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In the anime
In The Stun Spore Detour, 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 out of thanks for Misty protecting it from Team Rocket. Poliwag obviously liked Misty, because it insisted on coming along with her, and Misty added it to her team.
In Viva Las Lapras, Poliwag was called out, along with Misty's Goldeen, Staryu, and Ash's Squirtle, to help defeat the pirate poachers attempting to capture Lapras's mother and family. It joined the other Pokémon in destroying the pirates' cannons with its Water Gun, and then gave Captain Crook a point-blank Water Gun to the face when he refused Misty's demand to call off his Tentacruel from their ordered attack on Ash, Pikachu, and Lapras.
In The Totodile Duel, Ash and Misty both used Lure Balls on a wild Totodile. The Balls caught the Pokémon out of sight, so Ash and Misty had a tournament to see who got the 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.
In Hook, Line, and Stinker, Misty used Poliwhirl in the Seaking Catching Competition. During the competition, Misty and Poliwhirl formed a rivalry with Andreas and his Poliwrath. Poliwhirl and Misty managed to hook a Seaking just as time ran out for the competition. Both Andreas and Misty had a 55 kilogram Seaking, meaning they had to battle each other to decide the winner. The battle started with Poliwhirl getting overwhelmed due to battling its evolved form. It lost its confidence and hid behind Misty. Misty's Psyduck, Staryu, and Goldeen then popped out of their Balls to encourage Poliwhirl and it decided to resume the match. Poliwhirl then beat Poliwrath, winning the competition for Misty.
In Mewtwo Returns, Poliwhirl was sent out alongside Misty and Brock's Pokémon to stop Giovanni and the rest of Team Rocket from recapturing Mewtwo. Their distraction gave Ash the time he needed to take Mewtwo to the top of Mount Quena so it could be healed.
Misty used Poliwhirl in the second and third rounds of the Whirl Cup in The Perfect Match!. In the second round, Poliwhirl went up against Ash's Totodile. Ash started the battle by having Totodile use Water Gun, but Poliwhirl dove underwater to evade it. Poliwhirl jumped out of the water and attacked with Bubble, dazing Totodile for a while. Poliwhirl attempted to use Double Slap, but Totodile dodged and headbutted it back into a pillar. However, Poliwhirl kicked off the pillar and dove towards Totodile, using Double Slap again, and knocking Totodile out. Ash recalled Totodile and sent out Kingler. Misty again commanded Poliwhirl to unleash another Bubble, but Kingler used Crabhammer first. An energy sphere was sent across the arena causing whirlpools to form. The attack knocked Poliwhirl into the whirlpools, and another Crabhammer attack knocked Poliwhirl out.
Misty again started with Poliwhirl in the third round against Trinity and her Gyarados. Misty told Poliwhirl to use Bubble, but Trinity responded with Gyarados's Hyper Beam. Gyarados quickly charged up and fired the Hyper Beam, knocking the Bubble away and defeating Poliwhirl.
In Outrageous Fortunes, on the way to Blackthorn City, Misty fought a Trainer with a Poliwrath and lost. Misty started to consider evolving Poliwhirl. Misty took Poliwhirl to the local Pokémon Center to be healed, with Poliwhirl picking up the King's Rock that Ash had won in a tournament on the way. 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 via transfer machine from another Pokémon Center and let it out. It was summoned wearing the King's Rock, surprising Misty when it evolved into Politoed before her eyes. Although it wasn't the Poliwrath she wanted, Misty was thrilled with her newly-evolved Pokémon.
In I Politoed Ya So!, Politoed was mistaken by Tammy for her Politoed, Bean. She took Politoed to her dance school and quickly figured out Politoed wasn't hers, but was impressed by its clapping and excellent rhythm. While practicing, Misty found them and insisted she be given Politoed back. Tammy, however, believed Politoed was key to winning the National Cheering Competition and begged Misty to let her use Politoed. While deciding what to do, Team Rocket arrived to steal the dancing troupe. Politoed teamed up with Bean to send them blasting off and, finding that Bean had discovered its own sense of rhythm, Tammy agreed to let Politoed return to Misty.
In A Fated Face-Off!, Politoed was used in Misty's battle against Ash to decide who would get to catch a Clauncher they were both trying to get. Politoed battled against Corphish, and after a tough battle, Politoed emerged victorious, allowing Misty to add Clauncher to her team. During the battle, Misty revealed that Politoed had become the guardian deity of the Cerulean Gym.
Personality and characteristics
As a Poliwag, it was very friendly, cheerful, and liked to help people, as shown when Misty first caught it in The Stun Spore Detour. It was shown to be highly affectionate toward Misty even before its capture, as shown by it nuzzling up against her after Misty used some Pokémon cream on it. After its evolution into a Poliwhirl, Misty began to use it in many of her battles, as it developed more stability on land. Poliwhirl, however, also had a bit of a confidence problem, where it tended to hide behind Misty's legs to avoid confrontation. In Hook, Line, and Stinker, Poliwhirl overcame its fears after Misty's other Pokémon offered their support. In its future battles during the Whirl Cup and against Delaney, Poliwhirl leaped into the rounds with visible determination.
After evolving into Politoed, it became particularly cheerful. Its habit of clapping, even at inappropriate moments or when being scolded, often irritated Misty. Though its excellent rhythm proved useful in I Politoed Ya So!, where it took up cheerleading with Tammy's Pokémon cheer squad. Tammy rekindled her interests in entertaining audiences with her cheers rather than winning tournaments, while her own Politoed, nicknamed Bean, learned Misty's Politoed's clap routine. Politoed also continued to show its affection toward Misty in that same episode, running joyously toward her when she had found it at Tammy's home.
Since Misty stopped traveling with Ash, Politoed has apparently become one of her most trusted Pokémon as of A Fated Face-Off!. Its improved strength has made it the current guardian of the Cerulean Gym.
|As a Poliwag||As a Poliwhirl|
|An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately known 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.|
|Picture||First Used In||Moves Involved||Partnered With|
|Gotta Catch Ya Later!||Thunderbolt, Water Gun, and Rapid Spin||Ash's Pikachu and Brock's Forretress|
|Description: Politoed combines its Water Gun with Pikachu's Thunderbolt and Forretress' Rapid Spin, creating a tornado of water and electricity. This was used to send Team Rocket and the Invincible Pokémon Brothers blasting off.|
In the games
In the Stadium series
Misty uses a Poliwhirl during Pokémon Stadium 2's Round 1, and a Politoed during Round 2.
|Pokémon Stadium 2|
|Round 1||Round 2|
In the spin-off games
In the manga
Ash & Pikachu
Misty's Poliwhirl appeared in The Grand Rhydon Plan.
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Misty owns a Poliwag in Clefairy Tale. Later, in To Evolve or Not to Evolve, That is the Question!, Misty expressed interest in evolving her Poliwhirl into a Poliwrath. However, she was unable to do so because Evolution stones were too expensive.
|As a Poliwag|
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.
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.
|Misty's Poliwag||Gym Heroes||87/132||Hanada City Gym|
|Misty's Poliwag||Gym Challenge||89/132||Leaders' Stadium|
|Misty's Poliwhirl||Gym Heroes||53/132||Leaders' Stadium|
|Misty's Politoed||Theater Limited VS Pack||003/018|
Other sleeves: Two more standalone sleeve designs were also made available. Each pack of sleeves includes 64 copies.
- The Misty & Starmie Sleeves (Japanese: デッキシールド カスミ＆スターミー Deck Shield: Kasumi & Starmie) feature Gym Leader Misty and her Starmie taking a break after a training session. The sleeves were illustrated by You Iribi.
- Poliwag was the first of Misty's Pokémon to be seen evolving in the anime.
- Poliwag's evolution into Poliwhirl marked the first onscreen evolution of any Pokémon belonging to one of Ash's friends.
- 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 either released or given away in the same episode (such as Ash's Beedrill and James's second Victreebel).
- Politoed is the first Pokémon belonging to a main character that has evolved via the use of an item (in this case, a King's Rock).
- Politoed has used the most moves out of all of Misty's Pokémon, with a total of eleven.
- Politoed is Misty's first Pokémon to defeat a regional Champion's Pokémon, defeating Ash's Corphish in A Fated Face-Off!.
- Politoed is the only Pokémon in the anime to have used the move Swagger.
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|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|