Poliwrath (Pokémon)

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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Poliwrath (disambiguation).
Poliwrath
Tadpole Pokémon
ニョロボン
Nyorobon
#062
Poliwrath



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Type
Water Fighting
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Water Absorb or Damp Cacophony
Cacophony
Swift Swim
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 1
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
4'03" 1.3 m
Poliwrath
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Weight
119.0 lbs. 54.0 kg
Poliwrath
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
185
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
230
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Poliwrath
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HP
0
Atk
3
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
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0
Speed
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0
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0
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0
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Shape
Body12.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F062.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
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Poliwrath (Japanese: ニョロボン Nyorobon) is a dual-type Water/Fighting Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Poliwhirl when exposed to a Water Stone. It is one of Poliwag's final forms, the other being Politoed.

Biology

Poliwrath is a blue, bipedal Pokémon with a round body and muscular arms. It has bulbous eyes that protrude from the top of its head and its belly is covered by a white and black swirl. There appear to be white gloves on its hands, and it has rounded, digit-less feet.

Poliwrath's body is almost entirely muscle, and the muscles in its arms and legs never tire. It also has zero percent body-fat. When it swims, it uses all of the muscles in its body and is able to swim vast distances with minimal breathing. It is even capable of briefly running on the water's surface. It can also smash through ice and plow forward using its strong arms. Poliwrath is capable of out-swimming even world-class swimmers. Poliwrath is also skilled at martial arts. It can launch powerful square punches capable of crushing boulders into dust. Many children learn how to swim by replicating Poliwrath's movement. It is one of the most gifted swimmers of all Water-type Pokémon.

Being the result of an evolution via Evolution stone, Poliwrath is rarely found in the wild. When found, it is usually seen living on dry land near the water's edge, despite it being an excellent swimmer. In Alola, Poliwrath found are strong enough to use the breaststroke while swimming.

In the anime

In the main series

Poliwrath in the anime

Major appearances

In Charizard Chills, Tad used a Poliwrath in his battle against Ash. It was able to defeat both Pikachu and Charizard easily. Later, Charizard managed to defeat Poliwrath in a rematch. It reappeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.

In Hook, Line, and Stinker, Andreas's Poliwrath participated in a Seaking Catching contest. It later battled Misty's Poliwhirl to decide who would win the contest and was defeated.

In Machoke, Machoke Man, Chuck used a Poliwrath during his Gym battle against Ash. It quickly defeated Pikachu with Double Slap, but then lost to Bayleef's Body Slam. After a long absence, it reappeared in Octo-Gridlock at the Gym!, where it battled Bea's Grapploct.

In Outrageous Fortunes, Delaney's Poliwrath upheld an excelling winning streak, prompting an impressed Team Rocket to target it.

In A Young Royal Flame Ignites!, the Revengers own a Poliwrath. It helped Viren during his Battle Royal by distracting Incineroar.

In Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, James pulled a Poliwrath from the Rocket Prize Master. It was used to battle Ash and Goh when the latter intruded on Team Rocket's base, but it was soon defeated.

Minor appearances

In The Punchy Pokémon, a Poliwrath competed in the P1 Grand Prix.

In The Battling Eevee Brothers!, a Poliwrath evolved from a Poliwhirl during the evolution party in Stone Town.

A Poliwrath was depicted in the Pokémon League entrance exam in the dubbed version of The Ultimate Test.

A Poliwrath appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Poliwrath was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In Lights, Camera, Quack-tion, a Poliwrath was part of the cast for the movie "Pokémon in Love".

A Poliwrath appeared in Marina's fantasy in Bye Bye Psyduck.

In The Power of One, multiple Poliwrath sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

In Wired for Battle!, a Poliwrath was in Muramasa's dojo.

In Ring Masters, a Poliwrath competed in Rikishii Town's Sumo Conference.

In Got Miltank?, a Poliwrath lived at a Pokémon-exclusive oasis.

A Poliwrath appeared in Extreme Pokémon!, under the ownership of a participant in the Extreme Pokémon Race.

In Pop Goes The Sneasel, a Trainer's Poliwrath was knocked out off-screen after training near the place where the Sacred Fire of Ho-Oh was kept.

A Poliwrath appeared in Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, under the ownership of a competitor in the Tour de Alto Mare.

In Journey to the Starting Line!, a Poliwrath was at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

Multiple Poliwrath appeared in A Six Pack Attack!.

In One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, the Pokémon Summer Academy temporarily lent a Poliwrath to one of the students for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

A Poliwrath appeared in a flashback or a fantasy in The Forest Champion!.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Poliwrath competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but was defeated by Ash's Pikachu.

In Caring for a Mystery!, a Poliwrath battled a wild Riolu after it attacked it.

A Trainer's Poliwrath appeared in A Festival Reunion!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP105 Poliwrath Ash's Pokédex Poliwrath, the Tadpole Pokémon. Poliwrath is an excellent swimmer and its powerful muscles make its attacks extremely effective.

In the GOTCHA! music video

A Poliwrath briefly appeared in GOTCHA!, under the ownership of Chuck.

In the manga

Poliwrath in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pocket Monsters manga

In JNM06, a Poliwrath was used by Team Rocket through the Rocket Prize Master, like in the anime.

A Poliwrath appeared in JNM08.

In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

A Poliwrath appeared in PMDP16.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Poli

Poliwrath debuted in Buzz Off, Electabuzz! when Red's Poliwhirl Poli evolved into it to save his Trainer from drowning. His evolution wasn't explained until the Yellow chapter, where it was revealed there were four Evolution stones that could be used without any limit.

A Poliwrath appeared in Gold's fantasy after seeing Polibo evolved into Politoed in Ampharos Amore.

Chuck, Blue's own master, owns a Poliwrath, as seen in Scrappy Skarmory. It was first seen training with him and his Primeape. Together with Primeape, it used Dynamic Punch to reveal Suicune's presence in the ocean off the Cianwood coast, but the Gym Leader was defeated in the end, even after being joined by a friend.

A Poliwrath appeared alongside a Venusaur in PSs1, kidnapping Pibu.

Magnus's Poliwrath first appeared in Attaway, Aipom!.

A Trainer's Poliwrath appeared in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down as one of the Pokémon seen at the Safari Zone.

A Trainer's Poliwrath appeared in Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

A Poliwrath appeared in Aim for the Top!.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

A Poliwrath first appeared in The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon, under the ownership of Chuck.

A Poliwrath appeared in a flashback in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Poliwrath appeared in GDZ36.

A Poliwrath appeared in GDZ51.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Green's Poliwrath debuted in The Big Battle In The Viridian Forest!!.

A Poliwrath appeared in Part-Time Job At The Swimming Pool!!.

One of Giovanni's Poliwhirl appeared in The Thrill of a Perfect Score, Big Rampage at the Amusement Park!, where it evolved into a Poliwrath in order to get rid of Red and his Clefairy and Pikachu when they went to the amusement park that he built.

Professor Oak owns a Poliwrath, which debuted in Save the Pokémon Zoo!!.

In the TCG

Main article: Poliwrath (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#062
Red An adept swimmer at both the front crawl and breast stroke. Easily overtakes the best human swimmers.
Blue
Yellow Swims powerfully using all the muscles in its body. It can even overtake champion swimmers.
Stadium A strong swimmer, it is faster than a human champ in an individual medley. It can go far and fast with minimal breathing.
Generation II Johto
#074
Gold This strong and skilled swimmer is even capable of crossing the Pacific Ocean just by kicking.
Silver Although an energetic, skilled swimmer that uses all of its muscles, it lives on dry land.
Crystal It can use its well-developed arms and legs to run on the surface of the water for a split second.
Stadium 2 This strong and skilled swimmer is even capable of crossing the Pacific Ocean just by kicking.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#062
Ruby Poliwrath's highly developed, brawny muscles never grow fatigued, however much it exercises. It is so tirelessly strong, this Pokémon can swim back and forth across the Pacific Ocean without effort.
Sapphire
Emerald Its highly developed muscles never grow fatigued, however much it exercises. This Pokémon can swim back and forth across the Pacific Ocean without effort.
FireRed An adept swimmer, it knows the front crawl, butterfly, and more. It is faster than the best human swimmers.
LeafGreen A swimmer adept at both the front crawl and breaststroke. Easily overtakes the best human swimmers.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#074
Diamond With its extremely tough muscles, it can keep swimming in the Pacific Ocean without resting.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold This strong and skilled swimmer is even capable of crossing the Pacific Ocean just by kicking.
SoulSilver Although an energetic, skilled swimmer that uses all of its muscles, it lives on dry land.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black With its extremely tough muscles, it can keep swimming in the Pacific Ocean without resting.
White
Black 2 With its extremely tough muscles, it can keep swimming in the Pacific Ocean without resting.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #035
Hoenn
#—
X With its extremely tough muscles, it can keep swimming in the Pacific Ocean without resting.
Y A swimmer adept at both the front crawl and breaststroke. Easily overtakes the best human swimmers.
Omega Ruby Poliwrath's highly developed, brawny muscles never grow fatigued, however much it exercises. It is so tirelessly strong, this Pokémon can swim back and forth across the ocean without effort.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
SM: #151
Alola
USUM: #184
Kanto
#062
Sun Poliwrath in the Alola region are strong swimmers that use the breaststroke. Many children learn to swim by imitating Poliwrath.
Moon Its percentage of body fat is nearly zero. Its body is entirely muscle, which makes it heavy and forces its swimming prowess to develop.
Ultra Sun It's quite a gifted swimmer, even among Water-type Pokémon, but it normally spends its time on land.
Ultra Moon The muscles it has developed through swimming are thick and powerful. When it lands a square punch, it can turn huge boulders to dust.
Let's Go Pikachu Swims powerfully using all the muscles in its body. It can even overtake world-class swimmers.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #144
Sword Its body is solid muscle. When swimming through cold seas, Poliwrath uses its impressive arms to smash through drift ice and plow forward.
Shield Poliwrath is skilled at both swimming and martial arts. It uses its well-trained arms to dish out powerful punches.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Evolve Poliwhirl
Blue (Japan)
Evolve Poliwhirl
Yellow
Evolve Poliwhirl
Generation II
Gold Silver
Evolve Poliwhirl
Crystal
Evolve Poliwhirl
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Evolve Poliwhirl
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Evolve Poliwhirl
Platinum
Evolve Poliwhirl
HeartGold SoulSilver
Evolve Poliwhirl
Pal Park
Pond
Generation V
Black White
Wellspring Cave, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, and Giant Chasm (Fishing in rippling water)
Black 2 White 2
Route 23, Relic Passage, Clay Tunnel, Wellspring Cave, Giant Chasm, and Victory Road* (Fishing in rippling water)
Generation VI
X Y
Victory Road (Super Rod)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Malie Garden (SOS Battle in rain)Day
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Malie Garden (SOS Battle in rain)Day
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Cerulean Cave (Sea Skim)
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Brawlers' Cave (Wanderer)
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure)

In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Evolve Poliwhirl
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Endless Level 9, Forever Level 58, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Poliwhirl
Ranger
Jungle Relic, Panula Cave
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Lake Afar (B13F-B24F)
MD Sky
Lake Afar (B13F-B24F)
Rumble
Bright Beach (Normal Mode A &S )
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: Everspring Valley
Rumble U
Magical Lake: Let's Sing a Song
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 3Sa
Shuffle
Expert Stage: Stage EX42
Event: Poliwrath Appears
Rumble World
Gold Plateau: Purifying Pond (Back Boss)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea2019, Castform Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Emerald* King's Rock King's Rock (5%)
Black White King's Rock King's Rock (5%)
Black 2 White 2 King's Rock King's Rock (5%)
X Y King's Rock King's Rock (5%)
Sun Moon King's Rock King's Rock (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon King's Rock King's Rock (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Generations I-V
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
90
150 - 197 290 - 384
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
95
90 - 161 175 - 317
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Total:
500
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 70.

Generation VI onward
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
90
150 - 197 290 - 384
95
90 - 161 175 - 317
95
90 - 161 175 - 317
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Total:
510
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
1/2
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
15/18 ★★★

Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Submission Fighting Physical 08080 08080% 20
011 Circle Throw Fighting Physical 06060 09090% 10
011 Mind Reader Normal Status 0000 00——% 5
011 Dynamic Punch Fighting Physical 100100 05050% 5
011 Bubble Beam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
011 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00——% 5
011 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100100% 15
011 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100100% 10
011 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
011 Belly Drum Normal Status 0000 00——% 10
011 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Hypnosis Psychic Status 0000 06060% 20
011 Pound Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 09595% 15
Evo.Evo. Submission Fighting Physical 08080 08080% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwrath
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwrath
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By TM/TR
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM00Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM00 Mega Punch Normal Physical 08080 085}}85% 20
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Mega Kick Normal Physical 120120 075}}75% 5
TM04Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM04 Ice Punch Ice Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM36Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM36 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM41Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM41 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM45Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM45 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM53Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM57Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM57 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM63Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM63 Drain Punch Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TM75Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM75 Low Sweep Fighting Physical 06565 100}}100% 20
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR03Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TR04Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR05Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR06Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR10Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR11Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR11 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR14Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR14 Metronome Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR16Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR16 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR21Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR21 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR30Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR30 Encore Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 5
TR39Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR45Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR45 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TR48Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR48 Bulk Up Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR53Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR53 Close Combat Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR57Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR64Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR67Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR84Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR85Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR85 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR93Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR93 Darkest Lariat Dark Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TR94Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR94 High Horsepower Ground Physical 09595 095}}95% 10
TR95Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR98Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR98 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwrath
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwrath
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
By breeding
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
MudkipMarshtompSwampertCorphishCrawdaunt Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
WooperQuagsire Haze Ice Status —% 30
Poliwrath Mind Reader Normal Status —% 5
LaprasWooperQuagsireLotadLombreLudicolo
WingullPelipperEiscue
Mist Ice Status —% 30
FeebasMiloticClauncherClawitzer Splash Normal Status —% 40
SquirtleWartortleBlastoisePsyduckGolduckSlowpoke
SlowpokeSlowbroSlowbroSlowkingSlowkingLapras
RemoraidOctilleryMantineMudkipMarshtompSwampert
WingullPelipperMiloticShellosGastrodonSkrelp
DragalgeClauncherClawitzerSobbleDrizzileInteleon
Water Pulse Water Special 60 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Poliwrath 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 Poliwrath in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwrath
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwrath
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
By tutoring
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Coaching Fighting Status —% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwrath
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwrath
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations
By a prior evolution
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwrath
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwrath
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - IV - V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
I II III IV V VI VII Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Bubble × Water Special 04040 100}}100% 30
I II III IV V VI VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Counter Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 40
I II III IV V VI VII Detect Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Double Slap × Normal Physical 01515 085}}85% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Dual Chop Dragon Physical 04040 090}}90% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Fissure Ground Physical 0000 030}}30% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150150 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Ice Ball × Ice Physical 03030 090}}90% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Low Kick Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Mimic Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Mud Bomb × Ground Special 06565 085}}85% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Power-Up Punch Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Psywave × Psychic Special 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Rage × Normal Physical 02020 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Refresh × Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Seismic Toss Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Skull Bash Normal Physical 130130 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Sweet Kiss Fairy Status 0000 075}}75% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Vacuum Wave Fighting Special 04040 100}}100% 30
I II III IV V VI VII Wake-Up Slap × Fighting Physical 07070 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Water Sport × Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Poliwrath
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Poliwrath
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
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Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani062.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Tadpole Pond
Phrases
51%-100% HP My swimming is world class!
26%-50% HP Half my HP's gone. This feels unpleasant.
1%-25% HP Do something... I don't have the energy left to swim...
Level up I leveled up! What a glorious feeling it is!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 062.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -4.5%
IQ group: F
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Water
Poké Assist: Water PA.png
Water
Field move: Soak fm.pngSoak fm.pngSoak fm.png
(Soak ×3)
Loops: 11 Min. exp.: 60 Max. exp.: 90
Browser entry R-054
Poliwrath blasts surging jets of water with tremendous force.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush062Body.png Walking Speed: 1.42 seconds Base HP: 57
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 58 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT062.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 10

#593
Shuffle062.png

Eject+
Sometimes removes three non-Support Pokémon icons.
Skill Swapper: Big Wave
Pokémon GO
GO062.png Base Stamina: 207 Base Attack: 182 Base Defense: 184
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Bubble, Rock Smash*, Mud Shot*
Charged Attacks: Hydro Pump, Dynamic Punch*, Ice Punch, Power-Up Punch*, Submission, Frustration, Return

Evolution

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Unevolved
Poliwag
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 25
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First evolution
Poliwhirl
 Water 
Water Stone
Water Stone
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Second evolution
Poliwrath
 Water  Fighting 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
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Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 062.png Spr b 2g 062.png Spr 2s 062.png Spr b 2g 062.png Spr 2c 062.png Spr b 2c 062.png
Spr 2g 062 s.png Spr b 2g 062 s.png Spr 2s 062 s.png Spr b 2g 062 s.png Spr 2c 062 s.png Spr b 2g 062 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 062.png Spr b 3r 062.png Spr 3e 062.png Spr b 3r 062.png Spr 3f 062.png Spr b 3f 062.png
Spr 3r 062 s.png Spr b 3r 062 s.png Spr 3e 062 s.png Spr b 3r 062 s.png Spr 3f 062 s.png Spr b 3f 062 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 062.png Spr b 4d 062.png Spr 4d 062.png Spr b 4p 062.png Spr 4h 062.png Spr b 4p 062.png
Spr 4d 062 s.png Spr b 4d 062 s.png Spr 4d 062 s.png Spr b 4p 062 s.png Spr 4h 062 s.png Spr b 4p 062 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 062.png Spr b 5b 062.png Spr 5b 062.png Spr b 5b 062.png
Spr 5b 062 s.png Spr b 5b 062 s.png Spr 5b 062 s.png Spr b 5b 062 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 062.png Spr b 6x 062.png Spr 6x 062.png Spr b 6x 062.png
Spr 6x 062 s.png Spr b 6x 062 s.png Spr 6x 062 s.png Spr b 6x 062 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 062.png Spr b 7s 062.png Spr 7s 062.png Spr b 7s 062.png
Spr 7s 062 s.png Spr b 7s 062 s.png Spr 7s 062 s.png Spr b 7s 062 s.png
Front Back Front Back
062MS8.png For other sprites and images, please see Poliwrath images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Poliwrath's early design, Nyosuka
  • In Generation II and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a man in Celadon City with a Poliwrath says that he hopes that it will evolve into a frog Pokémon one day. Although the Pokémon he was thinking of is most likely Politoed, it is too late, as it is Poliwhirl, not Poliwrath, that evolves into Politoed when traded while holding a King's Rock.
  • An early design of Poliwrath revealed on Game Freak's official Japanese website circa 1997 depicts it wearing a crown, similar to the King's Rock which is necessary to evolve Poliwhirl into Politoed.
  • Poliwrath shares its category with Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Tympole. They are all known as the Tadpole Pokémon.
  • In some illustrations, Poliwrath is depicted with four fingers instead of three.

Origin

Poliwrath is based on a glass frog. The spiral pattern on its belly is supposed to represent how the organs of these frogs and other tadpoles can sometimes be seen through their transparent skin. It may also be based on amphibian neoteny, as it stays in tadpole form and does not metamorphose into a frog. Its brawny body and newfound Fighting-type could be an interpretation of the frogs' bulky bodies and vastly heightened muscle mass and strength in comparison to the infant tadpole.

Name origin

Poliwrath is a combination of polliwog (another name for a tadpole), and wrath (anger).

Nyorobon is a combination of ニョロニョロ nyoronyoro (the sound of slithering) and an alternate reading of 洪 (deluge or flood) is hon (relative to bon).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ニョロボン Nyorobon From ニョロニョロ nyoronyoro and which can also be read as hon or bon
France Flag.png French Tartard From Tartares, tarte (twice) and têtard
Spain Flag.png Spanish Poliwrath Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Quappo From Kaulquappe
Italy Flag.png Italian Poliwrath Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 강챙이 Gangchaengi From gang and 올챙이 olchaeng'i
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 大力蛙 Daaihlihk'wā Means "Great strength frog" or "Energetic frog"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 快泳蛙 Kuàiyǒngwā Literally "Fast swimming frog"


Related articles

External links

Poliwhirl #061: Poliwhirl
Pokémon
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