Piplup (Pokémon)

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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Piplup (disambiguation).
Piplup
Penguin Pokémon
ポッチャマ
Pochama
#393
Piplup



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Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Torrent Cacophony
Cacophony
Defiant
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Water 1 and Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'04" 0.4 m
Piplup
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
11.5 lbs. 5.2 kg
Piplup
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form2}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
66
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
63
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Piplup
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
1
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body12.png
Footprint
F393.png None.png
{{{form2}}}
Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
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Piplup (Japanese: ポッチャマ Pochama) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation IV.

It evolves into Prinplup starting at level 16, which evolves into Empoleon starting at level 36.

Along with Turtwig and Chimchar, Piplup is one of three starter Pokémon of Sinnoh available at the beginning of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl.

Biology

Piplup rejecting food

Piplup is a light-blue, penguin-like Pokémon, which is covered in thick down to insulate against the cold. It has a dark blue head with a primarily white face and a short, yellow beak. The dark blue feathers on its head extend down its back and around its neck, which causes it to appear to be wearing a cape. There are two white ovals on its chest and a small, light-blue marking resembles a crown above its beak. It has flipper-like arms and yellow feet with three toes each.

Piplup has a strong sense of self-pride. Because of its pride, it has a hard time accepting food from humans and bonding with its caretakers. It will even puff out its chest after it falls down, which it often does due to its poor walking abilities. However, it is a skilled swimmer that can dive for over ten minutes in order to hunt. It has also been shown to fly short distances in the anime. It lives along the seashore in colder climates.

In the anime

Main series

Piplup in the anime
A Piplup Egg in the anime

Major appearances

Dawn's Piplup

Piplup debuted in Following A Maiden's Voyage!, where he got into a fight with a Chimchar over their food in Professor Rowan's lab. After ruining the lab, the two escaped, and Dawn was given the task of finding them. She found Piplup, and the two narrowly escaped an Ariados attack. Back at Rowan's lab, Dawn chose Piplup as her starter Pokémon. Since then, he has been her main Pokémon and has been mostly seen outside of his Poké Ball.

Team Poképals

A Piplup, who used to be a human, was one of the two main members of Team Poképals in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness.

Other

In The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!, Tyler used a female Piplup nicknamed Pippy to catch a Yanma. She is different from other Piplup because she wears a tiara.

In DPS01, Professor Rowan presented a Piplup to Shinko as one of the starter Pokémon for her to pick. It fought with Rowan's Chimchar after it stole its food; this led to a window breaking and Piplup and Chimchar escaping. They were then captured by an Ariados's web before being rescued by Shinko and Dawn.

A Piplup appeared in I Choose You!, under the ownership of Verity. It is her main Pokémon.

In The Sinnoh Iceberg Race!, Lauren's Piplup ran away from Sinnoh after becoming jealous of Lauren's new Croagunk. Eventually, it was returned to her by Ash and Goh after they found it in Vermilion City. Piplup then entered itself and Croagunk into the Pokémon Iceberg Race, but the two partnered up to save Lauren after Team Rocket interrupted the race.

Alternate World Dawn's Piplup appeared in flashbacks and photos in The Gates of Warp! and physically in Showdown at the Gates of Warp!.

Minor appearances

In Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade, a Piplup watched Meloetta's concert.

In Going for the Gold!, multiple Piplup were living in the Ambrette Aquarium. Seeing these Piplup reminded Ash of Dawn's, since her Piplup was "something else".

In Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad, a Piplup was living in a forest.

A Piplup appeared in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

In The Cuteness Quotient!, a Trainer's Piplup competed in the Friendship Festival.

A Piplup appeared in a fantasy alongside the other starter Pokémon in Getting More Than You Battled For!.

Multiple Piplup appeared in A Midsummer Night's Light! at the Cerise Laboratory, having hatched from Eggs.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP003 Piplup Ash's Pokédex Piplup, the Penguin Pokémon. It's very proud, and its thick down protects it from the cold.
DP143 Piplup Lyra's Pokédex Piplup, the Penguin Pokémon. Although not the most sure-footed, it is proud nonetheless, getting right back up after a fall with head held high.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW086 Piplup Ash's Pokédex Piplup, the Penguin Pokémon. Piplup's limited walking skills often cause it to fall down, but that never hurts its pride.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
JN008 Piplup Ash's Rotom Phone Piplup, the Penguin Pokémon. A Water type. Piplup is a proud Pokémon and an excellent swimmer, and it has a layer of down that keeps out the cold.

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

A Piplup appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, under the ownership of Barry. Alongside Bettie's Pikachu and Iris's Haxorus, it battled Skyla's Swanna, Flint's Infernape, and Acerola's Palossand, though the outcome was left unknown.

Pokémon Evolutions

A Piplup appeared in The Rival under the ownership of Barry. Barry was shown choosing it as his starter Pokémon when attacked by a wild Starly at Lake Verity and was later used to defeat Roark's Cranidos in a Gym battle, earning him the Coal Badge. It later evolved into a Prinplup and Empoleon.

GOTCHA!

A Piplup briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

Bidoof's Big Stand

Two Piplup appeared in Bidoof's Big Stand.

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Main article: Dawn's Piplup

Dawn's Piplup appears in the following manga adaptations of Pokémon movies: The Rise of Darkrai, Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Like in the anime, it is Dawn's main Pokémon. The role of Piplup is basically the same in all the chapters, but in most stories, it is shown inside his Poké Ball and has fewer interactions with Pokémon present in the story.

Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl

Main article: Dawn's Piplup

Dawn's Piplup appeared in Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl.

Pocket Monsters DP

A Piplup appeared in PMDP24, under the ownership of Professor Oak.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Platinum's Piplup

In Pokémon Adventures, Platinum began her journey with a Piplup. She eventually evolved into a Prinplup and an Empoleon. She first appeared in Stagestruck Starly.

A Piplup appeared in a flashback in Homecoming and the Brilliant Professional Golfer. Moon accidentally exposed it to poison and traveled to Alola to find a cure for it. By the end of the chapter, it had been cured.

Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master!

A Piplup appeared in ABM01.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Main article: Hareta's Piplup

Hareta randomly selected Piplup to battle an enraged Onix in In Search of the Legendary Pokémon Dialga!!. After their first encounter with Onix, Hareta chose Piplup as his first Pokémon. Piplup was originally disobedient to Hareta, but eventually listened to him in order to defeat the Onix during their second battle.

In the TCG

Main article: Piplup (TCG)

In the TFG

One Piplup figure has been released.

Other appearances

Piplup in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

On being released from a Poké Ball, Piplup slides along the stage using Surf. Anyone caught in it will be pushed until Piplup disappears, or pushes the character off the stage. Piplup will keep using Surf even when off the stage.

Trophy information

A Penguin Pokémon. It's one of the starter Pokémon received from Professor Rowan when the player departs from the Sinnoh region. It's a Water type, so it's strong versus Rock and Ground-types. It's very cute but filled with pride--it hates to accept food from people. When it levels up, it evolves into Prinplup.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

While Piplup no longer appears from Poké Balls, having been replaced by Oshawott, it makes a cameo appearance in the Kalos Pokémon League stage. When the stage transitions to the Flood Chamber, it can be seen in the background along with Blastoise, Wailord, and Clawitzer.

Trophy information

You wouldn't think it from its adorable exterior, but this Pokémon is very proud and often won't listen to its Trainer. When it walks on land, it waddles and even falls over sometimes, all in a suitably cute way, but once it's in the water you'll see its true potential. It's a skilled swimmer and can dive for over ten minutes at a time to hunt.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Piplup appears as a Spirit.

Game data

NPC appearances

  • In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Piplup is one of Pikachu's best friends. He is found keeping a trapped Wynaut company in the Beach Zone after falling through the mysterious tunnel. Once the Wynaut is safe, he takes a Pikachu shaped hot air balloon back to the Meeting Place where he mends it. He later accompanies Pikachu to the Sky Pavilion along with Chikorita and Charmander where he meets Mew.
  • Piplup returns in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond where he and Pikachu arrive at a new PokéPark. They venture into the Wish Park together and try to save some of the Pokémon trapped there. Piplup inevitably becoming trapped in the Wish Park after saving Pikachu and Oshawott's lives. He is later found by Zorua and Zoroark and announces that he wishes to stay in Wish Park so he can help the Pokémon who are coaxed into coming. Piplup is later taken by Gothitelle in exchange for setting Victini free, where he is then manipulated by Darkrai. Piplup later awakens Pikachu from Darkrai's nightmare and encourages Pikachu to seek out his missing friends after their memories were taken by Darkrai right before the final battle.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#007
Johto
#—
Diamond Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold.
Pearl It lives along shores in northern countries. A skilled swimmer, it dives for over 10 minutes to hunt.
Platinum A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
HeartGold It doesn't like to be taken care of. It's difficult to bond with since it won't listen to its Trainer.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
#—
Black A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
White
Black 2 A poor walker, it often falls down. However, its strong pride makes it puff up its chest without a care.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X It doesn't like to be taken care of. It's difficult to bond with since it won't listen to its Trainer.
Y Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold.
Omega Ruby It doesn't like to be taken care of. It's difficult to bond with since it won't listen to its Trainer.
Alpha Sapphire Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from the cold.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#007
Hisui
#161
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sword and Shield.
Brilliant Diamond Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold.
Shining Pearl It lives along the shore in northern countries. A skilled swimmer, it dives for over 10 minutes while hunting.
Legends: Arceus Prefers cold climes and appears along coasts. It's an adorable little thing—as cute as any child—but it's also prideful, unwilling to accept handouts from people.
Generation IX Paldea
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation IX.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase at Lake Verity
Platinum
Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase on Route 201
HeartGold SoulSilver
Trade
Generation V
Black White
Global Link event
Black 2 White 2
Global Link event
Generation VI
X Y
Trade
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
From Professor Birch on Route 101 after entering the Hall of Fame twice
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Breed Prinplup or Empoleon
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's briefcase at Lake Verity
Grand Underground - Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern (After obtaining the National Pokédex)
Legends: Arceus
Spring Path, Cobalt Coastlands (Mass Outbreak)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Starter Pokémon, Blizzard Island (1F-20F), Crevice Cave (B1F-B10F, Lower Crevice Cave B1F-B4F), Mt. Avalanche (1F-19F)
MD Sky
Starter Pokémon, Blizzard Island (1F-20F), Crevice Cave (B1F-B10F, Lower Crevice Cave B1F-B4F), Mt. Avalanche (1F-19F)
Ranger: SoA
Hia Valley
Rumble
Bright Beach
MD Stormy
Starter Pokémon
PokéPark Wii
Beach Zone, Meeting Place*
Ranger: GS
Hinder Cape
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Beach: Sunny Seashore
PokéPark 2
Cove Area
Conquest
Fontaine
Rumble U
Dream Gate: Wet and Wild Battle, Variety Battle: Get 1,000 Combos!,
Variety Battle: Empoleon the Great, NFC Figurine
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Mysterious Fountain: Stage 1
Shuffle
Zaffiro Coast: Stage 635
Rumble World
Dewdrop Bay: Quiet Inlet (All Areas)
Picross
Area 06: Stage 01
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Garchomp Sea, Arceus Sea, Garchomp SeaFinal
Masters EX
Chapter 2: New Friends, New Foes (Barry's)
Generation VIII
New Snap
Shiver Snowfields


In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
BW Pokémon Searcher BW Piplup Japanese Japan 15 April 28 to May 6, 2012
B2W2 Recital Piplup Japanese Japan
Wi-Fi
15 July 20 to August 9, 2012
BWB2W2 Concert Piplup Korean South Korea 15 December 22 to 25, 2012
XYORAS Pokémon Center Tokyo Piplup All Japan 7 December 6, 2014
SM Verity's Piplup Japanese region Online 30 August 1 to 28, 2017
SM Verity's Piplup All Japan 30 August 22 to September 3, 2017
SM Pokémon Festa Verity's Piplup All South Korea 30 November 4 to 12, 2017
BDSPLA Project Pochama Pocha Marche Piplup All Online 15 February 5, 2022 to February 28, 2023
BDSPLA Dawn's Piplup All Online 50 June 1 to July 31, 2022
In-game events
Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
HOME HOME Hidden Ability Piplup Worldwide hide 5 May 18, 2022 onwards

Pokémon Global Link promotions

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BW Global Link Piplup Japanese PGL 10 October 29, 2010 to November 30, 2011
BW Global Link Piplup Korean PGL 10 June 1, 2011 to June 1, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Piplup English PGL 10 December 6, 2012 to July 31, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Piplup French PGL 10 December 6, 2012 to July 31, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Piplup German PGL 10 December 6, 2012 to July 31, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Piplup Italian PGL 10 December 6, 2012 to July 31, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Piplup Spanish PGL 10 December 6, 2012 to July 31, 2013

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Water Gem Water Gem (100%) Metronome Metronome (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
53
113 - 160 216 - 310
51
50 - 113 96 - 221
53
52 - 115 99 - 225
61
59 - 124 114 - 243
56
54 - 118 105 - 232
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Total:
314
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.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Total
14/20 ★★☆☆


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

Piplup is available in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

By leveling up

BDSP

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Pound Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
044 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
066 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
1111 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100100% 20
1515 Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
1818 Bubble Beam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
2222 Swagger Normal Status 0000 08585% 15
2525 Fury Attack Normal Physical 01515 08585% 20
2929 Brine Water Special 06565 100100% 10
3232 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 08585% 15
3636 Mist Ice Status 0000 00——% 30
3939 Drill Peck Flying Physical 08080 100100% 20
4343 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Piplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Piplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

LA

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
Learn Mastery  Move   Type   Cat.   Power   Accuracy   PP
Base  St.   Ag.  Base  St. 
1 10 Tackle Normal Physical 40 50 30 100% 100% 30
6 15 Bubble Water Special 40 50 30 100% 100% 25
11 20 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 60 75 45 —% —% 20
18 28 Water Pulse Water Special 60 75 45 —% —% 20
25 35 Roost Flying Status —% —% 10
34 45 Liquidation Water Physical 80 100 60 100% 100% 10
43 54 Double-Edge Normal Physical 100 120 80 100% 100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Piplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Piplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM03Bag TM Water SwSh Sprite.png TM03 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
TM07Bag TM Ice SwSh Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM10 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM13Bag TM Ice SwSh Sprite.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM14Bag TM Ice SwSh Sprite.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM18Bag TM Water SwSh Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM28Bag TM Ground SwSh Sprite.png TM28 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM31Bag TM Fighting SwSh Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM39Bag TM Rock SwSh Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM40Bag TM Flying SwSh Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic SwSh Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM49Bag TM Water SwSh Sprite.png TM49 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM55Bag TM Water SwSh Sprite.png TM55 Brine Water Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM56Bag TM Dark SwSh Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM58Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM58 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM76Bag TM Rock SwSh Sprite.png TM76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM82Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM82 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM86Bag TM Grass SwSh Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Flying SwSh Sprite.png TM88 Pluck Flying Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM90Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM93Bag TM Normal SwSh Sprite.png TM93 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
TM95Bag TM Water SwSh Sprite.png TM95 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM97Bag TM Flying SwSh Sprite.png TM97 Defog Flying Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM99Bag TM Water SwSh Sprite.png TM99 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Piplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Piplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
PikachuRaichuSandshrewSandslashGrowlitheArcanine
PonytaRapidashFarfetch'dHorseaSeadraKingdra
JolteonDratiniDragonairDragoniteFeraligatrFurret
AipomAmbipomGirafarigSneaselWeavileMantine
WingullPelipperSurskitMasquerainGorebyssBuizel
FloatzelBunearyLopunny
Agility Psychic Status —% 30
SeelDewgongVaporeonMarillAzumarillCorsola
MantineMiloticGorebyss
Aqua Ring Water Status —% 20
AipomAmbipomGirafarigCorphishCrawdauntBuizel
FloatzelMamoswine
Double Hit Normal Physical 35 90% 10
TorchicCombuskenBlaziken Feather Dance Flying Status 100% 15
TotodileCroconawFeraligatrDunsparceSwinubPiloswine
MamoswineCorsolaPhanpyDonphanZigzagoonLinoone
LotadLombreLudicoloSlakothVigorothSlaking
TorkoalSpindaFeebasMiloticRelicanth
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
SquirtleWartortleBlastoisePsyduckGolduckPoliwag
PoliwhirlPoliwrathPolitoedHorseaSeadraKingdra
LaprasVaporeonOmanyteOmastarTotodileCroconaw
FeraligatrMarillAzumarillRemoraidOctilleryMantine
MudkipMarshtompSwampertLombreLudicoloPelipper
MiloticHuntailGorebyssRelicanthPiplupPrinplup
EmpoleonBuizelFloatzel
Hydro Pump Water Special 110 80% 5
SeelDewgongSneaselWeavileSwinubPiloswine
MamoswineGlaceon
Icy Wind Ice Special 55 95% 15
DiglettDugtrioMankeyPrimeapeTotodileCroconaw
FeraligatrDunsparceSwinubPiloswineMamoswinePoochyena
MightyenaShellosGastrodon
Mud-Slap Ground Special 20 100% 10
TeddiursaUrsaringSpoinkGrumpigSphealSealeo
Walrein
Snore Normal Special 50 100% 15
MantineMudkipMarshtompSwampertWingullPelipper
MasquerainWhismurLoudredExploud
Supersonic Normal Status 55% 20
SlowpokeSlowbroSlowkingWooperQuagsireDunsparce
KingdraPoochyenaMightyenaSlakothVigorothSlaking
NumelCameruptRelicanthBidoofBibarelHippopotas
Hippowdon
Yawn Normal Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Piplup in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Piplup in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Piplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Piplup
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Power   Accuracy   PP 
Base  St.   Ag.  Base  St. 
LA Aerial Ace Flying Physical 60 75 45 —% —% 20
LA Baby-Doll Eyes Fairy Status 100% 100% 20
LA Ice Beam Ice Special 80 100 60 100% 100% 10
LA Icy Wind Ice Special 60 75 45 95% 100% 20
LA Rest Psychic Status —% —% 10
LA Rock Smash Fighting Physical 40 50 30 100% 100% 20
LA Stealth Rock Rock Physical 40 50 30 100% 100% 20
LA Water Pulse Water Special 60 75 45 —% —% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Piplup
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Piplup
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By events

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Pocha Marche Pokémon Center Piplup Roost Flying Status —% 10
  • A superscript level indicates that Piplup can learn this move normally in Generation VIII
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TCG-only moves

Move Card
Muddy Water Piplup (Platinum 85)

Side game data

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 393.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: F
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Water
Poké Assist: Water PA.png
Water
Field move: None
Browser entry R-206
It spits water to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Water
Poké Assist:
(present)
Water Assist.png
Water
Field move:
(present)
Soak 1 field move.png
(Soak ×1)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Water Assist.png
Water
Field move:
(past)
Soak 1 field move.png
(Soak ×1)
Browser entry R-083/N-001
It attacks by spitting bubbles that make Pokémon Slowed.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush393Body.png Walking Speed: 2.08 seconds Base HP: 49
Base Attack: 69 Base Defense: 49 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW393.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Piplup is your best friend. He followed you through the Mysterious Tunnel. He landed in the Beach Zone. He wishes he could fly.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2393.png Strong: Pikachu icon.pngSnivy icon.png Weak: Oshawott icon.pngTepig icon.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
Pikachu's childhood friend. He called Pikachu to have an adventure in PokéPark with him. He is serious about everything.
Pokémon Conquest
PCP393.png HP: ★★ Move: Bubble
Attack: ★★ Ability 1: Torrent
Ability 2: Wave Rider
Ability 3: Pride
Defense: ★★
Speed: ★★
Evolves into Prinplup when its Attack is 51 or higher
Range: 3 Perfect Links:
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT393.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#362
Shuffle393.png

Counterattack+
Deals even more damage the more disruptions there are.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#362
Shuffle393Winking.png

Hammering Streak
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.
Skill Swapper: Three Force
Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Magikarp Jump Mystic Water.png Friendship Item: Mystic Water (Beat the Quick League) ★✰✰: 1
★★✰: 2 (10Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
★★★: 3 (12Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
Skill: Recovers n Training Point(s)
Recovery time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Pokémon GO
GO393.png Base Stamina: 142 Base Attack: 112 Base Defense: 102
Egg Distance: 2 km* Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Piplup Candy 25
Fast Attacks: Bubble, Pound
Charged Attacks: Bubble Beam, Drill Peck, Icy Wind
New Pokémon Snap
NPS393.png
Photodex entry #176
Piplup isn’t a great walker, with all its stumbling and falling, but it’s very good at swimming. It likes to find shells underwater and show them off to its friends.


Costumes in Pokémon GO
GO393Halloween2021.png GO393Gems1.png GO393Gems2.png
Halloween Mischief Lucas hat Dawn hat

Evolution

393Piplup.png
Unevolved
Piplup
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 16
394Prinplup.png
First evolution
Prinplup
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 36
395Empoleon.png
Second evolution
Empoleon
 Water  Steel 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 393.png Spr b 4d 393.png Spr 4p 393.png Spr b 4d 393.png Spr 4p 393.png Spr b 4h 393.png
Spr 4d 393 s.png Spr b 4d 393 s.png Spr 4p 393 s.png Spr b 4p 393 s.png Spr 4p 393 s.png Spr b 4p 393 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 393.png Spr b 5b 393.png Spr 5b 393.png Spr b 5b 393.png
Spr 5b 393 s.png Spr b 5b 393 s.png Spr 5b 393 s.png Spr b 5b 393 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 393.png Spr b 6x 393.png Spr 6x 393.png Spr b 6x 393.png
Spr 6x 393 s.png Spr b 6x 393 s.png Spr 6x 393 s.png Spr b 6x 393 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 393.png Spr b 7s 393.png Spr 7s 393.png Spr b 7s 393.png
Spr 7s 393 s.png Spr b 7s 393 s.png Spr 7s 393 s.png Spr b 7s 393 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Legends: Arceus
Spr 8a 393.png Spr 8a 393 s.png
HOME
HOME393.png HOME393 s.png
393MS6.png For other sprites and images, please see Piplup images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Other sprites

Spr 4p Piplup intro.png
Platinum intro's sprite

Trivia

  • Piplup shares its category with its evolved form and Eiscue. They are all known as the Penguin Pokémon.
  • Piplup is the most selected Sinnoh starter Pokémon in the anime, being the starter Pokémon of Dawn, Kenny, and Tyler.
  • Piplup was designed by Yusuke Ohmura.[1]
  • In February 2007, it was believed that Piplup's localization name was the same as its Japanese name, Pochama, due to the claim made by a piece of merchandise at Toy Fair. But this was conflicted later by another item at Toy Fair again by the merchandise named "Piplup".[citation needed]

Origin

Piplup is likely based on a young penguin, possibly an emperor penguin chick. The light blue crown-shaped marking above its beak may also allude to emperor penguins, or to emperors and kings in general.

Name origin

Piplup is derived from plop or plup, the sound of a pebble hitting water.[2] It may also incorporate pip, a stage of growth in baby birds immediately before they hatch from the eggshell.

Pochama is derived from ぽちゃぽちゃ pochapocha (the sound of a pebble splashing in water).[2] It may also incorporate 坊っちゃま botchama (young master).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポッチャマ Pochama From ぽちゃぽちゃ pochapocha and 坊っちゃま botchama
France Flag.png French Tiplouf From petit and plouf
Spain Flag.png Spanish Piplup Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Plinfa From plip and infant
Italy Flag.png Italian Piplup Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 팽도리 Pengdori From penguin, ~돌이 -dori, 도령 doryeong, and 도련님 doryeonnim
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 波加曼 Bōjiāmàn From and transcription of the Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 波加曼 Bōgamaahn From and transcription of the Japanese name


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