Get to Know Poliwag — #60 in the National Pokémon Pokédex

Stats, locations, and more

Poliwag toy

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Poliwag is the 60th Pokémon listed in the National Pokédex. It resembles a blue tadpole with large eyes and a black and white swirl pattern on its stomach. Here's everything you need to know about the Pokémon, including stats, alternate names, and more.

Alternate Names

Poliwag goes by the following names within the Pokémon series of video games:

  • English: Poliwag
  • Japanese: Nyoromo
  • German: Quapsel
  • French: Ptitart

Position in the Pokédex

Poliwag is represented by the following numbers in the various Pokédexes:

  • National: 60
  • Hoenn: 247
  • Johto: 72

Poliwag's Description in the Various Pokémon Games

Pokémon Red/Blue

Its newly grown legs prevent it from running. It appears to prefer swimming than trying to stand.

Pokémon Yellow

The direction of the spiral on the belly differs by area. It is more adept at swimming than walking.

Pokémon Gold

Because it is inept at walking on its newly grown legs, it always swims around in the water.

Pokémon Silver

The direction of its belly spiral differs by area. The equator is thought to have an effect on this.

Pokémon Crystal

The swirl on its belly is its insides showing through the skin. It looks clearer after it eats.

Pokémon Ruby

POLIWAG has very thin skin. It's possible to see the Pokémon's spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

Pokémon Sapphire

POLIWAG has very thin skin. It's possible to see the Pokémon's spiral innards right through the skin. Despite its thinness, however, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

Pokémon Emerald

It is possible to see this Pokémon's spiral innards right through its thin skin. However, the skin is also very flexible. Even sharp fangs bounce right off it.

Pokémon Fire Red

Its slick black skin is thin and damp. A part of its internal organs can be seen through the skin as a spiral pattern.

Pokémon Leaf Green

Its newly grown legs prevent it from walking well. It appears to prefer swimming over walking.

Pokémon Diamond

Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

Pokémon Pearl

Its skin is so thin, its internal organs are visible. It has trouble walking on its newly grown feet.

Poliwag's Locations

Pokemon Diamond

Routes 225, 227, and 228 (Fish w/ Good Rod) [Uncommon]

Pokemon Pearl

Routes 225, 227, and 228 (Fish w/ Good Rod) [Uncommon]

Poliwag's Base Stats

  • HP = 40 (ranked 66)
  • ATTACK = 50 (ranked 59)
  • DEFENSE = 40 (ranked 67)
  • SPECIAL ATTACK = 40 (ranked 62)
  • SPECIAL DEFENSE = 40 (ranked 63)
  • SPEED = 90 (ranked 19)
  • Total Base Stats = 300

Poliwag's Pokémon Type, Egg Group, Height, Weight, and Gender

  • Pokémon Type: Water
  • Egg Type: Water 1
  • Height: 0.6 m / 2' 00"
  • Weight: 12.4 kg / 27.3 lbs.
  • Male: 50%
  • Female: 50%

Poliwag's Ability: Water Absorb

  • Game's description: Restores HP if hit by a Water-type move.
  • Battle effect: The Pokémon heals up to 1/4 of its maximum Hit Points when hit with Water-type moves.

Additional Info for Poliwag

Damage Taken

  • 50%: Steel, Fire, Water, Ice
  • 200%: Grass, Electric

Pal Park

  • Area: Pond
  • Points: 50
  • Encounter rate: 30

Wild Item:

  • NONE

Miscellaneous Info

  • Species: Tadpole Pokemon
  • Steps to hatch: 5,120
  • Color: Blue
  • Catch Rate: 255
  • Base Tameness: 70
  • Growth Group: Medium Slow
  • 1,059,860 exp. points to Lv100