracy of 70.
Outside of battle
Whirlpool clears whirlpools in the field while surfing.
The effects of Whirlpool are the same as in Generation II, but if a wild Pokémon uses Whirlpool on the player's Pokémon, the player may escape if the affected Pokémon has Run Away or is holding a Smoke Ball. However, these do not allow the player to switch the Pokémon out.
In Generation IV, if the user of Whirlpool is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will always be 5 turns. Also, if an affected Pokémon is holding a Shed Shell, it can switch out.
Outside of battle
Returned to HM status in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Whirlpool allows the user to cross whirlpools on the field, instead of clearing them away as it did in Generation II. The reason for this is unknown, but presumably, it could be to differentiate it from Rock Smash in terms of field effects.
Whirlpool's Power and Accuracy were increased to 35 and 85, and now lasts for four to five turns. In addition, if the user of Whirlpool is holding a Binding Band, it inflicts 1/8 of the target's maximum HP instead of 1/16 when the target is trapped.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Whirlpool has a 10% chance of inflicting the Constriction status condition on an opponent. The damage done by Whirlpool is doubled if the target is under the Diving status condition.
In the anime
| The user traps the foe inside a fast, vicious whirlpool. It appears much stronger than in the games.
|| First Used In
|| Lugia dives in the water and its eyes glow white. Then, it spins around and raises up to the surface. As it goes above the water, the whirlpool turns into a cyclone.
| Lugia (movie 2)
|| The Power of One
|| Mantine spins around the opponent quickly while underwater, creating a whirlpool.
| Molly Hale's Mantine
|| Spell of the Unown
|| Rhydon dives underwater, faces the opponent, and spins its horn like a drill, creating a whirlpool that sucks up the opponent.
| Pietra's Rhydon
|| Right On, Rhydon!
|| Gyarados swims around the opponent quicky and creates a whirlpool, or Gyarados points its tail at the opponent and waves it around in circles, creating a whirlpool.
| Misty's Gyarados
|| Cerulean Blues
| A wild Gyarados
|| Sandshrew's Locker!
|| Piplup's body glows a blueish-white color and it raises its arms and beak to the air. It then opens its beak and a huge whirlpool comes out of it and forms above Piplup. Piplup then throws the whirlpool at the opponent. While in the water, Piplup's body glows multicolored, and a whirlpool forms around it, or Piplup spins its body and glowing white water appears and forms around Piplup's body. The water's glow fades and spins with Piplup, turning into a whirlpool. Piplup then spins into the opponent. Piplup can also change the size of the whirlpool by choice.
| Dawn's Piplup
|| Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!
| Piplup of Team Poképals
|| Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness
|| Floatzel raises its arms and a large whirlpool appears above its head. Floatzel then throws the whirlpool at the opponent.
| Crasher Wake's Floatzel
|| A Crasher Course in Power!
| Kenny's Floatzel
|| Last Call - First Round!
In the manga
In other generations
- Although it is the first of three moves to lose HM status, it is also the first former HM to regain that status.
- Empoleon is the only dual-type Pokémon that can learn Whirlpool by leveling up.
- Due to this, it is the only Template:Type2 to learn Whirlpool by leveling up.
- If a player teaches a Pokémon Whirlpool by HM in HeartGold and SoulSilver and trades it to Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum, the Pokémon can be freely imported to Black and White via the Poké Transfer, due to Whirlpool not being needed outside of battle in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Defog has a similar, though reversed, trick, though unlike Defog, Whirlpool is learned by many Pokémon by level as well.
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